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Comment Re:Perhaps Horsepower No Longer Equals Next Gen? (Score 1) 173

And, frankly, I'm a little disappointed that Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft haven't done a little innovating and created their own technology like SLI/Crossfire to connect several cheap GPUs for their heavy graphics lifting on their machines.

Ugh, my mind reels at the memory of the N64 Memory Pak.

Comment Re:I wouldn't. (Score 1) 122

I will cast my chips in with the others on Intel, Samsung and Crucial drives. Samsung especially I've worked with in enterprise and can be some very stable puppies. Of course, every brand has their own bugs, though while OCZ and cheap brands require replacements, more refined brands like the previously listed are only a BIOS and drive firmware update away. Worst case scenario besides replacing the drive itself is that you'll just need to update the BIOS and firmware, tweak some settings in the BIOS (typically setting SATA to AHCI if not already) and then reinstall Windows. After that works like a charm.

Just don't get discouraged by receiving a bad apple or two. Get from a proper brand and you'll have around the same failure rate as your common HDD, which is still present, but not common enough to cause much of an issue.

Comment Re:Benchmarks don't mean much... (Score 1) 122

What's stopping the same company from offering a long warranty with an intentionally nightmarish experience for them to try and honor a replacement/repair request? That alone will do well to stave off the desire for customers to utilize their warranties features, with the mindset of, "I have to go through that to get a replacement? I'm better off just buying another one." Obviously one can try and justify them by saying that they're trying to prevent false positives or abuse of the system, but giving people disincentives is just as profitable an economic practice as any, so I would not put it past them.

Comment Re:I wouldn't. (Score 3, Insightful) 122

People who've suffered through an OCZ or cheap garden-variety SSDs are the reason why I've had to deal with a lot of FUD circulating about SSDs. The contrast in reliability from an OCZ to something like a Samsung is so black and white, which is an unfortunate circumstance for us who have used solid SSDs for even enterprise operations and are trying to cure these individuals of their woes. Often it stems from people who go compulsive shopping for SSDs and purchase the aforementioned because they want a quick and economic entry into SSD technology (testing the waters). Or they opt for something like an OCZ because they are gamers and not PC savvy and just go straight for the big numbers and benchmark results (same people that buy cheap PSUs). Either way it stems from ignorance, and if there wasn't so much disparity in quality between SSD brands there shouldn't be that much of a deal, but there is, so people start throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Comment Re:Benchmarks don't mean much... (Score 2, Interesting) 122

This is OCZ we're talking about, as in reliability is a distant thought for them. If you're willing to gamble getting a 1 out of 8 chance of purchasing a drive that'll last at least a year for the sake of speed, then you'll do whatever you can to get it, which means going for OCZ. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and an A+ cert or equivalent knowledge will know better to just grab a few reliable SSD drives from some other brand and run a RAID with em.

Comment Re:It is about not lettting ideas be silenced (Score 1) 194

Client: Hey babe, how about it?

Prostitute: Oooooo, sure thing, darling! But fiiiiiiiiiiiiiirst, I'll need you to sign this consent form and will need you to fill out your health insurance information on these following papers. I'll also need you fill out this form and sign it, which states I'm permitted to view your medical records. Here's a pen and a clipboard, now go have a seat and after you're done and return them I'll get right with you as soon as I can verify the information.

Comment Re:The Galaxy S III is nice, but.... (Score 1) 348

This phone has been the closest thing I've been looking for towards a Palm Pilot replacement. Everything prior has been media-focused, but this is the first that appears to work wonders as a digital organizer, which has really been a long time coming since the Palm Pilot died. Now I just have to deal with the hefty price tag.

Comment Presentation is key (Score 1) 173

There's previous Kickstarter projects like this one that have failed to produce feasible support merely because of how it was presented. Even though it was evident they involved reputable people working at it, and to many people it'd appear that would be enough to garner it enough trust and reputation from the masses, but in reality it dropped because people were not given assurance just what they were putting money towards. With the DFA they kicked it off (no pun intended) with videos and other material providing solid evidence of what they wanted to accomplish and how. Planetary Annihilation was also exemplary at this, with an initial video that already demonstrated the art and gameplay direction they had for the game with a pre-rendered trailer of what they expect to create. Displays like this show an already existing dedication towards the goal before funding even comes in, which will encourage people to contribute towards it.

Elite may end up getting the funding it desires, but I wonder just how much more an impact they'll gain had they of started with an appropriate presentation. Unless it's a script for a movie, you don't go selling your project to any publisher with nothing more than a bunch of words and hype, and neither should you do the same to the public.

Comment Great (Score 1) 70

This sounds exactly like the kind of spiel a supervillian would give, prior to actually becoming a supervillian. Once he's rejected by his alumni and alma mater, he'll go through the necessary drastic measures to make sure something like this happens, just to prove he's right.

Comment Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (Score 2) 188

The gamepad isn't that big of a deal, for someone that has a family? Have you ever played a game with your kids and realized that finding a compromise for making the game as challenging for you and the kids is almost impossible? Watching some Nintendo Land games and the new Super Mario Bros. demonstrated that the additional gamepad can easily break down that barrier. The idea of having to keeping the kids alive in Super Mario Bros. by placing platforms under em can be very challenging in itself. Rayman Legends also comes to mind in this regard with being a helpful sprite, or doing the opposite and letting the kid be your helper. The concept of babysitting in a game is often an awful experience dealing with AI NPCs, but when it comes with doing the same thing for your own children, it's a blast. The Wii U just makes the whole capacity of being an administrator or dungeon master in a game all that more appealing and feasible.

You can cry about Nintendo losing its touch with the demographic it was aiming to please with the Wii, but giving me more power over how a game plays out for both me and the little fellas is exactly what I'm interested in. And look, I don't even have to sacrifice a player slot to do it; the kids can have their friend over and I can still be involved!

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