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Comment: good thing (Score 1) 370

by sad_ (#48624515) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

well this Sony hack sure has been a good thing for us so far. It is bringing a lot of things into the open/spotlight that we would otherwise not know of (unless it is too late perhaps, and the lobbyists work is done). Could it have been een inside job? It this the equivalent of snowden-nsa but for one big media company?
No wonder who ever did it doesn't want to step up, they would be trailed and sued to death, all the while Sony just continues whatever they've been doing without consequences (the impact of this will be minimal, just as all other crooked things they did, didn't have any impact).

Comment: Maybe not the right way, but close (Score 3, Insightful) 222

by sad_ (#48571235) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I don't really agree with this approach, it is like forcing somebody to watch all great sci-fi movies before he can go watch Interstellar. I do think they should watch all those great movies in good time and because they are great, they will still be fun/good to watch today.

The same with games, i've seen it with my own kids. The real gems from the 8bit NES / C64 era still stand their own. I never forced them on these, but the questions come anyway, if you know kids, they are always full of questions.
After playing mario galaxy, the question came if there are other mario games, at that point it is easy to introduce them to the past. I showed/played them through the whole history of Mario, starting with donkey kong (and showing donkey kong jr on my original savoured game&watch), going to mario bros (no, not 'super mario bros'), etc. Did they like all of them, no and i don't blame them, because some of them are not that great anymore. But the real good ones were still enjoyed and played (by them, by choice afterwards).

Games are part of our culture now, like art, books, music and movies. It would be cruel not to let them know the classics, but it is just as cruel to force-feed them.

Comment: BT is the worldbeater it was billed as! (Score 2) 46

by sad_ (#48554119) Attached to: Bluetooth Gains Direct Internet Access, Security Enhancements

"The Bluetooth spec never quite became the worldbeater it was billed as"

What are you talking about, BT is the de-facto standard for connecting wirelessly with almost any device today, ranging from audio devices to input devices to applliances, how has it not beaten any comparable specification, in fact is there even another _usable_ alternative?

Comment: Asus? (Score 1) 294

by sad_ (#47815159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

I recently build a new PC, based on an Asus motherboard which has UEFI, but there is no problem what so ever with running linux on it.
The build-in wifi works, USB3 works, BIOS is updatable with a USB key, ...
You just need to use a recent distro that has support for UEFI (Ubuntu & SteamOS both worked for me).

Comment: geos (Score 1) 654

by sad_ (#41023513) Attached to: GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

my first gui was geos on a c64, it wasn't mine and i didn't use it for too long. since this c64 had no mouse you controlled the cursor with the joystick. i was kind of impressed by it (first time ever seeing a gui, can you imagine), even though it was mono colored. perhaps some apps were able to use/display colors, the interface certainly wasn't.

though i voted for amiga, because it was the first gui capable machine i owned and it had an amazing gui (by todays standards not so much). the main thing was ofcourse the amazing multitasking the amiga was capable of within this gui.

Comment: How does he know? (Score 1) 635

Indeed, ID was one of the big producers that made native linux executables available for their games. Hence, i did not say 'version', but 'executables'. Because afaik you had to buy the windows version, then download the linux installer and run it on your purchased windows media.
Ofcourse their linux version never made any money, they were freely available on their ftp site, retail only had windows and how could they ever calculate how much of that sale was coming from linux users?
There only ever was Quake 3, from Loki, and i bought it. However it was a limited run, so how many windows versions were still sold for use on linux? nobody knows, even carmack doesn't.

Comment: Re:Market segmentation (Score 1) 756

by sad_ (#29198551) Attached to: Behind the 4GB Memory Limit In 32-Bit Windows

That is the way all 'enterprise' licenses work. You pay a penalty when you run their software on bigger iron. Usualy the price goes up depending on one or a combination of: #cpu, #ram, #users, #data, etc.

There is no difference in the software what so ever, nothing! There is nothing stopping you from buying a license for a tier 1 while in fact you need tier 3 or something (the difference in price might easily be $100.000's!! depending on the software). Ofcourse, if they ever decide to audit you, or you open a support call (oh, yeah, the suppot costs goes up with the licensing cost as well) and you run some kind of diagnostic tool they will figure out you underpaid them and then the trouble starts.

The whole situation is scandalous, i can't believe people still buy this crap, keep paying for it, there are alternatives these days. It's easy to understand how MS made an impact back in the day, compared to most of those other companies they are almost nice guys.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. -- Henry Clay