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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

bigdavex Re:Gaming? (270 comments)

I am not one of those people. I disagree with the notion that sports are too serious business to be considered games.


about 2 months ago

How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

bigdavex Gaming? (270 comments)

I'm guessing this poll means video games, but I play board games and sports, you insensitive clod. I find it a little weird that "game" has been narrowed to mean specifically video games to the "gaming" subculture.

about 2 months ago

Snapchat Users' Phone Numbers Exposed To Hackers

bigdavex It's OK (69 comments)

But the phone numbers disappear after 10 seconds, right?

about 4 months ago

Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

bigdavex Character Depth (207 comments)

I'm not sure this really matters. (Caveat: I'm not a fan and haven't read the books since I was very young.)

The BBC Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman incarnation is closer kin to the show Monk than to the Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law incarnation. Using the name Sherlock Holmes is more of a marketing decision than a creative one. Basically, the original stories donate two things: the pairing of a genius with a more ordinary sidekick and the names.

Meanwhile, there have been decades of stories with Holmes influence, which have suffered very little if at all from using different names.

about 4 months ago

Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

bigdavex sigh (207 comments)

Great, now he'll never write any more.

about 4 months ago

India Cautions Users On Risks Associated With Virtual Currencies

bigdavex Re:Bitcoin isn't a currency. (121 comments)

Its a commodity. Like gold, or silver.


What need or want does a bitcoin satisfy?

about 4 months ago

Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

bigdavex Re:Nothing else to do but whine? Try planning ahea (234 comments)

Besides, why the heck do you allow animals if you aren't willing to put up with the results of your decision? Charge a fee for animals and pay somebody to come around and clean up the poop, there are services that do that very thing.

Dog poop on the lawn is a result of dogs and not picking up the poop. If the poop is cleaned any less often than continuously; people will step in, fall in, and roll through (with a wheel chair) dog poop. Owners should pick up dog poop from common spaces.

about 5 months ago

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

bigdavex Re:Which company bought this 'new' rule? (1143 comments)

There's a reason that the private sector isn't willing to give credit to some people. There's a cost to the treasury in the form unpaid loans and collection costs.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

bigdavex Re:Welcome to Linux (321 comments)

It's properly referred to as Free Cell/Windows.

about 7 months ago

Windows NT Turns 20

bigdavex Re: Lesson One (213 comments)

When there's a security flaw in the version of the dll a program depends on, how does Windows deal with it?

about 9 months ago

Crysis 3 Review: Amazing Graphics, Still a Benchmark Buster, Boring Gameplay

bigdavex broken metaphor (211 comments)

Crytek's latest game doesn't raise the bar — it annihilates it.

wtf? Now there's no standard to measure games?

about a year ago

Facebook Banter More Memorable Than Lines From Recent Books

bigdavex Re:context counts (78 comments)

You're correct. He says that in the ultra-violet ray, gold-plated Star Wars: A New Hope: Tommy Boy edition.

about a year ago

Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

bigdavex Re:American Revolution (1388 comments)

If what you're saying is true, it should tell us our military is too big. Not, fuck it, we'll take our chances.

about a year ago

Investing In Lego Bricks For Fun But Mostly Profit

bigdavex Speculation (98 comments)

You invest in something that can create wealth.
You speculate in something whose market value might change.

LEGO sealed off in a tub doesn't produce wealth. Speculating in the LEGO market isn't investing.

LEGO does have value, because it is fun and educational, but only in the quantities that you are actually using.

about a year ago

Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

bigdavex asking for trouble (248 comments)

A company that's come close to abolishing Reply All is the global information and measurement firm Nielsen. On its screens, the button is visible but inactive, covered with a fuzzy gray. It can be reactivated with an override function on the keyboard. Chief Information Officer Andrew Cawood explained in a memo to 35,000 employees the reason behind Nielsen's decision: eliminating "bureaucracy and inefficiency."'

I hope somebody replied to all, quoting this entire memo and putting "OK" at the bottom.

about a year ago

THQ Clarifies Claims of "Horrible, Slow" Wii U CPU

bigdavex Re:Better get used to it, THQ (281 comments)

I've never understood why consoles don't simply have more RAM. Even in 2006, it was cheap enough to put in more than what the PS3 and 360 have. Right now, you can get 16GB of DDR3 RAM for $50 from Newegg, which is obviously higher than what manufacturers pay. Will it make the system cost a bit more to produce? Yes. Would it cost that much more to produce? Probably not.

$25 x 70 million units = $1.75 billion

about a year ago



Google omits Aborginal flag in Liscensing Dispute

bigdavex bigdavex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bigdavex (155746) writes "January 26 is Australia Day, which marks the colonization of Australia by the British. In recognition of more inclusive national identity, Google chose a child's artwork featuring native animals and, notably, the Aboriginal flag to adorn their google search page in Australia. But in a strange twist, the creator of the flag and Google couldn't come to terms to license the image of the flag. Read the story in the Sydney Morning Herald."
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