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Comment: RMS is a bit wacky... (Score 2) 529

by Shads (#42238331) Attached to: Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

... but in this particular case he is very right.

It IS spyware exactly how we've seen it in windows for ages. It's default-on which makes it no better than all the spyware that comes packaged with software. If it was default-off and asked at first boot/during install/whatever if it could be enabled I would have no issue.

The way it presently is setup is just dirty like all spyware.

Comment: It has one flaw.... (Score 1) 401

by Shads (#33871126) Attached to: Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

... the UI. Which is partially stored server side and manipulated only serverside, which causes major lag for ANYTHING using the UI.

The combat I enjoy (it's far slower paced than say wow or eq2 though), the crafting is ok, the class system I really like, etc... but the UI is just hideous, it's designed for a controller and using one alleviates 50% of the issues... but not the lag. Until they can fix the lag (and the only fix is moving the ui clientside completely... which I doubt they're willing to do.) there are going to be no good reviews, the ui is so bad it overshadows EVERYTHING.

The slower combat and old school style are definitely not for everyone, but the UI pushes it towards "not for anyone."


Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise 254

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-let-the-scurvy-get-you-down dept.
superapecommando writes "Too many hours spent playing videogames indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play videogames indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." At least the kids are eating enough snacks with iodized salt that we don't have to worry about goiters.

Comment: Re:Yes, but why is a project necessary? (Score 1) 100

by Shads (#28932695) Attached to: Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis

Actually having worked in the computer industry and having had extensive exposure to the types of things attorney's tend to write... I hope no law should ever be written by an attorney. A law should be readable and understandable by anyone who reads it. Attorneys will even tell you they can't practice outside their specialty because *THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND* the nuances of the other specialties.

Comment: derp (Score 1) 174

by Shads (#28851329) Attached to: Music Industry Thriving In an Era of File Sharing

The simple reality is: most people who pirate aren't going to buy anyways. It's not a loss if someone downloads your content and tinkers with it 5m and then never touches it again and that is what happens with *a lot* of content. Nor is it a loss if someone downloads your content (because they can't afford it) and likes it and 5 of their friends go out and buy it even though the original person never does.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy