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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: 1,700 RadioShack stores closing soon, some liquidating stock at 50% off. Feb 10, 2015, 15:30 Pigeon
 
jimnms wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 11:45:
So basically they're reducing prices to normal retail prices?

You joke, but there's a good chance items will be more expensive than normal. These things get contracted out to liquidation companies that jack up the normally price items by 200%, then slap a 50% discount on it and stick up a big liquidation banner to draw the suckers in. I remember when Circuit City went out of business I was in the store a few days before they went into liquidation and they had decent prices on things, when I went in a few days later things were way more expensive. A TV went up in price by almost $2k. Thing is people were in there buying crap like no there was no tomorrow, because OMG liquidation sale, these must be the cheapest prices ever.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 9, 2015, 11:30 Pigeon
 
I'm pretty sure the move to HTML5 has more to do with security than DRM. So assuming HTML5 doesn't leave client computers as vulnerable as flash, then it's not the same.

Also, perhaps I'm not understanding what is being said in the article completely, but it sounds like the DRM component to HTML 5 is optional. So you could still watch non-DRM HTML 5 content while not supporting content with DRM by not having the extension that allows you to play DRM content.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 6, 2015, 18:18 Pigeon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 17:00:
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 13:59:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 10:24:
If I were a Comcast customer I'd hope for the "Asshole" bill, you get this:

Last week, we wrote about a Comcast customer whose first name was changed to “Asshole” on a bill. Comcast apologized to the customer and offered a full refund for the previous two years and two years of service at no charge.

Worth it! $2400 in cash and your next $2400 free, value.

Jesus. Your Comcast bill is that high? Mine isn't even $80 and I have 105mbit.


But hey! Maybe the merger will make everything all better! </sarcasm>


Plenty of people have $100 or more /mo bills from Comcast. Comcast more than just i-net.

I'm currently paying ~$30 for 50mbit, but that'll jump to ~$65 after the special runs out. I can see how someone can have a massive bill with them, 100mbit internet, digital premium channels, home phone and security system and you're looking at big ass bill.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Feb 5, 2015, 22:14 Pigeon
 
I'm starting to think Mario Lopez might be an immortal like in Highlander. By day hosting fluff TV and at night lopping off heads with a sword. It's the only way to explain why he doesn't ever fucking age.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 3, 2015, 10:42 Pigeon
 
Indeed, Sony confirmed to Forbes that that “the PS4 does not currently support 4K output for gaming”.

They can barely support 1080p gaming.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Police station lobbies safe haven Feb 2, 2015, 11:24 Pigeon
 
Not a bad idea, it'd be nice to see more cities and counties adopt this.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 2, 2015, 11:16 Pigeon
 
The group broadened a campaign against Waze with a new statement criticizing Google's software as hampering the use of speed traps. The trade association said radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques have reduced highways deaths.

"This app will hamper those activities by locating law enforcement officers and puts the public at risk," the group said....

...In a twist, the newly expressed concern about speeding is also Google's own defence of its software.

"Most users tend to drive more carefully when they believe law enforcement is nearby," Waze spokeswoman Julie Mossler said.

Which just goes to show they're more concerned with revenue generation than safety. If you can get people to drive better without having to hand out tickets what's the problem. I've seen police who will sit in their cars with their lights on in areas where people tend to speed or drive like morons, with the clear purpose of reminding people to drive carefully. A much more effective tactic than laying in wait IMO.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Panda Express Feb 1, 2015, 16:05 Pigeon
 
That video is probably a good exampled of confirmation bias. The young people seem to have a pretty negative view to begin with, so they're priming themselves to not like the food. Whereas the older people who may only be marginally aware of the restaurant had a generally favorable opinion of the food. My favorite was the hot and sour soup which the the kids hated, and said it smelled horrible, and the adults said it smelled and tasted very similar to the real thing. In my experience hot and sour soup generally smells pretty bad, but tastes wonderful.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
5. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 31, 2015, 15:39 Pigeon
 
I for one am shocked that the Kia Hamsters have their own porn site, and that many of you are intimately familiar with it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 31, 2015, 14:48 Pigeon
 
I want my Sunday evenings hassle free; it's my zen time before the work week. Plus if I do anything Sunday nights I really don't get the full enjoyment out of it cause I'm thinking about the coming week.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2015, 13:41 Pigeon
 
Bodolza wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 13:11:
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 11:52:
Meesa no think so, George.

Yes, there was.

Technically yes, there was substance in the prequels, but it was pretty poor quality. The entirety of Anakin's character through out the films was poorly written and acted. The only time I found the character enjoyable was when they weren't focusing on giving him 'substance'. As the linchpin character for the prequel it would have been better, not good, if the character had just been circus and no substance.

The original IV, V, and VI weren't perfect, but they delivered much better on the substance front. Yeah Luke/Hamill weren't great at first, and Ewoks were ridiculous, but those were relatively small distractions from good films.

EDIT: Oh and let us not forget how he brushed off criticisms of the quality of the substance as, 'It's just a kids' film.'
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 29, 2015, 19:06 Pigeon
 
A home broadband connection of 10Mbps supports three video streams, plus other Web use, at the same time, Pai said. “For some time now, under this administration, grounding the new benchmark for broadband in reality hasn’t been the point,” he added. “No, the ultimate goal is to seize new, virtually limitless authority to regulate the broadband marketplace...”

Pai went on to say his whole family can simultaneously stream videos of his cat that he took with his Razr V3 and posted on his myspace page...


Silliness aside, I notice the term advanced broadband is being used instead of just broadband. This leads me to believe broadband may still be classified as 4up 1down.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 29, 2015, 13:50 Pigeon
 
Well by the time we have to worry about Super Intelligent AI, the middle class will have collapsed and human labor will be so cheap the machines will hire people to do the jobs they don't want to. Today's theoretical future threats are tomorrows job providers.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 29, 2015, 10:01 Pigeon
 
While the asshole part was pretty bad I personally find the whole retention process even worse. The customer is having financial trouble, and thus looking to cut unnecessary expenses. They get sent to a retention specialist who tries to get them into a 2 year contract, when the customer declines, because they're having financial problems and need to cut expenses and not commit to additional expenses, they smack them with a cancellation fee. And they wonder why they got voted the worst company.  
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News Comments > Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on GOG.com
7. Re: Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on GOG.com Jan 27, 2015, 14:15 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 13:36:
Yeah, I'll grab it when it hits $5. I too still have my original disc and jewel case too. I wonder if the music is redbooked. Always loved the soundtrack for that game.

From the link:
the same musical score as before, re-recorded in higher quality with no unnecessary compression;
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 26, 2015, 09:40 Pigeon
 
The Apple-centric site reported Thursday that the S1 chip in the Apple Watch is similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, and the display has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. That gives the watch impressive performance and a stunning screen, but it also means shorter battery life. According to 9to5Mac's unnamed sources, Apple really wants the watch to stand up to 2.5 to 4 hours of intense use (fitness-tracking, games, or apps), or three days in standby mode when the watch face display is off.

Games and Apps! on your tiny little wrist watch! Good thing it gets 60 FPS, though I bet developers cap games at 30FPS because they're too lazy to code correctly. /sarcasm.

Maybe I lack 'vision', but I don't see the point of this product.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 25, 2015, 16:13 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 25, 2015, 15:22:
No need for speed: Cable industry opposes 25Mbps broadband definition.

"Why are you making us invest in infrastructure when our current monopoly/collusion system is making us 90% returns?" Bigcry

I'd think 12 or 15 Mbps would more realistic as a minimum, but 25 is probably more forward thinking. Connection speed has long been a bottle for internet services. Nobody is going to bother upgrading to 4k capable hardware if their internet can barely handle 720p streaming video. Also I like that info graph that shows how little competition there is for boradband. Once you get past 10Mbps, assuming around the max you can expect most DSL, choices for providers drop drastically. At 25Mbps only 25% of people have a choice of providers.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch
7. Re: Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch Jan 24, 2015, 16:56 Pigeon
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 15:12:
Vio wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 15:05:
Can you travel to different systems yet via flight/warp/jump?

You're joking, right? They're too busy squeezing mo' moneh outta people by releasing more concepts of ships. No time for the actual game!

BadIronTree wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 14:41:
No hate comment yet ?
Something is terrible wrong !!!

There. Better now?


To seriously answer the original question: You're still kidding, right? All you can do is fart in your cockpit seat (of select single seater craft only so far... the multiplayer ship play won't be released until later this year in AC 2.0) and do some dogfighting on a few tiny maps. And you can race on a few other tiny maps.
That's it. There's not even a hint of a persistent universe or in fact *any* universe just yet...

I picked this up as part of a promotion when you buy a new GFX card. Pretty, but there's not a lot to do other than putz around a small area in your ship. I seriously don't understand how people can dump hundreds of dollars into this game buying virtual goods for a game that's not even close to being complete. I would need a massive reserve of disposable wealth before I'd even consider it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
2. Re: Evening Patches Jan 23, 2015, 09:21 Pigeon
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 20:08:
Cool. I got the Galciv 3 beta on a Steam sale. I haven't tried it yet. I was just kind of waiting around for the full game to come out and figured I might as well get it on sale.

I really enjoyed GalCiv-II, but I'll probably wait for the finished product; if for no other reason than I don't need something that will eat up that much time right now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 22, 2015, 19:09 Pigeon
 
“The Internet is not a monopoly like the telephone companies were and the utilities were in the 1930s,” said US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). “It is one of the most vibrant markets in the world. The chairman’s draft is an attempt to keep it that vibrant marketplace.”

He's totally right, a person can choose to sell their house and buy one in another territory, and if they end up not liking the service there they can sell their house again. The only thing vibrant is the green in the bags of money they undoubtedly contributed to ole'Joe and his PACs.
 
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