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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Seagate failures (314 comments)

I've had bad luck with using USB drives for backup in general. Two seagates and two Toshiba drives died before I got a synology unit. It's been rock solid so far.

2 days ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Barlo_Mung_42 Star Trek (501 comments)

If there's one lesson I learned from Star Trek it's that you always, ALWAYS, include a manual override.

3 days ago

New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Microsoft has less leverage with the OEMs than ever. You can get crapware free systems from the Microsoft store. They all come configured by MS without the crapware.

3 days ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Barlo_Mung_42 The small players always lose out (272 comments)

I get 5TB of storage with my Office 365 accounts which is way more than I really need. There's just no point in paying for another service like Dropbox anymore.

4 days ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Sure, just sweep under the rug all the complaints made by so many of the people who actually tried to use the system.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Renaming never worked to improve reputation (426 comments)

Windows Mojave was also better received than Vista and it *was* Vista.
Once perception sets in it's hard for people to change even if they don't even try it.

about two weeks ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Barlo_Mung_42 Got it 8 years ago. Best $2400 i've ever spent. (550 comments)

That said, it was a fairly terrifying experience at the time. Head strapped down and being told repeatedly not to move. Then there was the smell of burning eyeball. That was the worst part.

But not needing to wear glasses under my motorcycle helmet has made up for all of that. From the people I've talked to they say they're use to glasses / contacts and they don't feel it's worth the risk / expense.

about a month ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

You're not. Lots of people hate it. There are also lots of us that like it though. Just the way it goes.

about a month ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:I know I'm not expected to RTFA... (322 comments)

The title is very misleading.
They aren't going to make a single build that runs everywhere. They are (already have) going to consolidate the different groups making different versions of Windows (phone, pc, xbox, embedded etc) into one group. They are also going to make one store and one app platform. Things will still need to be compiled for different architecture.

about a month ago

I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Barlo_Mung_42 ..and (139 comments)

a glass of scotch.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:wrong (254 comments)

I already know C++ and like it quite a bit but if you want to use C# for games you might as well give Unity a try. I've only worked on small projects (and as a one man team that's all I really can do) but it's fun and powerful enough for everything I want it to do.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Build a simple first game ! (254 comments)

I first want to say that I agree with much of what you've said, especially about starting small.
Notch has shown us (yet again) that #3 is really the only one that matters.
Early Minecraft was not well coded. It still doesn't have great graphics or sound (though I do like the music) and there really isn't much of a story.
You don't even have to play the story part of the game to have hours and hours of fun and Mojang is doing quite well for themselves.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Barlo_Mung_42 Unity3d (254 comments)

It's free. It's fun and there is a large community of people doing tutorials and videos and answering questions.
Just dive in.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Resolution is 1280x720 (192 comments)

On one hand you want Google Play store and Google apps but on the other you don't want Nonstop monitoring.


about 2 months ago

Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Isn't the block chain what makes it decentralis (281 comments)

" also can't the bitcoin protocol just be tweaked by the developers or something?"

Not if they want to be taken seriously as a real currency. You might be tempted to think "The Federal Reserve does that with the $". Sure, but the developers behind bitcoin (if they can even do this, I don't know) are not the Federal Reserve.

about 2 months ago

Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Where's the guns to their heads? (281 comments)

I guess I don't see how this was even considered improbable. The amount of coin you dig is based on the amount of power ($$$) you put into it. What was ever in place to keep a very rich person or group of less rich people from stepping in and doing this?

about 2 months ago

OpenXcom 1.0 Released

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Or... (50 comments)

I bought the version from Steam a year ago to play it again. It runs in DOSbox and they seem to have worked out all the issues because it worked great on modern hardware. It was five bucks. More power to them but I hope they do something make the game better because I don't see the point otherwise since the steam version is just like playing back in the day.

about 2 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:And one more thing - NOT (411 comments)

"The people that this is aimed at don't even know what you're talking about when you say 'FTP'. They just want to move their files around easily and transparently. Now they can."

Now they can? There are already several solutions to this problem and I'm sure the consumers who need it are already using one or more of them. I think it's entirely fair to say that people were expecting more from Apple.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Lack of Discoverability (516 comments)

Most of the complaints are about issues with Win8 that were fixed by Win8.1 update which was free. For example, shutting down is now a two click operation.

about 3 months ago


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