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      Update on the single-device/browser login restriction issue some people are having.   04/04/2017

      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.
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      D1Pcast Episode 26: The Retro Show   04/19/2017

      It's time to have that talk with your kids. No not THAT talk, the talk about retro games and how much better things were back in our days! We have @Reputator join us and talk a bit about the Scorpio and some retro PC cards. [email protected] us about console retro gaming and how he just got his Super Mario USA. While @Jason tells us about the day his parents threw out all his retro consoles. A sad day for any gamer. So listen and give us your feed back about your retro gaming experience!    

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  1. That is still the government regulating spectrum.
  2. I guess you are right in that scenario would be in a sense a legally sanctioned monopoly. But to be fair legally owning part of the spectrum is really the only way for cell phone service to work as we know it so the government has to be involved in making sure one entity doesn't dominate the market. My point though is that not all markets are the same. Competition can work in some better than others. For instance with ISPs, yes there is government interference preventing them from expanding their territories, but that is not the only reason they have an essential monopoly over parts of the country. Collusion to keep out of each others territory is a big problem.
  3. I mean other than the government selling spectrum, how would you propose preventing crosstalk? Anyone could use any space at any time.
  4. No they are right. They should allow companies to literally go to war with each other to compete for spectrum. I'm sure cell phone service wouldn't be rendered completely unusable.
  5. Pretty sure that is how all ownership works.
  6. Even if megacorp decided to do this, they would be in total control in how it goes down and it would hardly reduce their essential monopoly. If they wanted to jack up prices on everyone they could and there isn't a damn thing anyone could do about it. They could decide that the low income market isn't even worth it and jacking up the prices on everyone else is far more lucrative. One thing is for sure is that they would have complete power to price the market as they see fit.
  7. The government is no longer regulating the market at all. All spectrum has been sold to the highest bidder with no consideration of monopolies forming. After all the market should regulate itself right? There would no reason to prevent a massive consolidation of service providers because a spunky startup will create some new technology to out compete goliath? That is the argument pure free market people believe in right?
  8. They own the whole market. They would only selling off bandwidth to poach their own customers.
  9. In this scenario all bandwidth (spectrum) is owned by one company.
  10. I'm talking in the dream laissez-faire scenario championed by people like dvd where the government wouldn't be involved in any of that. In this scenario there would be no government regulation. All of the service providers merge into one mega company and the government does nothing about it. Since they have massive amounts of money and spectrum is a finite resource they can own all spectrum that can be used for service. How would a startup cell phone service provider compete with that?
  11. What if all cell phone service providers merge into one mega company and then proceed to buy up any spectrum left. How would a competitor find a niche?
  12. You can look all that shit up yourself online.
  13. Which will be bought out or undersold. There is no mechanism in the market to stop this from happening. Can competition sometimes come along and break up a monopoly? Sure but it is far from a guaranteed thing and there is no rule or law that requires it to happen.
  14. Standard Oil undersold the market to bankrupt the competition. This is a fact. And having a giant buying everyone out so they are the only ones left IS a bad thing since there will be no competition left.