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Comment Re:"legends John Carmack and John Romero"? (Score 4, Interesting) 225

that litigious asshole John Carmack

Holy crap there is a lot of bile in your post.

Doom was designed to be modded - you had the IWAD that stored the main game data, and you could load a PWAD with command line parameters. Those features were either put in by Carmack or blessed by him.

I'm intimately familiar with what the Doom community became after 1998 when Carmack released the source code (how many other companies do that?)

He was tremendously supportive of the community and personally replied to some emails I sent him over the years asking him about GPL licensing of old id stuff.

He's even got an account here on Slashdot.

The portrait you paint of him does not match anything I've seen or read about him, ever.

Comment Re: woo (Score 3, Insightful) 113

How does microsoft do so much user testing and have no idea these products are going to be colossal flops?

I can't imagine the reasoning that went on behind the push for Windows 8:

"Let's unify our mobile and desktop interfaces, because we have a stranglehold on the desktop, people will gravitate towards our mobile offerings"

The public responds "we hate this" and they choose to do it anyway? Don't they do focus groups? Didn't they anticipate that people are disgusted by a touch interface on their keyboard+mouse system?

I'm fascinated and horrified but I'm also pleased because I am not fond of Microsoft, but what the hell do they think they are doing?

Comment Re:quickoffice (Score 2) 178

I knew there would be at least one comment downplaying this story.

This is a tiny move on Google's part with huge ramifications.

Android has been a huge success, I read that it has something like 80% of the market share of mobile devices, but that statistic was probably made up.

When Grandma opens an email on her tablet thing that her IT grandson told her to get so that he could stop supporting her Windows computer, she's going to be opening the word attachment using Google software - and then possibly editing it and sending it back - using Google software.

Microsoft gets nothing, they are removed from the loop.

The default office suite on Android could be as important as the default web browser on Windows - and we know what a ruckus that caused.

Comment One fan's view point (Score 4, Interesting) 62

I've read hackaday for years.

A couple weeks ago on July 1st, Caleb Kraft announced he was leaving and the site went for sale on the same day.

This was kinda suspicious for both things to happen at the same time especially because Caleb never explained why he left. HOWEVER, Caleb has posted to his personal site that he's started a new job at EETimes.com. Not sure why that was worth keeping secret.

Still, the whole thing feels like the current owner is holding the site for ransom. The way it is being explained is that the profits from hackaday are being poured into other weblogs, but if this campaign is successful, a non-profit will be formed and advertising profits will be poured back into the site.

I don't understand why they don't just buy a new domain. The freakin site is made with wordpress, who cares, the community can migrate.

Comment I thought.. (Score 1) 105

Isn't it also an AMD CPU issue? Or is the problem simply much more pronounced with this particular line of Radeon GPUs?

Or was the CPU problem long corrected?

This article from TechReport in August convinced me not to go AMD for my next gaming PC:

http://techreport.com/review/23246/inside-the-second-gaming-performance-with-today-cpus

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