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Real Name Gregory Bloom   
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Nickname ColBlister
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Description Ancient geek
Homepage http://slashdot.org
Signed On Nov 5, 2002, 23:50
Total Comments 67 (Suspect)
User ID 15108
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Finger guards Dec 16, 2014, 01:30 ColBlister
 
What's your opinion on using finger guards while cutting. Like these.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. gjbloom@yahoo.com Oct 6, 2014, 14:17 ColBlister
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 12:19:
When the average American household earns $40k, and the average Russian household income is $17,000 per year, there's bound to be pricing differences between regions, as there's pricing differences between all goods across regions.

Not all goods. In fact, most goods are priced beyond the buying power of the less wealthy. There's just no way the average Bangladeshi will ever afford a Bugatti Veyron, and Bugatti isn't marketing a cut-rate Veyron to sell to the less well-heeled.

By offering discounted pricing in less-affluent markets, software manufacturers are revealing that they are able to make a profit at this lower price. This implies they're charging a higher price in more affluent markets because that's what they believe those suckers are willing to pay.
 
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
22. 4K TVs Aug 1, 2014, 17:49 ColBlister
 
Because of the angular displacement of pixels at distances greater than about 2 meters, video content on a 4K screen looks little different to the average viewer from average TV viewing distances. The eye has to be much closer to the screen for it to make any real difference. If you thought the uptake of 3D TV was tepid, wait until you see the big yawn consumers give 4K.

The real market for 4K is computer monitors, where the viewer is close enough to distinguish each of those 8.2 million pixels. I use a 50-inch 4K TV as my computer monitor, and aside from the fact that games are limited to 30 FPS and many apps aren't written to cope with this brave new hdpi world, it is wonderful.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Delayed
8. Translation May 28, 2014, 11:05 ColBlister
 
"It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better."

Translation: Everybody has told us the controller sucks, and it means we have to fix it.
 
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News Comments > ArcheAge Founder's Packs
17. Cultivating rabid fans Apr 26, 2014, 11:38 ColBlister
 
People who part with $150 for early access will be subject to confirmation bias. They are less willing to see fault in something they've paid richly for. Trion are thus assured of having an early fan base who say many positive things about the game, while minimizing negatives. You can't buy that kind of positive buzz. No, in fact, it appears you have to sell it.  
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5. Journalists vs. Users Apr 24, 2014, 15:08 ColBlister
 
When I look at Metacritic, I compare how well the critic's score lines up with the user's score. If a game has an 80 from journalists but users only give a 7.2, I'll be extra cautious. Flipsidewise, a game that has a journalists score of 74 but the users give it 8.0 is almost certainly a buy. Seems like journalists are often influenced by things other than fun.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Requires Uplay
21. Twice the services, twice the fun? Apr 8, 2014, 13:33 ColBlister
 
The cool thing is that for games you buy on Steam that require Uplay, it doesn't matter which service you launch the game from, it will also launch the other service. Twice the waiting, twice the updates, twice the fun!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Season?!? Mar 29, 2014, 15:00 ColBlister
 
You think there's a "season" for BBQ? Naw, son. What you got right there is a "season" on your gumption. When I lived in Colorado, I kept the grill next to the sliding glass door that led to the deck. With that setup, the man-stove is always open for business. Sure, you get a little BBQ smoke inside sometimes, but that just whets the appetite. Long as the wind doesn't blow out the flame, your ribs'll do their happy-dance on the grill just fine, even in subzero weather.  
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9. Zaford's Chuliann SMG Mar 16, 2014, 00:09 ColBlister
 
I entered the shift code, fired up my Zer0 character and was delighted to find the Chuliann SMG in his backpack. However, when I equip this shiny new piece of certain death, it auto-slags my character. WTF? If I switch to a different weapon, the slag decays out. But if I re-equip the Chuliann SMG, my character complains of being slagged. What's up with that?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. New Recipe? Feb 8, 2014, 12:18 ColBlister
 
Coco Bolognese. I like the sound of it. Maybe dribble some long fingers of bolognese sauce on a silicone baking mat and bake them until they're just slightly burnt and serve them on the side? Perhaps sprinkle them with a little parmesan right at the end of baking to give them body? Mmmm... I smell an experiment.  
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
8. I might use it Jan 27, 2014, 11:37 ColBlister
 
Heck, just this past weekend I was wondering whether there might be a way to move my in-progress Path of Exile game from my office out to the living room. Sounds like this might allow that.  
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News Comments > WoW to Add Level-up Purchases
28. Pay to win? Jan 17, 2014, 14:15 ColBlister
 
Isn't this just one wahfer-thin mint away from pay to win?  
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News Comments > SimCity Offline Mode Coming
48. Rebranding Jan 13, 2014, 17:07 ColBlister
 
Since EA won't be increasing the city size, perhaps they'll rebrand it "Sim Village" to achieve something closer to what they're providing?  
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Announced for 64-bit PCs
28. Marketing Oct 15, 2013, 22:09 ColBlister
 
They're charging $100 to guarantee that only the true fanatics buy it before release. Those fans will then have to justify to themselves as well as to their friends that it was worth every penny, assuring plenty of pre-release positive buzz. It's a win-win for them.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to "Next Adventure"
10. Hope they develop for PC first Apr 15, 2013, 12:22 ColBlister
 
I hope they develop their next title for PCs first, taking full advantage of the hardware, and then worry about dumbing it down for a console port. Skyrim was horribly hobbled by having been crafted to run under the constraints of consoles.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
12. Adrenaline causes aggression Feb 28, 2013, 16:48 ColBlister
 
Any activity that releases adrenaline will increase aggression. When I play a shooter, then sensation I get is exactly like what an aggressive racquetball game used to feel like, minus the exertion and sweat. Anyone concerned about increased aggression after playing video games should be just as concerned about competitive sports.  
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News Comments > Rockstar: GTA 5 for PC "Up for Consideration"
41. Shareholders should ask about PC ports Nov 19, 2012, 15:03 ColBlister
 
If I were a major shareholder in Take-Two, I'd be asking the board why they're leaving money on the table by failing to develop for the PC market. It is inconceivable that they would fail to make money, especially if they co-developed for PC and released at the same time.  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V in Spring
29. gjbloom@yahoo.com Oct 31, 2012, 00:40 ColBlister
 
Still no Red Dead Redemption for PC, proving Rockstar doesn't mind leaving a ton of money on the table. I'm surprised TTWO shareholders put up with this shit.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Another alternative: Path of Exile May 20, 2012, 10:58 ColBlister
 
An excellent title in development by an indie group in New Zealand is Path of Exile. Unlike D3, it allows quite a bit of specialization.

It'll be free-to-play when it comes out in August, but you can support the devs by donating $10 now to get in on their closed beta. I don't have any association with them except as a happy player.
 
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News Comments > Good Old Games Becomes GOG.com
28. Memories Mar 27, 2012, 20:11 ColBlister
 
Maybe they're doing this in hopes of getting people to forget the time they thought it'd help business to lie to their customers about being closed down?  
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