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Nickname swedishfriend
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Signed On Jun 29, 2005, 17:37
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2016, 13:57 swedishfriend
That chevy starts at 37500. Not "sub $30,000". The $7500 tax credit is not money they give you but can only be subtracted from your tax liability so if you do not owe more than $7500 then you do not get those savings. Most families looking for a reasonably priced car will not benefit from that tax credit.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2016, 23:34 swedishfriend
99% of posts are not news so does that mean that all news stories on FB are false?  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 14, 2016, 23:30 swedishfriend
The noise from the tires is already much louder than the engine noise in many modern gasoline cars. When I am out walking I often hear the tire noise without ever hearing the engine of cars that are close.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 4, 2016, 11:46 swedishfriend
Suing the government because of rules that private companies enforce on their private platforms... New level of stupid? They want the government to interfere with private entities in order to stop the exercise of free speech that the private companies are engaging in... to protect free speech?  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 14, 2016, 12:40 swedishfriend
Apparently phones cannot be looked at without a warrant. Great for privacy protections.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 19, 2016, 09:15 swedishfriend
My T-mobile plan seems intact. $30 per month truly unlimited data (5GB high speed) and texts with 100 minutes of talk. Lots of streaming services do not count towards the 5GB high speed limit at all... I hope I can keep it.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 19, 2016, 09:04 swedishfriend
He is not saying there will be no more consoles, just that the new ones will be compatible with the older ones. So no clean breaks from one generation to the next...  
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News Comments > Major Hyperdrift League Demo
2. Re: Major Hyperdrift League Demo Aug 15, 2016, 18:40 swedishfriend
Holy crap that game needs a ton of work. Shiny graphics but everything else is bad or broken and that is in their own trailer.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jul 25, 2016, 00:56 swedishfriend
Music creation is huge on iOS devices. Bluetooth introduces huge latency. Headphone jacks are already part of devices that are too thin to be practical and all the other parts in phones get smaller so I don't see space as a real consideration.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
19. Re: Ban White Trucks!!! Jul 2, 2016, 20:23 swedishfriend
Tesla cars have logged over 130 million miles in autopilot mode with 1 fatality. Human drivers in the USA average 1 death per 94 million miles so even though this is a beta test it is still safer than human drivers.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 7, 2014, 14:08 swedishfriend
Beamer wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 10:58:
NegaDeath wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 10:30:
Well shit look at that, piracy is down. And not because of their legal goons suing grandmothers. It's almost like customers wanted distribution schemes that match the modern age rather than just having to pirate stuff or buy discs. Weird.

Yeah, but that's a hollow victory. That means that, in order to stop piracy, they had to give it away for free. Which is basically what Spotify is. No one makes money via Spotify, not even Spotify, though they make more than the labels or artists do.

It isn't a very good solution if you want to make money off of music. Having a high percentage pirate and a small percentage buy was probably more profitable.

That said, I love Spotify.

Good thing people are spending more than ever to buy music. I gave up on Spotify as music I was looking for wasn't on there and more is disappearing. There is probably 100 times as many artists who can make a living off of their music since filesharing came along. More money is being spent on buying music while the top 40 suffers. This means a great democratization of spending on music is happening as money is spread out to many more artists.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 8, 2014, 11:34 swedishfriend
In the past theaters would lower prices to get more people in the door. Now they just keep raising prices. People have less money to spend now than 10-15 years ago but ticket prices have doubled. Makes no sense to me. Most of the ticket money goes to the studio anyways, why would the theater not focus on getting as many people through the door as possible? If the studios charge too much for new releases, use older 3D films that are known to be good as half of your line-up. Most of the people I know are just starting to get interested in 3D movies because they are figuring out the difference between films that were shot stereoscopically and those that were converted. I have seen Avatar and Brave in 3D and all others I am staying away from until I have a way of watching them in 3D the way they were shot. 3D is just starting to be accepted but people are talking like the fad is over...  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 7, 2014, 14:13 swedishfriend
Flappy birds took two months to slowly climb the charts. I absolutely remember hearing about this game on podcasts towards the end of last year because people and especially their kids were playing it. Two months is plenty of time for word of mouth to spread especially among kids. His other games rose up the charts after the success of Flappy Birds which makes sense if real people liked his game and checked out his older games. Either he mimicked real traffic perfectly and somehow made people on podcasts think it was popular before it was at the top or it is real traffic.  
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Requires 64-Bit OS
28. Re: Titanfall Beta Requires 64-Bit OS Feb 5, 2014, 12:18 swedishfriend
Darks wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 10:08:
Cutter wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 01:32:
necrosis wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 00:29:
Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 21:17:
Not like I was going to bother with Titfall anyway but why not Vista 64 bit?
Because you deserve to be dragged into the street and stoned if your still running Vista.

Why should I go out and give MS another $100 when this OS works fine?

You got to be kidding me with that comment cutter, Vista does not and has never worked fine. Itís a caching pig, Have you ever just sat there and listened to your hard drive grind to death because itís constantly caching your files? Im suprised you havnt replaced a Hard Drive by now.

There many other things that is also wrong with that OS like being a slow over bloated pig which is why Microsoft pushed Win 7 out so quickly.

BTW Cutter, I have several Win 7 Pro keys, you can have one if you like. Sent you an email with the key.

Windows 7 does the same caching bit. You can turn it off in both. Vista crashes less than my iPod touch.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 5, 2014, 11:59 swedishfriend
Drug dealers are nice. The silk road is just a very secure version of Ebay. I don't know that the owner is brave enough to sell drugs.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 5, 2014, 11:58 swedishfriend
Who cares about Metadata collection when they are capturing the actual data.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
25. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 6, 2014, 16:59 swedishfriend
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 14:38:
BitWraith wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:05:
I'll be curious to see how this generation pans out. The boxes are selling well, but I'm not sure how the casual crowd is going to react fully to the seemingly lackluster upgrades from last gen. South Park said it best when they said "The graphics are 10% better!"

I'm also curious to see how Steam Machines affect the landscape.

The graphics are 10% better... now.
People seem to forget how things work in the 3D era. It isn't like the jump from NES to SNES anymore. But go look at the 360 or PS3 launch titles and compare them to late Xbox or PS2 titles, then to current 360 or PS3 titles. They look much more like the earlier generation than like current titles.
In other words, what we're seeing now is significantly worse than what these consoles are capable of and will be doing.

The bigger issue will be gameplay changes.
NES -> SNES: More buttons, meaning more ways to interact
SNES -> N64/PS: 3D
N64/PS -> PS2/GC/Xbox: Standard dual stick, allowing for better interaction with 3D worlds, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds like GTA3
PS2/GC/Xbox -> PS3/360: Standardized and utilized online, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds
PS2/360 -> PS4/Xbone: ???

Not really sure what this generation will offer that last generation couldn't do. I don't know if anyone is sure. Previously, there were clear signs and clear things being pushed. Now, everything is done better, but better isn't new. The new stuff is more out-of-game, like streaming and recording, but that doesn't change games.

Streaming and making it easier for independent developers will both encourage risk-taking in games. Streaming is at least like word-of-mouth help for a game and possibly it can reach thousands of people in more popular streams. Spreading out the attention and money means that more unusual ideas can get funding so we will see what comes out as worthy to hold on to.

IMO larger worlds is just now happening in a way that makes them fun to control which takes good frame rates for anything with real-time movement. Red faction guerrilla was the first I actually liked to play on a console and that still is very rudimentary in many ways. Imagine Red Faction Guerrilla with better and more NPC AIs. I loved the way they would help you, pick up arms and join in the fight against their oppressors. I imagine richer interactions like in an elder scrolls game where NPCs have lives and things to do and Walk around doing their own stuff. Then Mix that with the ever-changing "mood" of the AI in Guerrilla and the more fluid action. Run it smooth and let weird interactions between the player and the AI to happen as many as possible. That will be a brand new experience because of the pieces working together to make this fast, co-operative (or hostile) fluid experience. From talking to action to building support for the cause and organizing defenses, you just get an exponential increase in combinations of behaviors (end result)when you make things faster and with a finer granularity of possibilities.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 23, 2013, 08:41 swedishfriend
The NSA shit-storm recently is probably one reason there have been so many bigger or well-known companies recently announcing that they will accept bitcoin.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 22, 2013, 13:02 swedishfriend
So pretty big actually.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
4. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 8, 2013, 12:54 swedishfriend
There is more money in music now than ever. The internet might hurt the bands that get heavily promoted by a record company but on aggregate more money is spent on music now than ever before. Smaller bands have an easier time making money and finding an audience. The fact that the author of this article writes "pandora wages an ugly war to pay less" tells me that the author is ignorant or working for one of those big record companies that might be hurt by more money going to smaller artists. If Pandora paid nothing (just like a radio station) they would still be increasing the sales of whatever music they stream (7% increase is the smallest number I have seen in studies).  
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