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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

CronoCloud Re: Few of us have inside and outside legal counse (143 comments)

that the payment thing was only on files under 100MB

X-men-XVID-HQ-MKV-part1.rar
X-men-XVID-HQ-MKV-part2.rar
X-men-XVID-HQ-MKV-part3.rar
X-men-XVID-HQ-MKV-part4.rar

etc etc.

yesterday
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

Will SCEA repair it in ten or even five years time? The answer is no

Actually, the answer is probably yes. They still service PS2's! And if they don't... there are other services that can repair/replace a blu-ray drive.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (227 comments)

What does it use for H.264 given that x264 is GPL? And how does it satisfy the "scripts used to control [...] installation" requirement of the LGPLv2.1?

Probably bsd licensed openh264. http://www.openh264.org/

Or perhaps you're referring to balance changes to make the game playable without the optional accessory.

More the fact that the Dreamcast mouse wasn't a common easily available accessory, just like with the Genesis, SNES and PSone mice. I may have owned SNES and PSone mice but they were rare.

With the Sony machines, they just use USB, you can use any old mouse and/or keyboard you have handy.

about a week ago
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The Man Who Made Tetris

CronoCloud Re:He said free software destroys the market (37 comments)

He's right when it comes to games. Artists, musicians, voice talent, engine licensing, middleware licenses...it costs money.

Sure there's always a few guys basically donating time to thinks like Wesnoth or Nethack, but they can do that because they have full time jobs doing something else. The people who want to actually make a living making games are different.

I'm surprised you didn't ask: "What's the best practices for contacting Alexey Pajitnov to discuss his opinions on playing same-screen multiplayer tetris, after school with kids, with infinite spin, on an SDTV."

 

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

If I want a console to play my old Nintendo games on, I need an old Nintendo console.

What, you don't keep your old consoles around? ;-) I've got an NES within 10 feet of me.

Even backwards compatibility for a PS1 or PS2 on a PS3 was shoddy at best.

The only PS1 games that won't work on a PS3 are those that won't work properly in a PS2 either, because they break the TRC's. I have only one such game, the X-Files 5 disk graphical adventure game which doesn't work properly in a PS2 or PS3. It runs, but suffers graphical corruption so it's unplayable.

As for PS2 titles, I haven't found a PS2 title that doesn't work on my CECHE model. There are a few that have issues. For some strange reason, Tekken Tag Tournabment runs at half speed. Snowblind Engine games tend to have some graphical glitching and their network play doesn't work, but they're not totally unplayable.

Everything else was fine.

Also remember that Sony removed the PS2 emulator from the PS3 (ostensibly to save money).

From the slim models yes, older models that had it, still have it. The release of PS2 remasters on PSN is a bit of a consolation.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:$500 per card or per household? (227 comments)

most households will already have a desktop PC that's fairly recent - even if it's just a basic retail model that was bought for the kids to do their homework on.

And what happens when someone wants to do homework while someone is playing a game. This is why some of us think more numerous cheaper special purpose devices are better than ONE expensive versatile device.

a Geforce 750Ti will handle todays games at 1080p while working within a 60W power envelope.

It can, but it has fewer compute units than the PS4's GPU does. There were also 750 variants that DO require a 6 pin power connection. Households with basic retail models are probably not going to have the knowledge of choosing or even installing such a card. Slashdot, is not the masses.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

The success of gog.com says you're wrong.

Not really, since most of the GoG games are Win95+ vintage, not 256K DOS vintage. The oldest game in GoG's top 20 is from 1999.

Also, what are you going to do when your special SKU PS3 dies? You can't get replacements.

Nope, but SCEA will repair it. The only thing I worry about in the thing is the blu-ray drive, since the hard drive is user replaceable (and in fact, I've upgraded that). I've got a functional SCPH 50001 model PS2 sitting around too, those things are built like tanks.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:That's because (227 comments)

Doubt it. Xbox 360 games cost how much?

The same price as games for other platforms?

Controllers cost how much?

I don't know, mine came with my PS3/PS4.

Batteries for your wireless controllers?

Never had to replace controller batteries.

Live subscription?

PS+ 49.95 a year. Gets you a ton of games in the "Instant Game Library. It's why it was popular on the PS3.

Wifi dongle?

What is this you speak of, the PS3 and PS4 do not need such things.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:That's because (227 comments)

You don't use most applications on the console. Do you use excel? audacity?

As a matter of fact..... I have used OO Calc and Audacity on a PS3.

Use it for your email?

I have. Kmail, Thunderbird, claws-mail. On both the PS2 and PS3. I could now if I stuck to webmail, thanks to the PS3 and PS4's web browser. The vita has an e-mail app already. There is nothing stopping Sony from slapping up versions of OO or Audacity compiled for the standard PS4 OS on PSN. Hell, their video editing app is based on ffmpeg!

http://www.psdevwiki.com/ps4/L...

I think it was Gabe Newall who did a technical write up on that issue when discussion getting PC players and Console playing together. The solution? make PC client slower. In effect lower PC's to console level
    On a PC response times is quicker.

That was entirely due to mouse-aiming being easy-mode. That's what the old-timer FPS's called the first mouse-aiming FPS's..."easy mode". That was also due to the platform involved, (Dreamcast) which wasn't one of the consoles that support mutliple input methods. Also...Gabe isn't entirely neutral on the issue since his company is tied to the PC.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:That's because (227 comments)

You pay for xbox live

That's right and PSN+ too, but you get something for that besides online gaming...you get freebies tossed in.

and your games are more expensive.

No, they aren't. Same price, at least here in the US. Dragon Age Inquisition, the game this entire discussion is about, is the exact same price on EVERY platform, PC/PS4/XboxOne/PS3/360

if you only buy games from online sales

If you're wondering the reason why the PC version of many games is an afterthought...it's guys like you. The "I only buy games for $5 at steam sales"...cheapskates who then complain when the PC version comes out later or isn't optimized. It's the people paying $59 who subsidize the development, not you.

Also, consider that a computer is needed anyway.

Who says?

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

Sure, you had 7 SPUs,

Six. the seventh is reserved for the hypervisor. (Actualy it's 8, but one is disabled for yield)

but hardly any games used them, instead using the 2 PPUs instead

ONE PPU, but it's hyperthreaded, with an Altivec unit.

[CronoCloud@mideel ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)
 
processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)
 
timebase : 79800000
platform : PS3

That was from back when I still had Linux on my PS3.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

Do you actually play games that old, or is that just something you brag about as a member of the supposed "Master Race".

Hell, I've got a CECHE PS3, I could play everything back to 1995. As much as I liked PSone Diablo and FFVII, most of my time spent on the PS3 was spent playing PS3 games.

PLUS all the old arcade and console games too.

Yeah, if you pirate them, you can install emulators on consoles with custom firmware too, but really how many NES games on your PC do you actually play?

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:$500 per card or per household? (227 comments)

That's $322 dollars right there, without storage, without power supply, without RAM, without motherboard.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Duh (227 comments)

When I buy a new gen console I have to get all new games.

Nothing is stopping you from playing the old games on the old console. You buy the newer stuff for the newer console.

Or, if you had one of the nice CECHA/CECHB/CECHE PS3's, you just used all your PSOne/PS2 discs in it as well.

But really, how many older games do you actually play. Yeah you may say "I install LOOM on my Win8 machine" but do you actually play the older stuff, but only do that to brag about your library.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:What matters: no multi-platform multi-player (227 comments)

Nothing like schooling some console bitches. WASD, motherfucker, do you speak it?

Yes, we speak it. We've spoken it ever since the PS2. However, WASD is an inferior control method for movement.

The guy after me recommends the G13, that's not a bad idea, that gives you hybrid controls. Which as any PS2/PS3/PS4 owner can tell you, work well for some games. You use the stick to move, but the mouse to aim.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:Consoles should just go away (227 comments)

Infact the consoles only support 5.1,

That's not quite true, the PS3 and PS4 support 7.1 and yes there are games with true 7.1 audio on the PS3. It's why Skyrim is 3.6GB on the 360 and 10GB on the PS3, it supports Dolby Digital, DTS, 5.1 LPCM and 7.1 LPCM

 

ALL the content is provided by a gaming PC that cost £600 4 years ago

UK gamers are notoriously anti-console thanks to the UK governments protectionism to favor Sinclair and keep the Americans and Japanese out.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

CronoCloud Re:I can't wait (227 comments)

Considering the Steam hardware survey...more like high-range. Take a look at the most common graphics cards, CPU's and whatnot. Dual-core is the most common with the most common graphics card being an Intel integrated one.

about a week ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

CronoCloud Re:PDF? PDF??? (62 comments)

PDF is an open standard, has been since 2008. Didn't you get the memo?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

PDF was a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008,

The fact that they used a Mac to create the PDF is a slightly more valid complaint. Note I said slightly.

[CronoCloud ~]$ pdfinfo Linux-Voice-Issue-001.pdf
Creator: Adobe InDesign CC (Macintosh)
Producer: Adobe PDF Library 11.0
CreationDate: Mon Feb 24 09:37:35 2014
ModDate: Mon Feb 24 09:38:21 2014
Syntax Error: Invalid object stream
Tagged: no
Form: none
Pages: 116
Encrypted: no
Page size: 595.276 x 841.89 pts (A4)
Page rot: 0
File size: 63849602 bytes
Optimized: yes
PDF version: 1.4

about two weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

CronoCloud Re:How many kids took those classes? (134 comments)

My guess it was an "affluent suburb or city magnet school" thing. Meaning the sort of school a stereotypical slashdotter might have attended, which is why quite a few have said they had access to it.

They're probably kind of guys who's father had a tech job who got them an account on their workplace's unix box, who got a Vic20, a C64 the next year and a PC clone the year after.

They got PLATO, but god forbid you live in a small town or rural area without a university to put PLATO in the local school.

As an example certain famous geeks had privileged/early access to technology:

Gates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

Stallman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Robert Morris: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Reading this book will give you more details on RTM's tech privileged childhood: http://www.amazon.com/CYBERPUN...

It's easier to become a "worm-making unix-genius" when you have your own unix account when you're in junior high, given to you by your father who worked for Bell Labs.

about two weeks ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

CronoCloud Re:TWC are (surprise, surprise) crooks and thieves (223 comments)

but those abilities are hobbled on all current phones unless you root them.

Not everyone has gone cell phone only, one can record calls on POTS phones quite easily.

about two weeks ago

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