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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

bynary Re:What about non-widescreen laptops? (666 comments)

4:3 is probably better for certain tasks, but I actually prefer the 16:10 layout myself.

Everyone I talk to says he'd prefer one to the current wide-screen offering.

Who are you talking to? What kind of work do they do? What do they primarily use their computers for?

Personally, I couldn't wait to get rid of everything I owned that displayed video in 4:3 (CRT TV, laptop, old LCD monitor). I fell in love with widescreen format when I saw a 16:9 bigscreen Mitsubishi CRT in an electronics store 15 years ago. I remember thinking, "That makes MUCH more sense!"

more than 3 years ago

Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

bynary People still pay for Cable? (346 comments)

I don't watch much TV anymore and what I do watch I from...legitimate, yeah that's it, legitimate...sources (in Russia).

more than 3 years ago

US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

bynary Life tax (1306 comments)

They should just lump them all together and tax me to live. If I stop paying the tax, they flip a switch and a little explosion makes my brain explode. This would suck because seeing as it would be a government program there would be horrendous glitches in the system causing thousands to die needlessly each day (not to mention the pissed off government workers that would just walk in one day and randomly flip a bunch of switches 'cause they're having a bad day). The real bitch would be the death tax which they would charge because I'm no longer a contributing member of society.

more than 3 years ago

Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web

bynary Article summary (223 comments)

The Internet is changing and I'm scared.

more than 2 years ago

Jeff & Rob Visit Lucasfilm

bynary Come on! (198 comments)

This is like walking into the locker room in high school and saying, "I just slept with the head cheerleader," and then refusing to give out any details. Party foul!

more than 3 years ago

How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

bynary Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (1148 comments)

I was making more of a one-off reference to a supposed incident during Operation Grief (Battle of the Bulge) where a German spy asked for his jeep to be filled with "Petrol" instead of "Gas."

more than 3 years ago

How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

bynary Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (1148 comments)

WTF is petrol? I keed, I keed...

more than 3 years ago

RIM Doesn't Want 200 Fart Apps

bynary Re:Priorities? (244 comments)

I would venture to say that all of those statements point to one thing - RIM doesn't want apps that don't provide a continuous revenue stream. I don't think he's referring to added value for the customer; he's referring to added value for RIM.

more than 3 years ago

Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

bynary Re:Define "a lot"... (426 comments)

You're right, my numbers are wrong.

about 4 years ago

Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

bynary Define "a lot"... (426 comments)

I'm going on some very rough estimates, but they are informed estimates nonetheless (also, the data is heavily biased towards trends in the US). Please bear with me here...

Approximately 19% of Americans play video games on a gaming console (source here). Approximately 10% of the population is left handed. Rounding the U.S. population to 300 million, we have roughly 57 million Americans playing videogames on something other than a PC (this is important because PCs are primarily mouse and keyboard driven thus I can safely rule this population segment out). If we apply the 10% left-handedness rate to that number, we get 5.7 million left-handed people who play videogames on a game console (a DS is, in this case, a game console). Approximately 105 million current-gen game consoles have been sold in the U.S. as of December 2009 (source - here). Not counting previous generation consoles, that gives us an almost 2:1 game console to console gamer ratio (1.84:1 to be a little more precise). Also, 43% of the consoles sold were Nintendo DS's. Now, here I have a choice: I can either do some fancy statistical analysis (which I don't want to do) or I can assume that 43% of left-handed console owners have a DS. Doing that, I get approximately 2.45 million left-handed Nintendo DS owners.

That's a decent sized number; let's break it down further.

Taking into account the information provided by CmdrTaco, we are specifically talking about the DSi and a game called Base 10. 300,000 DSi's were sold as of December 2009. That gives us 0.7% of all Nintendo DS's sold are capable of playing this game. That whittles our 2.45 million left-handed DS owners down to 172,000 left-handed DSi owners. I couldn't find any sales numbers for Base 10; I'm not even going to attempt a guess there. That's an okay market size in and of itself, but it would be foolish to assume that 100% of that target market would buy that game. I'm pretty sure not even New Super Mario Bros. has that kind of attachment rate.

In summary, the answer is 42.

This "research" took me all of about thirty minutes so be kind.

about 4 years ago

Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook

bynary Of course. (280 comments)

Of course they flock to Facebook. Doesn't everybody?

about 4 years ago

Infinite Mario With Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment

bynary Great! (103 comments)

Because we all know how real life adapts to each persons abilities. Now, it would be pretty sweet if my grocery store would learn which items I buy (they have this info because I use those damned rewards cards) and would rearrange itself so that all of the items I wanted were in one place. This, of course, would suck for everyone else that shopped there.

about 4 years ago

Journalist Tricked Captors Into Twitter Access

bynary Okay, but... (141 comments) was he actually rescued? I see correlation between his tweets and his release but no causation.

about 4 years ago

Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0

bynary Imagine the possibilities! (322 comments)

People have a hard enough time saying USB (I often hear UBS). I can imagine this conversation taking place:

Computer sales guy: Hi! Welcome to (insert name of favorite electronics store). What brings you in?
Customer: I need one of those "Leet Speak" things.
CSG: You mean a gaming headset?
Cust.: No...wait, maybe. No.
CSG: What are you trying to do with your computer?
Cust.: Oh! I's a Light Speed Drive!
CSG: You're looking for a DVD-burner with LiteScribe?
Cust.: I already have a DVD. What's LiteScribe?
CSG: Nevermind.

about 4 years ago

Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show

bynary Inverse? (366 comments)

The inverse must be true as well, because I actually enjoyed watching Avatar.

more than 4 years ago

Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes

bynary Oh, the cacophony! (112 comments)

That stupid drum loop paired with the Super Mario Bros. theme was making my ears bleed.

more than 4 years ago

HDMI Labeling Requirements Promise a Stew of Confusion

bynary Now I have to buy... (396 comments)

...another $8 cable (includes shipping). I understand the point of the article is that for the non-techy consumer of Hi-Def equipment these new requirements are going to cause problems.

more than 4 years ago

An Unprecedented Look At Apple's "Black Labs"

bynary Re:ABC.. Disney.. Jobs.. (125 comments)

Disney owns ABC. Disney owns Pixar. Steve Jobs sold Pixar to Disney. Pixar is now in charge of Disney animation studios. Steve Jobs is on the Board of Directors as part of the negotiations over Pixar. I don't think it's odd at all. In fact, if I had that much sway in a media conglomerate I would definitely use it to promote my new products or to help put out PR fires.

more than 4 years ago

X-Ray Burst Temporarily Blinds NASA Satellite

bynary That's funny... (117 comments)

Weirdly, it didn’t look out of the ordinary in visible light.

I don't see how this is weird. The room didn't get any brighter when they bombarded my knee with x-rays when they were looking at my torn meniscus.

more than 4 years ago


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