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Comment Well, duh! (Score 1) 189

Obviously, you wouldn't give these games to kids.

The article (yeah, I did RTFA) points out that those games are rated for age 17+, so I don't see what the issue is.

I wouldn't want my kids playing COD-MW2 or L4D2, but to be honest, they wouldn't want to play them anyway - they'd be much happier with the latest cutesy Wii party game, or something for the DS involving ponies.

Yet again, the mainstream media make the assumption that all games are for kids and are therefore completely shocked to see that some games involve blood, gore and subversive naughtiness.

Actually, I don't think they're shocked at all. They just think that their readers will be, and that's what sells papers and generates click revenue.


Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

Comment Re:Maximizing copyright != maximizing producers (Score 1) 466

So let me see if I understand this: if someone, somewhere manages to compromise a particular model of HDTV, and that model's KSV is added to a revocation list used by broadcasters and stored on future HD media, anyone else innocently owning the same model TV would be affected?

So successfully compromising an HDCP device would be a very costly DOS attack?

I mean, what if some high-profile manufacturer's products (like Sony) were compromised in this way?
Does that mean the owners of an entire class of Sony products would find their devices unable to display certain content until they could apply some firmware update or buy a new device?

Comment Re:This is nuts. (Score 1) 403

Well my interpretation of the patent was that:they cite SGML and RTF as examples of embedding style and structure directly into the content stream, and their patent is for "an improved method" which emphatically does not put that metadata into the content but keeps the two separate.
So it's explicitly not like XML (which is an application of SGML).

And their method is not simply about a separate style sheet which defines mark-up in the content - it seems to be a description of which parts of the text have which formatting, so that the content could be plain text without any embedded mark-up.

So they haven't patented CSS either.

I fail to see what this patent has to do with Word or XML, and the complaint doesn't exactly point out the similarities.

Comment Re:It's the ultimate halo car (Score 1) 790

It wouldn't surprise me if Bugatti make a big move into a (obviously lower) luxury market very soon, cashing in on the recognition they've earned.

They wouldn't be the first.

The Bugatti brand has historically been known for exclusive and mostly very high performance automobiles in relatively the same market as other boutique Italian manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini or the British Aston Martin. The halo effect is well known in mass market brands, but Bugatti and other boutiques like it are NOT mass market brands and cannot be made into mass market brands without losing their boutique pedigree and exclusivity.

Aston Martin's halo might be about to slip, although the Cygnet will only be available to existing A-M owners.

Comment Re:Yeah but.... (Score 1) 790

It comes with Windows Mobile on the navigation system.

If I paid $2.1 million for a car, at the very least I'd want to be able to program the nav system from my high-end smart phone

For $2.1 million, I'd expect to have Mark Russinovich programming the satnav for me.

And Jessica Alba sat in the passenger seat announcing driving directions.

Wait. Does Jessica know her left from her right?

Comment Re:Automakers (Score 2, Informative) 1186

For the third time:

Read my post again!

You'll see that I wrote:

42mpg (50mpg Imp.)


45-50mpg (55-60 Imp.)


60mpg (72mpg Imp.)

So you see, I know about the 20% difference, and I even displayed both figures, so dumb folk don't have to calculate it.

When I write: 45-50mpg, that's in your smaller US 3.785 liter gallons. Okay? (Look, I even spelt litre your way)

I will concede that the official combined MPG figure for an Octavia 2.0 TDI is only 51.4mpg (UK), and that's only just above 42mpg (US).

But that only proves my point: the proposed mileage is achievable now, from normal, big-enough, fast-enough cars available now, and it's been possible for many years already.

The only problem is that the US hasn't caught up with Europe.

Comment Re:17.8560357 kilometers per liter (Score 1) 1186

In 2016 I will be driving a car that does 33 to 50 kilometers per liter. This car is based on technology that is available NOW.

That Loremo looks ingenious; the rear-facing rear seats are an interesting idea, but I know what'll happen with kids in the back:
* one will be upset that she can't see Mum & Dad
* the other will be car-sick.

The Tesla Model S looks promising, too, but would need to be about half the price before I could get really interested.

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