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Comment: The department gives the hint. (Score 4, Insightful) 451

by AAWood (#46716081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
This story says it's from the "sounds like Mint works for you" department, and I think that's your answer. If you're going to have to look after them, then it makes sense to go with what you're most familiar with, especially as Mint shouldn't be too alien to XP users.

Comment: Burying the lead? (Score 2) 92

by AAWood (#46615557) Attached to: UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

I'm more interested in this part:

People no longer have to ask permission to quote from or parody the work of others, such as a news report or a book, as long as it’s “fair dealing” and the source is recognized.

As a Brit who does indeed already back up my media, yeah, it's cool that that's moving from "illegal but unenforceable and unenforced" to "legal", but finally getting proper Fair Use laws? That's major. With the increasing use of digital media as primary, disc ripping is on the decline anyway, while home-grown content creation and mixing is definitely on the rise. That will have a much larger effect on more people, now and moving forwards.

Comment: Re:One thing of total nonsense (Score 1) 335

by AAWood (#43827347) Attached to: Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

I'd still have to question the concept that the current market doesn't want that, the WiiU seemed to do it poorly, but it could very well just be that the wii U didn't do it as well as the wii.

If it just wasn't doing as well as the Wii did when it launched, I'd entirely agree; the Wii had one of the best openings for a console ever. The problem is it isn't selling as well as the Wii is now. In fact, the only mainstream gaming system, home or portable, that's selling worse at the moment is the original DS (and only just). Given that it's the newest, most powerful system out there, that's absurd. Currently, for ever 23 people who buy a Wii U, 29 people buy a Wii classic, and well over 200 buy a PS3 or 360. Even in Japan, the Wii U is being outsold almost 2 to 1 by the PS3. These are 6 year old systems, and they're not that much cheaper.

If you feel the market wants the Wii U, then why is everyone buying these other consoles over it?

Comment: Re:Better question is will PS4 and Xbox survive. (Score 1) 335

by AAWood (#43826539) Attached to: Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

While you can certainly argue the Wii U isn't in completion with the PS3 or 360... That doesn't alter the fact that it's just plain failing to sell, entirely on its own merits. Currently, its weekly sales are roughly 15% what the original Wii was selling at the same point in it's lifespan. In fact, its weekly sales are less that the Wii is selling now. You're probably right the the XBox One sales will fail to meet predicted sales, but given one MS guy was saying he thinks over a billion consoles will be sold this generation, that's a pretty easy target to miss!

Just one slightly off topic observation to make. Your subject line and first sentence are about how the Wii U doesn't compete with the other consoles, and should be taken on it's own merit... And then your next sentence goes on to compare them. Leading into broad insulting generalizations about the people who buy them. That's... well, that's an interesting approach.

Comment: Re:One thing of total nonsense (Score 1) 335

by AAWood (#43826501) Attached to: Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

False logic. Yes, SEGA failed because they had a string of failed consoles... But that doesn't mean that's the only path to failure, plenty of other companies have come and gone over the years for all kinds of reasons. Business is tricky like that. And, actually, who said that ditching hardware and focusing on software is a failure anyway? It's what Nintendo is best at, I'd love them to move to cross-platform development. OK, it wasn't the best for SEGA but, again, Nintendo aren't SEGA as there's no reason to think they'd have the same issues.

With that said, you are quite correct that, even if the Wii U doesn't turn itself around, Nintendo have enough money to absorb the loss and move on; 3DS sales won't hurt either. I do have to wonder what they'd have to pull out of the bag with the next home console to have another success, however... Over the past decade or so, Nintendo consoles have traditionally been cheap but underpowered with respect to the competition, with poor third party developer support, and a focus on party games, and the current market doesn't want that. No matter what, Nintendo is going to have to go for something that "doesn't suit them" if they want to carry on in the home market.

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