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Comment: Re:CS players cheat? (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#48462869) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

You can't permanently band people from Steam when all you need to create a new account is an e-mail address. People will just use a new throwaway account for hacking

So what? It still magnifies the cost substantially.

The way to go is to make getting a pass to play online painfully difficult.

I don't think even Valve can get away with that.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 111

by drinkypoo (#48462715) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

How, as a society, do we fund the creation of big budget movies that a lot of people really enjoy?

Crowdsourcing, I suppose. You pay for the movie ahead of time, and based on your investment you get to see the film, download it, get a DVD or a Blu-Ray or an M4V, get to be an extra in a crowd scene or whatever they're offering. There's no reason that major studios can't use this model. And then there's merchandising, official conventions, and lots of other opportunities for profit. I don't really think that there will be any problem getting enough people to fund some of these big-budget stinkers.

Comment: Re:Shocking (Score 1) 179

by myowntrueself (#48462687) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

It can be easily argued that CS requires a different style of play than CoD or BF. If it's not your thing then it's not your thing but to act like all shooters are the same game isn't insightful.

It can be easily argued that Canadian football requires a different style of play than American football. If it's not your thing then it's not your thing but to act like all football is the same game isn't insightful.

Actually to people who aren't all wrapped up in it it really IS the same game.

Comment: Re: Shocking (Score 1) 179

by myowntrueself (#48462641) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

The other half...hardware upgrades and a real life.

Arguing "real life" with a hardcore gamer is like arguing the cost of gas with a NASCAR driver. As if they actually give a shit.

If wasting time was any type of real concern, the game would stay in the box and on the store shelf.

IIRC NASCAR uses ethanol for fuel? (so that the flames are invisible and don't frighten the spectators).

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 267

by jedidiah (#48462635) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Exactly. RAID prevents a drive failure from being an immediate data loss.

Plus, RAID allows me to keep all of my bulk storage online while I am replacing a drive. That portion of my data hoard is not completely unavailable to me while I am copying data to the replacement drive.

Of course you want at least 2 copies of your data.

This is where the relative cheapness of HDD wins the day. You don't just need 1x of what you think you need but at least 2x.

Yes. Take that large number associated with SSD tech and DOUBLE it.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 267

by jedidiah (#48462163) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

It's not disingenuous at all. It merely demonstrates the primary problem here, namely the price gap. Larger SSD drives are low capacity and expensive. They are priced outside the range of most consumers while also being inferior in terms of bulk storage. A larger SSD is less able to justify it's price premium than a larger HDD.

Even if SSD prices get less ridiculous, chances are that HDD prices/capacity will keep pace and continue to keep HDDs relevant.

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 1) 479

by operagost (#48462087) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

OK and Texas: two states with lots of open land that is cheap.

Most of the other 48 states: not so much.

The cost calculations don't seem to include the cost of the sprawling real estate needed, plus the ongoing property taxes on that landmass. And SOMEONE is going to pay property tax: either the energy company, or all the long-suffering middle class folks with the 3 bedroom houses on 1/2 acre plots because the power plant got a nice subsidy from the crony capitalists.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.

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