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Submission + - The United States just might be Iran's favorite new nuclear supplier->

Lasrick writes: Nick Gillard from Project Alpha points out that for more than 3 decades, Iran has purchased goods for its nuclear program largely from the shadows. With the Framework Agreement, that will almost certainly change: 'According to the US State Department, one of the agreement’s provisions creates a dedicated procurement channel for Iran’s nuclear program. This channel will 'monitor and approve, on a case-by-case basis, the supply, sale, or transfer to Iran of certain nuclear-related and dual-use materials and technology.' That is terrific news for US companies, because Iran is known to covet US-made parts required for their program, most of which are 'dual-use.'
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Comment Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (Score 1) 117 117

Judging by the summary you surely mean: The last gen (X360 & PS3) aimed at 720p native. The current gen (Xbone & PS4) aims at 792p native.


Most PS4 games aim for (and achieve) 1080p, e.g. Knack, COD Ghosts, Assassin's Creed 4, Killzone SF SP, Infamous SS, Outlast, Tomb Raider DE, Metal Gear Solid: GZ.

Not sure what XB1 is aiming for, as in most of the games listed above - the ones that were MP anyway - vary between 720p, 900p & in a rare case, 1080p. TitanFall is the only XB1 game that has that odd-man-out resolution of 792p.

I would say, respectfully, please club things together only when they make sense.

Comment Re: Given Sony's Track Record (Score 1) 151 151

That isn't the point, though. The point is that this is something I used to be able to play around with and I had to choose between keeping that functionality and letting my kids continue to use it to play all their games. What's next? What if Sony decides to stop supporting Netflix? Or certain niche game publishers? The point of my post was, Do you trust Sony enough to invest another $400 with them?

My anecdotal experience is different from yours - OtherOS wasn't really important to me and I did not mourn its loss. Furthermore, I know enough of the timeline about Geohot's first hack and its OtherOS requirement to understand why they did it (even though I think they should not have done it).

Based on their reasoning, I'm quite confident that they are NOT suddenly going to stop supporting Netflix, and CERTAINLY NOT niche/indie game publishers (in fact, they seem to be enthusiastically courting them, unlike Microsoft who initially seemed to be going the "stop supporting niche game publishers" route you were accusing Sony of).

Therefore, in response to your post, yes, I do trust Sony enough to invest another $400 with them. For now.

Comment Re:I'm still out. Over to Sony I go. (Score 1) 216 216

Because, you know, retroactively removing features from purchased hardware, suing people who try to work around those restrictions, and leaking your account details through absurdly careless security... that shows real love for your customers, right?

No, but spending the next two years figuratively kissing gamers' asses does.

Comment Re:Lemme get this straight (Score 1) 186 186

That's vengeance, not justice...

If I understand correctly, then in that case, even the death penalty is a case of vengeance. At its most basic, it provides the victims (or the victim's relatives) a measure of the "an eye for an eye" feeling. It even allows them to sit and watch as a criminal is being killed (going by my "knowledge" of such from movies and TV shows).

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 300 300

no matter how many Sony fanboys want to claim otherwise, if you take a new PS3 and let it go online, you will be shown ads when the system starts. You may find them "less intrusive" than those on the Xbox 360, but they're there and they're shown by default. I certainly never opted in to them, and they appear now when I start my PS3. Pretty sure it was an update around the time that they removed OtherOS that added them.

No matter what the anti-Microsoft crowd would like to pretend, yes, Sony does the same thing with their console.

WRONG - you can set those "ads", miniscule as they are, to off. Look at this post from CronoCloud. Unless you are being sneaky in saying "a new PS3", which is what a Sony-hater or a Microsoft fanboy (and sometimes - like in your case - they happen to be the same thing) would say :- Whoa! you happened to see an ad ONE TIME before you disabled it in Settings. Same as MS. Yeah right!

Comment Re:Sony will figure out a way (Score 1) 268 268

Just have to say, they did advertise the OtherOS feature. It was marked on the back of the PS3 box as a feature. The instruction manual had instructions on how to set up and use the OtherOS. That to me, says they are selling that as a feature.

Not true - check this picture of the box of the original PS3 60 GB - no mention of the OtherOS.

And providing help and instructions do not constitute advertising for a feature.

So no, there was NO advertising for the OtherOS feature. As "rossz" said above, please take up the challenge of finding an ad that mentions OtherOS. Otherwise please stop propagating untruths.

Comment Re:Sony will figure out a way (Score 1) 268 268

More like "facts". The GeoHot hack happened well after the OtherOS removal. And, in typical Sony fanboi fashion, you also demonize him for releasing details that would allow people to, you know, do what they want with the hardware they own.

Nope, not "facts" - facts. The original GeoHot hack was released in Jan 2010, and required the OtherOS function of the machine in order to work. That is why SCEA over-reacted and decided to take away OtherOS. If I was SCEA, and my bread and butter depended upon games being sold, and there was a danger that this hack would affect my bread-and-butter, then I might have done the same as well.

And yes, OtherOS *was* advertised. I don't even follow the game industry much and I remember it being listed among the "it only does everything" claims.

See this. The original Sony 60 GB model did NOT list OtherOS as a feature.

Also, see this. There was no mention of OtherOS in the "It only does everything" ad.

Now please stop lying.

Comment Re:Sony will figure out a way (Score 3, Informative) 268 268

The XCP rootkit alone should have clued you that you're an idiot for buying electronics from them, that was only 10 years ago. Yes, I was a victim and yes, I'm pissed that nobody went to prison for it. Once bitten, twice shy.

The XCP rootkit incident did not affect me - however, I was rational enough to realize that the incident had been perpetrated by BMG Crescendo just before it was acquired by Sony Music or during the acquisition (look up the timeline). And I like the quality of the electronics they make. I also realize that Sony had many different arms which seemed to not even work well together - Sony Music was not governed by the people who make TVs, Blu-ray Players or the PS3. It's only recently that their different divisions seem to have started working towards common goals.

The OtherOS debacle was only five years ago, the hack only a couple of years ago.

As for the OtherOS debacle, while I don't really like them taking away a feature (that they did NOT advertize, no matter how much haters like to claim that they did), I can understand the panicked mindset that led them to that rash decision. An idiot called Geohot had just decided to publicize and teach others how to use the OtherOS capability to hack into the PS3 architecture.

Moreover, Sony's response to the hacks has been much better than ANY other corporation out there - including CitiCorp, Microsoft, etc. They even offered a one-year free identity theft protection. The only reason you are harping on about the hack is because it was Sony.

...and the fact that they're going to require an always-on internet connection for single player games shows they have no remorse and have no plans to become any less evil.

You are thinking of Microsoft and the NextBox. Sony have clearly said they are NOT going to require always-on internet connection for games. So making up lies to support your claim now?

I'm willing to bet that many of the Sony-haters are XBox fans - who conveniently forget that Microsoft also screwed them over by releasing faulty consoles. Mayhaps you are one of them? Viva la Kinect, right?'re an idiot ...brain-dead stupid ...You're a fucking idiot ...dumbass.

Wow, you really have a bee up your bonnet - calling people brain-dead, stupid, idiots and dumb-ass just because they happen to prefer buying well-made products.

Since you've now insulted me, sworn at me, and called me names multiple times, let me respond in kind: you are a grudge-nursing, bilious, vindictive, jerk.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.