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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

crafty.munchkin Re:Who adheres to them? (474 comments)

I'm guessing that Ubisoft were afraid that attention would be drawn to how horribly the game runs on the next-gen consoles. On PS4 the framerate int he first 10 minutes drops down to around 10 frames per second and on Xbone it drops to around 15 frames per second (this is from personal experience - got it on both consoles and have tried it on both). Also, given that it's minimum specs on PC are that of a quite high end gaming PC where it's also running like crap, they really deserve to be smashed in reviews for releasing such a horribly broken game.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

crafty.munchkin Re:Sadly, not surprising. (182 comments)

As of the 1st of September this year, Australian's in the state of Victoria have lost the right to protest.

about a month ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

crafty.munchkin But your honor... (185 comments)

... it went into my Other folder! No-one checks that!

about 2 months ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

crafty.munchkin Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

I guess it boils down to what you think is a reasonable markup on something. $1 AUD buys $0.90 USD currently. So what do you think a reasonable markup on something would be? 20%? 50%? How about 400%? Because that's what they expect us to pay, and then they call us pirates when we choose to seek alternate methods to access Netflix!!! FWIW - News Corpse owns The Australian newspaper, and owns half of Foxtel, the monopoly payTV provider in Australia.

about 2 months ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

crafty.munchkin Re:WAAAHHHH!!! (172 comments)

It gets better. Foxtel (the major rights holder for TV content in Australia) wants people to have their internet connections cut off if they pirate TV shows, whilst charging $150 a month for cable TV in HD. There's no legal way to access shows like Game of Thrones in Australia via streaming, the cheapest possible way to watch it as it airs overseas is with a "Foxtel-Play" subscription for $35/month for the 3 months. And then Foxtel and Village Roadshow and Quickflix all cry about piracy, because people don't want to pay a 400% markup for TV content. Netflix and a VPN service is costing me $15/month for five times the content I can get from Foxtel for $150/month

about 2 months ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

crafty.munchkin Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (132 comments)

You clearly aren't aware that in Australia, News Corpse has about 70% market share.

about 3 months ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

crafty.munchkin Re:In before (147 comments)

Meanwhile I get 250/20 Mbits, with bundled tv and phone for ~$30, with no data caps, no asterisks with small print, no T&C bullshit.

*sigh* living in Australia sucks. 15/1 mbps ADSL2 for $80/month, $10 a month for a voip phone with that and if i want foxtel TV they want a minimum of $60 a month on top for just basic channels in SD, anything worth watching means $130 and an extra $10 for an HD box... and then they wonder why we pirate.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

crafty.munchkin Re:Old fashioned idea... (384 comments)

Be as diplomatic as possible, but completely factual and provide as much evidence as possible. You never know what relationship the 'expert' has to the client/boss.

about 10 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

crafty.munchkin Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (254 comments)

Which is what, 2% of the total amount of games available on Steam? Whilst I'd love them to port over a lot of the games to Linux, the reality is that the major titles that Steam has are still going to require a Windows machine to stream them to the SteamOS console. It may encourage development of games under Linux, which would be great, but at this point, SteamOS is going to require a Windows PC to run the majority of Steam games.

So in answer to your question "Who needs Windows when you have SteamOS?", I stand by my statement - SteamOS needs Windows. At this point. Let's hope it changes in future.

1 year,21 days
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

crafty.munchkin Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (254 comments)

SteamOS does - to stream the games across your network to the SteamOS box that won't run natively in it... unless I've missed some major announcement that SteamOS will actually run the latest AAA style titles natively?

The Valve SteamOS page still says:

You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

1 year,21 days
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

crafty.munchkin Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

This guy gets it.

Why should Origin charge me $79.99 Australian for Battlefield 4 because I purchased it in the Australian Origin shop? It's $41.45 through the Origin Mexico store, and downloads from the same Origin servers. Origin Australia doesn't actually bill from Australia, and there is no GST component applied and provided to the Australian government, it just lines EA's pockets.

1 year,28 days
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

crafty.munchkin Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

Meanwhile, a lot of other Aussies (myself included) have used VPN services to activate and play the game yesterday and today... as well as using them to avoid paying the 50% Australia tax! ;)

1 year,30 days
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

crafty.munchkin I find it more interesting... (318 comments)

... that people used their real names and addresses on Silk Rd as sellers, and expected to never get busted in the process.

about a year ago
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AMD's New Radeons Revisit Old Silicon, Enable Dormant Features

crafty.munchkin So does that mean... (75 comments)

... that updating the BIOS on my 7870 might unlock these features?

about a year ago
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No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway

crafty.munchkin Re:Um (202 comments)

i really shouldn't moderate until i've had 2 coffees. posting to undo stupid undeserved mod.

about a year ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

crafty.munchkin Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

As a non-american, I find this behaviour by the Republican party to be not only morally reprehensible but truly abhorrent.

about a year ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

crafty.munchkin Re:Disable option? (261 comments)

I actually did trial it on a colleagues phone. Looked good, I liked it - definitely didn't make me feel ill - hence why I downloaded and installed it. What I didn't expect, and couldn't have reasonably been expected to know, was that using the phone with iOS7 while on the train to and from work would make feel like I'm going to chuck. I don't normally get nausea or motion sickness, I play FPS games a lot and don't get that effect - but using iOS 7 on the way to and from work really did make me feel unwell. Even with the settings for reduce motion turned on.

about a year ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

crafty.munchkin Re:On the plus side... (261 comments)

It makes a big difference if you actually go to the store - which may or may not be an option for you.

about a year ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

crafty.munchkin Re:On the plus side... (261 comments)

They replaced the 32gb 4S running iOS 7 with a 32gb 4S running iOS6.1.3 and that makes a large difference.

about a year ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

crafty.munchkin On the plus side... (261 comments)

Yes, I turned all those effects off, and it was still making me feel nauseous.

It's now been replaced, with a brand new phone of the same configuration at no cost to myself. That is brilliant customer service, Apple. Cheers.

about a year ago

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