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Microsoft Reverses 'Mature' Game Ban On Windows 8

Ractive Classic double standard (87 comments)

The typical: "Its ok if there's killing, beheading and any kind of gore as long as nobody fucks."

about 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

Ractive a similar question (1880 comments)

why do you still drive a honda if there are toyotas, hyundais and teslas?

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

Ractive Fighting piracy, the stupid way (404 comments)

Instead of going through all this, they should probably revisit their pricing/licensing scheme, piracy is nor such a big problem in developed countries with high income rates, it tends to be very common (meaning ubiquitous) in third world countries, where they sell Win7 for USD$ 250- 300 which is a huge portion of the yearly income, and also they have no upgrading licenses.
They should get real and offer licenses to people at prices in line with their country's per capita income, it'd be easier and more efective than forcing legitimete users to go through annoying and sometimes crippling processes.

about 3 years ago

Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

Ractive WTF? (637 comments)

What about more hours of awesome? I went through the whole CoD MW2 in three or four days and really ended up wanting more, I don't care for multiplayer, I'm an analog and digital antisocial and I enjoy the months long Far Cry or Borderlands.
Games are not movies, You want them liying in your hard drive waiting for you to go back go on with the story. This is just a marketing ploy and astroturfing to make people believe that people are ok with this, and I really don't think they aren't going to really cut the prices.

about 3 years ago

The Case For Surrealism In Games

Ractive OK but how about some real realism (186 comments)

I read TFA and I agree in part with the author and see his point in that there's terrain to be really creative and crazy, but most games tend to try to emulate reality, but as other commenters have said it's only limited realism. But how about a game that was ultra realistic? and I don't mean graphics, I mean things like permanent death real shot tracking, real struggling for goals, and fight for survival, not just collecting stuff lying on the floor, and most of that stuff is already there in different types of games. Will it be difficult? sure, sometimes very much so, but some people find that fun, there's no game that appeals to everybody anyway, and I guess many people will like that as much (maybe a lot more) as magically healing an AK 47 shot with a syringe . Would you?

more than 3 years ago

The Case For Surrealism In Games

Ractive Re:Suits are to blame! (186 comments)

It's worse, they are done by marketing people based on market figures.

more than 3 years ago

Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement

Ractive Re:bye bye, then... (591 comments)

yes, that's the only legal choice, what are the options then, I wonder... sounds a lot like an oppressive regime, like one where not carrying your star on the chest was deemed ilegal

more than 3 years ago

Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement

Ractive Re:Time to say goodbye to Diablo (591 comments)

Yeah same here, I'm a geek, I'm not social in real life nor in games, I want to play single player. I'd guess the games market is a place where people like me is fairly common but still they market most games for their online perks... but what do I know about marketing anyway. Funny thing is that you will be able to get a pirated version that works perfectly well for single player (starcraft II anyone?) and with this policy they are only encouraging this, when there's proof that there can be nicer yet profitable ways to sell games.

more than 3 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

Ractive Re:Oh dear... (630 comments)

Dude, Jobs position is whatever fills his wallet the most at a given moment, if he could buy Adobe today, tomorrow he will be praising flash and every iPhone sold will have it pre-installed.

more than 3 years ago

Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead

Ractive Everything can be cracked (547 comments)

They think by turning all the market to digital downloads or, furthermore, all rented stuff that you don't really own and/or can be switched off is the answer to have total control and do as they please, well here's the news: Digital content is easily copied and distributed, and as we have seen to date, everything can be cracked / circumvented / ripped
I think this kind of move where you get pushed and forced to do the big companies bidding will only lead, as it always have, to increase piracy.
People is not going to let themselves be pushed around with unfair charges and conditions and countermeasures are more at hand than ever.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Suffers Web Interface Exploit

Ractive Re:First Post (165 comments)

Since you're posting anonymously what the hell does it matter if you are modded down?
I'm the one who should be worried to respond to your post

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

Ractive Not a standard? (515 comments)


Number two,it's not a standard [HTML] . The way I say it's not a standard is if you take any of the most popular web browsers and point them at a specific HTML page, they'll all produce different results.

This is not because HTML is not a standard i'ts that some browser makers don't care to support it because (their marketing prople think) they can get more economical benefit from nor doing it, just like this guys pontificate about the stuff they create as being the most wonderfulest when it's so blatantly obvious they're primarily motivated by the profitability not the quality or the accessibility, for them standards are good as long as they're the ones ho make it. They could as well be working at apple and give the exact same answers, just replace one trademark for another.

more than 4 years ago

Disposable Toilet To Change the World

Ractive Re:Not to be a naysayer, but can people afford thi (413 comments)

it's for URBAN areas where people already crap in plastic bags and throw them helicopter style, this addresses the sanitation/disease problem.

more than 4 years ago

How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted

Ractive Re:Interesting (259 comments)

This could laughable if you are very superficial about it, but economical success or hype is not necessarily related to a good product, actually if you could perform a really impartial feature by feature (design, software, usability, DRM, format management, compatibility, value, etc) comparison between music players I'm sure the iPod will not come as the best, so back in the day, minus the hype and the financial success, the comment is actually quite logical.

more than 4 years ago

Recovering Data From Noise

Ractive Magic (BS) (206 comments)

I've been working with digital images for a long time and I can tell you this: this is too good to be true
You can't get professional results even when trying to interpolate 5% extra data, and even though I guess this is not oriented to professional quality images, it will just make crappy images good enough to recognize the points of interest, it will be acceptable to that point but then there's the Obama sample, I have seen the printed image (in the dead tree version of the mag) and it certanly looks faked, there's some detail that couldn't have beeen retrieved, not with the current algorithms, actually as some have pointed out, the lapel pin data is not present at all so how could you recreate that, sounds to me like something more from the realm of magic than math, hence fake!

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Administer the First White Spaces

Ractive Google slogan mmm (112 comments)

Google slogan : "Don't be evil"

Google slogan in 5 years : "Don't be soooo evil"

Google slogan in 10 years : "Just don't be as evil as Satan himself"

Google slogan in 20 years : "All your arses are belong to us"

more than 4 years ago

Impressive Robot Hand From Shadow

Ractive Re:Egg fraud (101 comments)

It is almost impossible to smash an egg by grasping it.

It's OK Mr Burns... but some people actually can.

more than 4 years ago

Zune HD Twitter App Censors Tweets For You!

Ractive Wow terrible... (155 comments)

This would greatly affect all 3 users of this Zune thing.

more than 4 years ago

Arrington Responds To the JooJoo, Files Suit

Ractive Support? (91 comments)

If Dell / HP tech support is crappy, and those are well established companies, imagine how this will be.
Even with TechCrunch behind it and at $200 the stuff seemed dubious, now without, with all this litigation and at $500... I think I'm gonna pass.

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data

Ractive Re:Profit (441 comments)

You're right, should've RTFA first.
But in my country, there's vendors who are advertising (heavily) the fact that they sell their phones unlocked, they're trying to capture as much users as possible, others offer unlimited access but with hidden fees and stuff, but others advertise (again, heavily) they have real unlimited access, that's competition.
Someone said in another comment that this is like going back to y2k, he must have not read the article either, but on the other hand the current state of cellular networks is somewhat comparable to landline access in those days, the difference is that phone access came after everybody was accustomed and expected unlimited access, Vendors offered it and then they couldn't handle it, hence this announcement.
I think the trend is going to be the same: technology will allow faster transfers and competition will do the rest.

more than 4 years ago



DVD Jon gets the ax

Ractive Ractive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ractive (679038) writes "Well It looks like doubleTwist Ad didn't last too long.

Now we're not saying BART is in cahoots with Apple. What we are saying is, BART took down a legally-purchased ad for having a "too dark" background, and then rejected the same ad when updated with a white background. Hmm.

Don't make the big apple Angry"


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