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Comment: Re:I've Seen Touch Screens For Years (Score 2) 913

by tycoex (#42709031) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

Cars are different but they all use the same system. As compared to computers you could almost say there is only two different car operating systems, standard and automatic. No matter what the hardware looks like (the car model) all your automatic cars are going to have a steering wheel in the same place, two pedals that do the same thing, a similar/same gear shifter, etc. You can jump into any car and know how it operates regardless of model; that's pretty much the same as having different computers (hardware) running the same OS.

Comment: Re:I love long films if... (Score 1) 245

by tycoex (#42465297) Attached to: 'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

I think most people would be fine with the length of the Hobbit if it only included stuff that actually needed to be in the movie.

It all depends on how much material they actually have to work with. I don't want to watch a 2 hour movie stretched in to 3, and I don't want to watch a 3 hour movie cut down to 2. The Hobbit was the former.

Comment: Re:Hey Google fanbois, is it time to start the hat (Score 1) 582

by tycoex (#41845305) Attached to: To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

Two things:

First, I think that most people here feel that technical patents are somewhat more valid than design patents. While there are a number of people who think that patents as a whole are bad, but most people think that patents are okay, it's patents on things like "rounded corners" (aka design patents) that people dislike.

Secondly, if you attack someone who attacks you, are you being offensive or defensive? It's not immediately clear if retaliating after being attacked is a defensive action or an offensive one.

Comment: It depends. (Score 1) 364

by tycoex (#40872273) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

I find that the best way to take notes depends very much on the specific nature of the class you are taking. For math courses, programming courses, (some) science courses, or anything else where you need to be able to draw or use numbers, pen (or mechanical pencil) and regular old notebook work best.

For classes that are mostly text based, such as social sciences, history, or English courses, I find that typing my notes out in outline format (on a laptop) to be preferable.

Comment: Re:There is - far less (Score 1) 433

by tycoex (#40803933) Attached to: Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

As some other posters have said, pretty much all of those stores (Google play as well as Amazon) accept debit cards just fine. I do not and never have had a credit card, but I buy stuff online all the time with my debit.

There's nothing special about my debit card either, it's just a regular plain old debit card issued from the bank. Well, credit union actually, if that makes a difference.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 is not a catastrophe.... (Score 4, Insightful) 880

If it's not better then why do games that allow K&M on consoles have to create separate rooms for K&M players and gamepad players?

I'll tell you why, because in the mixed rooms the K&M players destroy the gamepad players.

Now obviously if everyone is using the same control scheme it doesn't matter how "good" it is, because everyone is using the same crap. However, if you let K&M players play against gamepad players in an FPS the gamepad players will get destroyed.

For other kinds of games, such as action or fighting games, the gamepad is preferred for me. But that doesn't mean I deny that K&M is better for FPS.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 5, Insightful) 183

by tycoex (#40701495) Attached to: EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling

I'm a conservative and I personally don't know any conservatives who like the TSA. We consider it another example of an overgrown government.

However, the conservatives I tend to be around are probably different than the type you are thinking of. Not all conservatives are rednecks living in trailers, just like not all liberals are actually hippies sitting around in drum circles.

Comment: Re:In similarly important news... (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by tycoex (#40568587) Attached to: UN Declares Internet Freedom a Basic Right

Or maybe they think that no matter how bad he would still be better than Romney?

South Park was right when they satirized our political system as voting between a doucebag and a turd sandwich. The only thing that will truly change our country would be to change the actual political system itself, and that will never happen.

Comment: Re:shadow boxing didn't annoy them? (Score 1) 128

by tycoex (#40481095) Attached to: <em>Guild Wars 2</em> Release Date Announced

The fact that you can activate skills without a target is actually one of the biggest selling points. It makes the game feature more "action-like" combat rather than standard fare turn-based mmo combat.

And honestly, I don't see how this would affect immersion negatively. What's less realistic, being able to shoot your gun, regardless of whether it hits anyone or not, or your gun telling you that you're out of range if you try to shoot it from too far away?

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