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The Surprising Second Life of the PlayStation Vita

Conception PS4 + Vita Bundle (161 comments)

Is rumored to come out this Christmas. If they get it in for $600, that may be the death kneel for the Xbone. IF they match the price of the Xbone, 100% over. And it'll drive people away from the 3DS as well. The Vita is a great piece of hardware, they just have no games really worth investing in.

Disclaimer: Owner of 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, etc etc... No trolling. I'd prefer the Xbone to be the better system, but from a business perspective, there's no way they could stop a bundle like that.

about 10 months ago

Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist

Conception I'm Watching... (110 comments)

I think the coolest thing about this, and planets like it, are if you were in a spaceship, fairly close, you could watch it swing around the sun in real time. Like a slow clock hand... or actually, I suppose, a fast one.

about a year ago

Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Conception Re: Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

I own three third party cables that work fine with my iPhone 5S. I think the chip is FUD.

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Conception Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave... (773 comments)

But really, the 5C is the same thing Apple has done, at least since the 4S. New version starts at 199 (5s) and the old version starts at 99 (the 5), only in this case, they made the old version better/more interesting to move away from the, "Oh, it's just last years version. Why would I want that?" for those people that aren't going to buy the latest and greatest. There is no huge change in their business plan, they are just being more aggressive on selling "the old stuff" by giving it a make-over as well.

1 year,5 days

Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim

Conception Re:Romney waived a red flag (836 comments)

I think some of the resentment comes from a fallacy in the distinction you made: either they worked for it, or they got lucky. But lots of people work very hard, and the poor probably work the hardest. Effort is only one contributor to wealth. Luck and societal help play a huge role in both but many of the wealthy refuse to admit that, preferring to the inflated view that it was all them and if less wealthy people would just work harder, they'd be fine. It's an arrogant presumption that simply isn't true. The guy who works two eight hour jobs for his family, six days a week, for 30K a year works harder than Romney ever has. Yet Romney has over 3,000 times the wealth of that man and generally is of the opinion he got their on his own.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Explaining Role-Playing Games To the Uninitiated?

Conception Video Game without the Computer (197 comments)

I always just explain it as playing a video game, except you do all of the math by hand and dice, and make up the story rather than having to choose the options given to you by a video game. Seems to make sense to most people I've told it to.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

Conception Evernote and it's ilk (364 comments)

Evernote is pretty fantastic for organizing notes and then, unlike with pen and paper, you have the ability to attach pdfs, websites, etc etc and search through all of them.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Unveils, Hotmail's Successor

Conception Re:Good names available (368 comments)

Foolishly, they allow outlook in the username. So...uh... have fun with that guys!

more than 2 years ago

Lenovo CEO Gives His $3M Bonus To 10k Workers

Conception Re:Bloody communists! (267 comments)

This is not the case. If a CEO receives 1 million dollars in stock, he can then sell it for 1 million dollars. If the company stock stays level, he still is being paid 1 million dollars. If they stock drops by half, he's still being paid 500,000 dollars. The stock he receives isn't worthless until he proves himself. It has value and he can do many things with it including selling it at a lower income tax bracket than many Americans.

more than 2 years ago

Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors

Conception Re:No Classic or Rosetta (683 comments)

"Their hardware is plenty fast enough to perform the emulation." Buy Parallels/Install VMWare Hypervisor and emulate it yourself. You don't need 10.8 to run decade old software.

more than 2 years ago

60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

Conception Re:More capacity, but what about I/O? (293 comments)

It's not the interface, it's the drives themselves. They aren't really faster than they were when ATA-133 came out. Doesn't matter what interface you stick on there, hard-drives aren't getting faster (thank god for SSD). At 60TB also, the BER rate approaches something like 600% chance over the whole of the drive, or something like that, if they are using the same reliability numbers that current drives use. Terrifying.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

Conception Prezi + 10-20-30 (291 comments)

Maybe Prezi will help with the boring topic? Keep people's eyes engaged?

Also, the 10-20-30 rule has always worked pretty well for me. 10 slides. 20 minutes. 30 point font.

more than 2 years ago

Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins

Conception Re:When can I get one on my desktop? (86 comments)

About seven years. That's the almost clock-work timing of supercomputer to laptop, desktop should be a bit sooner.

more than 2 years ago

Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab Blocked in the EU

Conception Re:Just a reminder: Samsung isn't innocent here (412 comments)

I don't particularly agree with Apple's stance, but your argument actually points out some reasons why it may be valid.

"To make money, you must design, market, and sell a product that the consumer..."

"In fact, every company in existence should just quit conducting market research, stop paying for focus groups..."

What Apple is saying, right or wrong, is that Samsung in fact failed to design and market a product that would be successful, they failed in their market research, failed in using focus groups and instead saw that Apple was successful and copied their design. Especially telling that they changed their design to match the iPads before their product release as Apple's success was more important to their design decisions then their own research and design.

more than 3 years ago

A Tale of Two Countries

Conception Re:Computers - Taking Away Jobs (518 comments)

Granddad just called floating point precision bugs thieves and had them flogged. Same bugs, more entertaining.

more than 3 years ago

A Tale of Two Countries

Conception Computers - Taking Away Jobs (518 comments)

I remember back when granddad had a computer. He'd add up all the coins and do the math required for the accounting for the business. Then silly technology came along and now we have "calculators" and "computers". What happened to the real faces behind these jobs?! How many people are out of work that have the skills to do long division -JUST LIKE A COMPUTER-! It's a terrible thing and we should at once do away with progress. It's far too damaging to the economy.

more than 3 years ago



Conception Conception writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Conception (212279) writes "They really mean business this time. Yesterday a new and crappy scan of Duke Nukem Forever appeared on the 3D Realms forums. The image shows a dark room filled with stuff that can't be expressed properly by a non-hardcore fan like me. After various scan and photoshop jobs however, the first better quality images were uploaded and ... I still can't make out what the hell is going on. Maybe this is a Chinese myth dragon or something, I don't know. Hopefully a high resolution picture will be released soon."


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