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Comment Re:What about Good Old Games (Score 2) 106

Yes, GOG did, and still does a lot of work on old games. When they can, they acquire the original source code to make them work on newer systems, fix some old bugs and remove the DRM. A lot of source code gets lost though, so they end up doing a lot of this through modifying the binary code directly.

However, they are moving away from the name God Old Games, as they now also offer movies and newer/new game releases.

As for Night Dive Studios, they are doing the same thing, just relying on other companies for distribution. Both companies have documented the fun of trying to track down the rights for these old titles and getting them to run. I can only see this as a good thing that more people are trying to track down the rights and make them work on current platforms as this just increases the chance of us being able to play our favorite old games.

Comment Microsoft Not a Safe Bet For Services (Score 1) 330

I know I'm missing some from this list but:

Windows Live Mesh (discontinued)
Windows Live Folders (Renamed to Windows Live SkyDrive
Windows Live SkyDrive (Renamed to SkyDrive)
SkyDrive (Removed features and renamed to OneDrive
OneDrive (Removed groups, reduced storage)

Honestly, with their constant failures and reduction of features, why anyone would trust Microsoft with any online services I don't know.

Comment Author's Points Don't Pass Smell Test (Score 1) 397

He uses the examples of planes and how humans are constantly correcting human errors. Okay, full automation would not have the human errors in the first place. Also the system would be aware that under no circumstance should a highly perilous course be taken. Actually the article more makes a point for why planes should be fully automated as most of the plane crashes have been human error. That being said, humans are still better at landing planes smoothly, but that will probably change over time.

As for cars, he says most car companies are trying to enhance driver control instead of replace it. Not so, just do a cursory search on automobile companies and find out how many already have fully computer controlled cars, or are working on it. A computer does not get tired, it can look in more directions and pay attention to them all at the same time, it does not take drugs, it does not get angry.

Now he does make one point in passing that should really be the main point, which is some people really want to drive themselves because they like driving. Some people don't trust computers. These social things are the only valid point I found in the article and it is just mentioned in passing.

Comment The Alien Generator Need To Be Turned Back On (Score 1) 142

Did you see the machine in Total Recall? It warmed the water, but also generated a magnetosphere. They shut it down before leaving as running without maintenance it would just break down. That does mean that once we turn it back on we need to figure out how fix it, but at least we will have blue skies and protection from the Sun while we study how the machine works.

*This is a joke, not a troll, or a belief of intelligent life forms on mars*

Comment What Radio? (Score 1) 535

Radio, why would anyone need that? It will just have a thunderbolt dock for "all" you iDevices to play music. Radio was dead long ago, didn't you hear?

Also the temperature control in cars has been too complex for a long time. Now instead of fan speed, heat setting, A/C, they have all been replaced by just setting the temperature and the car will manage the rest. Don't worry, there will only be one temperature number as having zones would not be simple enough. Also they have remove the sticks for drive, park, reverse and emergency break. Instead they have been replaced by a single button with is forward, or backwards. When you stop, it automatically engages park mode and when you turn off the car it puts on the emergency break.

And how much will all this cost? They have done extensive market research and found that most people buy a $20 000 car, so they are selling their low end car for $80 000 with all the simplicity added. Higher end models will keep the same type of 4x price point over equivalent models. The ultimate version of course being the solid gold iCar Pro Luxury.

Comment Microsoft Research and Their Password Policies (Score 4, Informative) 148

Microsoft Research found that the maximum times people could change a password and have it secure is twice a year. This was the absolute limit where they suggested that a more realistic limit was once a year. Any more than twice a year and people had to start writing them down, or use insecure passwords that were easy to remember. A common one being an easy to guess word with an incrementing number after it.

The irony is that Windows Server defaults to having you change your password every 42 days. 8-9 times a year.

How do I know this? I studied for the Microsoft Security Test. They had one required book for studying and one recommended book for studying. The required book would help you pass the test. The recommended book was written by Michael Howard, Microsoft's top secure code specialist. In the book, Writing Secure Code, he would reference the research division's work. Basically the book said that everything on the test and the other book was wrong. I have taken courses in security which matched what Microsoft Research and what Michael Howard said. I would highly recommend reading Writing Secure Code, as even with taking courses on it, I learned a lot from that book.

For the record, I didn't pass the security test. I got 1 question "wrong." I don't know about now, or if the test still exists, but you used to have to 100% it.

Comment Can't find those things on Linux? (Score 1) 394

Skype is a Microsoft product now, so there's no way it would have a Linux client
Wait, it does?

No Office though.
That's not Office, I mean something that will open .doc files.
*points at link again*
But it isn't Microsoft
That's not funny!

Still doesn't address text editors

Comment It was said best in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Score 1) 134

Jenny Calendar: Honestly, what is it about them that bothers you so much?

Giles: The smell.

Jenny Calendar: Computers don't smell, Rupert.

Giles: I know. Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a... it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It's-it's there and then it's gone. If it's to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible. It should be, um, smelly.

Comment They could always do Dragonlance... OH WAIT! (Score 1) 210

The Dungeons & Dragons movies were cringe worthy, but they are absolute masterpieces when compared to Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight was a direct to video with combined 3D and 2D animation. It has a rating of 1/10 on IMDB. No Rotten Tomatoes score, but they list 20% of people liking it and a 2.6/5

From Wikipedia
Reaction to the film was predominantly negative. Dan Heaton describes it as a "disaster" and "tiresome." David Cornelius says it is "genre cheese and sloppy filmmaking." Michael Stailey declares "It's been a long time since I've come across a film this bad."
Jason Heller, of The A.V. Club, commented that this film "went direct to video, and for good reason. It's terrible. Not even the voice-acting talents of Kiefer Sutherland and Lucy Lawless can save its shoddy, out-of-date animation and flat storytelling, which isn't much of a step above the '80s D&D cartoon. And a lot less sweet."

Personally I think the shot at the '80s cartoon is unwarranted. They were mostly fluff, but there were 2 really well written episodes. Dragonlance on the other hand desperately needs a Mystery Science Fiction Theater 3000 treatment, but I'm not even sure if that could make this watchable.

Comment Re:Oculus (Score 1) 57

No, the display device is only a part of the Oculus Rift solution. It also uses accelerometers, probably a gyroscope and an infrared camera for properly tracking your head movement.

The summary badly rewords the not so well written original. The actual article states, "With CRYENGINE’s update to version 3.8.1, the company adds support to Oculus Rift"

Comment Poor Testing is NOT the Problem (Score 1) 130

I am not going to argue that having better automated test is not a good thing. It is a good thing.

The problem is more about how these third party components are maintained. The majority of third party components I have worked with, upgrading to a newer version of the component meant rewriting large sections of code just to get the project to compile. The interface to the component changed. The tests would cover the happy paths and some bad paths, but a lot of manual testing and mitigation of new bugs would need to still be done. This doesn't even cover if the newer version of the component will even work for what you used it for. Yes, sometimes newer versions of components remove features, or change a feature you relied on in such a way that it is no longer usable.

You say don't use components from third parties that keep making these breaking changes? Guess what, that means using no third party components because basically everyone makes these same mistakes. The problem is usually worse with commercial components. Sometimes the wheel is so complex that you just can't re-invent it, but you never know when the third party is going change their axle size, or wheel diameter.

Comment Firefox Has Always Been Bloat (Score 3, Interesting) 351

Firefox was supposed to be a no nonsense browser only. It was supposed to be just a browser with all the "bloat" of the suite cut out. The odd thing is right away the first release of Firefox was a bigger download and took up more memory than Seamonkey. (Windows Platform) Firefox had been changed over to the generic UI framework and was on Gecko Runner. I assumed that these were the reason for the bigger size, but when Seamonkey changed over to these, its memory footprint and download size shrunk.

As it is Seamonkey download is 31MB and Firefox is 38MB. I personally like the old suite and all its options, but I also like that it feels faster.