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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

The Eight-Bit Link Re:It'd have to be a deep Steam sale (227 comments)

You don't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription for single-player or local multiplayer.

Except I get global multipulti for free on PC, as well as local LAN and for some games split-screen.

It'd have to be a really deep Steam sale for four copies of a PC game supporting LAN play but not shared-screen to be cheaper than one used $30 copy of an Xbox 360 game supporting up to four Xbox controllers.

Sometimes they are, but with Steam, you end up with four copies. At the end of the day, everyone gets a copy and can play on their own or with others.

If you prefer a laptop as your working PC, the difference between a working laptop and a gaming laptop can pile up even faster.

That depends if you intend to game on your laptop as well, which defeats the point of having a gaming rig.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The Eight-Bit Link Why is FTDI the villan? (700 comments)

But whose fault is that? FTDI for protecting their designs and IP, or the manufacturer who went with knock-off chips?

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The Eight-Bit Link Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

Not quite. Non-factory parts are fine. There are alternatives to the FTDI chips, just like there are alternative parts for your car. The problem here is the part is pretending to be genuine when it's not.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

The Eight-Bit Link Why is FTDI the villan? (700 comments)

Why should they let people ride their coattails for no compensation? To be fair, bricking a device is a little overkill, and simply refusing to recognize a fake device may have been a better approach.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

The Eight-Bit Link Don't Go All-in at Once (452 comments)

Just as the title says. Start by first replacing the software on the computers with their open-source alternatives. Swap Outlook for Thunderbird, Internet Exploder/Chrome with Firefox/Chromium, Office with Libre. Then, have them use it for several weeks. Once people get comfortable, shift over to Linux. Otherwise, you're going to get lots of opposition due to the sharp change. I like Xubuntu, but in all honesty Mint or Elementary are probably your best bet for the least amount of shock.

about 8 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

The Eight-Bit Link Don't end POTS, the alternative sucks (449 comments)

I for one do not welcome our POTS replacing overlords. We had AT&T replace our old POTS connection with a box, for some reason (it's costing AT&T more money!). This box straight up sucks poop through a straw. I hate it. It's prone to crashing, and has to be powered. In our neighborhood, we have Detroit Terribly Engineered for power, and they can't maintain their connections worth anything. What made it so much better over the years was being able to get a corded phone off the shelf in the kitchen, plug it in, and get a dial tone which we then used to scream at DTE. It was a guaranteed bet that it was up, ready to react to your call at the drop of a hat. Does this box replace it? Not even close. It has several problems: 1. The signal strength is weak. Although it's an antiquated technology, I've still had to fire up a fax machine occasionally. The signal coming out of that dumb box is so weak we have to unplug the entire rest of the house in order to convince it that there is a phone connection. 2. It all hinges on the box. As I mentioned before, this box sucks. It's prone to crashing, which can't be resolved unless it gets power-cycled. I don't want to be in a situation where I can't call 911 because some box had a brain-fart. 3. It also needs power to run. This sucks too, because I had to go out and buy a UPS, since AT&T didn't give me one. This will last up to eight hours before finally giving in. With week-long power outages becoming more frequent, I don't want my access to services to hinge on how long the UPS can keep the box going. Sure, it's harder to maintain a web of copper. But the reliability is what made the landline the landline, so unless they have some magical solution which can give at least the exact same service as before, I want out.

about 8 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

The Eight-Bit Link Re:Old Old Old (99 comments)

But what AC left off was the system with the reflective strip also has an 'acoustic microphone' for finding the wing frequency. It uses the infrared illumination to find the location of a bug flying through it, then uses a low-powered laser to determine the wing frequency, followed by a shot from a high-powered laser if the detected bug is on the blacklist.

about 8 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

The Eight-Bit Link Been here before (99 comments)

How is this different than a similar method of identifying bugs from a few years ago mentioned in Make Magazine?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

The Eight-Bit Link Like Jobs? (612 comments)

Would you ever go back to Apple? If you did, what would you do?

more than 2 years ago

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