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Comment: Re:The plot and the Idea (Score 1) 239

by jokermatt999 (#37026470) Attached to: Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Spoilers ahoy! The virus that increases the apes' intelligence is fatal to humans. It seems to be symptomatic a few days after infection, and kills the infected about a week or so after infection. During the credits, we see an infected pilot stepping into a busy airport and sneezing blood. The apes wouldn't have to fight.

Comment: Re:[fluttershy]Yay![/fluttershy] (Score 1) 239

by jokermatt999 (#37026390) Attached to: Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Actually, no not really. Watch the movie, there's a lot less anti-science than I expected. The apes rising up is due to human mistreatment. The spread of the virus is due to the greedy businessman pushing ahead with trials sooner than the scientist advised. The lead character is clearly shown to want to save both Caesar and his father. Seriously, give it a chance. I had huge misgivings from the trailer, but the movie delivered fairly well. The complaints about the "bad guys" being two dimensional is somewhat true, but they do all at least have clear and reasonable motivations, despite their lack of development.

Comment: It's the niche that's the problem (Score 1) 549

by jokermatt999 (#35245706) Attached to: Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?
It's not just the price, it's that there's not enough reasons to get a tablet over a laptop other than the "new shiny thing" reasons. Laptops are just about as portable and can do more. Yes, there's things that tablets are better at (content consumption like books and movies, touch screen applications), but not enough to justify the price. It's out of "impulse buy" range, and it's hard to think of enough use cases that wouldn't be served adequately by a laptop to excuse the expense. At least, that's my opinion. I'll ignore the "weight of silver" comment, because I have no idea where that came from.

Comment: Re:The Future Niche Market of the iPhone (Score 1) 381

by jokermatt999 (#35214638) Attached to: Apple To Keep 30% of Magazine Subscription Revenue
And if that doesn't bother you enough, think about Microsoft doing it. They built Windows, the most widely used platform in the world, why shouldn't they be able to do it? After all, these applications would not exist if not for Windows! (s/windows/iOS, and it's an actual argument I've seen on this)

Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 1) 352

by jokermatt999 (#34865308) Attached to: Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games
Exactly. From my point of view, it's hard to consider a choice as "meaningful" if the consequences of your choice is essentially random. For a choice to have "meaning", you have to be able to actually consider the effects of your actions. The player should be able to have some idea of what will and will not result from their taking an action. I'm not saying unforeseen consequences should not happen, but that there should generally be correlation between the decision and the outcome. The player should have some idea of the gravity of their choice (not an arbitrary "pick up this item or lose the game in 20 hours"), the possible effects (although unexpected complications can be good sometimes), and feel that their actions had an effect. There's a lot more that I could say here, but I think I might try to work it into a full length blog post at some point.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 4, Insightful) 267

by jokermatt999 (#34864442) Attached to: Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"
"PS3 is so powerful it's going to last 10 years" It may not last 10 years (I can't see 5 years into the future), but it seems like it's going past the usual 5 year lifespan for consoles. That's pretty noteworthy, in my opinion. I think there's probably a liiiittle bit of marketing hype in claiming a handhold will get the same power as a PS3. Like others have said, I can't see a way to do that and have any meaningful battery life. I'd imagine there would be heating issues as well. In a closed room, a PS3 turned on for a while works almost as well as a space heater (yes, I've actually used it like that before. Don't judge me).

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