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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

darkshot117 Re:Pay per pixel? (347 comments)

Except more and more phones are higher resolution then most HDTVs already. A lot of people will have a 55 inch TV at 1080p but a smartphone with 1440p at least in just a few years. So paying per pixel or per size is pointless as neither tells you anything...

about 5 months ago

Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

darkshot117 Re:1-600 kilotons (172 comments)

I'm not sure why that data cuts off at ">20 kilotons", which seems to hide the fact that Chelyabinsk was measured to be 400-500 kilotons. >20 seems to be a bit of an understatement here.

about 5 months ago

The Road To VR

darkshot117 Re:Why do you need an external camera to track hea (61 comments)

Exactly, I believe Oculus's crystal cove prototype from this year's CES used a combination of accelerometers and the tracking camera to keep the accelerometers synchronized with their true position. In the final version they said the camera probably won't even be necessary anymore, but just this prototype version still requires it.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

darkshot117 You must not actually "get coding" like you say. (876 comments)

You mention that you aren't a programmer, and it's obvious by the questions you ask. There's a reason why all of the attempts to create non-text based programming languages have failed and people revert back to text code. Because text code simply works best. If some day we can plug a computer into our brain to convert our thoughts into computer code, then I'd prefer to write code that way. But until then, the best way for us to get our thoughts and ideas into code is to write it out.

about 7 months ago

Google Now Serves 25% of North American Internet Traffic

darkshot117 Obviously Youtube (84 comments)

Since they are including Youtube as part of this traffic, I can see why it would be such a high percentage. Nearly every other Google service is pretty low bandwidth, but many people, including myself, now use Youtube as a replacement for TV. So I'm not suprised by this statistic at all.

about a year ago

Canadian Couple Charged $5k For Finding 400-Year-Old Skeleton

darkshot117 Re:How t f (601 comments)

That's a good question... it must have been Ancient Aliens that helped her, obviously.

about a year ago

Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

darkshot117 Well played Sony (509 comments)

As a user of Xbox for the last 12 years, I can't back up Microsoft on this one. They really blew it. I might have to pick up a Sony product for the first time ever.

Though it doesn't really mean much cause in the end I prefer PC gaming over either...

about a year ago

Why It's So Hard To Make a Phone Call In Emergency Situations

darkshot117 Re:Summary? (179 comments)

Agreed, absolutely terrible summary, no context whatsoever. It's almost like they just copied and pasted a random paragraph from the article without even checking to see that it makes sense by itself. (which it doesn't)

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

darkshot117 Re:Indy Games (236 comments)

But if it was made by Lucasarts it wouldn't be indie... oh I see what you did there...

about a year and a half ago

Voyager 1 Officially Exits Our Solar System

darkshot117 Re:Must be Wednesday (237 comments)

"Anomalous cosmic rays, which are cosmic rays trapped in the outer heliosphere, all but vanished, dropping to less than 1 percent of previous amounts. At the same time, galactic cosmic rays – cosmic radiation from outside of the solar system – spiked to levels not seen since Voyager's launch, with intensities as much as twice previous levels."

You're welcome.

about a year ago

Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

darkshot117 Re:Online, offline - is it even fun? (303 comments)

In my opinion yes. All the DRM and server issues aside, I really enjoy playing the game itself. The servers are much much more stable now than on launch day, and I have no problems connecting anymore. If you look past the terrible DRM there is actually some fun gameplay to be found, which is sad because it will always be overshadowed by this scandal. I think if someone comes out with a private server for this game it will make it one of the best Simcity games I've played.

about a year and a half ago

In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

darkshot117 Re:I wish I had pirated it lol (511 comments)

This. As far as I can tell the only thing the server manages is storing your save data, hosting multiple city interactions, and adjusting the "global market" prices for oil and such. If the server did all the game logic calculations then I wouldn't have been able to play for 10 minutes straight after disconnecting. They are doing a very minimal amount of number crunching, and I suspect that's why they felt overconfident in their system and didn't think they would need that many servers.

about a year and a half ago

Is the Wii U Already Dead?

darkshot117 Re:Confusion (403 comments)

Yes I have a friend who was convinced the Wii U was a tablet upgrade for the existing Wii, he didn't even realize it was a new console. Their problem is not marketing the CONSOLE itself, instead they focused way too much on the gimmicky tablet controller. People aren't even aware that the Wii U is running on much better hardware and the games can actually run higher than 480p now.

about a year and a half ago

Is the Wii U Already Dead?

darkshot117 Re:Lack of games... (403 comments)

Exactly, I'd consider buying a Wii U if it had anything worth playing... Currently the only games they have are disappointing first party games, and third party ports from Xbox 360 and PS3 that the Wii didn't have the horsepower to run, and now Nintendo is finally getting these games years later. The upcoming new Zelda game that was vaguely announced is the only thing on the horizon that I could see saving the Wii U. They seem to be putting all their chips into the 3DS right now and are very tight lipped about what games they are making for Wii U, if any.

about a year and a half ago

Public Domain Prosthetic Hand

darkshot117 Re:"And" and "Or" have different meanings... (31 comments)

I got the impression that they were implying you could build it with your choice of printed parts OR alternatively purchased parts. I would imagine the printed parts would be plastic and less durable (but probably lighter) than metal parts bought at a hardware store.

about a year and a half ago

BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic

darkshot117 Re:separate is not equal (333 comments)

Who is forcing non heterosexuals into one area? Nobody. This article is EXTREMELY biased and is completely misrepresenting the truth. Nobody is being forced anywhere, they are simply developing same-sex dialog stories into the new planet that they are releasing. They didnt have same sex storylines on previous planets, but from this point on they are adding it to all new planets, starting with this first one. Why is this so hard for people to understand?

about a year and a half ago

Google I/O Day Two

darkshot117 Re:Tab syncing: first thing I'll disable (46 comments)

But they don't "automatically" open up on your other PCs. They simply show up in a list of tabs opened on your other devices that are synced to your same google account. Then you can manually open the "remote tab" on the device you are currently on. They will not simply start popping up on your work PC while you are opening tabs at home. And if you are really that worried about even having the smallest amount of access between the tabs of your different devices, then I guess this feature isn't for you.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Reveals New Images of Apollo Landing Sites

darkshot117 Re:Freaking Flash (again!) (269 comments)

You know you can click the link to the actual image right? The flash part is just showing a slider comparison between high and low res older pictures.

about 3 years ago


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