Monthly Archives: December 2012

Verizon to expose copyright trolls

TorrentFreak is celebrating the fact that Verizon is taking on the anonymous bullying of copyright trolls. Supposedly, this is to protect the customers. That’s the spin. While it is nice to imagine a corporation of any sort would stick its neck out to protect its customers, nothing is ever that simple. You see, a customer who is successfully sued by an outside entity will cease to be a customer. They are often sued for thousands to millions of dollars for copyright violations. The average joe, who is always the target of these disputes, cannot afford that. Why would they continue using Verizon service after finding themselves in in debt for that much? A successfully sued customer is no longer a Verizon customer, which means Verizon gets nothing out of the deal.

Clearly, fighting back for the customer is just a way to continue receiving money from the customer. Verizon isn’t riding in on a white horse. It’s just reigning in the money flowing from its current and future customers.

Xenoblade Chronicles

“I’m sorry, I just got out of a pretty intense relationship, and I’m just not ready for anything long term yet. Can we just hang out and have a little fun?” – Me to most other games after finishing Xenoblade Chronicles

 

It is unexpected for any Wii game to take nearly 100 hours to complete. After all, Nintendo is supposed to be the well-marketed system for the casual crowd. The focus should be on the Just Dance and Mario Party games, not an intense and sprawling action RPG that has taken some obvious cues from MMORPGs. But earlier this year, thanks in part to Operation Rainfall, Nintendo released Xenoblade Chronicles in America. I have been playing the game on and off since its release in April, and I am happy to report that I finally finished it. Read the rest of this entry