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Comment: I'm quite sure that.... (Score 1) 135

by Rhipf (#48036683) Attached to: Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

any potential film is just hoping to ride the Tetris name. The actual movie will have nothing to do with the game (much like Battleships but at least that had battleships).
If you make a movie called Tetris you are almost guaranteed there will be a built in audience that is going to go just to see what the movie has to do with the game.

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 5, Insightful) 120

by Rhipf (#48019365) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

The reason no one heads to Canada for medical treatment is that they wouldn't be covered and would have to pay out of pocket.

Are there problems with the Canadian healthcare system? Sure.
Would I be willing to give up my healthcare coverage for a US type system? No @#$%ing way!!!
I am more than willing to put up with the limitations of the Canadian system secure in the knowledge that I won't go bankrupt if something happens to me that involve extensive medical care.

Comment: Re:Expert. (Score 1) 358

by Rhipf (#47945253) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Whether or not his new digital music format can or cannot be pirated is something that remains to be seen, and is so far away in the future...

Sorry I didn't realize that time was moving so slow theses days. Eighteen months is now "so far away in the future" and yet when I was younger it was only a year and a half.

***N.B. Sorry feeling a little snarcky today.

Comment: Re: Eh? (Score 2) 137

by Rhipf (#47522527) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

OK I'll admit that I didn't notice the H1 in the graph right away but...

Unless the article author has a time machine you still can't say that the vulnerabilities have increased 100% until they actually have. It would have been better if the author had compared the first half of 2013 to the first half of 2014. At least that way the comparison is grounded in facts not speculation.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by Rhipf (#47457047) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Actually, what they should have done is implement smarter mouse controls. If you swipe your finger across the screen (on a touch device) metro scrolls left to right (or right to left obviously). So why can't I click somewhere on the right of the screen and drag the mouse to the left to scroll sideways? Only when using a mouse do you have to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll (or use the mouse wheel).
It would seem more logical to me if you converted the touch interface into analogous mouse controls.

Comment: Re:So how is that going to work (Score 1) 188

by Rhipf (#47281229) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

I could be wrong but based on the summery it looks to me like one of the big problems with this device is that they said it had FCC approval when it didn't. It may have been fine for them to sell the jammer (i.e. the FCC wouldn't have gotten involved) if they hadn't labeled it as FCC approved.

Comment: Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (Score 2) 187

by Rhipf (#47155159) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

I have been telling my clients this for a while now. If you just add a start menu replacement (the start button of Windows 8.1 was a missed opportunity for Microsoft) and set it to boot directly to the desktop there isn't much difference between 8 and 7.
One thing that I would like to see back is the Aero theme. The current Windows 8 style is to flat and retro for me (reminds me more of Windows 3 era).

Comment: Re:Bad analogy (Score 1) 252

by Rhipf (#47065975) Attached to: Blizzard Sues <em>Starcraft II</em> Cheat Creators

Despite being in the running for the worst analogy ever, let's go with this.

You own the gun. Blizzard mails you bullets and invites you to their shooting range. You take the bullets and gun to the range and shoot them however you please as long as you follow the range rules . You bring sandbags and a bench to shoot straighter in competition without telling Blizzard. Blizzard sues the sandbag and bench makers because you cheated.

This is just the point. I'm sure that somewhere buried in the EULA is a statement that cheats and hacks are against the TOS.

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison