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Comment: Re:Excellent initiative ! (Score 1) 216

by zerocool6900 (#44100725) Attached to: Chinese Media Calls For Boycott of Cisco

Only problem with your statement is that so far the start of every full blown war has helped the US economy. I'm not talking about peacekeeping or drawn out police actions...I mean war. WWI, WWII, Cold War. All boosted the US economy to some degree.

One of the main reasons is that these companies decide to bring jobs back to the US. Not sure if this will happen in this age of a global market. But the tension between US and China has been growing for a very long time.

Comment: Re:Not on the disc (Score 1) 908

The whole point of this discussion that it is not additional content. It is part of the single player game that can not even be accessed unless you pay the original point of sale at the original price.

This would be like buying a book with pages missing out of the middle.

+ - Backup Hardware

Submitted by zerocool6900
zerocool6900 (197286) writes "I am looking at hardware for an automated back up system and a file server. As a small business with only about 15 computers on the network, we don't need a large server rack with all the trimmings. Does anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably priced way of doing this?"

Comment: Who is publishing this? (Score 1) 172

by zerocool6900 (#37482836) Attached to: An FPS Minus the Shooting

What publisher is actually gonna take this on? Most gamers would die of boredom very very quickly with this. Most gamers get bored with MW2 and BFBC2 after only a short period. Maybe if they took out the gore they could market this as a TEEN game but otherwise this will be a Crash and Burn no win situation for the publisher.

Comment: Re:Why not more options? (Score 1) 342

by zerocool6900 (#36823216) Attached to: Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long

Only problem with Demos is that all the current demos I've played either require you to pre-order the game or the developers spend extra time on the demo to hype the game and when the game actually is released its only resemblance to the demo is maybe some of the art and parts of the storyline...and these usually don't fit in anywhere.

Comment: Who actually wrote this study? (Score 1) 342

by zerocool6900 (#36822938) Attached to: Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long

Whoever did this study must not been a real gamer(s). If someone would make a good game with 10 hours of actual gameplay I would completely endorse them. I own both ME1 and ME2 and have pre-ordered ME3, these games are single player and I have gone thru ME2 including all the DLC at least twice. I also love Fable, currently replaying Fable III for the second time. And don't even get me started on classics like Zelda, Final Fantasy Series, or any of the or Guild Wars. On the other hand some friends and I play the hell out of ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead. My big issue and what most gamers have said is that the current crop of games just SUCK!

What they should have said was that some people prefer short games. Why those people pay $50+ for a short game that really isn't fun is beyond me. But each person has their own opinion.

Comment: Codemasters Has Gone Down the Drain (Score 1) 162

by zerocool6900 (#36512014) Attached to: Codemasters Shuts Down <em>GRID</em> Online Multiplayer

Codemasters has really lost a ton of their fan base recently...Mainly due to screwing up the Operation Flashpoint franchise. Even their multiplayer servers for OP:Dragon Rising were completely buggy and they never did get a patch to fix it. Now the next installment is coming out with a metascore of 63....WOW!!

What happened to you guys. The first Operation Flashpoint was so ahead of its time and a great game.

Comment: Re:PC Gaming Alliance is a Joke (Score 1) 163

by zerocool6900 (#34955476) Attached to: PC Gaming Alliance's New President Talks DRM, System Requirements

First PC games don't have to specifically support a TV in order to be played on a TV. All new TVs come with a DVI, VGA, S-Video, or Composite port(s). And PC video drivers all come with TV support native. You can buy any of the cable configurations 6' long for $5 and a 30' is between $10 and $20 depending on which type of cable your needing.

Second you can go to Walmart and buy a $450 computer that will run most games on medium to low graphics and they will still look better than console games due to the fact that PCs have better processing power even if your using an on-board video card.

and Last anyone who is buying these games probably has a job and is out of the house for at least 8 hrs a day. Start it to DLing in the morning and when you get home hit the "Play" button...really not a problem. I downloaded Bad Company 2, which happens to be over 8GB, while I was at work one day and I live in a rural area where the broadband may say its 10MB down but every time I check it is less than 6.5MB at the most.


+ - Power supplies

Submitted by zerocool6900
zerocool6900 (197286) writes "Have a question for the rest of you, I just purchased the parts to build a new computer...all except the power supply because I wanted some advice. I have looked at a local store and they have a Thermaltake and a Rocketfish (?). Thermaltake I've heard of and used before, problem is its about $50 more for 250W less than the Rocketfish.

So my question is has anyone used the Rocketfish brands? Any horror stories out there that I should know about?"

+ - People have "right to be forgotten" online -- EU->

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "The European Commission wants to strengthen data protection rules to give more power to consumers – including the right to be forgotten online. Legislation it's looking to push through next year will let consumers know when and how their data is being used, and force companies to delete it when asked. “People should be able to give their informed consent to the processing of their personal data,” the commission said in a statement. “They should have the 'right to be forgotten' when their data is no longer needed or they want their data to be deleted.”"
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+ - Cosmic curiosity reveals ghostly dead quasar

Submitted by Matt_dk
Matt_dk (1306071) writes "While sorting through hundreds of galaxy images as part of the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project two years ago, Dutch schoolteacher and volunteer astronomer Hanny van Arkel stumbled upon a strange-looking object that baffled professional astronomers. Two years later, a team led by Yale University researchers has discovered that the unique object represents a snapshot in time that reveals surprising clues about the life cycle of black holes."

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