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Comment: Yeah. That sounds like MS Gaming. (Score 1, Insightful) 131

by Chas (#49475759) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

Basically, if it isn't XBox and a big name, Microsoft has NO idea how to handle it.
So all the schmucks in their gaming divisions play ego games and try to fuck with the studios as much as they can.
What a studio needs is strong enough leadership to tell these little pissant middlemen to fuck the hell off and go right over them whenever they attempt to interfere.

Like any other software project, you stick to the spec you're paid for. Changes require more money. PERIOD. No discussions.

Comment: There's no good way to compromise a system... (Score 1) 134

by Chas (#49455797) Attached to: U.S. Gov't Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security

Sorry, but if you create a system with a security compromising flaw in it, even a well hidden, obfuscated, extremely well guarded flaw, someone aside from the "intended" users of said compromise are going to use it to break in.

The government's "need to know" does NOT trump my right to privacy. And if there's a real problem with that, they'd better be overtly bringing soldiers in to try to make me comply.

Comment: Re:For when you're too cheap to buy two monitors! (Score 1) 187

by Chas (#49455763) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security

Sorry, but typewriters are ANYTHING but computer screens on paper.

With a typewriter, you're looking at the copy you're typing instead of what you're actually typing. If you're looking at what you're typing You Are Doing It Wrong.

The only thing they share is that, hey, QWERTY keyboard!

Comment: Re:Going to have to wait on major improvements (Score 1) 47

by Chas (#49450437) Attached to: Virtual Desktop Makes Windows OS Oculus Rift-Capable

I have a first and second gen rift, and while there is definitely room for improvement, they aren't nearly as bad as you are making out.

Having actually USED both, I can say that yes, they ARE.

The first gen is something I can use for about 20 minutes before I break out in sweats.
Any longer and it's massive headaches and nausea.

The second gen, it's maybe about 30 minutes.

A business partner of mine can't stand more than about 10 minutes on either.

I couldn't use something like this as a workaday desktop. I just can't.

Comment: Going to have to wait on major improvements (Score 1) 47

by Chas (#49444037) Attached to: Virtual Desktop Makes Windows OS Oculus Rift-Capable

The first-gen Rift headsets are bulky, heavy, and have a low enough resolution and flicker to make most people ill after a short period of use.

Even the second-gen ones aren't really good enough.

I'd say, two, three more solid generations before this is "ready for everyone", mostly meaning early adopter wannabes who can't handle the current paradigm.

"I've seen it. It's rubbish." -- Marvin the Paranoid Android