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Comment: Re: Not really. (Score 1) 237 237

I agree that we have excess, and am glad you're pro tech. We don't need disposable novelty singing rubber fish or bottled water. It's just an illustration of the level of production we've made possible. And yes, it'd be nice if we all boycotted these things and considered the hidden costs of such tripe.

I just see it as democracy, in a sense. People apparently enjoy all this crap. To deny it is authoritarian, though. I wish we had some benevolent dictatorship running things, but that's another argument.

Ultimately, I see the current state of affairs as a natural offshoot of the processes that lead to canned food, antibiotics, and utilities. Gotta take the bad with the good.

And go nuclear power! Best option that the same people who often claim to defend the planet deride. We need to pick the best of the evils we require.

Mostly, I don't see utility in being an idealist. I understand its purity, but anticipate its futility.

Comment: Re: Not really. (Score 1) 237 237

Self indulgence. We turned paradise into shit? I disagree. What we've done is natural and beneficial. We addressed our needs. Food, shelter, disease remedies, mental stimulation. You'd rather starve or die of an infected molar? Freeze to death? Elitist romanticism.

Yes, we're still primitive. We'll never have Star Trek, but we'll hopefully have more control over our lives than we've historically managed. What's so bad about that?

Comment: Kinda sad (Score 3, Insightful) 239 239

It seems as though, since no one asked the question "how crazy are you?", he's simply steered all of his responses into answering it anyway. It also seems like half of what he does is only valuable to him if he can tell other people about it. Why does he care? It reminds me of a 12 year old bragging about the time he stole a car or slept with a teacher. They probably didn't happen, and even if they did, it's childish to broadcast it. And this guy's 67? Agh.

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 592 592

I'll still buy a console anyway. I just won't play any games that I'm not truly interested in (ones I'd buy used). My favorite games I bought new, and my Internet connection is up 99% of the time. Now, if their system for enforcement is glitchy, I'm gonna be pissed. It's got to be perfect. No "validation servers" down issues.

Also, I think this could work if they lowered the price of games. Instead of $60 for a new title, discount them the amount they calculate new enforcement will save the publishers in lost revenue. Maybe $40 a game now, since everyone buys their own copy. It'd be a gesture of goodwill to balance the stranglehold they'd be introducing.

Cellphones

Bloomberg: Steve Jobs Behind NYC Crime Wave 311 311

theodp writes "Rudy Giuliani had John Gotti to worry about; Mike Bloomberg has Steve Jobs. Despite all-time lows for the city in homicides and shootings, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said overall crime in New York City was up 3.3% in 2012 due to iPhone, iPad and other Apple device thefts, which have increased by 3,890 this year. 'If you just took away the jump in Apple, we'd be down for the year,' explained Marc La Vorgna, the mayor's press secretary. 'The proliferation of people carrying expensive devices around is so great,' La Vorgna added. 'It's something that's never had to be dealt with before.' Bloomberg also took to the radio, urging New Yorkers who didn't want to become a crime statistic to keep their iDevices in an interior, hard-to-reach pocket: 'Put it in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes, that you can feel if it was — if somebody put their hand in your pocket, not just an outside coat pocket.' But it seems the best way to fight the iCrime Wave might be to slash the $699 price of an iPhone (unactivated), which costs an estimated $207 to make. The U.S. phone subsidy model reportedly adds $400+ to the price of an iPhone. So, is offering unlocked alternatives at much more reasonable prices than an iPhone — like the $299 Nexus 4, for starters — the real key to taking a bite out of cellphone crime? After all, didn't dramatic price cuts pretty much kill car stereo theft?"

Comment: Re:Video games have been doing this for years (Score 1) 599 599

I agree with this for games, but I think it's because you're actually controlling it instead of merely viewing it. It's satisfying to have more immediate feedback to your inputs. Watching a mouse cursor move at 24fps (say, in an instructional screen captured video) isn't as frustrating as operating a cursor at that rate. Feedback is always better when it's faster.

Comment: Re:Pre-ordered. (Score 1) 397 397

Why tolerate bugs? It's just a video game. It's not a surgery or airplane. It's all make believe. The fun and enjoyment derived outweighs (or doesn't) the irritation. I enjoyed the new game, despite the numerous bugs. Hell, I've enjoyed the Xbox, despite having 2 of them die.

I guess it's about the games. We love certain stories and franchises, and there are only 1 or 2 paths to them. Sure, I could play a less buggy game, but I want to play a particular one.

Now, if I'm paying for an online course and it's buggy, I'll make some noise.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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