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Comment Avira is a PUP itself. (Score 4, Insightful) 64 64

It aces artificial AV tests in performance, because by default, it only scans files by extension, which is a huge security risk. The free version makes annoying advertisement pop-ups. And in my experience it popped out vaguely threatening messages about a vague virus which neither Combofix nor MBAM nor a couple of other AV products could find.

In my experience, all free AV programs are highly suspect in their behavior, by their nature and goal. They're full of upsells, they will passive-aggressively threaten you, they will try and install PUPs themselves... etc.

Comment Re:Modern Fallouts suck ass (Score 3, Interesting) 229 229

It is insightful because it's 100% true. If you look at Fallout 1/2 walkthroughs, you will see the kind of non-linearity, environmental scripting depth and general feeling of freedom that no modern game provides. Fallout 3 especially was a complete corridor compared to this. In programming and design alone, the first two games are still better than ANYTHING out there. There's a CHASM of difference between "walk anywhere you want" and freedom of player agency. In a walking simulator, you'll still have to go through a series of linear mission checkpoint with no alternate choices.

As for witnessing your own birth, it's just a cutscene, and one you have to do EVERY TIME instead of just having a simple character creation screen.

Also, what is the point of "experiencing the world", if Fallout 3's writing was the worst I've ever seen in a game written by supposedly English speakers? Really, the entire gameworld was designed and written by people who's only ever written code. The NPCs are lifeless tusks with no point to their existence, none of them ever talk like real people, nothing makes sense!

Fallout 3 was so dumb, in the end you have an NPC who is resistant to radiation, and he makes YOU go into the radiation chamber. He refuses to go himself, why? Because, "it's your path and yours alone". Wait, what?

And what about the horrible UI? Loading screens upon entering every hut? Terrible combat with unbalanced VATS system? "SPECIAL" being just numbers on the screen which barely have any effect on anything in the environment, VASTLY unlike the original two games?

Moira gets exploded by a nuclear blast, instantly becomes a ghoul, and then asks you to "Not do it again, okay?" Cars filled with fuel 200 years after the war? Oversimplified, cartoonish take on the factions from the originals?

If you look at any documented Let's Play thread of Fallout 3, and you have read at least 3 books in your life, your brain will start leaking out of your ears. It is inevitable.

At least New Vegas tried to follow canon and have an actual world, and it had a ton more content, a ton more choice&consequence, SPECIAL was actually checked frequently on various occasions. Some NPCs actually behaved vaguely human! In all ways it was a far superior product.

Comment Kaspersky is not special (Score 3, Insightful) 288 288

Their program will slow down your computer with all kinds of security theater "features", but like any other antivirus, it will fail to root out most viruses written in the past 8 years once they've been executed and implanted themselves as a rootkit.

Comment Re:I just switched. Not going back. (Score 1) 241 241

Early adopters have been singing this same tune since Windows 95 at least. It's NEVER been true. Each version of Windows is more bloated than the one before it. It's part of their development strategy.

The impression of new OS being snappier is always created by comparing the previous OS's well-worn install to the new OS's fresh, bare install, in other words, placebo effect and wishful thinking. ALWAYS.

Comment It failed because of UI. (Score 3, Insightful) 359 359

Seriously, it was, and is, far more confusing and disorienting than Facebook ever was. It looked like a steep learning curve, to guess exactly what the privacy settings are, what "adding to circle" REALLY means, who sees WHAT, etc.

Too few explanations, too many "helpful" abstractions. Not enough intuitive responses... i.e. places you'd expect to be (redundantly but helpfully) clickable, aren't...

When it rolled out it looked like an alpha. I'm amazed that they fixed nothing since then.

Comment Re:When you can't tell the difference... (Score 1) 667 667

Did you even read the article? Did you even understand my larger point? Because your comments have branched out into a very specific tangenial subject, which I have no interest in talking about. In fact, there's nothing I can say on this except what's already been said. The article is rubbish. It is axiomic. There are some very good comments under the article itself which explain why it is rubbish.

Comment Comment under the article nails it. (Score 2) 667 667

"This reads like a liberal's didactic epistle to instruct the hidebound linguists that the lazy, ignorant and uneducated are their equals, particularly the minority youth and valley girls who might invent or redefine words to describe something because they "zoned out" during that learning opportunity in school. We mustn't judge."

As for my own words... the article purposely mixes the subject of language evolution (which is understandable) and just abandoning all the rules altogether. It is something straight out of the film "Idiocracy", and the more people stupidly embrace the notions of this article, the scarier our current reality is.

Comment Re:When you can't tell the difference... (Score 1) 667 667

It's not just about the legal language. It's also about politicians who lie their asses off, openly, knowing the the public has long lost a sense of what the hell they're talking about. This is happening _now_.

Language doesn't have to be "complex". It just has to have agreed-on standards and meanings. And I really shouldn't have to explain or defend this. At all. To anyone.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein