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Comment Gaming (Score 1) 558

OS: Windows 8.1/10IP (and yes, I do actually like windows 8.1)
CPU: i5 3570K OC'ed @ 4.0GHz (using an H80 to cool it)
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Video: 2xAMD 7870 2GB
Mobo: Asrock z77
Drives: OS 120GB SSD, Games 500GB SSD, Storage/Docs 4TB, no optical
LAN: 802.11ac (however, currently in the middle of running cat6 throughout the house)

Comment Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 1) 408

And this is the problem with industry thinking. It is NOT stealing

No, the problem in this case is not only is it NOT stealing, it is not actually illegal.

Accessing US Netflix outside of the US may break terms of use (which Netflix would have a VERY hard time winning a lawsuit over), but does not currently break any Canadian laws. No more than using a VPN to access any other website.

Shhh... don't give Harper any more ideas for gifts to his media friends. I can definitely see an attempt to make VPN use for such purposes illegal in the near future; hell they already want to ban/criminalize encryption!

Comment Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 1) 408

And this is the problem with industry thinking. It is NOT stealing

No, the problem in this case is not only is it NOT stealing, it is not actually illegal.

Accessing US Netflix outside of the US may break terms of use (which Netflix would have a VERY hard time winning a lawsuit over), but does not currently break any Canadian laws. No more than using a VPN to access any other website.

Shhh... don't give Harper any more ideas for gifts to his media friends. I can definitely see an attempt to make VPN use for such purposes illegal in the near future; hell they already want to ban/criminalize encryption!

Comment Re:Humble Bundle (Score 1) 229

Flawed analogy. In the coffee shop example, I could take my textbooks / tablet elsewhere to study or stare at the Reddit button (I'm assuming that's what you're up to, sitting in a coffee shop for hours without buying anything -- as an aside to the button, stay in the shade). If Steam kicks me out, I lose access to the games that I DID PURCHASE, just not through Valve. Granted, they're NOT kicking me out, per se, they're disabling certain community features. However, I use said features, and paid for said features, again, just not to them (which was NOT part of the deal when I purchased the software). I can see them disabling things if you're running all freemium stuff in your account, but if the title's been bought, at all, whether via Steam itself or a third party (including B&M Retail), you should have full access to everything. That is what Valve promised the publisher/developer as the end-user experience. Why should I as the end-user be punished by choosing to purchase the game without using Valve as a middle-man?

Comment Re:BASIC (Score 1) 315

... And don't get me started if you want to get your little game onto a device so you can show your friends! ...

If your son/daughter is reasonably familiar with Phython (e.g., someone above mentioned rudimentary hangman-esque games), provided you don't mind helping (a little), Kivy is a fairly straightforward Phython library that can get a game from console to device (Android) with a decent UI. You can run your creations on Android in either the Kivy launcher, or compile to APK. The wiki is good.

Submission + - Nintendo Kills "Club Nintendo" rewards program (www.cbc.ca)

IllogicalStudent writes: Nintendo is discontinuing its Club Nintendo rewards program.
Members of Club Nintendo earned "coins" by registering products or completing surveys. They could exchange those coins for downloadable games, posters or character figures.

No more. Coins can still be earned until March, and redeemed until June.

A new loyalty program will be phased in over in the summer for the US, but no word on what offers it will bring, or said program's availability in other areas.

I myself got a few freebie games from this program, and am disappointed to see it go.

Comment Re:Other (Score 1) 162

OK, here it goes, and EVERYONE has seen all this in film:

Hoverboards Flying cars
Mr. Fusion
Self lacing shoes
Self drying clothes
Formfit clothes (ie one-size-fits-all with automatic seam adjustments and all)
Ten second dehydrated ready meals (fifteen?? Are you NUTS!?)
adjustable baseball bats
Fresnel binoculars (I've seen something similar but in a loupe not a distance ocular)

And of course, the Max Headroom shop tellers, using such glitterati avatars as Ayatollah Khomeini, Michael Jackson, Rappin' Ronnie Reagan, Qadaffi...

What'll we end up with? Another fucking season of Big Brother, more shite from Simon Cowell, more denials of inappropriate behaviour from Buckingham Palace (but we won't know what they're being accused of because any complaints made against the Royal Family are now a matter of national security!), and more false flag bullshit from the Western Governments to even further shit all over our rights as citizens while we get taxed to death

Good news! You can knock one of those items off your list. Nike's on it!.

Comment Re:An overregulated province anyway... (Score 1) 184

." So you get things like mandatory Grade 13 for students going into Ontario universities (but those from outside the province don't need to take it), mandatory business closure on boxing day (even though the reason for this is lost in the mists of time for most),

Outdated info. The Ontario Academic Credit (OAC/"Grade 13") year was removed by Mike Harris (PC-ONT) back in `01-`02 (a sibling was a member of the double-cohort year [Grade 12s and OACs graduating and applying to university at the same time -- basically a royal clusterf***]). Also, I worked retail through my teens (`90s), always worked the 26th of December. And no, I was not in a designated "tourist attraction" mall (and yes, that loophole IS stupid -- either it's illegal to be open on x day or it isn't), nor were fines levied against my employer at any time. Closed on Christmas Day, yes; Boxing Day, no.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 45

From the article, it's apparently an online radio service, similar to Pandora or Spotify, except for the fact that it works in Canada.

There, FIFW. Google had better not break the one service we can reliably use up here without jumping through proxy hoops, or a bunch of us'll be pissed. I'm preparing the maple syrup cannons, just in case, eh?

Comment Kids don't bother learning (Score 1) 310

Many (not all) kids these days don't WANT to learn from a teacher because they've decided that 'if and when I need to know something, my phone/tablet/device will just tell me the answer'. This leads to them effectively having 0 memorized facts or baseline knowledge. Facts that are a foundation to do more complex things. Imagine not knowing your basic multiplication tables. I've personally tutored several (non Learning Disabled) Grade 8s that can't do basic addition in their heads; oh, but they can sure use a calculator app on their iPod like a boss. And then they promptly forget said thing they looked up. To them, if the fact can't be looked up quickly, it's not worth knowing about. If the fact can be looked up quickly, it's not worth remembering. End result, kids know nothing and can't do complex problems where several concepts need to be used at once.

Comment Re:No controller support yet (Score 1) 106

The streaming part works perfectly fine, even over slower Wifi. Gamepads aren't recognized on the remote side, though - tried Sonic Generations and my gamepad didn't show up in the config.

Sooo, Valve... could we have controller support for streaming, too? Pretty please? :-)

FWIW - Haven't had an ounce of grief using either a wired or wireless (with dongle) 360 pad on the client machine since back in Feb. with the beta (Win7 serv. --> Win8 client). Mind you, I do have the controller drivers installed on both machines (and in the case of the wireless pad, have a dongle attached to each -- they're $8 on amazon) -- maybe that's the trick?

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