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The best things in life are free. I get tons of free stuff over the internet.programs ,trainers tactics,videos,books free places to play .
There is no point to pay for stuff that You can get for free,and better if you cant affort the price,like me. i will pay same day a personal trainner for live sessions
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The best things in life are free.
I think that usually refers to stuff like sunshine and fresh mountain air, not online perks.
Chess should be free.
The thing is chess is so simple (in terms of software) and has such a small footprint (in terms of bandwidth, memory needed)... its very easy to solve this problem over the internet for free... there is no need for a massive centralised server. A laptop running in some basement which establishes a connection between 2 peoples computers could handle huge loads of players. It doesnt do anything except connect the 2 players computers, and then its job is done. Then the software on the 2 peoples computers would take over. If it werent for chess.com's of the world being free, there would be others like FICS etc setting up free ones all over the place. Just like open source software, computers internet and software is that rare unique field where you can get things for free because of good natured people doing things for the love of the thing itself, and not money. You write the code once but it can be used infinitely, with no more work needed.
"there is no need for a massive centralised server."
This is not actually the case. First of all, it is not very easy to connect two people directly using a server-- the internet is not built that way (and by the way the internet is built, I mean to refer to TCP/IP).
Not to mention the fact that if some website allowed my system to implement rules of chess (or would somehow rely on the data I sent), hacking it would be a piece of cake.
Just like open source software, computers internet and software is that rare unique field where you can get things for free because of good natured people doing things for the love of the thing itself, and not money.
Really devalues things for those of us who'd like to do it for the money.
Because I'm still pinching my pennies.
8$ a month for the Diamond membership is nothing. It takes more than 8$ in gas to drive into town and back. My friends pay more than 8$ for a drink at a bar. I too get loads of good info and stuff for free online, but free videos by masters, the chess mentor, unlimited tactics training, and plenty of other things are provided by this site, and the MOST premium membership is 8$ a month. I am a cheapskate, and so tight when it comes to money, but c'mon, these guys provide a nice site with tons of stuff for chicken feed. Toss them a little money to keep their servers up and running. I have not regretted it once.
And of course $8 is also less than a dime bag...right?
Buddy you have no idea what youre talking about...Its very easy to setup connections .. have you heard of .. say... torrents?? which is a much more complicated setup. For the chess server.. The server would give host 1 the host 2's machines IP/port which would be listening and then host1 connects host 2. It couldnt be simpler. Ive got a double degree in Comp Sci, and have been working in this field for 12 years... please dont comment if you have no idea what you are talking about.
To hack the software, first of all you'd have to be a coder, second people would block you and stop playing with you. This would be a tiny problem, easily solved with a few mechinisms (like email registration)
The fact that your not paying me 500$k a year to play chess devalues me.
Not to be vociferous or pompous, but I do in fact know what I'm talking about... redirecting IP addresses to establish new connections is seldom a good idea when the two computers are foreign to each other. First of all, consider the monstrous amount of issues you'd have with firewalls blocking ports-- after all, such a connection would require that both playing computers act as servers. We can immediately discount using anything else than HTTP because anything else would almost unanimously be blocked by all self-respecting OSes, not even taking antiviruses into account. Thus, we would need to establish SYN-ACK connections between the two players, a pain enough on it's own. I imagine I don't need to delve further; such a method would not work. BitTorrent et al are made for systems where you have multiple computers seeding and leeching, which is not the case here.
OK, let's say there is a coder. And that he has netcat / tcpdump. A bit of (packet) sniffing around and he can easily determine the exact protocol the chess system uses, and promptly fake packets. No need to wait for people to block you-- just make their clock run to zero or make them resign. E-mail registration wouldn't help you here at all, either-- fake emails are super easy to make.
Not to be vociferous or pompous...
Hey, this is a chess site! None of that kind of thing, buddy.
Damn, I forgot to remove that sentence and press caps lock before typing.
Then maybe you could crank it up to 24-point and put it all in red.
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