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Comment: Re:Wasn't the gamer's bill of rights (Score 1) 469

by foobat (#43153889) Attached to: Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

Fair, I do recall that they did give a bunch of people refunds which prompted them to promise the next one for free. Still, The gamer's bill of rights idea was basically killed dead in the water by stardock because of elemental,

Wardell went on to map out some of his thinking on individual items in the bill, explaining: "On the console, you don't release as many buggy games, because of the pain of patching on consoles, but on the PC, we've gotten to the point where we just say, 'Eh, we'll just patch it.' That's bull. It's wrecking our industry."

"We're going to release things that are done, even if we have to delay it. We're going to not put in obnoxious copy protection. We will support the game after release. We have this set of principles, and there will be a logo on the game that gamers can trust means the game is done, and will be supported."

When you say stuff like that and then go onto release a game which was buggy, unplayed with broken mechanics far too early. People are immediately going to call you out on it as PC gamer did

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=20027

Comment: Wasn't the gamer's bill of rights (Score 1) 469

by foobat (#43153633) Attached to: Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

introduced by Brad Wardell of Stardock? That certainly went well for them with Elemental : War of Magic, that was completely unplayable on release and basically not complete. It was so bad that they had to give away the expansion, Elemental: Fallen Enchantress for free?

http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/09/03/elemental-launch-was-catastrophic-poor-judgment/
http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/10/26/fallen-enchantress-free-elemental-stardock/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamer's_Bill_of_Rights
http://www.destructoid.com/crashes-and-drama-surround-elemental-s-launch-182350.phtml

Comment: In a similar situation myself (Score 1) 735

by foobat (#37639148) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

A friend once told me that "You have to be in it for yourself.".

If you decided to stay on, would this crucial time stop soon? Or as I suspect, go on forever. This situation actually is so close to what a couple of guys here are going through, I had to ask around if it was one of us who submitted it.

Guess it's time to jump ship.

Comment: Re:From what I've heard, it really is that bad... (Score 5, Interesting) 673

by foobat (#31971638) Attached to: Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

The captain of that flight Eric Moody is hilarious

Despite the lack of time, Moody made an announcement to the passengers that has been described as "a masterpiece of understatement":[3][4]
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.

followed by the gem

"He then called out how high they should be at each DME step along the final track to the runway, creating a virtual glide slope for them to follow. It was, in Moody's words, "a bit like negotiating one's way up a badger's arse"."

Comment: Sort of how it used to be. (Score 1) 287

by foobat (#31966752) Attached to: Facebook Retroactively Makes More User Data Public

You used to be able to click on a link to anything you had listed in music and be able to see anyone else in your network who had also listed the same band/musican in their profile.

Changing things like "Become a fan" to a "like" is relying on people not noticing and cliking Like because their used to doing that on friend's status updates.

Comment: Re:At the risk of being flamed to hell (Score 1) 172

by foobat (#30180358) Attached to: Fedora 12 Package Installation Policy Tightened

yes, yes and yes.

My current policy is to setup sudo to allow them to use the yum command and that is it. Anything else is asking for trouble. (which is pretty much what the old default in Fedora 12 acheived)

One person I gave the root password and I told him to use yum/the pretty gui to install stuff, 3 days later he had downloaded dozens of random rpms from god knows where. At which point I came along and just typed "yum -y install randomScientificSoftware"

This guy is a pretty high up scientist, so his time isn't cheap and he wasted 3 days on this. He could be doing whatever his specialist field is instead of trying to figure out what is the most difficult way to install software on linux.

If I don't give root passwords, then they'll report to their supervisors saying that the reason they can't do anywork is because I haven't given them a root password.

Comment: Re:At the risk of being flamed to hell (Score 1) 172

by foobat (#30172382) Attached to: Fedora 12 Package Installation Policy Tightened

someone mod this person up now.

I currently have a ticket open requiring the root password because "the user can't do what they want" or something similar. I tried to explain using sudo to them, but this seems beyond them. If i give them the root password it gets written onto a postit note on their monitor.

Comment: Func (Score 2, Interesting) 209

by foobat (#27727663) Attached to: Cross-Distro Remote Package Administration?

https://fedorahosted.org/func/

I know it's get Fedora in it's name but it's been accepted into as a package into Debian (and thus ubuntu).

It's pretty cool, designed to control alot of systems at once and avoid having to ssh into them all at once, has a build in certification system, a bunch of modules written for it already , usable from the command line so you can easily add it into your scripts and has a python api so if you really wanted some you could throw together some django magic if you wanted a web front end. OpenSymbolic is a webfront end for it already although I haven't checked it out.

Not exactly what you wanted as there's a bunch of work you'd need to do to get it to do the things you want.

Comment: Re:No big deal. (Score 1) 289

by foobat (#26781449) Attached to: UK Government Plans 10-Year Database of Citizens' Travel

yeah but FTA it says

"The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers. "

which i assume is a tad more than they have already. I like how the government now needs a database for:

my credit cards
dna/other "biometric data"
all the emails I send
all the websites I visit
all the phone calls I make
all the details of my children

obviously you need all of our credit card details to fight terror!

Programming

+ - Facebook opens pages to outside developers

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "A New York Times story and Fortune magazine article are both reporting on Facebook allowing third-party developers to create pages within the site. Developers can use a combination of Facebook API and subset of HTML to create interactive pages accessible from within Facebook. Users retain complete control over which applications they want to have installed, and which applications they want to see on other people's profile. Developers can build on top of Facebook's social grid, and in case of a popular application gain distribution through Facebook newsfeed."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun pledges patents to defend Linux

Submitted by netdur
netdur (816698) writes "From TFA

In a surprise move this week Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, said the company was ready to use the company's extensive patent portfolio to help defend Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux against Microsoft's patent threat.
Thank you Sun"

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