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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

darkmayo Re:Not quite superhero but... (396 comments)

Witchblade was already a live action

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchblade_(TV_series)

more than 2 years ago
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Putting Medical Records Into Patients' Hands

darkmayo Re:Real Life Example of why EMR is a bad idea (211 comments)

Most Family docs I know rarely have 30minutes to spend with a patient let alone 15 min immediately after to enter notes. Maybe 7 minutes with a patient and then you have another one immediately after. Of course this might vary depending on what your speciality is.

more than 2 years ago
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Jerry Brown Confiscates 48,000 Cell Phones

darkmayo Re:So what about... (738 comments)

I agree completely, supporting a persons personal equipment in the office should not be your responsibility, no personal laptops on the domain, no personal cellphones on the company plan, if you end up supporting the gear you will be stuck with supporting it whenever there is a problem.

Of course that works on paper more often than it works in real life, CEO or an exec asks for assistance with there gadget, you probably are going to help

more than 3 years ago
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'Riddick 3' is Somehow Being Made

darkmayo I enjoyed both movies (1 comments)

Pitch Black was great, and Riddick while not as good as Pitch Black, was still enjoyable.

more than 4 years ago
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Extended Warranty Purchases Up 10% This Year

darkmayo Consumer vs Commercial Electronics (253 comments)

A good portion of my job is to asset risk and advise on extended coverage and warranty enhancements for small/medium and enterprise businesses on there fleet of servers, desktops, laptops etc. From what I know from that and what I see I tend to only buy warranty on electronics that I spent a fair bit on and that I would be inconvienced if they were to fail.

You have to look at it how important is the device to you, how long to you expect to be using, and of course how much would it cost to replace the unit completely.

In business when it comes to servers for example you have to figure out how critical the server functions are, how long of a life the server is expected to have as well as the cost impact to the company if that server was to go down. Its the last one that usually has the most impact to a client, especially when they compare the cost of it down for a hour to how much the enhanced warranty is. Of course things like a test/dev server would likely get a reduced warranty compared to an exchange server or a domain controller.

Just take the general idea there and apply it to your own purchasing habits. Extended warranty on a cell phone... what you are fucking stupid will you even want that phone in a year after the newest of the new comes out? A TV or washer dryer that you want to last for 5+ years, I think its a good idea.

Be smart about it, listen to the salesman, ignore his pitch but listen to the details, what does this warranty do for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Cooling Bags Could Cut Server Cooling Costs By 93%

darkmayo Hmmm, so what happens when internals break? (135 comments)

With all those layers it doesnt seem that sliding one of these out and quickly swapping some RAM or any other part is
going to happen.

As well do these Iceotope guys actually make server hardware or just the cooling specs. Who do they get there guts from or are they just advertising and hoping the guys like HP, IBM or SUN (well maybe not SUN) decide to design there next generation of servers with this in mind?

I'd like to see how easy it is for replacement. doesnt look like there is a lot of room for other bits as well. I only saw a 1U model but do these guys have the same gear for larger more beefy servers? How about blades?

lastly how much does one of these things weigh?

more than 4 years ago
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Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad.

darkmayo Re:Dreadful. (775 comments)

"DVD's should be released much later after a film's release, and so move people to get back into the cinema"

Thats how it works now, unless its a straight to DVD film.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Rugged Laptops Not Quite Tough Enough

darkmayo Re:Notsotoughbooks (225 comments)

You are comparing a base limited warranty with an ADP warranty, apples an oranges.

Panasonic has ADP warranty as well which like the rest of the brands has to be purchased, I am not aware of any company that has accidental damage protection as there baseline warranty for a laptop.

more than 4 years ago
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Astro Boy Director Speaks

darkmayo Re:A Tepid Defense (82 comments)

For a different take on Astroboy you should check out Pluto, by Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys)

Its a retelling of the "Greatest Robot on Earth" except its more focused on the Detective Robot and his tracking of a series human murders and the deaths of the most advanced robots in the world.

Excellent story and not so black and white.

about 5 years ago
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German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

darkmayo Re:Stop isolating games for their interactivity... (518 comments)

From the link

"Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence."

So this is proving that we are more violent how? (yea I know I should watch it but I am going out for a drink)

more than 5 years ago
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German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

darkmayo Re:Stop isolating games for their interactivity... (518 comments)

Last House on the Left is a remake of Wes Cravens "Last House on the Left" from the 70s, there also has been many many "torture porn" style movies from the 60's to the 70s, I spit on your grave, Cannibal Ferox there is tons of examples of these films long before turds like SAW and HOSTEL hit the scene.

As for EW comments, http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19/

On "Bully" , Have you played it? Or are you just bringing it up because of the controversy that was generated by other people who have never played it and villified it because of the name and because of its creator Rockstar Games?

lastly "Tales of the Black Freighter" never existed, it was created for the Watchmen, while there was comics back in the day that were gruesome ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comics_Code_Authority) you should probably reference material that existed during that time.

more than 5 years ago
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Atlantis Seekers Given Thrill by Google Ocean

darkmayo Re:9600 BC called... (321 comments)

THATS OVER 9000!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Rock Band Licenses The Beatles

darkmayo Re:They must be trying to change the game... (266 comments)

I cant entirely agree with your assesment that the target market for Rock Band is the youth (unless you mean younger than you) I'm 30 and almost everyone I know who is 20-40 loves Rock Band, the diversity of the songs is quite apparent that they are targeting a broad audience. The amount of Rock Band parties that friends have and friends who arent gamers have had is astounding, when you go to bar and they have a Rock Band night you know this is not just for the kids.

lets take a peek at the set list for Rock Band 2

"Let There Be Rock" by AC/DC
"Girl's Not Grey" by AFI "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
"Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains "Ramblin' Man" by Allman Brothers Band
"Almost Easy" by Avenged Sevenfold "Shooting Star" by Bad Company
"So What'cha Want" by Beastie Boys "E-Pro" by Beck
"Rebel Girl" by Bikini Kill "White Wedding Pt. I" by Billy Idol
"One Way or Another" by Blondie "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan
"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi "Hello There" by Cheap Trick
"Uncontrollable Urge" by Devo "Feel the Pain" by Dinosaur Jr.
"Down with the Sickness" by Disturbed "Panic Attack" by Dream Theatre
"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello
"Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac "Everlong" by Foo Fighters
"Shackler's Revenge" by Guns N' Roses "PDA" by Interpol
"Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction
"Aqualung" by Jethro Tull "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World
"Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett "Anyway You Want It" by Journey
"Painkiller" by Judas Priest "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas
"Pretend We're Dead" by L7 "Our Truth" by Lacuna Coil
"One Step Closer" by Linkin Park
"My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit "De-Luxe" by Lush
"Colony of Birchmen" by Mastodon "Peace Sells" by Megadeth
"Battery" by Metallica "Where'd You Go" by Mighty Mighty Bosstones
"Float On" by Modest Mouse "Ace of Spades" by Motörhead
"Drain You" by Nirvana "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
"Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic! At the Disco
"That's What You Get" by Paramore "Alive" by Pearl Jam
"Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America
"Testify" by Rage Against the Machine "Round & Round" by Ratt
"Give it Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give it All" by Rise Against
"The Trees" by Rush "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups
"Today" by Smashing Pumpkins "I Was Wrong" by Social Distortion
"Teenage Riot" by Sonic Youth "Spoonman" by Soundgarden
"Cool for Cats" by Squeeze "Bodhitsattva" by Steely Dan
"Rock'n Me" by Steve Miller Band "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
"Chop Suey" by System of a Down "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads
"Master Exploder" by Tenacious D "Souls of Black" by Testament
"New Kid in School" by The Donnas "We Got the Beat" by The Go-Go's
"Alabama Getaway" by The Grateful Dead "American Woman" by The Guess Who
"Kids in America" by The Muffs "Come Out & Play (Keep 'em Seperated)" by The Offspring" Alex Chilton" by The Replacements, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who

Add that with the stuff from Rock Band 1 (Boston, David Bowie etc)and all the downloadable content (i think at just under 300 some songs now) you have alot of music that not alot of "kids" would recognize

As well there is an 14 song AC/DC live pack out in November

Tack a price tag of the complete Rock Band kit (Drums,Guitar,Mic etc) at around $200 you cant tell me that this is a game aimed at kids.

Another thing that Rockband and Guitar Hero are doing is introducing people music that they may not have ever listened to before. I knew who Boston was but until Rock Band I never actually listened to it, there is some great stuff there.

The gamer audience isnt just kids, the people who grew up on video games are in there 30s/40s now and we still love our games.

more than 5 years ago

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