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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

ClubStew Re:Not being well reviewed ... (616 comments)

But Surface (and more so the second versions announced) isn't just marketed nor targeted at being a tablet. It makes a great laptop when you have the keyboard/cover. And the new docking station solidifies its place on your desktop.

I use a Surface Pro for development - even running Hyper-V with a couple of VMs at a time for testing - and am quite happy with it. The screen could be bigger, but that doesn't make for a good tablet and the docking station will help fill that void (not to mention multi-screen development is easier in various scenarios anyway).

And while I probably don't need a 512GB SSD (256GB should be plenty since I use cloud storage for a lot of stuff, much of which isn't cached locally), the 8GB option at $1300 is comparable to - and even better than some - laptops/ultrabooks that are reasonable for development.

about a year ago

SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

ClubStew Re:How to bypass wikipedia's "Blackout" page... (290 comments)

...or you'd be breaking the law by discussing ways to circumvent content blocks.

Have you forgotten about the oft-abused DMCA already?

about 3 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

ClubStew Re:One word: WHY? (951 comments)

Did you read the original post? There's actually more room for content now when compared to Explorer that's been around in Vista and Win7.

more than 3 years ago

Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009

ClubStew Re:BURN THE WITCH!! (295 comments)

Use vim and you'll get better.

more than 3 years ago

Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

ClubStew They're reducing prices? (373 comments)

...while reducing the hassles of boarding a plane that deter some people from flying.

So they're reducing prices for luggage and fuel? The hiked ticket prices to cover the fuel hike in 2009, as well as tacked on additional fees for luggage, obesity, etc. Prices didn't drop back down much compared to the hike, and then they hike prices again for the 2011 oil scare.

That's pretty much what keeps me from flying.

more than 3 years ago

Comet Hale-Bopp 'Frozen To Death'

ClubStew Re:Unusual turn of phrase (76 comments)

But the cultists probably froze to death...err, re-death.

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

ClubStew Re:DRM (1162 comments)

And your typical consumer neither understands DRM nor cares, as long as the mainstream scenarios work (and they most often do). DRM schemes are a technophile argument and, unfortunately, most consumers aren't technophiles.

more than 3 years ago

Playing Around With Tracking Protection In IE9

ClubStew Re:Tired of MS (138 comments)

Have you even looked at the list of providers? They are third-party sites, like eTrust that has been around for ages.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video

ClubStew Re:Downright evil (535 comments)

I can't see how YouTube would outright drop support for H.264. IE still makes up 56% across all versions (source: http://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0). Google would be fools to dissuade that many customers away from YouTube as well as any sites that embed YouTube videos. As one reply says in this regard, they might use another site.

more than 3 years ago

Why haven't you bought a tablet?

ClubStew Re:Option missing - Dont give a shit (459 comments)

Exactly. Why the hell do I want something that basically operates like a phone, but several times larger than a phone. And especially these days, my pockets aren't exactly big enough. Seems rather pointless. Get a laptop and/or get a phone. The power is in synchronizing the two as it makes sense to do so.

about 4 years ago

Problems With Truncation On the Common Application

ClubStew Re:Answer (135 comments)

But even that doesn't always work. When was the last time you filled out an application that required (otherwise I don't give it) your email address and there wasn't even enough room to write it? Limitations are found even on physical paper.

more than 4 years ago

Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores

ClubStew Re:from the article (278 comments)

That, and you have to question how much time was spent on social networking sites as well. I know of a lot of people with similar "disadvantaged" backgrounds that waste their days away on Facebook et. al.

Besides, they should be reading more /. and other real news sites!

more than 4 years ago

BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

ClubStew Re:Amazing (768 comments)

BP took shortcuts. It is their fault.

And while I agree that our dependence on oil is a contributing factor, everyone saying it's all our fault needs to stop driving, stop taking the bus or anything that uses petrol and live up to your claims. Yes, alternative fuels will be nice someday, but get off your soapbox and start practicing what you're preaching. It's not so easy, is it?

We need more R&D into alternative fuels but right now much of that is being done by the oil companies, and our shoddy education system based on standardized tests doesn't exactly turn out the best and the brightest to contribute to more R&D. I see that as a bigger problem that will fail to sustain America.

more than 4 years ago

Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

ClubStew Re:Multiple Endings? (142 comments)

Like "All My Circuits: the Movie"?

  • Movie:If you want Calculon to race to the laser gun battle in his hover-Ferarri, press 1. If you want Calculon to double-check his paperwork, press 2. Enter now.
  • (Fry presses 1)
  • Movie: You have pressed 2.
  • Fry: No I didn't!
  • Movie: I'm almost positive you did.

more than 4 years ago

Gulf Oil Leak Plugged?

ClubStew Re:Thank God (611 comments)

How would that help? Yeah, they screwed up by making shortcuts and not properly inspecting equipment and they should be fined. Fixing this disaster would cost them big. But to get rid of BP - one of the largest oil companies in the world? Consider the economic impact of that - many jobs lost, decreased tax revenue, and certainly OPEC will raise oil prices from a drop in competition (they do that).

more than 4 years ago

Bio-Detector Scans For 3,000 Viruses and Bacteria

ClubStew Dammit, Jim... (103 comments)

...I'm a doctor, not a patient! - Dr. McCoy when asked to wave the tricorder medical scanner for 24 hours waiting for a diagnosis.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Wants To Participate In SVG Development

ClubStew Re:Why silverlight is hated (292 comments)

Silverlight supports Accessibility APIs natively. It also works on Mac and Linux (through Moonlight). It can also be easily scaled if, for example, hosted in a DIV with relative size (and, optionally, positioning).

about 5 years ago

Until I remember to write '2010' instead of '2009':

ClubStew Re:Lonely post... (206 comments)

Hear that sound coming closer? Watch out for the Langoliers!

about 5 years ago

Will Tabbed Windows Be the Next Big Thing?

ClubStew Re:Nothing New (528 comments)

Drag the Windows task bar to the top of the screen where you claim your mouse usually is. So now what't the point? The GP post asks the right question: how does this boost productivity if I can't place Windows side by side (and in Windows 7 this is even easier by dragging one window to one edge of the screen, and another to the other edge of the screen)?

more than 5 years ago

New Microsoft Silverlight Features Have Windows Bias

ClubStew Re:History (251 comments)

Actually, Silverlight 3 supports browser navigation with very little work on the Silverlight developer's part. Without refreshing the page, it adds to the history by using bookmarks and clicking back does work. Also with very little work is a way to represent the same data in the web page via server output using SEO extensions, so content is still searchable. Sure you have to code a minimal UI with the same data, but with shared business objects and a thinweight UI layer you can achieve this pretty simply.

more than 5 years ago



Should Time Really Matter in RPGs?

ClubStew ClubStew writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ClubStew (113954) writes "If you've seen the commercial for Mass Effect that indicates important decisions have to be made, you're lead to believe that time is of the essence and you have to complete a quest quickly instead of taking on a side quest. But this isn't the case. Nor was it for Oblivion or many other RPGs. You could spend hours taking on side quests before picking up the main quest again and no harm is done. Even if the quest states to "hurry", more often than not you can take all the time you want.

Should time be a factor in RPGs? Would that make the game more or less fun? What about asking that time is truly a factor at higher difficulty levels?"


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