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Comment Re:I can't be bothered with either (Score 3, Insightful) 220

We're talking first gen /release day games here. Take PS3/Xbox 360 release day games and compare them to late PS2/Xbox games. It was exactly the same thing. Heck, just compare first year 360/PS2 games and compare them to new releases for those platforms. They are worlds apart. It takes developers a while to ramp up and get to know the architecture that they are writing for.

  Also, waiting for the next gen console before upgrading is fine and dandy if you don't plan on playing any new console releases. Give it a couple of years and most major developers will no longer be releasing most of their titles for the previous consoles.

Considering the record sales of the new consoles, I don't think your assumption that a lot of people are going to be skipping this generation is anywhere near the truth. You still can't find Xbox Ones and PS4s on store shelves or online stock, they're selling faster than either company can produce them. There might be a very small pocket of gamers who will, but so far all indications is that most will be upgrading at some point.

Comment Port properties to other consoles (Score 2) 559

It's time that Nintendo start porting their properties to other consoles. I'd love to play the next Super Mario game on my Xbox One. I'd love to play Mario Kart on my PS4. Don't even license out the games, create/produce them the same way you've been doing for years, but just start porting them to other platforms and get out of the console business.

Comment Re:WD TV Live plays almost everything (Score 4, Informative) 420

I third this recommendation. I have 3 WD Live boxes in my house, all connecting to my media SANs (DNS 323s with DLNA enabled) , streaming my music, videos and photos. It also does netflix, Hulu (US only), Pandora, YouTube, TuneIn, Shoutcast and a few dozen other built in apps. The best deal is to get them at Costco as they're not only cheaper but they come with a HDMI cable. The one I bought at an electronics store didn't come with the HDMI.

Comment Re:Build your own (Score 1) 564

In my case, with the power of today's PC, I run other OSes in a VM. Instead of having a Windows desktop and a Linux desktop, I run a Windows desktop with VirtualBox and run my Linux instances inside a VM with an extremely negligible impact to performance. Most of my co-workers are doing the similar things, running different OSes in a VM instead of having a second box.

Comment Build your own (Score 4, Informative) 564

Now I'm only going by my circle of friends, family and acquaintances so this might be a small anomaly but...

It appears that not only is tablet use displacing having a 2nd or 3rd PC, it is more importantly replacing the laptop (name brand). When buying a desktop, the people in my circle have been moving away from buying the Dells and Compaqs and other name brands and have either been building their owns or buying the local PC shop pre-mades, Numbers that wouldn't show up in these reports.

  As others have mentioned, today's desktop PCs also tend to last longer as they are still very powerful 3-4 years later.

Mix all of these together and it's no surprise

Comment Re:Isn't Apple the minority platform? (Score 1) 166

Except Pandora is pretty much US only, and even though Spotify is available in about 3 dozen countries or so, still doesn't have a user base of more than 20 million. I suspect iTunes Radio will be available for every market where there's a local iTunes music store. A much much much bigger possible market.Will Pandora survive? Probably, though it will probably lose listeners. Spotify may not. In either case, I would think that iTunes radio would have a much bigger userbase than both combined.

Comment Re:Near the end of the cycle for Facebook (Score 2) 192

People said the same when Google came along. It won't be long until it dies and something better comes along.

Yahoo, Alta Vista, Google, they were just part of a cycle. Another search engine will come along to supplant the dominance. The life cycle for a websearch engine was about 3 years back then. How long has Google reigned supreme?

Things aren't like they used to be. These types of things tend to either die out fairly quickly, or stick around for many years. I don't think Facebook is in a situation where they'll die off any time soon.

Comment Unlocked phone? (Score 3, Interesting) 230

This may sound like a stupid question to some...

When going to Europe, I would get a burner phone as it was cheaper than paying roaming/data fees. Since they must now unlock the phone (in my case, an iPhone), does that mean that when I now go to Europe all I need to do is buy a SIM card/service from a local cell provider and stick it in my iPhone and it will work?

Comment Re:Canada!~ (Score 1) 832

The mother to be of course wouldn't be forced to have an abortion, nor would she not be given any time off. What it does mean however is that she can't collect any EI benefits and probably no income topoff from her employer, so you get 0$ for the time she is off. It would end up being an unpaid leave of absence.

There's really no such thing as a 'maternity leave payment'. It's Employment Insurance, but instead of collecting it because you got laid off, you're collecting it because you gave birth. And by law, your employer must have the same or similar position available to you upon your return.

This exact thing happened to my wife's acquaintances. She ended up pregnant 3 months after the birth of her first child. It was pretty tough for them for a couple of years.

Comment Re:Canada!~ (Score 1) 832

You require to work at least 6 months (37.5 hr work week) between maternity leaves in Canada. Since a good portion of maternity leave is EI, you have to meet the minimum amount of hours worked to be able to claim it, regardless of the cause. If memory serves me right the number of required hours is around 900 hours. A little more than just a few weeks.

If you're employer tops you up on top of EI, they have their own guidelines too. I know in the case of my wife's employer, she must work at least a year to be able to get her maternity leave topped up again.

Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"

Comment Only OLD format, not current (Score 1) 199

Google Docs is only dropping support for old formats (Office 97-2007). Old applications that haven't been patched in how long? No reasonable business that requires documents should still be running on those old versions anyways. You can only keep backwards compatibility for so long before things start to get bloated and buggy.

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