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Comment: Re:Is self-correcting (Score 2) 183

by Quirkz (#49485325) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

In my house we had a set of encyclopedias from around 1952, the year my mom was born, plus about ten addenda for the years 1953-1962. In 1988 I needed to do a report on nuclear power plants, and was first confused and then very amused when I realized my encyclopedia didn't even have an entry for those things. It was one of the first times the encyclopedia had completely failed me.

I do suppose the addenda made it partially self-correcting.

Comment: Re:Heh, slow news day. Here's your answer... (Score 1) 295

by Quirkz (#49283039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I like keeping host and registrar separate. That way if something goes wrong with the host (and I've had lots of bad experiences with hosts, some of which may be due to being poor and looking too cheap during the 90's and 2000's) it's easier to move the domain somewhere else.

Registrar services are generally straightforward and low interaction, while hosting services may require frequent interaction and can really depend on quality technical support. They're different enough in my experience that you don't necessarily need or want the same company doing both.

Comment: Re:Not Surprised (Score 1) 59

by Quirkz (#49282897) Attached to: New Site Mocks Bad Artwork On Ebook Covers

That's true. The author often has little input on the cover design, and "how to get published" guides warn aspiring authors that bringing up cover ideas as part of a novel's pitch is a good way to reduce interest, because it's both stepping on toes as well as getting ahead of yourself. With these ebooks, though, it seems they're in the realm of the self-published so the author has either had to do it themselves or contract it out, possibly to someone else who isn't really an expert.

Comment: Re:EA got too greedy (as usual) (Score 2) 256

by Quirkz (#49279551) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces

I generally don't mind everything that comes with Steam (it's DRM, but it's got more conveniences than it gets in my way), but their last update to the engine borked something and now several of my games won't launch. I tried the self-help recommendations that didn't fix the issue, then submitted a ticket. 10 days later, they still haven't bothered to respond to me. That's honestly bad enough that I'm starting to reconsider how "safe" their service is.

I haven't tried anything as drastic as reinstalling the whole Steam engine, but the level of support is extremely disappointing.

Comment: Re:William Gibson (Score 1) 104

by Quirkz (#49235911) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

The first two Discworld books are woven stories

Didn't know that, but I can remember thinking the string of adventures was particularly episodic and, well, strung together. I chalked it up to youthfulness and perhaps trying to mimic older style adventure books, but this explains a lot of it.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"