Monday, July 3, 2006 | 02:26 PM | by
Time to break out your flightsticks, people. Still over a month away, but fast approaching, a little game called Darkstar One is scheduled for release on August 14th. We haven't been getting many space flight action games in recent years, so if you yearn for a new Wing Commander or Freelancer, Darkstar One is shaping up to be the next goldenboy. And it looks gorgeous. There's a demo out, so there's no need to take my word for it.

Speaking of which, I've noticed that this summer has been lacking a certain... zombie element to it. Fortunately, Dead Rising is also coming in August, to remedy that affliction. Some of you may recall me talking about it after E3, and the game remains near the top of my 'most anticipated games' list for this year. So enough with this July bullshit. Bring on August already.

Actually, it's not all that bad. Prey is dropping next week. Dark, claustrophobic corridors with ugly, UGLY creatures waiting to pop out at every turn. Why I subject myself to games like that, I don't know. I never finished Doom 3 because I didn't have the nerves for it.

Though maybe if I didn't always force myself to play in the middle of the night, with all the lights off...

Net Neutrality

Monday, July 3, 2006 | 03:02 PM | by
Oh good lord.

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on why he voted against Net Neutrality:

There's one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn't going to go through the interent and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

So you want to talk about the consumer? Let's talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren't using it for commercial purposes.

We aren't earning anything by going on that internet. Now I'm not saying you have to or you want to discrimnate against those people [...]

The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time. [?]

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?

Do you know why?

Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can't afford getting delayed by other people.


Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.

Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.

It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.

The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a viloation of net neutraility that hits you and me.

Ohhhh. So THAT'S how the internet works.

I wonder how many of those tubes are clogged with porn?