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Comment It's bologna (Score 5, Insightful) 735

If someone says that, "they just need a programmer", they haven't vetted the idea. If they really knew what they wanted, they wouldn't need a programmer - they'd need a contract fulfilled for a specific task. If you say that crap, you're just a bullshit marketing guy.

Comment Missing the point here - Subsidies (Score 1) 422

There are some seriously overlooked issues here.
#1 - new consoles are sold at a loss at launch, and are "buoyed" by licensing of games.
#2 - the hottest gaming platform on the planet sells most of its games for Free, $0.99, or $2.99.
#3 - the first company to blink (see: 360) will be trumped for the 5 years afterwards in specs (see: PS3)
#4 - mobile platforms have games that are much more popular per title. Angry Birds, anyone?
#5 - mobile platforms are mobile, and have much *less* hardware

These ideas combine to be a big problem. All platforms have introduced alternative controls. Xbox will never get Blu-Ray, Sony will never get a paid network as big as Live. Nintendo has success without expensive hardware. This means that no one has a big incentive to jump out and say "we can do 1080p more than before". I have a hard time believing the $60/disc model is going to continue, especially when EA aren't giving full content to resold games. Why pay $60 for most of that shit? There are about 5 games a year I'd even consider paying that much for, and I sure don't have the time and capacity to go through a large campaign plus master multiplayer pr0n. I want a game I am satisfied playing in 60 minutes. And you only pay $1/minute if you're getting a Happy Ending.

Comment Vinyl (Score 3, Insightful) 520

People like vinyl better than digital audio sometimes. This isn't new. Leave discrete cards to us professionals and audiophiles. You iPod earbud wearing types, feel free to use integrated stuff. It's much better than it used to be. It's not external, but anymore it doesn't need to be. It's "good enough". Why is this a debate?

Comment 4th (Score 5, Insightful) 484

I'm still not sure how this doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment. Customs has the right to view your belongings for *safety* reasons, and to ensure that the items you are carrying are not contraband. Does code constitute contraband now? Can you be arrested for having code on your machine? I'm not talking about copyrighted, installed programs.... if something is encrypted, isn't that the same as having a secret in your mind? You know they dumped his drive, but the main question is whether they're allowed to. Isn't that stealing from the passenger then?

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