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Comment Congratulations,your PC is now a governance device (Score 3, Insightful) 172

The camera "sees" the user and even knows which user it is seeing. The camera then locks the screen immediately when the user is not present.

How long before the computer "sees" the user and notifies the police that they can pick up their known dissident. I mean, really, given the kind of governance we're about to enter into, this (not to mention Alexa-like audio surveillance "features") are the last thing I'd want on any equipment in my home.

And no, I don't have anything to hide. But conversely, I also don't use the restroom in the middle of 5th Avenue. Privacy is a thing, even in a world full of morons who think it isn't.

Comment Re:Strategically important (Score 1) 20

Yes, quite carried away. Your exposition is quite naive in thinking that people think in the scope you think they do. The failure to respond has been repeated historically quite a number of times.

And I think your timing of off by 50+ years, nothing will happen until people are really starving.

Nothing will likely happen until the 0.1% are starving, by which time it will be too late to do anything. The only reason to even hold out what little hope there is, is that people like the grandparent are at least thinking about, and worrying about, these things. If enough do, then real change can happen. Like the outcry that forced the Republicans to back off (at least for now) gutting the House Ethics committee, when the masses do voice their concern, they are heard. Unfortunately we all feel too weak, and too powerless, to make much noise unless things really hit the fan (by which point it is often too late). This is not an accident, and there are very specific reasons we as citizens are constantly made to feel powerless (hint: it benefits those running the show, on whichever side of the aisle).

Comment DRM paradise (Score 1) 229

While this request has DRM implications I really don't like (lense to screen encryption) and is no doubt an MPAA wet-dream, I unfortunately have to support this, as the clear and present danger to journalists, and the potential for regimes like the Trump Administration, Putin, et. al. to distort or destroy evidence of wrongdoing, demand something like this. At least with encryption journalists can keep their data safe, and if done properly, we can detect changes to the raw video/audio data. Both of which will be critical if we don't permanently want to live in a so-called "post-truth" reality (which really means "nothing but lies, lies, and more lies" reality).

Comment Not digging the large screen applications of VR (Score 1) 16

I really enjoy VR, but I think these "large screen feel" applications of VR is kinda silly. Because of the screen door effect and the fact that each eye gets half the resolution, the large screen pictures look low-rezed. I think it might be something that's fun once the resolution gets much higher.

Comment Re:I just bought one last week (Score 1) 73

Maybe you can help me a bit. With Mario, the gameplay element is jumping. When you jump on different objects or enemy types they react differently. Jumping on a Koopa is different than jumping on a Goomba and so on. These reactions are arranged into an amazing and creative game. With Splatoon, the gameplay element is team based ink coverage. Each weapon has a different take on such a task. Different modes provide additional twists on this idea of covering the world with ink. It is this varied, yet easy to understand concepts by what I mean by gameplay first.

Bloodborne, and I know I'm judging a game by its title, sounds like something where you get weapons and kill things. Sometimes there are things that are harder to kill. But the concept is the same. Get weapon, kill things, move. Get weapon, kill things. move. Just like Space Invaders. Kill thing and move isn't something that interest me. Perhaps you can help me understand how Bloodborne should be in my library. I just don't see me bringing it home and saying, "Hey kids! Let's sit around the PS4 and play Bloodborne!" or "Guys, want to come over to my house after work?" "To play Smash!?" "No to 'Bloodborne' it up!" Please convince me on what I'm missing.

You get what I'm saying? I'm sure Bloodborne and games like it are challenging and entertaining to a certain group of gamers, but not for me. So if I don't get excited about the next "mash 'x' and kill things" games, don't worry. I'll still support the PS4 by buying games like 'Dragon Quest Builders'.

Comment Re:I just bought one last week (Score 1) 73

If we ignore the awesome remakes and amazing multiplatform indie games, the Wii U had: Splatoon, Pikmin 3, Nintendoland, Wonderful 101, Smash Bros., Toad's Treasure Tracker, Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Maker, and Mario Kart 8. These are all high quality games that are fun to play. Many of the games above are probably quality games, but not anything I'd want to play personally. I'll probably pick up Little Big Planet 3, Tearaway, Dragon Quest Builders, Ni No Kuni 2, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 for the PS4. Perhaps even the Kingdom Hearts games if I have time.

I'm more of a game play first kinda gamer than a "watch a 'movie' about killing things that requires mashing the 'x' button a whole lot" kinda gamer. But there's nothing wrong if someone likes that sorta thing.

Comment Re:I just bought one last week (Score 1) 73

So what you're saying is that the PS4 is a powerful console without games? ie games == space in your analogy?

I don't think that's entirely true or fair. There are some really fun games that I'm thinking of picking up such as Dragon Quest Builders. Also I'm going to try out PSVR as I hear they have some asynchronous games similar to Nintendo Land.

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