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Comment: Re:Obvious Elephant in the Room is Obvious... (Score 1) 181

by Undead Waffle (#46711387) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
This is basically it. When you pay for a game up front you know what it costs. When a game is "free" all that means is you don't know up front how much it's going to cost or what you are going to have to pay for. There is some amount of deception in the business model. And of course they always end up introducing more ways to get money from you, making a lot of people feel like all of their time spent on the game is wasted once it hits that breaking point where they ultimately quit.

Comment: Re:Re (Score 2) 312

by Undead Waffle (#46679117) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Presidents these days are mostly elected for their charisma. You have to look at who a candidate associates with to get an idea of what they are actually going to do. For example, Obama putting 5 RIAA lawyers in the DOJ then pushing for things like ACTA. It's usually the advisors that come up with the ideas, so analyze who is advising them. This is probably why the NSA stuff has been consistent between Bush and Obama.

As for the lack of accomplishments that's another plus in an election. Voters tend to react more strongly to the negative stuff and people sometimes make mistakes or do things you might not agree with. A ghost is more electable.

Comment: Re:Forbit all HFT (Score 1) 246

Without introducing any value? According to whose opinion, yours? We are very fortunate (in the US at least) that we are not yet entirely enslaved to one person's opinion as to what is valuable. Obviously, the exchanges see value in it or they wouldn't be supporting it.

I'm sure the exchanges see value in it when the banks are paying to put servers at the exchange: http://content.time.com/time/b... (5 years old but it was the first hit on Google).

Comment: Re:I saw it coming (Score 2) 187

by Undead Waffle (#46461711) Attached to: CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling
You don't seem to understand who you are talking about. Feinstein has always been one of the biggest supporters of pretty much every controversial thing the various government agencies have done. Whatever her motive here I assure you it has nothing to do with speaking up about overreach. Unfortunately she isn't up for re-election for another 4 years or so, which means her strong support of these unpopular activities will be forgotten by then and she will probably be re-elected anyway. (I am a little annoyed because there were some very good candidates on the ballot running against her but people see D and INCUMBENT and vote for them regardless of how bad they are.)

Comment: True (Score 1) 194

by Undead Waffle (#46437471) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
Admittedly I mostly skimmed it the first time and read the conclusions at the end. In a second read through you are right there is a lot of that "it was fine, the users are dumb" attitude. But it does say that Microsoft is making an already inconsistent UI even more inconsistent without trying to justify or downplay it at the end like he typically does. Overall the article doesn't feel like a big sales pitch like most of his other articles.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 1) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319783) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

I'll start to worry when Google starts buying competitors just to shut them down, but until then I must admit I like what I see.

The scariest part to me is what will happen when the founders leave? This is when most tech companies take a nosedive. For that reason alone it's worth being cautious about them getting too big.

Comment: Re: Change (Score 1) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319189) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Gnome 3 is becoming usable but I'm thinking it is poorly managed more than anything. I don't know that I would blame designers for this one.

For example, in 3.8 the overlay doesn't let you filter by categories anymore. A feature they actually REMOVED. Apparently it's because in some *future* version they have a new feature that replaces it. But that's not in yet so for now have fun finding anything. If they would stop doing stupid shit like that they are very close to having a good usable desktop.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 4, Insightful) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319067) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

You can pretty much assume every company is collecting as much information from you as possible. Just because you're also giving them money doesn't change anything. At least with Google they tell you what they collect and what they do with it. And unlike most companies, Google doesn't sell this information.

Not that you should trust Google, but the "they're spying on me so X company is better" logic just doesn't hold up.

Comment: Re:Open Source! At least it isnt DRM laden like St (Score 1) 88

by Undead Waffle (#46002657) Attached to: Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger
The store page actually does tell you whether they have third party DRM and if so what they use. One example I know of is if you check BioShock (the first one) the store page says it has SecuROM. Though it's true that they don't appear to list whether it has their own DRM and as far as I know there's no way to filter by DRM.

Comment: Re:He's not "conceited". He's absolutely correct! (Score 1) 400

by Undead Waffle (#45779715) Attached to: Is Ruby Dying?

It's all about trade-offs. Dynamically typed languages are more flexible but you have to be more disciplined, especially when it comes to documentation. People who hate documenting things typically don't like dynamically typed languages. Unfortunately one of the trade-offs of the flexibility is worse IDE support, but you learn to live without autocomplete.

That said I haven't used javascript in over 5 years and didn't like it at the time, but I use Python quite a bit and when I use other languages I find myself missing the language features of Python more often than I miss the IDE features I lose when writing Python code.

Comment: Re:Don't compare it to gamepads. (Score 4, Informative) 139

by Undead Waffle (#45106873) Attached to: Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life
Basically. The point is Valve came up with Steam Box but all of their own titles are designed for mouse and keyboard, so they needed an appropriate controller or there wouldn't be anything to play. I was wondering how they were going to solve this problem and this controller design was a brilliant solution.

Comment: Re:202 mph (Score 2) 226

by Undead Waffle (#44827451) Attached to: Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast
He also called the ZR1 car of the year when it came out and from what I remember he did buy one. They just like to bash American cars on the show. It's a comedy show first and a car show second. The ZR1 has the magnetic suspension so it can be adjusted between stiffer and softer. I can't say personally how much it actually changes though. I have a base model with the Z51 option (stiffer suspension) that I daily drive and it's fine. If you drive on bumpy roads it can be rough, but it's a sports car and that's the trade-off for better handling on a smooth road. It's a Corvette so you can always mod it. And the visibility in a Corvette is the best I've ever seen because of the giant rear window. The squeaks and rattles are real though...

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