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Comment Re:Bleeding edge isn't usually worth it (Score 1) 132 132

I bought two 7800GTX video cards five years ago for the same price as two GTX480s will cost. Mass Effect 2 still runs fine on them at high settings. (Though the loading screens murder my single-core.)

Spending $1000 back then was way better than spending $200 on a brand new video card every year. If I did that, I'd only have a GTX260 right now... Wait a second.

Comment Misc. Reactions (Score 1) 427 427

PS3 Slim
- Only two USB ports. I guess you'll need to pick up a USB splitter if you want to play Rock Band.
- Still can't stack it. I guess you probably shouldn't anyway, but it's required for some setups. I've seen more than one PS3 perched atop a 360.
- I never owned a PS2 of my own, so I'm one of the people who really miss the full, hardware backward compatibility.
Price Cut
- The price cut has made me reconsider buying a PS3. It was always too expensive for me to justify considering how few quality exclusives it had. At least one of those issues has been resolved.
- Why do the hard drives keep getting bigger? Some models had only 20 GB to begin with. It seems that anything less than 120 GB models will be discontinued soon.
Home Improvement
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- Well, at least Trophies are viewable by your friends through your profile now. Yay Sony.

Comment Unrepresentative? (Score 1) 590 590

I was going to make some sort of comment about their data gatherers systematically mistaking stylized Japanese as white people (eg. Naruto isn't white.), but then I saw the bar graph on page 12. Black people in games: 10.74% Black people in US census: 12.3% Wait... A 1.6% difference? Am I the only one who finds this to be surprisingly representative? I was expecting a much more embarassing number. Such as the number of hispanics. X-(

Comment Caffeine and Cola (Score 2, Informative) 420 420

The caffeine levels in Coke or Pepsi are very low compared to coffee; approximately 10%.

Canada Health recommends no more than 400 mg of caffeine a day. To exceed this, you'd have to drink 12 L of Coke. On the other hand, only two extra large Double Doubles will bring you to that limit.

18% of all Canadian aged 31 through 50 exceed this limit, and it's not from drinking cola. The typical Canadian coffee drinker aged 31 through 50 averages over 600 mg a day.[1]

Comment Out of date hardcovers (Score 1) 501 501

My hardcovers were significantly out of date within a month of 4e's release due to Errata and possess surprisingly poor TOCs, glossaries.

The pirated OEFs I downloaded have been edited to transparently account for the most recent Errata and allow full text searching. I'll miss them.

(Or at least I would if my group hadn't since switched to Pathfinder.)

Comment Not Blisters (Score 1) 224 224

To be clear, the article is not just talking about blisters. It's Recurrent Palmoplantar Hidradenitis, but on the hands from video games rather than across the body from physical activity. Who would have guessed that playing too many video games could give a child a skin condition traditionally linked to physical activity? :)
Google

Submission + - Youtube Claims DMCA Covers Public Events

simon writes: "Does the DMCA prevent you from recording public events? Apparently so, as one West Australian Citizen Journalist find out last week when YouTube removed his public recordings of the Red Bull Air Race at the request of IMG Media. From the article:

...it raises a much larger issue with respect to copyright. Are IMG Media, the people that organize the Red Bull Air Race, suggesting that they own the copyright to all free public displays of the Red Bull Air Race? What type of precedent would that set?
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