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Comment Re:Don't call it a tablet? (Score 3, Insightful) 115

No One: "Oh, and could you also throw in a monthly fee for online multiplayer like Xbox Live and PSN, but make us use our iPhones for basic features that those services have provided for fifteen years now, like voice chat and matchmaking?"

Nintendo: "Yep, gotcha...."

No One: "And can you make it so we can't just transfer over all our Virtual Console games, so we have to buy them all over again?"

Nintendo: "We hear you. No problem."

Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 2) 115

Games don't need to be played on powerful systems to be performant, pretty, and fun.

Man, I'm sick of that argument. Nintendo fans has been saying that for over 15 years now, and it's still just as silly as it was back when Nintendo basically gave up trying to compete with Sony.

Yes, you can still have fun with an old Pong console from 1977. But if you release it to compete with modern consoles, no one is going to pay $300 for it.

The core demographic of Nintendo lines are not children, they are families and 20-somethings that aren't into whatever the latest Call of Duty is.

No, their core demographics are kids and nostalgic adults who won't grow up.

It is important when discussing poignant points like you have presented that we understand that Nintendo sells most of their consoles at a profit while Xbox and Playstation have largely been subsidized, and yet Nintendo still sells.

Actually, from what I understand that hasn't been true for several years now. They've been losing money on the WiiU from the get-go. The 3DS and a big bankroll they had saved up has basically been keeping them afloat.

Comment Re:Sure... (Score 1) 115

What it really is is just a backdoor way for Nintendo to leave the console market, while saving face. They get to leave the console market while claiming that TECHNICALLY they didn't. Unfortunately, it will probably do damage to their handheld line too. But with Sony seemingly throwing in the towel in the handheld market, they don't have any real competition to exploit this weakness.

Submission + - California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun (latimes.com)

schwit1 writes: California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by the Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion.

The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices for federal grants and continuing failures to acquire needed property.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority originally anticipated completing the Central Valley track by this year, but the federal risk analysis estimates that that won’t happen until 2024, placing the project seven years behind schedule.

Submission + - Fark, BoingBoing falsely accused by Google of posting child porn (inc.com)

bizwriter writes: Fark.com, BoingBoing, and Skepchick are just three of allegedly many sites that have found themselves accused by Google of posting "indecent" material and seeing their ads completely pulled. But the changes, determined by a combination of algorithms and humans, can be wildly untrue (like claiming that a picture of a clothed adult woman on Fark or an old BoingBoing news story about Pedobear was child porn). Most recently, Fark has found itself on the brink of going out of business as a result.

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