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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Spyrus Begging the question (403 comments)

The whole saga was intended as a pulpy, schlocky pastiche of Flash Gordon serials. It succeeds at this. There is no "former glory" for it to attain. You're thirty years older and you think it's cool to bag on the prequels, but you haven't watched Return of the Jedi (any version) lately. Ever wonder why none of the Star Wars movies won any awards other than for effects and music? There's your answer.

about 2 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Spyrus Re:Decision fatigue (240 comments)

If something interesting is a few bucks, I will just buy it. The money is negligible to me but shows support for the developer. I love the puzzle and retro-style action of iOS and Android games, because they're similar to arcade games ($0.25 just to try it) and retro console games ($30 to take it home). I buy a crap-ton of apps like this. If something is free, it's usually filled with "recharge these consumable gems for $0.99 tricks that are (a) no fun, and (b) costly to play in a non-frustrating way. It's far more difficult to get me to even download a "free-to-play" title than a paid title with a modest ante. I know that I'm not typical of the market, and that makes me a little sad.

about 3 months ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

Spyrus Re: Better games came along right after? (374 comments)

I'm agreeing with this so hard you would be a little alarmed. Roberts (of "RSI" - terrible acronym) talks down mobile and console, even though that would be the perfect medium for a return to FUN Wing Commander space opera. I would love a cartoony, gyro/touch control space shooter with "Surviving High School" type melodramatic choose-your-path role playing. The hyper realism of Star Citizen is a big turnoff for me, as it looks to be as dull as existing "serious" games like Eve Online. I already have a job and a life, I just want some casual space-based diversion. When Roberts gets ambitious, he starts to stink things up.

about 10 months ago
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Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

Spyrus Re:People really leave WiFi on? (323 comments)

I leave it on so I don't have to worry about turning it off to get iCloud backups of my apps and photos. It's not a big power drain on iOS.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

Spyrus Re:More than two (202 comments)

Is that 'failed' as in 'didn't come to pass', or 'failed' as in 'they tried and did not succeed'.

I think it's more like 'failed' as in 'they didn't bother trying to go mainstream, all their buyers are importers and enthusiasts.' I wouldn't consider that a "failure," personally.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

Spyrus Re:Young audiences grow up (202 comments)

I know I'm in the minority, but I'd rather simply NOT PLAY a game than have it whirr and load and run down my battery. The UMD drive is a much worse decision than the Go, in my opinion.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

Spyrus Re:Trailblazer? (202 comments)

The PSP was pretty amazing when it launched in early 2005. It's still a neat system. There is a large, diverse library of games for the machine. They've sold millions of units. The only thing they've done "wrong" is to be in 2nd place.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

Spyrus Young audiences grow up (202 comments)

Maybe they're trying to build their future audience. I suspect a lot of Nintendo's appeal to "older" gamers is rooted in goodwill from the past and nostalgia. Besides, if Sony's "core" audience has already abandoned them for DS and iOS, would it not be irrational to continue to chase them with an unwanted product? Then again, what do I know. The nerd blogs were all in a pantybunch over the PSP Go not having UMDs or dual analog sticks. I thought that refresh was pretty cool, and I happily ditched all my old UMD games to get one. It's almost as neat as my iPhone.

more than 3 years ago
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Average Cellphone Data Usage Is 145.8 MB Per Month

Spyrus Re:Compare to voice... (107 comments)

You make it sound as if talking on the phone for an average 70 minutes per day is a lot. Is that what you meant?

more than 3 years ago
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Average Cellphone Data Usage Is 145.8 MB Per Month

Spyrus The upward TREND is interesting, not the NUMBERS. (107 comments)

Average data use is a meaningless statistic, and I'm sick of seeing people trot out those numbers to justify tiered pricing plans that punish people who use their smartphones for their intended purpose. I think the point of the article, as stated in the title, is that smartphones are here to stay and their usage is only going to grow. A few years ago, few people were interested in browsing the web over an EDGE connection. Now there are zillions of ways to be connected and entertained. Even non-geeks. Wireless carriers should facilitate this. When AT&T dropped their unlimited data plan and introduced tiered pricing, it dropped prices for the light users and added modest costs to heavy users. There's nothing wrong with that, but please let's not imply that using less than 150MB per month is "average," or "normal," or in any other way desirable. If every iPhone user in my region were on Waze, our traffic would be vastly improved. And if they were listening to Pandora or Last.fm they'd all be happier. At least that's where the vast majority of my 2.1GB per month of iPhone data is going. I can't say for sure, because all I get is the metered bill. It would be neat to see it broken down by traffic type.

more than 3 years ago
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On the Economics of the Kindle

Spyrus Re:Actually, more important: What would it cost to (398 comments)

How many of the books in your library are actually still under copyright? You might be surprised at the quality and quantity of things to read on Project Gutenberg or Feedbooks, and the latter can be directly downloaded to a Kindle over the free wireless network. I was delighted to find the Harvard Classics (the six-foot shelf of books that an educated person is expected to read in his/her lifetime) in well-formatted text form on both sites. If I had any self-discipline whatsoever, that would be enough reading for me for a very long time.

more than 5 years ago
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On the Economics of the Kindle

Spyrus Author misses the point. Convenience is EVERYTHING (398 comments)

This article misses the point of the Kindle. It doesn't exist to save the consumer's money -- not in this version and likely not in the next, either. The early adopter pays for the getting to use technology first, and that comes at a price. A technology writer should know this. With a Kindle, I can buy a book or newspaper for free in moments and start reading right away, without visiting a bookstore or waiting for a physical shipment. That's worth something to me. How much is your time worth? A Kindle also gives you the convenience of having hundreds of texts in one place, with a device that lasts a long time without needing a charge. That, too, is worth something to me. How much is it worth it to you not to have to lug around bulky, heavy books? On my Kindle, I can also search, annotate, and change the text size to accommodate my vision needs, without putting on reading glasses or buying a large-format version. That's worth something to me. How much ... do you get the picture?

more than 5 years ago

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