example as to why thunderbolt needs to get with the pricing scenario, real soon >

on The apple store Lacie and apple seem to be living in LA LA land. no doubt making it copper rather than optical cheapened the standard but not enough for example ?

Oh such good value ! this is really going to take off (tongue in cheek) compared to the following offerings ?

£44.00 for 1TB usb ext drive … or ok lets max the 7200rpm drives throughput and use usb 3 ?

or just £65.00 for usb3 which will maximise the drives potential ?

This is simple mathematics, people dont want to pay an extra £235.00 to have negligible extra perfomance compared to a usb3 HD ? apple will no doubt put USB3 on macs real soon, after they’ve sold a load of people into the overpriced culder-sac of this thunderbolt technology and dont reimburse them (myself included), as soon as they realise they cant make thunderbolt cheap enough to make it a standard that gets adopted, thunderbolt either needs subsidising or its not going to take off as a technology !

Or maybe they’ll maintain it as a standard so expensive noone can afford it, that way not having to admit they sold us into a culdersac ?

Oh look just one thunderbolt cable is practically the same price as a 1tb usb2 drive !

really apple and intel need to get a grip you have to subsidise this pricing model fast ! or its dead in the water, except in HD video editing houses, and if its just for them then what are you doing for the consumers need for high speed external storage ?

Blizzard warcraft Forum Censorship, region transfer.

Blizzard has engineered the forums to ignore feedback and create an aura of fear, in an attempt to censor descent or argument with blizzard views within the threads.

The forums are run by blizzard :

all companies/product forums should be operated by companies independant of the brand they have been setup for, where the power of the company/brand their related to, has equal or less weight/power to that of the users, if the forum is owned and operated by the brand, then it just gives itself all the power it needs to fully censor the forums to the point of uselessness to the users. Forums are for the users benefit and not the company, its where the user gets to have there say and not the other way round.

lack of forum anonymity :
Because your forum posts are now totally associated with your warcraft account, you can likely have your char banned for posting anything blizzard doesn’t like the taste of on their forums, which means that any real argument, from the users point of view is moderated to the point of bland sacharin uselessness.

No active subsciption means, no way of commenting or posting on forums in most active areas.

Blizzards forum law means you must have an active subscription, to post on the forum : ie if you have a battlenet account and have suspended your wow subscription, you cant post anything to most of the forums threads, regardless whether your reason for inactive subscription, is due to an issue you are trying raise and get resolution for on the forums. And lets face it whether I Have an active subscription or not, I purchased and have a licence for the game product you sold me and should be able to comment on that game. The image snapshotted from the forums implys my game licence has expired which must be bullshit ? my active subsciption has expired but not my original licence for the game, unless you somehoew magically invalidated my serial ? I flippin paid for ? which would be against trade descriptions surely ?

The above forum reasons is why I have to put this discussion here because I can’t comment on the thread on the actual blizzard forums, this post was created by raedel and refers to the usual ignored region transfer request as to why region transfers have not been made possible. blizzards reply are in italics raedels original post in bold italics and my responses to blizzards weaksauce replys in

indented quotes

Whenever they want to play on their acct. at my place we just go into the realmlist.wtf and change it up a bit. So i don’t see it as a client-side issue. If it is, what exactly is the issue clientside? .

The issue client side comes to what Locale you have installed & what happens on patch day.

Your realmlist.wtf change only works as your going from English on the US realms to English on the EU Realms. As you can imagine it may cause a problem if you were switching between say French and US English.

There is a folder in your Data folder that’s name is 4 characters long that denotes what locale you have installed. This contains region specific data in it. The data in them has subtle differences between the locales.

    This could be resolved by allowing people to do this region transfer, only once per account per year. The process would go something like this, first you would choose a server in the the new region. Once the new server was decided, the subscription would be made inactive, for however long the process would take, then you Blizzard would automatically exchange/convert/swap say the US the game licence number into a different region one ie EU etc, and deactivate the old licence number, and then the characters would be re-associated with this new game licence, and the chars moved to the pre-chosen server, then the subscription would be reactivated, and a mandatory redownload of the game or game patch to convert the client or wtf mod perfomed by the game client to correct for the region would ensue, all for say a fee of £25.00 say, this would be fair ? if worse comes to worse id behappy to buy a new copy of the game in my region of choice if this made the transfer easier for blizzard ? The likely uptake and unforseen abuse of this would not cause mayhem as it would be one off per account per year, and most people would not desire to operate out of the wrong region as their are disadvantages all the way for raiding/pvp etc. And the greatest uptake of this region transfer servcie would come from very old subscribers who got trapped in the wrong region due to developing their char on US trials, before the EU trials existed, and those who have moved physically between the different regions after creating characters.

The issue on patch day is in one Locale the patch may be out but the other region it isn’t. For more on that please see http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2488999008

    make the region transfer service only available only when the versions between regions are in parity between update cycles … simple ?

05/31/2011 02:52 AMPosted by Raedel
Internet these days is ridiculously fast so i don’t see how the physical locations of the servers play a role in a data transfer between servers as a paid service. It would probably be more expensive. Im not sure exactly how large an amount of data this would surmount to, and if possible i would love an estimate from customer service. It can’t be that much since most of the data is in code and the server-client connections use the code to call up renders from the data already on the server-side computer.

Well for one thing the Customer Service staff are not the server technicians. So I don’t think the technical difficulties that may arise.

It’s possible a security issue. With one Facility in Long Beach / Irvine CA and one in based in France it could just be an issue of not being able to physically pull your character data out of one server and put it in another. I understand that if you can get the data out you can copy it securely over the internet it’s just I don’t think their systems are designed to do it.

    thats right their not designed to do it, what we ARE ASKING YOU as the provider of the game to do : is to “DESIGN AND PROGRAM THAT FACILITY ?”

05/31/2011 02:52 AMPosted by Raedel
By process of elimination this leaves the server-side difficulties as the main issue. Is the problem then on the serverside client’s coding being incompatable between regions?

You missed something out here.

Blizzard Entertainment Europe is run from France with servers in France. The US side is run from California.

As I said above it could just be an issue that the systems were never designed to have data pulled out of them and data shoved into them in the way your proposing.

    and ? why is that a concern of the customer ? If I can email between two said locations, you can if your hearts desired find a way of transferring characters between regions ?? its a network ? you heard of that idea presumeably ? it means you can transfer things between two locations ? if you can backup my character ? you can backup it up to the backup drive of a different region and then install it into the new server from there ?

You have good suggestions the only problem here is the CSF staff are not the developers or programmers. You need to put this sort of thing in an area the Community Managers and/or developers would see. That would be the General forums AFAIK.

    now we get the truth basically were to talking to a customer facing wall of people that are unable to communicate with the coders of the game and make any useful changes at the request of the users ? in others words asking you to do anything on this forum is basically pointless ? give me the email address of the server software coding team, if you dont have meetings with them ?

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    here to help ? you mean here to fob you off with marketing spiel >

ethnic minoritys call the “skin card” when they’re trying to gain something, but deny its use in all other negatively attributable situations.

ethnic minoritys call the “skin card” when they’re trying to gain something, but deny its use in all other negatively attributable situations.

what they fail to understand is that lots of predeceding minority groups and classes, regional peoples have never been represented proportionately in the halls of power, or the quality jobs market, and they haven’t had the right to make claims on such things, purely because of their class or differences in relation to those who have such jobs. It would be unfair to say because their skin colour is a visible difference, it entitles strict representation from a numbers perspective in relation to that skin colour, ie plainly employing people on the basis of skin colour, whichever skin colour is wrong, it should always be on merit rather than ethnicity quotas, otherwise its just another form of prejudice. If we are to do something about the guiness effect then we must also do something about non class representation as well, and all the other ways that tribal and prejudicial lines seem to divide people, and policing this skin fairness would probably be a waste of money and productive time. leading to more ridiculous quangos. Truth is britain is divided by money not race, and if you dont have the number that you are somehow expecting to be in the statistics ? sooner or later you will find them there, the majority of people can look at a situation of power and not find themselves in the picture, thats because of the nature of heirarchy.

How to be british : Simple Rules

State of behaviour in London today :

Incident 1:

Looking out of my window today in london, I saw a young of african origin local school pupil, just out of school get caught short, deciding to just squat piss, in the middle of the pavement ! and the mother did nothing to move her daughter to at least the gutter ? the congregation of african mothers and children just stood around laughing ?

Incident 2:

I as on the tube platform at stockwell, and I saw A drunk Guy just start pissing from the platform onto the train tracks, this astounded me, one for its stupidity, there possibly being a live rail in the mix and that the guy could not have found a better emergency point to piss earlier in the evening.

This brought me to the idea of general basic rules of british behaviour that should be understood by all so as to cultivate a level of decent behaviour in britain, as in reality hardly anyone reads or understands the law, but there is and should remain a secondary layer of law which is self policing, and requires only the complicit consent and communal belief of the people within the community for it to be maintained.

Basic Rules to Being British

1: do not urinate on the pavement, if it is an emergency, urinate in the gutter, or on earth or shrubbery where less people are likely to tread and natural processes may cleanse the scene of the urine.

2: Never Spit unless in an emergency.

3: do not stand and hover around doorways, corridors and streets unless necessary, ie ‘be about your business’ going to or from one place or another unless you are making a pointfull protest of some sort, stoop siting is foreign/american activity and not a british one, except in some terraced streets of yore, Do not stand on the street in groups/gangs talking smoking and attempting to dominate an area, this is uncivilised and intimidatory, and to be honest you have a responsibility to be doing more with your life than just chinwagging with pals in the street.

4: Attitude is not all, boasting is not british, live in america if you wish to spend your time boasting.

5: DO NOT LITTER or allow your children to litter ! Littering is offensive, do not cast rubbish into the street or from moving vehicles, place rubbish into bins, if non are in your locale, take the rubbish home with you and dispose of it at home. Discarding of cigarettes in the street is also polluting.

5: When travelling through the streets being loud and polluting the environs with the vapid noise of your dribelous imagination, ruins the peace of others, be considerate.

6: Listening to your shit grime music on your speakerphone whilst on public transport is not acceptable behaviour, your ruining other peoples peace, this behaviour makes you a “total non british dickhead” who should be ostricised from culture and probably neutered.

7: Do not point or wag your finger at people, unless you are wishing to offend them.

8: Do not insult strangers or talk negatively verbally to them unless you have a cause or reason to communicate with them. Again I state ‘be about your business’ do not interact with others unless needed to, or to chastise someone for breaking these rules.

9: Do not cycle on the pavement this irritates britsh people on the extreme, if you feel unconfident on the road, then go and pass a cycle proficiency test, all cyclist should be able to cycle one handed, so that they can fucking hand signal when they are turning !

10: if you live in english culture you must learn to speak the culture of the country in which you live in england and in england generally english is the lingua franca you should use for your general and public conversations.

11: If you immigrate into my culture it is your personal responsibility not to claim benefits of the general taxpayer.

12: Cheating systems in the culture in which you live causes the decay of civility and culture.

13: sticks and stones may make break my bones, but names should never hurt me, this is true others opinion views and words should never truly hurt you, if you cant take such things we dont require such weakness, debate and disagreement are helpful in forging true opinion.

14: The truth is always more important and of greater value than false pleasantries. though being pleasant polite and civil should be the default mode and attitude is not all and is most often unwarranted, treat as you wish to be treated.

anyone want to add any rules to this ?

sex and race as qualifiers to activity or talent is weaksauce

example >

black poetry ?
how is poetry specifically black ? surely its more racist to imagine something cant be fairly evaluated without throwing in skin colour as something to affects its mediation by the individual.

Music is the only arena where I would say that this might be apparently different, in the sense of its origination.

gay choir for instance ?
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