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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Holammer What if... (574 comments)

AI and the technological singularity gives way to a 40k style Machine God.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

Holammer Re:I could make a fortune (353 comments)

It only takes a minute to make your own, besides, the ones you're selling are probably bogus ones developed by the NSA with backdoors for mind reading.

about 4 months ago

In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

Holammer Re:consent (130 comments)

Ethics board must be a bunch of chimps. It's not Little Albert, but then again, it's on such a massive scale with 700k users. What if someone committed suicide because this manipulation?

about 6 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

Holammer Re:ZOMG PANIC! (127 comments)

Even if Mario Kart sells well and gets some machines off the shelf, it's not like 3rd party developers will experience a moment of epiphany and line up up to produce exclusive triple A titles for the system. Where did this 'wunderwaffe' type of thinking come from?

I can't imagine some soulless CEO of EA slamming his desk, denouncing Sony/MS and rushing over to Japan to give Iwata a teary-eyed congratulatory blowjob because MK8 sold so well.

about 6 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Holammer Never heard this. (711 comments)

Never heard anyone say this "in the wild", neither did I ever come across a single person that got confused by Wii and WiiU.
This looks like something marketing and spin doctors would come up with.

about 7 months ago

Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

Holammer Being a misantrhope is hard. (116 comments)

I have a *very* rare name/surname combination, so I'm easy to find, or at least I would be if I had a Facebook account, which I don't.
So I've had two employers ask me why they can't find anything about me on Google/Facebook, one of them even asked me straight up if I had served time in prison. So I'm not surprised by the findings, at all.

about 10 months ago

The Surprising Second Life of the PlayStation Vita

Holammer No (161 comments)

Just smother it with a pillow and put it out of its misery. Cross-platform support and Indie games won't save it.

1 year,28 days

Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions

Holammer Win8 upgrade did the same. (134 comments)

I bought Win8 using a pirated Win7. I suspect MS turned a blind eye as well, as my poorly cracked copy constantly nagged about being counterfeit software etc.

about a year ago

Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

Holammer Re:Let's first define shovelware (277 comments)

I like the Urban Dictionary definition. It's descriptive and succinct
"1. Software that is hastily made, without proper testing, and 'shoveled' down consumers throats in order to make some quick cash. "

We've had them since time immemorial. Indeed, in the past the precursors of LJN sold cheap chess boards made out of clay, straw and cow dung when real developers used hard wood or ivory.

about a year ago

Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?

Holammer Re:Yes, They Can (277 comments)

Blaming it on the name... It's a factor but it's not the entire explanation.
Yes, Nintendo will sell a decent amount of machines whenever they unleash their eagerly awaited first party titles, that's basically Nintendo's own analysis and that's the problem. They're going to sell millions of Zelda/Mario/Kart/Smash Bros, but third party developers get to eat shit and nobody will have the confidence to develop proper games for the system apart from shovelware and some token conversions of 360/PS3 games.
At this rate Wii U will have the worst third party library since the Wii and N64. They're lucky they have strong handhelds to keep 'em alive.

about a year ago

Windows 8.1 Rolls Out Today

Holammer I just updated to 8.1 (398 comments)

After it finishes updating you *have* to create a Live account. This was not required before so I set my birthdate to 1905 and name/surname to fückoffwanker. Choke on it Microsoft! I hope I can contribute in some small way by poisoning your data gathering algorithms.
Looking at the interface, I feel like I gained nothing from this except for multi-coloured metro tiles and a useless start button. Amusingly the system pre-installed a health app on the metro interface. Makes sense for a 108 year old.

I'm only putting up with this shit because of games, help me Gabe Newell, you're my only hope!

about a year ago

Valve Announces Steam Controller

Holammer Re:Tradtional arcade fight stick games? (317 comments)

I don't know about the xbox controller, as I use a PS3 pad which works nicely. Not as good as a proper arcade joystick, but passable. Heck, SF2 was really playable on the SNES pad once you broke it in.

about a year ago

Valve Announces Steam Controller

Holammer Tradtional joypad games? (317 comments)

How do I play Street Fighter or any traditional joypad game on that thing? I don't want to dismiss it out of hand, but I have serious doubts.
It might actually be a better joypad for console fps gaming, but unless I see good TF2 YTbers like shibby2142 praising the pad and pulling off rocket jumps while shovelling people with ease... I'll stick to kb+m.

about a year ago

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Holammer Developers will abandon kinect now! (216 comments)

Nah... I doubt they ever wanted or intended to develop for it to begin with. Some MS first party titles will have it shoehorned into them; but most games, even the vast majority of games will remain multi platform, so putting in kinect functionality is a wasted effort. Just like PS Move, SixAxis or Wiiu Pad support.

about a year ago

Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Holammer Complaining worked. (547 comments)

... and it shows they really want the xbone to succeed, even if it involves a complete 180.
No matter the complaints over the metro interface in Win8, the only fix they're working on is to make the Metro interface extra sparkly and loaded with bullshit features non of the Desktop users need or want in 8.1.
Goes to show that Windows 8 needs a real competitor to make MS work for the money.

about a year and a half ago

World Population Could Reach Nearly 11 Billion By 2100

Holammer I'll be dead by then... (322 comments)

So I'm doing my part!

about a year and a half ago

With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

Holammer Re:Does it taste like chicken? (311 comments)

I ate whale meat some 12 years ago. I remember a heavy nutty/liver taste to it. Other than that, pretty similar to a very dense steak.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

Holammer Re:Not surprising (572 comments)

Lies! Dirty lies! Windows 8 delivered everythagfhahahaaha heheheh. Can't keep a straight face.
I'm obviously not cut out for marketing.

about a year and a half ago

New Pope Selected

Holammer Re:Funtastic! (915 comments)

Get rid of original sin? That's like getting rid of the 'One Ring' from Lord of the Rings.
The entire narrative rests on this plot device.

about 2 years ago


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