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Comment: Re:Please make this thing useful for development (Score 1) 99

by phorm (#47956973) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

Indeed. Perhaps the OP has not noted that there are a *LOT* of Android TV/streamer devices out there. Most of those work with a keyboard/mouse (or, preferably, an "air mouse"). I've had no issues using the core Google Apps, Netflix, XBMC-android, etc. Perhaps "Angry Birds" might be a little annoying with a mouse but more of the media-centric stuff works very nicely. As it is I've pretty much migrated my former Linux media box to an Android box that runs Play, Netflix, XBMC, and a few other media apps.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 2) 313

by phorm (#47949471) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Being so close to the USA leaves us vulnerable to sort of being swamped, culturally.

What *is* culturally *Canadian*? Seriously, we've all seen the stereotypes like mounties and beavers (or a mountain and a wolf a la "Due South"), but is that really a defining part of Canadian identity?

I enjoyed "Bon Cop Bad Cop", but it wasn't really special content-wise. I certainly hope that we're not expecting that "Trailer Park Boys" or "Corner Gas" is really Canadian? Do we expect the actors to drink Canadian beer instead of Bud?

A lot of so-called American movies are actually shot in Canadian cities too, so scenery-wise they're pretty domestic. Ditto for Canadian actors (particular comedic actors) in American movies.

Comment: Re:Pleasant? (Score 1) 166

by phorm (#47947377) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

When I used to play with MC, some of the most fun I have had on my friends' server was to mess with them.
"oops, I have no idea how that lava field got underneath your farm. What, a creeper opened a hole to it and all the sheeps became BBQ. That's terrible!"
or
"A random which in your house which blew up a gigantic hidden stash of TnT? Where did that come from?"

Comment: Even if it helped them (Score 1) 182

by phorm (#47937879) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

So does the bill of rights/constitution and many other things. Rights and humane treatment can benefit bad people who take advantage of it. The issues is that a lack of rules and accountability is more of a DETRIMENT to honest, good people (and benefit to corrupt, bad officials, etc) than it is beneficial to terrorists.

Or, as put by H. L. Mencken

"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all"

This also applies to covert/illegal surveillance, etc

Comment: Re:Soap kitchen (Score 1) 186

by phorm (#47937737) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

I've definitely seen the tourrettes swearing-under-breath-or-at-imaginary-figures types, however there have also been a good number that will out-curse a shipload of sailors when they don't get their way, for example when:

* Being told to move from a certain area by authority figures
* Being offered food instead of cash, then being told... no I won't just give you cash
* Being ignored when getting in people's face for handouts, or being told to get lost.

Comment: Re:The holders of the Keen IP are stupid.... (Score 1) 72

by phorm (#47930261) Attached to: Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

You know, I actually have no problem with these two
* Bean with bacon megarocket paint-job DLC
* Officially licensed NFL team helmets, 1.99 each

If people want to spend money on cosmetic stuff without affecting gameplay, go right ahead. I quite enjoy Dota2/TF/etc. People who care about such things can spend a bunch of money playing dress-up (or make money selling items acquired from drops). Those that do not can play generally unaffected by those that do (I say generally because I have at times had a "WTF is that character" moment early in a game of DOTA when somebody has a character with odd looking accessories.

Comment: Re:my list is not long (Score 1) 541

by phorm (#47927357) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

the ability to not run any metro (or whatever it's called) apps whatsoever.

Here here. Performance-wise, I'm fairly happy with Win8. Installing a start-menu replacement helped kill off the fugly tiles. My biggest headache recently was that some comflict between AMD APU+Win8+AVG made the system unbootable (spinning logo on startup forever). It worked fine with another antivirus though, and has been stable since.

Now usability. Getting rid of the tiles is great, but every time I have to hit Windows Update it drops me into that f***ing Metro fullscreen POS. No more tray icon or a window I can shuffle off to another monitor.

Bring back the built-in start menu, but more importantly kill Metro! Possibly, make it optional. It makes 0 sense for a desktop and actually makes the OS less usable.

Comment: Spare PC's (Score 1) 541

by phorm (#47927103) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

One of the fun things with a Linux install, it's fairly portable across hardware so long as you're using a generic enough kernel. If you want to install the exact same thing on 5-6 machines you can just do one, get it where you want it, and then clone the drive (or copy the files and reinstall GRUB). Heck, you could have it all on a thumb drive and move between machine with that.

The only place I've really run into issues is sometimes when switching between systems that use an nVidia VS ATI binary driver.

Comment: Run what works with the hardware (Score 1) 541

by phorm (#47927061) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Why would you? You *could* compare to Windows 7/8 *IF* they supported that old hardware, but chances are you'd run into an issue finding drivers for the sound or possibly LAN devices.
So what's the OS that gives you much of the latest goodies *AND* works well on the old hardware? If it's Win7/8 then feel free to install that, but if it's a modern version of Linux you'd be an idiot to install an old version.

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.

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