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Comment Re:Pre-orders backlash + Amazon Prime discount (Score 1) 119

First off is the major pre-order backlash that's growing, which was further fueled this year by disappointing releases like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ...

What didn't you like about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? I played it and enjoyed it, and thought it was worthwhile even at $60. Steam tells me I played it for 49 hours; I consider a mere $1.22 per hour a good deal.

Comment Re:You missed the point. It's about relativity. (Score 2) 167

Personally, I would rather pay a reasonable fee every year than get hit with a enormous upgrade cost every 4 years.

Windows 10 (retail version) costs about $130. Over 4 years, that works out to $2.71 per month. Maybe you can just drop $3 in your piggy bank the 1st of each month, to help soften the terrible economic blow.

I'd leave Windows if it went to a rental-only model. (For what it's worth, I'm only on Windows Otherwise, I'd be just as happy on macOS or desktop Linux.)

Comment Re:battery life a braindead argument (Score 1) 300

Some of this is the fault of HDMI - the HDMI consortium demands that all HDMI cables should have male ends and that's it.

You can buy HDMI cables that are male on one end and female on the other.

And I believe they demand that you can't convert HDMI into anything else.

I use an HDMI to DVI-D cable all the time.

It makes it a huge pain in the ass. HDMI should just be quarantined to home video, and computing should move ahead with DisplayPort. It's better in just about every way, as well as being an open standard.

How is DisplayPort better than HDMI? Cables seem to cost the same. The picture is still 100% digital (should be identical). Can you elaborate on what you're talking about?

I get the feeling you must be confusing HDMI with something else.

Comment Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 131

Apple customers want whatever Apple execs tell them to want.

That might be true of some Apple customers, but I can tell you that I'm an Apple customer, and I assure you that I chose iPhone over Android because, based on my research, I think iPhone has a better security, reliability, and longevity story. When I'm ready to upgrade, I'll reevaluate the smartphone landscape again.

Apple tells them "thin is in!" and Apple customers believe that thinness is the most important thing ever.

Actually, one of the reasons I bought an OtterBox for my iPhone was to fatten it up and make it easier to hold. The other reason being, of course, protection, since the phone was pretty expensive.

You seem kind of unthinking and religious in your hatred of people who choose to buy and use Apple products.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

We're just being bossed around by someone else now.

I agree with that. The problem seems to be that we are either getting bossed around by one group of people or another.

This is why I'm thinking more and more that we should leave more up to the individuals states and less to the federal government.

It's an imperfect solution, but it does give like minded people the opportunity to live together and govern themselves. Maybe then we would have less animosity.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

That is democracy isn't it? Better than two wolves and three sheep deciding the wolves should get to decide.

I think that's called "the tyranny of the majority".

This is why I'm increasingly in favor of states' rights. Urban areas shouldn't necessarily get to decide how rural folk should live, and rural folk shouldn't necessarily get to decide how urbanites should live.

It's admittedly an imperfect solution, but I think like minded people should have the right to live together and govern themselves.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 4, Insightful) 1069

Yes, only in America can you win by 3 million votes and still somehow lose. Thanks, Electoral College!

I think that's actually the Electoral College working as designed and intended.

Would it really be fair if the population of New York City alone got to boss around the 10 lowest population states? Without the Electoral College, would politicians even bother courting anyone except cities with Population Density Disorder?

I'm starting to become a believer in states' rights and a more limited federal government so that like minded people can live together and govern themselves, rather than urbanites getting to dictate how everyone should be forced to live.

Comment Re:Full Employment Act for Comedians (Score 1) 1069

Trump is ... an embarrassment, at best, but the overheated histrionics of the Left wore very very thin a long time ago.

The histrionics have been happening for a while now. In 2000 and 2004, when George W. Bush was elected, the left insisted the world was practically coming to an end.

In 2008 and 2012, when Barack Obama was elected, the right insisted the world was practically coming to an end.

And now that Donald Trump has been elected in 2016, the left is insisting the world is practically coming to an end.

The real problem, in my opinion, is that people are seemingly no longer capable of critical thinking. They've chosen their religion -- oops, excuse me, political party -- and have turned off their brains.

I consider myself 1/3 liberal, 1/3 conservative, and 1/3 other, because that's just how I see the issues. It's kind of lonely.

Meanwhile, both major political parties are busy bending us over and fucking us good and hard. Sigh.

Comment Re:Reaction to recall: (Score 1) 202

Someone should *REALLY* call child protection service over this one. If the (grand-)parents are *THAT* stupid, chances are high that the kid is exposed to other risks due to the irresponsibility and stupidity of close family.

A lot of people don't watch or read the news -- and I don't blame them, as it's 99% hyped up garbage.

I can easily imagine a lot of affected Note 7 owners -- approximately 2.5 million of them -- weren't exposed to the recall message for some reason.

Sitting in such harsh judgment is pretty immature.

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