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Comment It used to be every week, now just ?s about sites (Score 2) 255

But I just set up my family with Ubuntu, installed their favorite apps, and now the only thing I have to do is remote in for updates after I've verified nothing's broken. It's been about 8 years since switching them over. I haven't had to update their hardware either. I'm thinking about putting a solid state drive in one of the older machines but that's about it. The only weird thing that happened is I had to re-seat some RAM because a machine wouldn't turn on but that's it.

Now the only questions I get are about when web sites are updated and there's a layout change, or when Google updated gmail and it warned you that it was going to switch you to a new interface, and they want me to click OK because they're not sure if it'll break something :P

Comment DOS Windows Linux OSX/Linux Linux (Score 1) 413

Started in DOS, went to Windows (futzed with OS/2), and I loved Windows 2000. Around that time, spyware/malware was a big deal, and commercial apps began shipping with such apps bundled in. As much as I tried maintaining my Windows install, I would eventually have to reinstall, hunt for drivers (big pain getting SBLive! and ATI TV Tuner @ 640x480 to work properly, had to patch registers to stop audio popping), dig out serial numbers, dig out old setup.exe of the software versions I liked before they changed something I didn't like, it was a pain in the ass.

I didn't want to move to XP and get more of this. I stayed on 2000 as long as possible. Most apps I was using were open source, because I started moving away from commercial apps which were becoming increasingly annoying to deal with because of serial numbers, updates, adware, and around that time it was a fad to create Windows software that didn't use standard GUI elements, and I like using the keyboard to navigate.

Eventually the only thing I was using commercial software for was just the OS, so I moved to Linux. I wasn't too worried about games because I found those annoying even in Windows, having to download updates and patches just to get games to work properly, having to have specific driver versions and setting up my gamepad and using joy2key etc was annoying to me. Having to hunt down my save files when I reinstalled was a pain too, this was before they decided to put them in My Documents. I prefer consoles for gaming and I'm happy to have them just work when I pop in a disc.

Eventually I was in the market for a laptop so I bought Apple for the battery life, features, and durability. I liked OS X and used it for a while, but as OS updates would change the behavior of Finder or other things like that, it would annoy me. I also don't like the way certain apps need to launch X11 and can't use OS X's native GUI as well, and I was already happy with Linux so I just put that on.

Comment Real estate? (Score 1) 496

I bet every real estate agent in the world would like one of these hooked up to a database of houses for sale, so they could instantly scan all the relevant information.

Is a smartphone with GPS not able to do any of this? How would Google Glass be anymore accurate than a GPS to be able to overlay the information properly as opposed to an "AR" app on a phone?

Maybe it could be useful for some things, especially games, but even in that situation, not having a HUD or anything distracting on the screen is seen as a benefit, so why would you want it IRL? Maybe it could be arranged into something more useful to you personally such as widgets on a desktop, but I can whip out my phone and check a few quick things already.

I just don't know if I want to always be seeing data. So it'd be easier and cheaper to whip out a smartphone instead of taking out my smartglasses and putting them on.

Comment My lunch/breaks are unpaid anyway (Score 1) 426

My lunch/breaks are unpaid anyway... so what are they stripping away here? But yeah, this amount of micro-managing and bean counting is counterproductive, and just adds a lot of stress and pressure. When they're able to detect it, maybe they'll streamline it further and pay you only for the time that your brain is focused on your work, and pay you based on the percentage of the focus as well.

Comment Fucked by a cloud (Score 2) 164

Exactly, look how many companies still run some DOS program in a CMD box on Windows. They're doing so because it's more worth it to them than to develop some new solution. The solution they already had still works. If it were cloud-based then they'd be stuck paying bills that they really don't need to. The cloud is always going to fuck over the people who depend on it.
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Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers? 482

Nerval's Lobster writes "Cyber-attacks are much in the news lately, thanks to some well-publicized hacks and rising concerns over malware. Many of these attacks are likely backed in some way by governments anxious to seize intellectual property, or simply probe other nations' IT infrastructure. But do nations actually have a right to fire off a bomb or a clip of ammunition at cyber-attackers, especially if a rival government is backing the latter as part of a larger hostile action? Should a military hacker, bored and exhausted from twelve-hour days of building malware, be regarded in the same way as a soldier with a rifle? Back in 2009, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (which also exists under the lengthy acronym NATO CCD COE) commissioned a panel of experts to produce a report on the legal underpinnings of cyber-warfare. NATO CCD COE isn't funded by NATO, and nor is it a part of that organization's command-and-control structure—but those experts did issue a nonbinding report (known as "The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare") exploring the ramifications of cyber-attacks, and what targeted nations can do in response. It's an interesting read, and the experts do suggest that, under circumstances, a nation under cyber-attack can respond to the cyber-attackers with "kinetic force," so long as that force is proportional. Do you agree?"

Comment Wanted 3D, bought 3D (Score 1) 143

I always had those ASUS nVidia video cards that would come with those 3D LCD glasses, and enjoyed playing games in 3D since the original Unreal. It was extremely cool and kept wishing this was available on a bigger screen. Now it's trivial to set up a PC with a 3D TV, and also the PlayStation 3 has many full 3D games, and there's the 3DS. I always liked the experience and I'm really happy that it's widely available. Movies look great in 3D as well, and some fun can be had with the 2D > 3D software conversion that most TVs have now.

So yeah, I care about 3D. Looking forward to the Oculus Rift as well.

Comment Do like GiantBomb (Score 2) 978

Place only unobtrusive ads, and offer SD videos and podcasts free to all, while keeping HD videos and extra content behind a paywall (mostly non-gaming behind the scenes just-for-fun fanservice). Or do like IGN and theme your site with a developer's game around the launch period and cater to almost every gamer niche with podcasts/videocasts. GameFaqs offers a survey every day and sells consumer metrics (but they have a lot of good will and most people don't lie on the surveys).

And maybe pick better ad partners? If your fans are blocking you then you must be doing something annoying.

Comment Consolation: You get a game you don't want? (Score 4, Insightful) 259

What sense does it make to give SimCity players another game from EA that they probably don't want? My dad got this game and he's not interested in playing Dead Space or whatever else, he only wants to play SimCity. They should just fix the problems the game has in the first place and allow "offline single player mode" a.k.a. normal fucking single player mode like any other game has.

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