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    Moto X - "The first smartphone that you can design yourself."

    Yeah, it was but they never really took advantage of the darks. This seems like they're actually embracing the technology for more than just stupidly vivid colors (which I'm not a fan of.) I watched that video too and it got me excited. Obviously the Note 3 is going to tear this a new one in...
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    Moto X - "The first smartphone that you can design yourself."

    Well, the purpose of ActiveDisplay is to reduce the power draw for screen on time. Whether it catches on or not is a different issue, but early rumblings from reviewers is that they actually like it and use it a lot.
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    New Nexus 7 July 20..anyone?

    No, this is going both ways. Both 1.41/A4 and 1.6 are versatile aspect ratios. But 1.6 is a better compromise between 16:9 video and A4 documents, plus it's perfect for legal documents. On top of that, you're ignoring ergonomics. The iPad mini fits more of a site, but it's still not enough...
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    New Nexus 7 July 20..anyone?

    So you read two pages of a book at a time? For a 10" it can work, for a 7" there's no way you want both pages on the same screen. I'v never seen a single person read books double paged on their iPad mini. It's too small, so they reduce it to one page at a time, and are left with a ton of...
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    New Nexus 7 July 20..anyone?

    I disagree. Maybe at the 10" level, but the small 7-8" ones seem prime for book reading, and books are actually closer to 16:10 than 4:3.
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    New Nexus 7 July 20..anyone?

    It's a smaller and newer chip, but the difference between an S4 Pro and Exynos Quad isn't substantial, if at all. It mostly loses in GPU performance. http://.com/cpus/Samsung-Exynos-4-Quad-(4412)-vs-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-S4-Pro-(APQ8064)...
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    New Nexus 7 July 20..anyone?

    First benchmark is out: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/07/23/new-nexus-7-codename-razor-fully-detailed-and-benchmarked-2gb-of-ram-snapdragon-s4-pro-and-1920x1200-screen/ It's got an S4 Pro, not a 600. So it's a slightly better Nexus 4 with an awesome screen. I think I'll actually be...
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    R.I. Has Made $700k Off Kingdoms of Amalur

    It was very WoW-like, although I think the story was handled much better than Warcraft's has lately. I honestly remember less of the quests and more of the repetitive dungeons. It was kind of like the inverse of Skyrim, with weak/repetitive side quests (aside from a couple that really stand...
  9. J

    Man Selling House For Bitcoins

    How much tracability and protection is there with bitcoins? I mean obviously there's heavy encryption, but what about in the case of user error? Is there insurance against that? Also, how liquid is it?
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    New York Public Library Blocks The Pirate Bay

    Is that the best you could come up with? The NYPL system is actually awesome and dare I say one of the best libraries in the world. They've been doing a series of video game events, kind of like a film series, where they bring in developers to actually go through their games and discuss them...
  11. J

    You Are Petty And Juvenile For Complaining About SimCity

    I understand what he's saying, but art isn't necessarily defined by a creator's vision. Especially if you want to sell that art, as animators and designers do, it has to be tailored, at least in part, towards customers' needs. The creators had a vision for the game they wanted and they...
  12. J

    Apple's Schiller Blasts Android

    Especially when the iPod Touch is considered below average in MP3 players for both battery life and audio fidelity. I'm not sure how you're really supposed to compare an MP3 player to a first generation 4G phone. My Cowon mp3 player gets a lovely 60 hours of battery life.
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Models move slower in CoD are relatively larger and aiming is easier. In terms of aim and reflexes, I don't think CoD comes close to Quake and definitely not CS. That said, CoD does require much better vision than the other games, and that's a physical skill no one gives it credit for. It's...
  14. J

    What 2013 Is Supposed To Look Like, According To 1988

    ^I mean take it to a mechanic
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    What 2013 Is Supposed To Look Like, According To 1988

    Take even a gas engine 2013 car and do that, and they'd have no idea what to do with it, and they wouldn't have the tools to do anything. Especially once you get down to the harness and electronics, cars have changed a hell of a lot in 20 years. The externals just remain similar.
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    Apple's Schiller Blasts Android

    This is the point where Apple turns back into a Microsoft clone. On the defensive and too much talking about their competitors.
  17. J

    New Credit Card Fees Kick in Sunday

    1. A lot of cards offer extra percentage back on things like gas and pharmaceuticals, off-setting the price increase. 2. You can use a credit card without being charged interest. In fact, if you're pulling from a savings account or something, you gain money on interest by using a CC. You're...
  18. J

    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Yeah, I just mean that the pistol was super overpowered on console as well. I think they supernerfed it when Halo 2 came out.
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Pistol was the most powerful weapon in the game on Xbox as well. :P I think the bigger differences are slower movement speeds, larger target areas, autoaim, and lack of recoil.
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Recoil control requires more than just burst fire. There are projectile weapons in CS, and players don't just die in one second. There's so much more going on than aiming, the truth is that your aim gets better the worse your opponent is. That is, the more confident and aggressive you are...
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    You're basically describing a pub. I'm not going to compare playing in CAL-i to screwing around in RA3 because they're totally different settings with different goals. The actual metagame of top level CS has been much, much higher than that for quite a while. Plus being an admin/ref, I...
  22. J

    Women On Facebook A Bunch of Lying Liars?

    1. Why don't articles ever cite their stupid sources anymore? I can't find the Pencourage study nor the OnePoll study. 2. Why is there nothing regarding men, or just people?
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Really? Because on the other hand CS uses hitboxes, which requires more precise aiming than you'll get in Quake. Tracking someone with the LG is extremely hard, but not as hard as if you'd have to track their head. On top of that is recoil, which is also something you'll barely find in...
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    I don't think you know what you're talking about. CS slowed down FPS gaming, but it included a much more in depth team and strategy element than TDM or CTF had before it. And it was never reduced to just aim, because there's so many things that can disrupt aim, the most underrated of which...
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    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    This is the difference between product features and customer needs. I'm glad you noticed it. A customer's domain is their needs, a developer's domain are the product features that meet the needs. If you ask a customer about product features (in this case like Henry Ford and a faster horse,"...
  26. J

    CoD Has Ruined A Generation of Shooter Players

    Except he's not talking about that. In fact, the things he's complaining about were prevalent in Quake too. Instant acceleration and powerful weapons?! *gasp*
  27. J

    Professional Boxer Tracks Down Internet Troll

    I hope everyone reads this post.
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    PS4 Will Out-Power Most PCs For Years To Come

    Because the other key part of the quote is: Will it out-power most PC's for people playing Crysis 3 or Sim City? Maybe not. For their games, however, it might very well be that the amount and speed of RAM is one of their major bottlenecks.
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    PS4 Will Out-Power Most PCs For Years To Come

    I'm pleasantly surprised by the first page of posters. Most people actually read further into the article, or at least the quote, rather than just jumping on the headline. Well done, [H]. :)
  30. J

    Boy Scouts Introduce Badge for Game Design

    There's a difference between forcing change and ostracizing. I believe we should be able to do the latter, not the former. Same principle applies to hate groups like the KKK.
  31. J

    Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are A Scam

    We're bad but not that bad. The reason dash cams are so prevalent in Russia is specifically because car accident/insurance scams are so high. All in all, they're fairly rare in the US.
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    It's Wrong to Pretend Video Games Are Art

    Spec Ops is the finest to come out recently, imo. I think the problem stems from the attention things like Mass Effect and GTA get. When GTA4 came out, people were actually comparing it to the Godfather, and it's really nothing close. Both are fun and interesting, but their plots are...
  33. J

    Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition

    Awesome parenting.
  34. J

    Megaupload Shutdown Boosted Digital Movie Revenues

    Actually, didn't Megavideo have a 75 minute cap? If I recall correctly, it did, so you're right it wouldn't be good at all for movies. I think it was better for TV.
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    Megaupload Shutdown Boosted Digital Movie Revenues

    If these were major issues for people, then it would't have been by far the #1 locker/video sharer. The people they're talking about 1. don't care about HD video 2. live in Spain/France/Italy/etc. so their internet already had very limited speeds to begin with.
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    Megaupload Shutdown Boosted Digital Movie Revenues

    It did, but it purposefully didn't work very well. MegaUpload and RapidShare were big enough, however, that they had separate search sites dedicated to them, plus most of the link aggregates went to MegaVideo anyways. What you'd really have to look at is traffic numbers, and how much of...
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    Megaupload Shutdown Boosted Digital Movie Revenues

    I know he was, but the authors didn't ignore the fact that there's other places to get files. They're saying in the places where MegaUpload was so popular that it basically hit mainstream (ie. Southern Europe), it reached a level of consumer who doesn't actually know how to search for pirated...
  38. J

    Megaupload Shutdown Boosted Digital Movie Revenues

    Depends how much you know. It's really not that hard to believe, among casual downloaders/viewers.
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    Best Buy Copies Yahoo, Kills Work At Home Program

    True, it depends if middle management is catching hell too, because they should be. We only got a snippet from an HR email, so we barely know the actual story.
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    Best Buy Copies Yahoo, Kills Work At Home Program

    http://www.businessinsider.com/how-marissa-mayer-figured-out-work-at-home-yahoos-were-slacking-off-2013-3 Poor management led to that point (since the previous management should've been checking that stuff) but that doesn't help you solve the situation at hand, since you can't reverse the...
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