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Comment Re:Call me a fanboi or whatever but... (Score 1) 563

When did half life two come out? I remember my machine at the time didn't have internet (no modem, and I was living at my parents without broadband) and I was irate that my brand new single player game needed to get on the internet before I could even install it!

So anyway, Wikipedia says Nov 2004 is when HL2 was released, and while it might not have been the first, thats still 5.5 years ago they were implementing what blizzard seems to be implementing here.

It really has been a while since we had un-restrictive drm in games. Funny how we just get used to it after a while...

Comment Re:The iPhone virtual keyboard? Not a chance! (Score 1) 203

Perhaps it is mainly in the web forms where it really slows down, but I tend not to use it for that - in the SMS interface and the facebook app it is very responsive.

It would be nice to be able to go back and correct the autocorrect if it picks the wrong word if you are going too fast - a double tap or something that could pop up a list of options, or the ability to just type the word you meant and replace it without having to delete.

As far as I know, you can't "officially" add words to the database - it just seems to learn based on the times you correct it and is more likely in future to offer words that you use when you overrule it. It also learns words and terms that you frequently capitalise, and looks up people's names from your address book as a spelling source so I guess you could use an ugly hack of adding a list of words as a contact to your address book that it would then use as a source.

I don't type in web forms very much with it at all, so I am not seeing the super slowdown - I do notice that the phone generally struggles with performance in the web browser, so I guess it is not surprising and would make the keyboard a pain to use.

Comment Re:Confusing icon practices (Score 1) 256

"There's no such thing as "intuitive" computer interfaces."

I don't know who you are, but I wish I worked with you. I hear 'I don't like it, it isn't intuitive enough. I don't know what would be better though.' pretty much every day. What they MEAN is 'It looks different. I'm really comfortable with the old text based system. Why do we need buttons again?'

A corollary to your statement is that no UI interaction should be irreversible without a warning. Warnings/Alerts should be restricted to important notifications, so as to avoid training the user to blindly accept them.

It's funny to me (in that painful way) that the average 10 year old can load up the latest video game and be fully into the action in ten, twenty minutes tops. But you put a an average 30 year old in front Excel without a training course and it takes two years before they realize that they can sort tables.

Submission + - "PlayStation is poison to children" (

KMouri writes: Tropical coupist and tyrant says Sony's PlayStation video game console is "poison" and leads children down the capitalist "road to hell" ... In expanding on his dislike of western toys and games — he already slammed Nintendo for promoting "selfishness, individualism and violence," Chavez Sunday took on the world's top selling game console, Sony's PlayStation. "Those games they call 'PlayStation' are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, 'you've got to find Chavez to kill him.'"The firebrand leftist dictator said any game that "bomb cities or just throw bombs," are sold by capitalist countries to sow violence so they can "later sell weapons".

Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 284

Your statement is literally true, but the design of the truck contributed to the severity of the accident. One presumes that there are building sites in Europe, yet somehow they manage to use trucks there.

Nope, sorry, for safety reasons all of our building sites use Smart cars.

Submission + - Suddenlink Communications hits 40Mb/s in east Tx

An anonymous reader writes: Suddenlink Communications has recently upgraded the east Texas area (Tyler/Longview) to DOCSIS 3.0. I purchased the 20Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up Package today and was pleasantly surprised to find that my Motorola Surf Board 5101 was topping out at 19Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up. However, the Sales Rep. informed me of a little secret. A DOCSIS 3.0 certified Modem would give early adopters higher download speeds until it becomes standard, and boy, he was not kidding!!! I purchased a Motorola Surf Board 6120 at Best Buy for approximately $80, called Suddenlink again to set-up the new modem, and ran some speed tests. I live in an apartment complex in Tyler, and I am getting approximately 45Mb/s Down and 1.85Mb/s Up. I am not sure why I cannot hit 2Mb/s Up with the new modem, but I think the download speed is newsworthy.

Comment Re:HTML5 for the win? Sorry, that's not a codec. (Score 1) 297

Wow, do you work for the H.264 guys or something?

Yes, it's trivial to support Theora, not to mention no licensing costs. H.264 costs money today, and will cost even more from 2011.

As for content, duh. See what the actual Slashdot story is all about?

For Google, it's probably cheaper to pay slightly more for Theora storage than the outrageous cost of H.264 in the future.

The point with control is that smaller platforms/companies won't easily be able to pay the insane prices the owners are going to charge.

BTW, that last link of yours is from 2007. Using Theora 1.0. Epic fail on your part.

All you seem capable of is spreading FUD and lies against Theora.

Comment xvid is less demanding (Score 2, Insightful) 619

Xvid and divx (mpeg-4 part 2) are far less resource-intensive than h.264. I don't know if anyone's ever tried playing a reasonably sized h.264 encoded video on a PIII, but it usually doesn't work out so well. Avi and divx I'm not so sure about, but I don't see why they had to get rid of xvid. Maybe I'm behind the times, but most of the time when I decide to re-encode something it's because I need to play it on a slow budget box like the ones they have at school.

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