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Comment: Harpers, New Yorker, Sunset. Not the Economist (Score 3, Insightful) 285

by cshay (#46775811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

All of those are a pleasure to read.

I knew some people would call out the Economist, and I used to subscribe to it some years back - but unfortunately they dumbed it down quite a bit several years ago in a push to increase their subscription base... and it looks like they succeeded.

Comment: Creator of "Big Top" on original IBM PC (Score 1) 232

by cshay (#46608885) Attached to: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

I remember being blown away by this game... basically a Donkey Kong style game but on the original IBM PC hardware. I read the review in PC Magazine and asked for it for my 14th birthday... I couldn't believe that things like swinging and jumping from swinging ropes while 4 other AI sprites chased me around was even possible on that original PC.

He even showed off a little by full screen scrolling in between levels.

Comment: These are same people who defended the ribbon (Score 1) 389

by cshay (#46278407) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

I have a license for office, but I barely use it because I can't find most advanced features.


They destroyed the menu and replaced it with the ribbon. If you don't know the name of the feature you are looking for, then you are SOL (actually you can google a description of the feature you want to find out where it is, but that is ridiculous).

Menu UI is a long standing feature of mouse driven user interfaces, and if you think throwing it away is in any way acceptable, and you are in the business of UI design then you should be fired from your job.

Comment: Moderating funny as -6 (Score 1) 2219

by cshay (#46183349) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

You and I are like brothers in this regard. Most "funny" posts are anything but funny.

But then all of these clowns started moderating obvious attempts at being "funny" as "insightful". For every article, at least one more lame Monty Python quote manages to be a +5 insightful.

How do you deal with that?

Comment: Please don't pull a Marissa Meyer (Score 1) 2219

by cshay (#46182619) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

...and decide that what old guys want doesn't matter and then just trash all the old features and replace it with feature poor but millenial friendly white space and image filled bubble gum that uses responsive design and infinite scrolling even though I don't want that.

Rather than do what she did, let those of us who prefer, stay behind with the old interface.

I have to move off of and yahoo mail now, don't make me do that with Slashdot please.

Comment: This issue is raised again and again in these case (Score 1) 60

by cshay (#46122339) Attached to: Judge Rules BitTorrent Cases Must Be Tried Separately

In a huge amount of these cases, the issue of whether the members should be sued individually comes up again and again.

Seemingly, each judge seems to make their own decision on this. In the cases where the judge rules that they should be split up, the case is dropped. Then rinse and repeat with a new judge and new set of defendants.

After 3-4 years of this, hasn't there been a precedent or something or higher level court getting involved so that all these judges don't have to reconsider the same argument over and over again? Seems wasteful, and it keeps these idiots in business.


+ - Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.->

Submitted by whoever57
whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Comment: Problems recreating the original audio experience (Score 2) 225

by cshay (#45662243) Attached to: Doom Is Twenty Years Old

I occasionally get nostalgic for those days back in 1994 but I have a big problem reliving them due to the sophistication of the audio in this game. You see, it was designed to play high quality MIDI if you happened to have a $1000 sound card. Of course I nor most of my friends did not have that... I had the standard soundblaster chip on my 486.

So when I play it in DosBox or whichever emulator, the sound is just too good! It is not the same as when I played it before!

Any tips on how to recreate that standard 1994-1995 486 experience aside from finding an old pc and installing win95?

Dennis Ritchie is twice as bright as Steve Jobs, and only half wrong. -- Jim Gettys