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Comment: Re:I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. (Score 1) 134

by blackicye (#46618635) Attached to: Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. He's going to have annoyed a lot of dodgy characters who want their money back. I think he'll be looking over his shoulder for the rest of of his life.

At least he can rest easy knowing that they no longer have bitcoins to hire hitmen with. ;)

Comment: Re:well that was new... (Score 1) 75

by blackicye (#46618605) Attached to: <em>Ultima Online</em> Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

Actually, a lot of people *like* to enjoy the universe of their choosing without some douche who's spent half a lifetime grinding up to maximum constantly coming around and squashing players they're not involved with just to screw with them. Halo isn't for everyone. I prefer the games where you can flip PvP on and off.

This was one of the things that was interesting about the PvP in Ultima online (and many MUDs) as well, full corpse looting was enabled.

It was pretty hilarious because all the good items were hoarded in players houses (which were prone to break-ins from either exploits or owners getting killed with their keys on them,) and most of the players went about their exploring wearing disposable junk.

Comment: Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (Score 5, Insightful) 440

by blackicye (#46617269) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

I say; boycott Costco peanut butter. Take multiple jars of it to the checkout counter, but then set them aside and say you aren't buying them.

Please don't do this Costco will not be affected by it, you'll just be inconveniencing and aggravating the staff who will have to restock them.

Comment: Re:Strategic move to compete (Score 2) 535

by blackicye (#46579529) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

2 billion seems like a lot of money to sink into a gaming headset....Think more about where you could go from where the product is now, and think that other companies are doing that is similar.

What I don't understand is why they don't just develop a better product from scratch for $2B. They could also easily poach Carmack if they wanted.

Comment: Re:Dumb move... (Score 0) 107

by blackicye (#46578455) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

don't think anyone cares if they drop this. People aren't going to hear about this platform for the first time and say "wait, I have a sneaking suspicion that previously I'd have been able to play a free sample of all games, not just some games, and that makes me less likely to want to play games on it".

I don't think anyone really cares about the Ouya. The one person I know who owns one got it from the kickstarter and hasn't unpacked it from the shipping box yet.

Comment: Re:Dumb move... (Score 1) 107

by blackicye (#46578419) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

If they have to compete with Google Play, they need to drop anything that developers might not like.

That is really the problem, they will never be able to compete with Google Play as far as installed base goes, the smartphones alone will be a bigger draw for developers, who will at most support the Ouya platform in parallel, if a market still exists.

And they are about to put a hole into their own market and start taking on water.

Comment: Re:Dumb move... (Score 0) 107

by blackicye (#46578357) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

this is the best possible move for the platform. customers win when they can play great games that they feel are a reasonable price. OUYA is giving devs freedom to experiment with different ways to pay. the best games and ways to pay will float to the top. As somebody who invested a couple hundred $$ into onlive, I'm a big fan of online gaming.

That is the theory, the reality is that the kickstarters are already feeling screwed over from the launch, and they are the ones that "believe" the most in the platform.

Without this feature there is nothing to differentiate themselves from the market, and they'll end up as a low cost, obsolete platform inside of a year.

Comment: Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

by blackicye (#46566609) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Pulling the breakers on everything non-vital is a fairly standard procedure when dealing with electric fires on planes.

We cannot yet be certain that the pilots are to blame for this horrible outcome.

Except that when you do this, you make a beeline for the nearest runway and enter the holding pattern.

Comment: Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

by blackicye (#46566445) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

My bet is no government wants to out their level of sophistication in the surveillance world... It's a massive tactical advantage.

This is likely the reason that it took Thailand so long to share it's radar data. And why no other SE Asian nations have stepped forward with their input, it's a potential breach of OpSec.

Comment: Re:Flight recorder (Score 2) 491

by blackicye (#46566269) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

There are no manual overrides for a fly by wire system, and you cant reboot it mid flight.

That is what multiple redundancies are for. Unless this "glitch" not only shut down the radio and transponder, but took the aircraft on a new flightpath by itself, what you're suggesting is not at all likely.

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