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Comment Re:NES Classic 2 (Score 1) 104

Your other points stand, but comparing Wii U sales numbers to NES Classic sales numbers is really apples and oranges.

The Wii U was out for approximately 52 months before the Switch launched last month. That means sales of 0.26 million per month on average, with the system being easily findable over that period of time.

The NES Classic has been out for five months, mid-November to mid-April, for an average of 0.3 million sales per month.

The WiiU was probably selling higher at the beginning of its 52 month run than the average, but still the NES Classic selling more than the Wii U average even while being out of stock most of the time is a significant achievement.

The NES Classic _probably_ had a lower potential sales total than the Wii U, but there's really no way to know for sure now.

Comment Re: LOLZ Converged! (Score 1, Insightful) 191

I'm not sure if they're (capable of) thinking it through that thoroughly. One of them tried to insult a woman when she mentioned going on birdwatching trip with two male friends by telling her that her husband was a cuck. does saying that to a woman about her partner even work as an insult? It fails on so many levels!

Comment Re:Goodbye Tourism Money (Score 2) 505

I know that skipping the article is in vogue on Slashdot as always, but did you not even read the blurb?

"which could force tourists from Britain and other countries visiting the U.S. to reveal their mobile phone contacts, social media passwords and financial data"

I'm hoping Mr. Anonymous Coward that you are just a troll, because i'd like to believe that the kind of jumping to conclusions triathlon you just completed doesn't actually represent the standard for intellectual rigor among people who might initially be inclined to support this bill. (I'm may be doomed to disappointment, but i can hope, right?)

Comment Goodbye Tourism Money (Score 4, Insightful) 505

Tourism is a $1.5 trillion industry in the US. I don't know what exactly the split is between domestic and foreign but foreign is definitely a significant chunk (one site claimed $21 billion from foreign tourists in April 2016) and if you're worried about trade deficits then that chunk is especially important.

There are already concerns that foreign tourism revenue is starting to dry up after Trump's election and the (attempted) Muslim bans. If it's actually put into effect this "extreme vetting" will only accelerate that process.

Comment Hypothetically speaking... (Score 4, Interesting) 76

I am certainly not advocating that anyone do this, because it would be illegal! But in _theory_ could you use this hack to brick susceptible TVs or in some other way interfere with their normal functionality rather than secretly using it to spy on the owner or add it to a botnet?

And if you (in theory!) did that, would the manufacturer then have to "repair" the suddenly "malfunctioning" TV under the standard warranty since the issue wasn't due to anything the consumer did?

And if this happened (hypothetically!) to enough TVs, between the repair costs and the bad publicity wouldn't the TV manufacturers have to start taking security seriously instead of fobbing the risks of insecure devices off onto the commons as they currently do?

Comment UK vs Great Britain geography (Score 3, Interesting) 667

As long as you're going to tell people to get educated about the differences between the terms, here are some CGP Grey videos about the subject:

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

The (Secret) City of London, Part 1: History

The (Secret) City of London, Part 2: Government

And here's one about the whole Brexit thing itself, though it's from just after the vote so is now somewhat out of date, though the speculation about what the results might be "if" it goes through are presumably still relevant.

Brexit, Briefly


Comment Re:Good (Score 2, Interesting) 312

I prefer the episodic model, as I don't feel compelled to watch if I don't want to, and I don't worry if I miss an episode or if I watch them out of original order. Unfortunately this model is increasingly relegated to half-hour sitcoms, and anything with dramatic content is now serialized whether it needs to be or not.

Everything you say is a very valid concern for the old model. There are a number of shows i stopped watching because i missed enough episodes that i didn't feel like i'd know what was going on currently. Some of those i would try to catch up later on DVD, but that means you're now running at least a season behind, especially since back in the day it took forever for TV shows to come out on video.

However Netflix actually does away with a lot of the downsides of such serialized content. If it's on Netflix (or Hulu, or Crunchyroll) you start the show when you want, watch as much as you want, and wait as long as you want between episodes without worrying about missing anything. (Well, barring breakdowns in license negotiation, but that's not an issue with their in-house content.)

Comment Re:This will be denied by all the idiots (Score 1) 373

Just to be clear, only a small fringe of the scientific community thought global cooling was happening _quickly_, at least by human standards.

Many more will agree that we are in an inter-glacial period and that if things continue as they are (which seems increasingly unlikely) we will enter another ice age... in 25,000 - 50,000 years. Which is fairly soon on a geologic scale but not exactly an immediate concern on a human scale.

Source: "Is an Ice Age Coming?"

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