top Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions
Yes, they should! And investments need to demand more money/refund you money if they go up/down on their markets. Oh, you bought Google stock when it was $5/share? Well, it's $1015 today, so pay up, buddy!
Then there won't be any more Wall Street crises and everyone will be happy.
top Arrest Made In Webcam Highjacking Extortion Case
If we're throwing away definitions, why not call it mass genocide, detonating WMDs, or even worse, patent troll?
top Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends
Your friend list on Steam details what said friends are currently playing. If it's one of your games, then you can send them a message that you're going to boot them off so they can save quickly. This isn't rocket surgery folks.
Of course, just because the function is built into Steam, it's still up to each individual publisher/developer to enable it for their games. That'll be the biggest stumbling block, I'm sure. Indies will quickly adopt it, leaving the big publishing houses to only have it for their new games from this point forward.
top Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever
Totaling up the numbers on the page, only $2.1 million are pre-orders ($695 and up). The remaining donations bring the total to $3.1 million. So, I guess they have mystery-backers that are not on Indiegogo that they add in. Or are they just fudging the numbers? Nobody knows, you just take their word for it.
But, as far as proven crowd-sourced backers, they've raised $3.1m. That's on-par with several Kickstarter projects (Doublefine's adventure, Wasteland 2 come to mind). Ouya brought in $8 million from the general public.
top Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function
Why are people so hell-bent on saying MS will spy on you masturbating in your living room with this Kinect, when Microsoft has been making an operating system, webcam hardware, drivers that connect the two for many, many years? Really, if spying on everybody is what they're out to do, they would have far more options doing it via Windows rather than the small percentage of the general population that has an Xbox.
top Google Posts Images, Binaries For New Nexus 7
... but they could.
That's the entirety of every fear-mongering article of anything in the tech sector. Sure, right now DOOM is the latest awesomeness in graphics, but they could release their next game as a text adventure. That will be the end of graphics entirely. We cannot stand for this! We must revolt now, before the end is here!! Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhh.
top Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts
It's hard to go wrong with Ting. Just with the month-to-month billing, one month might be high, next month could be low. It's much better than every other plan's high rates every month. With a little modification to my behavior (not downloading 100MB podcasts on the cell network), I had gotten my plan down to around $20 a month.
Another weird thing, apparently Sprint was slowing down old phones in my area. My EVO 4G was ok, getting 300-500 kbps when I first got it. A few years down the road, it's pulling 50-150kbps. I had been waiting 4 years for WiMAX 4G to come to my area with no luck. Why upgrade to a better phone, when the network is so sucky and moving to LTE means it'll be another 10-20 years for it to come to my area?
I bail on Sprint, and go to Ting. After a year there, I noticed the Galaxy S3's prices on eBay are reasonable now. I make the upgrade. The first thing I did was a speed test. It's doing 1500kbps. WTF? The old EVO was barely chugging along mere seconds ago. If Sprint wasn't so stupid, I guess throttling old phones to entice me to upgrade, I wouldn't have bailed on them. In the end, I win.
top Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?
My brother had his Xbox360 over to the house, and I had a chance to compare a game (Saints Row 3) against my PC plugged into the TV. What I've been taking for granted with a modernish PC (AMD 965 CPU, with a 6870 video card), has graphics so far more advanced than what the 360 can put out it's amazing. The Xbox One and PS4 will have the same sort of graphics as this (and it's much needed), but will stay at this level for another 5-8 years while PC technology increases.
DRM on the PC side seems to have come around in the last few years. There is much less of a concentration on number of installs and such, many games patched to remove those types of DRM. Steam's DRM is unobtrusive and welcomed by many gamers. Yet the console makers want to get even more stringent, letting you register a used game for only $52. Yeah, I'll wait 3 months for it to be 25-75% off on Steam, thank you very much.
top Aereo Ruling Could Impact Pandora
Do two eyes watching it count as a public performance?
top Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting
It should be enough to handle the vast majority of the Xbox Live/Playstation Network type games though. I think that would be the niche they need to aim for, not the next Call of Assassin's Effect Yearly Sequel 43.
I think convincing devs to port to it will be the hardest thing for them, though. I'll wait and see before buying.
top Why AppGratis Was Pulled From the App Store
All this App-Store shenanigans, and yet time and again, developers refuse to port stuff to Android for fear of some extra work (fragmentation). Hitching your wagon to such an unstable horse seems awfully dangerous for a business model.
top EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems
It's to give you something to do while you're unable to play Sim City. Genius!
top Microsoft: the 'Scroogled' Show Must Go On
Is there a scroocrosoft.com domain? No. Therefore, Microsoft isn't scrooing anyone! Duh.
top Google Announces 2,000 Schools Now Use Chromebooks, Up 100% In 3 Months
But, but, making kids learn to use a different product?? That is just Ka-Razy! Kids need to only know one product and that is all. Why, if they learn to navigate menus in too many different applications, they're liable to go and use something that doesn't make me money!
It's been a long while since I left the tech-support field, but that was one of my biggest pet peeves. Far too many people, who's job is to use a computer, just learn "Hit Alt-F, S, type document.doc, press Enter" and do not truly know what saving a file is, how to use a file/directory structure, etc. Drop another program in front of them, and they are completely helpless.
about a year and a half ago
top Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac
To Apple's credit, they have received 0 reports from users of this crash. So, it can't be that important, right?
about a year and a half ago
top Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow
And that's why non-contract services like Ting are going to become more popular. I was paying $150/month for me and the wife's phones with Sprint (cheapest 'round here at the time) plus $100 for the phone that was on sale.
I switched to Ting, and the highest my bill has been is $60, average $30, plus ~$200 for a simple Android phone. So take your "subsidized" phones and shove 'em. I now just turn on the hotspot on my phone and use a Nexus 7 for everything. I don't need a super-powerful phone when I've always got my N7 with me.
about a year and a half ago
top MIT Warned of a JSTOR Death Sentence Due To Swartz
Show me a case where someone was indeed sentenced to 35 years + $1 million. It's the theoretical maximum that CAN be applied. The entire judicial process is a negotiation. Prosecutors start at the max, defense lawyers start at the minimum, and they try to come to some middle ground.
The only way he'd get the maximum is if he defied the court's orders, refused to cooperate in any way, spit on everyone at the courthouse, went on the run, and more.
top New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked
Here's the story of one woman trying to get a 42nd trimester abortion. It's out there if you open your eyes. about a year and a half ago
top Amazon Sidesteps App Store Business Model, Plays Back MP3s From Safari
The important thing to remember here, though, is
... it could! Duh-duh-dunnn, cue overly dramatic chipmunk. about a year and a half ago
top Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
Yes! YOU MUST! That is the only way! Aren't you listening?? There are not and there will never be paper books. Do it NOW!!
about a year and a half ago
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