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Comment: coming from a storage provider... (Score 4, Informative) 237

by spikestabber (#46106489) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?
We have well over 150 3TB Seagate Barracuda's at work that are halfway into their second year of operation. The first year has been pretty flawless, maybe 1 failure, but the second year, we've had about 15 already get peppered with bad sectors and its continuing to happen at least once per week or so on more drives. This hands a lot of crediblity to Backblazes findings if you ask me. Again these are modern 3TB Barracuda's, (non-XT) I was sad when they discontued the XT line, simply because we have about 30 of the XT 2TB models into their 3rd year and no failures yet. Oh, right, they didn't discontinue the XT at all, rather turned it into the Constellation series and sold it for double the price!

Comment: Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (Score 1) 280

by spikestabber (#42450985) Attached to: PC Games To Watch For In 2013
Also, Sony and Microsoft won't even be ready with their new consoles for at least another year, its quite a long time to wait when their hardware is the limiting factor in todays games.... everything has to be watered down for the PS3/360... and that disease spreads to todays PC games... its consolitis at its finest.

Comment: Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (Score 1) 280

by spikestabber (#42450929) Attached to: PC Games To Watch For In 2013
Valve would actually be saving the PC gaming market, as all those games will typically be on PC Steam as well! Todays typical console business model from the big 3 is growing old, and frankly I'm tired of getting gouged. Valve will bring a breath of fresh air! Put a lot of those cheap Steam specials on a Valve console, and they will come, in droves... allow you to play games elsewhere at friends based on steam login, and uh, you get the idea.... Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft would have to change their pathetic gouging business model completely in order to compete with Steam... I'm sure people would buy the Steam console just to get brand new games on release without having to leave their couch...
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013 280

Posted by Soulskill
from the also-known-as-the-post-duke-nukem-era dept.
An anonymous reader writes "PC Gamer has put together a huge list of PC games that are due to come out in 2013. They've broken out the lists by genre, and each list is pretty long. It looks like a good starting point for finding the games you want to keep an eye on. Here are some highlights: Star Wars 1313: 'Early glimpses suggest the game will ignore lightsabers and force powers in favor of gadgetry and guns, and the claims are for a more grounded and gritty fiction, instead of the fruity pan-galactic melodrama to which we are accustomed.' The Elder Scrolls Online: 'The real reason to watch The Elder Scrolls Online is the talent behind it – the ex-Mythic developers responsible for the innovative Warhammer: Age of Reckoning and, before that, Dark Age of Camelot. Don't write off the old-school MMO just yet.' Mars: War Logs: 'Say it with me: a cyberpunk RPG set on Mars. That's all you need to know.' Ring Runner: 'Missions challenge you to escape exploding trenches, battle bosses bigger than your screen, race against NPC pilots and engage in spectacular space skirmishes in an engine modeled on the laws of Newtonian physics.' There will also be new installments of Dragon Age, SimCity, Grand Theft Auto, StarCraft, Command & Conquer, and Everquest."

Comment: old game roms (Score 5, Insightful) 309

by spikestabber (#42440957) Attached to: What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't
You only need to go as far as the MAME, or the (S)NES libraries to realize copyright is broken. Licensing issues or lame owners prevent at least 80% of these titles from ever seeing the legitimate light of day ever again. Copyright has become a cultural lockup, nothing more.

Comment: crypto (Score 2) 125

by spikestabber (#42431805) Attached to: The Future of 802.11ac
With all the recent Wi-Fi developments, why isn't encryption now standard? I should be able to setup an *open* access point with encryption these days so my users don't get their email passwords jacked. There is absolutely NO technical reason why this cannot be part of any modern specification. I will never ever use an open access point for this very reason...

Comment: Re:EVs are a second-car choice that costs a lot. (Score 1) 490

by spikestabber (#41442899) Attached to: Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout
You're missing the point. The Volt is a MUCH better car to drive than the Cruze, its not even in the same league or class! It drives and responds like a Caddy with tons of acceleration and has most of the highend luxury features of one. Extremely quiet cabin too. Put your Cruze at $35,000 if you want something even remotely equivilant in luxury factor. Are you expecting to buy the Volt and it be barebones and bland like a Cruze? Seriously now.

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