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Comment: Re:Good on him (Score 4, Informative) 513

by TomRK1089 (#28950055) Attached to: Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu
No, the problem is you literally can't install some software on Macs running a few minor versions behind. I have a 10.3 Mac and I can't update Java. That, in turn, limits a lot of cross-platform Java apps. That makes them not very 'cross platform.' On the other hand I had an old Win98 desktop that ran Firefox 2.x fine right up until the drive failed -- and plenty of other modern apps.

Comment: Re:Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (Score 1) 1120

by TomRK1089 (#28855489) Attached to: Which Game Series Would You Reboot?
Then you and I want totally different things. I want the story. I like how there's bits of dialog you can stick around and listen to, or old newspaper clippings to read to get more of the backstory. I'd rather have the immersive experience. I believe there was an interview with the Valve devs where they stated they left Gordon mute to allow the players to mentally view themselves as him, and they figured a voice would jar them out of that.

It seems to me, you'd prefer more of a run and gun, DOOM style game. And that's fine. But I don't see that as an argument for a reboot.

Comment: Re:Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (Score 2, Interesting) 1120

by TomRK1089 (#28851853) Attached to: Which Game Series Would You Reboot?
Half Life 2 is "open world?" I love the game, but it's totally linear. There's a series of arenas connected by narrow passages. Episode 2 had slightly more space, what with the driving sequence at the end, but even that was still an arena. And Gordon was mute all through the first game, so I don't understand why you feel it "works" in that one and not in the sequels.

Comment: Re:Torrent-like file storage seems bad (Score 2, Interesting) 131

by TomRK1089 (#28735585) Attached to: The Pirate Bay to Become a Distributed Storage Cloud?
That's what I'm thinking. I thought the whole point of the cloud was that it was still controlled servers, but a big ol' chunk of them, with Google style redundancy, so that it's not "My powerpoint is on Server A-436-Z," it's "My powerpoint is hosted with $DOMAIN." This sounds like you're gonna trust some 13-year old kid to never turn his PC off (or slow down the bandwidth when he plays WoW for 7 hours just when I need my files.) What happens when one of your users has an AOL style dynamic IP that changes every time they log in? What happens when there's a brownout in CA and that takes out 200 of your users? Can someone explain how they avoid what appears to be technical and reliability hurdles here?

Comment: Re:err, why? (Score 4, Insightful) 376

by TomRK1089 (#28590499) Attached to: iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked

Apple comes from the tradition where hardware is just a platform for software.

That's totally why Apple allows you to install OSX on any platform, and why no one cares about the shiny brushed aluminum cases or paying extra for getting a black MacBook instead of a white one -- because dammit, no one cares about the hardware! Seriously, though, my bad attempt at snark aside, isn't the Apple philosophy high-quality hardware that you never have to muck around with? Isn't that their justification for the somewhat higher prices?

Comment: Massive Debt (Score 1) 333

by TomRK1089 (#28320925) Attached to: Student Who Released Code From Assignments Accused of Cheating
If your education puts you in debt that lasts a lifetime, you did it wrong. Yes, not everyone can afford even a public university, but most of the state unis around here have far, far lower tuition than anywhere else. And you can go to a community college for the first two years to knock out those damn Gen Eds for even cheaper than that. Yeah, there's a lot less scholarship money to go around now, but there's still some federal aid money that you can get your hands on too. The problem that I observed from my graduating class was that no one wanted to 'lower' themselves to a public university. Cutting off their nose to spite their face, and all.

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