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Comment: Authorized resellers (Score 3, Insightful) 468

One problem is that how does the consumer know who are authorized resellers? Ubisoft doesn't have a list that I can find, so how do you know if a site is legitimate or not? It's hard to go by the old adage "if it looks too good to be true, it probably is" anymore, with so many sites having sales at cut rate prices on digital goods. I picked up a few "too good to be true" bargains last month during the Steam sales.

Comment: I don't use glasses to read (Score 1) 464

by Xian97 (#48718995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I have progressives and don't mind them after getting used to them. I actually read better with no glasses, but if I have my arm about halfway extended, then things start getting fuzzy. I use my glasses for long distance and for looking at the monitor since it is about 2 feet away, anything closer (reading distance) I take off the glasses.

Comment: Consent to search (Score 4, Insightful) 462

by Xian97 (#47884515) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash.

I have been pulled over twice for minor offenses such as a burned out taillight bulb and then had my vehicle searched for no cause. The police said they smelled marijuana and didn't need my consent. Basically, all they have to do is lie and the Bill of Rights is just a piece of paper as far as they are concerned. They found nothing either time.

Comment: Typical day of usage for me (Score 1) 355

by Xian97 (#47771123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
Download 4.69
Upload 0.40
Total 5.09
This is what a typical day looks like when I check my online usage with AT&T DSL. Those totals are in GB, so they are saying that I am uploading 400 MB, which is BS. Other than the occasional picture attached to an email, I upload nothing, no torrents, no facetime/skype, nada, yet they say I do nearly 1/2 a GB a day. That's about 10% of my download ratio, so they have to be measuring network overhead. That ovehead adds up to about 12 GB a month, so my 150 GB cap is really in the 130+ range.

Comment: Chattanooga (Score 1) 338

by Xian97 (#47725355) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
I don't understand why the Republican would be against municipal broadband. Aren't they always talking about job creation? Chattanooga has added hundreds of jobs, had a huge increase in start-up companies, and attracted a lot of industry to the area since they deployed a municipal gigabit broadband network, so why oppose it? The only explanation I can possibly think of is that they are too cozy with the cable and telecomm monopolies.

Comment: Streaming and Accounts (Score 1, Interesting) 252

by Xian97 (#44917535) Attached to: Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of
Valve is pushing Linux for gaming, and I assume that the Steambox will be a Linux OS. There is only a very small subset of the Steam catalog that has native Linux games, so I am wondering if they are planning on supporting streaming from a PC running Steam to the TV via Steambox? There might still be some latency, but on a local network it is not going to be nearly what it would be streaming over the Internet, such as On Live or Sony's Gaikai.

My biggest question would be how are they going to handle the shared Steam account? What if the wife or kids wants to play a game on the Steambox and I want to play on my PC at the same time? The only way you can do that with the current system on multiple devices is to have one of them in offline mode, which means only one can play an online game at once. What about multiple profiles so that that each user can have their own friends lists and own achievements such as the PS3/360 do on their consoles? Currently there are not any separate profiles on a single account, you need separate Steam accounts, and separate game purchases on each account to do so.

Comment: Re:Not just recording gameplay (Score 1) 203

by Xian97 (#44516219) Attached to: Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay
But they would not have their own achievements or own list of friends - doesn't matter so much to me, but it does to the kids. To do that, you need separate xblg accounts else the one account would be all you could play with online. Microsoft used to have a family plan for $100 for 4 members, but they discontinued that last spring.

Comment: Not just recording gameplay (Score 4, Informative) 203

by Xian97 (#44514691) Attached to: Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay
They are also putting OneGuide and Skype behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall. It looks like most of the new features they have added to Xbox One will require XBL Gold.The PS4 will let you record gameplay without a PS+ account.

The main difference I see in PS+ and Xbox Live Gold is that PS+ is per PS3/PS4 where Xbox Live Gold is per account. For those of us with families, that is a substantial difference. Both of my kids and myself would be able to play under the single PS+ account for $50, where for XBL Gold each of us would require our own account, bringing the total to $180.

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