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Comment: Same with photo printers (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by CastrTroy (#46834951) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
It's the same deal with photo printers. It's much easier and cheaper to go down to Walmart or Costco when you need to print out your photos and get them to use their professional quality machines to do the job. I think that 3D printers will end up in the same sport. You'll go down to Walmart, and get them to print out an item for you. You'll only need it maybe 5 times a year, so there's no point in owning your own 3D printer. There's already services where you can send a 3D file and somebody will print it out and ship it to you.

Comment: Re:Better tablets out there for your money (Score 1) 327

by CastrTroy (#46833397) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling
Yeah, there are more than a few apps out there to support alternative video formats. Out of the box it works with h264 along with others which will be enough for most people. I was more commenting on the ability to read files off a network share. On iOS (and Android I think, not familiar with the newest versions), each app has to add their own functionality if they want to read from a Network folder. However, on Windows (RT and regular), the functionality is baked into the operating system, and apps don't have to do anything special to be able to read from network folders. So if someone comes along and makes an app that can read MKV files, then it will be able to play them off the network, without any extra work required. On iPad, you find some apps that are really good at playing all kind of formats, but don't let you read off a network drive. You'll find some apps that read off network drives, but don't really handle all the video formats as well. Finding the right app to play videos is quite tiresome.

Comment: Re:Plastic "art" (Score 3, Insightful) 154

by CastrTroy (#46832413) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks
From looking at the "art" it looks to have little artistic value. Warhol didn't have any particular skills in computer art, and the software was quite limited in what you could do at that time. It's nothing that anybody else messing around with the same program couldn't have produced. Just because Warhol is a notable artist, does not mean that every piece of art he produced is worthy of our attention. Some people are great authors, but that doesn't mean their shopping lists or twitter posts, are literary works to be cherished.

Comment: Re:Better tablets out there for your money (Score 1) 327

by CastrTroy (#46832201) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling
I agree that there probably isn't a whole lot of time left for the ARM Windows tablets, but I actually think they have some advantages. The thing I like about the Surface 2, as opposed to something like the Asus Transformer (Windows 8 full version) is that it doesn't run legacy Windows. It can only run apps from the App store, and Windows has a good sandbox limiting what these apps can do. I no longer have to click through a million checkboxes every time I install a new program. It's not really a full replacement for a laptop, but does well as a tablet.

Comment: Better tablets out there for your money (Score 2, Informative) 327

by CastrTroy (#46831857) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling
There are much better tablets out there for your money. The iPad doesn't have a (Micro)SD card slot, so they only way to get more storage is to pay $100 at each increment. by the time you get to 128 GB, you're paying $800, which is pretty close to the price of a Surface Pro, which already comes with 128 GB, and let's you use MicroSD cards, USB Sticks, or even a USB hard drive for additional storage. Plus you don't have to buy apps for the Surface Pro just to play videos from a network share. At lot of stuff that comes standard on Windows requires additional apps on the iPad.

If you don't upgrade the storage and just go with the 16 GB version, you'll spend $500 and run out of space pretty fast. There's Android tablets that are just as capable, cost less, and have expandable storage. If you don't need a big screen, there's plenty of quality 7 inch tablets for around $200

Personally, I bought the Surface 2 (not pro) last Christmas, and I like it a lot more than my wife's iPad. The expandable storage, plus again, not having to buy apps for things that should be standard, like playing videos from a network share, make it a good choice. I also like the UI a lot better than iPad or Android, and like the fact that I can open a command prompt or run a powershell script if I want to. The lack of apps is probably the only downfall, but I find that I'm still able to do everything I want to do on a tablet. There are many games I can't play, but there's enough games to keep me entertained.

Comment: Re:Netflix fucked up when they paid (Score 2) 43

by CastrTroy (#46824827) Attached to: AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service
Also, if Amazon is hosting the content, how could they throttle Netflix without throttling the rest of Amazon? Unless they are looking in the packets, they probably can't tell what belongs to Netflix, and what doesn't. So they should just encrypt the data, even with something that isn't resource intensive to prevent the ISPs from peeking at what's in the packets. It doesn't even have to be very secure. Just encrypted/encoded enough to stop the equipment from scanning the packets to find out what's inside.

Comment: Re:Will the door have windows? (Score 1) 295

by CastrTroy (#46824735) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design
You have to wonder what would have been different if the N64 went with discs. They may have been able to hold onto the Final Fantasy series instead of losing it to Sony. Then again, I really loved the N64 simply because it had some great games, and had no loading times. Whereas the original playstation had atrocious load times.

Comment: Re:Will the door have windows? (Score 1) 295

by CastrTroy (#46822047) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design
That has long been what many people wanted. Games that act like things in real life. Instead, we get things that look like real life, with high quality graphics, but think still don't act like real life. I'd rather have a game that didn't look as nice, but had things that reacted much more as they do in the real world. Breakable windows have been done, but doors and walls are usually completely solid, which, I guess, is usually why they don't put windows on them.

Personally, I really liked the way Metroid was done on the GameCube. The levels just went on and on forever, and you rarely had to wait for loading. When you did have to wait, you were in an elevator, and even then the loading times were relatively quick. That's something I really miss about the old cartridge systems. Everything was so instantaneous. I think that Nintendo is the only game make left who makes it a priority to have very low loading times.

Comment: Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (Score 1) 194

by CastrTroy (#46814503) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"
However, for most people Netflix is not something you get instead of cable. It's something you get in addition to cable. If the extra $1 or $2 brings us stuff that just aired last night, and live sports, then it will be a replacement for cable.

Personally, I'd still keep the service, even if it cost $2 more. But they better start to get more content if they are going to raise prices.

Comment: Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (Score 1) 403

by CastrTroy (#46808185) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
That's all equipment. Sure equipment will wear out, but you don't have to pay every time you want to go out riding. Not to mention, those items you mentioned are minimal. The most expensive being the cassette or the tires. But tires tend to last quite a while. If you get a bike with an 8 speed drive train, cassettes and chains are cheap enough that you can easily replace them every year or two. Buying CO2 is ridiculous. You can pump up your tires using free air in the atmosphere around us.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 4, Insightful) 337

by CastrTroy (#46806833) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers
Yeah, but freezing your eggs doesn't freeze the rest of your aging. As somebody with 3 kids, I'm glad that I had kids young, because I would not have the energy to deal with kids when I was 50 or 60. There's people who are having babies when they are 45. I would not want a teenager in the house when I'm 60. I guess everybody is entitled to their own way of doing things, but it takes a lot of energy to raise kids. Also, I'd like to point out that kids cost exactly as much to raise as you want them to. Sure you could buy $200 shoes for your kid, but they definitely don't need any of that stuff. My kids get plenty of enjoyment from going out for a walk in the woods, which is free, and don't need to go to amusement parks all the time to be entertained.

Comment: Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (Score 1) 403

by CastrTroy (#46804905) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
Cycling "can be" more expensive than golf, but it doesn't have to be. A $1000 bike will do fine for anybody who isn't riding competitively. You can spend less and get a better bike if you buy used. And after you've bought the equipment, it's free. There is no cost to go out for a ride, and you don't even have to schedule it. You can go out on your own time for an hour or two. Leave from your house, and end up at your house. Contrast that with golfing where you either have to buy a membership every year, or pay every time you want to play. And you have to find a few people to play with, and work in in around everyone's schedule. Sure there are those people who pay way too much for a bike, and show up for group rides, and can be a little dangerous, but if you find the right group, it's pretty easy to avoid people like this.

Comment: for nerds.. (Score 3, Interesting) 403

by CastrTroy (#46804801) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
I don't know about calling it a sport still. For me, it falls into the same categorization as bowling, darts, and billiards. That isn't to say that golf, along with those other sports don't require a huge amount of skill, but I would hesitate to lump them into the same category as soccer, basketball, hockey, cycling, running, and other more physically exerting sports. This same kind of thing comes up when equating Starcraft with real sports, calling it an e-sport. Sure there are certain physical characteristics one must possess, but that doesn't mean it should be lumped into the same category.

Also, in the PGA, they are not allowed golf carts. There was, as far as I'm aware, only a single golfer allowed to use a golf cart, because he had a physical disability. So, although golf carts may be used by amateurs and weekend warriors, that doesn't really mean it's part of the game. Just as there are oversized clubs that once can use that aren't tournament legal. If players want to make up their own rules amongst themselves, nobody is going to stop them. In recreational golf, it's not uncommon for players to take a mulligan, or stop counting when they get more than a double bogey.

If anything people aren't leaving because the game is too hard, but because the game is just too expensive. People have found other things to spend their money on. I've heard that cycling is turning into the new golf. Sure you can spend tons of money on the equipment, just like golf, but it's free once you own the equipment. People see very little value in paying for country club memberships as many of the people who now have money are don't care about the whole socialization aspect of it.

Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 466

by CastrTroy (#46772875) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
Exactly. I know people who rent in the same neighbourhood I live in, in exactly the same model of house. Their rent is actually higher than my mortgage payments. The only difference is that I had to save up for a down payment. Not only that, but rent payments keep increasing, while mortgage payments (assuming constant interest rate) actually stay the same, so they go down relative to inflation.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun