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Comment Re:Making the calculation (Score 1) 195

A pre-owned Wii from GameStop will cost you $50, and NES games from the virtual console are roughly $5 each, so you'd be looking at spending about $200 for the same set of games. If you care at all about video quality, also keep in mind that the Wii only has analog video output, and your typical fancy HD TV looks awful when upscaling analog video.

So it compares pretty favorably, I'd say.

Comment Obligatory nitpick (Score 5, Insightful) 110

The company also couldn't say whether customers will see the problem fix itself with another software update or if they will need to head into dealers to get it fixed. Some users on Twitter have reported success with disconnecting their battery for a few moments to force a reset of the system.

If a reset of the system can fix the problem, it's not bricked. If a software update can fix it, it's also not bricked.

"Bricked" means it is completely unrepairable and useless as anything other than a brick.

Comment Re:Something that works. (Score 1) 637

And keep a copy in your wallet in the middle of a much longer (e.g. 100 character) sequence.
Your brain's pattern recognition machinery will immediately recognize the correct sequence, but nobody else will.

That seems kind of pointless. If I found that piece of paper and wanted to try to use it to break your password, it would take me about five minutes to write a script that would try every possible substring of characters in that.

Comment Re:result of abuse (Score 1) 1080

So what you're complaining about is government intervention, not capitalism. Which makes you a conservative, or maybe a libertarian.

Unfortunately, those labels are functionally useless. The party that is supported by a majority of "conservatives" is not actually anti-government intervention at all; they are, in general, huge fans of the military industrial complex and are wholly in favor of legislating morality (see all of the recent hubbub about bathroom laws that should've never been an issue in the first place). The capital-L "Libertarian" party is fundamentally against government on principle and opposes any sort of government regulation of private industry; that seems nice until you realize that if it was up to them, we'd all still be using leaded gasoline, there'd be just a single massive monopoly that rules telecommunications, and you could be fired for joining a union.

I can't speak for the original poster, but I suspect he's not against all government intervention, just the government spending his tax money on things he doesn't like. I'll bet he's all in favor of the government subsidizing higher education, breaking up monopolies, protecting individuals from corporate abuse, and improving road infrastructure.

Comment Re: Ghee... (Score 1) 190

You can still contribute partially to a Roth IRA if you make up to $131k, or $183/$193 if you're married filing jointly. There's also no limit to contributions on a Traditional IRA, even though the rates aren't nearly as good (but still better than you'll get from a savings account).

And quite frankly, if you're already maxing out your 401(k) contributions and you make enough that you can't contribute to a Roth IRA, congratulations, you're a member of the upper middle class and you're going to be just fine (unless you make a series of terrible decisions and squander your money). You don't need simple financial advice.

Comment Re:Ghee... (Score 2) 190

And for those of us saving up to buy most of a house outright or to start a business and not storing the money for retirement?

Well, what you have to ask yourself is: Do you want your money to be easily accessible or do you want to (safely) make money off of it? There's nothing wrong with putting your money in a savings account as long as you realize that it's just a holding area and you're not going to make a significant amount off of it.

Realize the saving up to buy a house outright is something that basically nobody does, and the finance industry isn't going to help you out with that; they want you to put 20% down and take out a loan for the rest. Same with starting a business. You can withdraw up to 10k out of a Roth IRA without penalty for a first-time home purchase, so there's that.

But if you want to try to make money and your cash easily available, the stock market is probably your best option. Invest in some low-risk stocks and cross your fingers.

Comment Re:Ghee... (Score 1) 190

So I can get 0.05% at Boeing's credit union? No thanks. Why would I do that when GS pays 21 times more?

Because "savings" accounts are an awful deal if you're trying to actually make money off of the interest. If you have $10k that you can let sit in your savings account for 5 years, at a 1.05% APY you will make about $500 in that time. Tell you what, I'll give you that $500 up front if you let me hold on to that $10k for five years. Does that sound like a good deal now?

A savings/checking account is just a place to store your money on hand so that somebody can't break into your house and take it all. Go stick your money in a Roth IRA or a 401(k) instead if you actually want to save.

Comment Re:Dangerous Zealots. (Score 1) 191

So basically, unless you're nice to somebody and ask them easy questions, you're a troll. I guess I was never told that you weren't allowed to ask harsh questions in an interview.

And you appear to have missed that my complaint is not "someone downmodding the obvious trolls", but that there were many questions like this that were sitting at +5 until days after the article had been posted, and they were suddenly downmodded to 0 or -1 within minutes. There are other people in that article observing it. You don't think that's odd?

Comment Re:Dangerous Zealots. (Score 1) 191

Let me remind you, then. For example, here's a good one about why she completely ignores class privilege whenever the subject of "privilege" comes up: https://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=7684791&cid=50109951

Here's one questioning why she considers herself a leader in the gaming industry even though she's produced nothing noteworthy: https://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=7684791&cid=50109875

Comment Re:Dangerous Zealots. (Score 3, Informative) 191

Ok, so all the posters being called SJWs here on Slashdot or Reddit or elsewhere for having an opinion have such magical censorship powers? Good to know how you view your reality and people you disagree with.

Do you remember that time Slashdot interviewed Brianna Wu, and a few days after the "Ask your questions" article was posted, the majority of comments or questions that were critical of her -- several of which were at +5 -- was suddenly modded down to -1? And then every question she was asked was a total softball?

Comment Re:Space capsule (Score 1) 430

Take a look at interior, the pictures here and tell me that's not something to die for.

Actually, I was thinking about putting down the cash for it until I looked at the interior. That dashboard is awful -- there's so much wasted space, and unless I'm missing something, the entire interface is on a tablet that's just propped up in the middle. Looking away from the road to see anything is bad, and a lack of tactile feedback for any operation is even worse because it means you must look away from the road to do anything. I don't want that at all.

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