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Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard

bluesatin Re:US (302 comments)

Bear in mind that a lot of phones get their own specialised outer casing compared to the standard version, so I doubt it would be much work to just make a small modification such as the socket.

Take for example the HTC Hero: Standard Version and the American Version.

more than 3 years ago

Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel

bluesatin Re:College is not just for theory... (239 comments)

Because most people building websites are techies their idea of something new and exciting is completely different to the everyday person.

I recently attended a lecture by Toby Moore on the cool curve, it helps explain why things like twitter get popular.

more than 3 years ago

Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

bluesatin Re:Porn. (319 comments)

It's not really the case on whether there is a system out there already, chances are there are plenty that could be likely candidates to explode in popularity; all it takes is the bandwagon to start.

I recently attended a quite interesting lecture by Toby Moore that talked about the 'Cool Curve', which essentially says that things just usually have to be there at the right time; there were plenty of better services than Twitter before Twitter existed, but people's comfort moved up a little bit which moved twitter into the cool curve.

Toby Moore on the Cool Curve

more than 3 years ago

The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

bluesatin Re:It is all about resolution (422 comments)

The early consoles couldn't even take care of the available resolution. NES was 256x240. Not to mention the 16 colour limitation on NES. SNES then looked better with the same (NTSC) display, as did N64. They were all major improvements on their predecessor.

I don't think you can improve that much on the existing consoles, definitely not the leaps and bounds they had in the early days.

This also the case with the XBOX360 and PS3, if you have a quick search on google there only seems to be a handful of games that run at 1080p natively; most games are merely up scaled from lower resolutions.

more than 3 years ago

The End of Free

bluesatin Re:Search is still relevant... (348 comments)

> why would I want to install a dozen different applications (IMDB, Wikipedia etc.) when I can Google it and get the results on one page.

Because websites suck, and you're better of accessing the data on the sites via a tool hand crafted for the screen size/ui of the device you're viewing it on.

Because websites don't have mobile versions of their sites .. oh wait.

more than 4 years ago

The End of Free

bluesatin Re:How Quickly They Forget (348 comments)

Look for the cost - of both the devices and bandwidth - to continue to decline over time.

Strangely enough they've actually gone up recently for AT&T and O2, with their 'unlimited' data plans being scrapped.

Although to be fair the product hasn't really changed much, if at all; they're just being more honest about the limit this time around.

more than 4 years ago

The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships

bluesatin Re:SC2 Mouse (207 comments)

Huh? There is a picture of the product right there on the page. Links to five different views of it in the lower right.

Yes they have pictures, but no photos.

more than 4 years ago

Project Natal Renamed 'Kinect'

bluesatin Re:I'd rather hear about a next gen console (286 comments)

And please don't give me that "You don't *have* to upgrade, you can just ramp down the settings on the latest games" argument. Yes that's true. But we all know that most self-respecting gamers *hate* to do that.

After admiring the new purdy graphics on most games for about 10 minutes, I usually go back and turn the graphics way down to make sure I have a steady FPS; I get so immersed in games after about 20 minutes of gameplay I don't notice whether or not my shadows are perfectly smooth around the edges.

As long as the graphics aren't absolutely terrible to the point where it's distracting, I'll be happy playing on the lower settings.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

bluesatin Re:Still alive (763 comments)

It's a commonly believed myth that searing meat keeps moisture in, see this Wikipedia article.

more than 4 years ago

The Fashion Industry As a Model For IP Reform

bluesatin Re:Planned obsolescene is in common (398 comments)

In fashion, women are required to constantly buy new clothes lest they be considered "frumpy". Last year's clothes are perfectly good, quality-wise, but a culture has been created by which anyone who wears them is subject to public ridicule.

This only applies to people that buy into fads of fashion, good clothes are timeless and will always look good no matter when you bought them; unless you bought them when you were a few sizes smaller that is.

more than 4 years ago

Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

bluesatin Re:Manageable hybrid (224 comments)

So you mean like having 2 separate drives?

more than 4 years ago

Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3

bluesatin Re:"Effectively" is rather subjective (171 comments)

awesome graphics, and not having to constantly upgrade to play the newest games at full quality.

You don't have to upgrade your PC to keep playing games at the same quality; 'Full quality' on a console is the same quality, so it's no different from a PC.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Is Nintendo's "Enemy of the Future"

bluesatin Re:Not just Ease of Purchase, but Ease of Transiti (272 comments)

An iPod touch lasts for ever, I have already seen hand me downs.

Well I don't know about that, my iPod classic is only about 3 years old and the battery lasts about 8 hours when it's not even playing music; this of course wouldn't be a problem if I could replace the battery.

I can't imagine something that has a much more advanced screen would fair any better than a simple music player.

more than 4 years ago

Florida Fails To Pass Bestiality Law

bluesatin Re:Why do they CARE... (56 comments)

Damn accents get me every time.

more than 4 years ago

Why Google Needs To Pull the Plug On Chrome OS

bluesatin Re:Linux (266 comments)

I've got to admit, it's a pretty clever way of tricking people into going to a site; people rarely fall for the url shortening sites any more, but everyone trusts Google! (Except Slashdot of course, we don't like anyone).

more than 4 years ago

A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

bluesatin Re:Not about Perf, Stability or Security (495 comments)

It's important to note that the loss of profit may not be from the App store, but from the fact that people will have little reason to buy an iPhone if every app is available on every platform; Apple makes the majority of it's profit off hardware not software.

more than 4 years ago

Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

bluesatin Re:Light pressure (379 comments)

Oh by the way, the Crookes Radiometer doesn't help you argument; I quote:

Crookes incorrectly suggested that the force was due to the pressure of light.

more than 4 years ago

WoW On an iPad Via Gaikai

bluesatin Re:Latency. (121 comments)

I'd imagine this screen-refresh issue would be solved if the rendering was done at home with your desktop PC and was then streamed to you sitting in your living room onto your tablet of choice. I've always wondered if it would be a cool idea to have a 'home server' that just ran dummy machines at the end to just completely run off the server, it'd mean you could use nearly any device and have all the same interface.

Mind you I'm currently in a flat with 5 people in it, so I'd imagine that's really the minimum you'd want this setup for (or if you had 5 people in total that are in the flat a lot).

more than 4 years ago

Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

bluesatin Re:Most absolutely not. (462 comments)

I think what they're trying to get at is to remove all the rubbish that doesn't need to be in the game, and to a certain extent I agree.

A lot of my favourite games have been made fairly recently and are short but sweet, the two that stick out in my head being Braid and Portal.

Sure they're not 'simple' challenge wise, but they keep the aim of the game simple and to the point; not only that but they actually force you to change the way you think. I adore watching people play Braid and Portal just because you can see how they struggle until something finally clicks and they start thinking outside of the box.

more than 4 years ago


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