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Comment: Re:My old PSP fat is awesome. this? Insightful?!?! (Score 1) 85

by gmezero (#47180515) Attached to: Sony Winding Down the PSP

This is what qualifies for insightful these days? Really, this is just a spastic rant at Sony by someone who readily admits they buy no software for the system and use it as nothing more than a portable emulator for pirated 20+ year old console games.

The PSP had some amazing titles for it... some examples of just UMD releases to name just a few (and I'm not even counting several Mini's and other digital only titles, including PS1 games):

Patapon 1 & 2 (3 not so much)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (3 excellent Casltevania games in one)
Gunpey
Little Big Planet
Phantasy Star Portable 1 & 2
Ridge Racer
Space Invaders Extreme
Ys series of games ...and best of all, you can get a component cable for the PSP and hook the system directly to your TV to play at 480P.

As for the rant about the Vita memory cards. The idea is not to get people on a new standard. The idea is to completely lock the Vita down and put the breaks on the rampant piracy the PSP had regardless of the reasons for the piracy.

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 4, Interesting) 463

by gmezero (#46168557) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

I read Reddit and Hackernews for most of my tech news these days but have always fallen back to scanning Slashdot every day for the cream of the crop and to check the comments for interesting dialog because it was a lightweight, scan to get through the content.

I've gotta say, the Beta is pretty bad from a UX perspective and I would say that it is out of line with my perceptions of who a Slashdot user is.

It's like someone just said "this is trendy, make it happen" without any real consideration for the active user base. I can only hope that the feedback from the Beta supports my perception and they reverse on it, but I have to admit to myself that that's highly unlikely and I can say right now that it will very likely effect my visit frequency to the site.

Pretty bummed about it.

Comment: Mission acomplished? Not even close. (Score 1) 312

by gmezero (#45788015) Attached to: Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished

Seriously. Nothing has changed yet. Sure a couple of U.S. companies have lost high profile contracts. But nothings changed. The NSA is still hoovering up all our data. Nothing has been shut down. Nobody has been held accountable... and the constant announcements have become just a steady noise for most people who are all out of shock juice because they haven't seen their friends and neighbors hauled off to jail for trumped up offenses.

Comment: Why not use source control? (Score 2) 238

We used to use ViceVersa Pro to sync our team but eventually moved over to Plastic SCM which has been friggin' awesome. It not only supports code, but also art assets. Plus it has the best support for branching. One team can be working on a branch specific to one project, while another works on a second branch while the main trunk stays clean and build-able. You can even have developers run their own local repository on their desktop/laptop and have them replicate/merge either on a schedule or when they connect to the LAN (if they work offsite alot).

You only bring stuff back to the main trunk when you're ready to merge a branch back in. You can even merge branches separate from the trunk. We check everything into it, code, art, and our Doxygen output. It's been a time save on orders of magnitude.

Not trying to be a sales pitch, but you should check it out.

Comment: Sharing, pricing, archiving and DRM... (Score 1) 323

by gmezero (#44525257) Attached to: Have eBooks Peaked?

I would suspect that it's more a case of users at the front end of the purchase curve tailing off after too many cases of "oops, I can't download it again because the publisher pulled it", crap I can't easily share it with a friend (who probably also has a different brand reader, even if their own reader supports lending), or even the... loss of the fun of "gee let's stare at the shelf and stare at my books"... Let's not forget the fact that there's no discount that one would expect in an electronic book since all of the print material publishing cost has been removed from the picture.

I know I initially purchased a few e-books but the novelty soon wore off and the price simply hasn't come down to where I go "$20" for this printed copy or "$20" for this e-book... just give me the print version that I can throw on the shelf and anyone in my family can read anytime they want.

I owe the public nothing. -- J.P. Morgan

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