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Comment: Re:Better leave now (Score 1) 231

by adamanthaea (#46782699) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered
There's the idea (to some degree) in Allen Steele's "Coyote" series as well. The initial colonists weren't beat to the planet (actually an inhabitable moon of a gas giant) by later colonists with FTL but still only arrived about a year before the second wave. It's what sets up the conflicts for the second and third books. And the first two books are mostly just the short fiction published in Asimov's.

Comment: We had several different ones, including EB (Score 2) 288

by adamanthaea (#39369551) Attached to: Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did
My family had a computer for years (the first was a 286 around 1987) and about 1992 bought a fancy new 486 from Gateway. It was an even bigger day when Dad got us a 4X CD-ROM drive to replace the 1X that the computer came with. About the time we switched to Windows 95, Dad bought a copy of Encarta. Over the next few years, one or two more versions were purchased. We also got a copy of Encyclopaedia Britannica (don't ask me when) and one of something made by Grolier before the acquistion by Scholastic. My parents weren't against large volumes of printed references (they own a condensed OED) but Dad saw the potential of the CD format (DVD as well) right away. The fact that Encarta was much cheaper was a bonus.

Comment: Bring Back Old-School Duke Nukem (Score 1) 462

by adamanthaea (#36438734) Attached to: Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever
I found that I enjoyed the old platforming side-scrollers more than Duke3D. How about getting rid of the FPS idea and making a 3D platformer instead? It can keep the humor and tone of Duke3D, but make it play like Ratchet and Clank. I'd be far more interested in that than DNF, which I have no interest in purchasing at all.

Comment: Why Should I Want A Smartphone? (Score 1) 303

by adamanthaea (#36190300) Attached to: Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data
I've never really understood why I should get a smartphone. Sure, there are times it'd be nice to have the Internet capabilities, but I hate using a smartphone as, get this, a phone. I've got a 6-year old simple phone that just does that, making phone calls for the small amount I use my cell phone for. The plan is still dirt cheap for virtually unlimited calling. I don't use SMS of any kind, so why do I want any of that bundled in? The only thing I want a smartphone for is mobile internet. But no carriers seem to want to just sell me a data plan, even if I come to them with an unlocked phone they can support. And now that even more caps are going into place, my desire to spend multiple hundreds of dollars on a phone and a plan drops even more.

Comment: Re:SVHS vs. VHS again (Score 1) 1162

by adamanthaea (#35870310) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
It's partially a failure of connectivity on my part. The PS3 is hooked up through HDMI, but the TV then feeds the audio out through an optical connection through a Toslink-only switchbox into the receiver's single Toslink connection. The DVR hooks up the same way. This works fine when doing anything other than watching a Blu-Ray. I can't pass HDMI through the receiver as it only has a single Toslink and a single coax input.

Comment: Re:SVHS vs. VHS again (Score 1) 1162

by adamanthaea (#35869604) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
For me, while I have a HDTV (32" 720p, definitely not the latest and greatest) and a Blu-Ray player (okay, it's a PS3), I have only bought two Blu-Ray discs. What has been stopping me--besides the fact that I buy very little physical media these days--is that my audio equipment doesn't work well with most Blu-Ray discs. I have a simple, but effective, 5.1 setup that works quite well for DVDs, video games, and anything broadcast or streamed in 5.1 as it has AC-3, DTS, and linear PCM support. But it doesn't support Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, and it seemed like the only support I got for Dolby Digital was 2.0, as if the audio wasn't passing through correctly. I don't want to spend more money on a new surround system, especially when the TV I currently have doesn't really make Blu-Ray worth it.

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