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Comment Re:Lost Momentum? (Score 1) 84

It's just a fad each time it comes around and the same problems hit. Even with millions in Kickstarter funding, etc. it's hard to produce a handful of working units that developers will rewrite their games for. It's hard to convince people to part with the price of a tablet or laptop in order to move a game into the third dimension (with lots of caveats, of course).

Like battery technologies, when it does take off, you'll find out because your friend actually has one already and you try it out and even your grandma gets one in the same year because everyone else has one (Wii syndrome). Not because of whatever showmanship is put on for you by a company itself, or what research is done, or what prototype device you see a news item on. It'll just arrive, without fanfare.

So, what your saying is it's a fad and not worth investing in, and someday it will take off and just work... without anyone trying it? Will a new company, technology, and manufacturing just suddenly spring up out of the earth one day, and everyone looks over and says "Ah, look. VR is ready."

Comment Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 2) 144

When you call watches outdated, you miss one segment of the population that is small (but probably disproportionately represented here). Yes, most people have replaced watches with phones, but there are some jobs and areas where phones are either heavily frown on or outright banned. This is a niche that still needs to be filled.

Comment Re:Predators are so cheap, everyone can have one! (Score 1) 159

In all honesty, while there are plenty of good reasons to dislike drones, I think this is a terrible one. You're worried that drones would allow them perfect enforcement of laws? How is this a bad thing exactly?

Worst case I can think of is that they are enforcing bad laws in which case right now they might slip by because "no one ACTUALLY pays that fee!" except that a widely ignored but still on the books law is unfair to anyone who actually does follow it, or leaves it as an opening to target a person who hasn't done anything else wrong.

Comment Re:Or how about (Score 2) 1006

The system of gun regulation in place is absolutely a root cause of the social disease of mass shootings. I admire your pointing out how much mental health needs to be addressed, but regardless of whether your for more regulation or less, access to guns is a central issue in gun violence. In every one of these shootings, there have been signs of guns, too.

Didn't you hear? There was dihydrogen monoxide in their system as well. We should look into its link to violent crimes...

Comment Re:No actual money is involved (Score 1) 248

It depends on the goal. As an experiment in how much money a site would earn by this system? Yeah, won't be too useful. There is other information you can get, however. It could show people how much they would spend in that situation. This could make people who say 'No way would I do that' look back and see they wouldn't actually spend all that much. On the other hand, a proponent might see how much he would spend, and realize the idea may be unworkable. This information can be valuable in itself.

Comment Re:Neither side is right (Score 1) 223

we've been evolving for millions of years and this whole video games thing is such a RADICALLY new form of sensory input requiring unprecedented (from an evolutionary standpoint) sensory/emotional/cognitive processing.

Depends on how you look at it, really. How is video games so different from imagination games, just with a audiovisual element to it? Sure, there isn't any imagery of blood, but even children without computers play cops and robbers, or army man, using the fingers for guns if nothing else is around. I think video games may just be a small evolution of things that are brains are wired to do.

IMO there is something wrong with people who need to sit in front of a screen being entertained for hours every day to feel normal.

And if you think most people who enjoy video games NEED to sit in front of a screen to feel normal, you obviously have no clue about the people you are passing judgement on.

Comment Re:Neither side is right (Score 1) 223

we've been evolving for millions of years and this whole video games thing is such a RADICALLY new form of sensory input requiring unprecedented (from an evolutionary standpoint) sensory/emotional/cognitive processing.

Depends on how you look at it, really. How is video games so different from imagination games, just with a audiovisual element to it? Sure, there isn't any imagery of blood, but even children without computers play cops and robbers, or army man, using the fingers for guns if nothing else is around. I think video games may just be a small evolution of things that are brains are wired to do.

IMO there is something wrong with people who need to sit in front of a screen being entertained for hours every day to feel normal.

And if you think most people who enjoy video games NEED to sit in front of a screen to feel normal, you obviously have no clue about the people you are passing judgement on.

Comment Re:It seems to me that a few days is more than eno (Score 2) 113

This is kind of situational. Overall, I would agree with what you say, but there are some limits. For example, say I have a subscription to a business. It has always had great service and customer service, and I've been with them for years. Then their data center or whatever gets hit by an earthquake, but they assure me they will be back up soon. You feel I should cut my subscription and go with a random other business I've never used, just because my preferred company is offline briefly?

Comment Re:Blood is on the NRA Hands (Score 1) 1862

Except you missed the point by looking for "Gun Crime" vs. "Violent Crime". If someone is killed, does it really matter what weapon was used to do it? So even if the US has more gun crime, if OVERALL violent crime is lower...

Note: I don't have the statistics, I don't know what the overall crime rate is, just that parent missed the point with his response.

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