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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 296

by stillnotelf (#45672749) Attached to: Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building
I got curious and did the math. (Now that I said that, I probably did it wrong). Obviously there's too few electrons to chemically supply the energy, but what about mass->energy? The mass of an AAA battery averages about 12 g (some types more, some less). Mass-energy equivalence (E=mc^2) gives an energy of 1E15 joules. The sun's power is 4E24 joules/second (Wikipedia)...so it's not even that there are too few electrons, there's not enough matter in general, by many orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:I just had this conversation with a coworker: (Score 2) 547

by stillnotelf (#44056333) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Why would they remove the kinect? They want to make sure devs know it is a universal resource so they program for it.

Because a lot of us do not want Kinect, or go further and hate or fear Kinect. First, because Kinect games are widely regarded as having poorer control systems than controller-based games, and second paranoia over webcams/microphones watching you in your living room. (I'm in the former camp).

Comment: Re:I just had this conversation with a coworker: (Score 4, Insightful) 547

by stillnotelf (#44054643) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM
Steam has huge regular sales. Microsoft keeps the digital versions of games in sync with the retail versions as much as possible. People don't build huge libraries of 60$ Steam games, they build libraries of 5$ Humble Bundle games, and they don't care about resale because they paid so little going in. Microsoft's digitial-instead-of-disc games that GP suggests are going to be 60$ digital. Not that I have any concrete evidence of what they'll do half a year from now...buy certainly on Xbox 360 the downloadable AAA games are the same price as retail MSRP.

Comment: Re:I just had this conversation with a coworker: (Score 2) 547

by stillnotelf (#44054547) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

Yes, the tape solution has occurred to me...I've so far avoided buying a computer with a built-in webcam, but that's the solution I'd use. I fully expect there to be DIY microphone disconnection demos online within a week of the console releasing (who knows what functionality it would gimp, though).

How awesome would it be if there was a line-in instead of an actual microphone? You could hook it up to something that would play pre-recorded taunts over Live (like that great robot-voiced "I am the alpha and the omega" from Unreal Tournament). Actually...maybe that would be a bad idea...

Comment: Re:I just had this conversation with a coworker: (Score 4, Insightful) 547

by stillnotelf (#44054221) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM
If you've followed the Xbox One conversation at all (there, I used the real word, now I can call it Xbone), you know that there's only one thing Microsoft could possibly do as damage control at this point, and they just did it. Everyone has expected them to tone down the phoning home and used games policies. The "halfway" is, as many commenters below have pointed out, that they've yet to remove the built-in Kinect.

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