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Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 5, Interesting) 466

I also stick with Steam for their insane and frequent sales, and their growing support for games in the various Humble Bundles. Its shocking the amount of cash I've split on random Steam impulse buys

This is a good reason to stick with Steam, and a good chunk of the reason why I refuse to go elsewhere anymore. The remainder had to so with the availability of indie games. Let's face it, there are a lot of indie developers who sell games through Steam and sometimes Steam alone.

Origin? No thanks, not with its horribly invasive nature, and the fact that it's an EA product. Screw that.

I'd like to see the poster you were replying to show statistics backing up his claim that Steam is losing customers in a "slow trickle," but I think he's simply repeating what he's been told. If anything, Steam is probably gaining sales. Every holiday, I buy up a bunch of game packs for family and friends as virtual stocking stuffers. I know I'm not alone.

Comment Re:How about Fedora? (Score 2) 685

What's annoying about sudo and apt? You don't have to use sudo if you don't want to, adding a real root user is easy. But using sudo is good practice on any Linux system. And apt? Apt is one of the major reasons to use a debian based distro.

Having come from a BSD background as my first *nix-like OS exposure and later migrating to Gentoo for desktop use--and more recently to Arch, which I love--apt and friends seem spread out and feel somewhat inferior. They're not, of course, but given package managers I like, that's my opinion.

Fundamentally, of course, it's all very subjective; what's annoying to you might be reasonable to me and vice versa. I've become exceptionally fond of Arch and single-point-of-reference package managers like pacman (or emerge for those who still stick with Gentoo and maybe yum for Red Hat-based persuasions, though I don't know much about it). Single-point package managers arguably beat the requirement of installing extra apt-* packages for edge cases like reverse dependency resolution or discovering which file belongs to what package. While utilities like apt-file are easy to install, the package name isn't immediately obvious to newcomers, and sometimes the only way to figure out the best solution to a given package-related problem is to trawl forums, blogs, and mailing lists. I admit that this demonstrates the advantage of having everything in a single manpage (e.g. pacman), because it's feasible to figure out everything reasonably quickly without having to Google it; though, the obvious disadvantage for users accustomed to the "one action, one command" mindset is that dozens of command line options can potentially be intimidating. Also, not everyone agrees with the philosophy.

I won't hazard guessing what the OP's implications were, because apt isn't terribly annoying to use. It's just different. It's not the kind of different I like, and that's perfectly fine! apt is a better match for the way some people think; pacman/emerge/yum are better for others. And others still would rather stick with cd /usr/ports/$packagename && make && make install. Again, though, it's fundamentally a personal preference, with the exception of systems under your care. Then you should know everything you feasibly can. ;)

That said, I still blame Red Hat for the train wreck that is NetworkManager.

Comment Re:smoking causes yellow fingers (Score 1) 247

Don't try to bring climate change denial in here as though it somehow creates support for your viewpoint.

The OP probably included that with the expectation that moderators might not carefully follow his argument and instead offer a positive mod simply on the premise that he's opposed to "climate deniers" and so are they. I conclude this based partly on the fact that he even goes so far as to use very similar language to that echoed frequently in the climate change debates here on Slashdot such as (quoting immediately from his post) "'what is the effect', 'how do we mitigate it', and 'how certain are we of the linkage'." There's no attempt provide evidence supporting the claim that video games might cause ASD (instead, he chooses to indirectly mock anyone who might disagree) and almost coincidentally, neither does Professor Greenfield provide evidence. mevets ought to be modded down for intellectual dishonesty and attempting to implicitly tie causation to something that has yet to be supported by research findings.

Given that his post is currently at +4, Insightful, the tactic of tacking on a statement relating disputes with video game-caused ASD to climate change "deniers" in order to attract sympathetic moderators seems to be working and that is unfortunate.

Comment Re:good product + marketing = sales (Score 1) 136

take a look a apple... marketing wizards. you may love their products, or hate it, but their growth and sales tell the story for itself. this may not end up to be such a good move for AMD in the long run.

The problem is vastly different, as many posters here are pointing out: AMD has (had?) a lousy marketing department.

The illustration you're making is apples (heh) to oranges. Apple has an extremely strong and talented marketing wing--so much so that the actual real world quality of their products almost doesn't matter (much). AMD is quite the opposite. Their marketing department has dropped the ball and pretty much failed the company.

Comment Re:Not that bad then (Score 1) 136

Considering how much higher quality Intel chips have been the last two years, they don't even need to bribe anyone.

That's true.

The unfortunate truth for Intel, though, is that their chips have historically been fairly overpriced in contrast with comparable offerings from AMD. Of course, AMD is beaten into a pulp by Intel's high end offerings and can't even compete in that market segment, but I can't think of anyone much who'd fork out $1,000+ for a desktop processor unless they had a business-related reason to or had more money than sense. Certainly not in this economy clime.

I recently spent a fair bit less than $200 on a CPU upgrading my desktop to AMD's then near top of the line offering. Sure, it wasn't near as capable as Intel's chips (and I've historically always purchased Intel CPUs), but the problem is that Intel's comparable offering was over $100 more expensive--never mind how much more expensive Intel motherboards were. I'm not a regular gamer, I often write code in my spare time, and I have no real need for anything ridiculously fast (just more cores). I did want something reasonably future-proof without breaking the bank, which is why I went with AMD for the first time ever. I know of at least one friend of mine who recently did the same thing. I've been extremely pleased with the results.

On the other hand, I know of someone in my circle of acquaintances who purportedly forked out almost $4,000 to build an Intel rig with their latest CPU offering at the time. Yet, in spite of the investment, he never played anything other than WoW on his hardware. To each his own, mind you, but it seemed like something of a waste to me. He had his reasons, and that's fine.

I expect Intel to continue dropping the price on their low- to medium-end offerings in order to compete, but I also don't expect to see them drop very far since 1) the low end has tighter profit margins and 2) Intel has volume (in terms of production capabilities) plus market share in their favor--don't expect that combination to allow for much generosity on their behalf.

Comment Re:They have to (Score 5, Insightful) 301

To my untrained eye, I have a hard time seeing how they could sue over the logo. It looks nothing like the Apple Computer, Inc. logo! I realize your intentions were to attempt to absolve Apple of wrongdoing, but I think that link has succeeded in helping me decide that this suit is/was even more petty than I gleaned from TFA.

Yes, there's the issue of trademark dilution, but I think this is far beyond ridiculous.

Comment Re:What if the market changes? (Score 1) 84

Maybe they learned the lesson about rare earth mining, but wanna bet the same situation will have to be repeated in a dozen fields before there are any larger changes in technology policy.

That's also a possibility, and I suspect the Chinese were banking on two things: 1) our complacency with increase price pressure on rare earths and 2) the length of time and start up costs for restarting mining operations. Both of these will only benefit the Chinese, and in the time #2 takes, they'll be able to decide just how much to subsidize their exports and have time to restart their own mining operations to push the price back down.

Comment Re:Different thing (Score 1) 776

Not that the opinion of Al Gore matters significantly, but if you take a look at the images of his new acquisition, it's quite clear the "ocean view" is a far cry from "down at the beach". Given that Gore is 63, at best he can hope to live maybe another 50 years. That's about half a meter of projected sea level rise. I'm sure he will be safe.

But you should wonder who made this subtle shift from "ocean view" to "beach front" and why they made it in this context.

I admit that comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek, although I should also point out that Al Gore popularized the notion of a drastic increase in sea levels. Montecito is about 180 feet ASL, so given actual measurements, it's doubtful he'd have to worry for another few thousand years.

I'm not so much concerned in this post about the "evil, dark forces" behind renaming the location of his property as much as the humor I see in the proponents of extreme global climate change, hence why Al Gore was a good target to pick on (and I do know what you're getting at with regards to "this context," and no I don't agree--that's being far too conspiratorial for my taste).

Comment Re:Different thing (Score 1) 776

Boiling oceans? Really? What a ridiculous strawman.

Not my words. It's an example of some of the extreme point of views I've seen espoused here on Slashdot. Don't believe me? Google it.

This is an idiot's point. I say that because only an idiot would believe that radically fast climate change is automatically going to be accommodated quickly in the biosphere.

If you've already established that I'm an idiot, there's no point continuing this discussion, is there? No wonder you posted as an AC. :)

Given your gross error in reporting global mean temperature trends, I highly doubt your claims about what climate scientists say with respect to weather patterns.

That 5% number was pulled from here which dates back to 2005, so that's likely old enough to not warrant consideration.

Either way, your post seems unreasonably venomous and not at all interested in reasonable discourse, which is unfortunately just as dangerous as the extreme views of some anti-AGW posters here. More importantly, you resorted to insults halfway through--clearly a sign of someone who is too emotionally involved in a debate and not worth further consideration.

Have a nice day. :)

Comment Re:KDE (Score 1) 798

But I don't expect to change your mind because you already dismissed my opinion is worthless as stated above. I just thought I'd call you out on your BS.

Based on what I've read in responses to both comments I've left here and those you've left, those who dislike KDE for whatever reason have generally either already made up their minds or they have exceptionally bizarre use cases that encompass exceedingly ancient hardware or don't fully understand the scope of the problem they're describing and ignore any alternative solutions. One example that comes to mind involved a post complaining about KDE's IM client; while I admit I don't use it because it seems lacking for my needs, such a complaint seems to go against the spirit of FOSS (and reasonable-mindedness). I use Pidgin rather than any environment-specific IM client, and I find it to be a good general purpose solution that works in *nix and Windows equally well. But again, I can only assume that actual solutions aren't at all interesting to these people--they simply want to voice their complaints. Not that there's anything wrong with complaining about something in particular, but it does seem to reach a level where one wonders if the line of reasonableness has been crossed and the realm of outright pettiness has been entered.

I think what bothers me most about the responses I've seen that have accumulated in the days since this article ran is that there are a vocal minority here on Slashdot that are willing to argue with others about something as subjective as tastes and preferences. If someone is incapable of understanding that someone else might actually like something they don't, then there's no point in entertaining any form of discussion. After all, one of the responses I received when I stated "I like KDE 4.7" was a rather terse and most decidedly pointless "Good for you?"

That should tell you everything you need to know about the caliber of person who happens to be disagreeing with us.

Comment Re:get your GMO rice at an automated ATM machine (Score 1) 89

most idiots don't see a problem with "ATM Machine", so i'm not surprised there are idiots that don't see a problem with "GMO Rice"
enjoy your organism fried chicken for dinner. maybe have some organism corn on the side.

There's actually a term for that.

Though, I do think you're being somewhat unfair, and probably intentionally so. It seems useful to classify precisely what type of organism we're talking about. Would you prefer if someone were to state, instead, "Would you like some GMO?"

I'm joking, of course. You'd probably prefer if they simply dropped the O and stated "Would you like some GM rice?" This option would make the most linguistic sense and is much more descriptive.

That said, I would disagree that it's necessarily the same thing as RAS, simply because the exact contents of the acronym are not being repeated in some form (unless you had Genetically Modified Organism Rice and asked if anyone was interested in GMOR rice). It does sound awkward, and even a little redundant, but it's nowhere near as bad as "ATM machine" or "FOSS software." And again, I would argue that it's somewhat helpful: By stating GMO rice, it should be reasonable to understand without much fuss that the rice is genetically modified, and that the organism in question is, well, rice. Arguing over that is almost as absurd as arguing over precisely what shade of blue the sky happens to be on any given day.

In other words: I do think you're splitting hairs unnecessarily. :)

Comment Re:Taught? (Score 1) 176

This. One time a skunk sprayed underneath the cabin my family was staying in. It was in the middle of the night, and woke all of us up. We searched the whole place, afraid an appliance was burning out or something It was an awful chemical plastic burning smell that was nothing like the "skunky" whiff you get passing one on the road.

Exactly. Onions, garlic, plastic, rubber--basically anything noxious you can think of left on the stove to burn. It's completely alien to you the first time you smell it, and for most people it's the most unpleasant experience you'll ever have.

Thanks to a local vet, I did discover that neither tomato juice nor vinegar are effective at neutralizing the spray. Instead, I was told that the best solution is equal parts baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide with a dash of dish soap (optionally diluted with more water if required). It works wonders, and when I had a cat get skunked (he mistook it for a raccoon and was inside a fully enclosed but meshed-in porch with the skunk outside--and since he's always loved scaring the raccoons half to death by slamming down on a bench... you can see where this is going). On exterior structures, a solution with mostly dish soap seems to work reasonably well since skunk spray is oil-based.

Comment Re:Taught? (Score 1) 176

My dog got sprayed once, directly in the face, and he ran into the house and we had to give him a bath for hours.
The smell was just a stronger version of what you normally smell when a skunk has sprayed "somewhere" nearby.
It wasn't horrendous at all (I've posted already that I find it pleasant and peppery). Just more of the same.

Interesting. I wonder if you might be lacking (or have extra?) receptors that detect the rancid part of the smell or bind to a different part of the oil? It might be worth researching if any of your immediate relatives also find it similarly pleasant.

As an aside, owls are one of the skunk's main predators. They can't smell the spray, because they lack receptors for it.

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