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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 27, 2014, 14:26 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:00:
Nintendo handhelds are clearly a dying prospect, though. While they absolutely have the best games right now (that new Zelda looks incredible), if you walk through an airport you'll see 10 kids playing on a tablet or phone for each 1 kid playing a 3DS. Which makes sense - a parent can give a child their old device and put on a bunch of free or $0.99 games and be done with it, rather than the more expensive 3DS and quite expensive games.

And, while I'm sure plenty of adults play the 3DS, outside of Nintendo ads featuring 5 mixed-race mixed-gender 20 somethings in one room, I've never seen an adult play one.

Plus, many of those kids aren't gaming on their parents' device, but watching YouTube videos or cartoons.


Honestly, if I'm Nintendo I would consider making a Kindle. Google and Apple would never split profits, but Amazon would probably be willing to go 50/50 on app sales. You make the device run the forked version of Android and give it access to a decent store that, with Nintendo's help, will become a great kids store. But the device also runs its own cartridges, which is the only way to play Nintendo games. It'd be rough and durable, unlike most hand-me-downs kids get, and it would have the best functionality of both the 3DS and those hand-me-downs. And it'd still be great for adults.

Something to consider.

IMO all the console makers (and PC) need to take a hard look at their game pricing. $40 for handheld and $60 for console isn't going to be a successful model in the nearish future. I think handhelds are still a viable market though; a good design and fun games go a long way.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jan 27, 2014, 08:41 Pigeon
 
Julio wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 13:38:
Pankin wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 12:29:
Mr. fucking Macintosh? And you thought Clippy was annoying. What a terrible idea.

They should bring back Clippy for Windows 9

It looks like you're trying to open a program from the start menu, let me send you to metro.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2014, 15:29 Pigeon
 
Hoop wrote on Jan 24, 2014, 14:34:
Do you cork or screw where you are?

I generally wait till the second date and then let it be a surprise.

I mostly see synthetic corks when I buy wine. Don't think I've ever seen a screw top; maybe a few spigots for the boxed variety.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 13:03 Pigeon
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 12:37:
Yep, Sneak in the vanilla game is super OP at the higher levels. You run around silently and as long as you're crouched they won't see you unless you're lit up like the sun and standing two feet away from them. Then you can just go hide in a dark spot after they spotted you and they instantly de-aggro. What this means is you can ALWAYS hit for 6x arrow or 12x melee damage, or whatever the multipliers were.

And then one of the most popular mods of all time has you trading dragon souls for perks? WTF people you're a god as it is, you want to trivialize everything even further by having every single super power? At least there was supposed to eventually be a limit to how many of those you could unlock, forcing you to make some kind of choices as to how you wanted to build your character.

Assuming this was something patched out or fixed in the DLCs/addons? Cause I have a sneaky bow assassin type character, and while the sneak attacks were pretty devastating, I certainly wasn't killing dragons with one shot. Plus dragons were difficult to hide from.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 23, 2014, 09:12 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 19:40:
Think the most I ever paid for a video card was either $400 or $500. And even though it was a screamer, I still had slight buyers remorse for spending that much...


I tend to spend under $150 and that generally serves my needs. My current machine is probably 6 years old, so a new build is somewhere on the horizon, maybe I'll be able to convince myself to shell out more for a better card.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: HDDs Jan 22, 2014, 11:39 Pigeon
 
Dev wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 09:38:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 08:38:
How do you get a 120% failure rate o_O ? Are they using some kind of multidimensional measurement where the drives are even failing in realities where they're not supposed to? If so that's a pretty crappy hard-drive, but it'd be invaluable to scientific research.
Presumably they get a drive, warranty replace it, and it fails yet again.
So in other words, out of 100 drives, they have to replace drives 120 separate times, many are refurbished warranty replacements that fail yet again.
Jivaro wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 03:46:
Alienware = Dell, so yeah..overpriced crap.
They were overpriced even before dell

Well that certainly makes more sense. Though I still like the idea that they're so terrible they're failing in all alternate realities.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: HDDs Jan 22, 2014, 08:38 Pigeon
 
Blue wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 08:13:
Ant wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 05:49:
Seagate drives = firmware nightmares. Never buy seagate drives.
Buy what brand then?

According to the same article, Hitachi.

Annual failure rates are all over the map ranging from as low as 0.9% to as high as 25.4% - and one drive hit 120%.

How do you get a 120% failure rate o_O ? Are they using some kind of multidimensional measurement where the drives are even failing in realities where they're not supposed to? If so that's a pretty crappy hard-drive, but it'd be invaluable to scientific research.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jan 21, 2014, 11:57 Pigeon
 
If just half of the players who buy the game during a 50%-off sale would have bought the game at full price if that was their only option, we'd already have a wash. What fraction of sale-waiting players fall into this category? I suspect way more than half. The picture gets even worse for 75%-off sales.

And I suspect way less than half. I don't think its so much a matter of, 'if I only wait a few weeks I can get it for %50 less', and more a matter of buying at a perceived fair/good value. I see games that looks fun frequently, but they're not worth $60 to me. Its not even a matter of a game budget, i.e. I only have $60 to spend on games. I think people are more likely to buy 4 games for $30 each than 1 for $60.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 21, 2014, 11:26 Pigeon
 
DOOoooOoOOOOoooooOOOoomed!!!

I'll be worried if they keep making missteps, but the Wii U alone isn't going to tank the company.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 20, 2014, 10:16 Pigeon
 
Unlike Cyan in regular printers that Hershey bar printer will never run out of the vomit taste cartridge.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2014, 09:01 Pigeon
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 23:02:
Creston wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 23:00:
Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 21:57:
Wtf was with Sherman's remarks at the end?

It looked like after the final interception he gave Crabtree a friendly pat on the ass to say "hey man, good game" or something like that, and Crabtree shoved him right in the face. So I'm guessing he was pissed at that.

Should be an interesting Superbowl.

Actually he did the choke motion. He is a turd and Manning is going to fuck him up.

I think the butt pat and face shove happened first, so that could have set Sherman off. Of course Sherman could have easily been talking shit during the butt pat as well. We'll probably never know.

It was a great game, but Kaepernick got greedy on a good drive and tried to throw it into the end-zone in tight coverage. Two time-outs and 40 seconds on the clock is an eternity in football.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 18, 2014, 13:52 Pigeon
 
Step 1: Buy a $50 PC from 1999
Step 2: Install
Step 3: Enjoy
 
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News Comments > WoW to Add Level-up Purchases
26. Re: WoW to Add Level-up Purchases Jan 17, 2014, 13:13 Pigeon
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 11:02:
There are definitely games out there that are enjoyable from level 1 onwards. WoW is definitely NOT one of those games. I (un)subbed from Vanilla WoW ages ago after my n-th *insert creature here* pelt piece of quest...

They actually revamped a lot of the low level questing so there's a constant storyline thread. I found it more enjoyable than vanilla's leveling, but the vast majority of the population is at end game. You don't really get the 'mo' experience of an MMORPG until you've hit max level.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 17, 2014, 13:02 Pigeon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 12:07:
Bastards charge us $2+ for a transaction and they can't keep their equipment updated. You know the fee's will go up when they a forced to upgrade as if our fee's paid for no upkeep whatsoever.

If only they called them additional profit fees, instead of service fees we wouldn't have the expectation that they actual maintain and update their machines.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 17, 2014, 12:57 Pigeon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 11:55:
I one could stream HBO and ESPN al a carte, sell your cable/sat stocks now! That plus rabbit ears for local HD and optional Netflix, you'd be done.

Rabbit ears and Netflix is what I do. I've got better things to spend my money on than 200 channels of crap and commercials. When I had cable I noticed I only watched a handful of shows.

Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 10:14:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 09:59:
Do you still need a cable provider and package to get HBO Go? Yes, then who cares. Start selling it as a separate service and you'll have my interest.

I subscribed to HBO just to see Season 3 of Game of Thrones on HBO Go. So I agree there is a huge untapped audience there. The channel goes for what, $16 per month? And, yes, I realize I can download a 50mb app that will allow me to watch Game of Thrones and loads of other pirated programs all free. But I don't pirate!

I think they could get away with charging $5 or maybe $8 a month for access to Go and people would be happy to pay it for a couple months. Or until they get caught up on Boardwalk Empire and Thrones.... maybe a couple other. They could ape Netflix with no problems. Win win as I see it.

I would certainly subscribe if they offered a standalone netflix like service. Game of Thrones sounds exactly like the kind of show I would like, but I'm sure as hell not going to pay for cable, and then additional cable packages to just to see one show.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: HBO Jan 17, 2014, 09:59 Pigeon
 
Do you still need a cable provider and package to get HBO Go? Yes, then who cares. Start selling it as a separate service and you'll have my interest.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 16, 2014, 22:24 Pigeon
 
StaticRandomNumber wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 19:58:
Sounds more like buying a car and then having to pay again to shift it out of first if you want to go to the grocery store.

Also known as road pricing.

Toll roads are an alternate service. There are already pay to use sites that promise a better experience than free sites. And much like toll roads they often fail to deliver on that promise
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2014, 15:49 Pigeon
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 13:26:
nin wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 13:02:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 12:54:
Does anyone else getting some problems when trying to access Blues?
I am not sure if the website was down this morning or was it my internet connection at work, but I couldn't access the site for about an hour today and pretty much most of the morning yesterday.

Bounced today and I'm pretty sure yesterday, too.


Pretty much everyday during certain time periods.

I've been getting that too. I think it was around 11am EST. but it seems to happen periodically through out the day.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 16, 2014, 13:52 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 13:26:
It's not charging twice, it's "premium". Much like coach, business, and first class seating on a plane. If you can afford it, good times, if not well fuck you peasant!

*sigh* I hate this classist shit.


But don't they already sell tiered internet access based on speed and data caps? So they want you to pay for a fast connection, and then they want you to pay to have a fast connection with say netflix?

Sounds more like buying a car and then having to pay again to shift it out of first if you want to go to the grocery store.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 16, 2014, 13:13 Pigeon
 
I'm not sure I 100% understand what the telecoms are trying to do. So basically you pay to have access to the internet and the amount of bandwidth you can use at a time, and so do the companies that host content. So now they want companies to pay so other people can access their sites faster? How is that not charging twice for the same thing?  
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