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DRM vs. Unfinished Games

Perseid One condition (462 comments)

This is acceptable IF the base game is free. If the Koreans can do it so can Codemasters.

more than 4 years ago
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I'd like my DNA analyzed ...

Perseid I'll get my DNA analyzed... (233 comments)

...as soon as they can use it to modify my genes to give me superpowers. Fire out of my fingers, x-ray vision, the usual stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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PSP Go Debuts, Disappoints

Perseid Re:Don't forget... (258 comments)

That was Sony's publicly given reason, but new PSPs, both Slim and Brite, are already immune to the pandora's battery even though the batteries are easily swappable.

more than 4 years ago
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PSP Go Debuts, Disappoints

Perseid Don't forget... (258 comments)

...the fact that the battery is not 'user serviceable', which means they took away the battery door, put a warranty sticker over the battery and will charge you to replace the battery. Fun, eh?

more than 4 years ago
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New 2D, HD Sonic Game Coming In 2010

Perseid Yeah, right. (123 comments)

This is Sega making a Sonic game in the 21st century. You just KNOW they're going to find some way to fuck it up. It's company policy.

about 5 years ago
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The Commodore 64 vs. the iPhone 3G S

Perseid 10000 apps? I don't think so. (238 comments)

http://www.gamebase64.com/ This database has 20000 games. Those are just the ones they've found and it doesn't even include actual applications, only games. The total number of programs for the C-64 is probably far more than 50000.

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube, HTML5, and Comparing H.264 With Theora

Perseid Maybe there's another reason. (361 comments)

There's a warning on the comparison site that a number of players, big name free players, don't correctly play Theora. In fact, Media Player Classic doesn't play it that video all. It's been many months since I've encountered a video that program couldn't play, so why if it's this great open source media codec do so many programs, some of them open source themselves, have a problem playing it?

more than 5 years ago
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Google Open Sources Updater

Perseid Re:For the love of god (174 comments)

It's not paranoia. It's the idea that I give up system resources, however small, to an updater for an app I might play with once a month or so. That 99% of the population you deal with - I bet they bitch that their computers gradually become slower as they age. You know why? Those people let a bunch of little programs like this run rampant on their computer eventually eating it up. Besides, apps can check for updates when they start up and ask you if you want to update then. Memory-resident updaters are never necessary. Ever.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Open Sources Updater

Perseid Re:For the love of god (174 comments)

And don't forget to turn off the scheduled event to turn the service back on. And don't forget to do it all over again every time you install/update anything by Google. Also, the instructions to kill it don't seem to be the same all the time. Maybe it depends on exactly what app you're installing. Maybe it's just Google trying to screw with my mind. Google Update needs to die.

more than 5 years ago
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The Low-Intensity, Brute-Force Zombies Are Back

Perseid Oh... (203 comments)

...you mean zombie PROGRAMS. Damn.

[puts shotgun down]

more than 5 years ago
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How does flash media fail? Graceful, or violent?

Perseid My story (3 comments)

Kingston 2GB microSD. It started to slow down, both in read speed and write speed. This lasted about a day and I didn't think much of it. Then it would completely stop for 5-10 seconds at a time during read/write. It was at this point I copied all the data from it which I was able to do, albeit slowly. The slowdown increased until I formatted it. The format said it worked but afterward I was unable to read/write or format it in any device I had. If I plugged it into my card reader Windows would seize up until I took it out again. Sent it to Kingston, they exchanged it.

Keep in mind these things are very susceptible to static. I think a lot of the sudden death stories can be attributed to a nasty little jolt.

more than 5 years ago
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Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

Perseid Re:Best attribute (662 comments)

"Are you on a single-core machine?" If you're suggesting that should matter for web browsing something is very very wrong. As the other poster said, Firefox works and works well. And the weather is nice here in Bizarro World.

more than 5 years ago
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If I must catch a disease, I'd rather catch it via ...

Perseid I go with... (511 comments)

...viruses, 'cause I figure if I gotta go I'm sneezing on you and taking you with me.

more than 5 years ago
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EMA Suggests Point-Of-Sale Game Activation To Fight Piracy

Perseid Re:NO DRM! Can you hear us now? (244 comments)

The overhead for Steam is atrocious. Close to 30 seconds to start up and 127MB of VM just to exist before starting any games.

And don't tell me it's my computer. 'cause it's not.

more than 5 years ago
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EMA Suggests Point-Of-Sale Game Activation To Fight Piracy

Perseid Re:NO DRM! Can you hear us now? (244 comments)

Psst. No, it can't. Unless you've deliberately used a third party tool to remove all traces, parts of it are still there. I'd rather have most viruses on my computer than I would Starforce drivers.

more than 5 years ago
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Should We Clone a Neanderthal?

Perseid Dibs! (990 comments)

Dibs on the TV franchise rights! Neander-thon! Saturdays at 8!

more than 5 years ago
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10 Years of Half-Life

Perseid Re:That's awesome but... (182 comments)

If you install a Valve game from a CD it does not download the game. It will download updates, but those are a good thing.

Other PC games require you to insert the disc every time you boot the game. This could be considered equally atrocious as what Steam does. If you don't have a network connection no game for you versus no disc no game for you.

Steam only delivers ads for other Steam games. Not for Coca Cola or some crap. While it may install a startup agent(I don't remember honestly) it can easily be turned off. No steam code on startup on my system.

I hate DRM as much as the next guy, but Steam doesn't piss me off. It's acceptable to me. My biggest problem is that the Steam client itself performs like it was written in QuickBASIC.

more than 5 years ago
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Secondlight, Microsoft's New Surface Prototype

Perseid Re:Right... (183 comments)

That was what I thought when I first saw a computer mouse. Do I expect this will revolutionize computing? Maybe, but probably not. Does that mean it's not cool? Naw, it's cool and my inner geek wants one. It's good to see Microsoft is indeed trying to make new stuff. That's more than we can say about them a lot of the time.

more than 5 years ago
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Thailand Blocks Anti-Royal Websites

Perseid Re:In before apologists... (169 comments)

The Thai government is similar to the British government. The royalty is respected and influential, but has no actual power. Also, Thailand, like much of Asia, has a freely democratic government but does NOT have inherent freedom of speech like the US does. Movies have to pass a censor board, for example. Violence is apparently okay, but nudity and insults to the king or Buddhism are not.

more than 5 years ago

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