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SOPA and PIPA So Far

Vectormatic Re:About fucking time (273 comments)

If you want to get really cynical, there is another bill up for discussion in a few months or so, PCIP (Protect Children from Internet Pornographers), whatever doesnt pass in SOPA/PIPA can just get tacked onto PCIP, and anyone who dare oppose that bill will get called a pedophile and a child porn supporter.

Good luck with that land of the free thing guys

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Shouldn't Do Obviously (406 comments)

at launch, the gamecube was roughly 280 euros, and hardware wise is was beyond the PS2, and pretty close to the xbox in terms of performance. That same xbox was criticized heavily for its 480 euro pricetag, it took a pricedrop to 300 before it got any serious traction here.

A $200 pricetag is obviously unrealistic for a new console, but 600 like the ps3 is just not gonna float in todays economy.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Don't bother with Sony (406 comments)

As i have said many times in ms/oracle comparisons, i would consider MS more of a slightly incompetent blundering bunch of nerds, they have the occasional evil idea, but compared to sony (And oracle), most of their fuckups are more just screwups rather than diabolical plots. I cant remember the last time MS did something diabolical like the rootkit CDs or pulled a "i've altered the deal, pray i do not alter it further" like the otherOs trick.

And honestly, you do have a choice as the end user. Buy a wii, or buy a used gamecube and play all the good games on that platform, go for PC gaming, or heaven forbid, take gaming slightly less serious and do something else.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Future of Nintendo (406 comments)

it won't matter if the ps4 and xbox whatever are more powerful, as they'll all just cater for the lowest common denominator, just like they've been doing now.

It will matter, in the ps2/360/ngc generation, multiplatform studio's catered to the lowest common denominator (ps2, in case you were wondering), because of its HUGE install base compared to the other two. This generation multiplatform studios either disregard the wii entirely, or hire a second teams to make a wii "port" with a seriously dumbed down engine, publishing a game on all three platforms with roughly the same graphics as the wii (like in the ps2/xbox/ngc generation) will get you raped in the ps3/360 reviews so badly no-one is going to buy the game.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Future of Nintendo (406 comments)

I find that youtube movie thoroughly unimpressive, the macroblocking and encoding quality make it a poor showcase, even if the original did not have those artifacts, it makes it impossible to judge the quality. Also, these kind of highly optimized tech-demos always paint a very rosy picture of what is possible, and are hardly ever realized in real games.

The leaked specs so far put the wii-u somewhat on par with the 360/ps3, which is nearly 6 year old hardware at this point, possibly 7 by the wii-u's release. Thinking that the wii-u will be able to match the next xbox/ps4 on performance is just hilariously naive

As for the motion controls and ms/sony not being able to match the wii-u on features. Given that we know jack-all about the new xbox and ps4, other than that they are comming at some point, MS and sony can not only feature match, but also outclass nintendo quite easily.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Disagree. (406 comments)

Adjusting the layout of my living room to work around some technical shortcomming of a video game console is not acceptable, as you will find out once you get a girlfriend.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Nintendo profits have been down for years (406 comments)

Goldeneye 007

Tried to play this game, but it made me cringe, so bad are the graphics compared to what i'm used to these days. Also the control scheme feels quite clunky. People might like it for nostalgic reasons, but once you take away the "ooh its golden eye" factor, i'd probably prefer some shooter on the original xbox/gamecube over this.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Vectormatic Re:Future of Nintendo (406 comments)

a rabid fanbase that has absorbed what was left of Sega's rabid fanbase. That's a lot of rabid.

I dont know, most of Sega's fanbase was absorbed by microsoft i think. The original xbox had a shitload of games derived from saturn/dreamcast classics, built by those same teams. I know that the dreamcast (in 2002, after its demise), was my gateway drug into the world of xbox gaming, well after i got a gamecube.

And i think that save for the die-hard zelda fanboys, nintendo has managed to alienate a good portion of its traditional fanbase with the Wii, a huge portion of the wii's succes is down to its appeal to casual gamers and there is a significant risk that most of those people are bored with their wii and wont bother with the wii-u.

more than 2 years ago
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US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law

Vectormatic Re:Fuck America ... (508 comments)

Dont hide behind that though, do whatever you can to change things. Go vote in the primaries (both rep and dem if you can), vote in every election you can, vote out the incumbent scumbags you have in congress, and if you can, run for congress yourself! Change does not come from complaining about how powerless you are.

I never thought i'd say this (about a "republican" candidate anyway), but i hope you guys are succesfull in getting Ron Paul in the white house. I might not agree with him on all points, but he seems to have a modicum of common sense in his policies, and stands by his principles. Also, he seems to be the only republican whose first act wouldnt be nuking Iran.

more than 2 years ago
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US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law

Vectormatic Re:Freedom (508 comments)

There is a difference between US companies individually saying "we dont like how spain doesnt support SOPA, we wont do our business there", which your analogy would be like, and the US imposing nationwide sanctions on trading with spain.

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

Vectormatic Re:Optical? (502 comments)

I hate you, i pay 25 euro for 20* mbit ADSL, and because of the locked down cable market the fastest connection i can get is 50 mbit at 50 euros, while at my old house i could get easily over 100 mbit by now.

*actual performance is 11-12mbit due to the fact that ADSL sucks donkey-balls compared to docsis 3.0 cable.

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

Vectormatic Re:Never going to happen. (502 comments)

In my experience, the PSPs sleep mode pretty much fixed this issue though. Sure you have the occasional level loading, but take for instance a largely open world game like GTA or AC, i would play for half an hour on the tram, put the psp to sleep, in my bag, and at the end of the day be gaming again within a second of pushing the button.

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

Vectormatic Re:720 degrees? (502 comments)

720 degrees is 4 Pi in radials

*waits for inevitable whoosh*

more than 2 years ago
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The oldest hard drive I'm still using is ...

Vectormatic Re:Newer, just to reduce the power bill (272 comments)

P4 desktop I picked up for nothing a while back - hence not a huge power suck

Hate to burst your buble, but the P4 is about the worst CPU power-wise you can get, if it happens to be a northwood it isnt THAT bad, but prescott based P4s are frickin space-heaters. You should put a kill-a-watt meter on the thing and calculate its power-cost, chances are that replacing the P4+mobo with an Atom-based mini-itx might work out in a year or so.

As for the carbon footprint thing, if you are just replacing drives for the power-usage (rather then needing more space), i do not believe you could ever compensate for the CO2 produced in the production/shipping of the new drive. (not within its operational lifetime anyway)

more than 2 years ago
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The oldest hard drive I'm still using is ...

Vectormatic Re:Old, but reliable (272 comments)

True, my dad runs two hard drives of about 500 mb, both systems get turned on and off every work-day.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Makers Run Short of Popular Drives

Vectormatic Re:GF (353 comments)

Oh come on, once you have a new friendly distro like ubuntu or mint set up, and dont do the half yearly upgrade dance (ubuntu keeps a version supported for two years anyway), shit doesnt just break out of nowhere. I am typing this on an old thinkpad with ubuntu 10.04 installed and the only reason i use the CLI at all is because sometimes i find it more convenient then using the UI with a trackpad, or when i ssh into my servers for maintenance.

If all your GF does is facebook/internet, a simple box with recent ubuntu/linux mint will do just fine. Keep in mind your GF shouldnt have admin access, as it isnt needed and can only pose a risk.

Also, why the hell build her a quad? a dual core is more then enough for that usage pattern

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor

Vectormatic Re:Blue Screen of Nuclear Death ? (467 comments)

Even if you accept the bold claim that Bill himself apparently is THE guy responsible for every BSOD to ever grace a shitty gateway celeron box, I'm pretty sure that in this case they have actual nuclear engineers doing all the nuke stuff, instead of saying "Hey Bill, we need some software to drive this nuclear reactor, how 'bout you fire up good ol visual basic 6 and give it a whack?"

Honestly, the fact that Bill gates had anything to do with windows/microsoft at all is about as irrelevant as it gets here. it is just "Rich guy puts lots of money into building new nuke reactor in china", where the guy got his money from isnt relevant.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor

Vectormatic Re:Blue Screen of Nuclear Death ? (467 comments)

Adding "Microsoft" to already crazy picture doesn't improve things either.

This is Bill Gates as a private person backing a company which does new nuclear stuff, dragging microsoft into this makes no sense at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

Vectormatic Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (627 comments)

They suck for tablets, since suddenly you have two seperate battery powered devices which need to be charged (not that big of a deal for a wireless keyboard, but still). The GPs point was that with the transformer, Asus made the keyboard so much more then just a simple keyboard dock, that it lifts the device above its competitors. Slide the tablet into the keyboard, and suddenly you double batterylife, have a couple of fully functional USB host ports and a workable clamshell laptop, ready for the typing, on your laptop, on the bus etc..

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Cancels 28nm APUs, Starts From Scratch At TSMC

Vectormatic Re:Take your time, let software catch up. (149 comments)

They can't up clock speed anymore due to the speed of light (except a little bit when doing a die shrink).

Poppycock, the reason intel/amd dont scale their clocks much beyond the current 3-3.5 GHz is mostly because the power demands increase exponentially. Intels netburst design had a feature called the Rapid Execution Engine, which basically where the integer ALU's, run at double the clock rate. The 3.8 GHz pentium 4 had its ALUs running at 7.6 GHz, the reason this didnt scale beyond some execution hardware was very much down to the power budget.

And honestly, bulldozer's design team should be hit over the head with a presscot heatsink, bunch of idiots.

more than 2 years ago

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Windows XP SP2 support ends tomorrow

Vectormatic Vectormatic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vectormatic (1759674) writes "As can be seen on the product page for windows XP, support for SP2 ends tomorrow, while the majority of windows XP users still havent upgraded to SP3, this potentially opens up milions of users/businesses to exploitation as security updates for SP2 will stop comming in, yet will clue in potential hackers by patching up the same holes in SP3"
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Slashdot suffering technical difficulties

Vectormatic Vectormatic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vectormatic (1759674) writes "Since this morning, over half of my request to slashdot.org seem to result in a HTTP 500 response, suggesting that one or more server in the slashdot load ballancing cluster are having technical difficulties."

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