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Comment Re:Kids will be kids (Score 1) 335

When I was a kid my parents would not buy me any game or toy that featured an element of violence. No GI Joe, no shoot-em-up video games, etc.

What I got was stuff like Legos, and the freedom to build all kinds of stuff in garage using my Dad's tools and scraps of wood, and we learned to program in BASIC on the computer. Its not surprising that I made all kinds of guns, missile-toting spaceships, and shooting games, etc etc, but at least I had to get creative to do it. Somewhere along the way I learned to enjoy the process more than the outcome.

Once I had my own earning power I was free to buy whatever I wanted (and it was at 16 when I already had a job making 3x any of my peers doing computer work at a local company).

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 65

This is testing just one part of the site (streaming video in NZ no less!), so you can't make wild generalizations based on those numbers if you expect any accuracy at all. You're not even going to get a 'rough' estimation.

For example, might do X req/s duting peak and, or might do something wildly different because they have completely different traffic patterns.

Comment Re:That's peachy (Score 1) 365

That completely depends on your needs. This user wants to do what he wants with his phone, not what the manufacturer graciously allows him to do (otherwise, why get a smartphone?). Because of that, Android is an infinitely better choice than iPhone. The UI is about equal (although less pretty), and while people may bemoan the lack of apps, 95% of the apps I've seen on the iPhone are useless. Thus, for my requirements (and yes, I know the mainstream user base doesn't share them. I don't care, as they are not me), Android is light-years ahead of the iPhone.

Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible? 403

whisper_jeff writes "I work in a design studio where the production director is also the owner's son (translation = he can do no wrong). He is fond of accessing a designer's computer via filesharing and working directly on files off of the designer's computers rather than transferring the files to his computer to work on them there. In so doing, he causes the designer's computer to grind to a near-halt as the harddrive is now tasked with his open/save requests along with whatever the designer is doing. Given that there is no way he's going to change his ways (since he doesn't see anything wrong with it...), I was wondering if there was a way to throttle a user's shared access to a computer (Mac OSX 10.5.8) so that his remote working would have minimal impact on our work. Google searches have revealed nothing helpful (maybe I should Bing it... :) so I was hoping someone with more technical expertise on Slashdot could offer a suggestion."

Comment Re:Why is it illegal? (Score 1) 574

Wrong. (Commercial) resale is never illegal. It’s perhaps against the terms of the sale. But that can be disputed. In fact it was disputed, and shown in court no not be valid, multiple times.
What fraud? Who exactly got frauded? Nobody.
I did only read the summary, and it doesn’t look like they used bots.
And if I go to the supermarket, and buy all the bread with my own real money, it does not matter if it pissed off others who did fail to buy it before me.

Only impersonating *other* persons would be illegal. But “impersonating a person”? ...that term does not make any sense. You always are a person. A script between you and something else does not change it more, that the tool (e.g. wrench) between you and a machine. It’s just a tool.

And about impersonating a non-existing person... well, it’s not exactly proper, but it also doesn’t hurt anyone. So what?

Comment Re:Yep (Score 2, Insightful) 900

The number of little annoyances I have with the GIMP UI are immense.

Why does closing the toolbox close the whole program?
Why does it fail to minimise/restore in a non-glitchy way in XP?
Odd menu choices (why is greyscale/indexed colour/etc in mode rather than colour?).
Opening a single image to edit. You have to click the close button twice to close GIMP (but only if it's the last open window).

There's nothing glaring wrong with GIMP, it's just all these minor interface issues all add up and make the program much more of a chore to use than it needs to be.

Comment Re:Let's be honest here. (Score 1) 536

There's an article I can't now find that has a dev stating it's £7 on the 360, i.e. ~15% (closer to 50% for XBLA and whatever, but then they're basically taking over the retailer's cut). I assume it is the "anything else" making up a big chunk of the $10 in TFA.

This makes some sense since you can buy lots of things in stores that obviously cost a lot more to produce (more complex, more materials) for much less than $10, in fact I buy my DVD's from a store that sells about 1/3 of DVD movies for half that or less. It may be reasonable for the article to do this because apparently royalties are charged on manufacture rather than on sale like most industries, and since it's quite hard to confirm what the royalty actually is, I'm guessing console makers must be very protective over it.

The console manufacturer's licence fee would appear to be a good deal for developers and publishers: they are moving towards consoles in droves.

Comment Re:In 1909 (Score 1) 804

that's an awful lot of insertions to repair all the damage... using viruses to replace defective genes is all well and good when there are a fairly manageable number of damaged genes to repair but we are talking about potentially hundreds of genes. in addition, the process would have to be repeated as aging continues to do its damage. what we really need is a genetic template and a safe, reliable repair mechanism.

Comment Re:Bush Admin Lying Sacks of Shit (Score 1) 222

hey did before the internet. Now we allhave soapboxes. The trouble is, most of us don't communicate very well.

Coulda swore I saw something somewhere that blogs weren't protected speech under the First Ammendment.

Besides, with all those blogs out there, the signal to noise ratio is dropping like a rock. Sure, everybody has a soapbox, but nobody's listening, they're too busy screaming.

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