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Comment: It's 2014, where's our HD? (Score 1) 286

The original Xbox even had marginal support for 720p. When the 360 came out, I was so excited to finally have a device that could make use of my extremely expensive 1080p screen... but alas, the majority of games were only 720p. They did look very pretty in their own right... but on a nine-foot wide screen, the jaggies are pretty noticeable. The only games that got 1080p were kids games that required minimal processing power... and pretty sure most kids couldn't give a flying fuck that they were actually getting the full 1080p.

So then the PS4 and Xbox One come along. Surely, with the average three year old gaming PC being easily able to play games in 1080p with moderate graphical quality, these snazzy next gen consoles will FINALLY support the HD standard that came out A DECADE AGO, right?

Noop. And now the PC MASTERRACE fanboys have that much more to gloat over.

Comment: This seems pointless (Score 1) 110

by Cyfun (#47645431) Attached to: Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Why not just throw your laptop in your car and do a few laps around your neighborhood? You could cover the same amount of area in half an hour that took the cat a week. It's not like the cat can get closer to networks than your car can, as most WAPs broadcast far enough to reach the road, not to mention the wifi adapter is more powerful and antenna is bigger on a laptop than on a cat collar contraption.

I understand that this is more of a proof-of-concept and a cool gadget to rig up, however if this gentleman is already into wardriving, then he's probably already mapped most of his neighborhood, and the information his cat obtained is nothing new.

Comment: Neat idea, but overpriced for what you get (Score 2) 33

by Cyfun (#47555333) Attached to: A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

For $50, you get a tiny monochrome screen, a D-pad and TWO WHOLE BUTTONS, and a non-rechargeable 9 hour battery.

A coin cell battery? This is 2014, and it doesn't have a rechargeable battery? He did mention you can get rechargeable coin cells, but they only last an hour. So with moderate use, you're gonna be spending a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, not to mention having to carry around spares with you.

Yes, it's nice and thin, but nobody is gonna stick this in their wallet unless he invents a flexible PCB.

Or, for $30, you can get a brand new LG smartphone from Walmart, running Android 4.4, with a 3.5" color touchscreen, a dual core 1.2ghz processor, camera, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, accelerometers, speakers and a microphone, several gigs of storage space, and a RECHARGEABLE battery that will last 10 hours heavily used and over a week in standby. I guess the only downside is that touchscreens aren't as good as D-pads and physical buttons for games, but you could always buy a USB controller and get a lot more buttons. And while it IS about the size of a credit card, but half an inch thick. And instead of shelling out a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, you could spend that money on a straight talk cellular plan and get UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS!

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 1) 152

by Cyfun (#47542597) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

A friend of mine is a single mom and is routinely broke, but was still shelling out $60/mo for cable TV. I was giving her shit about it one day, and she said she only does it just for the kids channels. For her it was worth $2 a day just to plop her lil bastard in front of it so she could get shit done around the house.

So I took one of my old modded Xboxes, downloaded all the damn kids shows I could find (even those from 20 years ago), showed her how to rip DVDs to it, and set up XBMC so that she can just fire up a playlist and it will run all day with no user interaction

She was able to drop the cable, and I get free meals for life. :D

In a year or two, I'll introduce the kid into the wonderful world of SNES emulators.

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake