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Comment Re:Erm, the 3DS (Score 0) 559

Nintendo hasn't gotten a home console "right" since the SNES in the early 90s. N64 was essentially a flop (compared to previous nindendo consoles, and compared to its contemporary the PS1). Gamecube was a flop. Wii/U is a flop. Wii is the outlier, but I contend that it -should- have been a flop, due to underwhelming hardware (basically two gamecubes duct taped together. didn't even do HD res) and no real software direction at start, but they caught the break of a lifetime due to being the first out the gate with a motion controller, which apparently people thought was a really neat gimmick at a somewhat reasonable price point. How many of those 100 million Wiis sit unused in somebody's closet or under their tv gathering dust, now that the novelty of wii sports and wii fit have worn off? If it is dragged out, it's for the latest release of one of the 4 or 5 franchises that 30-somethings buy out of nostalgia. How often does that happen, once a year? maybe?

The Wii succeeded despite nindento's ineptitude, not because of their business acumen.

What is amazing is that they've been the #1 portable every generation since the first portable generation... That one still amazes me. My 2ds isn't even as impressive as my original PSP, let alone the Vita... Gotta be a price thing.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 4, Insightful) 155

I have nothing to hide, and if this helps catch bad guys, it's still a tremendous invasion of privacy and morally wrong under just about any definition of "moral" you want to use (aside from the "moral = whatever the hell I say it is" definition that seems to be increasingly more prevalent).

If I spend my spare time doing the most boring, non-threatening things imaginable, that is nobody's business but my own. If I spend my spare time doing unusual or asinine things, that's still nobody's business but my own. If I spend my spare time hurting other people and committing crimes that result in damage... then hey, maybe it's time to look into what I'm doing, not before.

Comment Re:Been there. Done that. (Score 5, Informative) 841

I took an english class in college on the "rhetoric of intimidation". that is, how to write in order to intimidate. Not surprisingly, example #1 was the IRS. the professor had spent years studying with them and working with them. One of her favorite stories was when she learned that the majority of the time, an audit occurred because the IRS's records on you didn't match, and rather than figure it out they audit you to make you figure it out.

My best friend works with a lot of self-employed people. One of them had several (3 or 4) years in a row where his tax refund would have been miniscule, something like $10 or $20 in the black, so he didn't even bother sending in the forms. He figured he'd just let the government keep the money. The IRS responded by sending him a bill for roughly $10,000 owed, because they figured that was a nice round number to make up.

I'm sure everybody here has anecdotes like this. That "1%" of bad eggs you talk about must have been terribly terribly busy.

Comment Re:Dark Friday? (Score 1) 307

"how is your business doing this year?"

"not good. we're still in the red for at least the next quarter, how about you?"

"doin ok, just went into the dark based on retail sales thanksgiving weekend."

"pardon me... you what?"

"went into the dark. we're totally in the dark now, unless the accountant screwed up the books again."


Comment Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (Score 1) 254

Sony kept their plans to fuck the consumer hidden until they executed them.

Microsoft laid out their plans to fuck the consumer right from the very start.

I'm not sure I understand how that makes MS better than Sony? If you believe that a "reversal" today means they've changed their long term plans for the console's ecosystem at the drop of a had... well I've got a bridge to sell ya.

I'll let you in on a little tip. Just like with political parties, thinking one side is completely full of self-serving shit doesn't mean the other side is any better at all.

Comment Re:Face it, folks (Score 5, Funny) 142

and these aliens had thunderbolt hammer that were really nuclear weapons, and they flew around in vimanas which were really flying ships from a floating castle mothership, in order to interbreed with earth's primitive dwellers by taking human form.

I love Ancient Aliens. one of the best shows on TV. Watching them come up with their wild pseudoscience theories is like watching a monkey discover how a cigarette lighter works.

Comment Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (Score 2) 202

your tv is 4 years old.
GP's tv is 8 years old.

that's the difference right there. modern plasmas have pushed the threshold for permanent burn-in times to something like 18-20 continuous hours.

image retention of video game static images happens after just a few minutes on my 3 year old plasma, but the screen wiper (or just watching regular tv) cleans that off in a minute or two... but I've got an LCD monitor that does the same thing. image retention isn't burn-in.

hell you can burn-in a CRT if you try. nobody ever complained about that being a downfall of the technology.

Comment Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (Score 2) 219

I stopped playing Diablo 2 after a half dozen or so complete runs through the highest act/difficulty combo my character could complete failed to drop any upgrades for my character. no futher progression. lots of time wasted.

I stopped playing Diablo 3 after I beat the game on the highest difficulty, using gear I bought off the AH with gold dropped in-game and from items I myself sold on the AH. not a single real dollar spent. reasonable playing time. fairly enjoyable.

Then I went and played other games. you know there are other quality games out there? seriously there are!

The AH was a solid addition and I'd miss it if I still played the game.

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