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Comment who deathbed says "I din't watch enough ads"? (Score 2) 351

Among the top five regrets of the dying are "I wish I hadn't worked so hard" and "I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends" - not "I wish I spent more time engaging with brands on social media and reading up on the 24 hour news cycle"

Advertising appeals to the temporary, short term interest, and in doing so robs people of the time to pursue long term goals that actually make them happy and fulfilled - like spending time with family, acquiring new skills, or working to improve the lives of others. It's called hyperbolic discounting, and it's the reason most people procrastinate.

Comment Use strict (Score 2) 180

The Microsoft S&M (TM) standard will mandate the declaration 'use strict' on all pages.

Oh, and I don't think Microsoft can embrace, extend, extinguish this one even if they tried, because everyone knows that IIS is a piece of shit. Apache still has 55%, but nginx is the fastest growing web server; I don't think standards can disrupt what's already a healthy ecosystem.

Comment Office and Outlook? (Score 1) 901

"[clients] to be upgraded at some point to Windows 7, Office 2010 and Outlook."

Returning to Windows for clients sounds reasonable, especially if there are problems with drivers. But going back to Office and outlook?

"According to the government, this will not give rise to any immediate costs, indeed, they expect introduction of these "standardised software products" to produce "efficiency gains".

Standard Mircosoft BS; Office is not "industry standard", many groups are seeking alternatives.

Classic Games (Games)

OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Gmer writes " reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."

Comment Re:doesn't look accurate (Score 1) 81

Hmm, this certainly doesn't inspire confidence in their methodology. Right there on page 14, after the diagram with two Telecom Italia's, it reads "In early December 2009, IP Policy staff circulated to Piracy Working Group members a draft plan for engagement on ISP Responsibility issues. "

Comment Re:spice (Score 1) 211

Or just wine. The 'lite' version of OrCAD bundled with Allan Hambley's textbook 'Electrical Engineering; Principles and Applications" works fine with Wine. MSDN Academic Alliance also lets Software Engineering and Computer Science students (Those most likely to be using Linux) get a free Windows license.

Comment The only problem is, (Score 3, Interesting) 80

It's impossible to play and have a hope of finishing unless you're power gaming. None of the main classes actually seem like their made so you could play as them. Unless you already have detailed knowledge of the game, there's not much point in trying to finish it.

That said, there's a feature in the latest patch that allows you to teleport to major areas in dungeons. Don't know how you could play without it. I mean, did anyone ever manage to survive an encounter with an ancient lich or an ancient vampire or a powerful daedra lord?

Then there's also the issue of all the randomly generated dungeons looking like octopuses mating, and that there are way, way too many fetch the foo quests. "Please, I'll help you with your quest to rid Dagerfall of the vengeful spirit, but could you please fetch me my adamantium underpants? I think I left them in a nearby dungeon infested with monsters..."

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_