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Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes

rob1980 Re:Low powered Windows Vista machines... (806 comments)

Good lord, are computers with 512MB of RAM even capable of running Vista? My laptop with 2GB could barely hack that... it was more like walking Vista, not running it.

Windows 7 is much, much better.

more than 4 years ago
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ESRB Eyeballing Ratings For iPhone Games

rob1980 Re:This is for children? (72 comments)

I believe this applies to the iPod Touch as well. Same OS, same access to games on the App Store.

more than 4 years ago
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The Fall and Rise of Motion Control For Games

rob1980 Re:Motion gaming on consoles already is 50% (131 comments)

Nexgenwars.com has the Wii at 50% of this generation of consoles - emphasis on this generation. The PS2 still has a pretty wide install base and is slated to continue receiving games through next year. The Wii doesn't have 50% market share.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Crowdsourcing the Next Big Thing In Game Design?

rob1980 Toolset (47 comments)

A great comment under the story says that LittleBigPlanet would have been more interesting if it was just shipped as a toolset with no pre-built levels. I'm inclined to agree!

You go right ahead. I buy video games because I want to play them, not because I want to make them and then play them. If I wanted to do that, I'd still be collecting Lego sets.

more than 4 years ago
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Blimps Monitor Crowds At Sporting Events

rob1980 Re:I lolled (180 comments)

Or he does, and had to wipe fingerprints off afterwards.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled

rob1980 Re:Oh, so MS lied then (578 comments)

When was that, 10 years ago? It's been a long time since Windows 98...

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled

rob1980 Re:Getting Firefox? (578 comments)

FTP?

God help the internet helpdesk people who have to walk 67-year old customers through command line FTP in Windows 7 to get their sparkly new computer online, and the retail people who get yelled at because the computers they sold "don't work", etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Developer Panel Gives Its Verdict On Sony's PSP Go

rob1980 Re:Properly Pricing Digital Downloads (55 comments)

I noticed they released Patapon 2 at $20 as a test case for digital distribution, and they have games in the UMD Legacy section of the Playstation Store in the $6-$23 range. If that's how they're thinking of pricing new games going forward, then it's absolutely the right way to go. At those kinds of prices the Playstation Store will compete hard with Gamestop's used PSP market and win head-to-head on titles that are hard to find or otherwise sold out in stores. Sure, Gamestop beats the Playstation Store on Wipeout Pure now, but what about in a year or two if Sony commits fully to making the digital model work at prices like this? I dunno...

Personally if I didn't already have a perfectly-working PSP-2000 I'd be keeping the PSP Go in mind.

more than 4 years ago
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GPS Shoes For Alzheimer's Patients

rob1980 Re:This is great and all.... (116 comments)

Aren't the government and military getting some pretty hefty use out of it too? I have a feeling we'll all be forking over the money for upkeep by way of tax dollars if faced with the prospect of not having it anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

rob1980 Re:Community college? (648 comments)

They are much less selective than 4-year schools and the programs tend to be more vocational in nature.

That said, taking some things like composition or entry-level mathematics tends to be the same regardless of whether you take it at a community college for $40/hour or at a university for $200/hour. Some of the stuff the kid took won't be worth anything anywhere, but he'll have a good chunk of his general education requirements knocked out at whatever university he gets into.

more than 4 years ago
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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

rob1980 Re:It's no worse than being at work (699 comments)

In the real world, if you want freedom to do as you please you have to pay for it yourself.

Well he is paying to live in the dorm, so what's your point?

more than 4 years ago
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Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

rob1980 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (699 comments)

The day you move in, they have you download a program that as far as I can see just checks your security status in Windows to verify that everything is green. After that you're granted access and you can throw the program away. This persists through OS reloads and moving between dorms (I did both last year) so I guess you're authenticated by your MAC address.

Having a Windows-only policy on campus is an insanely shortsighted thing to do, given the number of students using Macbooks and the presence of UNIX-type environments in computer science departments. I'd wager if you just told them you run Linux you'd get a pass.

more than 4 years ago
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German Interior Ministers Seek Ban On Violent Games

rob1980 Re:Recession...not? (222 comments)

No kidding, this is a travesty against Crytek. We'll have to get the tech demos our systems will never run from someplace else now!

more than 4 years ago
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First Look At Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

rob1980 Re:More security? (236 comments)

Does it already (partially?) execute even when it is just sitting there in the development environment?

Visual Studio picks through whatever classes you write and adds support for them to Intellisense. Maybe they've observed security issues with that in the past?

more than 4 years ago
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Twitter, Flickr, Hotmail, Others Blocked In China

rob1980 Re:Like Facebook in Iran During Elections (151 comments)

There are plenty of proxies out there too, so what exactly is this going to do?

Keep the mainstream folks who don't know what a proxy is (let alone how to use one) in check. For the rest, if they become an issue they'll just be labeled enemies of the state or whatever and dealt with accordingly.

more than 4 years ago
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Making a Child Locating System

rob1980 Re:Placing children on the wrong bus? (1092 comments)

Ok, I'll fill in the blank because now when I look at it that does seem kind of strange -

My middle school and an elementary school were in the same two-story building. Grades 6-8 took up half of the second floor, and K-6 got the first floor and the other half of the second floor. This was also at a military installation in Germany so turnover was insanely high and long-term familiarity with the bus system servicing the school was a pipe dream. So when bus passes got handed out, they got handed out to everyone in the building. I didn't need a bus pass to remember I rode bus 6 (yes I still remember), but the school administration preferred to play it safe rather than have a dunce get on the wrong bus and be lost in a foreign country. ;)

more than 4 years ago

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rob1980 rob1980 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rob1980 (941751) writes "Kotaku is reporting that Nebraska Furniture Mart, an Omaha-based furniture/electronics outlet, is refusing to sell the PS3 until a ready supply becomes available. The units they did receive prior to launch were donated to charity to help with Christmas fundraising.

This beats hearing yet another story about somebody getting shot, robbed, trampled, intimidated, or whatever else about a video game console."

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