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Comment Re:And I'd like a pony (Score 1) 416

From my experience, the unskippable logos at the beginning are actually there because the game is loading and they're nicer to look at than a progress bar. For example, Halo 1 for the Xbox: if you deleted the opening.bik it would display a Loading #% screen instead of the openng video.

Comment Re:Best Part is.. (Score 1) 617

Why get a refurb? Because, as other users have mentioned, the refurb isn't too bad. Look at this snippet from the Apple Store:
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad2_wi_fi
Apple Certified Refurbished
We test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty.
All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell.


Plus, you can add AppleCare if you wish. To me, this makes getting the refurb as good as a new unit, but you save $50.

Comment Best Part is.. (Score 5, Insightful) 617

The best part about the new iPad is that the previous versions have gotten cheaper. So if you really want a iPad 2, you can pickup a refurb from Apple for as low as $350 (or $400 new) which makes it more competitive with some of the Android tablets out there.

Note: I am not a tablet user.

Comment Geometry Wars Pong! (Score 1) 180

I imagine something like Geometry Wars. You have a grid with trippy graphics and a bunch of stuff flying around that you need to destroy, but also you must prevent your weapon (ball, rocket, ect) from leaving the grid with the paddles. You could even play it single player with an Xbox controller by allowing each thumbstick to operate a paddle.

Comment Oh no! (Score 5, Funny) 156

Does this mean no more amusing flash videos to announce new technological breakthroughs?! Okay, so it didn't happen all that often, but I still can't forget Hitachi's "Get Perpendicular" video from 2005 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb_PyKuI7II. Like others, I'm surprised they aren't the ones consuming WD.

Comment Re:Wrong conclusions (Score 1) 203

Interesting. Could this be because Google tends to favor results that link to google products? I ask this because I've been using Chrome at home for a while now and have never experienced a single crash, yet I still use IE at work and it tends to have issues/crash frequently enough for me to notice (it is not the latest IE though).

Comment Re:Would be great... if it worked (Score 4, Interesting) 187

In my experience, the bus is never on time. However, because I am in a city, it tends to run every 10-15 minutes, so missing one bus isn't that big of a deal. Google has been nice for helping me get places in which I didn't know how or if I needed to transfer. It will give you directions such as "Ride bus 1 to this street, walk a block, then wait for bus 2". It has simplified the Public Transit process about as much as Mapquest* simplified getting from point A to point B in your car (before GPS was common). Sure, it can have errors, but more often than not, it's good.

Comment The gateway experiment. (Score 1) 138

Interestingly enough, many of these students may never have attempted to steal a laptop because of the legal consequences. Now that they were given permission to become comfortable with the idea, it is more possible that one of them would be inclined to steal a laptop at a later point. After all, they now know how to get past security (assuming nothing is beefed up after the experiment).

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