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Comment: Re:The United States is really dumb (Score 2) 181

by loutr (#35068478) Attached to: US Authorities GPS Tagging Duped Indian Students

At my French university you could go study abroad for one year. The US were amongst the choices, you could even go to Berkeley or something like that. The beauty of this system was that you would pay the same tuition fees whether you went abroad or not, so basically you could go to Berkeley for one year and only pay your cheap French tuition fees* . OTOH, US students who came here paid their regular (indecent) US tuition fees...

* about 500€ per year, or even nothing if you have a scholarship, which is not really hard to get if you (or your parents) can't afford the tuition fees.

Comment: Re:See, this is what I've been saying on Slashdot (Score 1) 468

by loutr (#32128162) Attached to: Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash?
Well for starters HTML5 is superior for us (non-flash) web developers. It's also superior for geeks who use exotic OSes. And from a normal user's perspective, I said there was no obvious difference (i.e. most users can't tell whether they are on a flash site), but Flash seriously lacks in accessibility :
  • you can't select/copy/paste text if the developer didn't bother to implement it
  • you can't zoom
  • you can't middle-click to open a link in a new tab
  • if you've focused the Flash content you have to click elsewhere in the window to give the focus back to the browser and be able to use keyboard shortcuts (to create a new tab for example)

I could go on. And as an added bonus, Flash is CPU-hungry and crash-prone.

Comment: Re:See, this is what I've been saying on Slashdot (Score 2, Insightful) 468

by loutr (#32126680) Attached to: Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash?

The difference between a CRT and flatscreen TV is obvious. People see LCDs in stores, or at a friend's house, and that makes them want to switch. And then there's marketing of course.

The general public doesn't know, and doesn't care whether a site is made in Flash or HTML5. You can't wait on the users to switch to HTML5 sites.

Comment: Re:"Limited?" (Score 1) 405

by loutr (#31899268) Attached to: In Defense of Jailbreaking

Because a jailbroken iPhone is the best smartphone on the planet, except maybe for the n900 and suchlike, but I spend enought time tinkering with computers at work to do it on my phone. Once jailbroken the iPhone just works.

Maybe I should have been clearer : Spotify mobile is my main music player (I know, Android and other platforms have a version too), and by games I don't mean Snake, I mean the shitload of dedicated iPhone games, and the shitload of ports. Know a lot of phones that run GeoDefense, Plants vs Zombies, C&C Red Alert, Street Fighter IV and GTA:Chinatown Wars ?

Comment: Re:"Limited?" (Score 1) 405

by loutr (#31897266) Attached to: In Defense of Jailbreaking

There really, really cheaper alternatives if all you're looking for is a phone. Plus their batteries last more than a day.

Not sure what you're calling "nonsense". All I know is that I used to travel with a cellphone, an mp3 player, and a Nintendo DS, and now I only have my iPhone in my pocket. And I can check my email and IM my friends from about anywhere.

Comment: Re:"Limited?" (Score 1) 405

by loutr (#31896916) Attached to: In Defense of Jailbreaking

I thought the inability to multitask (corrected, apparently, in iPhone OS/4) would bug me, but it turns out it's a non-issue.

I use Spotify all the time, it has completely replaced the iPod app on my iPhone. But there's no way I'd pay 10€/mo. if I couldn't background the app. Having to pause my music to answer an SMS, or to check my email would be very, very frustrating. The next major version indeed corrects that, but not if you own a 3G like I do. Except if you jailbreak and enable multitasking, that is ;)

Other cool (non-essential) JB apps are :

  • Music Controls : allows you to control about any music apps with pop-up controls, headphones remote, lockscreen, ...
  • Quick Reply : double-tap the notification, and the sms appears, along with the keyboard in case you wish to reply, all without exiting your current app.
  • 3G unrestrictor : tricks certain apps (spotify, youtube, appstore, ...) into thinking they're on wifi.
  • tethering apps (and custom carrier settings) : share your 3G connection without any aditionnal fee (YMMV, my carrier doesn't seem to notice or to care).
  • Themes (there are some really nice ones)

Comment: Re:No problems here (Score 1) 266

by loutr (#31626808) Attached to: EA Editor Criticizes <em>Command &amp; Conquer 4</em> DRM

Never said PC gaming was cheap :) Hardware may be more expensive, but as I said I pay (much) less for my games, so if you play a lot of different games as I do, it evens out in the end.

My last upgrade was a GTX275 which I bought almost a year ago, and even new games run fine. And if I turn off FSAA, I'll be able to play 2010 and 2011 games just fine. And I buy most of my games for 20-40€ (last purchase : L4F2 for 25€), or even cheaper as Steam has lots of indie games and oldies for less than 10€ (recently bought BG&E for 5€).

Comment: Re:Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing (Score 1) 266

by loutr (#31624794) Attached to: EA Editor Criticizes <em>Command &amp; Conquer 4</em> DRM

Does your "etc." include proper counterparts to Super Smash Bros. series, Mario Kart series, and Animal Crossing series?

No*, that's the reason I've got a Wii ;) As Nedlohs says, I was comparing PCs to PS3 (and Xbox 360, as they are very similar).

I only use the Wii when friends come over, for solo and online play I use the PC.

*SFIV and Trackmania could be viable alternatives though. Trackmania wii is coming out soon, you should check it out if you haven't played it yet. Trackmania Nations is free, it's awesome on a big screen TV, very (very) fast and still looks good. The only downside is that there's no split-screen on the PC version.

Comment: Re:No problems here (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by loutr (#31623930) Attached to: EA Editor Criticizes <em>Command &amp; Conquer 4</em> DRM

The PC as a gaming platform is done.[...]PS3 offering unparalleled processing power[...]

Can I play every PS3 game in 1080p, 8xAA ? Didn't think so. On my gaming PC, I can. With an Xbox Controller and HDMI output, I can play Batman, GTA, etc. on my HDTV, sitting on my couch, with (far) better graphics than on any so-called Next-gen console. And with the same machine, I can play FPS, CRPGs, and strategy games with proper controllers (mouse/keyboard). Oh, and thanks to Steam's constant stream of special deals, I don't have to pay 50-70€ for each game.

Each time a console's price drops, I've had the temptation to buy one. But each time I quickly remember that I would hardly use it, except for playing the odd exclusive title.

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