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Comment: Screw those guys (Score 2) 148

All we need is another Sword of Truth debacle where the tv show is disgustingly horrid and offensive to any fans of the series. Sell the rights to HBO or Netflix, they seem to be the only two companies that are currently producing TV shows while actually caring about the quality and content.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 54

by Keith111 (#49051851) Attached to: Layoffs Begin At Daybreak Games

I played EQ from about 99-04, in a lot of ways I really liked the toughness of the game since I came in from MUDs that were even more brutal so it seemed like an easier game lol, though when I started playing again recently just to reminisce I realized just how difficult it is compared to modern mmos. I also liked that if you really screwed up you could potentially screw yourself out of a whole day just due to like you said, corpse retrieval or whatever. It was part of the charm imo.

EQ did fix some things though such as the corpse retrieval (gear doesn't drop in corpse anymore, just exp) and they put in mercenaries to let you solo most places. It's far more casual now than it used to be.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 54

by Keith111 (#49042357) Attached to: Layoffs Begin At Daybreak Games

They didn't really have to create anything new to compete. EQ is/was better in many ways to WoW, though not saying that WoW is bad in any way, but your statement is like saying when Guild Wars 2 came out that Blizzard had to release something else to compete with it. EQ is from an era that was vastly different than most MMOs today on a rather fundamental level so they kept a fairly stable playerbase, but without something to get new blood it was eventually doomed, it just took 16 years.

Comment: Re:Details? (Score 1) 159

by Keith111 (#47723923) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

This is Slashdot. If it's software related and negative, everyone blames Microsoft whether they are involved or not. It seems to me like the government wanted free stuff so it stands to reason that the people who create stuff for their livelihood would not like that. I mean... that's the whole point in people not liking piracy. Just cause you put it into law doesn't mean it's morally right... kind of like legal tax evasion for churches.

Comment: Re:"Great minds think alike"... apk (Score 1) 179

by Keith111 (#47722215) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

That's true in some cases, but very false in others. CS is not just about math, in fact, I have done almost no complex math since I left college and started my career like 7 years ago. CS to me has been more about critical problem solving, high impact design, and making sure you don't cause more work with the work you do. I work on a highly parallel data warehouse that uses both hardware and azure vm services and while I need almost no math, there is an incredible amount of research and thinking that go into it. This is one area where experience is quite important, but fancy algorithms are almost entirely useless.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

Back in the day and still a bit today there were three reasons: one being as you mentioned compatibility. Another being sound quality, obviously. The third, which I found to be by far the most important, was by having a discreet sound card you wouldn't get weird noise from your motherboard in your audio. The cpu would weirdly leak into audio chips via interference that was incredibly annoying. I had one mobo where whenever I moved my mouse (which spikes cpu slightly due to interrupts) it would make the 'whizzzzzzzz' noise the whole time it was moving lol.

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