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Comment: Re:Slam dunk bet! (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by Galaga88 (#48326203) Attached to: Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

I feel bad for Howard Warshaw (the designer of E.T.). He was given all of five weeks by Atari to design and program the game, from concept to final product. I imagine he realized at some point that the game was awful, but had no choice but to sign off on it because there was no way to rework it in that kind of time frame.

The complete opposite of Blizzard and Valve, who've shown a willingness to delay or outright cancel games that aren't up to snuff rather than release low quality products. (At least Blizzard used to be like that.)

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 5, Insightful) 529

by Galaga88 (#48204189) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

I agree with not going into "panic mode", but we don't know who did this yet. It might be a person who could have been dealt with by improved public mental health, or it may have been a foreign actor engaging in terrorism against the Canadian state.

We can't call what it is until we have facts. And we have precious few right now. Which is all the more reason not to panic.

Comment: Antecdotes != Evidence (Score 4, Insightful) 577

by Galaga88 (#48042067) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
  1. Is there any actual proof that OS decay is still a thing? I'm running Windows 8.1 that was upgraded from a Windows 7 install that was put on years ago, and I've seen zero performance issues.
  2. Shouldn't the person asking this question have actually used Windows 8 before asking if Windows 10 will "finally" fix a problem that may or may not even exist?

Comment: Apple Stores and Stock on Hand (Score 4, Informative) 253

by Galaga88 (#47816381) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

I'm pretty sure Apple stores have replacement stock on hand. Anytime I've had to get my phone replaced under AppleCare+, I've been able to make my appointment, walk in, and walk out with a (presumably refurbed) new phone from a box in the back. Heck, if the replacement didn't work in the store, they had even more replacements ready to go.

This is probably the result of Apple being able to afford to keep that kind of inventory on hand in their stores. Plus, Apple doesn't exactly have a lot of models of phones. A carrier like T-Mobile or Verizon would have to keep a frankly excessive number of phones on hand for any immediate warranty replacements. (How many Samsung phones are on the market at any given time?)

On the gripping hand, it's not like smartphones are exactly *large* and would take up a lot of space in the backroom so...

I think it'd be a nice customer service perk (and part of the reason I stick with Apple) but not something that needs to be legislated. Do carriers not keep cheap loaners in stock that you can borrow (with a credit card deposit) until your actual replacement shows up?

Comment: Things Apple Apparently Enforces at Random (Score 5, Insightful) 132

by Galaga88 (#47806249) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

There's not enough fingers in the world to count all the awful apps that violate most of Apple's so-called "standards."

My favorite are the apps that have a string of words from other popular apps' names in them, just to muck up the search results. And they make sure to periodically change the icon to look like another app as well.

Comment: Not Getting Paid (Score 1) 121

by Galaga88 (#47573563) Attached to: Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Is it a common thing for employees to stick around when they're not getting paid? I've read a lot of stories of software development houses where the paychecks dried up, but people stayed on holding out hope for a paycheck.

How often do companies recover from a situation where they're unable to pay salaries for a period of time?

Comment: Red Bull as a gateway drug? (Score 5, Insightful) 511

by Galaga88 (#47548911) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

I've known a lot of people with very poor time management and life skills, who lived in constant panic and crunch time as a result. Rather than managing the introspection required to address their personal failings that were leading to this, they'd just down as much Red Bull as they could under the misguided belief that it'd give them the energy to deal with all of their crap.

So is it any surprise that they then turn to meth or other real drug to try and improve on the boost energy drinks may or may not have been giving them? (I have no idea if they work, they just made me short term wired and irritable.)

Red Bull's not a gateway drug - but it's often co-morbid with personality types that are going to find their way into meth. Obviously the vast majority of people aren't using it as some kind of "gateway" to meth, or else we could call coffee a gateway drug too.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"