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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MagusSlurpy Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Redbox costs two bucks a day, and only carries AAA titles. If you're the kind of guy that only plays CoD, great, that works for you. If you're like me and loved the living hell out of Deadlight and Mark of the Ninja and other indie/oddball titles and want everyone else to try them, or even would rather just play games for free instead of renting them, it kind of sucks that they killed that aspect of their plan.

My statement above wasn't about arguing which platform is best, or even arguing that Microsoft's E3 plan was overall a good thing. It was about the fact that MS was trying something new and interesting along with their broken DRM scheme, and killed the interesting part along with the horrible part.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MagusSlurpy Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Same(ish) CPU
More modern GPU of same brand with more cores
Same amount of RAM, more bandwidth from GDDR5, but no SRAM on-die

In other words, PS4=more graphical power, less effective memory management overall. So PS4 is at best slightly superior to XB1, not "vastly."

And of course, one other thing to consider is that the power and heat management of the XB1 is better than the PS4 - which no one will care about until they remember RRoD and YLoD issues stemming directly from heat in almost all cases.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6972/xbox-one-hardware-compared-to-playstation-4

Now if by "vastly" better you meant in terms of the original DRM scheme implementations, then no disagreement here.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MagusSlurpy Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

Sony wasn't right to pull OtherOS, Sony was wrong to design a console that cost twice as much to manufacture as it should have just because they wanted to add one more year to the lifecycle.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MagusSlurpy Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

All three consoles use ATI graphics.

And almost no one in the robotics industry uses Kinect, because it is nowhere near best in class. What you mean is that it's been commandeered by so many people in the robotics hobby, because it is cheap and ubiquitous.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MagusSlurpy Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

They killed the "Family" sharing plan entirely, whether you bought the game from the online shop or on disc.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

Personally, I think they should have kept the digital sharing plan - it was the one thing that was significantly better than what the PS4 or WiiU offers, and I think would have done a lot to bring back the people they alienated last week. Oh, well.

about a year ago
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Shapeshifting: Proposal For a New Periodic Table of the Elements

MagusSlurpy Re:Beehive not a table (87 comments)

"Here be physics." That's enough to warn 95% of us chemists away right there (including me).

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

MagusSlurpy Re:Thought... (359 comments)

So instead of moving your hand and mouse around, you have to move your whole arm around. Doesn't really seem like that's any easier.

about a year ago
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Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

MagusSlurpy Re:an interesting paradox (749 comments)

Either way, they'll try to execute him without giving him his Sixth Amendment right to a trial.

about a year ago
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AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts

MagusSlurpy Re:TDP for 4770k == 84W (271 comments)

I thought Tjmax was unreliable because it was calculated using some standard offset number that in reality varies from CPU to CPU, and that's why most monitoring software didn't use it, preferring Tcase.

about a year ago
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AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts

MagusSlurpy Re:TDP for 4770k == 84W (271 comments)

Because most microprocessors do not run for 100k hours at 70C. Maybe at 40C, but electromigration will kill just about any chip running that hot for an extended period of time.

The temps that manufacturers state tell you the temperature at which a chip will operate, not a temperature at which it will survive with extended use. If a processor runs at 70C but crashes constantly at 73C, do you really think it will happily run at 70C for 11 years?

about a year ago
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AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts

MagusSlurpy Re:Awesome (271 comments)

But it doesn't matter, because they both run at 3 GHz! Wait, what? Instruction set? What's that? Like for Lego sets?

about a year ago
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Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

MagusSlurpy Re:How to tell the difference (267 comments)

Sure a geek can have a use for guns. Because guns are amazing hobby tools, not just something for "busting a cap." Go to a shooting competition sometime, and watch those bastards haul around hundreds of pounds of equipment, on which they have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars tuning and modding and unmodding and remodding, just to make a little metal target flip down.

THAT is geekdom.

(Just don't share that with most of them, or you might get shot)

about a year ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

MagusSlurpy Re:FUD is dead - fred (568 comments)

Huntsman's dad is the Mormon pope++. A living prophet if you believe all that. His son is unelectable in any sane nation. Pure distraction from the get go. Make Romney look less nuts.

And Obama's dad was a drunk-driving Muslim homeopath. What's your point?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby?

MagusSlurpy Re:No, not soccer. (166 comments)

I'm kind of surprised we haven't seem more robot vacuum kits become available. Seems like the kind of thing everybody would want, something that is useful AND tweakable.

about a year ago

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Comcast Helps Fix TPB's Connectivity Issues

MagusSlurpy MagusSlurpy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MagusSlurpy writes "Far from blocking The Pirate Bay, Comcast was just one of several ISPs on which TPB was unreachable today. Comcast reached out to the torrent site, and its engineers provided technical support, eventually determining that the connectivity issues stemmed from a reverse path filtering issue at an intermediate ISP, Serious Tubes Networks."
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MagusSlurpy MagusSlurpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MagusSlurpy writes "The EFF, amongst others, is alerting readers to the fact that the Real ID Act, snuck through Congress in 2005, may still be stopped. The Department of Homeland Security is accepting comments (keyword DHS-2006-0030) through 5 p.m. EST today, May 8th, on the Act, and with both growing grassroots and Congressional opposition, the Act could be stopped. Let the DHS know how you feel about Real ID!"

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