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Comment: Re:Payments are not the only costs. (Score 1) 188

by Blimey85 (#31523344) Attached to: YouTube's Bandwidth Bill May be Zero
This only matters once they reach capacity. If the bandwidth now being used by YouTube was otherwise going to be idle, then they would gain nothing by not using it. Since they already have the fiber in place, and since at least some of it is idle, and since AFAIK it doesn't cost any more to use bandwidth on the lines they already have, have paid for, and are already maintaining, I would think their cost should be very close to 0.

Comment: When will the madness end? (Score 1) 278

by Blimey85 (#31112738) Attached to: Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content
I use Pandora all the time. I paid the yearly fee and use the app on my computer as well as on my iPhone. One of the main reasons I bought an iPhone was because at the time Pandora didn't have an app for Blackberry. I've discovered a lot of music through the use of Pandora that I most likely would have never heard otherwise. I don't listen to the radio. Haven't watched any of the so called music channels on tv in years, not that they play music anymore though. Have I heard anything on Pandora that belongs to Warner Bros? I dunno. But if I have, if some of the music I've bought because I first heard it on Pandora and really liked it belongs to them, then they've made more money thanks to Pandora than just the advertising revenue. Pandora is a music discovery service. I put in what I like and it suggests other music which I then buy. Who is the moron at WB that doesn't understand that customers won't buy what they don't know about?

Comment: Results can also depend on the device used. (Score 1) 156

by Blimey85 (#30543194) Attached to: AT&T Wins Gizmodo 3G Bandwidth Test
At one friends house, I can get signal and download apps while my friend can't even though we are using seemingly identical 3gs iPhones. Anywhere in my house, on my wifi, he gets full bars while I can be sitting right next to my router and have it drop to just one bar. I typically get better wifi reception from outside than I do inside, while for him it's generally the opposite.

Just for the record, my iPhone is in an Otter Box case while his is not cased, and I still get much better reception at his house. And no, not his first iPhone 3gs... last one had the same issue for him. And I know other people with iPhones and it always seems like wherever we are, someone will have signal issues while someone else will have great signal... but it varies on who will have the better signal.

Comment: All of mine is at 128. (Score 1) 849

by Blimey85 (#30142524) Attached to: Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?
I actually recode all of my downloaded tracks to 128k mp3 files to save space. My ears really don't hear a difference between this and the original files most of the time and it saves a lot of disk space. I have 43,000 songs in my library and as it is they take up quite a bit of space. Plus I stream my library to my iPhone and with the lower bit rate that works better. I'm sure at some point I'll probably wish I had higher quality files but I started this collection years ago and so far it's worked just fine for me.

Comment: And they wonder why piracy is rampant. (Score 1) 646

by Blimey85 (#28899227) Attached to: Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions
When is the last time TPB or any other torrent site took anything back? You never hear of that. Oh, this movie I downloaded the other night was deleted from my downloads folder... apparently TPB didn't have the rights to distribute it! Not gonna happen. And yes, I know TPB isn't distributing the actual files but you get my point. When piracy is easier than acquiring something by legitimate means, you are increasing the likelihood that the item will be pirated. The legitimate means obviously can't compete on price so they have to offer better quality, easier acquisition, or something else along those lines.

Comment: Re:Yawn. Nothing to see here. Move along. (Score 1) 315

by Blimey85 (#28879919) Attached to: Funds Dwindle To Dismantle Old Nuclear Plants
4) Store the dry casks on site until Yucca opens, or they can be re-processed.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-yucca30-2009jul30,0,2377820.story

Yucca isn't going to open. All these years and dollars later they are shutting it down. Just another example of how our government is quite efficient at wasting money.

Comment: No good games! (Score 1) 310

by Blimey85 (#28730477) Attached to: US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years
I can only speak for my wife and I but there just aren't any new titles we want to buy right now. Last game I bought was Fallout 3. Since then I've bought all 4 expansion packs. Next game I was planning on buying was Bioshock 2 but now that's been pushed back. There aren't any other games I'm caring about right now. Between Fallout 3 and Gears of War 2, I'm happy.

Maybe rather than blaming everything on the economy they should compare what came out this time last year to what has come out this year. I spend money when games I want to play are released. No good games = no spent cash. It's that simple. For me at least.

Comment: Re:The Problem with Fallout3 (Score 1) 101

by Blimey85 (#28647679) Attached to: Bethesda Speaks On Gamebryo Engine, Final <em>Fallout 3</em> DLC
I agree with you on most points but keep in mind that not everyone can afford PC gaming. I own an Xbox 360 and I have FO3 and all 4 expansions. I'll be buying the 5th as soon as it hits. I love the game. One of my all time favorites. Had it only been released on PC I would have never played it as I don't do PC gaming. I don't have the graphics for it, nor the budget to upgrade my PC to keep up with gaming.

Beyond just cost, I find console gaming to be far simpler than pc gaming. When I need an update or an expansion it's a very quick and easy process on my console. I don't have to go to any sites or find anything. I don't need to upgrade any drivers. All I care about is playing the game, not tweaking crap to get it to run right or finding out that I should have bought ATI rather than Nvidia or vice versa.

Plus for other games, like Gears of War 2, the online play is top notch on the 360. As far as I know there isn't anything like Xbox Live for the PC, but since I'm not a PC gamer, there very well might be and I just haven't heard of it. I do kinda wish FO3 had a co-op mode. That would be a cool expansion pack... something that added a co-op mode. You and a buddy exploring the wasteland... if only.

Comment: What's the point? (Score 4, Interesting) 65

by Blimey85 (#28512033) Attached to: <em>Serious Sam</em> Remake Coming In Fall
Serious Sam was never about being the prettiest. We loved the first two because of the game play. You ran, you killed, and you either kept killing at a brutal pace or you were overwhelmed by the insane number of enemies. That was it. No complex puzzles. No crazy strategy. Just run and gun and have a blast. Nobody cared that the lawn was flat because we knew if there was a lot of detail, the game would never have run at all. Way too many enemies on the screen to have serious levels of detail.

Now, many years later, computers are faster, we have more memory and all that, but the point of the game hasn't changed. With SS2 they changed things and nobody liked it. For me the main problem was it locked up a lot. I didn't have that problem at all with the first two. I still have the first two and I'd much rather play them as is than prettier versions of the same thing.

Why not instead take the original engine and make a Third Encounter? And then a Fourth Encounter? We LOVED the first two and two more games just like those, different maps and what have you, but same exact style of game play, would be awesome!

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