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Comment: Re:Trolled by Soulskill (Score 2) 834

by BRSloth (#48359035) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

'games culture' != 'gamer'.

We can take, as an example, Jack Thompson. Jack Thompson was *never* a gamer, but due his, to put mildly, "acts" with games in general, he became part of it (and the "acts" themselves). Actually, the whole ordeal just shows how the "culture" was representaed: anti-social white kids living in their parents basements (Alexander even pushes this point futher in the end).

It's akin to Felicia Day post about how she felt when two guys with gaming tshirts where in her way: It was not about gamergate, it was not about anti-gamergate, it was about the whole thing.

Comment: Re:Why the extra name (Score 1) 263

by BRSloth (#42894429) Attached to: Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

Gradiente (the company making the phone) wants to paint themselves as the good guys, who simply got lucky of registering the name before Apple (they even have a video, in Portuguese, saying that their phone is "cheaper and have less features" while praising Steve Jobs in the process for making the "other" iPhone).

My guess is that they are doing everything that is legal around here just to hike up the price. They probably know that being assholes would burn their brand (which is almost dead for around a decade) and just make Apple put more lawyers in the process.

Comment: Re:It seems good (Score 1) 591

by BRSloth (#37054120) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

Sure, there are some situations where you cannot connect to internet, but it's really in minority.

The problem with "always online" DRM is not that "there are situations that you can't connect to the internet". The problem is that you rely heavily on the other site and the medium for it to work flawlessly.

Let me give you an example (there is a problem with it and I reckon right from the start): It's a matter of only 2 or 3 years that Blizzard changed the maintenance cycle of their oceanic servers in WoW to coincide with the Oceanic timezone. Before that, any WoW player in Australia (for example) would get home on Tuesday and find that the maintenance cycle had just started. And that it was later extended another another for whatever reason.

Reports of Blizzard losing connecting to whole networks (like AT&T) happened even recently.

Now imagine that you finally got a day off. It's a rainy day, there is nothing going on, so you decide to play Diablo 3. And then you get the news that the servers are down or that there is a problem with the connection of Blizzard and your provider or Anonymous got ripped off in some Real Money AH and decided to bomb Battle.net login servers. Now what?

There are too many variables to give you an 100% fun experience with it.

I have no problems if they required a Battle.net account with a registered Diablo 3 key in it to play multiplayer (i.e., the lack of LAN play). My problem is that I may want to have a quick fix and I have to go to a check list to make sure I'll have fun.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 286

by BRSloth (#36155216) Attached to: Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin

Not sure what you mean "native to the platform, like Java". Java is mostly platform-less (more or less) as most code can run unmodified in any platform, be it Linux, OS X or Windows (again, let me say "more or less". There are some differences between platforms, even in Java).

Also, most Linux home users already run Mono applications, like Banshee and Tomboy, which are part of the GNOME desktop.

That being said, in my opinion the biggest problem with Mono (apart from the whole patent debacle) is that it was always lagging behind the official .NET specification. I lost the count of the number of .NET applications, compiled in the official C# compiler, that I tried to run with it and it would simply not work.

Comment: Re:Yeah? (Score 4, Insightful) 251

by BRSloth (#35855012) Attached to: GPL Violations By D-Link and Boxee

GPL is based on copyright, dictating the rules by which the work can be transferred (or sold, or given). It's the same as breaking the Microsoft EULA when you pirate your Windows copy.

Surely, there may be not enough GPL authors going after people breaking their licenses, but it falls on the same category [I *think* the FSF sometimes offers legal help for those trying to sue companies to enforce their GPL-licensed products.]

Comment: Future steps (Score 3, Insightful) 214

by BRSloth (#34089704) Attached to: 8pen Reinvents the Keyboard For Mobile Devices

You know, you could add a pen to the device, so you don't have to deal with, say, something that makes it hard to swipe your finger across the screen and reduce the grease in the screen.

Then, after that, you could make the movements more like handwritting, since people are used to that.

Then, maybe, to help people write things faster, put split areas for letters and numbers.

You know, I think I saw that somewhere else before....

Firefox

Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 Released 190

Posted by timothy
from the that's-a-nice-good-morning dept.
balster neb writes "Mozilla has released the first Beta of Firefox 4, the next major version of the popular web browser. Apart from the new 'Chromified' tabs-on-top UI, there are many major improvements in performance and HTML5 support. This release also adds support for the new WebM video format. Other changes include faster DOM and CSS performance, improved UI responsiveness, hardware 2D acceleration, experimental WebGL support, and better JavaScript performance (though this beta does not include the new JaegerMonkey JIT engine). More details on the Mozilla blog."

Comment: Re:Screenshot/Mockups (Score 1) 366

by BRSloth (#32739254) Attached to: Firefox 4.0 Beta Candidate Available

nothing really innovative or useful came out of Mozilla labs.

Well, not quite. Weave is freaking awesome if you have Firefox on your mobile and your desktop: Log in in, say, Slashdot and weave will carry your session and cookies to your mobile.

[I reckon Mobile Firefox is not that spread, but it surely helps that I have the reference hardware ;)]

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