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Are Games Worth Complaining About?

Draek Re:Patches are welcome (287 comments)

Judging from your moderation at +5, Funny, I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who played Superman 64 here on Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Draek Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1027 comments)

And that would be a limb that would break. In the MP3 player market iPod was and is way out in the lead. People love the system.

Only in countries where Apple markets heavily, so clearly it's not the 'quality' of the system per se.

How to completely mis-represent the market share of MP3 players. Other MP3 player manufacturers would love to have native syncing with iTunes.

I wasn't talking about manufacturers, I was talking about users; I've yet to meet a single person who wants their non-iPod player to have iTunes support, and in fact I've only seen a handful of iPod owners that even *like* the iTunes support they already have.

Apple with it's effortless iTunes syncing system remains by far the most popular MP3 player system. Few people want drag n drop manual music file management.

Really? let's see Apple offer manual music management, and see how many remain with iTunes for more than a week. People don't switch merely for the huge cost of changing MP3 players *and* online stores along with it, but if they could I'm betting most iToy owners would drop iTunes in a heartbeat.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Draek Re:You don't understand what an 'appliance' is. (1027 comments)

And you don't understand what a "smartphone" is, particularly the part where they differ from regular phones (ie, true appliances).

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Draek Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1027 comments)

Or alternately, with a non-iPod device:

1) Connect media player to the computer
2) Drag & Drop music collection to the computer
3) Go on with your life.

Advantages include not having to think about making backups (you and I may find them obvious, but aunt Tilly doesn't), working in case of unexpected disk failure and not just planned reinstalls, and working like every other goddamned device on the face of planet Earth. But I guess those are inconsequential when faced against the prettiness and the shiny.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Draek Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1027 comments)

And I'd go out on a limb and say that the vast majority of people want to deal with iTunes even less than Explorer, being already used to the latter through... well, every other action on Windows, and of the few that still do so is merely because they believe dealing with it is less of a pain than switching to an iToy's competitor.

Though the fact that there's so little demand for other devices to be supported by iTunes is a testament to that fact, so maybe it's not so much going out on a limb.

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers

Draek Re:postscript (323 comments)

Webkit was forked from KHTML and became it's own implementation, developed by Apple. Are you going to claim that all Linux distributions are the 'same'?

Would you claim Canonical open-sourced the Linux kernel, then?

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Considers Always-Connected DRM "A Success"

Draek Re:I call baloney (224 comments)

The... what? have you even played a Prince of Persia game in your life? I've heard "easy", "linear" and more than a few that disliked the art style, but you're the first person I've ever seen calling PoP 08 "complex".

Besides, it wasn't the only game: the first Assassin's Creed game also had only a disk check on the retail version and relegated itself to whatever DRM, if any, was used on DD stores and Ubisoft still saw a sales increase with AC2 and AC:B. I'd love to see your excuse for *that* one.

more than 3 years ago
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MPEG LA Says 12 Parties Have Essential WebM Patents

Draek Re:Google is not the arbiter of "open" (136 comments)

Prepare to get modbombed for criticizing Google.

No, only for spreading old and stale FUD against Google.

Meanwhile, the people voting you down won't address the fact that Google provides no indemnification.

Obviously, since you can't post and mod at the same time. Other people however have addressed the point many times in the past: you don't get patent indemnification *anywhere* else in the industry, and that's because large corporations don't remain large by being naive enough to think that judges are infallible and would never avail the insane demands of a patent troll.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Considers Always-Connected DRM "A Success"

Draek Re:I call baloney (224 comments)

It seems to me, overly restrictive DRM would necessarily cause more piracy not less.

That's what they thought three years ago, they tested that theory, and it failed.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Considers Always-Connected DRM "A Success"

Draek Re:How does one measure the value of "nothing"? (224 comments)

From Ubisoft's perspective, anything more than zero is a win if they assume it will more than offset those who won't buy because of the DRM. Not a happy thought, but I suspect the numbers add up the right way for them.

They don't even have to assume, they already tried the opposite approach.

Kind of sad to think that we'd have gotten rid of the nasty trash that's DRM by now if only gamers had actually bought the game instead of pirating it shamelessly, but I guess it's one of the problems of being the rare adult in a teenager-oriented market.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Considers Always-Connected DRM "A Success"

Draek Re:Reduction in Purchases too (224 comments)

Not really. You see, the Orwellian DRM was tried only *after* they tried putting games out there without any copy protection whatsoever, and saw sales figures tank as a result.

Sucks to be us, but we've nobody to blame for this one other than our fellow gamers.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Details Handling Anti-Aliasing On CPUs

Draek Re:Any formal training in Comp. Sci. or Comp. Eng. (190 comments)

Kinda hard to take you seriously, though, when you seem to confuse Ruby on Rails with the Ruby language it's built upon. Or just ignorantly generalize from one to the other.

Then again, as someone with formal training in Software Engineering, I hold a much lower opinion on Anonymous Cowards of all kinds than I do of people proficient in Ruby, Rails or Javascript ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Online Call To Shoot President Ruled Free Speech

Draek Re:Charles Manson (395 comments)

No, what he's saying is that if you tell "fuck you" to someone else, you shouldn't be arrested for attempted rape.

more than 3 years ago
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Carmack Addresses FPS Creativity Concerns

Draek Re:Ugh (280 comments)

NO ONE blasted it as a 'me too' MMORPG when it came out. IN fact, they where pretty much blown away.

Wrong. Perhaps it was luck that you didn't meet any of them, or perhaps it's just your rose-tinted glasses, but there were no shortage back then just as there are now, whether you think they were justified or not.

more than 3 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Draek Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

I haven't read the proposed standard (mostly because, not being a sound engineer, I suspect I wouldn't understand a thing), but wouldn't the problem be solved by limiting not the maximum, but the average instead? us Classical fans get our cannon shots just as Tchaikovsky intended, while mainstream Rock music stops sounding like someone fucking your ear with an ice pick, it's win/win. And as a bonus, anyone wanting to have their music louder would have to have more quiet parts to compensate, meaning they'd be encouraged to utilize the full dynamic range instead of pushing everything to the maximum.

more than 3 years ago
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Carmack Addresses FPS Creativity Concerns

Draek Re:Ugh (280 comments)

And yet the same World of Warcraft you defend was, and still is, blasted left and right as another "me too" MMO only with Warcraft characters and less demanding graphics.

As the GP said, being creative is a terribly subjective phrase. So much, that in the eyes of anyone who thought WoW was generic, your post comes across as a defense of Carmack's position rather than an attack on it.

more than 3 years ago
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Neanderthal Genes Found In All Non-African Populations

Draek Re:Won't quiet the racists (406 comments)

The beauty of being an homo sapiens is that I don't need to.

more than 3 years ago
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Attachmate Does the Right Thing For Mono

Draek Re:[Open]SUSE (100 comments)

That's like saying Java is superior to C because the latter being "portable assembly" was its whole purpose. Yes, it was so at the beginning, but the language and the frameworks built on top of them grew to encompass much more than that.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Have So Much "Duh" Science

Draek Re:Sounds like agenda-driven science (299 comments)

Not really. Funny thing about math is that, regardless of your political affiliations or position on same-sex marriages, 2 + 2 still equals 4. Science is pretty much the same, as you'd know if you had bothered to learn it.

more than 3 years ago

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