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Comment Will it impact used prices? (Score 1) 271

This is one of those costs that probably won't be fully passed on to customers - where I live anyways...

New Game: $60
Used Game: $50 + $10 PSN Pass.

Why would you ever buy the used game? Gamestop has to decrease the amount they charge for the new game or they swallow the cost of the PSN Pass themselves to make it worth a customer buys the Used Game. Otherwise they lose an entire console's worth of used games.

Comment Re:Credit card numbers WERE taken too (Score 1) 645

How can their money be stolen from their chequing (debit card) account when the data taken from PSN includes credit card info? I think I'm missing something...

In either case, I got in contact with Master Card and they said I'm free to request a new card if I wanted, but the data taken from PSN doesn't include the pin number (for those with chip cards) or the security number on the back. The customer service agent went on to say that fraudulent purchases are insured against anyway, so there's no worry there.

There really doesn't seem to be a legit reason to cancel your card.

Nevertheless, this whole thing sucks and Sony can chew my wang.


Submission + - Dying star pair to be 'reborn' as one (ibtimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of white dwarf stars whirling around each other once every 39 minutes will merge and reignite as a helium-burning star in about 37 million years, astronomers said. These stars have already lived a full life. When they merge, they'll essentially be 'reborn' and enjoy a second life.

Comment Re:It's more like an arsenal (Score 1) 716

Apple is much the same as Bose, really. And you're right, it's all about the experience.

Both Apple and Bose sell somewhat interesting products, but they're not overly innovative anymore (iPad is just a bigger iPhone, is it not?)

Both Bose and Apple use brand recognition and price point to imply quality and sell their wares nowadays.

Comment Re:Use cases? (Score 1) 716

Laptops, phones and pen/tablets are for content creation and getting things done. iPads are for content consumption: you can watch a movie, read a book use an app to get the weather... but you can't really do anything with them.

That said, I don't own one and I've only played with those owned by friends and family. They're entertaining and neat to flick through, but they're toys and not much more.

Comment Re:plutonium was just found outside (Score 1) 442

Exactly. So what's with the 'poo poo' attitude?

There are groundwater wells in my province that have been shut down because of naturally elevated arsenic levels. Meanwhile the concentration of arsenic is probably below the level needed to cause noticeable effects.

So when we get anthropogenic plutonium (is there any other kind?) in groundwater, it is a serious motherfucking problem. Don't be a douche... this land has been salted for a long time to come and your blase attitude is annoying.

Comment *book.com (Score 1) 122

I like how any noun can be 'book'ed if there is a web site and some social structure to it. I should assume that wrought iron fence enthusiasts would start a GateBook.com

And then if there was an insidious scandal between Gatebook.com and PicketFencebook.com the scandal would be termed Gatebook Gate.

Comment Re:Hell of a Thing (Score 3, Insightful) 236

Only last year, during the Vancouver Olympics, I saw the most disturbing footage ever.

Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a luge run when his sled flew out of a corner and he crashed into a steel support girder. The reverberant *thwangggggggg* followed by no movement and otherwise complete silence is the stuff of nightmares.

And people freak out about a nipple.

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.