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Comment: Re:What about non-widescreen laptops? (Score 1) 666

by bynary (#36221890) Attached to: Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate
4:3 is probably better for certain tasks, but I actually prefer the 16:10 layout myself.

Everyone I talk to says he'd prefer one to the current wide-screen offering.

Who are you talking to? What kind of work do they do? What do they primarily use their computers for?

Personally, I couldn't wait to get rid of everything I owned that displayed video in 4:3 (CRT TV, laptop, old LCD monitor). I fell in love with widescreen format when I saw a 16:9 bigscreen Mitsubishi CRT in an electronics store 15 years ago. I remember thinking, "That makes MUCH more sense!"

Comment: Life tax (Score 0) 1306

by bynary (#35614922) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
They should just lump them all together and tax me to live. If I stop paying the tax, they flip a switch and a little explosion makes my brain explode. This would suck because seeing as it would be a government program there would be horrendous glitches in the system causing thousands to die needlessly each day (not to mention the pissed off government workers that would just walk in one day and randomly flip a bunch of switches 'cause they're having a bad day). The real bitch would be the death tax which they would charge because I'm no longer a contributing member of society.

Comment: Define "a lot"... (Score 1) 426

by bynary (#33594368) Attached to: Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?
I'm going on some very rough estimates, but they are informed estimates nonetheless (also, the data is heavily biased towards trends in the US). Please bear with me here...

Approximately 19% of Americans play video games on a gaming console (source here). Approximately 10% of the population is left handed. Rounding the U.S. population to 300 million, we have roughly 57 million Americans playing videogames on something other than a PC (this is important because PCs are primarily mouse and keyboard driven thus I can safely rule this population segment out). If we apply the 10% left-handedness rate to that number, we get 5.7 million left-handed people who play videogames on a game console (a DS is, in this case, a game console). Approximately 105 million current-gen game consoles have been sold in the U.S. as of December 2009 (source - here). Not counting previous generation consoles, that gives us an almost 2:1 game console to console gamer ratio (1.84:1 to be a little more precise). Also, 43% of the consoles sold were Nintendo DS's. Now, here I have a choice: I can either do some fancy statistical analysis (which I don't want to do) or I can assume that 43% of left-handed console owners have a DS. Doing that, I get approximately 2.45 million left-handed Nintendo DS owners.

That's a decent sized number; let's break it down further.

Taking into account the information provided by CmdrTaco, we are specifically talking about the DSi and a game called Base 10. 300,000 DSi's were sold as of December 2009. That gives us 0.7% of all Nintendo DS's sold are capable of playing this game. That whittles our 2.45 million left-handed DS owners down to 172,000 left-handed DSi owners. I couldn't find any sales numbers for Base 10; I'm not even going to attempt a guess there. That's an okay market size in and of itself, but it would be foolish to assume that 100% of that target market would buy that game. I'm pretty sure not even New Super Mario Bros. has that kind of attachment rate.

In summary, the answer is 42.

This "research" took me all of about thirty minutes so be kind.

Comment: Great! (Score 1) 103

by bynary (#33507486) Attached to: Infinite Mario With Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment
Because we all know how real life adapts to each persons abilities. Now, it would be pretty sweet if my grocery store would learn which items I buy (they have this info because I use those damned rewards cards) and would rearrange itself so that all of the items I wanted were in one place. This, of course, would suck for everyone else that shopped there.

Comment: Imagine the possibilities! (Score 2, Funny) 322

by bynary (#33391402) Attached to: Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0
People have a hard enough time saying USB (I often hear UBS). I can imagine this conversation taking place:

Computer sales guy: Hi! Welcome to (insert name of favorite electronics store). What brings you in?
Customer: I need one of those "Leet Speak" things.
CSG: You mean a gaming headset?
Cust.: No...wait, maybe. No.
CSG: What are you trying to do with your computer?
Cust.: Oh! I remember...it's a Light Speed Drive!
CSG: You're looking for a DVD-burner with LiteScribe?
Cust.: I already have a DVD. What's LiteScribe?
CSG: Nevermind.

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