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Judge Slams Apple-Motorola Suit As 'Business Strategy'

Dorkmaster Flek Zero sympathy for the US legal system. (140 comments)

You made your stupid patent bed, now you must slumber stupidly in it.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Game Director Adam Orth Resigns Following Xbox Comments

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Why not? (261 comments)

Oh I'm not disagreeing that publishers will engage in this. They absolutely will. But just like today, it's up to the consumer to find out if the game they're looking to buy used has this crap in it, and vote with their wallet.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Game Director Adam Orth Resigns Following Xbox Comments

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Why not? (261 comments)

The Playstation 4 is only "unrestricted" in so much that Sony is not making always-on DRM a requirement for games to play on their system (at least, right now; Sony has a habit of changing their minds about stuff like this). The Playstation 4 will, however, allow always-online DRM and you can bet that the publishers will be making use of it just as readily as they do on the PC (and are moving as far forwards with as they can on the consoles).

So? The PC "allows" always-online DRM because it "allows" publishers to do whatever they want. The PS4 is no different in that regard. I'd rather have an open platform and simple vote with my wallet not to buy games that have that crap.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Dorkmaster Flek Re:HD PVR (328 comments)

I can't speak to the optical digital audio issue, because I use analog RCA stereo audio and have no issues with that. As to needing to power-cycle the unit, maybe there's a newer firmware that my unit was loaded with, but I have never had this issue myself. I actually run all my consoles through a component AV switch that goes into the PVR and into a single component input on the TV, so I can record any console by changing the switch. The unit is on all the time (just not recording) and if it crapped out regularly, I would lose my signal while playing normally. This doesn't happen though.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Dorkmaster Flek Re:HD PVR (328 comments)

I second the Hauppauge HD PVR as pretty awesome as a PVR. I use it to record gameplay videos, and it also works under Linux, although not officially supported. The Mythbuntu FAQ I believe has a good entry on using it. It worked with no extra steps just plugging it in under my Ubuntu install.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Clarifies His Position on Signed Modules

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Oh, Linus; so adorable when you are angry. (208 comments)

Also, let's not forget the "non-ARM systems" part. The fact that they're locking down anything sours me on the whole secure boot BS.

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Nintendo needs to rethink its place in the worl (403 comments)

Sure, they came out with the Kinect. The number of good games using it? Zero.

Correction: The number of good games (series) using the Kinect is one. The Dance Central series is hands down the best use of the Kinect as a peripheral to create a game that literally could not be done any other way. The problem is the same as most games on the Wii. Most developers use motion controls as a substitution for pushing buttons instead of starting with the concept that you can do things based on movement and designing a game solely working off that basis.

about a year and a half ago
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CES Ditches CNET After CBS Scandal Over Dish's Hopper

Dorkmaster Flek Re:This happens everywhere on all levels (123 comments)

But you have to wonder how much good will, especially in the Internet age, said paper would receive if they then publicized the fact that the local car dealers were trying to strongarm them. That right there might give them a nice boost in readership, which means the other companies advertising in their paper get more eyeballs. I think community and (digital) word of mouth are the new advertising currency.

about 2 years ago
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Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Not sure it would help (313 comments)

I think more than understanding programming, what people need is understanding that ideas are a dime a dozen. What matters is the execution.

Very true. So basically this again.

about 2 years ago
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Google Gives Up Fight Against Chinese Censorship

Dorkmaster Flek Re:IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM (96 comments)

Sure, until Coca-Cola is more powerful and influential than the DoD. Which might not be as far off as you think.

about 2 years ago
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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Thanks (308 comments)

Well then we just have to get the word out that if this starts happening, you don't settle. You're far more likely to have the amount reduced to a reasonable level. I know I for one will be hounding the ministries responsible for this bill about intervening if this shit starts going down.

about 2 years ago
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Dotcom Drags NZ Spook Agency Into Court

Dorkmaster Flek Re:This Is The Point (165 comments)

"Slimeballs" like Kim Dotcom are the only ones who can drag these people into the limelight. Like it or not, your rights are defined by the precedent set in cases involving duplicitous people. It's easy to say "Oh well he's obviously guilty, so in this case it's okay to violate his rights to get the correct result." Problem is, that is one slippery-ass slope you're heading down.

about 2 years ago
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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Thanks (308 comments)

Also, the copyright bill recently passed, though it has terrible digital lock provisions, does actually differentiate between commercial and non-commercial infringement and caps the latter at $5000 for all infringement up to the point the lawsuit was filed. Also also, that section of the bill contains explicit instructions to judges for considering statutory damage amounts to take into account the nature of the infringement and how widely it was used, and they can drop it as low as $100. That's not even worth the costs of filing the suit. This severely limits the likelihood that people will cop to settlements for thousands of dollars to avoid a trial. There are some silver linings.

about 2 years ago
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Canada Prepares For Crackdown On BitTorrent Movie Pirates

Dorkmaster Flek Re:People should think twice... (292 comments)

TFA says that the statutory limit for damages for non-commercial infringement is $5000

Per infringement. How many different people did you upload that bittorrent to? 1,700? Um... uh oh.

Wrong. It's $5000 for all infringement up to the point the lawsuit is filed. At the very least, there won't be any Canadian Joel Tenenbaums. It will be far less worthwhile to actually pursue these cases here.

about 2 years ago
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Canada Prepares For Crackdown On BitTorrent Movie Pirates

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Suck my pirate dick (292 comments)

It's important to note that the cap of $5000 is for all infringement up to the point the lawsuit is filed. Not $5000 per infringement. And even then, the new bill C-11 contains instructions to judges on determining statutory damages to consider the personal nature of the infringement and how much it actually damaged the plaintiff. That $5000 judgment could go all the way down to $100. You won't be seeing any "$2 million for downloading two dozen songs" bullshit, so that's something.

about 2 years ago
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The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Wait, what? (547 comments)

This. You literally just sent a man to jail and ruined his entire career because he hit the wrong button. In what universe is this considered okay?

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Paid Wikipedia Consulting

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Both (85 comments)

I'm 1980226

You're not a number, you're a free man!

Yes, but who is number 1?

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Without patents there is no innovation. (221 comments)

Yes. No patents. The Renaissance was one of the greatest periods of human creativity and invention in recorded history, and it happened entirely without the creation of laws surrounding the restriction of ideas. There was innovation and art before there was ever the idea of "intellectual property". The system would evolve to be drastically different, no doubt, but it would continue to exist without IP. No, I don't have any hard evidence for this, because nobody in the modern world has tried getting rid of it yet. This is all anecdotal, but there is zero doubt in my mind that the human race as a whole would be better off if IP never existed.

more than 2 years ago
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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Don't hire union workers (487 comments)

Union shops tend tries to make sure no one does anyone elses job. You request and get approved for a whiteboard. The board is shipped to you. If you hang it yourself your are in trouble, you will need to wait an other week to get a Unioned employee to take 5 minutes to hang it for you.

Here in Toronto, you just described the TTC. I have a younger brother and a friend of my father-in-law in there who both said the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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The Problem With Metacritic

Dorkmaster Flek Re:Rottentomatoes (131 comments)

Rotten Tomatoes uses a different system though. In fact, I really like their system. They look at a review and decide ultimately whether the critic enjoyed the movie enough to recommend it or not. It's like Siskel & Ebert's thumbs up or down system; fresh or rotten. The only factor is whether the enjoyed the movie or not. There's none of this trying to take a letter grade and turn it into a number from 1-100 bullshit. The Rotten Tomatoes rating is simply a percentage of the number of critics who liked the film enough to recommend it out of the total number of reviews, which I find much more useful. It's still no substitute for the most reliable method, which somebody else above mentioned: find a reviewer whose taste agrees with you on past films/games/whatever and see what they say about new ones. Rotten Tomatoes takes less time though.

more than 2 years ago

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