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Ask Slashdot: Xbox One Or PlayStation 4? 373

An anonymous reader writes: I'm looking at getting the kids a new gaming console for Christmas this year. I'm stuck trying to decide between getting an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. I'm really wary on the PlayStation because of the 5 PS2s with broken optical drives sitting in my garage; none lasted more than two years. On the other hand, I'm also wary of buying a Microsoft product; I'm a Linux user for life after getting tired of their crappy operating system. I've also considered getting a gaming PC, whether Linux or Windows, but it's more expensive and game reviews show most are not as good as a dedicated game console. The kids want Fallout 4, and I want Star Wars Battlefront and any version of Gran Turismo. We currently have a Nintendo Wii and a crappy gaming PC with some Steam games. So, which gaming console should I get that will last a long time?

Comment Re: Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

My neighbor's teenage son rides his bike opposing traffic. His parents walk down the road with traffic. His face was not embedded in a windshield one day because I'm a good enough driver to anticipate what was going to happen in a blind corner and came to a complete stop in my lane so the opposing car that I couldn't even see yet had somewhere to go as he merrily rode his bike down the middle of the lane into traffic where an overpass at the sharp corner makes it impossible to see him coming. Maybe I was just too awe struck at the stupidity to drive rather than a good driver. He did not learn a thing from this event and continued merrily along the main road against traffic. He's going to continue doing this until he stops riding a bike or dies because his parents are idiots. Another much younger and unsupervised child almost ran her bike straight into the front of my truck after I came to a complete stop because she was again in the middle of my lane and apparently expected me to go into the opposite lane for her rather than stop. Nobody is teaching these kids the rules of the road.

Comment Re:I can't find the commercial speech section (Score 2) 239

That's not how it works anymore. You used to have to be invited to be a partner. Now anyone can be a partner and monetize their videos.

As someone who puts a lot of effort into making videos, thanks a whole bunch for adblocking away the tiny bit of money we get for our labor. I don't bother with doing any techie type twist to a video to appeal to that demo because you all block and the ads so it's worthless to do anything for you. Getting shared on Reddit gives you lots of views and zero money.

Comment Re:serious question (Score 3, Insightful) 167

I still use yahoo email as my I don't care what happens to it address. Spam filter works well so I haven't seen a need to change.

Once she took over they redid the my yahoo homepage and broke literally everything about it. The sports feed has mostly become functional again but the weather... my god the weather... completely and utterly useless. The widget on the homepage can't keep track of where I am or even what day of the week it is. Everything else is more likely to give you a gateway timeout or other error than actual information.

Comment Re:next step for photography (Score 1) 422

Uh, Pentax/Ricoh has had their 645d out for less money than you want them to drop to for years. It's been around longer than your D800e. It is a crop sensor though and if you thought your Nikon FF glass was expensive... The difference between the Pentax and the 'blads is that the Pentax has the same AF module as their other cameras, which is primitive compared to Nikon's but well beyond anything else in MF land.

Comment Freedom of speech (Score 1) 1116

Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from the consequences of your speech. We have to balance the need to let people support unpopular opinions with the need to prevent people from secretly subverting the government. Ultimately if you want to influence public policy you have to be willing to stand up and do it publicly.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller