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Comment Re:1,200 found (Score 1) 62

It gets its rap fro several reasons, being one of the last released games that Atari released.

Are you smoking crack? Atari had the 7800 after that, the XE Game System, the Lynx and the Jaguar. Atari also had 2 relatively successful lines of computers as well that sold until the early 90's.

Atari was bought by Tramiel in '84 and some aspects of quality declined but they were still alive and kickin'.

Comment Re:Slimmer devices (Score 1) 89

I'd rather have a nice beefy tablet over something thinner. A beefy laptop over literally the worst piece of crap ever, MacBook Air. Fuck you Apple, you don't get to decide optical is dead. Or Flash. Or anything.

I get a lot of use out of my Macbook Air. I don't need optical, I have an SDXC slot and thumb drives. If I really want an optical drive I have a USB one in my bag. Apple hasn't said that Flash is dead. It works fine on a Macbook Air. They just don't support it on iOS.

In the end, Apple tech works great for a lot of people. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Personally, I actually LIKE having a commercially supported desktop/mobile UNIX system with a standard suite of off-the-shelf familiar desktop productivity and graphics apps. In a system with only one moving part to fail. And I don't even have to dick around with X-Windows unless I want to. Works out great.

Comment Re:Commodore Amiga or Commodore PC? (Score 3, Informative) 456

Then you must have lived on Mars or something.

As someone who attended Atari user's group meetings as a kid, I can tell you first-hand that people got pretty annoyed and quickly corrected you if you referred to our machines as PC's. PC's were expensive boring turds that none of us wanted. Personal computer was acceptable. PC referred to IBM crap or a clone later on.

Comment Re:WoW? (Score 3, Insightful) 277

What about EverQuest? It predates WoW and had quite a following. Both games suck IMHO but people liked them. I would also argue that Everquest influenced WoW's development.

WoW is too modern to be a "Hall of Fame" contender and many games like it have existed over the years.

Personally I think BattleZone, Tempest or the Star Wars Arcade Game should have been on the list. Vector games never get any love in popularity contests targeted at today's 12 year olds though.

Comment Re:Thank you! (Score 2) 233

It's a fucking shame, really... The US has very few optimistic shows that actually dare deal with hard questions and then they go and butcher one of the few they have.

I wouldn't call it optimistic but the Battlestar Galactica reboot dealt with a lot of "hard questions". It's the only reboot series I thought was far better than the original. The original was a lot more "optimistic" but was a bit corny.

I really like the first new Star Trek movie. The second one was pretty lame. The space battle scenes were cool but it was all explosions and a real weak plot. Now JJ gets a chance to murder Star Wars. Should be interesting.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 1) 379

A.) can go off the deep end and try to do that now.

B.) can force me to buy services only through their approved "partners" and shut out companies I actually like by throttling them into oblivion if they aren't allowed to double dip and get money from both sides. B can also raise an Army pretty easily.

B scares me more than A.... though A scares the shit out of me, I can thwart their efforts through technological means and good security discipline if they get obnoxious. I can do so even better if B can't legally screw with my traffic.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 1) 379

And you have no right to a landline phone but the populace considers it a basic need, thus Title II.

And if my kid HAS to have internet access to attend public school these days, that's also qualified as a "need".

AT&T and ComCast don't have the right to bully local governments into giving them monopolies either. So yeah, they can get bent. They brought this on themselves with scummy business practices and douchebaggery. If you do business unethically, it comes back to bite you. And since people have no options to switch in most areas for wired service, they have to go the legislation route to avoid being abused.

So yeah, fuck those bastards. They should be getting dinged for imposing limits on "unlimited" service anyway. If they can't even give me what I paid for without trying to screw me behind the scenes and degrade my service..... and I depend on them for my daily routine..... it's legislation time.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 5, Interesting) 379

Our options:

A.) Incompetent government regulation causing some inconveniences and waste.

B.) A corporate boardroom full of sociopaths telling me what I can and can't do with an "unlimited" network connection that I require to do my job.

Option A is the lesser of two evils. Internet service is no longer a "luxury", it's basically required to do business and even attend public school now. It's a utility and needs to be regulated like one to keep those greedy bastards from gouging us, killing innovation and hampering network performance for profit.

As screwed up and brutal as our government is, and as much as I think regime change is necessary..... I trust Verizon and AT&T even less.

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