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Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
3:31a - things that bug me
Comics where all the characters are smiling all the time.

It just *grates*.

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3:51a
Browsing random websites and I see a site that sells used video games. Just for fun I decide to see what they have - and I end up looking at something that really summarizes the strategies of the various consoles quite nicely.

Our most popular PS2 games:
DEF JAM Vendetta, ESRB rating Teen
Ape Escape 2, ESRB rating Everyone
Resident Evil: Dead Aim, ESRB rating Mature

Our most popular XBox games:
Enter the Matrix, ESRB rating Teen
Pirates of the Caribbean, ESRB rating Teen
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War, ESRB rating Mature

Our most popular Gamecube games:
Mega Man Network Transmission, ESRB rating Everyone
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, ESRB rating Everyone
Wario World, ESRB rating Everyone

See, there's why Gamecube is failing. They've built their business around kids, and the fact is, kids don't buy consoles - their parents do. And when their parents can buy a console that plays games for kids, *or* buy a console that plays games for kids, plays games they want, *and* plays DVDs, for just $20 more . . . well, it's not much of a comparison :P

Ironically, the Gamecube has ended up being a console that only the random "I think I'll buy a console today, oh this one's silver, I'll buy it" crowd and the uberhardcore gamers have, simply because nobody else *wants* one. I can't think of any way someone could possibly do a lot of research and decide the Gamecube was the best console for them.

(note: ESRB means Entertainment Software Rating Board, which is this random group of people who's decided to make game ratings in much the same way as there are movie ratings.)

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5:44p - ah, hypocrites
So everyone knows about Microsoft, of course. (If you don't, someday I must visit the rock you're living under, in a cave, on Mars.) A lot of people complain that Microsoft's doing the whole "unfair business practices" thing - bundling copies of Windows with hardware and so forth.

Well, big news! A competitor - Lindows - has made an agreement with Seagate to bundle their OS on all Seagate's hard drives! Of course nobody's complaining about this because it's not Microsoft, and everything MS does is evil, whereas everything other companies do isn't.

If you want to detect racism in a statement, swap "white" and "black". If you want to detect sexism, swap "male" and "female". And if you want to detect hypocritical anti-MS sentiment, just swap "Microsoft" and "Lindows".

("In news today, Microsoft is bundling Windows on every Western Digital hard drive sold, completely free of charge . . ." how long would it take the Linux zealots to scream "unfair competition"?)

(Yes, I realize Microsoft is big and powerful, and Lindows isn't. This doesn't matter. If it's immoral for Microsoft to do, it should be immoral for other companies to do. There's nothing about Lindows that makes them deserve government-mandated advantages over Microsoft.)


current mood: irritated

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6:53p - summary of my current project
"So Sony's got an equivalent to XBox Live, right?"
"Uh-huh."
"And it's got this authentication server that we need to use."
"Right."
"And we've got this 500,000 line codebase which contains all the Sony Online code to hook a PS2 to the network."
"Right."
"Well, it doesn't talk to the authentication server. The people who wrote it never got around to including that."
"Okay."
"Nobody at Sony knows how the authentication server works. Nobody at Sony knows how the codebase works."
"Ooookay."
"Here's several pieces of source that might be related. Here's an out-of-date FAQ, and here's the library that, in theory, does it."
". . . Okay . . ."
"You get to add authentication server support to the codebase."
"Oy."

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