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Comment: Re:this is one more reason (Score 2) 80

by TechyImmigrant (#49156021) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

There is no reason what so ever that any government should get involved in peoples personal financial decisions

Last I heard, mega was a business. The banks terminated their business dealings with mega.

Banks do business with their customers who do things like tell the bank to give X dollars to business Y. The bank's aren't doing business with MEGA, they are doing business with their customers.

Comment: Re:Just (Score 1) 156

by TechyImmigrant (#49152419) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

But that's just where the usefulness ends. Sure, you now appreciate rock music, but can you play it in real life on real instruments? Millions of kids bought Guitar Hero and Rock Band to realize their dreams of actually becoming ROCK MUSICIANS. Sadly, all the games do is to train you to press colored buttons in sequence with colored lights. Those skills are not transferable to real instruments, and in fact, won't even get you an audition.

Yes, as a matter of fact I can play it on a real instrument, provided that you consider an electronic drumset "real". (And I don't mean the toy drums designed for Rock Band: I use a low end Yamaha set. I have neighbors who would not appreciate the volume of a normal drumset, so this is the best I can do.) The same drumset that I play as a standalone instrument is also my controller for Rock Band 3, thanks to a $20 MIDI adapter.

I'll never be a great drummer--I'm passable at best, and don't have the drive to improve beyond that--but I did develop some of my early skills using Rock Band games.

So how are the electronic drums? Same problem, we want drums but can't have the noise. Are these a reasonable substitute? Would they work for home studio recording? We've seen them in the store, but dropping $500 on something that might be horrible doesn't sound like a plan.

Comment: Re:I said GoodBye to MSFT in 2010 (Score 0) 124

It's typical for Linux zealots to pop on and gloat about their switch, but really I have to feel sorry for you. Even on my 4 year old machine, my Windows 8 OS PC runs faster than your computer, never needs backing up, never crashes, and only reboots for the occasional update (which is better than only updating the files and leaving unpatched libraries in RAM as Linux does), Best of all, I have the ability to run the largest selection of software on the planet from commercial to FOSS. Enjoy the slow performance of X, the endless dependency shenanigans, half-backed FOSS programs, and desktop environments that look like they were slapped together by someone with Down's syndrome.

But if you open a shell and try to run GCC, it doesn't work.

Comment: Re:As a former guitarist myself.... (Score 1) 156

by TechyImmigrant (#49152139) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I don't play guitar to seek fame and fortune. I play guitar because it's hugely rewarding to make music. Designing cryptographic circuits and systems pays the bills and finances my guitar habit. Rocksmith is excellent to get out of a rut. You can just dial up some songs outside your current rut and it drags you right out.

Comment: Re:MAKE SOMETHING NEW! (Score 1) 156

by TechyImmigrant (#49151925) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

So you think it should all be about learning improvisation, over theory and technique?

All three are necessary and Rocksmith is perfect for the technique end of things. The is no moral difference between playing Rocksmith from the screen and playing from written music. It's just a form of notation.

Comment: Re:Thieves looking to steal metal? lolwut? (Score 1) 126

by Grishnakh (#49151801) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

Yep, tweekers are pretty much a lost cause.

It's not just copper piping they can steal; they'll also steal electrical wiring. Nothing's too small or low-value for them.

Also, I don't think you can replace copper with PVC; you can use some other stuff, like PEX, but PVC isn't used for high-pressure supply piping as far as I know, at least not inside walls. I have seen it used for irrigation systems though. I think the problem is that you can't use PVC for hot water supply lines.

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