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Comment: As expected... (Score 4, Insightful) 400

by CodePwned (#48716365) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

When you keep releasing a slew of poorly written movies, yet continue to demand unreasonable fees, this is the result. People aren't willing to shell out the bucks to see a B grade movie. It's just not worth it anymore.

I'm not some movie-snob either. Most of the movies released have no replay-ability or just left a bad taste in ones mouth (Ender's Game).

Comment: I disagree completely (Score 2) 283

by CodePwned (#35639710) Attached to: High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform

I'm a gamer and build my own systems over the years. Lets be clear what I consider performance.

- Smooth movement (is it jumpy or does it smoothly move the icon or view in game)
- Comfort of mouse (does it feel good to my hand so my hand won't hurt later)
- Buttons (Are they quality? Do they depress easily? Are they located in the right spots?)
- Software (Does the software allow me set sensitivity and map keys?)

Mapping out how fast a click response rate is stupid. Of course there won't be little difference.

The purpose of getting a more expensive mouse are the additional features. If anyone purchases a mouse because "it's response rate is faster than an average mouse" is just stupid. I have a Razer mouse and it vastly exceeds in my performance criteria than the standard Microsoft Intellimouse.

I've tried about 20 different mice while gaming and coding and non perform for me as well as the $70 Razer I have. Is it right for everyone? no. But their study is flawed.

Comment: You will never win... try a new tactic (Score 0, Offtopic) 309

by CodePwned (#34403760) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

You cannot beat those who wish to share. You cannot win against the vast numbers. Take one down and 10 sprout to replace the fallen one. The harder you hunt them the more difficult it will be to find them. Stop fighting a battle you cannot win concerning control.

Instead, change your pricing structure, change your delivery methods, stop wasting money on DRM people like me bypass in mere seconds.

This is the future and you are merely in denial. Learn, adapt, and you'll be amazed at the success you will have.

Comment: This is EXTREMELY common today (Score 1) 693

by CodePwned (#34269292) Attached to: 200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

Especially among fraternities and sororities. While originally these groups would keep older tests, which is NOT against the student code, access to test banks... that's all of the possible questions AND correct answers... is not only unethical... but illegal as they were obtained under false pretenses.

When I was in college I knew of two frats who had access to almost all of the test banks from the college of textiles at NC State. At the time I really didn't understand what it meant as I wasn't part of those frats. I thought that just meant they had access to older tests etc. There were several professors who didn't really care about this... because they didn't use multiple choice tests. Everything was short answer and they changed their questions every time. Sometimes they would have similar questions but different values etc.

That's the problem today with courses like this... too many people and multiple choice does equal to quality education. Students are pushed hard to memorize, not learn, information in 101 classes like these because noone wants to take the time to read answers. It's very frustrating.

I have never used a test bank to "cheat" from... but I have used older tests which some professors think was the same as cheating.

Comment: WHOA WHOA... what?!? (Score 1) 224

by CodePwned (#33955056) Attached to: Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?

QUOTE from Article: "Ray Ozzie first appeared on my radar screen when I heard about this amazing guy who designed Lotus Notes. If you never used Notes, count yourself lucky."

Lotus notes was and still is one of the worst pieces of software to work with. From a user AND IT perspective it is utter TRASH. It's internal browser, it's internal only rules.... my god... I stopped reading at this point. Let's be clear... it's ALMOST as bad as groupwise.

Comment: You can't fail what you don't try to do (Score 2, Insightful) 1348

by CodePwned (#33932046) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

My name is Chad and I hate using linux... however....

Linux has never tried to replace windows for the common user. It's focused on being a useful, security minded, light weight alternative for power users, IT professionals etc...

Linux has never marketed itself as a gaming platform, or multimedia home system etc. There are flavors of linux USED that way, but never advertised like windows. Linux has only recently (past 5 years) reached a point where it is user friendly to new users. Fedora Core or Unbuntu really took off with the whole user experience.

"But there's no content!"... what are you smoking? Sure... your mom can't install "Couponfriend" on a linux machine but that's not what Linux as a whole is focusing on. Linux is a business grade utility. It's a solid alternative to windows that allows you to do almost everything windows can do. The limitations you encounter are what programs you use.

A company I work with recently made the push to move to linux distros instead of windows. Dear lord the users hated it at first until productivity went up, and IT costs went down after 6 months.

There were 567 LESS tickets concerning hacked machines, malware and crashes. The centralized management software they use controls what can be installed on the machine... and pushing installs works just like windows except the machine doesn't have to restart. This solved a lot of issues for the small business as they just couldn't afford the windows equivalents.

The difficulty comes in what programs are being used. Users navigate just like they used to to find files. Hell they even created "My Document" folders... except those are hosted on a SAN, but the user doesn't know.

Linux is NOT dead as a desktop OS. It just might not be at the point of a typical user who thinks Best Buy is a smart place to go for a computer.

Comment: The game ended at 10 (Score 1) 401

by CodePwned (#33869232) Attached to: Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

Whoever did 10-2 should be shot... and from that point it just tanked. I'm not taking into account the MMORPG... but the normal serious completely tanked. The story was confusing, if not completely lost... and the target audience changed vastly. It's not Final Fantasy anymore... it's a Uwe Boll made movie now.

Get back to original storylines and release a game that's worth playing. Not just for cash.

Comment: Yet another reason religion is bad for government (Score 2) 354

by CodePwned (#33823970) Attached to: Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

It troubles me to no end the lengths people will go today in the name of religion. It's actually becoming common place for someone to have an extreme view and use the blanket of religion to protect them.

I have no problem with someone having beliefs, I too have them, but I base them off common sense, not because some book says I should do things. Questioning the institution is essential for growth. The middle east seems stuck in eternal infancy.

Comment: I've never understood why they fight this... (Score 4, Interesting) 315

by CodePwned (#33519326) Attached to: IOS 4.1 Jailbroken Already

If I was a business who KNEW I'm fighting a world full of hackers I wouldn't fight them... I would help them. Most people wouldn't care, but those that I said "Hey, we've made it easy for you to do stuff... show me what you can do better and I'll pay you for it!

Apple instead wants to completely control how the users use their devices... and that just won't fly in today's world. That's like slapping a bull and kicking him in the balls. He's gonna ram you

Comment: The question depends on the website and bad admins (Score 1) 402

by CodePwned (#33372072) Attached to: Should Developers Have Access To Production?

While it would be lovely to have a perfect sys admin they don't exist. I would say about 1 in 10 problems in production are due to the admins not doing their part. I test like crazy but often times I find the following

- Crazy rules in production but not staging
- Mapped folders on production but not in staging or development
- Databases or Database permissions incorrectly configured
- Caching doing wierd things one does not see in staging

This only gets worse if you have load balanced servers etc.

I believe as a rule no developer should "develop" in production but having access to the production environment depends on your work environment and who would know best. Sys admins NEVER KNOW BEST when it comes to websites. They know their hardware but rarely do they know how to troubleshoot issues and almost always blame your app. However, at the same time developers often don't know enough about the technology their applications are running on so they instantly blame the sys admin.

Ideally, in a large scale deployment you have someone with the knowledge of both (that's me) who can identify and troubleshoot common issues. That individual would have access to production. Additionally, in smaller development shops not having access to production is just stupid. It doesn't make sense.

- Source Control is a great idea, but rarely used due to difficulty of use. Sometimes its not an option because someone has to support that.
- Financial limitations can reduce the ability to have shared development/staging areas. Working on your own machine is useless when testing. It does NOT test working in a production environment and thus... sometimes production is the test field.

We can play the blame game but in reality who has access to production should be limited to those trusted enough to not do stupid things without backing themselves up. Sysadmins should keep a backup of the production site at all times, developers should not mess with production unless it's urgent.

Comment: There will ALWAYS be a market for PC's (Score 1) 447

by CodePwned (#33342668) Attached to: Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

To me there is no comparison between consoles and PC's when it comes to gaming. PC gaming will ALWAYS win out to me from a performance and control standpoint.

I am a gamer... a well off gamer who likes the full gambit of experience but most importantly be able to set the controls the way I like. Halo was an excellent example for this. PC gamers wiped the floor with the xbox counterparts when xbox live allowed PC gamers to play against Xbox'ers. There wasn't a single Xboxer in the top 100 players.

PC gaming will never die. If labels leave, new competition will take up the market. Xbox's and PS3's ARE computers at this point. That's what they are. Hell both of them can run linux or windows. In fact, gaming today is heading TOWARD PC gaming, just in a controlled manner they call "consoles".

This is just like the RIAA and their fight toward controlling the environment. Focus on your customers, focus on the experience and you won't have to worry about Pirating! The people who steal generally cannot afford it, or wouldn't have bought it anyway. Stop focusing on these people as you'll NEVER beat them. It's a challenge, a game... to them to break your scheme. Every single DRM has been broken within two weeks, the only exception being BlueRay which took a little bit longer. Stop wasting resources on this.

The publishers that use DRM made the mistake of declaring war on people who love the sport of breaking DRM. It's gotten to the point they create executables that let you break the DRM so anyone can do it without any tech knowledge at all.

SHOW me a single reputable study (REPUTABLE) that shows piracy is hurting publishers. This would be a study that connects pirates who would have bought it if it had DRM. Any study that it's entire source set is that of a college campus is going to have skewed results.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)