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Comment Re:This is /. (Score 1) 277

Slashdot is "news for nerds". You're displaying typical geek closed-mindedness - this post is about footage that would allow one to be as nerdy about football as possible. That would be a great thing.

I build servers, troubleshoot networks, play video games - typically nerdy activities. But are you aware how fun it is to be a nerd about other things?

I'm a huge photography nerd - I love that a deep understanding of the physics of light and sensors, and of optics, can play as big a role in making great photographs as artistic talent.

Similarly, I'm a football nerd - the strategy and depth of the game (should you care to learn) only add to the already inherent excitement, heroism, and emotion in sports. Every game and every play matters.

This news pertains to me as much as it would to see a post on AMD's new processor architecture. Don't write anything off just because the people who beat you up in high school were into it.

Comment Market value? (Score 2) 197

I don't play WoW, but I was pretty big into Guild Wars back in the day, particularly the in-game economy. Won't the in-game market value of this pet plummet once everyone's buying it to change it into gold and flooding the auction house with it? Seems like something that'll only be worth it (that is, worth it to someone who would pay for in-game items in the first place) for a short while.

Comment Re:Still Boycotting over Black Ops (Score 1) 109

First off, let me agree with you on Black Ops, and extend those feelings to MW2 for myself as well. In addition to the cheating: since it's random matchmaking in MW2, you can get put into a server that automatically levels you to 70 and gives you every achievement - thus ruining all the legitimate progress you've made thus far. I had a level 50-something account ruined in this fashion, and that's why I don't play anymore (not to mention the occasional cheater, which seems as frequent as the pre-VAC days of Counter-Strike).

On to the real reason I responded: Punkbuster. Maybe it worked better at preventing cheating, but I -HATED- pb, because it never autoupdated for me. Even after multiple formats, different OSes, turning off firewalls or explicitly allowing it - I, a legitimate player, would join a server, and be kicked in a matter of seconds for not having pb updated. Then I'd have to go their website, download some bullshit .htm files (were those really HTML?) and update it myself. Then I'd still get booted - this happened multiple times in Quake 3 and Call of Duty 1 through 4 for me, without fail.

Comment Re:Dear Valve: (Score 1) 109

That kind of sucks that TFC is $5, but only because it doesn't come with Half-Life at the base $10 price anymore (you have to spend $15 to get HL1 with the expansions and TFC - and they've apparently separated CS completely).

For quite a while after Steam was released, you still got all the "free" mods like CS and TFC with the purchase of HL1. Not sure when they switched over, but then again I wouldn't have noticed, since I've owned HL since 1999 and I've had it activated on Steam from the day I made an account in 2003.

My question is - who doesn't own TFC by now? Who, that would be interested in near-dead communities like TFC and CS 1.6, didn't already own or activate Half-Life on Steam back when you still got the free mods added to your account for doing so? I think it's a -very- small minority that will be affected by TFC costing $5 - and in fact, it could be beneficial to them if that's all they wanted to play, without spending $10 on HL1.

Personally, I think anyone who hasn't experienced Valve games before should just buy the Valve Complete Pack. If, somehow, I lost my Steam account - getting every single Valve game for $99 would be first on my list for a new account.

Comment Lame (Score 1) 190

I just installed a new ROM on my phone, and I was disappointed to see all the -oid emulators missing from the market. I had assumed Nintendo pressured Google into removing them, but a GPL violation seems just as likely. Anyone know where I can get the .apk's?

Comment My mass-building experience (Score 1) 606

I just built 20 PCs at approximately $1200 per machine (including my markup/labor and Windows 7 pro licenses) for a company in St Paul, Minnesota.

The specs:

Core i7 870
8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24)
320GB 7200rpm Seagate 7200.12
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
XFX Radeon 4870 1GB
Antec 650W
ATX mid tower
Windows 7 Professional

I beat the hell out of Dell's quote for their required specs (they had a mid-range Core 2 Quad, 8GB of DDR2, and dual Radeon 4550s for that price).

They're very happy. I make about $150 profit/labor on each, and it only takes me 45 minutes to build each machine, image it, get Windows activated, and join it to their domain.

I warrant the parts as long as their built in warranties (ranging from 1 year to lifetime), and my labor for repairs is free the first year (and on-site - better than Dell's standard 1 year ship-it-in warranty).

Granted, 1000 machines is different - but if you get a small army of people that can build as fast as I can, and if you choose good components and make a good base image, it's certainly do-able.

Comment Re:Obvious... (Score 1) 363

I did you one better.

Windows 7 x64
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (3.2GHz)
6GB DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12
AMD 770 Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 5670
7200rpm SATA, 3.0Gb/s, 16MB cache

Objective results:
Opera 10.60: 14149.9ms
Firefox 4 Beta 6: 15696.6ms
Chrome 6: 16165.4ms
Safari 5: 19600.1ms
IE9 Beta: 38926.2ms

Subjective results:
- Chrome, Opera, and Firefox were all far more responsive while running the test than Safari, which in turn was more responsive than IE (such as when minimizing/maximizing the window).
- IE9 complained during the test a few times that the page wasn't responding and offered to "recover" the page, but a glance at Task Manager showed the test was still running.
- IE9's interface is nice, but it's still kind of a piece of shit under the hood compared to your other options. I'm too lazy to uninstall it and try the test on IE8.

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