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Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind

coop247 Great Book (52 comments)

I taught about a half of a semester of an HCI course with the 1st version and loved it. The examples are fantastic, the students liked reading it (well, compared to how much students generally like things).

about 3 months ago
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YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

coop247 4K (255 comments)

I cant watch a 480p video on YouTube without shuttering, jerking, load screens and a generally crappy experience. But I'm sure 4K will work great. Bonus points for something like the 5th different encoding scheme used by Google.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users

coop247 Re:I hate light text on black background (172 comments)

I agree this is bad, but then to put a multicolor background image behind it all just destroys your brains ability to quickly recognize the shape of words.

Half of a word is white on dark green, the other half is white on brown. That is terrible.

about a year ago
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How Much Longer Will Physical Game Distribution Survive?

coop247 Re:Never! (478 comments)

Amen, I've made two bad purchases in the past year, one was Resistance 2, the other was Gran Turismo Prolouge. I returned Resistance for $30, I deleted Gran Turismo from my hard drive. Guess which one I'm more pissed about.

more than 5 years ago
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A History of the Xbox Red Ring of Death Fiasco

coop247 Re:Not surpising that Xbox 1 -a PC- had great yiel (230 comments)

The real issue was MS deciding to design, and therefor own, the chips used in the 360. Even a seasoned hardware manufacturer like Sony wasn't stupid enough to take that on, they partnered with IBM to do most of the heavy lifting. They are a software company, and developing software is very different from manufacturing chips.

The article sure made it sound like the classic case of marketing making too many early decisions, as in picking a small curved case, then forcing engineering to figure out how to pack it all in.

I'm still pissed that they kneecapped this entire cycle by releasing a console without a hard drive for cost purposes.

more than 5 years ago

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Guitar Hero III - In MONO

coop247 coop247 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "The always insightful Bits blog on the NY Times has a report that the Wii's version of Guitar Hero III only outputs in Mono. This does not affect the PS3 or 360 versions. Activision claims they will issue replacement copies. Of course Wii defenders don't seem to mind, but it seems to me this would be a perfect time to have downloadable updates."
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PS3 Price Drop

coop247 coop247 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "Sony has announced a 40gig PS3 for $400 in the U.S. So between the price drop and the release of several good games around the same time, will the PS3 finally get some love. If you already own one, I recommend checking out Everyday Shooter on the PSN, easily the best game $10 can buy.
FTFA:
The new version of the PS3 will come with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, cost $400, and go on sale on November 2...The price of the 80-gigabyte version will be cut to $500 from $600."

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Tracking Teen Drivers

coop247 coop247 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "One more way to track your child's every movement. Now cars can be equipped with sensors and cameras to track dangerous driving.

From the Article:
Under Teen Safe Driver, a camera records audio and video images of both the road and the driver when motion sensors detect swerving, hard braking, sudden acceleration or a collision. The footage goes to an analysis center where it is graded for riskiness and sent on to parents with comments and coaching tips.

This program is being pushed by the insurance industry under the veil of "protecting the children." In reality they would love nothing more than to put similar systems in every car so they can charge risky drivers more."

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Interview with SCEA's Jack Tretton

coop247 coop247 writes  |  about 7 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "USA Today has an interview with SCEA's CEO, where he clearly calls out the XBox 360 and describes the current battle for dominance as 'good for consumers'.
"The decision we could have made a couple years ago was to make a PlayStation 2.5, put it out at an attractive retail price point, move the bar marginally from a technology standpoint and buy ourselves a couple years of additional prosperity. To be perfectly honest with you, I think that is a bit of what we are competing with. What we felt that we had the luxury to do was to really build a machine that we firmly believe is future proof and is going to carry us for the next 10 years.""
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Actual 360 Defect Numbers

coop247 coop247 writes  |  about 7 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "With credit to twistedsymphony (956982) on the link. DailyTech has a write up on large retailer return rates for the XBox 360.

"..the responses were unanimous: the Xbox 360 is the least reliable gaming console in recent history...A Best Buy customer service department manager, who wished to remain unnamed, said that failure rates for the console were "between a quarter to a third" of all units sold.""

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coop247 coop247 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coop247 (974899) writes "In what has to be the worst news yet for HDDVD, Blockbuster will only rent Blu-Ray disks for stores nationwide. FTFA, "Blockbuster has been renting both Blu-ray and HD DVD titles in 250 stores since late last year and found that consumers were choosing Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time.""
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coop247 coop247 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coop247 writes "Forbes.com has a point/counter-point on career women in the workplace and the effect on marriage. Both sides make good arguments about the social issues with career women and the men who marry them. Even the NY Times has an opinion. One question though, does my World of Warcraft wife count?"

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