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Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1) 75

by drinkypoo (#47783737) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Only you normally don't need to be online, as Steam has an offline mode?

FFVII for Steam refuses to launch if you're not online, at least the first time. This ties into my prior complaints about Steam "backups", which cannot be played until Steam is installed and blessed by Valve, and then the game titles themselves are blessed by Valve.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 2) 75

by drinkypoo (#47783111) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

If you want what the devil has, you get to deal with the devil, like it or not.

I don't like it. I decided not to buy Portal 2 for just $5. The only Steam games I buy any more are indie titles. I did buy FFVII on Steam, because it was on sale, but then I torrented the non-steam version because fuck having to be always online to play a console game of yore.

Steam is shit.

Comment: You're missing the point! (Score 2, Funny) 350

by Weaselmancer (#47780901) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?



Sorry about that. I tend to get a little foamy when I digitally hoard. Anyways, counter to your point it's fun (for me, YMMV of course) to have as many as you can get. Sometimes I'll fire up MAME and simply pick out old games at random. Some I remember, some I never have seen before. It's like being an archaeologist in your own past. I'll do the same thing with C64 archives and Amiga archives (look for Amiga Tosec). Scores of Atari 2600 games. All the video discs for Daphne (the videodisc game emulator). Dragon's Lair, anyone?

It's a wish come true for younger-me. I used to mow lawns just to save up and get an Atari cartridge. Now I can download Stella and inside of ten minutes have ALL of them. Fun! And yes, someday I will make a MAME cabinet. Oh yes. It will be glorious.

So basically TL;DR it's really fun to poke around with. And really, with the price of storage these days you can store the entire library of an entire genre on a few blu ray discs. A 3 Tb hard drive is about $100 at NewEgg. Why not have them?

Comment: Re:Old-school is best (Score 1) 350

by rwa2 (#47778825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Doesn't exactly have to be Old-skool... the best games (or franchises, even) will change the way you look at the world. Some of the essentials:

Simcity (4 is probably the "best" one, if you were to play no others)
Civilization (II is the classic version, though it seems like they got a lot right with V)
Ultima VII (runs well under the modern exult engine)
Sims (III, no expansions necessary. You can pretend it's an architecture program instead of a dollhouse, that was originally how it was intended)
EVE Online (do the free month, that's enough to get your fill of pretty graphics, frustrating controls, and spreadsheet/economy engineering)
Any top-rated FPS (if you've played one FPS, you've played them all, though some have better single-player stories, and others have better team play)
Portal (I, and then II)
Grand Theft Auto (III:SA is the best, though I've heard good things about V. All of them are nice little satirical time capsules, though)
Starcraft (II BW , and maybe III, just so you know what a nice RTS is like)

Here's my running list of games I want to introduce my kids to:

Comment: Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (Score 0) 135

by drinkypoo (#47776981) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

This is why we use the terms "Instruction Set Architecture" to define the interface to the (assembler) programmer,

No, no we do not. That is called the instruction set. The programmer does not use the instruction set architecture, they simply issue instructions which the processor then executes as it sees fit, especially in [OoO] architectures with branch prediction. The architecture is the silicon, and the programmer isn't sitting on the die flipping switches.

Comment: Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (Score 1) 1073

In the long run, humanity would be better served if people just learned to lighten up and not get so upset about things written by people they don't know and will never meet.

Death threats in the real world? Yes, that's a thing that is actionable. That's not what I'm talking about.

You do not have a right to never be offended.

It was a hard lesson for me when I was an opinionated teenager who hopped on IRC in the 90s.. all of these older smarter people were trolling me and being mean to me! Poor me!

It was also a GOOD lesson for me. In the internet of back then, the trolls were smarter, and there were no feelings police... no forum moderators... people said what they liked and you either dealt with it or you didn't.

And I look at people who come unglued over what they read on the internet and just shake my head.

An online forum with no rules and no judges and no consequences is one of the most interesting and wonderful things in human history.

I don't want it to die because of your hurt feelings. I'd rather you went somewhere else.

Comment: Re:Microcode switching (Score 0) 135

by drinkypoo (#47776883) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

All these were made to make binary translation from x86 easy and reasonable fast.

And herein lies the proof that you know you are wrong, but are continuing to argue. Those things didn't make x86 translation possible, they made it easy and fast. Which is what I said previously. Thanks for the confirmation.

Comment: Re:Slashdot too huh? (Score 1) 1073

The problem was, what was said wasn't, it had nothing to do with it, it was completely off the cuff.

"Off the cuff" doesn't mean what you think it does, because it doesn't preclude racism or sexism. Indeed, it indicates it more strongly, where it appears to be present.

Comment: Re:No inherent meaning to this event (Score 1) 1073

Obviously such behavior is abhorrent, but it doesn't do to claim that most people that fit in any category are psychos publicly

It seems more like she's criticized a segment of a category, and then people like you have promoted the idea that she's criticizing the entire category as a defensive reaction.

The number of computer scientists in a room is inversely proportional to the number of bugs in their code.