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Comment Re:Apple made the same mistake (Score 1) 390

Firstly, IBM was just as closed as anything, they fought tooth and nail to prevent compaq from releasing PC Compatibles. Secondly, exactly what mistake are you referring to? Apple isn't necessarily losing customers, the smartphone market is expanding. They continue to make money hand over fist, and they continue to draw in new customers.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 1) 400

Exactly this. This whole approach is aimed at the elite (like me) who have an excellent connection and little concern about bandwidth usage. What the gaming industry is failing to take into account is that a large part of their target market is the working poor.

I'm assuming that they've amassed some good intelligence in the past decade or so of Xbox Live regarding their target audiences... it's entirely possible the elite are the ones who will benefit from it or more specifically the games that the elite play, and that those who don't fit in that category wouldn't be affected in anyway in that the games they would play, wouldn't require the extra horsepower in the first place.

Comment Given that she isn't a gamer already (Score 1) 550

I think your goal of playing co-op or combative games with her is a huge stretch for two reasons:

1) Your wife isn't a gamer now
2) Not every gamer likes co-op games or combative ones.

You may be able to introduce her to gaming and get her started, and if you do manage to do that, she's going to need time to discover which genres she enjoys. Your experience will help her there, since you can introduce her to a little bit of everything. At the end of the day, even IF she does pick up gaming, you might have to be happy that she finds a genre of games she likes and plays them, while you get to enjoy yours.

By the way: While I'm posting this my wife has been hogging the 360 all morning. I love it, and it's one of the reasons we're together in the first place; we've both been avid gamers since the 80s. Even though we both put in roughly the same amount of time gaming, it's very rare we play together, co-op or otherwise. Keep that in mind.

Comment Re:Took you long enough, Slashdot (Score 1) 392

To publish an insanely sensationalistic FUD piece from the Anti-Nuclear crowd scaremongering the most densely populated area of the world over something that is a complete and utter non-issue.

Not that your point isn't well taken, but either you're using a different definition of "world" or "density," or something happened to Japan, Mexico, South Korea and India (and possibly the Philippines) since this morning that hasn't been making the news.

Comment Re:tagging is fine (Score 1) 201

Well, see, in countries where there's decent privacy laws, it's illegal to take a picture of somebody where that person is the subject of the photo, and then to publish that photo without their permission.

Wish I could vote you up, sir. People don't understand that posting photos to facebook is publishing, and that they should be subjected to the same restrictions placed on professionals.

Comment Re:What do you expect? (Score 1) 470

The problem was that IE had a 95% share of the market, so developers thought they could get away with developing web applications that would work only on IE 6 for Windows. And, of course, they did.

I'd blame it more on the breed of "VB 6 for dummies" "developers" that also emerged around that time, that had no clue what a mess they were making.

Comment Re:Put this on the list (Score 1) 357

It's not about posting their own idiocy on the internet themselves. It's about others doing it without your consent. You know the people I'm talking about, the ones who refuse to put the camera away at a party, when everyone has had a little too much to drink, and then at first chance post them to facebook and tag everyone they can. Where's the "Allow people to tag me in photos" privacy option?

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."