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Comment Re:How do I hide this Apple Advertisement? (Score 1) 508

"Hey Siri, call [enter expensive service number]", or "Hey Siri, stop taking this video and delete it", or "Hey Siri, switch to front camera", or, finally, "Hey Siri, shut down immediately / go to sleep / do a full wipe and factory reset."

Oh, the possible fun at the office...

Disclaimer: I'm perfectly aware that most of this stuff won't work, probably, as the developers won't be that stupid. On the other hand: imagine the mayhem shortly after songwriters start putting those lines into radio friendly songs.

Comment Re:DIE GAME DIE (Score 1) 88

This is not console design, it is lazy design. They just couldn't bother to add a backpack mechanism like in Borderlands, which is a console game all the same and it lets the player hot swap four weapons at a time. Every (major) console controller has more than enough buttons to allow for a well designed interface.

Previous comments tell me that Bungie introduced this with the Halo series (I never played Halo, so I wouldn't know), Insomniac's Resistance does this as well, so I guess somebody who makes these kinda decisions thought that both these series sold as well as they did BECAUSE of this 'feature', and not in spite of it. My point: if FPS/RPG hybrids like Borderlands and the Fallout series allow you to carry guns, lots of guns with you at all times within a console game, there is no plausible reason why aforementioned generic FPS games shouldn't. I'm playing both DNF and Resistance 2 right now, and this unnecessary restriction annoys the poo out of me.

Comment Re:"Family" Sharing (Score 1) 581

[...] for me the ability to buy a single copy of a game and share it between all ~5 xbox users I know will be a lot more useful.

My guess is you're reading too much into that feature, that won't be how it is going to work. No more than one person will be able to play a shared game at any given moment, so no multiplayer co-op or combat, and no achievements for anyone but the owner, scrap that, the licensee, plus a lot more of similarly arbitrary restrictions.

Comment Re:Thanks for making it easy MS. (Score 0) 581

Still, the WiiU is current gen, not next gen, and I'm not interested in the Nintendo games portfolio, like, at all. If Sony pulls another Microsoft with the PS4, I'll stick with my PS3 and the already huge stack of games I still haven't played, most of which I happily *own* (the rest being lots of freebies via Playstation Plus). Even if I'd stop buying games right now, I'd be good for at least two more years.

I might make use of those years by carefully judging what system to get next. What with the next gen of consoles being highly specialized gaming PCs anyway, it's all converging on the return of PC gaming, or at least it looks that way at the moment.

Comment Re:The average Slashdotter . . . (Score 1) 196

Is everyone forgetting that Sony has had Android powered smartwatches available for quite some time now? It's not exactly rocket science, and anyway, who on earth wants to do smart things on a 1" screen? ;) Wake me as soon as someone starts selling a wrist-holder for my Galaxy Note II, so that I can turn it into a Pipboy 3000...

Comment Re:So? The games suck anyway (Score 2) 221

I tried it, and yes, it sucked, mainly due to the lack of RAM in the PS3, or at least that was my impression. The new console with 8GB of memory would be an altogether different story, though, read: beast. And still, there were several universities and businesses using clusters of PS3 for some serious calculations, which is obviously much more feasible since in that case you would dispose of all the linux UI overhead.

Comment Re:Saw an ad on ABC last night with my wife (Score 2) 513

If you were posting it under the name of a rival company, your comparison/critique/review would be considered a misconduct, and you would get fined by some trade commission, yes. The original poster clearly meant negative or comparative advertising, but chose the wrong term for it. Ease up already.

Comment Re:The App Dilemma (Score 1) 122

Not so much of a dilemma. They could adopt Android, and port their own apps to it. In exchange, it will mean they'll have access to, not just the Android on their hardware, but Android phones all over the world, a market hundreds of times bigger. This way, they can make their own hardware and software, two sources of money, which they can bundle for a reduced cost and rejuvenate the BlackBerry brand.

This. They could even make it go both ways, still release dedicated Blackberry phones, running latest Android versions plus their own UI on top of that. Have their own phones run premium versions of their apps, and sell basic versions on Google Play that run on all Android devices. Call it Business Android, or whatever.

Comment Re:I can see it now ... (Score 4, Funny) 100

You all too happily forget that Microsoft already had their own line of phones (yah, well, sorta...), the Kin! In order to re-invigorate that great tradition of (iirc) two weeks, the new MS phone should carry that name on to the future. May I suggest the KIN-KON, the DUN-KIN, and last but not least, the pumped up eight core cpu version, the PUMP-KIN (available in one color, and one color only).

Comment Re:Considering this is Windows... (Score 1) 471

13GB is bad enough because that is the OS footprint even *before* the /winsxs/ folder starts going berserk, assuming there is such a thing within the RT version as well. It should be avoidable, though. Apps don't hook so deeply into the system that you would need to cache all drivers and file versions all the time. But considering Microsoft's track record, I'd wager 64GB to be the absolute minimum.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan