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Comment Re:I can only say one thing... (Score 1) 317

The Colecovision did NOT have a flat D-pad style controller... it had a joystick. Get educated before trying to get smart.

It had a flat joystick that you basically had to press on the top of because it had such a massive head. The massive head was flat. And it was too big to reasonably put a child's fingers around and also be able to hold the controller and hit buttons. I've owned two of them, thanks.

Comment Re:We need IT unions now and better training (Score 3, Funny) 195

LOL. What is this, 1955? Labor unions don't exist to help workers. Labor unions exist to help labor union bosses and funnel money to one particular political party. That's it.

Maybe once upon a time, a long time ago, labor unions had a point. Not any more. They are corrupt cannot even keep their own members from deserting. Why are their members deserting? Because labor bosses don't give a shit about their members. Moreover unions are racist.

The cure you propose is worse than the disease.

Comment Re:I can only say one thing... (Score 1) 317

When people first saw the diamond on the NES control pad, they said "The controller design is awful. Why the fuck would you get rid of the traditional joystick?"

Who is this "everyone"? And what is this "diamond"? When the NES control pad came out, kids had already learned to use the cross (or "D[irection] Pad" in the common parlance, which no one calls a diamond) by playing Nintendo's LCD Game & Watch series games. And gamers had already experienced flat game control pads on the Intellivision and Colecovision systems. You don't really know what you're talking about, so why do we care about your judgment?

Comment Re:I can only say one thing... (Score 1) 317

I never got used to using my thumb for simultaneous presses.

Don't try to press both buttons. Only try to realize the truth. Er, wait. Only try to make both buttons be pressed down. If your goal is to make the buttons fall and not to press on them with a finger then eventually your nervous system will learn how to slide the finger over to hit the second button.

Comment Re:The chemical industry disavows this nonsense. (Score 1) 67

"Chemical industry" isn't a thing that exists, is it?

Of course it is; the chemical industry makes all the chemicals that everybody else (including agriculture) uses. Major corporations include BASF, Dow and DuPont.

Let us not forget Monsanto, still the world's largest producer of a number of nasty compounds including glyphosphate.

Comment Re:This actually looks really unusable (Score 1) 317

where those phone games, "built around a new generation of super-precise haptic feedback, employing dual linear resonant actuators"?

Aside from resonant, which is irrelevant bullshit as far as actually controlling something with the pads is concerned, the answer is yes. Games were optimized for the Xperia Play, which means they had support for dual analog controls. That's precisely as "built around" this controller as most Steam titles are going to be. They'll work equally well with a Sony controller, which has most of the same functionality more or less, albeit with analog sticks instead of gimmicky touchpads. The Xperia Play also has dual touchpads and it sucks to use compared to dual analog sticks. Dual analog sticks won't fit on a phone, but they will fit in a console controller.

I declare Sony to be the winner of the controller design competition. The PS4 controller has tilt, touch/tap, dual analog sticks, and IIRC six analog buttons and two analog triggers. ObDisclaimer: Sony can go take a flying fuck in a rolling doughnut, and I won't be buying a PS4. I just think they have the best controller in this generation. I will be happy when they are available used.

Comment Re:This actually looks really unusable (Score 1) 317

Important difference here is that you have tactile feedback on your thumbs position relative to the center.

Not different. I have an Xperia Play. It has two trackpads which mimic analog gamepads. They have little center pips on them so you can find the center. They still suck to use. This will suck less because it's more ergonomic, but it will still suck.

Comment Re:That's incredibly creepy (Score 1) 311

If you expand the definition of rape to include anything you don't like, it will end up being a word with no real meaning at all.

O RLY? Origin: 1250â"1300; (v.) Middle English rapen . Try reading the definitions; the original meaning is still a valid meaning. I don't have OED access so I don't know when the meaning narrowed to mostly specify sexual assault, but that's what happened. The legal definition varies and often involves penetration, although those definitions are outdated and being updated.

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