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Comment Editorializing? (Score 2) 109

"Perhaps people should be more careful about the accusations they make."

Perhaps what really needs to happen is better definition of what 'full access' means and that app should be more 'careful' about which permissions they request.

"Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information,"

Comment Slap in the face to the fans (Score 1) 88

By holding the next Zelda up as a launch title for the NX instead of releasing it for the Wii U sometime in the past two years, Nintendo has completed the slap in the face that was the entire Wii U experience. It's why I don't see myself buying a NX, even though I've owned most of the previous Nintendo consoles.

The Wii U was a disaster, and I say that as a Nintendo partisan.

  • The base model doesn't have enough storage for even one AAA game download, and the deluxe model is barely any better.
  • The only way to add a hard drive is via USB 2.0... and the USB 2.0 ports don't supply enough power to drive 95% of the USB hard drives on the market.
  • Wonky built-in Wi-Fi and dodgy USB Ethernet adapter support make it difficult to get a reliable network connection. By the time Wii U came out, everyone else on the market had built-in wired Ethernet for some time.
  • Nintendo's download servers are way underpowered; I've never seen as much as 50Mbps out of a download, never mind the 200Mbps I pay for. When games weigh in at multiple gigabytes, that's a problem.
  • Online store purchases are virtually always list price. Physical copies are always substantially cheaper. And there's no way to load those physical copies into flash or the hard drive to improve load time or for mere convenience.
  • The Gamepad. Short battery life. Glitchy resistive touchscreen. Heavy. Awkward to hold. Glossy slick surface, except for the very sharp case join around the circumference that digs into your hand, making a weight-adding case a necessity.
  • First-party games that rely on the gamepad screen even when it makes absolutely no sense and interferes with gameplay. Starfox Zero, I'm looking at you.
  • System software updates that don't apply themselves in the background.
  • Blinking-light look-at-me push advertisements on the gamepad when the system is off.

And that's not even including Nintendo's inability to attract and retain third-party developers, or the general lack of power in the console itself. After all that, I don't trust Nintendo not to screw up the NX. Given Nintendo's corporate culture, I just don't see how they are going to compete with Microsoft and Sony on the console side, and with iOS/Android for casual gamers.

Government

Utah Governor: 'Porn Is a Public Health Crisis' (cnet.com) 822

An anonymous reader writes: Utah Governor Gary Herbert said on his Facebook page: "Pornography is a public health crisis. The problem is rampant, yet it thrives in secrecy and silence." He emitted this thought on signing a resolution which says porn is "a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms." In addition, it "perpetuates a sexually toxic environment." The resolution doesn't just stop there. It goes on to say "due to advances in technology and the universal availability of the Internet, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hard core, but is now considered mainstream, pornography at an alarming rate." The resolution says pornography "equates violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography." It requests "the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation." In the words of Gov. Gary Herbert, "Today's bills will start an open discussion." I couldn't agree more...

Comment Re: Sunds pretty fishy (Score 2) 184

What, you mean the USB HID standard that defines two axes of movement (X and Y) and three buttons? Or the Microsoft convention that certain buttons, on certain mice, should be mapped to forward and back—there being no actual standard for which USB HID button numbers should be mapped to those functions?

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