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Comment: Piracy and Price (Score 2, Insightful) 795

by Datasage (#33181306) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

When I was younger, I pirated a lot of games. I had little spending money and a lot of free time. Now for the situation has reversed, I have money to buy a lot of games, but little free time to actually play them. So with the exception of games from a couple studios (Blizzard and Valve), I only buy games when they pass my impulse buy threshold. That way if I am more likely to get value out of the purchase even if I don't end up playing it that much.

Comment: Re:Oracle DB (Score 2, Informative) 220

by Datasage (#31069610) Attached to: Oracle Drops Sun's Commitment To Accessibility

It can be done in mysql without using loops, but its not as elegant and requires an extra table. Simply create an association table that links each child node back to each of its parents. You will have to keep it up to date, but it can be easily rebuilt if it gets out of sync. But the query then is as simple as joining that table when you need to select all the child nodes under a given parent.

Emulation (Games)

C64 Emulator Finally Approved For iPhone 214

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the give-us-basic dept.
Gi0 writes "After a couple of months of rejection, the C64 Emulator has finally been approved for the iPhone (and is available at the app store now). 'BASIC has been removed for this release; however, we hope that working with Apple further will allow us to re-enable it. Despite its absence, BASIC is not our focus; ultimately, fans of the C64 want games.' It comes with 5 bundled games and will certainly give you that retro fix for your iPhone."

Comment: Re:they did not know how much the plan would cost (Score 1) 925

by Datasage (#28405659) Attached to: US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

You missed the biggest and most expensive reason.

We have socialized provider system, but a private payer system.

Anyone can get care in the US, no matter their ability to pay, especially with emergency care. The cost of providing this care is passed on to those who can still afford to pay for medical costs or insurance.

There are a huge number of people who make to much to qualify for government programs, but not enough to afford private insurance and are not provided with insurance through an employer or do not qualify due to pre-existing conditions. The number of people in this category at last estimate is around 45 million. These people still use healthcare services, a few can pay for it out of pocket, but many end up getting the bill forgiven through bankruptcy or other means.

If all these people became payers into the system, at any level, it would bring down costs for those who can still afford to pay for insurance. It would not bring down the overall costs as much as other measures, but it would spread the cost for a health care system much more fairly. It can bring down costs in that people will be more likely to seek cheaper preventive care instead of waiting until a problem requires much more expensive emergency care.

Comment: Re:why ISPs might agree (Score 1) 263

by Datasage (#28000439) Attached to: Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?

With the exception of number 1, I can't imagine any ISP's going along with this. A large number of people download music and movies, many of them unlicensed. The file distribution networks gave users what the RI/MPAA wouldn't and has cemented itself into internet culture. People don't think twice about downloading a movie or song off of pirate bay anymore.

A company may be ok shutting down a small handful of customers, but the practice of file sharing is pretty ingrained into an entire generation. Would an ISP willingly start disconnecting a large number of its customers?

Comment: UI Responsiveness vs Process Performance. (Score 4, Insightful) 821

by Datasage (#27859903) Attached to: Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

The issue with Vista had nothing to do with process performance, for the most part, burning a CD or running a batch operation in Photoshop, generally took the same amount of time in both XP and Vista.

The issue had to do with UI performance, for example, the time it takes for a menu to appear when a user requests it or how quickly a folder populates with file. Unfortunately, most benchmarks don't test that.

GNU is Not Unix

+ - Richard "RMS" Stallman Peru Earthquake 2

Submitted by ro1
ro1 (988039) writes "From the Freenode IRC Network Staff: 18:43 [freenode] -!- WALLOP RichiH: Hi all. As you will surely have heard, there was a major earthquake in Peru. It seems Richard 'RMS' Stallmann was travelling from Lima to Chimbote with Mario Ramos on August 15th and no one has heard from him since. If you have any information, please email rms-assist@gnu.org or poke us in #freenode. Also, if you happen to live in South or Central America, Plase consider donating blood as that is the only thing that can not easily be transported from outsid"
Windows

+ - Vista Client Server Vulnerability Uncovered

Submitted by
VE3OGG
VE3OGG writes "According to ComputerWorld a somewhat critical flaw was found in several versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, including its latest flagship product, Windows Vista.

Supposedly, the flaw would be performed by a regular user who would then execute malicious code that targets the Client/Server Runtime Server Subsystem — a subsystem reponsible for launching and terminating applications. This exploit could then potentially allow the regular user to gain administrator priviledges."

Games That Advanced the Art of Storytelling 121

Posted by Zonk
from the moving-on-up dept.
monikersi writes "In October 2006, the editors of Gamasutra asked its readership of game industry professionals to chime in and vote for which game brought storytelling forward in the biggest way, from any genre (text adventure through action title to RPG or sim and beyond) — there are plenty of picks, and some surprising winners." From the article: "Forcing the user to build the story piecemeal through personal logs and snippets of information throughout the game created a varied experience for each user. This drove the player to fill the holes in the story with the next log and their own assumptions and imagination. I remember playing System Shock 2 years after playing it for the first time and had a markedly different reaction due to changes in my own perspective. Phenomenal."

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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