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Comment: Re:Now I feel old. (Score 1) 82

I keep reading posts on here talking about how god damned expensive RD-RAM was in the early 2000s and I just don't seem to remember it ALWAYS being that expensive, especially in summer '02. The first computer I ever built for myself using my high school grad money cost me $800, had a 2GHz P4 Northwood, and 512MB PC800 RD-RAM (in 2x256MB config no less), and I can even remember the RAM not being the most expensive part of that build (that was the CPU and the $150 graphics card I put in there). Now maybe I just happened to find a fantastic deal, or maybe some people arent remembering correctly, and yes, I do remember the price of RD-RAM tripling not a year later, but it wasn't always so bad. I always attributed the price increase to a drop off in production to absolutely nothing as everyone jumped off of the P4/RD-RAM ship. Best part is that that computer is still chugging away nicely at my Dad's house, still using the original motherboard, CPU, and those same 256MB RD-RAM sticks.

Comment: Heavily influenced by Master of Orion (Score 1) 116

by kelarius (#44845777) Attached to: Sci-Fi Author Timothy Zahn Is Creating a Video Game
Quoting TFS, "a major focus is going to be on making sure that each alien race is as fully-realized as possible", why don't you focus on making the game not suck ass like MoO3 did first and THEN making sure the aliens are fleshed out (homogenous alien civilizations trope not withstanding).

Comment: Correlation != Causality (Score 1) 287

by kelarius (#44594335) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds
I ran another study and found that approximately 50% of the same respondents are male, the other 50% female, and 100% breathe oxygen on a regular basis. Therefore, I can only conclude that having a gender and breathing oxygen must make 5 year olds destructive, violent, sociopaths.

Comment: Re:Not necessarily because of usage. (Score 5, Informative) 385

by kelarius (#44249755) Attached to: PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

Computers made in the last 5 or so years are darn fast, and unless you are a hard core gamer, will be plenty fast for the next 5-10 years. I just built my father a modern computer in the hopes he won't need a new one for about 10 years.

Pretty much this. I run a couple of repair shops and we end up fixing 5 year old computers more often than replacing them simply because for day to day browsing tasks, they are more than sufficient. Hell, most of them can even decode HD to some extent, which pretty much rounds out what 90% of the market uses them for. PCs are becoming a niche market, get used to it, it wont change. Tablets and phones are the future, especially as input methods improve (attachable keyboards, docking stations and such)

Comment: Re:Iowa can get very hot in summer (Score 2) 103

Yeah the tax breaks are great but the real reason is network infrastructure. Des Moines (and Omaha 3 hours to the west) sits on pretty much the biggest fiber crossroad in the country, which means that latency will be ridiculously low, which is very important if youre planning on having terabytes of data streaming out of your data center on a daily basis.

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