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Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

Logical Zebra Netflix? (121 comments)

Currently, I can watch Netflix on my TV using my 360. I'm assuming that capability will strangely disappear soon.

about 4 years ago
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The Last Stop For Space Station-Bound Software

Logical Zebra Testing? (39 comments)

They're testing their software in an accurate environment? They're not pushing beta testing onto their users?! Preposterous!

about 4 years ago
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Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

Logical Zebra Re:No surprises here (273 comments)

Firefox equipped with NoScript and Adblock Plus will do 99% of that without having to write code.

about 4 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

Logical Zebra Re:Because there's no need to change (397 comments)

You know, I was so disappointed with Fallout 3, that I said I would never buy another Bethesda game immediately after release; I would wait until it had been patched. But when I heard that New Vegas used the Fallout 3 engine, I figured I'd buy the game at release. Surely, they would have fixed the bugs in this new release!

That's what I get for having faith in humanity.

more than 4 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

Logical Zebra Re:Probably a console user :) (397 comments)

Get some of the DLCs for Fallout 3, and then you'll see some serious bugs. Heck, the "Broken Steel" quest can't even be completed on my PS3 because the game freezes so much.

more than 4 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

Logical Zebra Re:My experiences of Fallout: New Vegas bugs (397 comments)

The PS3 version of New Vegas is pretty freaking bad. There are several areas I can't even walk into because a bunch of strange polygons fill up the screen and make it so I can't even figure out where I'm going.

more than 4 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

Logical Zebra Re:Obsidian (397 comments)

In the defense of the Elder Scrolls series, I have never once had a significant bug on the XBOX 360 version of Oblivion. Note, however, that I purchased the Game of the Year edition, which was fully patched.

more than 4 years ago
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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

Logical Zebra No Graphing Calculators, etc. (870 comments)

I didn't require graphing calculator functionality for any of my college physics classes--I only needed a basic scientific calculator with trigonometric functions.

Outlaw all electronic devices except (non-graphing) scientific calculators. If a student needs a dictionary, tell him/her/it to get an old-school paper dictionary. The test is open book to begin with, so what's another book?

more than 4 years ago
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Letting Customers Decide Pricing On Game DLC

Logical Zebra Re:How about gratuities? (156 comments)

I always look at poor service in a restaurant as saving me money--because I only leave a single dollar for the tip. (I leave a single dollar, because leaving no tip might make them think I simply forgot. No, I didn't forget; you simply suck at being a server.) OTOH, I have been known to leave 30% tips for absolutely stellar service.

more than 4 years ago
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Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga

Logical Zebra Re:Game Balance and Sportsmanship (319 comments)

But there is no competition in Farmville... Buying credits gives you no "leg up" on your friends.

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA President Says Copyright Law "Isn't Working"

Logical Zebra Re:What a coincidence (473 comments)

You're telling me that limited free distribution of copyrighted work can act as an advertisement for said work? Unpossible!

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 Reception Recall Ruckus Roundup

Logical Zebra Re:The thing is... (479 comments)

... It's a public relations disaster, brought only by people who don't have an iPhone 4 and who seem to have a vendetta against Apple for not making a phone that they want...

So you're saying that this is all a conspiracy?, that this is some sort of bullying on the school playground?

"Stop picking on poor, defenseless Apple! Can't you see you're hurting Steve Jobs' feelings?!"

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update

Logical Zebra Re:It is just an update to an existing toolbar (285 comments)

According to TFA, a Microsoft spokeshuman didn't even know about the toolbar being forcefully installed:

"The worst part of this issue is that Microsoft does not seem to be aware of it: a Microsoft spokesperson simply pointed us to the aforementioned Microsoft Support page that inaccurately describes the update. We asked the company for an explanation of why the extension was installed and what it does, but have yet to receive a reply."

more than 4 years ago
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Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

Logical Zebra 'Nuff Said (1123 comments)

People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people.

--V for Vendetta

more than 4 years ago
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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

Logical Zebra Commander Shepherd WON'T BE IN THE MOVIE (142 comments)

People, stop whining that the movie will suck because the Commander Shepherd on the silver screen won't be your Commander Shepherd from the games. Shepherd has not appeared in any of the Mass Effect comics or novels for this very reason. Most likely the movie will not have Shepherd in it, either. It will be a separate story set in the Mass Effect universe.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

Logical Zebra Re:Can it wait? (142 comments)

That is of course assuming they choose a male for the lead. It seems a little difficult because some of us may have associated Shepard with a female character. Others may have chosen a male. It's tough when you have characters that aren't clearly defined in the game, especially customizable ones.

That is, of course, assuming that Commander Shepherd is even in the film. Commander Shepherd has not appeared in either the comics or the novels for this very reason.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Update Bricks Playstations

Logical Zebra Re:This always happens (510 comments)

Over the life of my PS3, updates have commonly caused severe issues. I've had to reformat the hard drive several times and I even had to send it in to be "repaired" after updating. Sony really needs to work on not breaking their own system.

I have owned a PS3 for years and have never once had a problem with their updates.

Out of curiosity, are you doing anything "weird" with your PS3, such as running other OSs or anything?

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Update Bricks Playstations

Logical Zebra Re:Par for the course? (510 comments)

Consoles have serial numbers. Those serial numbers are visible through a window on the box they are packaged in. Said serial number is scanned when you purchase the console.

In other words, your proposed attack against "The Man" wouldn't work.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Wants To Be Your Electricity Meter

Logical Zebra OLD NEWS (206 comments)

Wow, this is old news. Seriously, this was discussed over a year ago. In fact, I submitted this story to Slashdot way back then, but it was rejected. No Slashdot love for the Zebra. :-(

more than 4 years ago

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Google Fixes Islam Search "Bug"

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "Google says that they are fixing the "bug" that caused censoring of searches having to do with the keyword "Islam."

After nearly three weeks, Google is finally repairing a glitch that hid search suggestions for the phrase "Islam is," which had led some to conclude that Google — whose mantra is "don't be evil" — had been censoring its search results.

How a bug would only affect one religion is beyond me."
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ISPs May Cut Internet Access for File Sharers

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "Several countries around the globe already have a "three strikes and you're out" policy concerning illegal file sharing--if you're caught three times, you get your Internet connection revoked. Now, the USA might be next.

"In this country, you don't punish people with just allegations ... in Russia, it happens differently," says Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C., non-profit group specializing in digital rights.
"It gives the RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America] way too much power, but it's going to take acquiescence from the ISPs [to happen]," Sohn says. "I think it's unfair and un-American in many different ways. No copyright holder should have that much power based on an allegation."
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In New York State, the RIAA and ISPs last summer began working with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who's acting as a broker between the two sides, on what's being characterized as another "graduated response" program.
Details are hard to come by, and the ISPs aren't talking, but the ultimate punishment for repeat infringers who ignore warnings might be termination of Internet access. Internet speed could be slowed for those who ignore warnings but haven't quite reached termination level.

The last thing we need is to give the RIAA even more power."
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Australia Proposes Tax on Toilet Flushes

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "Australia, in an effort to curb water use during a drought, is proposing a new tax. Households would be charged per flush of the toilet.


Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often because the less sewage you produce, the less sewage rate you pay," says Adelaide University Water Management Professor Mike Young.

This policy doesn't yet have a name, but I would like to propose If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow; If It's Brown Flush It Down."
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Obama Wants to Push Back Digital TV Date

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "President-elect Barack Obama wants to move back the February 17 date for the mandatory switch to digital TV broadcasting. He claims that Americans are not yet ready for the elimination of analog.

Apparently, over a year's worth of warnings in the form of letters, TV advertisements, and news articles is still not enough to make Americans realize that their TV will stop working without a converter box. Or something."

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Obama Teams Up with Spiderman

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "You cannot make this stuff up.
A new Spiderman comic is featuring President-elect Barack Obama.


Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a "shout-out back" by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel's editor-in-chief.
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The comic starts with Spider-Man's alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas.
Parker decides "the future president's gonna need Spider-Man," and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor.
Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95J4H900&show_article=1"
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Microsoft Ready to Kick Vista to the Curb?

Logical Zebra Logical Zebra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Logical Zebra (1423045) writes "Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said that a beta version of Windows 7 will be available on Friday. It is expected to be available for purchase within a year.

The CEO announced that a nearly final "beta" test version of Windows 7 will be available Friday for regular PC users to download and tinker with.

The new operating system — which could be available for purchase on PCs within a year — uses much of the same underlying technology as its predecessor, the much-maligned Vista.

But Windows 7 aims to resolve many problems PC users had with Vista. For instance, Microsoft pledges to make it easier to install peripheral devices and to have the software pump out fewer annoying warnings and notifications.

Ballmer also pledged that Windows 7 will boot faster and drain laptop batteries more slowly.

"I believe Windows will remain at the center of people's technological solar system," Ballmer said. "We're putting in all the right ingredients: simplicity, reliability and speed, and we're working hard to get it right and to get it ready."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,477865,00.html"
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