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Comment Stopping the alleged Microsoft hate (Score 1) 413

Now most of Slashdot comments consist of lame karmawhores like tuppe666, tepples, MightyMartian and bmo competing with each other to post the most puerile anti-MS drivel and modding each other up in the echochamber and shouting down anyone who points out their over the top hate and idiocy.

I want to make my comments less hateful toward Microsoft or anyone else for that matter. Please clarify what I should change in a comment to this journal.

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Journal Journal: Am I a Windows 8 Hater? 3

Mystikkman claims that I've been posting messages perceived as unjustly hateful toward Microsoft. I would prefer to express my feelings without hate, but sometimes I have the wrong idea of what is hate and what isn't. Please point out which of my comments are hateful and why so that I can understand how not to post next time.

Comment MSVC vs. MinGW (Score 1) 242

That's not an instance of the scenario I mention, why do you bring it up?

As a way of beginning discussion about the difference between the scenario you mention and the scenario I mention. Mozilla and PSF ship open source code alongside binaries that cannot be produced with only free tools, as opposed to binaries produced with the MinGW version of GCC.

Comment At which brick-and-mortar store? (Score 1) 357

I imagine that a lot of people are going to want to inspect a device before they buy it, especially if the device takes user input. It's the same reason that the major console makers have their consoles on display in brick-and-mortar stores such as GameStop and the video game departments of Walmart and Best Buy: it makes the potential customers aware of the product and its capabilities and ergonomics. Sure, online-only sales are possible, but I don't see how an online-only strategy could attract a critical mass of customers to make the platform attractive to developers.

So today I went to Walmart.com and BestBuy.com and put each of these products into its search box. GameStick, Mad Catz Mojo, Nvidia Shield, GamePop, and JXD came up with nothing relevant. Archos GamePad showed up on both Walmart and Best Buy, but only as "ship to store: 5 to 7 business days". Then I tried GameStop.com. It drew a blank on Mad Catz Mojo, GamePop, Archos GamePad, and JXD. GameStick had "Release Date 9/30/2013". Nvidia Shield showed up out of stock online and 100 miles away in PickUp@Store.

Comment Trusting trust is busted (Score 3, Informative) 242

The "trusting trust" attack that you linked already has countermeasures. One by David A. Wheeler, called diverse double compiling, involves bootstrapping the compiler using several independently developed compilers for the same language and seeing whether they ultimately produce the same binary. Of course, these countermeasures are no help for a proprietary language such as the Pascal variant used by Delphi.

Comment Tabletop game to video game ports (Score 1) 140

If you copyright the design and concept, ect ect, then you have nothing to really worry about

You still have to worry about other incumbent copyright owners claiming you misappropriated their copyrighted design and concept.

board games and video game are two entirely different industries.

If tabletop games and video games are irreconcilable, then explain World Series of Poker for Xbox and Xbox 360. Or explain the GBA game that includes Risk, Battleship, and Clue(do). Or explain Catan 360. Or explain NES games like I Can Remember, Classic Concentration, and Concentration Room, which are essentially an old card game with different card graphics.

Has anyone tried to steal the board game Monopoly and rewrite it as video game

There was "Atlantik" in KDE Games 3.

(tho it is patented)

Monopoly is older than I am, and I'm old enough to drink beer. Therefore, any patent will have expired.

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