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Comment: Re:It would be stupid not to (Score 2) 206

I agree with basically everything you say. But I do think there is another model for game distribution they could have in mind: partial downloads on demand. You buy the game, it downloads 10% of the game and lets you start playing, as you play through it has to download more, and if you never finish the game, it never actually downloads the whole thing. I imagine MMOs already operate this way, so it's not a novel idea or anything, but using it for every game for a console could be a new take on using the technique.

I don't think this is a good idea to do for a console right now because 10% could still easily be 500MB, which can be a daunting download on PSN, even with a good connection. But I can see that being a desired approach for the future from the standpoint of distribution and piracy. People that play 15% of the game download 15% of the game and, since you download the game a chunk at a time as you play, I would imagine there is an argument to be made for how this could prevent piracy.

I don't know if it would actually put a dent in piracy, but I can imagine people convincing execs that it will.

Comment: Re:Keyboard and mouse... (Score 2) 206

by dreemernj (#40080683) Attached to: Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android
Atrix 4G and Atrix II can do it but I believe, as you say, they were added by Motorola. You could get a dock to make hooking USB devices up easily or just spend a little time getting them hooked up directly to the phone and then you had keyboard and mouse via USB and video via HDMI for a nice little setup.

Comment: Re:Same reason as before... (Score 1) 530

by dreemernj (#39932037) Attached to: Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360
In regards to the video cards, that just comes down to getting what you pay for. You don't have to buy a vid card every year to keep playing the newest games. If you don't update, then at some point you won't be able to set your games to max settings. If your goal is to have the best graphics possible, that's no good for you. But if you are content with console graphics, then a vid card that is 3 or 4 years old is still going to deliver better than the consoles can right now.

My vid card is about 3 years old now I think. It's a 4870 that I got for around $250. It plays Skyrim at 40-50 fps on the High preset. Very High and Ultra cause the framerate to drop too low. I think that's 4xAA, the texture quality looks beautiful and I am playing at 1080p. I could have spent the $280 on a console instead and been playing games at 720p or less and 2xAA or no AA. Graphics aren't all there is to gaming, but when it comes down to picking a vid card vs a console, the graphics are an important part of the consideration.

Comment: Re:Incidentally (Score 1) 440

by dreemernj (#39522383) Attached to: RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody
I've used an Android phone for personal stuff for about 2 years now and a BlackBerry for work for about 5 years. The BB is work issued, and the one I have is old, a Curve 8320. What BBs have you used with good email apps? My 8320 butchers every email. I tried a newer curve, I think a 93xx or something, a Storm, and a couple of other random ones, and they all butchered email as well. I'd consider paying for a new BB out of pocket for work use if it could actually display an email correctly.

Comment: Re:ASP.NET MVC is OK, but C# is awesome (Score 1) 177

by dreemernj (#39499523) Attached to: Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC Under the Apache License
I've used C# a bit for work and it's the language I pick whenever I can for personal projects. Compared to Python, there is definitely a fair amount of boilerplate. But, it never bothered me the way boilerplate bothered me in Java back when I used it. That said, I haven't used Java outside of building demo Android apps in about 7 years so it could be just as good as C# or better and I wouldn't know.

When I am coding C#, if I notice a build up of boilerplate, it is usually a sign that I am not taking advantage of something that is available to me. I could probably write code that looks almost identical to the code I wrote in Java years ago, but that'd be a fault of mine, not of C#'s. Also, I haven't used an IDE that handles generating boilerplate as nicely as Visual Studio does for the occasions when it is still necessary. I'd probably be using Python for my fun projects if I found an IDE for it that I enjoyed using as much as I enjoy using Visual Studio with C#.

Comment: Re:The Most Secure Mobile OS (Score 1) 291

by dreemernj (#39489241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?
IM, email and Twitter type applications are bad examples because they would probably be using push notifications instead of an app running in the background. It's the only way on iOS. It sounds like it's the only way on Windows Phone. And Google made it an option for Android when they added C2DM in Android 2.2 and I would be annoyed if an IM or email app opted for a background service instead of push notification on my Android phone.

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