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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Carrot007 Maybe I'm just odd. (292 comments)

I do not like multi player games much.

However. I love mmorpgs.

SWG was great. the best even. I could even have lived with the changes but the chanegs enrofec multi player. No more could you ger buffed and go out and play on your own.

For me the thing about mmorpgs is not the multiplayer its just the having real people around that is cool.

Yes I do like the occasional team up. But I hate for it to be fopreced.

Am mostyly playing swtor right now. However the foreced need mroe than 1 player parts are annoying. I wish i could turn them off so i do not see them.

I also think to much is put into multiplayerism bits.

But eh, such is.

about 3 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Carrot007 Pretty obvious (166 comments)

I do want them but I am holding out until they are a little more powerful.

Anyone who expects them to be anything the than a preview of what is yet to come is an idiot.

But please feel free to clutter up the world with more pointless articles.

about 7 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Carrot007 Re:Sanity check (197 comments)

Indeed, they probably count all the smart electric meters out there too!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Carrot007 Competence various as allowed (466 comments)

Your actual competence and achieved competence may vary.

You may be a good 9/10 however you may achieve 2/10 in your job because you are not given the time/resources to do any better.

Shit is complex.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Carrot007 Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

> The thing is, Linux engineers would have no problem learning Windows stuff, while the opposite is more seldom

Totally not true. When you are talking about engineers.

The thing is a lot of windows people are not engineers they just know enough and do not want to know more. An engineer wants to know more. Unfortunately computing is not the only industry to be sullying to term engineer these days. (I look at boiler engineers that know nothing about boilers and just do what their big pop up boiler fixing book says, etc and so on).

about 8 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Carrot007 Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

> If it's truly faulty hardware Apple will typically own up to it and offer repairs free of charge.

You missed one important bit.

Applies only in the US. Fuck elsewhere we do not care about you.

about a year ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Carrot007 Re:CFLs Were A Waste (1146 comments)

> The problem was

Which pretty much sums up the current situation. WAS.

These days they are great and have no such issues that you mention.

Unless of course you buy cheap crap.

There the same problem as with everything such.

1 year,11 days
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Carrot007 Not possible. (509 comments)

He means, how can I spy without spying?

You can't.

1 year,13 days
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Carrot007 Sounds like it worked (324 comments)

> it could break some of the apps policed by it.

Is that not the entire point?

1 year,13 days
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

Carrot007 Re:A European perspective (892 comments)

> Plus, it is illegal to give a negative reference in UK.

This is simply not true.

Most companies do not go into the negative just to stay on the safe side, they just stick to the facts.

However "X worked here beetween Y and Z and was dismissed for gross misconduct" does not give any specifics and is often used.

I would however argue that it is still negative.

about a year ago
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Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

Carrot007 Re:Because there was no internet... (285 comments)

> Because there was no internet...
> ... and the majority of people couldn't access a BBS. Walkthroughs? Tutorials?

Nonsense they were there if you wanted them.

Magazines had huge section on tiops/walkthroughs back in the day. Nowadays they know it is pointless as you have already found one on the internet if you wanted one. Also diskmags had them as well. No need for internet/bbs if you were scared to do it!

about a year and a half ago
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Activision, Raven Release 2 Star Wars Games Under GPL

Carrot007 Re:Original Jedi Knight (105 comments)

Original?

Well if a sequal if original

I spent many hours at Uni on Dark Forces II.

This question has been asked many times as lots of people would love an updated version (since the hw version was very specific to the cards of the time and the software version was very low res). I'm sure the conclusion reached was that it has been lost.

about a year and a half ago
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Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

Carrot007 Re:Conspiracy! (659 comments)

Surely the only way to know someone is no lomger an "alcoholic" is to give them a drink.

Avoidance is not a cure.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

Carrot007 Re:Using a laptop for programming?? (312 comments)

Works all around unfortunatly!

The programmers machine shoudl be the worst in the company,

That way you know it's going to work if it works on theirs.

However we would like this kept a secret. Don't tell!

about 2 years ago
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

Carrot007 Re:Would be the same in the US (295 comments)

Indeed and Microsoft gets to legitimatly inflate the number of win 8 copies out there.

Copies being used on the other hand, it does nto want to mention!

about 2 years ago
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

Carrot007 Re:Wonder how Win 9 may surprise us? (295 comments)

Is that reallywhat you think? Were you even there? Maybe you have gone senile?

Are you going for a chronological order there since you are mixing the 9x and nt products?

You also missed some fairly important releases.

The windows 95 OSR reelases for a start.

The orig win 95 basically lacked apps. It was a new direction,the old ones did not use it well (I ackowledge win32 was sort of available on win 3 so it was not like there were none). However it was a good step and not crap.

Win 92 OSR2 (where fat32 support came in) was great. (released 1 year after the original, at which point people buying the retail version were getting royally shafted, but thats windows for you!)

And OSR2 +IE4 (with dekstop update (or OSR2.5 which installed it for you unless you refused) was practically win 98 (ok win 98 simplified the installation process somewhat).

NT (I shall assume you mean 4 from your order). Yes this was great. I used it for a while myself. IIRC you needed IE 4 and the desktop upgrade again for the niceties. However gam,ing moved on and lack of hardware directx support pushed me back towards.

Win 98. It was good I don;t see a problem.

Win 98 SE. Not much of an update but also good,.

Windows 2000. Yes this came next not ME. Excellect DX supprot on NT finally! used itfrom Beta2!

Me. Pointless release made for people scared of nt. Not needed as 2000 was well up to the job. Probably made to appease some idiots with obsolete hardware with no NT drivers, probably from some company too cheap to make them (NT has been around a while now, I think most people just assumed there were no drivers, I had no problems).

XP at launch. I agree with you. However mostly because win 2000 was still well supported and it really needed a lot more on the hardware front to work. (it was good but you needed money for hardware!)

XP Later on (SP1 on). Your hardware had caught up and a dfresh install was way easier than 2000 + updates. 2000 Stoppped getting some updates so it was time for XP.

Vista. Good direction, bad implementation. XP Still good enough. So mostly agreeing there!

Vista SP1. Vastly improved here and because it was getting to be an issue, was the only op[tion is you had anything but under specced hardware. By than I mean 64 bit. XP 64 was good, and I admit I missed that even though I used it for a while myself, however it was nothing more than a test and was abandoned without updates. I went back to xp 32 bit. But the next time I upgraded I wanted to use my full 4gb (it was cheap enough to have that then even if lots of available machines gave you less (ram is cheap don't let it be a bottleneck, 16gb is my recomended minimum these days, just because you can for not a lot). So to sum uop Vista SP1 (especially 64 bit). Good.

Windows 7. Just a slight polishing of Vista Sp1. Nothing special. Only reason I moved is because I was given a free key! I admit there are a few nice improvements. But not a lot over vista sp1 and most are just default configuration settings!

Win 8. I agree. Big steaming pile of something. I am dual booting with 7 (a free key again) but cannot remember the last time I booted 8. Yes 8 is faster. (muchly though the configuration defaults again). But metro (or tifkam) I don't need or indeed want. A win 7 start menu I do, and yes the typing is there in win 8 but I resent having to go to the metro screen to do it. No thanks.

I may have to use it one day though. If something I have to use ends up needing it then I will just have to put up with the pain of configuting it my way but untill then no thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Carrot007 Re:Another reason not to buy Surface (561 comments)

> Which OS market ? There's more than one.

I agree.

However splitting the market by chip makes no sense to anyone except microsoft as it gives them a get out clause.

Windows is windows regardless of which chip it is running on! Allowing them to do things they otherwise would not just becase its not x86 is ridiculous. How come they cannot do what they want with x64 windows? It is also not x86. (and please don't try to excuse things by backwards compatibility, they could put a layer in arm windows if they wanted. Yes it would be slow but it is certainly possible).

about 2 years ago
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VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

Carrot007 Re:Not for me (252 comments)

> For instance, I hardly ever use my video player non-fullscreen, so I can see the idea here.

This has got me thinking.

Can someone please clarify something for me?

Can you run a "metro" all (for instance VLC) on one screen and run the desktop and associated apps on another. I usually have vlc full screen, but on a second monitor.

about 2 years ago

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