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PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse

E1ven Good Start! (168 comments)

This is a great start, but I'd like to see them backport the KB/Mouse to their older games as well.
I've always been a PC gamer, but this is step in the right direction. They could port it to Portal 2 with a Software patch, and I'd be a happy guy.

If more companies did this, the PS3 would be an obvious buy for me..
I also like the openness Sony's had with their PSN, and I like that I can buy Portal 2 for PS3, and get a Steam version for free.

Sony is a bunch of asshats in lots of areas, but they're doing OK on this part.

more than 3 years ago

Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

E1ven Re:why buy WoG through Steam, instead of NOT throu (572 comments)

I GREATLY prefer to buy games through Steam, and will often pay a premium to do so. It gives me the convenience of being able to download it on any PC I go to; It's in my list, along with every other game.
I don't need to store the DMG or ISO, and go through a manual install process. It's all there, in one place, easy as pie, and ready to move across systems.

more than 4 years ago

Edward Tufte Weighs In on Apple's iPhone

E1ven I have to disagree (170 comments)

If you look at his examples, his primary argument is that you can cram more information on the screen because of the iPhone's high resolution. I can't agree with him that this is a good idea.

Part of the reason that people BUY the iPhone is that it's simple and stylish, rather than the existing information heavy devices like Pocket PC phones. In particular, look at his example about the Weather- Apple's widget is small and sleek. It shows you the vital information, and it does it in strong fonts and bold styling. It's clear, and it's easy.

He squishes all of that information into a tiny corner, so that he can add a large repeating satellite view- Sure it's useful in some cases, and it's certainly a neat demonstration of the iPhone's abilities, but it fails when it comes to the task of quickly giving me the important information.

It makes me squint to see the tiny version of the temperature, and shows off, rather than helping.

Sometimes developers fall into the problem of working so often because they can, not wondering if they should.

Note- He dismisses this argument, saying that information density isn't the problem, it's laying it out clearly. I agree with him in general,in that complex information can often be presented simply, but in most of his cases, increasing the density would diminish it's usefulness.

more than 6 years ago



RoboHash turns any string into a Robot

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 3 years ago

E1ven writes "Robohash is a quick web service that makes it easy to provide unique, robot/alien/monster/whatever images for any text.
Put in any text, such as IP address, email, filename, userid, or whatever else you like, and get back a pretty image for your site.

With hundreds of millions of variations, Robohash is the among the leading robot-based hashing tools on the web."

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Sony released new platform built on GNUstep

E1ven E1ven writes  |  about 4 years ago

E1ven writes "Sony has released a new open development platform for consumer devices, based on the GNUstep codebase. From their site-The foundation upon which this project is base comes from the GNUstep community, whose origin dates back to the OpenStep standard developed by NeXT Computer Inc (now Apple Computer Inc.). While Apple has continued to update their specification in the form of Cocoa and Mac OS X, the GNUstep branch of the tree has diverged considerably."
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Lonava: $5 to post, and your name

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 4 years ago

E1ven writes "Lonava.com is a new online new site is designed to encourage people to be civil online, by outlawing Anonymous Cowards-
All posts require a Real Name attached to them, and a one-time $5 account verification change helps ensure you are who you say you are."

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Objections to the OGG container format

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 4 years ago

E1ven (50485) writes "The Ogg container format is being promoted by the Xiph Foundation for use with its Vorbis and Theora codecs. Unfortunately, a number of technical shortcomings in the format render it ill-suited to most, if not all, use cases. This article examines the most severe of these flaws."
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Versioning Filesystem for Linux (Tux3) announced

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

E1ven writes "Daniel Phillips has just announced Tux3, which he describes as "spiritual and moral successor to the most famous filesystem that was never released." Tux3 promises to add git-like versioning to every file on your machine, while increasing speed over previous solutions."
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Creative Commons launches CC+ License

E1ven E1ven writes  |  about 7 years ago

E1ven writes "Creative Commons has released their CC+ protocol, which provides a way for authors to allow other people to commercially reuse their work, and give them a pre-negotiated fee or percentage. It makes it easy for people to release the Material under CC-No-Commercial, and then have a way to charge for commercial use if companies are interested."
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Ars Technica reviews OS X 10.5

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E1ven writes "Ars Technica has published their in-depth review of the newest version of Mac OS X. John Siracusa covers both the user-visible features such as the new UI tweaks and Time Machine, as well as diving into the increased use of metadata and the new APIs introduced and what they mean for the future of OS X."
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Adobe to move all its apps to run on the web

E1ven E1ven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

E1ven writes "Adobe today announced they they will be transitioning their entire suite of apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to run as web-based applications.
This is a strong bet on the future of web applications, and if successful puts Adobe in a strong position to control the API for the next generation of development.
Perhaps the most intriguing part is that it will make Desktop OS almost irrelevant, allowing Photoshop and it's ilk on Linux without compatibility woes."

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