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Internet Access
Internet connection in the Philippines is one of the slowest, if not the slowest, among the countries in Asia. However, this doesn't stop government officials from proposing to make Internet access available for free to everyone.

A current proposal to provide free wireless Internet access in public spaces has inched closer to becoming a law after the House of Representatives (HoR) approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) 5791.

The measure, otherwise known as the proposed Free Public Wi-Fi Act, mandates the installation of broadband hotspots in the following areas:
  • all national government offices;
  • buildings of state universities and colleges;
  • public parks and plazas; and
  • public hospitals and public transportation terminals.
All public spaces enumerated in the proposal should have a wide range of broadband hotspots within two years after the bill is enacted into law.

It is now awaiting Senate action after a total of 211 lawmakers voted to approve the bill last week.

In the bill’s explanatory note, lawmakers led by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, the measure’s main proponent, said the proposed Free Public Wi-Fi Act "seeks to address the country’s problem of interconnectivity by providing free public access points in major public places."

HB 5791 prohibits the imposition of passwords for the public to access the Internet, except when there is a clear and present security or technical risk.

It also bans the collection of fees users to connect to the internet using the public broadband hotspots or the free public Wi-Fi network.

Though the government is responsible for providing free Internet access, the bill mandates it to respect the privacy of citizens who use the public broadband hotspots. In no case shall the administration or management of public broadband hotspots engage in the collection, use, or disclosure of user data, including the collection of anonymous traffic data, in accordance with existing laws.

The agency tasked to lead the bill’s implementation will be the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

At the onset of the law’s implementation, the ICTO will provide internet connectivity and hotspots will be made available initially by the services of existing commercial Internet service providers (ISPs).

Aside from Ridon, other lawmakers who co-authored HB 5791 include Reps. Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo, Mariano Michael M. Velarde Jr, Francis Gerald Aguinaldo Abaya, Monique Yazmin Q. Lagdameo, Antonio L. Tinio, and Jonathan A. Dela Cruz.

A bill similar to HB 5791, Senate Bill 2232 or the proposed Free Metro Manila Wi-Fi Act of 2014, has been filed in the Senate by President Pro Tempore of the Senate Ralph Recto.


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Bayonetta
It’s no secret that the vast majority of avid gamers are straight males from ages six to fifty, more or less. And straight males have certain needs that they want to see satisfied.

Most video games are made by straight men and are destined to be bought and played by other straight men and that’s why in most cases lead female characters are quite rare in the gaming world. However, there have been quite a few female characters that most (if not all) male gamers love and admire more than some of the greatest and most popular male video game characters.

Two female video game characters that your average gamer will take his hat off to for one reason or another are Bayonetta and Rayne.

Bayonetta, Bayonetta

Oh, dear. The Umbran Witch known as Bayonetta, on the surface, presents a conundrum. Really, how influential could she be?

Bayonetta is an incredibly shallow character. With no real internal conflict and no depth to her personality, she's a hard protagonist to cheer for. Her sexuality is simply overpowering in a fantasy world where gamers can only imagine. Splaying her legs on a regular basis gives the leering audience some unusual reaction.

She's like every other video game chick, nothing but Tits and Ass (T&A). The key to Bayonetta lies not in her breasts, though, but in her brain. Unlike other witches we could mention (Lucina from Dragon's Crown!), Bayonetta doesn't use any sexual wiles to accomplish what she needs to get done, instead relying on centuries of magic powers, the ability to capably wield four derringer pistols, and, yes, some of the ol' grey matter to figure things out, instead of seducing her way around.

Okay, so she gets damn near naked any time she performs a summons. There's that. But her clothes are made from her hair. (For those who haven't played the game, that's an actual fact—her long, black hair falls and forms her garments, and her hair holds part, if not all, of her magic power.)

Overlooking the naked part, Bayonetta is smart, sexy, and designed by a woman by the name Mari Shimazaki. Bayonetta stands as influential due to the fact that she comes closer to the idea that smart and sexy are not always mutually exclusive.

Rayne
Rayne, Bloodrayne

Let’s make it clear here that Rayne is far from a heroine but then again this is a list with the best female videogame T&A characters overall, not the most moral ones. Rayne is a bloodthirsty vampire who kills for blood and is the main character of the Bloodrayne series, and yes we love her just as much as we love the games themselves.

For a woman that is half human and half vampire, Rayne sure has a funny way of getting in touch with her human emotions: by dismembering, beheading, and just plain quenching her thirst for blood. And she looks sexually good doing it.

While she normally does indeed wear a top, it’s a corset-like contraption that does more to boost her breasticles into the faces of her opponent than an item of comfort. To put it in the context of the game, we’ll say that Rayne uses her assets to get close to her enemies, often luring them into quite a gruesome death.

Even more appealing is her angular red hair, just the shape and color to match the enormous blades that never leave her side. Add to that the general sex appeal of vampires (including the teeth), and you’ve got yourself one of the sexiest ladies in gaming.

Of course, it’s quite a tragedy that her games weren’t very good, and the movies based off said games were even worse, likely putting the she-vamp to rest for eternity. However, Rayne does hold the title of the first video game character ever to appear in the pages of Playboy, and the reason for it is staring you right in the face.


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Blizzard Bans Players from WoW

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Blizzard Bans Players
Blizzard Entertainment wants World of Warcraft (WoW) players know that it never pays to cheat by banning more than 100,000 players.

"We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as 'bots'," the company said, in a post on WoW forums last 13 May.

"We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated."

The number of suspended accounts was revealed in an in-game chat between a “World of Warcraft” player and a Blizzard Games Master, according to PCGamesN.

The bans are reportedly for six months.

The Daily Dot notes that the 'bots', software programs that automate specific processes in a game, are popular in massively multiplayer titles like “World of Warcraft” where players often need to undertake repetitive tasks to access fresh game content.

In its WoW forum post, Blizzard also urged players to report any instances of bot-related cheating. "If you believe that you’ve encountered a player abusing a bot, exploit, or cheat, please let us know!" it said.


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The New Spider-Man is Here!

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Holland as Spidey
Finally, Marvel and Sony Pictures have finally cast their all-new Peter Parker in their all-new Spider-Man movie: Tom Holland. And the MAJORITY couldn't be more happier to the consternation of the pathetic few.

To ensure that the character will be a blockbuster hit, producers followed the same formula that made Spider-Man so popular: he is white, straight and lives in New York.

Holland will be first seen as Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War" and then again in a stand-alone Spider-Man movie that is due to be released on 28th July 2017 and directed by Jon Watts. He will be following in the footsteps of Toby Maguire who played the role in the three Sam Raimi films from 2002 to 2007 and Andrew Garfield who played the character in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

When Civil War opens next May, he will be the third actor to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a live action film franchise in 15 years. For those who are batting for Miles Morales to grace the screen, they have to contend with his comic book for now because a movie that features the iconic web-slinger other than Peter Parker doesn't stand a chance of becoming a blockbuster hit.

There was talk back in February when Marvel and Sony came to their arrangements that the third Spidey would be a minority actor and/or a minority actor playing Morales. But who would watch such a character? In 2013, among the top-grossing films, 75 percent of the actors were white, with black actors making up 14 percent and Asian and Hispanic characters less than 5 percent.

Conventional wisdom would tell Disney and Marvel to put their personal mark on their most iconic character in their most well-known variation. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man was always going to be Peter Parker and will always be Peter Parker for several years to come.

Nobody wants to digress from the decade-old tradition just to satisfy the whimsical need of the loud, but very few, minority. If they want their own Black, Latino or Asian characters, then they developed one and stop black-washing existing characters. And if they ever have one, try and develop that into a movie and see if anybody will watch it.

If they thought the young audience will not care, they could be more wrong. The millennials are the first group that are aware who Peter Parker is and why he is called Spider-Man. There is no fanbase for Miiles Morales big enough to keep the money flowing. It's a losing proposition that producers are not willing to take. At the end of the day, Morales will just be a negative copy of something that worked for over half a century.

Change is good, and it can renew interest in a series. Change, just for sake of change, is stupid and usually comes with a cost of losing fan base.


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A game encourag
Ass Hunter
ing players to shoot naked homosexual men who are out to rape you is gaining traction among the new generation of gamers.

"Ass Hunter" has existed on various flash games websites for more than a decade, but appeared on Google Play sometime in November 2014. It was taken offline by the search giant for alleged violation of their guidelines. However, it was an instant hit, with thousands of people downloading if before it was taken down, that demand increased tenfold.

Its description read: "Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you. Remember! When they catch you they will do with you whatever they want."

On each level, the hunters are tasked with killing a specified number of naked, homosexual men that charge at them. If you fail, the naked man leaps on the hunter and a cloud of dust appears, presumably implying the naked man assaults him.

The app developer is listed as "App Day", according to the cached Google Play page, a company without a profile or other apps. Since the flash game has been available for such a long time and is posted on several websites (including Web 1.0 staple eBaum's World, it may have been just a clone and not created by the game's original developers.

Nevertheless, the game is an instant hit. In its first few hours with "Google Play," almost 10,000 downloads were recorded. In various sites at the moment, gamers are giving positive reviews every 2-3 hours.


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