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Comment Re:Not a checkbox, a shortcut... (Score 1) 208

I would gladly dedicate another 5mm to a decent keyboard :(

As for the camera: The thing with the autofocus (not focusing until you push the camera button halfway down) is normal - this allows you to pick the spot you'd like to focus on ;)

However, saying the camera takes decent pictures borders on a crime against geek-humanity... :P. They're grainy and noisy, and the flash is completely useless unless you like red eyes :(

Comment Seems like people are focusing on the wrong thing. (Score 1) 457

First, full disclosure. I've paid my dues to get an iPhone OS developer license, and I'm actively writing and releasing apps for these devices.

However, I don't think the focus should be on the fact that Apple says you have to write your code in a specific language. The focus should be on the mechanism by which they can enforce that; their monopolistic App Store. The fact that the only way to get applications onto the device is to pay Apple's fee seems highly suspect to me. I understand the desire to keep a level of quality control on the code that's executing on these machines, and in principle I applaud it. The way they've gone about it is horrible, though.

People have had years now to recognize that the hardware and underlying OS are sound. I think it's time to just open the flood gates, and let developers release whatever code they want. Customers will quickly learn which companies produce good software that doesn't destabilize or crash their device, and which companies write nothing but garbage that causes their shiny little slab of magic to become a shiny little slab of useless components.

Comment Re:What I'd like to see... (Score 1) 220

What I'd like to see in the next wave of RTS games, then, is a method by which they screw with the various units just enough from game to game that simply being able to do the same thing over and over again as quickly as possible does not equal success in multiplayer -- somehow introduce a measure of creativity and quick-thinking rather than just "zergling rush the bitches until Blizzard patches us"-style tactics.

Play Company of Heroes. Unlike Starcraft, which is still an old-gen RTS, despite the new graphics, COH has things such as popcap, map control, directional cover, suppression, retreating, reinforcing, etc. Sure, there's a lot of luck involved, and it's not perfectly balanced, but in many aspects it makes SCII look like a kid's toy (and dare I say it looks prettier to, even though it was released a long time ago). Furthermore, it's not a clickfest nor a spamfest, so even people out of their teens are able to play it very well.

Comment Re:Don't worry BP ... (Score 2, Insightful) 913

Can we stop with the "slippery slope is a fallacy" nonsense? Slippery slope isn't a logical argument, it's a psychological/behavioral argument. The claim is not that anyone who screens for a genetic disease will by logical inference subsequently be obliged to embark on a campaign to exterminate the Jews. The claim is that human psychology will countenance a succession of small steps that amount to an outrageous offense, because none of the individual steps is so much more outrageous than the previous that it can rationalize great opposition, until you realize that no individual step is more worthy of opposition than any other and rationally commit to opposing them all.

Whether you class is as logical or psychological/behavioural, it's still fallacious. The slippery slope argument is that we shouldn't take one step in a certain direction, not because the step itself is wrong, but because the perceived extreme at the end of that direction is wrong. Yet, in virtually all cases, policies don't end up moving to an extreme, just because they take one step in a particular direction. They tend to rest at some compromise position.

Comment Re:Guess what (Score 1) 490

Sorry, but it's true. You can either spend thousands of hours managing Linux and it's terrible interfaces, or get Microsoft that does it already for you.

2004's Mandriva+KDE's interface was superior to today's Windows 7's interfaces; it didn't get in the way of what you wented or needed to do. The layouts were logical. Microsoft's are seemingly random. What's more, Windows' interface changes from release to release so you virtually have to learn how to use a computer all over again, as I found out yet again yesterday when I bought a new netbook with Windows 7 on it. Gad, but I hate Windows 7, it's the worst version of Windows I've used yet.

Even back in 2004 I'd install Mandriva dual-boot in computer-illiterate friends' computers when I got sick of cleaning out their malware, and I'd disable networking in Windows. None of them had any problem whatever doing anything on it after that, and all of them loved Mandriva. What's more, I spent a hell of a lot less time supporting their machines.

Now tell me, Mr. Troll, why is it that when I tried to connect to the wifi at the local bar it would connect to the network, but not the internet*, gave me the reason of it couldn't find the DNS server without giving me any way of supplying the server's address (I know the owner so could have easily gotten it), yet a woman there with an iPhone was able to connect to the internet via wifi with no problem at all?

You, sir, are abysmally ignorant.

*I found out later in the evening there was a problem with the bar's wifi router, but it didn't get in Apple's way and I'd bet it wouldn't get in Linux's way, either.

Comment Re:Horrible! (Score 1) 721

I never liked classical music for the first 32 years of my life. Then suddenly, for no apparent reason, started liking it. (I'm also not rich.)

It's always been 'around me' in one way or another, and it never rubbed off before at all --- my dad loved it and it was always playing in the house since I can remember, several of my girlfriends happened to like classic music, even flatmates I've roomed with happened to like classical music. Had no effect on me. Then one day I just found myself bored with all the worn-out music I listened to up until my 20s, and all the new music coming out mostly just sounds like rehashed derivative trashy nihilist crap to me ... so I thought I'd try out some classical, and voila, suddenly it clicked with me.

Maybe it's just growing up.

Comment Re:hmm... (Score 1, Interesting) 490

My company is becoming an MS only shop, and for good reason. By grabbing whatever the flavor of the month is, you ensure that your going to have all sorts of issues with compatibility. Additionally, you then have to maintain personnel with skills to service these different platforms. We randomly discover tools that were developed by someone using the flavor of the month that no one knows how to use, so then we have to start from scratch. By going to MS only, you can cover most(if not all) of your bases while only requiring one skillset to maintain them.

That alone will make up for any licensing fees.


Submission + - Microsoft Drops Key Restrictions From Server 2008 (

Channel Guy writes: "According to a report from CRN, Microsoft plans to allow users of the Web server SKU in Windows Server 2008 to run any type of database software with no limit on the number of users, provided they deploy it as an Internet-facing front-end server. The previous limit was 50 users. Microsoft's partners expect the changes to go a long way toward making Windows Web Server 2008 more competitive with the LAMP stack, against which Microsoft has been making headway in recent months."

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