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  • Jan 20th, 2018 @ 7:09am

    Re: Proof peoole will watch anything.


    Some of us like slower, thought provoking SciFi. TMFE has an 8.0 on IMDB.

    But you can stick to Michael Bay movies, if you want more action.

    I loved the original Man from Earth. Watched it with friends many years ago and thought it was a hidden gem we stumbled upon.

    I never heard the story of how it leveraged file sharing.

    Unfortunately TMFE:Holocene isn't getting great reviews, and it really seemed that TMFE, really was a movie that shouldn't have a sequel.

  • Oct 31st, 2016 @ 12:32pm

    (untitled comment)

    Stephen Harpers legacy lives on.

  • Aug 16th, 2016 @ 10:17am

    Laughable to call Gawker journalism.

    What they did with Hogan was right up there with revenge Porn.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 11:08am

    Re: iFixit is in the wrong

    Agreed. I read techdirt a lot but seldom comment.

    But this time the headline is one sided, and misses the basic truth here.

    iFixit violated an agreement that allowed them early access to hardware.

    That is what they are being punished for.

  • Jun 7th, 2014 @ 5:43am

    Cost a lot of money to make?

    I like Wil Wheaton, I love him on TBBT, and his writings on Nerd stuff.

    But this show was pretty bad. It's him standing in front of a green screen for the whole show (cheaper than a real studio with a desk/chair), with one bad bad static computer graphic as his background. Content is covering SciFi with really bad humor layered on top.

    It is really, quite bad.

    Sorry Wil.

  • Dec 6th, 2013 @ 8:41pm

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    On the Apple. Apples are one of the most pesticide laden fruits and the great concentrations are in the top/bottom. I don't eat those parts at all.

    On Banana peeling. WTF? Pulling the stem back is how I get started peeling it. How do you start it cleanly from the bottom?

  • Sep 23rd, 2013 @ 6:45am

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    @"Yeah smart guy, how about your prints are all over your phone. "

    Borrow a friends phone and try to lift any clean print off it (let alone the exact one you need). You are watching too much CSI if you think you can pull that off.

    This "hack" starts with the owner providing them a perfect smudge free print on a clean glass.

    I know it is fashionable for some to bash Apple at every turn, but I hoped we could have a reasoned discussion about how likely it is someone could pull this off in the real world, by surreptitiously trying to pull a print from a phone or other surfaced in the home/office.

    I would say that chances are approaching zero.

  • Jun 27th, 2013 @ 7:04pm

    HIIT over-rated.

    I have do occasional HIIT workouts and you need to separate the hype from the reality.

    They don't count warmup time, which is critical if you are going to do an all out intervals. So add about 4 mins. Also the rest periods often aren't counted. Add 1-2 minutes per interval, and likely another 4 minutes to cool down.

    I did a peak 8 type interval workout today. Here is what it looked like:
    4 Min warmup
    8 X intervals(20 sec all out + 100 sec rest) 16 minutes total
    4 minute cooldown.

    Total Interval time is only 160 seconds. Less that 3 minutes of Work. This is how it often gets hyped.

    But it takes 24 minutes of real time.

    Also if you are really going all out on your intervals, you won't enjoy the "rest" part. You will be deep in oxygen debt, and gasping to catch your breath.

    If you ever watch video of anyone doing these workouts, the moderate aerobic control group is left on their own to relax and go at moderate pace, while the interval group is coached to: "Go!, Go!, Go!".

    Are you going to have a coach at home, or are you highly motivated to push yourself very hard over and over like you were being coached?

    Intervals have their place, but be aware the are quite overhyped in general.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 @ 12:20pm


    I honestly see this as accelerating big game studio demise.

    First: Less consoles will sell, because of alienated buyers.

    Less consoles, less game sales.

    Second: Selling games used, recovers cash to buy more new games.

    Killing second hand sales will not increase the sale of new anymore than killing second hand car sales would increase the sale of new cars.

    If you couldn't sell your old car, you would only buy a new one when you finished driving the old one into the ground. Most of us would likely be driving around in 14 year old cars.

    Finally, didn't they make the same industry killing/saving claims about Piracy, isn't game console piracy virtually non-existent. Why are they rolling in bucks and selling us cheaper games?

    Declaring war on your customer is not a good business model.

    1) Make games on reasonable budget, so you don't go broke from one sub-million seller.
    2) Bend over backwards to treat your customer with respect, so they want you to succeed.

    I remember when I wanted Bioware to keep making great games I would buy anything they made. They had great after sale service and treated customers with respect. I own more (old school) Bioware games than anything else.

    Then they sold out to EA and they can go rot in a hole now. I haven't bought anything from them since.

  • May 27th, 2013 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re: The original topic...

    @"DON'T BUY IT.."

    I won't.

    Further to that we should warn others away from it as well.

    Just another attack on the "First Sale Doctrine".

  • May 24th, 2013 @ 7:32pm

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    There can be no question that what Microsoft means by "enabling" used game sales, means controlling it completely to their benefit. They are only taking more time to tweak the exact terms and work on their spin.

    But you won't simply be able to swap with friends or other normal things back when you actually owned games and they worked on any console.

    The have killed that and hopefully they pay a price in lower sales.

  • Mar 8th, 2013 @ 5:57am

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    "Whether or not this backlash/implosion will hurt EA in the long run remains to be seen. "

    It won't. As a mob, people are stupid with short memories.

    I swore off EA back in the Spore days:

    But that didn't slow down EA any more than this will. Because while they might lose a few, the Mobs keep buying the EA sequels.

  • Feb 15th, 2013 @ 3:31pm

    Re: The Accuracy of Battery Life

    " the central issue, that the mileage given decreased a lot faster than the driver expected it to..."

    That isn't what resulted in the Flatbed. He would have learned that lesson on his close call driving to Milford. He arrived with 0 Miles left, so he just made it.

    Then when Tesla advised him to fully charge here, he didn't, instead, charging to only 70% capacity.

    It was on the next leg of the journey after first short charging car (against Tesla advice) and then parked it overnight in freezing temps unplugged (the car itself warns you to plug it in when cold, every time you put it in park).

    So it was short charging, parking overnight, unplugged in freezing temps, that resulted in the flatbed.

    This was self inflicted against the advice of Tesla support and the car itself.

    Elon did a questionable attack, but the tester is still at fault.

  • Jul 3rd, 2012 @ 5:00pm

    Fails for a different reason.

    Actually copying works fine. Samsung does great business essentially copying the iPhone.

    But copying facebook fails because facebook depends on critical mass, and that critical mass is already at facebook and going nowhere.

  • May 11th, 2012 @ 7:26am

    Avoid the ARM verions.

    It may not be common knowledge, but Intel with Medfield, has pretty much caught up with ARM for Perf/watt.

    Avoid the Win-ARM tablets and get one with Medfield.

    The Medfield tablets are wide open. Run all your old desktop software, let you install anything you want. Run all the new Metro stuff too.

    The ARM tablets are a locked down subset. Pretty much Metro only, you can only install approved apps from the app store, you can't even install a browser plugin like Flash on these tablets.

    Win8 on ARM is essentially Microsofts walled garden apple clone.

    Win8 on Medfield will work with that same apps store and run those walled garden metro apps, but it isn't limited to them. You can install run anyhting, get full browser plugins, use any browser (full desktop FF/Chrome).

  • Feb 8th, 2011 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Where are rates going down? For years after leaving bell I had unlimited GB for under $40 month.

    Fibe rates aren't better, they are just more money for more BW. They still have $1-$2/GB overage charges.

    Top Bell plan is something like $61/75GB.

    Teksavvy: $32/200GB. More than double the cap for less than half the price.

    You really have to be shilling to say Bell is offering a deal.

  • Feb 8th, 2011 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Clearly you are Bell shill. All the "insurance" does is return the Cap to where it was before Bell cut it recently.

    Here is a direct link to Bells page showing the $2/GB overage charges: en&CFID=132348948&CFTOKEN=96051369
    "Usage overage charge (up to $60)1 $2.50/GB $2.00/GB"

  • Feb 8th, 2011 @ 7:29am

    Re: Re:

    Oh look, shilling comes to town.

    Bell cut the packages from 60GB down to 25GB and are willing to sell that missing cap to you for $5. This is only a deal if you are severely confused, or if you are shilling for Bell. Exceed that cap and your price/GB is:

    Direct quote from Bells page:
    Usage overage charge (up to $60) $2.00/GB