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Comment: Re:Humble Bundle (Score 1) 229

Flawed analogy. In the coffee shop example, I could take my textbooks / tablet elsewhere to study or stare at the Reddit button (I'm assuming that's what you're up to, sitting in a coffee shop for hours without buying anything -- as an aside to the button, stay in the shade). If Steam kicks me out, I lose access to the games that I DID PURCHASE, just not through Valve. Granted, they're NOT kicking me out, per se, they're disabling certain community features. However, I use said features, and paid for said features, again, just not to them (which was NOT part of the deal when I purchased the software). I can see them disabling things if you're running all freemium stuff in your account, but if the title's been bought, at all, whether via Steam itself or a third party (including B&M Retail), you should have full access to everything. That is what Valve promised the publisher/developer as the end-user experience. Why should I as the end-user be punished by choosing to purchase the game without using Valve as a middle-man?

Comment: Re:BASIC (Score 1) 315

by IllogicalStudent (#49445491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

... And don't get me started if you want to get your little game onto a device so you can show your friends! ...

If your son/daughter is reasonably familiar with Phython (e.g., someone above mentioned rudimentary hangman-esque games), provided you don't mind helping (a little), Kivy is a fairly straightforward Phython library that can get a game from console to device (Android) with a decent UI. You can run your creations on Android in either the Kivy launcher, or compile to APK. The wiki is good.

+ - Nintendo Kills "Club Nintendo" rewards program->

Submitted by IllogicalStudent
IllogicalStudent writes: Nintendo is discontinuing its Club Nintendo rewards program.
Members of Club Nintendo earned "coins" by registering products or completing surveys. They could exchange those coins for downloadable games, posters or character figures.

No more. Coins can still be earned until March, and redeemed until June.

A new loyalty program will be phased in over in the summer for the US, but no word on what offers it will bring, or said program's availability in other areas.

I myself got a few freebie games from this program, and am disappointed to see it go.

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Comment: Re:Other (Score 1) 162

by IllogicalStudent (#48783217) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

OK, here it goes, and EVERYONE has seen all this in film:

Hoverboards Flying cars
Mr. Fusion
Self lacing shoes
Self drying clothes
Formfit clothes (ie one-size-fits-all with automatic seam adjustments and all)
Ten second dehydrated ready meals (fifteen?? Are you NUTS!?)
adjustable baseball bats
Fresnel binoculars (I've seen something similar but in a loupe not a distance ocular)

And of course, the Max Headroom shop tellers, using such glitterati avatars as Ayatollah Khomeini, Michael Jackson, Rappin' Ronnie Reagan, Qadaffi...

What'll we end up with? Another fucking season of Big Brother, more shite from Simon Cowell, more denials of inappropriate behaviour from Buckingham Palace (but we won't know what they're being accused of because any complaints made against the Royal Family are now a matter of national security!), and more false flag bullshit from the Western Governments to even further shit all over our rights as citizens while we get taxed to death

Good news! You can knock one of those items off your list. Nike's on it!.

Comment: Re:An overregulated province anyway... (Score 1) 184

by IllogicalStudent (#47860883) Attached to: Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

." So you get things like mandatory Grade 13 for students going into Ontario universities (but those from outside the province don't need to take it), mandatory business closure on boxing day (even though the reason for this is lost in the mists of time for most),

Outdated info. The Ontario Academic Credit (OAC/"Grade 13") year was removed by Mike Harris (PC-ONT) back in `01-`02 (a sibling was a member of the double-cohort year [Grade 12s and OACs graduating and applying to university at the same time -- basically a royal clusterf***]). Also, I worked retail through my teens (`90s), always worked the 26th of December. And no, I was not in a designated "tourist attraction" mall (and yes, that loophole IS stupid -- either it's illegal to be open on x day or it isn't), nor were fines levied against my employer at any time. Closed on Christmas Day, yes; Boxing Day, no.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 45

by IllogicalStudent (#47374107) Attached to: Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza

From the article, it's apparently an online radio service, similar to Pandora or Spotify, except for the fact that it works in Canada.

There, FIFW. Google had better not break the one service we can reliably use up here without jumping through proxy hoops, or a bunch of us'll be pissed. I'm preparing the maple syrup cannons, just in case, eh?

Comment: Kids don't bother learning (Score 1) 310

Many (not all) kids these days don't WANT to learn from a teacher because they've decided that 'if and when I need to know something, my phone/tablet/device will just tell me the answer'. This leads to them effectively having 0 memorized facts or baseline knowledge. Facts that are a foundation to do more complex things. Imagine not knowing your basic multiplication tables. I've personally tutored several (non Learning Disabled) Grade 8s that can't do basic addition in their heads; oh, but they can sure use a calculator app on their iPod like a boss. And then they promptly forget said thing they looked up. To them, if the fact can't be looked up quickly, it's not worth knowing about. If the fact can be looked up quickly, it's not worth remembering. End result, kids know nothing and can't do complex problems where several concepts need to be used at once.

Comment: Re:No controller support yet (Score 1) 106

The streaming part works perfectly fine, even over slower Wifi. Gamepads aren't recognized on the remote side, though - tried Sonic Generations and my gamepad didn't show up in the config.

Sooo, Valve... could we have controller support for streaming, too? Pretty please? :-)

FWIW - Haven't had an ounce of grief using either a wired or wireless (with dongle) 360 pad on the client machine since back in Feb. with the beta (Win7 serv. --> Win8 client). Mind you, I do have the controller drivers installed on both machines (and in the case of the wireless pad, have a dongle attached to each -- they're $8 on amazon) -- maybe that's the trick?

Comment: Re:And for faster performance (Score 1) 114

by IllogicalStudent (#43347829) Attached to: 3D DRAM Spec Published

the CPU vendors need to start stacking them onto their die.

In 5 years your systems will be sold with fixed memory sizes, and the only way to upgrade is to upgrade CPUs.

Stacked vias could also be used for other peripheral devices as well. (GPU?)

Problem with this, of course, is that Intel wants to stop having slotted motherboards. Chips will be affixed to boards. Makes RAM upgrades a costly proposition, no?

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.