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Comment: Re:This guy is a scam artist (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by TobyWong (#30879676) Attached to: Artwork Re-Sells Itself Weekly On eBay

Let's compare this with something like WoW where the "patrons" pay a monthly fee and a significant portion of their life for the privilege of clicking their mouse a few thousand times just so they can make their name go bigger on a "virtual plaque".

Oh yeah, this guy's definitely got a monopoly on swindling brainless people...

Comment: Re:Also why are they doing it? (Score 1) 520

by TobyWong (#29605411) Attached to: Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

I'd imagine people would be willing to pay a premium for video games from other regions as well if it was possible to play them....

Gamers have done this for a long time. I imported a Japanese PSP ver 1.0 before they were available in the US and various games via Of course Sony sued them out of business for having the audacity to sell their products across imaginary regional borders. I haven't bought a PSP game since then (but have played quite a few). How you like them apples Sony?


Comment: Re:Can you spell Face Plant? (Score 1) 282

by TobyWong (#29319017) Attached to: New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

Not everyone lives a 15 minute walk away from the gym. Even still, if you are trying to cram a workout in first thing in the morning before work that's 20 minutes right there that could be spent sleeping or eating breakfast if you drove instead.

I like gyms because I can go 24 hours a day - rain or shine and I can use equipment that doesn't exist in a park to do exactly what I want to do, then I shower, change, and leave.

Now I have my own set of complaints about gyms: douchebags who sit in the squat racks and do curls, guys who leave hundreds of pounds of plates loaded up and walk away when they are done, "personal trainers" who are completely out of shape themselves and insist on making their clients do the most ridiculous wacky exercises in an attempt to generate some sense of value for their $$$ service. These are really just annoyances though - they wouldn't stop me from using gyms.

Comment: Re:Can you spell Face Plant? (Score 3, Insightful) 282

by TobyWong (#29318095) Attached to: New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative

What exactly is mind boggling about people who drive to the gym?? You have 1.5 hours to workout, shower, and get ready to go. How much of that time do you want to spend in transit? Not to mention the fact that a lot of people go to the gym to attend classes because they enjoy the social component. How about people who drive to the gym, work out, get changed, then go to work or on to some other engagement. You think they should jog there and show up in sweaty gym clothes? What an asinine comment.

Comment: Re:Technology progresses. Japanese are tech expert (Score 1) 250

by TobyWong (#29104543) Attached to: iPhone 3GS Is Number One In Japan

The Japanese are among the biggest label whores on the planet (and I mean that in the nicest way possible). "The Japanese aren't brand-motivated" is one of the funniest things I've ever read on slashdot. I used to live in a well known ski resort town and watching the Japanese tourists descend on the luxury label stores like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path was a sight to behold.

Comment: Re:Executive summary (i.e., price) (Score 2, Insightful) 133

by TobyWong (#27187481) Attached to: Traveling With Tom Bihn's Checkpoint Flyer

All you are doing is showing your ignorance here. Bihn makes phenomenal bags that are worth every penny. I could describe how well designed and useful they are but I get the feeling it would be like describing "red" to a blind man.

It's like the difference between a well designed piece of technical outerwear and a $20 winter jacket from walmart. They look similar to the untrained eye but they are worlds apart in how they are designed and made.

Comment: Re:Actually, nerds love girls! Perhaps too much... (Score 1) 349

by TobyWong (#26997333) Attached to: How To Be A Geek Goddess

See to me there is a pretty big difference between nerds respecting a woman on an intellectual level and nerds drooling all over some eye candy.

Let me use a nerdy example that I tested out pretty extensively a few years ago: I rolled a male and a female char in a popular mmo of the day. I tried to play them equally and as similar as is reasonably possible. The female char was given tons of free stuff from random people, was hit on constantly (I wasn't encouraging it), and was invited all the time to groups or events. The male character had noticeably less of this going on *BUT* when it came time for a group to make tactical decisions such as where to go next in pvp or how to tackle a tough boss the input from the female char was usually ignored while the the male chars advice was followed.

It was this very crazy situation where peoples real life prejudices had been transposed onto in-game avatars.

This is what I mean about geeks not giving women a chance within the geek domain. It has nothing to do with "proving oneself" first either because I've seen it happen time and time again before the woman even gets a chance to open her mouth.

Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.