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Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

EMR Re:Not a bad deal (299 comments)

1,000,000 users / $3000 = $0.003 per user

1,000,000 users / $3,000 = 333.333333333 users per dollar.

$3,000 / 1,000,000 users = $0.003 per user :-D

more than 2 years ago

EXT4 Data Corruption Bug Hits Linux Kernel

EMR Re:Bisected? (249 comments)

If God forks the Universe every time you roll a die, he'd better have a damned good memory.

Nah, He only needs the latest SHA1 for each roll outcome commit as that'll point up the GIT tree :-D

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

EMR Re:Yet another reason to dump FF (152 comments)

One of my friend (real ones) likes to call anyone she 'meets' online through social networking as 'imaginary friends' And me personally I RARELY every use facebook. I log in maybe once every few months to clean out crap that collects and move on.. And the only time I use twitter is to promote the next Humble Bundle that unleashed new linux and mac ports in.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 16 Released: More HTML5 Support

EMR Re:Final Version? (133 comments)

Google has a whole blog dedicated to pumping announcements about chrome releases. What are seeing here is some noisy slashdot users who feel the need to pump slashdot full of news about the next silent update in firefox.. (oh and there is the whole huge buzz about the lasts PATCH level for Chrome today). In reality both Google and Mozilla are all about creating stir around their releases.. And the stir is mostly focused around "here's the cool new standards we are supporting for you developers". Then there's Microsoft creating the anti-climactic stir around internet explorer 10, that is only available to a small percentage of the population. And then underwhelms and you have to wait a LONG while to see the next version.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 16 Released: More HTML5 Support

EMR Re:Final Version? (133 comments)

I'm waiting for Firefox 42.0 -- that should be here, what, next spring give the proclivity to versionNumber++ so often...

You do realize Google Chrome is at version 22.0?

more than 2 years ago

The Open Source Technology Behind Twitter

EMR Re:Yeah right. (81 comments)

And how many people honestly have their twitter feed sent to their phone via SMS?

more than 2 years ago

Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

EMR Don't answer the Security questions "correctly"!!! (408 comments)

When you fill out the "form" to define the security questions, Don't put the correct answers in.. purposely put a false answer, obviously one that only you know.. My dad makes up a "youngest son" to put in those security questions so there is no way someone can "scour" social network sites to find the answers.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee

EMR Why??? (312 comments)

The problem I have with Coffee is the Coffee part :)

(yeah I'm one of the few programmers who does does not turn coffee into code.. I just crank out code.. No coffee nor caffeine! )

more than 2 years ago

Halliburton To Dump Blackberry For iOS

EMR Re:Physical keyboard? (188 comments)

I use it all the time, and don't really have issues writing emails on it.. With any compact device it takes practice. I personally have a harder time on those mini physical keyboards than on the virtual iPhone keyboard.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

EMR Re:Plugins (415 comments)

This is why they are encouraging extension developers to switch to the Mozilla addons SDK which provides API stability between firefox releases (and is built in in firefox 4.0+ ). the addon SDK also allows for installing plugins without restarting the browser!! YEAH!!!

now, have you tried installing the addon compatibility reporter?


with that enabled you can forcibly enable addons that claim to not be compatible and test to see if they work. Also it gives you a away to send feedback to the developer that "hey it works" or "no it doesn't". And of course if you haven't contacted the developers of those addons, then that could be why they haven't been updated.

more than 3 years ago

The Death of Booting Up

EMR Booting up before clocking in! (557 comments)

The company I used to work for was trying to mandate that employees boot up their systems before clocking in so they wouldn't have to "pay" for the time it took them to boot their systems. Insane!!!

Me personally I had a linux system that booted up in 20 seconds anyways and of course I rarely ever rebooted it to begin with so had no issues:)

more than 3 years ago

Bing More Effective Than Google?

EMR Re:Bing vs. Google (385 comments)

yes, the real root problem is people not know how to search. I have that same scenario happening to me as well. Tech savvy friend A can't find info on X, I do a single google search and find exactly what he needed.. It's all about cognitive thinking or the lack there of in a large % of the population.

more than 3 years ago

Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

EMR It's a necessity for me (1002 comments)

For me it's a necessity. For web development I usually have code editor on left monitor and browser(s) on the right.. Also the right monitor serves as a place for documentation and reference manuals.

At one point my "office" system had 3 monitors.. where the 3rd monitor primarily hosed email.

But I have found the extra screen real-estate greatly improves my productivity. So if companies REALLY want their developers to only have one monitor.. get them a nice 30" cinema screen.. :-D Though it'd be cheaper to just get then 2 or 3 24" monitors.

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

EMR High price, and limited devices to play on (1162 comments)

Odds, are it's a combination of the following..

1) higher price
2) limited playability (must have a blu-ray player which you can't get for 30 bucks)
3) requires a "newer TV" and the reality is many have tvs without HDMI (and the copy projection restriction mechanism that rides along)
4) for many it's not all that much extra. (me personally I have a 42" tv and things do look somewhat better, but the biggest thing I notice is subtitles are MUCH crisper in blu-ray., but I have to watch it on THAT tv only)
5) Refusal to purchase as a matter of principle of being PISSED at the movie studios for crippling DVDs..
      - Have you noticed how DVDs now have less and less special features? As an attempt to "encourage" and punish you into buying blu-ray.
6) Can't really play blu-ray on your desktop computers.. and blu-ray is not a standard piece in computers AND software are not available for all platforms even.
7) Netflix and Redbox.
    - Yeah I make frequent use of redbox.. I can "Try before I buy" and sift through all of the CRAP that comes out of hollywood for $1 a pop. And unfortunately there's a lot of crap so people just plain aren't going to spend 25-40 bucks to buy a piece of crap. They'll wait until it's in the $5 bin at wal-mart.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Android User Interface Development

EMR Book review summary table screwed up (111 comments)

Has anyone else notice that the field are in the wrong place?

pages = Packt Publishing?
publisher = 304 ?
Someone messed up on the ordering of the fields.

more than 3 years ago

Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

EMR Old Feature Reintroduced? (323 comments)

Am I the only one that remembers this ability to block domains from severs YEARS ago that google had and yanked? (As I had experts exchange blocked back then)

All this buzz about a old feature that WAS there and google removed it and is now just adding it back in "reincarnated"

And I'm sure that experts-exchange will probably think about filing something against google for allowing people to block their site:-D

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

EMR Business Cable blocking Port 25? (459 comments)

My dad's server is on Business Cable and Port 25 is not blocked and we have had no issues running our mail server on that connection.. Now one thing that we did do to aid in preventing us from being blocked is requesting our 5 IPs setup with reverse DNS entries to our domains instead of the Generic "ISP looking" ones that comcast assigns by default. You should contact Comcast and Verizon to set that up.

Also, make sure when you are testing if port 25 is "open" that you aren't yourself on an ISP that blocks 25 outbound. And make sure you setup port 587 (SMTP submission.. Authenticated SMTP) so that users can send mail from any ISP.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast-NBC Merger Approved By FCC

EMR Re:30 Rock was almost right! (268 comments)

Either that or NBC was just buttering up the public the the idea of a cable company owning a tv studio. Which would be even scarier.

about 4 years ago



Pre-order Amnesia for Mac, Linux, and Windows

EMR EMR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

EMR (13768) writes "From the makers of the Penumbra series comes a brand new survival horror game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Today we are happy to announce the release of the game's web site and a first look at actual in-game footage, in the form of a horrifying teaser.

Now available for Pre-order at 20% off for Mac, Linux and Windows. Check out the teaser trailer at http://www.amnesiagame.com/"

Link to Original Source

Mac & Linux Penumbra: Collection Release July

EMR EMR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EMR writes "Helsingborg, Sweden — 15th of July 2009

Re-release this Friday the 17th of the Penumbra Series for Mac & Linux — USD 5 launch offer!

With a brand new installer the three Penumbra games will be available this Friday as a single download. This will improve the user experience compared to the original three downloads with three serials installation procedure.

During the launch weekend of Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th the Penumbra Collection for Mac & Linux will sell for a mere USD 5! Windows users recently had the same offer available to them and due to numerous inquires from Mac & Linux gamers we hope that this offer will achieve full cross-platform horror enjoyment. After the launch weekend the Penumbra Collection will sell for USD 20.

The Penumbra Collection will be available in the Frictional Games Store for Mac & linux. In addition the Mac version will also be available from the Mac Game Store, Mac Games Arcade and the recently launched Gamer's Gate for Mac. All stores are participating in the USD 5 weekend launch!

Frictional Games Store — http://store.frictionalgames.com/
Mac Game Store — http://www.macgamestore.com/
Mac Games Arcade — http://www.macgamesarcade.com/
Gamer's Gate — http://www.gamersgate.com/

About the Penumbra Collection
The Penumbra Collection consist of Penumbra: Overture, Penumbra: Black Plague and the expansion Penumbra: Requiem. Penumbra is a horror adventure featuring a unique physics interaction system, detailed story and dreadful environments. The series has received numerous awards, critical acclaim and recognition for its rejuvenation of the adventure genre as well as its fresh approach to the survival horror genre.
Visit http://www.penumbragame.com/ for more information, media and demos.

About Frictional Games
A small independent game developer located in the south of Sweden, developing unique technologies to power their creative game ideas. Currently with a crew of four in-house, with a network of contractors to utilise during production, enables the company to be dynamic and efficient.

Visit our blog, http://frictionalgames.blogspot.com/, to follow our work in progress and to participate in the discussions about game development, design, horror and related topics."


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