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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mattack2 Re:grandmother reference (465 comments)

This is no different from what happens on Steam all the time. I remember buying Left 4 Dead in a store for less than it cost to buy it on steam. The retail copy contained a steam code so it was effectively the same game.

Amazon successfully gets me to look at the $5 albums they have on sale every month. (That's a bit lower than the average I paid for the vast majority of my CDs, most bought through CD clubs long ago.) Strangely though, sometimes the CD version, _even including AutoRip_, is even less than that. So they get me to look at the "oh that's cheap" $5 version, then on their own site, I find an even cheaper version, Prime applicable, that ALSO includes the digital version!

5 days ago
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The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

mattack2 Re:And we are back to them again... (60 comments)

NES and SNES carts had special purpose chips on them to help page the address of the ROM inside the main CPU's memory space

What does this mean? Do you mean basically bank-switching ROMs? (Very very very very rough analogy -- manual VM.) That way, you could get more than 64K of ROM on a NES..

If so, not sure what you mean by it on the SNES though. The 65816 has a 16 meg address space.. None of the SNES cartridges were anywhere near that, were they?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

mattack2 Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

taxact? Free for federal, fairly cheap for state.. (cheaper than any of the others, since you sound definitely like you don't fit the free file on various state site criteria.)

about two weeks ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

mattack2 Re:Probably sold out to CIA a long ago (184 comments)

Even Adam Baldwin has a twitter account

I don't get the "Even" part of that. Why is that surprising?

(To others, he's not one of THOSE Baldwins.. This is the one who was on Firefly.. At first I thought it was the religious nut of the Baldwin brothers, who might have said something anti-twitter at some point.)

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

mattack2 Re:KILL two birds with one stone (348 comments)

Yeah, using "smokes" as a reason to get up an exercise _for your health_ is really logical there!

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

mattack2 "C (which is incredibly complex" (648 comments)

C (which is incredibly complex for a junior developer)

What the heck? Didn't they learn it in college, which is even earlier than "junior developer"?

A "junior developer" that doesn't know C, among the most widely used high level languages of all time?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

mattack2 Re:Good luck getting theaters on board (92 comments)

This sounds like market failure to me, particularly when the price differential between buying a new release on your phone and watching it in a theater is only a few bucks, as it is now. Like why would you want to pay $13 for a movie on your cellphone when going to the Arclight matinee is $16?

You're assuming people are buying these movies on their phones. I think what the original poster was instead talking about is people watching Netflix or Amazon Prime video on their phones. Or streaming/downloading from their Tivos (which I do far more often on my iPad, but sometimes on my phone).

That is, they're not paying the relatively high (yes, I know I said it wasn't really that high in another post) prices compared to a movie ticket or buying the DVD/Bluray.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

mattack2 Re:My rentaDVD/Blueray stores closed a few months (92 comments)

What the heck are you talking about?

Netflix has FAR FAR more DVDs than any local store can have.

(BTW, I haven't been a subscriber for a while now, but was for well over a decade...)

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

mattack2 Re:I'll take one for max $10 (92 comments)

>$5-$6 for a movie rental way too high a price to be asking. It should be much close to $2 for a movie rental, or 25 to 50 cents for a tv show.

I actually agree with you (but actually think it should be even less than that per TV show -- literally nickeling and diming.. for a VERY few shows I'd pay more)..

But $5-6 isn't really all that much, comparatively. Using the inflation calculator at http://data.bls.gov/ $4 in 1998 is $5.81 in 2014. Originally Netflix (DVDs, of course) was $16/month, for 4 movies/month.. (not unlimited, and it didn't roll over.) I originally used Netflix since they were way cheaper (and more convenient) for DVDs after I got a DVD player.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

mattack2 Re:no thanks (172 comments)

Caller: "I didn't say I wanted to use less energy, dumbass, I said I wanted you to charge me less for the energy I *do* use!"

That's an illogical reaction. Gas stations won't charge you less for using the same amount of gas. Your cable bill won't go down when you have the same channel package. (Yes, many of us want a la carte, but that's the moral equivalent of "use less electricity".)

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

mattack2 Re:math (181 comments)

My federal taxes directly went down $7500 (+ $2500 check from CA, which technically isn't a tax rebate). How is that not a subsidy? If I had not bought the car, I would have had to pay $7500 more.

(BTW, I am against most, if not all, subsidies, even these like I benefit from. I would be fine even having to repay this if you made everyone else do it too... and even getting rid of the mortgage interest deduction.)

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

mattack2 Re:What's next? (496 comments)

I wish the recent CA "top two" system also were used for the Presidential vote. (IIRC, it's not used for any federal vote.)

(I voted for Obama because McCain was for the Iraq war, a secondary reason because of Palin. I voted for Obama again because Romney is a liar and/or hypocrite regarding his own health care bill that he championed in his own state. "Obamacare" is very similar to it, yet Romney is against it, and he was hugely for his own state's bill. He has never said he changed his mind on the subject -- if he had, I might have voted for him.)

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

mattack2 Of course it will be more expensive, and I'll pay (448 comments)

I didn't read the article, but I would *expect* higher prices _if you picked the same channels that were previously a bundle_.

That is, it's _vaguely_ similar to buying a bunch of small packages of something vs buying a huge Costco package. (But do unit comparisons too.. the Costco packages are NOT always cheaper.. often, yes, but not always.)

But I *still* would like the option of a la carte.. I also would expect my bill to be "higher" by turning off ad and religious channels. Yes, I already have them unmapped, but at least after doing a total price comparison, I'd like to compare bundles vs a la carte.

ESPN is mostly worthless to me -- except for WSOP. So I would cancel it most of the year and save money.

about three weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mattack2 Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

I admit this isn't the greatest citation, but one of the cohosts of the sawbones podcast is a doctor, and there was an episode about mercury. They definitely talked about various forms of mercury being very bad, and I seem to remember them describing others as not causing problems.

If it is that poisonous, why would they ever have used it?

Also, didn't you ever play with mercury from a broken thermometer?

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

mattack2 Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

If the threat is against my local mall?

No, I wouldn't go..

But this generic amorphous threat, yes, I was thinking of seeing the movie in the theater.. Not necessarily on Dec 25 (not because of this threat), but when it was in theaters, to use up a free movie ticket that expires..

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mattack2 Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

- by making vaccines ever safer - this is already being done (mercury has been eliminated as preservant, for example) and needs to continue;

You are spreading falsehoods also. Give evidence where the mercury-containing preservative caused any problems. You're probably going to point to the supposed evidence towards autism. There isn't any such evidence. Just because it has mercury, doesn't mean it is necessarily poisonous.

Chlorine can be poisonous, but salt (which contains chlorine) is a necessary nutrient for us.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mattack2 Remove the religious exemption too (1051 comments)

You don't get a vaccine, you don't get free public education (or a school voucher, which is probably what the idiots refusing vaccines are doing anyway).

about a month and a half ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

mattack2 Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

I just use the coffee maker at work (they used to be Starbucks branded, but aren't anymore) that just spit out a cup of coffee.. (They use a bunch of filter that spews out underneath into the garbage..)

This 'pod' idea would be cool to me, if it weren't making a zillion little plastic tubs that are AFAIK unrecyclable. (Just because it has a plastic type logo on it means it can/will actually be recycled.) That is, if they used something like paper, or even something that would dissolve, that would be really cool.

about 1 month ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

mattack2 Re:Holy Fuck! (270 comments)

Digital Mocha Counterfeiting Act?

about 1 month ago

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