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Netflix Signs Deal With Disney-ABC

Gothic_Walrus Re:Pffft *dismissive hand wave* (212 comments)

Believe it or not, some people prefer obtaining their content legally.

Or just don't want to risk getting sued, or in trouble with their ISP.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Messaging Blocks Links

Gothic_Walrus Nope. (143 comments)

if Facebook wishes to become a player in the email market, they cannot block content.

"Messaging" and "e-mail" are not the same thing. Problem solved?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

Gothic_Walrus New Nano? (579 comments)

Did anybody want a touchscreen Nano? Better yet, what good does a touch screen that's about an inch and a half square do anybody? I have a feeling that my stupidly large hands would be completely unable to operate the new Nano, and I know I can't be alone there.

This seems like a design regression. I know that touchscreens are sexier than the old wheel was, but was there really anything wrong with the old Nano design that warranted throwing it out entirely?

about 4 years ago

How Sony and Microsoft Hope To Crack the Motion Control Market

Gothic_Walrus Re:What's wrong with gamepads? (138 comments)

It's worth pointing out that you can't do that with the other two, due to Natal's nonexistent controller and Move's button layout.

more than 4 years ago

ABC Pulls Channels From Cablevision

Gothic_Walrus Re:Is the summary somewhat misleading, or TFA? (217 comments)

For what it's worth, the Wall Street Journal article says "ABC television stations" and mentions that the deal between Disney and Time Warner covers the cable stations as well as the broadcast network.

That's still not a clear-cut answer, but my guess would be that they were all pulled but ABC gets the lion's share of attention because the Oscars are tonight.

more than 4 years ago

ABC Pulls Channels From Cablevision

Gothic_Walrus Re:abc is not reasonable (217 comments)

i dont think people care the much about losing abc.....

The millions of people who watch Lost and Grey's Anatomy would beg to differ. So would everyone who's planning to watch the Oscars tonight.

It may not be your cup of tea, but it's kind of stupid to say that people don't care about losing one of the major national broadcast networks.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

Gothic_Walrus What's wrong with netbooks? (1010 comments)

What's wrong with netbooks?

I got one for $300 a few months ago, and it does pretty much everything I'd ask it to. Office applications, internet, chat (and it does have a webcam and microphone, something I believe the iPad doesn't), and it even does (some of) the games on my Steam account. Not to beat a dead horse, but it doesn't hurt that the netbook has a faster processor, four times the storage of the biggest iPad, Flash, and USB support, either.

I'm not going to deny that the iPad can do things my netbook can't and that it's a much sexier piece of hardware, but I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with "the netbook experience."

more than 4 years ago

Consumerist Says AT&T Site Won't Sell iPhone In NYC, Citing Network

Gothic_Walrus Re:No problems last month (420 comments)

Look at the story again. The story is about the website, not retail locations.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Gothic_Walrus Re:Can he even afford it? Do sites even care? (773 comments)

On the other hand, for loser websites ranked 987th, it might be interesting, but would them off Google make any difference? Hell no it won't. Nobody would ever notice, except maybe the webmaster.

I think you're severely underestimating the size of the sites in the top 1000.

I'm not sure how accurate this ranking is (and it cuts off at 973, for some reason), but the bottom 100 there include sites like Target, Best Buy, Delta Airlines, Air France, and the New York Post - large retailers, airlines with high traffic, and big newspapers. I don't think any of those sites would accept the money to be removed from the listings - even at that level, it's still not worth it.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Gothic_Walrus Re:Geez (773 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Gothic_Walrus Re:What about Google? (773 comments)

People go to Google not to get stuff from a top-1000 site, but to find stuff that is not found in the search bars of the top-1000 sites.

You sure on that?

From my experience, it's usually quicker to search Google and tack on the name of the site in your search string than it is to search Amazon, IMDB, Wikipedia, or what have you and filter through their results. Obviously, if Google wasn't an option I could still search on their own sites, but Google tends to work better than most of their built-in search engines.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Puts Ads Back Into Wipeout HD

Gothic_Walrus Re:Why so hostile? (7 comments)

I can't count how many game releases i missed simply because i never really checked to see when they were released, or even heard about them in the first place.

This sounds like a personal problem to me.

If you want to know what video games are coming out, it isn't that hard to figure out. Look at Amazon's Top Sellers list. Look at IGN's recent reviews. Look at the posts on the front pages of Joystiq or Kotaku. Go look at any video game message board on the internet and you'll find topics about whatever's new and popular. Walk into any store that carries games in the country and look at what's sitting on the shelf.

I'd prefer not to have ads in loading screens just because some people are too lazy to do a bit of research on what new releases are available.

more than 4 years ago

10% of US Energy Derived From Old Soviet Nukes

Gothic_Walrus Re:In Soviet Russia... (213 comments)

Don't worry - I'll take one for the team.

In Soviet Russia, nukes derive energy from you!

more than 4 years ago

3 Strikes — Denying Physics Won't Save the Video Stars

Gothic_Walrus As video begat radio... (284 comments)

Physics killed the video star?

more than 4 years ago

Game Retailers Facing Digital Distribution Transition

Gothic_Walrus Don't worry... (155 comments)

When there are still regions of the country without affordable broadband, games as digital downloads are a long way off. I don't think any of the console companies are ready to ignore significant chunks of the country because their residents can't afford to pay for expensive broadband plans solely to justify their shiny new console.

more than 4 years ago

Game Retailers Facing Digital Distribution Transition

Gothic_Walrus Re:One thing though (155 comments)

Digital downloads need to be loads cheaper because of the following reasons.

Sadly, they won't be. The PSPgo is a good indication of this - Sony's charging just as much for digital downloads as you'd pay for a physical copy, because they're afraid of undercutting retailers who they think they need to sell the device in the first place. Another example is Microsoft's Games on Demand feature. It may be slightly more convenient, but I'm not sure I want to pay $30 for a two year old title, or $20 for a game I can get used at GameStop for $5.

As long as the console companies are relying on retail outlets to move consoles, we won't see the prices of digital games fall.

more than 4 years ago

Google SideWiki Brings Comments To Everyone

Gothic_Walrus Re:How this will unfold.... (221 comments)

You think that's bad? Just imagine sites like Fox News, Free Republic, or DailyKOS.

Think about video game sites, especially anything that could maybe be considered favorable to one console or manufacturer. Think about Microsoft and Apple.

Think about religious sites. Think about atheism sites. Think about topics like abortion or gay marriage.

Anything that has even the slightest chance of being controversial is going to become a free-for-all. This has the potential to be a trainwreck of epic proportions...but I've got to admit, I'm curious to see how it all plays out.

more than 4 years ago

Time Denies Issuing DMCA Over Obama Joker Image

Gothic_Walrus The obvious answer (324 comments)

So if Time didn't file the DMCA notice, and DC Comics didn't file the DMCA notice, and the original photographer did not file the DMCA notice, then who exactly did?


about 5 years ago


top Shuts Down

Gothic_Walrus Gothic_Walrus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gothic_Walrus writes "Ruckus, a website that provided free music downloads to anyone with a .edu e-mail address, has shut down. The main page of the site has been replaced with a graphic stating "Unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided. Thanks." The site was founded in 2004, and provided free music from the major labels. The site wasn't perfect — their player was filled with ads and the music was DRM-protected (though there are always ways to dodge that bullet) — but it provided free content to broke college students."



Ladies and gentlemen...behold!

Gothic_Walrus Gothic_Walrus writes  |  more than 9 years ago Take a look at this comment.

Then, go look at the story blurb above it.

I got a Slashdot editor to change the article. How cool is that? :)


First entry - w00t?

Gothic_Walrus Gothic_Walrus writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is my first (and possibly only) Slashdot journal entry, as should be obvious. To be honest, this scares me a bit - not being able to edit my entries or turn off comments after the fact seems a bit restrictive. Sad as it is, I think I like LiveJournal better...

Anyway...the point of this entry is to make clear my current friends policy here. On the off chance you've wandered here after being friended by me and wondering why, you're in luck...because now you'll know. I'm sure you're thrilled.

If you strike me as intelligent or if you make me laugh, I'll befriend you. Take captnitro - one of his posts (this one) made me burst out laughing. He's one of my friends now. It's that simple.

So now that that's out of the way...I guess I'm done, save for the obligatory link to a squirrel. Au revoir...

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