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Comment Re:Long overdue (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Totally agree. NMS is really just the current culmination of years of rot. The whole industry is rotten - especially when pre-orders started becoming a big thing - with promise big and under-deliver being a common theme.

Of course, one could say that about a lot of the software industry in general, not just games. At least with games there are ads and demos which misrepresented the end-product that one can use as evidence.

Comment Reality TV (Score 1) 403

The best way to get volunteers for this these days would probably be to make it into a reality TV series.

Producer You understand that you'll be locked in with 25 others with no chance of ever returning home and a 0.05% chance of living more than 2 years past landing
Guy: but I'll be on TV, right?
Producer: *sigh*, just sign this disclaimer here, and here.

Comment Re:Good basis for comparison (Score 1) 139

I'm pretty sure that trying to sell a video card on Amazon for over $2500 - that I can still find in stores for $100 - is *not* due to them being an approved supplier.

I assume you're not referring to the bidding thing, because obviously that's an eBay thing and doesn't apply to non-auctions.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 139

Must be country-specific, or they've changed it in the last week. Here (Canada) it's lress. I was going to say $25, but it looks like the bastards just cranked it up to $35 since I last ordered anything a few weeks ago.

Of course the item prices in Canada all seem to be near-double that of the US in many cases too (even accounting for exchange).

Comment Like p*dobear (Score 1) 364

My understanding is that in the early stages, the bear was inserted into pictures to show people that "anyone can see this picture and might be 'enjoying' it for other reasons"/ It was anti-perverts using it as a warning against posting your kids private pics online

Later PB pretty much got adopted as a mascot for perverts.

Comment Good basis for comparison (Score 1) 139

I usually hit Amazon early for two reasons
a) They often have product spec sheets that I can look up.
b) It gives me a basis for comparison.

However I've noticed that for a lot of stuff their pricing algo's lately are way out of whack, especially for older stuff. For example, a slightly older video card which is going for $100 on eBay or stores (where available) is listed on Amazon at $2500, presumably because they're harder to come by but there's still some demand. For $2500 I could build a whole rig including the latest gen card.

Not that others aren't a mess as well. I regularly see people caught up in eBay bids for used stuff that exceeds the price I could buy it new.

Comment Sometimes works in reverse (Score 1) 454

On the other hand, sometimes this works in reverse. I've had people who don't think much of workers from their own race, as they come with a lot of baggage and bad history. It's kind of odd to think that you'd have a Chinese manager who doesn't hire Chinese, or an Indian manager who doesn't like Indian workers, but it definitely can happen.

In most places where I've seen people of a given origin clustered, it's often a communication thing where side-conversations are often in a non-english language that they all share. This effectively excludes people from other languages/cultures, which I suppose some could find frustrating. Never bothered me though as generally such conversations are not work-related.

Comment NNTP (Score 1) 203

I was a pretty strong NNTP user until some of my more regular groups became unavailable (dropped by ISP, probably due to piracy concerns) and the rest started getting spam-flooded.

The big difference in this, other than distribution, is that NNTP was generally synchronised by topic, whereas I'm speaking more on something like a distributed "site" seemed and keyed by a single author/organisation. I.E. for Krebs, only he or somebody affiliated with him should be able to post.

Another user mentioned "ipfs". It seems a bit complicated to setup but is a similar premise.

Comment Re:Great idea! Articles could be categorized and d (Score 1) 203

Gee, sarcasm.

newsgroups are different than a P2P seeding system. There wasn't really a peer so much that your ISP and some other major odies would keep local cache's of the top groups. The obvious disadvantage of this being that those same bodies get to choose which newsgroups they clone/share, whereas in P2P anyone who has picked up the document/article/whatever is potentially also a peer.

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