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Comment: Anybody have it? Can you play Civ V in Tablet mode (Score 1) 65

by netsavior (#47558271) Attached to: $299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed
I just want a tablet that will run modern versions of Civilization (preferably in tablet mode, which is civilization's windows 8 killer feature).
I don't care if it is streamed or run locally or whatever.

This is the only thing keeping me from buying a shield tablet, the other games I can easily see how they will work, and they are a "bonus" for me, I can and will run emulators on anything, so the seamless controller will be nice, but it keeps coming back to Civ.
I know Civ V (and eventually Civ Beyond Earth) can be played on the Surfac, and that is literally the biggest draw for me, every other feature the surface has, I can work around. I will probably spend 500 hours playing Beyond Earth, and I would love for it to not require buying a 2 piece laptop from Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 4, Interesting) 389

by netsavior (#47557767) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States
The truth is that credit card interest is the highest profit gig in the whole world. Because of this, Visa/Mastercard and all the myriad banks that work with them have a vested interest in making credit/debit card purchases VERY EASY.
Visa wakes up, takes a dump, then wipes its ass with $300,000 dollars. It is nothing compared to the billions they make in clearing fees alone.
Vendors are not even allowed to do things like require an ID, (I know they do, but it is against the vendor agreement), even though it would make purchases a lot more secure, because EASY trumps everything, EASY makes billions. Secure override codes... Who cares?

Comment: eSports are too deterministic to be popular. (Score 0) 116

by netsavior (#47532331) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream
"Sports" consists of:

4 hours of "This team is totally gonna sports all over this team, because of the sportsing. These 12 players will totally sports all over the sports because of sports."
followed by a 1 hour game that takes 4 hours
followed by a 4 hours of "That team totally sportsed all over the other team because of sportsing, but these 3 players were particularly sportsy because of sportsing.

eSports consists of deterministic matches, usually between 2 players. There is just not enough bullshit to fill the air and not enough stars to sell shoes.

Sports fandom feeds off of the non-deterministic nature of the games that are played, sure there are winners and losers, but there is very little room in eSports to blame Referees, because in the game world it would be called "Exploits" and would be considered verifiable cheating .
The format has a total lack of potential for a "Support your Team" mentality " Sure team A scored more points, but Team B Player 12 did the greatest thing ever, therefore my fan activities are more valuable even though my team lost" some of that can happen in eSports, but for the most part, the games don't even support/lend to that kind of team play.

Comment: Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (Score 2) 168

by netsavior (#47530807) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
In my opinion AWS is the most mature and the most flexible of the "big enough to matter" cloud providers. I don't foresee them stopping this service any time soon, but if they did, the chances that some other provider would provide a "turnkey" migration from AWZ to their service are very very good.

Not much will need to be changed if you use some other provider...

Just wrap the hell out of your S3 specific code for when thee next trend in "CEO Beat" magazine is "Self Hosting - How to cut your cloud budget to zero!"

Comment: Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 4, Interesting) 152

by netsavior (#47525771) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
Long ago I started ripping DVDs the instant they come out of the package, they stream from my media server now. Having kids will do that... The 4th time I bought "Cars" on DVD, I knew it was just not sustainable.

Also, my kids would rather stream crappy content from netflix than dig out a DVD and wait for 15 minutes for the actual content to start... With my own content server, they get an interface as responsive as Netflix, but with the content I want them to have.

Comment: Re:Missing Key Information (Score 3, Interesting) 142

The contractor is Lockheed Martin, which is why it is not in the headlines.
Any time you ask them a question you get: "Well sorry, the reason it is late is classified." It is their typical scapegoat, so nobody even bothers asking them questions anymore.
"We have an excuse, we only work with the government, we didn't realize it actually had to work... we just thought we had to grease the right palms...Also we need more H1Bs please."

Comment: Re:So a victim gets sued by victims? (Score 1) 66

by netsavior (#47523779) Attached to: Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack
Well, it was also loss of service, not just the data breech. They shut everything down for weeks while they sorted it out. Several of my 40-60 dollar games were 100% unplayable for nearly a month, because services Sony agreed to supply were unavailable (log-on servers).

I actually had a game I had never played at the time that was unplayable (because it required a patch that I could not get, thanks to services being down), and since I broke the shrink-wrap it was not returnable either.

Comment: Re:Since When (Score 3, Insightful) 66

by netsavior (#47523615) Attached to: Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack
I have been a defacto member of several class actions... very rarely has it been a check in the mail. It has ranged from a Coupon to a month's free service, even gift cards. Paying in promotional materials seems to be the standard.

I would also like to note that PSPlus is a service that encourages you to purchase discounted items, and also that Little Big Planet and InFAMOUS both have sequels, making them excellent marketing give-aways. This is not punishment at all. This is a 15 million dollar marketing campaign.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw