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People Don't Understand What The Internet Is
Happy 4th of July everybody. Just a reconfirmation to everyone that I am not dead (yet). Just been very busy with work, life and coding the new Ultra Edge 2.0. 

Today's topic is about understanding. The type of understanding that should be widely known, but is not. Understanding the Internet.

Its a known fact that many people (a lot of people) don't understand what the Internet is or how it works. This is a very sad development. Perhaps people will understand it better in the future, but as it stands, they don't now.

Back when I was 14 or 15 years old, evidence that people didn't understand what the Internet was ran rampant. Now, it was during the early days of the Internet, so I guess it was understandable. There weren't fancy streaming videos or music clips or anything like that. However, in 7th grade, a group of us could easily go to websites like playboy.com, facesofdeath.com and rotten.com. There were no blocks or restrictions. Teachers had no idea that children had easy access to games and porn sites. They didn't know what the Internet was! Even after its explained to them, they still had no idea what it was.

Fast-forward to today. People still don't understand what the Internet is. You have groups of people or even organizations who believe that they can remove leaked pictures from the Internet (that's nearly impossible). You have companies attempting to fight the Internet to save their dying businesses. They're suing people for downloading music... at least they were until they realized they were losing money doing it. Each and every single time they fight back, they lose; yet they continue to fight the Internet to hang on to their dying business practices. These people don't understand the Internet.

You have people in high positions, or precarious positions, putting out career damaging information on Twitter. Not realizing that this sort of information spreads like wildfire. These people don't understand the Internet.

You have companies who don't want to be bothered with the Internet. They implement very little to no Internet services. They don't advertise online or do anything involving the Internet. Those companies die quickly. They don't understand the Internet.

Parents who allow for their 12 year old children to become the techs of the house don't only just misunderstand the Internet. They misunderstand the entire reasoning behind being at least a few knowledgable steps above your children with computers (or somewhat on par). So, when it comes to blocking them from certain websites, they don't know as much as their 12 year-old kids to stop them. 

Former real-life friends who block you on Facebook as a way to say they hate you now. These people don't understand the Internet. They think blocking you on Facebook prevents you from going to their house and kicking their arse. They believe it's a way to give you a virtual kick in the balls. Sorry, its not. 

Companies like Sony, who get hacked don't understand the Internet. A lot of these companies don't believe in securing anything they put online. Hackers have always existed on the Internet. They aren't some new pandemic. If you don't secure your computers and you get hacked, it's not the hacker's fault. It's YOUR fault for not understanding the Internet.

The U.S. Government doesn't understand the Internet. I'm talking more than just their servers. I'm talking about laws inacted by congress and the whole 9 yards. They create laws that help businesses latch on to old business models that are dying. However, these laws do nothing, because the people who wrote them don't understand what the Internet is. So, they create unenforcable laws that do nothing but attack the constitution.

Now, as far as I'm concerned, government computers are just as bad: Government PCs that hold very important documents running Windows with a direct connection to the Internet. This is a blantant example of misunderstanding the Internet. When you're housing a server or any other type of PC with government secrets, NEVER expose it to the Internet! When you do, it can get hacked, and you have no one to blame but yourself.

I have a friend who thinks he's untouchable... Rather, he thinks his Windows XP server is untouchable because there are very few ports open. He works as a Systems Engineer, but even he doesn't understand the Internet. He says his server wouldn't be a target because it's a small target. Foolish boy. You'd think he'd have a better understanding of the Internet, but no.

Cocky system admins seem to understand the Internet, but underestimate it a lot. One could say that underestimating something could lead to the misunderstanding of it. So, because of that, I'm including that here. System admins who think they're so awesome tend to check their networks and equipment a lot less than average. 


Anyway, people who don't understand the Internet tend to do things that cause more problems than fix. Some times it doesn't do anything at all. There are still people who think they can remove a leaked picture from the Internet or who feel as though their systems can't be compromised. There are others who feel that if their online presence is clouded, that nobody can touch them; as if they're incognito. I just wish we could educate people more.


Posted on 07/04/2011 06:04 pm

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Complaints about the Wii-U
People need to understand that Direct X is just an API. It's not a "feature" that graphic cards come with. It's a series of tools that allow developers to interface with the underlying hardware. That's it! Any feature that Direct X (to be more specific, Direct X 11) allows, usually is already available through the GPU in the form of a shader. More likely than not, Shader 5.0. 

Just because the Wii-U's GPU isn't a 5xxx or even a 6xxx Radeon GPU, doesn't mean that its' visuals aren't capable of matching what's on those cards. Realize that Direct X is an api and its very bloated and slow.

So, consoles are able to utilize more power out of an older card than what's available on any newer card on a pc. Why? Because console developers wouldn't need to use Microsoft's API to interface with the hardware. They actually have direct access to everything. That's a bit different than on a PC since people have different set ups on their systems. So, developers are forced to use Direct X. Consoles on the other hand? Not the case since they're all the same. Therefore, if a developer makes a game for one Xbox 360 (for example) that game will work for ALL Xbox 360s.

Now, with that out of the way, we should know that the Wii-U will be very powerful. However, what about the games? Nintendo first party games should be a given, but many gamers are left with a bad taste in their mouths from the original Wii. That's mostly due to bad 3rd party games and ports. Also, gamers were very particular about HD gaming. Wii lacked that.

3rd parties were just as guilty as the core market. They refused to take the Wii seriously. They didn't want to put their hard core games on the system. They figured they'd throw a ton of horrible party games and casual crap to make a quick buck. All of that crap failed to sell. So, when 3rd parties realized this, they just gave up. Capcom is one of those companies. Zack and Wiki flopped (and it was a good game) and they just gave up. Evidence of that was when they said Street Fighter IV couldn't be ported to the Wii... But then ported it to the 3DS (which makes little sense, so they obviously lied).

However, this time around, the Wii-U will be getting much better 3rd party support. So, I'm not too sure why a good chunk of the core crowd is so reluctant to give the Wii-U a chance. They immediately point to the PS4 or the Xbox 720... Although they currently don't exist yet. 
Posted on 07/02/2011 03:18 pm

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