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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 29, 2009, 14:46 DG
 
"Revolution"?

"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
—Antoine De Saint-Exupery
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: How stupid can you be... Aug 29, 2009, 08:41 DG
 
A few years ago I got a phone call from some random woman who was incoherent but it was definately bitchy, and she was apparently completely incapable of processing anything I said. So I hung up.

Shortly afterwards I got a call from a guy who insisted my phone had been used by a girl to harass his girlfriend. He was very angry and aggressive but I figured the behaviour would be reasonable if he had been talking to whoever was responsible for these calls to his GF, so I decided to tolerate it for a bit and clear up the confusion since apparently there was a real villan somewhere.

Since he was looking for a girl he asked for whomever had made the calls and I told him no girl had used my phone that day.

He seemed to take this at face value (surprisingly), so he asked if it had been lying around where someone else might have used it since the call had definitely come from my number (something he repeatedly insisted on throughout the call). When I told him that wasn't possible it dawned on him that I might be a liar. At no point did it occur to him that I might actually be complicit in the abusive calls, but he did now decide I was covering for a girlfriend to keep her out of trouble, and proceeded to inform me how reprehensible my doing that was.

Now I was concerned that someone had cloned my phone / obtained access to my phone account so I told him I wanted details so I could contact my teleco and requested that he complain about the call to his. I asked for the time of the call, the duration, and, anticipating the "stupid question" the teleco would ask, I asked him to confirm how it was he knew with certainly the call had come from my number.

HIM: oh yeah definately your number
ME: yes but please confirm how you know this because TMobile will need to know
HIM definately your number
ME: yeah but just so I can confirm how you know because TMobile will definatly ask
HIM: that girl gave it to my girlfriend so they could arrange a fight, definitely this number, she repeated it
ME: ... and that was definitely the number on her phone's screen yeah?
HIM: huh?
ME: like right now I can see your number XXX XXX XXX on my phone's screen, it says who is calling me
HIM: oh yeah
ME: ... so the number on the screen was this number that you are calling me on now yeah? 'Cuz if it wasn't then obviously that girl could have just gave out any number couldn't she. Did she have a Scottish accent, like me?
HIM ...
ME: You should also be able to look in the phone's log and it should show it there.
HIM: uh... she had an Essex accent <like him> ...
ME: ...
HIM: oh <tuts> <click>


Imbicile. Didn't even have the grace to apologise.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: How stupid can you be... Aug 28, 2009, 15:29 DG
 
jimnms, call/write to his bank.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2009, 14:47 DG
 
strich it's easy these days. Even a standard Core 2 with a cooler from the retail box will work fine. Stick it in a shuttle or one of the better competitors with some memory and either use integrated video or a low-end video card with passive cooler (lots of which are half-height, do HD video and come with HDMI port). Most onboard audio is "decent" though if you're plugging it into the TV for video then audio will go through the HDMI port anyway.

Going with linux, just take care that the chipset (inc. audi chip) and (especially) any wireless card/dongle has linux drivers. Video drivers shouldn't be a problem with ati or nvidia though the latter generally has better linux drivers.

there's also lots of prebuilt SFF/Nettops; check Asus eePC, MSI Wind, HP and Dell.

I wouldn't be too put off by pre-installed Windows, it often adds negligible amount to the price and you can dual boot.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Aug 28, 2009, 13:24 DG
 
Hey, we aren't all animals!
You're a robot?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Aug 27, 2009, 14:29 DG
 
NESTA’s survey claimed that 97 per cent of the its respondents – comprised of industry members and external financiers – had backed the idea of tax breaks for the games sector
no, really?

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News Comments > EVE Online Banking Story
9. Re: EVE Online Banking Story Aug 26, 2009, 14:19 DG
 
Every time I hear about an EVE scandal, apart from the one involving devs, I think what a great game where stuff like this can happen.

If I could make the time commitment this would be the one MMO I'd actually try out.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 26, 2009, 14:16 DG
 
I suspect BR mass-penetration may come too late on PC, being overtaken by downloads.

Neither software nor games come on BR.

BR-burners are still expensive and are unlikely to be the best option. Home users on balance should probably go for a backup HDD (not necessarily the best backup methodology, until you factor in the point about convenience means it actually gets done). Businesses could use the capacity to backup the server or whatever but they're already using tried & tested tape.

I got a BR drive for my PC because I use it for rented movies (which cost me no more than DVDs), the hardware cost me about the price of a pizza since I needed a DVD drive and graphics card (yes the DRM means can't use an old card...) anyway. Otherwise, I don't see any point.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 26, 2009, 14:08 DG
 
It's not like it costs anything but shipping to get the 64 bit version on disk
MS even have a download to swap a Vista 32bit to 64bit (for nothing) and IIRC all versions of W7 come with both on the disc.
 
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
5. Re: UK govt proposes idiotic two-strikes Aug 26, 2009, 13:42 DG
 
When a UK government's been in power too long they seem to go completely bonkers
Too long being anything after they start thinking about the next election.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 26, 2009, 13:32 DG
 
I think if I was buying now I'd go for the PS3. I think the game options are better on 360 but if buying now I'd be less aware of that and hence be more swayed by getting the Bluray player for a relatively small price difference.  
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News Comments > Weisman: MS "Destroyed" FASA Dev Culture
20. Re: Weisman: MS Aug 26, 2009, 13:28 DG
 
What does he mean by "development culture"? I assume perhaps a better/more common phrase would be entrepreneurial culture? (as opposed to the relatively bureaucratic/monolithic MS).  
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News Comments > Livingstone: Used Games "No Benefit"
55. Re: Used Games No Benefit Aug 20, 2009, 15:32 DG
 
The used car market example certainly does apply. People sell their old in order to finance their new. Some people never buy old, some never buy new. The principle is exactly the same.

It also exemplifies the "problem".

The difference between the seller's price and the buyer's price is very close in cars: nil for a private sale and even very low to dealerships. Thus what Jonny pays for a second hand car goes almost directly into someone else's purchase of a new car.

In games however, the money give to the seller is much less than is paid by the buyer - the store takes a big margin, effectively taking money out of the "new game economy".

The second issue is static game pricing. A VW Golf commands a high price when new because they are renown for having an excellent value on the used car market. The specific manufacturer makes MORE money because of the high amount of used sales. In gaming however, prices of news games are mostly fixed regardless of the activity on the second hand market.

Oh and publishers really need to stop trying to make their customers feel guilty for being rational. You guys deserve to make a living from us when and only when you satisfy our consumer wants better than anybody else. Problems are an opportunity wanting to be found. Figure it out and make some money, or keep whining and keep losing money.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Retail DLC Bundle
4. Re: Fallout 3 Retail DLC Bundle Aug 19, 2009, 17:04 DG
 
Yeah the GotY version is the one to get if you haven't got this already. Actually, if may be the best to go for if you haven't gotten around to any of the DLC yet - it'll probably be about the same (possibly cheaper) price as all the DLC and no mucking about.

Mothership Zeta isn't going to be on any retail disk apart from the GOTY edition. So they're saying now anyway, check fallout wiki.
 
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News Comments > Fable III Announced, Fable II Episodes
11. Re: Fable III Announced, Fable II Episodes Aug 19, 2009, 12:50 DG
 
Yeah Fable II is an open-ish world adventure game with RPG elements.

It's not my perfect game but I don't generally assume that all games are designed with me in mind. I enjoyed it.

and +1 Jonny, buying properties and earning rents (even with the 360 off) was a good move, keeps some "work" initially then it kicks in so there is hardly any tedious grinding unless you want it.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2009, 13:50 DG
 
Championship Manager are doing a Radiohead with pre-orders of the game (ends 11 Sept)

http://www.championshipmanager.co.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.1088

(there is a minimum "transaction fee", though it's only £2.50 in UK.)

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Britain Gets A 360 Price Increase. Aug 17, 2009, 13:34 DG
 
02/12/05: In US $299.99, in UK £178.71=$307.38. P= 02%. [IR 1.72/1] (Core 360)
06/11/08: In US $199.99, in UK £110.63=$175.90. P=-12%. [IR 1.59/1] (Arcade 360)
17/08/09: In US $199.99, in UK £113.03=$186.50. P=-07%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
01/09/09: In US $199.99, in UK £139.12=$229.55. P= 15%. [IR 1.65/1] (Arcade 360)
IR = interbank exchange rate (01/09/08 uses 17/08/09 rate)
P = % markup applied to UK price after allowing for the prevailing exchange rate.

UK prices are net of VAT, which is collected and paid within the UK therefore the exchange rate does not apply to it.

The figures suggest only 1/3 of the price increase is accounted for by currency fluctuation.

However it would be much less than that. A significant portion of MS' UK sales will also be expended in the UK, with only profits being turned into US dollars.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Aug 16, 2009, 11:55 DG
 
Consoles didn't "ruin" DLC, they brought it about.

Previously what we had on PC was sizeable expansion packs at retail, and the occasional free map or whatever with a patch. Consoles didn't have anything.

Now on PC we have... Exactly the same thing plus some paid-for "DLC". Consoles now have some DLC.

The points are (IMHO) correct about console-makers failing to encourage the best use of DLC, and how MS seems to completely fail to see the approach Valve takes with TF2 and L4D, and is obsessed that everything should be paid for (even bloody themes). As are points about publishers failing to produce valuable and timely DLC.

But "ruining" implies taking something good and making it bad. All they have done is introduce poor DLC and not made it much better.
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD Trailer
18. Re: Serious Sam HD Trailer Aug 16, 2009, 06:57 DG
 
I wonder what price point they'll release this at. I'd buy it for 10 or 15 dollars, but if they're going to release this as a full priced game, then it's going to have to wait until it's in the dollar bin at Steam.
The closing screen shows XBLA which may be a good sign, though not sure if it could fit into the 1600msp size cap and I don't know if/how MS are branding the full downloadable games they recently introduced
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Aug 15, 2009, 07:00 DG
 
£16.99 Orange Box
£3.05 HL 1 Anthology
£26.99 L4D (£23 on Play)
£5.99 DOD:S
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£53.02

Valve complete £47.69

Still 10% off but I can't image it's worth buying DOD:S now (good as it was back in the day) so bit of a dull sale, especially since L4D is overpriced (I say that as a big L4D fan, it should be £14 like TF2).

Orange Box + HL1 Anthology is an obvious better bargain over the HL pack, for the trivial £ difference.
 
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