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Comment: Re:Future of Nintendo (Score 1) 406

by Zerbey (#38738928) Attached to: PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Nintendo aren't going anywhere. They know their target audience and have become very proficient at leveraging them = casual players, the type of people who just want to turn it on now and again and have fun. Hardcore gamers will stick with the PS3 and XBox - which is fine.

Where they are failing is in the complete lack of online content, sure we have Netflix but what about Hulu, Amazon, Pandora, etc. etc? Nintendo's own online content is limited to a couple of poorly made News and Weather channels and some stupid Votes channel that nobody cares about (Japan does have a movie rental option I believe). It could be so much better with little effort.

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Porting Lemmings In 36 Hours 154

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-in-line dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Aaron Ardiri challenged himself to port his classic PalmOS version of Lemmings to the iPhone, Palm Pre, Mac, and Windows. The porting was done using his own dev environment, which creates native C versions of the game. He liveblogged the whole thing, and finished after only 36 hours with an iPhone version and a Palm Pre version awaiting submission, and free versions for Windows and Mac available on his site."

Comment: Several systems from the 90s (Score 1) 543

by Zerbey (#32104622) Attached to: How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

Most of my home systems are 1998 vintage, a couple from 2000. My laptop is less than a year old, but the kids had one from 1999 until the motherboard finally gave up the ghost.

The oldest system is a 1994 P75 that is still going strong 16 years later with its original hardware. The only thing I've added is an NE2000 ISA network card. Grin.

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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment: Had it, survived it... moving on (Score 2, Interesting) 423

by Zerbey (#30286776) Attached to: I know X people with diagnosed H1N1 flu, where X is:

All I can say about H1N1 is, I wish all Flus were this mild. Typically my 3 kids get the flu and are sick for a week (they're asthmatic so it just settles nicely in their chest). They all managed to get over it within 3 days. My wife and I both got it with the same outcome.

So... a whole lot of media hype about nothing really. Surprise, surprise!

I wonder how many people died with "regular" flu this year and didn't get a ton of media hype?

Comment: Yes, and I get help in return (Score 1) 606

by Zerbey (#29758239) Attached to: Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

I gladly help, because I know the next time my car needs maintenance I know one of mechanically inclined family members will return the favour. Or if I need electrical work done, or plumbing, or any one of the many other skills I don't posses. Failing that, the next time my wife and I want a date they can watch my kids for me.

Sure, it can be a nuisance sometimes, but they probably feel the same way when I ask them for the umpteenth time to look at my truck.

Comment: Less than 10, which depresses me... (Score 1) 958

by Zerbey (#29671537) Attached to: How many countries have you visited?

...considering I spent the first 21 years of my life in Europe. My excuse is lack of finances. I've got a very long list of countries I intend to visit before I die, which hopefully won't be for a while :)

I've travelled Britain extensively, and a fairly large chunk of the Eastern US. Egypt is at the top of my list, then I'll start working on the others as money permits. I want my kids to experience as many other cultures as possible so they have a greater appreciation of the world around them.

Comment: No substitute for common sense (Score 1) 607

by Zerbey (#29504963) Attached to: Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

There's actually several of these kind of devices on the market, I've seen different watches, cell phones and even a backpack. They have their place, I have 3 kids all under the age of 10 and kids that age can get lost very easily if you don't keep a close eye on them. I've put serious consideration into buying some kind of GPS tracker for my kids.

It's important to realise, however that a kid is going to get abducted even if they are wearing some wizzbang locater device if they're not first taught how to defend themselves. There's no substitute for teaching your kids the most important lesson of all: Stay away from strangers! I've taught my kids some very important things, that all parents should teach them:

- Don't approach strangers
- If one approaches you, run
- If the worst happens and someone grabs you, make a huge fuss - kick and scream, do what ever you can to draw attention.

Right now, I'm investing my $250 not into a GPS device but into taking my kids to self defense classes. Much apart from the fact it's great exercise and teaches them discipline and respect, it may save their lives one day. Plus, they're having a lot of fun doing it :)

Comment: For fiction books? No way! (Score 1) 503

by Zerbey (#29391691) Attached to: E-book readers ...

I would never buy a Kindle, unless it was about $50 and didn't have all that DRM crap. I tried the Sony reader and it was OK I suppose. Even then, I would use it solely for technical manuals. I've tried reading fiction on an electronic device and it just feels wrong. Sitting down and reading a good book is one of life's simple pleasures, and life is too complicated nowadays.

The only advantage I can really see with an E-Book is if my library caught fire it'd be a lot easier to replace everything!

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