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Comment Re:Pay to upgrade their experience to what? (Score 1) 135

You say that as if paid games are somehow better than pirated ones. I've bought plenty of paid games sometimes multiple times each. Each time I end up downloading and playing a cracked version because it wouldn't tell me I couldn't play it if my 'net screwed up or if their DRM scheme somehow screwed up.

The cracked versions are an upgrade, and this coming from a paying customer.

Getting games to work correctly is hard enough without introducing new ways they can fail on purpose that can also fail on accident.

Comment Re:No 64-bit? (Score 1) 313

PAE, muthafugga. 32-bit Linux hasn't been limited to 4 gigs of ram for a long time. If you're rocking a processor that's Pentium Pro or newer (I know, pretty hard to find something so powerful nowadays) you're limited to a puny 64 gigs.

Unless you're running Windows: "According to Geoff Chappell, Microsoft limits 32-bit versions of Windows to 4 GB as a matter of its licensing policy" -- from

Comment Re:Whole quote (Score 1) 290

Yep! Another fun one: I wasn't happy at all when it decided to update my profile with my phone number, when I'd been making sure to keep my phone number far away from my profile for years. It didn't ask. Thanks, Facebook, for sharing my private information with who knows how many people without asking or warning me. Fuck that app.

Comment Re:The best part... (Score 1) 441

Your post also solves a symptom and not the problem - that most people don't know enough to care about their OS. "Does it facebook?" is the average user's concern.
That's a good thing and a bad thing. It's nice that they usually don't have to care but it does suck that they're oblivious to the fact that they even have options.

Comment Re:Who can blame them? (Score 1) 649

A (literally) mom'n'pop shop is concerned about a few thousand, yes. It's a percentage of their income and it matters - a 2 person shop will definitely miss a couple thousand. Additionally, no they can not get dev hardware with an e-mail. If that was true every 14 year old girl that wants the latest phone could whip up an e-mail pretending to be a successful dev. The only companies that get free dev hardware are large ones. Little shops (less than 20 devs) pay for every transistor.

Who except Apple cares about the behavior of little shops? Uhhh... little shops do...

Comment Re:A Contract Is What? (Score 1) 467

I've worked for a few places that gave me their invention assignment agreements in .doc format. They wanted me to print it, sign it, give it back.
If I'd felt the terms were not reasonable I would have just edited it, signed it, and handed it in without a word. Problem solved.
In my case the terms were reasonable enough so I left them unmodified.

Comment Re:C/C++ faster but produces more bugs (Score 1) 670

A good point. While it doesn't apply to every problem, scope-level memory management is much more reliable and high-performing than dynamic allocation. In some (very few: unbalanced binary trees, etc) situations it would be silly to use anything but dynamic allocation, but in most cases static is the best for performance and reliability by a long shot.

Comment Re:Yes but... (Score 1) 128

Likewise, people who see that Amazon can easily weather a moderately aggressive DDoS like that juvenile tantrum thrown by Anonymous now have that much more of a reason to trust Amazon while buying goods or considering where to host cloud-ish stuff.

Juvenile tantrum? They took down Paypal, Mastercard, and Visa. That's not a juvenile tantrum, that is "hulk smash".

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