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Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund

Whyte Panther Re:Sounds Like a Hoax Right Up Until You Read the (362 comments)

Actually, that has been changed recently. If you look at a seller's feedback page, you can see the chart showing the number of positive, neutral and negative comments in the last month/6 months/year. Click on the number of comments, and they're filtered, showing only the neutral or negative comments you want to read. Quite convienient.

more than 2 years ago

Star Wars Coming To Blu-ray In September

Whyte Panther Re:BluRay? Why? (419 comments)

There's a difference between scaling a DVD video and scaling the output of a 3D graphics chip. For a simple example of this, look at the God of War Collection on PS3. The 3D assets appear for the most part to be the original models from the PS2 versions. However, with more graphical power, it is possible to render at a higher resolution without so much loss of quality. However the prerendered cutscenes were upscaled from the original PS2 disc rather than being rerendered, so the difference is more apparent.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

Whyte Panther Re:oblig. (1018 comments)

I'm not sure if it would be WikiWikiLeaks, or WikiLeaksLeaks.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks

Whyte Panther Re:Not a car analogy (385 comments)

No. Selling the modified page or the resulting book could be though. And it likely is when you use the trademarks associated with the original book as part of the marketing of your edit, without permission.

more than 3 years ago

Un-killable 'Evercookie' Killed ... Sometimes

Whyte Panther Re:turn the tables (186 comments)

Given that all these cookies likely do is tell the server you are acessing "I'm unique user #138756918", and are REALLY good at remembering that number, I doubt there's much you can do to mess with their servers. All the data about what it means to be unique user #138756918 is kept as far away from you as possible.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks

Whyte Panther Re:not really single-player (385 comments)

No... this has nothing to do with privacy. People want the achievements added to their profiles, and are cheating to add them. Why this matters to anyone, I don't know, as the most "useful" items you get from StarCraft 2 achievements are avatar icons and logos which can be placed on your units, logos which are so small I'd swear you'd never see them in a serious game. And SC2 has cheats built in, that disable achievements, so if someone just wants to see the story, they can easily do that. The only reason to cheat with hacks is to either get achievements that one is not good enough to earn legitimately, or to cheat in multiplayer.

Microsoft has had similar problems with their achievement system being cheated as well. Their answer has been deleting all achievements from the people found to be cheating in this way. Banning someone from the game does seem a little harsh in this situation.

more than 3 years ago

IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

Whyte Panther Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (470 comments)

I've heard of the two second rule, the three second rule, and the five second rule. I didn't realize you were supposed to multiply them.

more than 3 years ago

College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

Whyte Panther Re:Finders Keepers? (851 comments)

If you read TFA, you will notice that he didn't find it himself. His mechanic did during a routine oil change. And only because he noticed an extra loose wire.

more than 3 years ago

Spammers Using Soft Hyphen To Hide Malicious URLs

Whyte Panther Re:So how often is it used legitimately? (162 comments)

Why is it possible to even register a domain with a soft hyphen? Oh wait, Domain registrars are greedy.

more than 3 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

Whyte Panther Re:Face the fact that laptops are ... (1140 comments)

We're losing vertical pixels because our monitors are shorter. A 17 inch diagonal 4x3 monitor is 11.4 inches high. To get the same height on a 16x9 monitor, it would have to be at least a 23.25 inch diagonal.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Rolls Out Real ID Privacy Options

Whyte Panther Re:Friends (145 comments)

What if your friends are buffalo?

more than 3 years ago

Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga

Whyte Panther Re:Whales? (319 comments)

Why? Did you want to borrow one?

about 4 years ago

Cybercriminals Create 57,000 Fake Sites Each Week

Whyte Panther (77 comments)

Because Blizzard asks their playerbase to forward these e-mails for verification, and to help them locate the bogus sites and get them shut down. I'm getting these myself (although my account is now on a different e-mail address), and they all have different bogus websites. While they know there's a problem, they still need to know where the new problems are.

about 4 years ago

AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

Whyte Panther This is an opportunity! (597 comments)

Don't just remove the stickers, add another one adverstising a product designed to remove the sticker goo. AMD recommends Goo Gone for sticker residue. It's a new revenue source!

about 4 years ago

Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year

Whyte Panther Re:wow (199 comments)

Well, apart from multiplayer, you do get weekly sales (although they only occasionally intersect with your interests), and demo access one week earlier than non-gold users. And there was 1 vs 100 while that was around which was quite fun (but disappointing that it's not being renewed) Not saying it's an amazing deal or anything, but there is a bit more than the multiplayer.

about 4 years ago

"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family

Whyte Panther And to think... (234 comments)

If he had subitted it to America's Funniest Home Videos, he maaaaabye could have won what, $10,000 is their top prize?

more than 4 years ago

Three Indicted In Scareware Scam That Netted $100M

Whyte Panther Re:Fake AVs (120 comments)

Because I would absolutely trust an unstaller app provided with a malware "virus scanner". I think I'll cut out it's heart by my self, thank you very much.

more than 4 years ago

New Hardware Models Highlight Nintendo's No-Transfer Policy

Whyte Panther Re:Bad Policy (116 comments)

The Wii already has an option on it to wipe it's memory of all downloaded games and ties to the Wii shop, which is intended to be used before giving the console to a new owner (Anyone who does this currently is a fool, sell the games with the system, you might as well)... All they need to do is through that process, provide a code allowing you to download your now erased library to a new Wii. Just send me that code by e-mail, and when I get my replacement, put that in and get it all back. Easy enough to do, works in the framework that's already there, and Nintendo knows that barring hacking the console, that all existing games have been deleted.

more than 4 years ago

Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

Whyte Panther Re:really? (379 comments)

The releasing the first X minutes of a movie has become a more and more common tactic in movie promotions recently. I know it's happened for more than a few movies, but the only one I remember specifically was Borat.

Otherwise, I totally agree with you. It's hard to put down $50-60 for a game basically sight unseen. Especially when so many developers do release demos, and XBox Live requires them, etc. Not only does a demo tell you if you would like the game, a demo will also give you an idea how well a game will run on your PC, which seems to pretty important to Crytek games.

On the other hand, even demos aren't always representative of the full game. Take the Brutal Legend demo for example. What seems from the demo like God of War-esque with driving sequences, is actually a semi-RTS with a large mostly empty "sandbox" overworld.

more than 4 years ago


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