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Wozniak Predicts Horrible Problems With the Cloud

BDZ Re:File this under "no shit" (331 comments)

You are very much and sadly correct.

I have, every time the revised TOS pops up, hit "decline". If I try to start one of the games I actually have currently installed I get the pop up. Hit "decline" and it closes down. The games are not launchable. I haven't tried to reinstall anything I have purchased from them, but just downloading and installing a game I purchased will, I assume, not even be possible without agreeing to the new TOS. Of course, even if I could install one, I would not be able to play it anyway.

I've been going back and forth with Steam Support on this and not getting any definitive explanations to my questions. The only thing I am told is that unless I agree I cannot access any Steam services. Sure makes me feel robbed to not be able to access the games I paid them for already. Not like I use them to play online or intend to ever again make a purchase from them, so they can cut me off from using any of their services aside from being able to access the games I paid them for.

I have also sent some emails from Valve's contact page. Gabe Newell is on vacation until the 24th of this month. I wrote an email to one of the points of contact he recommended in his vacation auto-reply. Haven't heard anything back yet, but it hasn't even been 24 hours at this point.

more than 2 years ago
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Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

BDZ Oolite -- Open source Elite (227 comments)

In case there are Elite fans out there who haven't heard of it; check out Oolite http://www.oolite.org/. It's an open source version that is nicely done. Available on Linux, MacOS & Windows.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

BDZ Re:It's all the customers' fault... (406 comments)

I think the main reason they don't throttle the customers with the limited plans is that they very much wish to see those people go over the limit so they can then charge them for additional usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away

BDZ Re:Lasers? Fired from a shark? (421 comments)

Does it even need to be a person?

Perhaps that part of the job can be done by a small treaded bot or a drone eliminating any personnel needing to get close to the target.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry

BDZ Re:Honestly... (472 comments)

Or trying to pay off some huge karmic debt.

more than 3 years ago
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Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

BDZ Re:Good News, Bad News (507 comments)

My friend, glad you received a 5 rating, but I truly believe it should be as Insightful. Not Funny.

I too hate being called a "consumer". I am a bloody citizen.

In my opinion, you said it perfectly. My hat is off to you, Sir.

more than 3 years ago
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New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

BDZ Drop out (425 comments)

I like the idea of this program.

I hated HS and would have done anything to get out early.

In the end, as there was no early out, I simply dropped out of HS entirely. A bit thereafter I took the insanely easy GED exam, got my paper and started at my local community college in what would have been my senior year in HS.

I don't regret that decision. Never have. And once you have your BS/BA no one cares about your HS history.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Santa Hate Linux?

BDZ Re:Y'know what? (271 comments)

Cthulumas. The most dreaded time of year.

more than 4 years ago
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Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction

BDZ Personal Information in Facebook Games (251 comments)

Something I have noticed which is odd is that the games use "their" when a new posting has come up.

Like this,

"...got a big ol' reward for being such a great farmer and wants to share their success with you"

If these games have access to users' personal information you'd think they'd know enough about each user to use "his" or "her" in place of "their."

more than 4 years ago
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The Web Development Skills Crisis

BDZ Re:Really? (471 comments)

At will employment works both ways.

Companies can, and will, drop you at any moment without a reason given if it serves their needs.

Loyalty is earned. If a company doesn't value me and pay me/train me accordingly of course I will jump ship if I find what looks to be a better opportunity.

more than 6 years ago

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Going home for a holiday...And doing family tech s

BDZ BDZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BDZ (632292) writes "It's that time of year in many western countries for the holidays. A time to return home to the loving embrace of family...And being called upon to act as tech support for relatives close and distant.

What tales of horror do Slashdotters have of family tech support?"

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Donate that older PC to a needy student

BDZ BDZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BDZ writes "The Economist has an article posted with a suggestion of what to do with that old PC you are looking to ditch.

Instead of tossing, recycling or donating it to a school which will need to spend money in order to bring the machine up to speed why not donate it to a student who lacks a machine of their own?

From the article:

"The schools may not want your clapped-out computer — it costs them $400 or more to bring an old Windows machine up to snuff, and even more for a Macintosh. But quite a few students have a crying need for a computer at home."

"It would be nice to add more memory, a bigger hard-drive and a later version of the operating system. Unfortunately, that's not practical. But thanks to improvements in desktop versions of Linux, we can now do something better."

The author then goes on to describe testing done with a number of popular flavors of desktop Linux and makes suggestions about which are best for a young student."

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