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Comment Re:Uh, unless you're a programmer... (Score 1) 766

My Widows 7 laptop with 2 GB of memory that runs beautifully says you have no idea about the system requirements for Windows 7. Further, Win7 runs totally fine on a 32-bit platform, provided it meets the other system requirements. I've done that on a different machine. I've also run 32-bit Win7 on my laptop, for a little while (Mostly because I wanted to futz with the release candidate, but the 64-bit ISO I was getting from MSDNAA wasn't installing). Heck, my laptop doesn't even have a discrete graphics card, it's integrated. It's a 2.5 year old laptop that came with Vista on, and it runs great in Win7.

(Now, why do I run Windows? Gaming and that all the digital design classes I'm taking in University use Quartus and ModelSim as their standard tools. Both programs that have free versions for Windows but no free version for Linux. And it's not worth my time/effort/frustration to buy Quartus or learn a different set of software. And that Remote Desktop between two Windows machines is amazingly simple to do, and RDP is on every Windows machine ever.)

Comment Re:Excuses (Score 1) 293

Just like watching someone play sports is more pathetic than playing sports, right? Or watching someone sing instead of learning how to sing//play music instead of learning how to play music? Or . . .
I hate that argument, really.

But, I wouldn't say watching progamers has taken the fun out of SC1 and SC2 for me. It's akin to, well... when I play any sport. I'm not serving the tennis ball at 120 MPH, but it's still fun. I just don't expect to be a pro.

Comment Re:no. (Score 1) 293

For a very given definition of eSports, maybe.
I mean, I LOVE SC:BW and SC2 progaming. But Evo has been around since long before 2002 and Counterstrike was huge in the US around the same time that SC started to become huge in S. Korea. That was definitely eSports. And even before that, there was Quake 3 and...
Starcraft didn't set the concept. SC:BW just made it HUGE in S. Korea and that's affecting the rest of the world. FPS watching never caught on. SC:BW watching did.

Comment Re:Excuses (Score 4, Interesting) 293

And if SC2 was 'balanced' like MvC2 was or MvC3 is looking like it will be (given that the metagame is young, I hesitate to say 'is'), then some fractional amount of a single race would be used, as everything else is too bad to be used. So, maybe only the Marine, Reaper, Banshee, and Raven are the only units in the entire game worth using. That's good game design, right? Or maybe only a unit or two from each race are usable and teching to them and microing them is the entire game.
Yeah. No.
RTS balance and fighting game balance are way the fuck different. RTS balance, or at least in SC2, RELIES on having every race be balanced (or so close to balanced as to give them all decent representation, let's not argue if SC2 is balanced yet. See: Young meta) and have multiple good builds and unit compositions and strategies within each race. As compared to MvC2 where how many characters out of the massive roster were tournament usable? Hm. Magneto, Cable, Storm, Sentinel, Psylocke, Strider (if your name is clockw0rk), Doom (mostly see previous parenthetical), CapCom, and Cyclops. And all the rest are thrown out. All the rest aren't used. And how did SC2 avoid that? By what was talked about in this article. SC2 isn't super revolutionary, I'll agree. But as a competitive game? I'd say it's outstanding. As someone who liked Brood War and likes SC2, but also sucks at micro ... I enjoy watching SC games. I watched SC1 tournies and I'm currently watching NASL. Fuck playing the multiplayer myself - I know I'll suck. That's not due to the game, that's due to that I don't care enough to get good. But I love watching the pros play.

Submission + - Schmidt Leads CEO Approval Ratings, Ballmer at 40% (

Arneh writes: "Glassdoor, a site designed to allow employees of companies to anonymously share their thoughts on their jobs, has released its latest survey looking at the approval ratings of CEOs. This year, soon to be ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt leads the ratings with Steve jobs in second place, a reversal of last year's ratings."

Submission + - TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program 1

countertrolling writes: In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased security in GA operations against the individual liberties of GA pilots, Pistole announced that new self-administered pat-down program would be mandatory in the very near future. Acceptance has been (at best) mixed within the GA community. While most pilots knew that enhanced steps were going to be forthcoming from TSA, as a 'necessary counter' to security threats, most complain that the new procedures go too far.
*GA =General Aviation

Submission + - AT&T to introduce broadband caps (

rekenner writes: In the upcoming weeks, AT&T customers are going to start receiving notices that their broadband services are going to have a monthly cap, starting in May. DSL users will have a cap of 150 GB per month, while U-Verse users will have a more "generous" cap of 250 GB per month. However, unlike other caps, it won't be until your third month of overage, on the life of the account, that you'll be charged an overage. Thanks, I guess.
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Submission + - Reverse Enginnering the Playstation Move (

An anonymous reader writes: Hack-a-Day reader Kenn has been working hard at reverse enginnering the Playstation Move controller for use in a quadrocopter project. He has documented the internal structure of the controller in great detail, and has even dumped a full-working version of the controller's firmware. He recently was able to program the controller's microchip to run arbitrary code, a big first step in the process of completely repurposing the controller. At this rate, it shouldn't be long before he has custom firmware running on the controller

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