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Comment content (Score 2) 374

If you can get people to pay as much for console games as for tablet/mobile games, maybe, otherwise you're just not getting the return to make 'blockbuster' titles like GTA/GoW/Uncharted etc. (or is that already considered 'hardcore gaming'?)

Technology is not the issue here, it's just cash. If a game costs millions to produce, you're not gambling on a market where you need sell 100M but on a market where 1M units will make you break even. Consoles are not technological wonders, they are content platforms.

Comment Re:Sony, if you want to sell a bunch of these (Score 1) 259

Or do as they did now, release the dev kit for an affordable price. (1900 Euro seems very affordable for a full dev kit).
It's still quite some money, but if you're serious about development, then such an amount should be easy to recoup.
For that price, I'm even willing to pitch in with some friends to get a kit, without the risk of having your work become useless due to a firmware update.

Comment Don't just blame cheap equipment (Score 1) 674

Sound recording quality has only decreased in general.
Most audio comes at the same sample rate and bit-depth as CD or DAT, while there is no excuse whatsoever why this should not be increased to 192kHz/24bit or higher, and is stored with lossy compression.
What is generally available now in lossless high quality is movies (DTS-MA, and Dolby HD) but hardly any music.

On the other side, the loudness war has further taken quite a few bits out of the available dynamic range of 96 dB (CD quality s/n), decreasing perceived quality even more.
The other point completely missed is the fact the modern receivers have to drive 5,7 or 9 channels in standard AV receivers, compared to the 2 in the old equipment.
(odd point in the article is that it complains about buying specs, but does a simple Wattage comparison against old receivers to make his point they are better..)

So don't just blame cheap equipment, blame the listeners who don't seem to care.

Then again, if nobody cares, is it really a problem ?

Comment And the other side ? (Score 3, Insightful) 427

'Here's an intern, since you seem so very busy lately. They need to develop a useful application in 4 months, get to know corporate procedures, learn that an enterprise environment is different then a PC at home (no you can't reboot this server until the maintenance window is up, and you completed a valid change proposal for that utility), and oh yes, they do not get access to passwords so you take of of that, and just show them the ropes in your free time.'

Interns are mostly a waste of both our time if no adequate resources are allocated, management sees them as cheap labour, and interns come with unrealistic expectations.

Comment Re:Sony Ericsson does the same thing (Score 2) 182

I doubt that's SE's doing, since my wife has the same phone without those apps pre-installed in her firmware updates.
A lot of carriers are bundling crapware with mobiles. Sprint is not the only one.
It not only causes issues with the phone sometimes, but also delays firmware updates due to 'carrier customisations'
(Hi Vodafone! Hope you're reading this as well, you @@$**!^ )

Just pick a phone that allows bootloader unlocking and become owner of your phone again.

Comment Re:NO 3D!!!!!! (Score 1) 334

Shall we tell them to shoot in black and white or SD as well ?
If you say that 3D sucks, you are just as short sighted as some directors who think that everything in 3D is great.

If the movie is great, seeing it in 3D won't break the story.

However, seeing cyberpunk movies so far.. we'll probably get a 17 year old blond Molly with a soft spot for ponies.
I'm more worried about that side of the movie.

Comment Don't (Score 1) 480

This is not a home network.
Peoples work and income depend on that network.
It might look like a great job, but even when it is a mess, it is a working mess now. You won't learn everything you need to know before this thing needs to be in the air, and you run a risk of being run out of town, lynched, or something worse.

If you have unlimited budget, name your self network architect, follow a few nice courses, and hire people who know what they are doing to do your job.

Comment Summary should contain more: (Score 1) 575

In the letter there is a part which says:
"We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”"

It's not much of an evidence in my eyes, but at least it's more then 'because we say so'.

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.

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