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Comment: This really isn't a shock (Score 2) 117

by DrXym (#46773811) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games
Stuff like Day of Defeat would often appear on free weekend demos. It's hardly surprising that people kicked off a download and never got around to playing it. Same for other titles which are multiplayer modes, tech demos and so forth. I also expect the likes of Humble Bundle has meant people have gotten download codes for games they've redeemed but never bothered to run. I know I've a few games in my list which are like that.

Comment: Hardly surprising (Score 2) 805

by DrXym (#46765371) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
It's virtually impossible to reach high office without being a millionaire or being bankrolled by a millionaire and other rich interest groups. It's virtually impossible to reach high office without belonging to one of two political parties. Is it any wonder at all that democracy has been corrupted?

It would be nice to see some practical proposals that could be implemented to remedy this.

Comment: Re:Because nobody wanted the crummy battery life?? (Score 1) 43

by DrXym (#46764999) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event
The 4 is made by LG, the 7 by ASUS and the 10 by Samsung. So aside from the software they run, they could all be wildly different in their performance characteristics. Of the three I think ASUS is the one which I would trust the least with its quality control and parts.

Comment: This isn't a new practice (Score 1) 43

by DrXym (#46764977) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event
It might be an overt bribe but the entire games industry runs on greasing the palms of journalists. Those "exclusive" previews and reviews. That expenses-paid trip to Rockstar / Konami / whoever's HQ to see work in progress. That expensive invitation-only junket at the games show. The mountain of crap like t-shirts, posters, backpacks, figurines, pens etc. that are sent out. The lucrative advertising campaign which just so happens to run the same as the review goes out.

Woe betide any outfit which angers a games publisher. All that free shit, exclusives and the advertising will be pulled in an instant. The journo and the site will be blackballed and will have to wait outside the tent like everyone else.

Which is why people with an ounce of sense and self restraint wait for a game to be released and for a general concensus to form before making a purchase. Don't believe exclusive reviews, don't believe some bloggers pants wetting hyperbole after their all expenses paid jolly, don't trust a site which is festooned with ads for the game being reviewed. If a game is THAT GOOD, then it'll still be THAT GOOD a week or two down the line.

Comment: Re:Bullet, meet foot (Score 3, Insightful) 574

by DrXym (#46755461) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
Windows 8.x is stable and in many regards is better than Windows 7. It's just that stupid metro front end which scuppers the experience and consequently people hate on it.

8.1 and the SR1 makes it just about tolerable but the most glaring omission is still the lack of a start menu. They could and should have a mini-metro popup that offers functionality analogous to the old start menu. Rumours suggest that one is being worked on but its not in this release.

Comment: Re:And there was much rejoicing (Score 2) 167

by DrXym (#46745207) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15
Yes glass is potentially useful for certain roles e.g. order fulfilment in a warehouse (meaning someone can have both hands free), or your remote learning. But as a general purpose device, it is lacking any reason for existing. So I can take a picture or do a search without taking a phone out of my pocket? So what? Instead I have to talk issuing instructions to it like some crazy person to make it work. Worse than that, it invites open hostility from people it is pointed at who quite reasonably wonder if I am taking a picture of them, or if my attention is on them or the screen in front of my eye.

It reminds me of Segways and bluetooth headsets. Some technologies simply rub people up the wrong way. They might find themselves a niche to exist in but they're very unlikely to ever enjoy public acceptance.

Comment: Re:So just ban it already (Score 1) 408

by DrXym (#46712747) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients
The problem is educated people are not the customers of quacks. It's the uneducated, the paranoid, the gullible and sometimes the desperate. Cut the quacks off from these people (and their money) and the practice will diminish. The simple way to do that is to ban how these products and services are sold.

For example look how many health insurance plans cover quack treatment. There is no reason this should be permitted by law, at least in countries with a sane health system. If an insurer wants to offer "wellness" cover, then it should be with recognized health clinic where registered practitioners (nurses, dieticians etc.) can treat people and make proper referrals if necessary.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.

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