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Comment Re:More like... (Score 1) 227

Especially since data caps work differently from contract to contract. Some ISPs will bill you extra if you go over. Some will cut you off. Some will provide you with infinite service at very low speeds once you go over your cap. Some will do a mix like selling you on additional data pack before reducing your speed.

Data caps are difficult and I don't think all of them can be seen as equal. And they definitely can't be expressed well in terms of cookies.

Comment Re: these new companies trying to get around old l (Score 1) 259

I hadn't tried but that was because I was at work and was browsing Slashdot while waiting for Visual Studio to finish installing. I saw someone mention something interesting and asked for further information so I could read up on it later. No time for research right then but that doesn't mean I'd pass up an interesting read if someone could offer me one.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Does Windows apply compatibility settings automatically every time the program is launched or does it create a shrtcut that applies the settings? I seem to remember that at least older versions of Windows created a shortcut, which is completely useless for Steam games where the .exe is in a known location and is called directly by Steam.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Still, UHD is awesome for gaming if your GPU can hack it. I just dropped 650 bucks on a 27" UHD monitor with FreeSync and the quality increase is worth the money. Just being able to run the game at a resolution where you have built-in AA because some of the jaggies are too small to make out with the human eye is very nice. (Of course it helps that the old one has much worse dynamic contrast and no FreeSync. Still, the resolution makes a difference.)

Unfortunately, Windows doesn't support UHD very well. You can use display scaling but it completely hoses windowed fullscreen mode in games because Windows cheerfully applies its scaling to those as well, telling them that your desktop resolution is something like 1706x960. Also, some programs simply won't scale. In some cases the programs scale but certain dialogs won't. Or the text scales but the button icons won't. It's a mess. You'd think that Windows would just report a different resolution to those programs and then upscale with a shader but apparently that didn't work out very well because Redmond obviously took a different approach.

Comment 100% EU access or your money back! (Score 5, Informative) 315

I think Japan's point is that they built a bunch of factories and local headquarters in the UK specifically to deal with the European market. That was the big selling point. With the UK no longer being part of the European market Japan is understandably unhappy. So they give the UK two options:

1. The UK makes sure that Japan doesn't lose much by staying there. That means trade with the EU must work as if the UK were still a member. That means a huge free trade agreement needs to be secured ASAP.
2. A lot of Japanese companies will abandon their UK factories and headquarters and build new ones on the continent because staying in the UK is no longer financially sound. The UK loses a whole bunch of jobs and tax income and the Japanese companies lose a whole bunch of sunk money. Nobody wants this scenario.

Of course scenario 1 is hindered by the fact that the EU isn't keen on making trade agreements with a leaving member before the member has even left. So they're pushing for the UK to just invoke Article 50 already so things can get started.


tl;dr: Yes, the door is open - for Japanese companies to leave the UK. If you want to avoid that you'll have to convince them that trade with the EU won't be impacted by Brexit.

Comment Re:This application needs a game in it (Score 1) 194

Note that Ingress players haven't been able to add portals for the last year because Niantic couldn't keep up and hasn't been able to come up with an automated system. Since PG relies in Ingress location data that leaves that game outdated as well, referencing locations that no longer exist and missing new POIs.

If that is "all their effort" then Niantic obviously does not have the resources to pull off something on the scale of PG successfully. They can barely keep the much smaller Ingress going!

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 3, Insightful) 194

Well, this how Pokemon games have been since back on Gameboy. It's the same thing, over and over.. You go to a town, you battle some people, you find some stuff, you leave town and you catch some Pokemon and you battle some people and then you find some stuff. It's not all that different, it's just that fad players are getting bored with it because they never played all the other games.

Only in the same sense that Heavy Rain boils down to "you watch a cutscene, then you do a quicktime event and watch more cutscenes followed by more QTEs". Technically it's true on a certain level but it misrepresents the game and its appeal.

Your typical Pokemon game is focused on growth; you have to carefully build a team that can take on your opponents and you can't do that by constantly tossing out your 'mons. Training a 'mon up requires some time investment, thus you actually need to plan ahead instead of just going with whatever. Also, the various attacks actually make a difference and make the fights more complex than just "keep attacking until someone faints".

PG, on the other hand, has none of those elements. It barely even has fights and those fights don't really amount to anything. The meat of the game is literally to catch 'mons which become utterly useless shortly after when your level allows you to catch superior 'mons. There is nothing to achieve, no growth of any kind, no strategy or tactics. It's Pokemon without everything that made it interesting.

(And this comes from someone who was never a particularly big Pokemon fan and only played one of the first generation games. Even I can tell just how much PG is missing compared to the main series.)

Comment Re:No Shit. (Score 1) 194

Depends on where you are. Back when I played I threw away pokeballs by the dozen because for every 'mon I ran into I passed by at least two pokestops. And that's true for every city with a five- or six-digit population I've been to (where I bothered playing). In rural areas this changes dramatically, though.

Comment Re:Pet Rock (Score 2, Insightful) 194

That's the problem: PG isn't very fun. The novelty of throwing virtual spheres at virtual animals quickly wears off and there's pretty much no other content. You catch Pokemon, then you level up and catch slightly stronger Pokemon. Gyms only exist so you can increase the meaningless CP stat on your 'mons even further, still for no actual gain other than making future gym battles easier. Oh, and training at a gym only works well if you're already stronger than the strongest Pokemon in there, making it extra pointless.

PG has everything it needed to make a big splash upon arrival - but very little staying power courtesy of its extremely simple and sparse gameplay. To compare it with another massively hyped mobile game, Neko Atsume: NA also has very sparse gameplay with extremely low stakes and limited interaction. But still unexpected things happen in that game, there is an antagonist of sorts (TUBBS! *shakes fist*) and it isn't an offshoot of an RPG series built around its deep combat system and strategic teambuilding. NA says "let's get some cats into your backyard so you can take cute pictures of them!" and delivers just that while PG, by virtue of its heritage, has people expecting exciting battles, teambuilding and carefully training of 'mons - all of which are not present.

In its current state PG is more of a tech demo than an actual game.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

Not everyone lives on the cutting edge. My phone is expected to last me for another three years at least - my needs simply won't exceed what's possible with today's technology before then. While they are growing they are't growing that fast: My current phone already fits my entire music collection plus a few episodes of whichever show I want to watch and is plenty fast enough to play it al. VR/AR was cute for a while but hasn't yet produced a killer app that would keep my attention for more than a few minutes (and besides, sufficiently good realtime positioning for AR would probably require an upgrade of the GPS satellite network first). I'm essentially doing nothing the original iPhone couldn't do except with a bigger screen and more cycles to spare.

There is no sufficiently disruptive technology on the horizon to warrant a new phone soon; next year's models will pretty much just have a faster CPU, more RAM and more storage than today's - and I'm starved for none of the three.

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