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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

aaronjp Re:DING DONG! (141 comments)

This 5-digit thought it was smirk worthy, maybe not outright LOL, but definitely smirk worthy.

5 days ago

FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

aaronjp Re: I never thought I'd say this... (327 comments)

We can push over 100Mb/s over 5,000' of copper _today_ using the latest, already shipping DSL technology.

Your other points aside. It still requires that the copper plant is in decent shape, which for many areas out there it is not. Water penetrated, corroded, rotted insulation, undocumented bridge taps, squirrel chewed on, aging, weather beaten, copper line that can barely sustain a 1.5Mb/s connection isn't going to handle a 100Mb/s connection very well.

5 days ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

aaronjp Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

If you were able to pry a game port card from an AT format PC, it would likely be an ISA board, which no newer computer has had in awhile. A lot of computers/motherboards these days don't even come with even a PCI slot, just all PCI-X.

Which doesn't even mention that Windows 7 and up don't support the game port interface anyways.

USB to Game port adapters are your best bet if you have an old game port based controller. Or just buy a new USB based controller.

about 4 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

aaronjp Re:Who is "we"? (238 comments)

I hate to dim your ray of optimism, but AT&T pulled their thumb out last August. I'm on legacy AT&T DSL where they have been enforcing their 150GB caps since then, the moment you go over you get charged $10 for a bucket of 50GB. I've been charged $20 additonal in one month due to blowing past the first bucket and getting another one.

about 4 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

aaronjp Re:Minecraft on iPads (559 comments)

In my home it's Minecraft of PC's. Sure they play on the Android tablet and the iPad, but they would rather play on the laptops or desktops the client is more current/capable and they can do more. Both of our consoles (Wii and PS3) have been fairly well ignored now that my three boys all have their own Minecraft accounts. Well I take that back, they watch Minecraft videos from YouTube on the PS3, while playing Minecraft on the laptops. We even got Disney Infinity for the PS3 and that's been pretty well ignored after 3 days of initial play.

about 8 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

aaronjp Re:Wii U problem is not underpowered. (559 comments)

Customers wanted and expected what they had in the old Wii with 1280p HD and a boost in processing power and got the Wii U.

Nintendo totally ignored the social aspect they created with the Wii. They went from a system where it was cheap enough to buy 4 controllers; so 4 people could play at a time to a system where it's just too expensive to have multiple players. Potential customers look at the Wii U as if it's essentially an expensive one player system, and just decide to keep playing the old Wii. In other words, they made a system that no one was asking for and even worse no one wanted in the Wii U.

IMO, if Nintendo wants to recover make a Wii HD.

about 8 months ago

Google Fixes Credit Card Security Hole, But Snubs Discoverer

aaronjp DiscoverER? (127 comments)


about 9 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

aaronjp Re:eh, Google no eat own dogfood? (308 comments)

Perhaps, because it is still primarily a content consumption device and not a content creation device.

about 9 months ago

Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

aaronjp Waterfox (381 comments)

Waterfox primarily (posting using Waterfox), some Chrome, and IE for work stuff on work computer(s).

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

aaronjp Re:It depends. (348 comments)

While many of the /. crowd might consider paying more to get what they want, (and reread what I posted I didn't say better game selection and quality, I said the "quality is there" i.e. they must be comparable at least to what is offered on the other consoles), the majority of the market out there will continue with the brands they are comfortable and familiar.

For this to succeed in the marketplace over the already entrenched incumbents, then yes this is what I think they need to do. IMHO, YMMV, yada-yada-yada...

about a year ago

Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

aaronjp Re:Red Rabbit... (236 comments)

I have a copy I've been trying to read for the last ten years. I keep putting it down to read other more interesting books.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

aaronjp It depends. (348 comments)

If the price for the console is right (read reasonably less than the competition), the hardware isn't lame (no red ring of deaths, no overheating, good controllers), the game selection is there (fps, rpg, fighting (Tekken et al), etc) and game quality (no horrible control layouts, stuttering, lousy gameplay); I believe they have a shot, now, before the new consoles get established in the market. The ability to upgrade the console and have a better experience sooner than the competition certainly will be draw, as well.

about a year ago

Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

aaronjp Re:2 out of the three are the same. (286 comments)

Why wait until April Fool's day? Probably be one before the weekend.

about a year and a half ago

Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

aaronjp Re:battery tip is great (286 comments)

I know Leo Laporte in the past has mentioned he needs more battery on the iPhone and loves and uses Mophie Juice Packs. So not "every one" is an Android user.

about a year and a half ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

aaronjp Re:Wow (396 comments)

I don't think "peace" means, what you think it means.

about 2 years ago


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