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Comment: Re:should be higher (Score 1) 229

So no, new users will NOT be probably turned off by the price of entry into the community, even if the threshold is $50. Personally, I think the threshold should be $25 and three months of use.

Actually, I've had multiple times where I wanted to play a game with some friends but couldn't as they were not able to add me as a friend as they had not bought a game. $25 and three months of use just to be able to add my own friends to play some game that would say, be only $5-10 sounds ridiculous.

Comment: Doesn't Work For Me (Score 2) 132

by hercludes (#49151269) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs
Unfortunately, my OS is kind of screwed right now. Some registry files or another got fucked up from an installation of directory opus, and I can no longer open control panel, explorer, display, fonts, etc etc. The recovery (back to factory state) on my Dell computer does not work; it gives me a pretty lengthy error that pretty much states "The recovery partition is corrupted." So, I go to Microsoft's site, put in my key, and there it is (paraphrased from memory): "Your computer came with a preinstalled operating system and we can not provide you an ISO, check with your hardware provider." Fuck.

Comment: Apple Says Something Uninteresting (Score 2) 214

by hercludes (#45352179) Attached to: What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You
Paraphrased from within the link, "We have a lot of privacy information, we just don't connect it together." How flattering Apple, you know, this reminds me of (insert country here) that is collecting a ton of (insert commodity here). They don't plan to use it of course. They just like collecting it, and doing nothing interesting with it. No, nothing special all. Isn't that right, Apple? Or, should I say, Big BrApple?!?! (Terrible joke, I know)

+ - Avoiding genetic damage with anti-radiation underwear-> 1

Submitted by Mark Gibbs
Mark Gibbs writes: If you're unlucky enough to live somewhere near Fukushima and particularly if you're even more unlucky enough to be one of the workers cleaning up the mess then protecting your genes would seem to be a really good idea and Yamamoto Corporation of Osaka, Japan, has the answer: Radiation-proof underwear.
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Comment: Re:This actually isn't half bad (Score 1) 139

by hercludes (#45107123) Attached to: Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life
Console producers slap a computer together, mass-produce it and sell it under a price tag. With this they can corner a series of games exclusively for that console alone, so if you want to play a certain game, you'll have to buy the console. And if you just happen to own a console/PC where the game was not originally designed to play on, you'll probably end up with a buggy game. But the biggest issue is that most console games treat their player as if they couldn't handle the concept of pushing a button. You think most of these horridly generic games would be intuitive as to how to play. There are many more reasons why consoles ruin videogames, it's just this awful generifying of games that all have the same exact issue that is not necessary yet included in every game. Oh well consoles, if you think I don't understand the concept of moving with an analog stick, then I doubt I could've actually turned the console on myself.

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