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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

francium goes boom Re:Too bad. (798 comments)

My T-Mobile $30 a month pay as you go, with 5gb of HSAP+ 32 data is treating me very nicely. Full HSPA+ coverage for me and my standard travel area.

about a year and a half ago

Technical Details Behind the LAN-Party Optimized House

francium goes boom Re:It stands to reason that... (123 comments)

I prefer to keep my LAN parties at a classy level that beer cannot provide.

more than 2 years ago

Doom 3 Source Released

francium goes boom Re:i think. (187 comments)

Bethesda has treated PC gamers very well with the Fall Out and Elder Scrolls games. Releasing API's to allow fan made mods to their games are one of the reasons I enjoy playing them.

But like just about everyone else these days, if I get the game day 1 i'll be paying $60 to beta test for them.

more than 2 years ago

Doom 3 Source Released

francium goes boom Re:Carmack's Reverse (187 comments)

Or you get a game like Starcraft II or Diablo 3, or DotA2 or Half Life 3/ep3 (please?).

DNF's issue was George Broussard. He always wanted the latest and greatest and that is something you can never have and release a finished game.

more than 2 years ago

Penguin Yanking Kindle Books From Libraries

francium goes boom Re:If Everything was "security"? (206 comments)

It has been easy for quite a long time to turn a kindle (.azw) to any other format. All it takes to find free software to do it is a quick google serach. So coming out now and saying security concerns is just dumb.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Announces Java SE 7

francium goes boom Re:Version 6 Update 26 the last of Version 6? (204 comments)

And we have applications that REQUIRE specific java versions. I wish i could uninstall all the previous versions.

Right now i have:

more than 3 years ago

Confessions of a Computer Repairman

francium goes boom Re:Meh (387 comments)

Citrix would like to contradict you

more than 3 years ago

How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date

francium goes boom Re:Not only graphics (568 comments)

You also don't have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on upgrades in order to play the latest games. I don't know if this last point is true or not, but that perception is pretty prevalent in my experience.

This statement is just down right false. My last computer I build myself 3 years ago and spent just a little over $500 on and was able to play any game, except for crysis, at Medium to Medium high settings. At the time a PS3 cost either $400 or $500. Since then I have just made on upgrade to my GPU, which was unnecessary but I got a small bonus and wanted to splurge. Even now, my q6600, 8800GT, and 4gb RAM would be more than enough to play any current game at reasonable quality and resolutions.

There are a few extra costs with a PC, like the OS, but the cost difference is not as large and upgrades are not as expensive as they use to be. The best arguement I can come up with in the Console vs PC war is that the console is much more of a social gaming experience than the PC is.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys

francium goes boom Re:How about parents just do their job? (112 comments)

Parents? Coach their children? Where have you been the last 10 years, it's the schools job to make kids productive members of society and teach children morals (that the parents don't like) and how to behave (that the parents don't re-enforce)

more than 3 years ago

High-Bandwidth Users Are Just Early Adopters

francium goes boom But.. But... (162 comments)

That means I actually have to spend money on my network!

more than 3 years ago

Stardust Mission Makes First-Ever Return To Comet

francium goes boom Re:NASA website (47 comments)

If you scroll up and down the page fast enough it feels like you are really moving!

more than 3 years ago

AMD Sale to Dell Rumored

francium goes boom No more Intel from Dell (325 comments)

I just don't see this happening. While I feel that Dell could handle a 2 tier business and succeed a move like this would more likely hurt their bottom line.

While AMD is currently offered in many of their product lines, they would have to covert their ENTIRE product line over to AMD. Intel would probably pull out and no longer be available through Dell. Why would you continue to support your major competitor?
Because of this Dell risks losing many contracts from businesses that need to keep configurations similar, favor Intel, or a host of other reasons. I don't see the savings of having complete vertical control of the product line overcoming the hit from loss of contracts.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook-Deprived Man Sues For $500K

francium goes boom Re:Enforceability of service level agreements (259 comments)

Have you tried reading the user agreement? Then try the privacy policy, the damn thing is longer than the constitution and I'd say 90% of America hasn't even read that! Most of the time these agreements are so full of legalese that the average person can't even understand them if they do read them.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Wins Restraining Order Against Geohot

francium goes boom Re:It only sues everything... (397 comments)

The original 60GB with the EE chip? I know several people who would buy it just for that. I've often thought about getting a PS3 but at this point i'd only buy a used one to get the EE chip.

If the price is right I might even take it off your hands.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaint

francium goes boom Re:PR nightmare (292 comments)

You are right. Send your computer directly to Apple and they could care less how long the repair takes. Usually the repairs are completed in a reasonable amount of time.

Take the repair to an authorized apple repair shop and they most certainly care. The shops get reimbursed based on how long the repair takes, how many parts are used in the repair, and customer feedback with several tiers of rates. The difference can mean $40 for a hard drive replacement or $65. Quite a big difference for a ~20 min repair.

Apple also puts almost a draconian levels of expectations on the repairs. Each repair is expected to have ~3 day turn around time and no more than 1 part per repair. If shipping is delayed or the part isn't in stock, not their problem it goes against your record. Have a power supply go bad and take out most of the components? Too bad, your service rating takes a hit for that repair.

Their are SOME cases where the service center can get the service rating fixed, like 3 week back ordered parts, but not many.

I would always take my Apple to a service center and not directly to Apple for warranty repairs. 90% of the time it is faster and better quality work. The only advantage of taking it to Apple is that you can yell at them to get free stuff.

more than 3 years ago


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