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Comment: Tell me.... (Score 2) 249

by gaelfx (#46136163) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

The only percentage regarding Windows that I care about is what percentage of a reasonably priced SSD it will take up. Now, I realize that metric is subjective ("reasonable" being relative), but honestly, that's the worst part of the Windows tax: on a 240GB SSD, the footprint is something like 10%. Am I the only one who feels that's absurd?

Comment: What I could change (Score 1) 559

by gaelfx (#46021247) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

Well, one thing that I always felt was missing from Nintendo's disc-based consoles is the ability to play DVDs and/or Blu-rays. I mean, it doesn't make much sense to buy a device you can put a disc into that can only be used to interact with a VERY limited number of discs.

They could also release apps for Android/iOS to allow phones and tablets to be used as a controller of some sort, or at the very least to interact with the consoles.

A whole other direction could be to let go of the hardware market; they do have some pretty successful names that would probably do very well on the app stores. If they really wanted to keep the hardware, they could make side-games that influence the console titles with accomplishments on other devices.

I think their biggest problem is the way they've isolated themselves from all other media/devices. They just can't survive alone, they need to realize that it's better to embrace others than it is to fear them.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 1) 125

by gaelfx (#43827581) Attached to: Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

Sounds like the wing itself is modeled after a turbine blade, so the wind is simultaneously holding it up and causing it to generate power. From the pictures, the thing looks pretty small (not much longer than the truck in the same pic) and it's presumably really light, depending on what materials they're using to construct them. My guess is carbon fiber, but I'm no engineer.


Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age 542

Posted by samzenpus
from the time-for-golf dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month in an unexpected development, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85. In a statement, the pontiff said: 'After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.' Resignations from the papacy are not unknown, but this is the first in the modern era, which has been marked by pontiffs dying while in office."

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