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Comment: Make it all during 4th of July (Score 0) 1089

by theurge14 (#49296107) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I've always thought the itinerary of national events in the US should be as follows:

Make all three days a mandatory Federal Holiday:

July 2nd: Federal Income Tax filing due (instead of April 15th)
July 3rd: Election Day (Instead of Tuesday in November)
July 4th: Independence Day

Many problems solved, IMHO.

Comment: Growing weary of "Steam Box" talk (Score 0, Flamebait) 182

by theurge14 (#44979523) Attached to: What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

Gabe and Valve keep talking about innovation but it's now been nearly 3 years since they floated the piston box prototype and with this new announcement we'll be waiting for another prototype in spring 2014. Exactly how long does it take to build a special purpose PC? That is all this Steam Machine is after all, correct?

The last time I paid attention to what Valve had to say it was Gabe back in 2010 or so talking about how with the Steam platform they would be delivering small incremental updates to Half-Life 2 instead of the "lengthy" episodes or even longer Half-Life 3 box sequels. Sorry Gabe, but 2014 is around the corner meaning it's been 7 years since Half-Life 2 Episode 2. You want the industry to follow your company's lead with Steam and games on demand type development then please lead by example.

Comment: Re:Games are not played in the living room (Score 1) 395

by theurge14 (#43794449) Attached to: Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

Does the new Xbox One not play games?

Then what's your problem with it? So the new TV features aren't for you, so what? I too play my Xbox 360 on a smaller TV in a bedroom but I do understand that many people have it in their living rooms as an entertainment hub. That doesn't prevent me from playing games the way I want.

Comment: The real story (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by theurge14 (#43574181) Attached to: iTunes Store Turns 10

The real revolution was that Apple became a big enough player with the iPod to force the hand of the big 5 of the RIAA to actually offer their music online in digital form for what many people deemed a fair enough price to not pirate. It seems commonplace now in 2013 enough to forget, but in the mid 2000s there were very options for consumers to get their music online, and one could argue this was one of the bigger reasons for online piracy. We see echoes of this still today as the news reported last week that the HBO show Game of Thrones is one of the biggest pirated shows online, and some would argue this is because of consumer's perceived lack of options for watching it online. Apple challenged the old distribution model and won, that's what the story is.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.