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Comment: Re:Also.... (Score 1) 163

by scurker (#36675814) Attached to: Google Wrestles With Privacy Bugs In Google+

From TFA:

On other news related to Google+, Google recently announced that as of July 31, it will no longer host private Google Profiles.

Well that didn't take long. They've gone from the anti-Facebook to being exactly like Facebook in the space of about a week. Paint me not surprised.

Actually only kind of. If it were Facebook, they would make your private data public, and just not tell you. However, Google has stated that any private profiles will simply be deleted if they aren't made public by that date. While it's still not the best approach, it's still better than how Facebook has tackled any situation involving private data.

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+ - 60% of US Internet Speeds Slower than 4Mbps->

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scurker (1381139) writes "According to a report conducted by the FCC through June 30, 2010, "60% of connections were slower than the benchmark 4 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed identified by the FCC as the minimum bandwidth generally required to accommodate today's uses: high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video." Full report and details here: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-305296A1.pdf"
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Comment: The Eternal Battle (Score 4, Informative) 258

by scurker (#32664456) Attached to: New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

It's amusing to me the back and forth between Nintendo and homebrew, and homebrew just about always tends to come ahead in the end. Every time an exploit is patched, a work around is usually available in the next few days.

The sad part of the story is that Homebrew was never about piracy, but about giving the ability for people to play around with the Wii architecture. In the beginning some of the Homebrew developers even offered to help patch/expose certain exploits only to be completely snubbed by Nintendo. Now the developers don't even really care about disabling piracy given Nintendo's smug attitude.

Comment: Cable No More (Score 1) 397

by scurker (#32324354) Attached to: Revenge of the Cable Customer
I just recently dropped cable in favor of 20/2 internet service. After years of dealing with increasing costs and overpriced equipment enough was enough. With the savings I'm getting from dropping cable I can have a Netflix subscription and come out way ahead of where I was before. Everything else I stream online or can buy through iTunes, so cable companies will have to do a lot of sweet talking in order for me to return. The only big loss from having no cable will be college football - but some games are still on local channels, and the games that aren't I can go to a friends house or alternatively go to a sports bar.

Comment: Re:Gee, didn't someone get lynched for saying that (Score 4, Informative) 310

by scurker (#32126556) Attached to: Wii 2 Delay Is Hurting Nintendo

And the fact that most wii owners have very low attach rates for games also hurts the prospects for the wii2.

According to Nintendo's own numbers (released yesterday), this is simply not true. The worldwide software to hardware ratio is 7.68 to 1, in the US it's 8.9 to 1. Last I checked that was ahead of the PS3 and only a little bit behind the 360. One might could make an argument that a few of those are 3rd party titles, but as far as general software sales are concerned, Nintendo has no need for concern.

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