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Comment: Re:Great! Now when are they going to get them free (Score 1) 62

by Darinbob (#47525499) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

GoG only offers games that they get legally. They can't offer source unless the current IP holder gives them the source. All GoG is doing is taking an existing game off of CD or DVD, patch it up to be current sometimes, and and then packaging it up with a newer installer that includes Wine or sometimes dosbox or other support layer. And then sell it DRM free which is way ahead of how Steam is doing things.

Comment: Re:Virtual trackpad and USB or Bluetooth keyboard (Score 1) 62

by Darinbob (#47525447) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

These aren't baby games that can be run from a trackpad. Ok, some might be. But a lot of these were very serious games for their day that require fine mouse control and fast typing of keys. Sure you could probably do a point-and-click ScummVM game this way but I wouldn't want to attempt some of the GOG games I have this way (Thief, Gothic 2, BG2).

Basically most of these games being offered are offered as-is, except with Wine wrapper on top. That means that they can't modify the UI.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 1) 62

by Darinbob (#47525287) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

The problem isn't just the ability to have the game run under Linux, but to set up the support system, set up the cross-distribution system, test each game, update the web sites, etc. DOSBOX is nice, but you can't just throw the binaries and a copy of dosbox and hope that the customer will know what to do. Just like most real products, once the product is done there's still a ton of work before it gets to a real customer.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 1) 117

by Darinbob (#47524677) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

I really disliked W7. It was nice when the alternative was XP, but it still felt way over done. Too glossy, too much distraction, too much reliance on special effects (that often required video card help to achieve, which should be a warning sign). W7 is the opposite of keeping things simple and functional. W8 went the wrong way by being too simple and removing functionality. Mac OS feels in the middle, not distracting at all but very functional.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 1) 117

by Darinbob (#47524633) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

I like it myself. I really disliked the overly glossy and special effect heavy style of Windows 7 for instance. Mac isn't "flat" per se, it's just minimalist. No borders for example because they serve no purpose except to waste screen space.

I have no idea about other apple products as I don't use them, but on my android phone I most definitely don't want all that wasted space from UI garnishes (and there's enough wasted space as it is, I want information not pretty looks).

Now Windows 8 went too far on the metro side, you can't tell what's a clickable item or not (I refuse to say "touchable"). But on the desk top I actually prefer that style (not counting silly charms bars and other metro stuff that intrudes).

However what is really needed perhaps is an option. All othe operating systems try to quash all customization (even many free systems). Freedom of choice is good.

Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 148

by Trepidity (#47523277) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

theyre' all hot-shot python hackers but have no idea what the difference between a linked list and an array list is.

Actually I think this is precisely what a lot of non-STEM employers are looking for. When they say they want a computer programmer, what they mean is they want someone who can be the local Excel-macro whiz.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 1) 148

by Trepidity (#47523233) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Real knowledge is in books and I hope people do not require a degree to read.

I think that's actually a big part of what many self-taught programmers are missing. It's not the lack of a degree that's the big problem, but the lack of having read any of the things that you would read when getting a degree. You could read them on your own, but many people don't.

Comment: Re:Risk of mutation to something worse? (Score 1) 149

by Trepidity (#47522941) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Well incubation period is somewhat different. Also an issue, but not the same one as asymptomatic carriers. Some viruses have completely asymptomatic carriers, who can harbor it for years without themselves being significantly affected, which makes long-distance spread a lot easier. Ebola doesn't seem to have that.

Although Ebola does have a reservoir in rats, who carry it asymptomatically. No idea what the odds of it spreading via that route are.

Comment: kind of clever (Score 2) 43

by Trepidity (#47522349) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Really this is more about finding a way to collect proxy data for neuroscience, than about studying virtual worlds (despite the /. title). A problem with FMRi studies is that it's often hard to get people to both do what you want to study, and have them be hooked up to the FMRi at the same time. Videogames have the desirable property that people can do things in a "world" while conveniently keeping their head physically parked in the lab.

Comment: Re:Surprise! (Score 0) 106

by plover (#47521775) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Samzenpus has always been a crappy, insecure editor who doesn't adhere to journalistic standards of integrity.

Color me unsurprised.

He's always been shit, and most of us keep reading as the site of last resort for nerd stuff which survived a long list of crappy, untrained editors who don't adhere to standards.

Piece of crap.

Slashdot has long since demonstrated they couldn't write a decent article if Rob Malda's life depended on it.

In fact, some day I home Anonymous Coward's life does depend on /..

See what I did there?

Go read The Fine Article before spouting your nonsense.

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