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Comment: Re:Sad Sad Sad (Score 2) 443

It deeply saddens me that people continue to support companies that pull this kind of crap.

I'm sure that Sony/Microsoft et al would change their tune of their products weren't selling. But, when their selling millions of crippled or bugged titles, my lone voice is crushed by the cacophonous accusations of paranoia.

The problem is that if we stop buying them, they will claim it was due to piracy or whatever and have the legislators make up new rules forcing us to purchase their products.

Comment: Re:It's not lying (Score 2, Insightful) 359

by ibib (#38383016) Attached to: Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

Institutions and companies as well for that matter, REALLY need to learn how to; read contracts and agreements, formulate needs and demands (preferably with help of a third party) and not to trust the seller of a product or service.

How hard can it really be? REALLY!? (If you really wanted and devoted resources to it, that is)

Comment: Boooring (Score 1) 502

by ibib (#38368608) Attached to: What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

"Sell at a mass market price", "Embrace the cloudloosely", "Incorporate Kinect into the box", "Keep building out the entertainment functionality", "Launch with major franchises"...

Come on!!!

What an extremely unimaginative list of suggestions. Here's a proper list:

* Max amount of RAM that fits in to the SRP, preferably 16 GB, at least 8 GB, probably more important than CPU nowadays for consoles
* Blu-Ray
* Expansion through USB-ports, connect any USB harddrive

Comment: Re:No. (Score 2, Insightful) 645

by ibib (#38037578) Attached to: Is There an Institutional Bias Against Black Tech Entrepreneurs?

There are 100 times as many white teenagers plastered to their monitor messing around with their computer as there are black teenagers. Since successful tech entrepreneurs tend to be the kids who spent thousands of hours in front of their computer when they were kids, and the kids spending thousands of hours in front of their computer are almost all white (or asian), then of course almost all the tech entrepreneurs will be white.

It's got nothing to do with silicon valley. It's due to the comparative lack of computer availability to young black teens, and a cultural difference where American black culture has a much lower opinion on average of nerdy endeavors as opposed to American white culture.

In regard to an issue as important as this (why a certain sector is not reflecting society), it would be a lot easier to accept someone's opinion if they could refer to some kind of research or statistics instead of just offering blunt statements and/or rants.

Comment: Re:Marketing (Score 0) 433

by ibib (#37446138) Attached to: RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

Absolutely. And the writer of the piece (Richard Stallman) published by the Guardian seems to be marketing for free software. I mean, his statement that: "Even though the Android phones of today are considerably less bad than Apple or Windows smartphones, they cannot be said to respect your freedom." is in any way you look at it: bollocks.

WHY are they less bad? For whom?

Yes Apple smartphones are SuperLockedIn and not many people has much good to say of the new Windows phones. But come on, that blanket statement gets FOSS systems nowhere...

Comment: Where's the news? (Score 1) 359

by ibib (#37370306) Attached to: Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

What do you mean "speed test", we've had gigabit broadband for some time in Sweden. It costs about 900 SEK/€100/$140, you can order it here:

Not available in all cities of course, but still. Not much news with gigabit broadband.

And that WiFi and most peoples computers, let alone routers are unable to push those speeds is not newsworthy either. At least not at /. ...


Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011 153

Posted by Soulskill
from the to-boldly-stay-home dept.
A publisher based in Germany has announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, a browser MMO based on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game will be free-to-play, and it's planned for sometime in 2011. "Gameforge also contracted Michael Okuda, who served as scenic art supervisor for every live-action Star Trek series except for the original program, as a consultant. His wife Denise Okuda, who was a video supervisor and scenic artist for several of the sci-fi series' films and shows, will serve as a consultant, too."
Role Playing (Games)

Co-op Neverwinter RPG Announced For 2011 169

Posted by Soulskill
from the taking-the-first-m-out-of-mmorpg dept.
Atari and Cryptic Studios are teaming up to make a new Dungeons & Dragons-based RPG called Neverwinter, planned for Q4 2011. Gameplay will center on five-person groups that can include other players and/or AI allies, and there will be an extensive content generation system. Gamespot spoke with Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert, who explained parts of the game in more depth: "I think there are two very unique gameplay elements in 4th Edition that we've done something interesting with: action points and healing surges. In the tabletop game, an action point lets a player perform a reroll or add an additional die to a roll. In our game, action points are earned through combat and spent to power special abilities called 'boons.' These boons give players special boosts, but only in certain circumstances. Healing surges represent the amount of times a player can heal himself before resting. In D&D and Neverwinter, various abilities let players use a surge immediately or perhaps replenish the number of surges available. It's a precious resource that players will need to husband as they adventure in the brave new world. Positioning, flanking, tactics, and using powers with your teammates are also all things that come from the 4th Edition that are interesting. Of course, we're using power names and trying to keep power behavior consistent with the pen-and-paper counterparts. Neverwinter will definitely feel familiar to anyone who has played the 4th Edition."

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