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Comment: Quit thinking of it as piracy (Score 1) 687

by stickyboot (#43231893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
Quit thinking about it like piracy, and the problem disappears. "But wait!" you say, "how will I feed my family?" Rather than discouraging piracy, you should be encouraging support from your audience. Add in a splash screen that can be disabled by the user once they paid/donated that encourages the purchace of a license, and what the support will go to. Throw your code up onto github or some other service and solicit for input from your audience, thus building a relationship with your audience, and even opening the doors for contribution in the form of code. It is far easier to give money to people who you actually have some form of relationship with. Things that don't bother people, but remind them, and encourage them to give the support you need is how you grow your body of support. Doing things to annoy people, will result in them not cooperating with you, and thus, doing things that one might consider piracy.

Comment: Its not title availability, its developer focus. (Score 1) 951

by stickyboot (#42035823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
I became a heavy user of windows, not because I like windows or wanted to use it. It was because it had the most focus from the developers. Games come out for it first, the software is written for the platform first (usually) and typically ran better than the games ported to the Mac (at the time I decided on buying my last few PCs). Ported games generally suck for a number of reasons, and that's why I don't run OS X or Linux for games. Even though games run on a particular alternative OS, they are usually a sub-par experience mainly due to lack of developer focus on those platforms. Ports typically run worse than their windows counter part. I know this isn't intrinsic, but its an accurate rule of thumb up until this point. Often times mod support is poor on OS ports. I know for a long time, ports could not even play with clients on windows for whatever reason. This is less of the case these days, but think back to 2004-2005. I would REALLY love to get away from windows and start running linux for gaming too, and am willing to help out on that effort simply by doing it, which is why this Valve/Linux direction pleases me so much. Windows is a terribly crippled OS in so many ways, I would love to get away from it as much as possible, and hopefully mostly avoid apple where I can since they will never support building your own systems which is pretty core to PC gaming.

Comment: This is finally what is needed to get off Windows (Score 2) 768

by stickyboot (#41808501) Attached to: Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming
Gaming is one of the few activities on a computer that requires Windows. Getting support from a high profile Developer and buisness like Valve seems like what is needed to finally break that requirement, or at least to get the process going. It seems like a lot of people are skeptical of the viability of this, but I certainly am happy to support a move away from Windows, especially given the direction Windows 8 is taking the OS. Valve is probrably one of the most respected companies and leaders in the gaming industry, and hearing them promote Linux like this is really fantastic. Steam moving to mac is great and all, but it would be a shame if valve put a lot of effort into getting onto such a restrictive platform after taking the effort to get off of another restrictive platform. I really hope Linux becomes their primary focus to move people too. Linux for desktop still may have a future after all!

Comment: Re:Obligatory XKCD for #2 (Score 1) 88

by stickyboot (#38483168) Attached to: Mozilla's 3 Big Bets To Keep the Web Open
BrowserID is actually quite promising due to some really interesting design decisions. Plus it actually really usable (unlike openID) and decentralized by design (unlike facebook or google login integration). I recommend this video to learn a little about it: http://identity.mozilla.com/post/13459806252/another-introduction-to-browserid-for-webfwd

Comment: Re:Making version numbers more relevant (Score 1) 330

by stickyboot (#38437780) Attached to: Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved
It seems like a lot of people are asking for this. Has there been any response from mozilla about this idea? A dated version numbering system seems vastly more relevant to the end user than any other system I have seen. I would love to see this. "Grandma, you see, its 2015, but you are still running firefox 12, back from 2012, which contains many flaws that might get your social security benefits stolen"

Comment: Re:Just because of speed? (Score 2) 330

by stickyboot (#38437714) Attached to: Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved
I found that funny too. People complain about the rapid release cycle of firefox, then tell you to use chrome. To be fair, the second part of the argument, is that their archaic, poorly maintained mash of firefox plugins stopped working and its because of the new release schedule (which is partly true, but hardly the part of the bigger issues that firefox is facing and dealing with rather well). Google's chrome is slick now, just as firefox was back a few years ago was, but I guess I am not truly convinced that chrome wont face the same issues that firefox is facing today. Plus, It seems to me that giving into chrome and abandoning firefox hands the browser market back to the big guys to push their will onto the web, just as IE had done prior to firefox. I think chrome is a good browser, and I sometimes use it, but I find mozilla's policies fall more in line with my own regarding many aspects, and mainly stick to firefox.

Comment: What isn't wrong with TV? (Score 1) 839

by stickyboot (#38270098) Attached to: TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?
The shows mostly suck. You have to slog through adds. I don't know when anything is on. Its different everywhere you go. The remotes and interfaces are terribly designed. For the most part, the TV, receiver and media players don't talk to each other. Thats why I stopped watching. I want to watch whatever I want, whenever I want, without adds. If someone can provide that for REASONABLE prices I would pay, but until that happens, I guess its up to me to figure out plus a copy of XBMC.

Comment: Re:rent... don't buy (Score 1) 371

by stickyboot (#38183820) Attached to: Good Disk Library Solutions?
I would say renting is probably the best advice. People are arguing that ripping the disks to hard drive would be effective, but holly molly, that is going to take a long time, and a crap-load of space, or an even more insane amount of time if it includes encoding the rips, especially if you your collection includes blue-ray discs. If people must hoard, you are better off leaving the ripping to the professionals. They will do a better job, and its an immense waste of time the same way media capturing is. DRM and hoarding mix terribly, so basically your only effective option is getting onto a good semi-private movie torrent site and get your movies for long term storage there.
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+ - Microsoft Killing Silverlight-> 1

Submitted by SharkLaser
SharkLaser (2495316) writes "Silverlight 5 might be last version released by Microsoft. Several industry insiders and partners for the last few weeks have heard from their own Microsoft sources that there won't be new versions released after Silverlight 5. Status on service packs and support for Silverlight is unclear, as Microsoft haven't yet released lifecycle support end date even for the previous Silverlight 4. By their support page they will give full year head-up before ending support. With Adobe ending development of Flash for mobile browsers and Microsoft ending development of Silverlight, HTML5 video looks a lot more promising. But will content providers be able to give out their material without DRM and how does HTML5 perform with non-video side of Flash and Silverlight?"
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