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Comment: The egg came first. (Score 1) 341

by ekran (#32909036) Attached to: The Chicken May Have Come Before the Egg

The egg came first. It is the only natural answer because there had to be an egg before there could be a chicken. Now usually the smartasses at this points out that the egg couldn't be there because it must have been laid by a chicken. To that the answer is that it was of course laid by another hen (different, not by much, but yet different) this process continues today even as we try to breed new stocks based on different properties in hens and cocks, creating new breeds.

Comment: Re:Flawed article (Score 2, Interesting) 205

by ekran (#32797272) Attached to: The Curious Case of SSD Performance In OS X

I think that the biggest mistake in the test was that they wrote zeros to the drive first, which means that the blocks got allocated (dirty) and had to be read/rewritten with new data when the next phase of the test started. So, basically both tests are the same and it's no wonder they got about the same test results.

Comment: statistics "may" lie! (Score 0, Offtopic) 278

by ekran (#32624310) Attached to: Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores

There are two things that strikes me when looking at the graph. The increase in laptop sales (ignoring the smaller ones) is ingsignificant, the other thing is that it's in percentage, which clearly doesn't say anything about the change in PC sales, since netbooks and smaller laptops are newer technology and I have a feeling that people have more money to buy computers these days. I could be wrong, but it would be interesting to see the graph taking into account the actual sales in number of units, and the actual sales in terms of cost.

Comment: Nice going Blizzard! (Score 1) 563

by ekran (#32378908) Attached to: Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time

Nice going Blizzard, and I'll buy your game as soon as it is available on Steam. I don't want to install several software installer clients and I know and trust Steam, even though it's not optimal (the I-wanna-see-your-passport-before-I-tell-you-the-price is utterly rubbish for instance.) Still, I like your attitude.

Comment: It's a question of what your time is worth. (Score 2, Informative) 208

by ekran (#29034895) Attached to: <em>EVE Online's</em> Fight Against Currency Farmers

A 2 month GTC will cost you around 600-650M isk. With a proper setup and the right skills you can easily make this within 12-15 hours (2-3 days of semi casual playing.) - The way I look at it is that basically you're working for 12-15 hours and the pay you get is $30, which isn't exactly impressive if you compare it with other jobs (i.e. if you take a weekend job every other week and use that money to buy play time.)

Still, if you don't have the money and you do want to play the game, it's a nice way to keep your account(s) running. I definitely think that the GTC trade has made things less interesting for gold miners and that's a good thing. The Eve economy is good, in fact better than most other MMORPGs I've been playing.

Comment: Linux it also getting hammered. (Score 1) 582

by ekran (#28972133) Attached to: Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

I tried searching for "Why is windows so expencive?" using firefox in Linux and got these results:

"Why I use Windows? | Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft virtualization ..."
"Why Windows Isn't Hell Or Why Linux Isn't Bliss, Part II > Comments"
"The Firefox 3.5 fiasco - Frans Bouma's blog"

at the 3 top. I think it's safe to say that I'll stay with Google.

Games

Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool 377

Posted by Soulskill
from the surely-to-be-welcomed-with-open-arms dept.
Ubisoft recently revealed that their game sales have seen a 50% drop over the past quarter, blaming the overall market slowdown and piracy (particularly on the DS) for the low numbers. They also announced that four of their games, including Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2, would be delayed until 2010. The company's CEO, Yves Guillemot, now says they are working on a new anti-piracy tool that should be ready by the end of 2009. He didn't offer any details about how it would be implemented.

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