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Comment Companies should focus on esports titles (Score 1) 951

To answer the question directly, right now, for me, it's Borderlands 2.

Companies should focus Linux game development on tried-and-true esports titles, such as Counter-Strike (Source/Global Offensive), Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, StarCraft 2, DotA 2, Call of Duty, etc. Fortunately, some of those are Valve titles already headed to Linux. Heroes of Newerth has a Linux version that works pretty well, and will certainly only get better.

What's it going to take to convince Activision Blizzard to port its big games to Linux?

Moreover, what's it going to take to get developers of Mac games to port to Linux, because they're apparently pretty easy to port to Linux once on OS X.

Comment One Subject at a Time Act (Score 5, Interesting) 233

This is a great reminder to contact your Representative and ask them to support the latest iteration of the H.R. 3806 One Subject at a Time Act in the House and Sen. Paul's version S. 3359 One Subject at a Time Act in the Senate. Both bills are endorsed by DownsizeDC, which is one of the originators of the idea, according to their site.

Comment Re:10 Amendment (Score 1) 247

I meekly proffer the 4th Amendment, but recognize that the relevance is weak since the intention of the 4th Amendment is to prohibit government from unreasonable search and seizure, not employers as a condition of employment.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I suppose that prohibiting employers from asking for network account passwords unrelated to one's job falls under the same rationalization as what prevents employers from asking about another things in your life -- the same logic permitting the federal government's anti-discrimination laws (which may be tied to financing, which is why states then adopt the laws themselves and actually do the enforcement).

Comment Do Good (Score 1) 408

A friend of mine has a theory that Google just wants to make as much money as it can so that it can do some really geeky shit and hope that something is truly revolutionary. They'll just keep doing this until their empire collapses, no matter how far in the future that may be. Take the profitable projects' profits and throw them at something for the good of humanity, no matter if it's profitable.

Comment ToS (Score 3, Insightful) 450

I saw an analysis of their Terms of Service somewhere, indicating that they will only compensate up to the value of the service paid. So, if your service was $100/mo, they'd only compensate you for the downtime you experienced, or up to that month's service charge of $100.

If Linode cares about Bitcoin, it will find a way to compensate its users. Otherwise, if the users who lost money are up to it, I'm sure there is at least one lawyer out there willing to be counsel on the first case involving theft of a digital currency, testing whether or not the data/rights to data stolen are legitimate property of legal value. We supporters of Bitcoin say, "Of course!" but it's not until there's a legal precedent that we really can say that.

Or, Linode can sit behind its ToS and test contract law.

Or, the users can vote with their money and leave Linode and tell others why they're leaving.

At least in my eyes, that I would ever consider Linode in the future is hanging in the balance, and they've previously always had a good reputation in my mind. I would venture that there are plenty of other like-minded geeks out there. Given that Linode's market is primarily we geeks, I believe it behooves them to do the right thing and compensate for the losses.

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