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Comment Re:Wait for the Shills (Score 1) 152

Heya! So I have a Surface Pro 3 (typing on it currently) and I use the dock everyday. I've not had many networking issues, but my bluetooth gets weird sometimes. It looks like it's the same chip so it could make sense how you might see those problems. I type constantly and have never had an issue with the keyboard (I have the hard one, not the touch cover) and I have never had any issues with the keyboard and the dock. I keep the keyboard plugged in and dock and un-dock maybe 20 times a day. Never once had an issue. Also, there is a light on the top of the right side of the sliding arm that shows when the power is working on the dock. I've had a few annoying issues with my surface, particularly with the very early firmware ( it should NOT take 3 firmware upgrades before the visual works correctly when docked) But it's amazing. I use the pen constantly for sketching ideas and designs, it's powerful enough to use light maya / photoshop / shiva / etc.I can work during take off and landing and don't need to remove it from my bag in security. I'm not a shill, it's just awesome for me.

Comment Re:Many users won't be back (Score 1) 516

As one of the 6 users of a Windows Phone. My brand new Nokia can connect to Microsoft's Cloud, Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and pretty much any cloud I want to. They are also far more open of an ecosystem than my iPhone was (though less than my webOS phones were) While, I agree that microsoft wants to make money on the cloud I haven't seen anything lately that would lead me to believe they would be doing it at the forced exclusion or other companies services. They seem to be a very different company than they were... Maybe they are finally going to compete on quality instead of market abuse.

Comment But your honor! (Score 3, Interesting) 562

But your honor, I only pulled the trigger for 1 second, 2 tops! While the fine seems FREAKING large I can appreciate that it was tied directly too a purpose. i.e. the amount paid to hire someone to secure the site. But I feel attaching it to the actual value lost (5k) would have been more fair, maybe with a bit extra to be punitive? I imagine that if they caught more people the fine would have been spread out among them? But I don't understand why intent to do harm would in any way be lessened because "I only did the bad thing for a short period of time."

Comment Something seems a about this. (Score 1) 768

Everything I have heard is that win8 desktop mode will run programs the same way that win7 does. So....steam will run and games will run same as they always have. It SEEMS (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that the only large change is that Microsoft is introducing a competing digital store for games. So it sounds like win8 isn't bad for gaming as much as it could be bad for Valve since they will now have competition. That opens a whole new issue: Is it unethical / Illegal for Microsoft to support their own store over valve's store? But isn't that the current state of macOS, which Valve is currently moving into?

Comment It's very good when it augments controllers... (Score 5, Interesting) 130

The games where it has supported a traditional controller are actually very engaging. I love just yelling "Tali sabotage" while aiming normally. Similar in Skyrim, dragon shouting in dragon language is pretty neat. As far as motion tracking, the Steel Battalion demo was REALLY frustrating the first time I tried it. THEN I tried playing it like i was actually there by using quick motions instead of trying to "hover over controls" and press and hold. And it just clicked. It's now one of the titles I am anticipating. It's been mostly gimmick waggle and dance so far. But the opportunity is there; heck just add head tracking to all first person shooters and you make something awesome....

Comment Re:Oops Adobe did it again (Score 4, Insightful) 129

One comment on this; and only because I see it repeated so often I assume most consider it fact. Flash does WAY more than video streaming, and html5 has not yet even come close to the robustness that flash offers. Smokescreen made it possible to convert the animation part to html, but not much of the actual programming.

People tend to view flash as "A web video player" when in reality its much closer to "java + good video playing"

Yes, most peoples view of flash is based on youtube and worthless animated website intro videos. But it's also used to create very robust web applications, eLearning, and games. HTML5 can do some of that, but there are still MANY uses for which flash and actionscript are far superior.

Comment Re:Welcome to drudgedot, again... (Score 2) 2115

Please understand this is a COMPLETELY honest comment. Please take it as face value. I am ignorant of this new tax and as I am working I don't currently have time to research. Based on the summery, President Obama is proposing to increase taxes on those that make over 1mil a year and the republicans are calling it class warfare. Which part of that is wrong / pandering to the conservative base? If it is fact then it can't be construed as bias, however, if it is FALSE then it should be discredited. In all honesty, I ask, please fill me in. Thank you.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 81

Yeah, i love me my touchstones. I have one at my office and one in my car. It's really hard to appreciate them until you use one. But it's pretty awesome, to sit in my car, place my phone on a little circle then have it hold there magnetically, while charging, and playing all my music wirelessly putting my gps right where I need it.. No wires! And it knows it's in my car so it opens pandora and gps automagically.

Comment Re:At least I know why I'm paying for on Live now (Score 1) 162

Actaully, I don't think the xbox shadowrun servers ARE down? At least not last time I played it. The PC dedicated servers are though. I wouldn't expect them to go down either, since xbox live does not use a traditional dedicated server but instead is mainly a routing service that allows the users xbox's to host. Many people view that as a weakness, but it certainly is a strength if you want to play an older game. There HAVE been a few exceptions.with chromehounds one of the biggest (R.I.P) but that was because of the extensive non-ms hosting that the persistent world used. The other big one was halo 2, but that wasn't even a 360 title and was only running on a emulated backwards compatable version of the service.

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