New 2D, HD Sonic Game Coming In 2010
I'm with you. Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 I really loved, and I didn't play the original sonics in the 80s so I don't have the nostalgia that everyone else has. But the 3d sonics after adventure 2 are horrible full of fail. I tried heroes, and it was painfully lame. Then sonic was a werewolf. then sonic got a sword. wtf?
I don't have a lot of hope for this. But the sonic advances and rushes for handhelds were pretty cool. so maybe.
Louisiana Rep. Preps State Bill Banning Human-Animal Hybrids
Hooray! Somebody finally found something in this universe that has absolutely zero risk! And it involves babies and surgery!
I think the poster meant it would involve zero risk to the mother. Because she wouldn't be pregnant. So she would have zero pregnancy risks.
The Real Story Behind Gaming Addiction
All the women I've talked to have little interest in games and look at me as if I'm strange (about the same look when I discuss Star Trek). Just from observation, it appears the videogaming is dominated by 95% men with just a few gals scattered here-and-there... like it's always been.
Surveys of your friends does not make accurate data. I'm a girl gamer and all of my female friends play games, but I don't go around saying 100% of women in general play games. Though I doubt it could just be that I happen to only be friends w/ the "5%" - someone has to be buying all those Hannah Montana and nintendogs ripoffs on DS, and I doubt it's men/boys.
There's been a number of studies over years showing that women gamers are a sizable group and growing. Here's one example: Women Gamers Outnumber Men in 25-34 Age Group. Really, you're kinda out of the loop here, thinking that maybe 5% of gamers are women.
The Perils of Pointless Innovation In Games
Honestly I think I'd be happier playing Twilight Princess with an ordinary gamepad, ala 'Cube, than with the Wiimote.
I played the Cube version, and I loved it. I don't know if I'd like it with the Wiimote, which is why I bought the cube version, even though I played it on the Wii. I think developers shouldn't be shy about using the cube controller for Wii games, like Smash Bros Brawl does.
Game Companies Face Hard Economic Choices
Yes, I'm finding FFXII's Boss battles to be much more challenging and exciting than CT's (and CTs' were better than FFVI's). You have to play smarter in FFXII, you can't just power your way past bosses with minimal strategy.
I could not disagree more. In FFXII, you set up your gambits with basic strategies, like heal your friends, and then you walk towards monsters and your characters automatically kill them, with no more input from you. You do that enough times, and then you can walk up to a boss and watch your characters kill it. I didn't get to the end of the game, the last place I remember going through was the Feywood, but the battle system seemed basically non-existent to me. And the storyline started out really well, and then started to just consist of 10 minute cut-scenes that said you had to walk to the other side of the map, and here's some bullshit about why you can't take a boat/airship. I got bored and gave up.
The only regular RPGs I've played that required real strategy and not just leveling up have been the Valkyrie Profile series. In the first VP, I met a boss that was crazy hard, went away and leveled up a bunch, and still got killed just as easily. Went online, found out the recommended level level him was 10 levels below me, wtf? But my problem was that I had the skills on my characters set up all wrong, and my strategy sucked as. Then I play VP2, and almost got my ass handed to me in the first dungeon because I didn't take the time to learn the battle system or think about what I was doing. Both of them have an excellent story, btw.
Game Publishers Pressuring Sony For PS3 Price Cut
The PS3 isn't a failure until people just stop talking about it all together this is evidenced by all the other failed gamesystems.
People talked about the Dreamcast plenty both before and after Sega ran out of money and got out of the hardware business. Not that the PS3 is the Dreamcast (it's lasted much longer, for one) but the fact that people still talk about it doesn't mean that it won't fail or that Sony isn't in a very hard position with it.
The PS3 can stick around for a long, long time and as production methods get cheaper the 360 advantage won't exist anymore. On top of that people are going to get a little miffed when MS comes out with the next Xbox while PS3 users are still sitting pretty with backwards compatability and still superior hardware and graphics.
Most PS3s don't have backwards compatibility, and if you think that the PS3 will have superior hardware and graphics to the next Xbox you're insane.
Video Game Teaches Kenyan Youth HIV-Safety
No, they're right about that. In my teenage years, I had a lot of romantic ideals. I didn't really care about having sex until pressure from my peers and the media convinced me that it was the best thing ever and my life was worthless if I didn't have it.*
The real flaw in the right wing's argument is that the promotion is going to come from society, regardless of anything they might try to do at school or in the family.
Some people become interested in sex earlier or later than others. But, almost everyone will have sex at some point in their lives, even the conservatives agree with that. And high school classes aren't just about what you need to know while you're a teen. I've never understood why people think teens shouldn't have sex ed because they think teens shouldn't have sex. They're going to have sex sooner or later, and they need to know the facts.
New Final Fantasy XIII Details, Website Launched
One character will be excessively whiny and obnoxious (like Tidus whining about getting sucked into a kickass adventure with people like Auron and Wakka, AND getting a girlfriend out of it;
Tidus wasn't whiney! By the end of the game he figures out that finishing their mission is going to cause him to *cease to exist*, yet he tells no one! He just accepts it!
Obama Recommends Delay In Digital TV Switch
I only have an antenna, but I rarely watch TV and I'm perfectly fine with just watching TV on the internet. I think that the rebates more than a little silly (why can't I get a rebate to buy DVDs, or put towards my DSL bill? Maybe because the government doesn't normally buy people everything?). I think that the argument is that people might need TV for updates and information in an emergency, but the government didn't by them the TV in the first place (and doesn't care about people who don't have TVs), we still have radio, and if anyone really cared about TV available for emergencies then we'd keep one analog station open just for that purpose, but we're not. The convertor boxes are just going to be used for entertainment, and it's annoying that the government feels the need to buy people that.
How Long Should Companies Make E-Bills Available?
Get a P.O. box. They're not expensive, and a are a lot more secure
If your post office sends mail to the wrong side of town, I don't see how they'd be very capable of putting it in the right box.
I get all sorts of mail that isn't for me. I get mail for mail for my neighbors, mail for the people who lived here 15 years ago, mail for people who have the same street address but a completely different street name, and mail that I have no idea how it got to my house. The part that pisses me off the most though? When *I* moved in, they needed a change of address form before they would deliver any of *my* mail. I'd never trust my post office with a P.O. box.
I wish everything was paperless.
The Secret Origins of Microsoft Office's Clippy
I'll tell you what I want to die - Web sites that spread an article out one paragraph at a time over 15 pages where the spam-to-content ratio is 15 to 1.
I'm sorry, but I didn't read the article, since I didn't get past page one of fifteen.
I got to page 2. There they have a link that is supposedly a microsoft article saying people loathe rover (the xp search dog). follow the link and... no, it doesn't say anything like that. Reading 15 pages is bad enough, but 15 pages of bullshit is not what I'm doing.
Amazon.com Reporting This Holiday Season Their "Best Ever"
They did the same for me, too. I moved last December, and started ordering Christmas presents at my new address before I filled out a change of address with the post office. So, the post office sent them all back (*grr*). So I called Amazon, and they Fedexed them all overnight. I have *never* had better customer service.
Hacked Business Owner Stuck With $52k Phone Bill
I don't find this suprising in perspective of what people in the service sector usually have for themselves.
After all, what kind of car does your mechanic drive? Do you know when your mechanic last did an oil change on their own car?
I married my mechanic. I didn't realize that would mean I'd have one more car to take to get oil changes, but he never, ever, gets around to working on our own cars.
Five PC Power Myths Debunked
Well 15 minutes of power on and power off is a bit exaggerated (unless you really misconfigure linux). Normally for most business PC it takes about 1 minute to power on and power off doesn't need to be counted as you can perform this action without you actually there you hit shutdown and it does its thing.
I work on the help desk of a company with over 30,000 employees. It takes at least 5 minutes for our computers to boot up, and >10 minutes is not uncommon.
However the human factor is not factored in even for your 10 minute days of inactivity. At the beginning of the day most people are not at 100%. They will power on the computer, take off their jackets, get some coffee, put their lunches in the kitchen, greet some people, clean their desk up a bit. Also any loss productive during 10 minutes can usually be made up.
At some jobs, you can do that. At others (like mine) you're expected to be ready and working at your start time (there's a small grace period but not 10 minutes) and you can't do that if you're waiting on your computer to boot up, so that 10 minutes would have to be on your own time, coming in 10 minutes before you clock in. That doesn't sound like fun to me.
Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?
Cause once you're certain you can go back to normal knowing who is being nice because of the tits and who is being friendly based on the rest of you.
Because once you establish to the nice guys that you're boring as hell it'll be real easy to get them to talk to you once you go back to being normal. Sure.
Google Can Predict the Flu
For starters, most people's first reaction to getting sick isn't to google their symptoms.
That's the first thing I do when I get sick. What are you going to do at the drug store if you don't know if you have a cold, the flu, allergies, or something else? Waste your money on drugs that don't do anything because you bought the wrong stuff? No, google is your friend.
How Do Games Grow Up?
But you are still playing, you're admitting it yourself.
I don't know why you put so much emphasis on that word. While you watch movies, read books, and play games because they're different forms of media one is not better or worse than the others. For some games you could say that you read them, if that would give you a better impression of them, considering the interaction in some is only slightly more than an ebook. Anyways, what you said before was "Good video games are interesting if they are fun to play, good books and movies don't need to be fun to be interesting," and I disagree, because I've played plenty of games that were not fun to play but I continued because they were interesting and had a good storyline. Reading, in and of itself, is not particularly fun, but the content can make it interesting and worthwhile. That's how I feel about playing some video games.
Besides, this is getting off-topic, re-read what the original poster asked for: "profound concepts", this is beyond adventure game plots. I doubt Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory, even turned into novels, would give him the intellectual kick he's after.
You want profound concepts in a video game? Try playing a game like BioShock, which is a fascinating dystopian story comparable to (and just as indepth as) Brave New World or 1984. There's a lot more to gaming than mindless FPSs and pointless puzzle games. Yes, sometimes it looks like everything on the shelf is "sing along with Hanna Montana", but there's plenty of games that have storylines and characterization comparable to, and sometimes better than, most books. They're not up there with the best books yet, but there's no reason they can't get there. The author of the article showed his cluelessness by asking for a game with more depth than Super Mario Bros, when there's been games with more depth than that since before it was made. But I guess if you close your mind at the word "play" and think that couldn't possibly have any depth because you're playing, well, then I guess you're the one missing out.
How Do Games Grow Up?
Good video games are interesting if they are fun to play
That's not true. I've played plenty of games where the gameplay was unremarkable at best, but the story and the charactors kept me into it. For example, Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory for the DS. The gameplay is basic, and without a storyline no one would play it for 5 seconds. But unraveling the mysteries is what makes them interesting.
Freespire vs. Mepis
Over the weekend I installed Linux on my friend's old computer. Since she's a Linux newb, and since Linspire recently went free as in Freespire and free CNR, I decided to try out the distro of newbs.
Overall impression of Freespire: Disappointing. I'm not one of those Linux purists who thinks Linspire is all wrong, that mixing proprietary things into Linux is sinful and we need to keep the newbs at bay. I actually respect Linspire for its efforts at making Linux more mainstream. But I'm not impressed with Freespire. It's pretty, but a distro needs more than prettyness, even with newbies. CNR, their click-n-run warehouse that's supposed to be the easiest way to install programs ever, is just a bloated, confusing piece of shit. My friend couldn't figure it out at all, and even I had difficulty navigating its convaluted interface. And it kept crashing, because it used too much memory because it's a bloated piece of shit. Freepire also had a number of other problems on my friends computer. It wouldn't detect her cd drive or usb(even mount didn't work), flash was stuttery, her favorite game (Puzzle Pirates) wouldn't run, and things kept crashing. I went over to the Freespire forums and discovered that other people had simular problems. Unfortunetly, none of the threads had solutions. They had plenty of responses, but all of them were just people saying they had the same problem. Well, that's depressing. So I futzered around with that for a little bit, and then impatient me decided to check out the new Mepis.
I liked Mepis 3.4, and recommended it to people in the past, but I hadn't tried Mepis 6 yet. It turned out to be absolutely perfect for my friend. It recognized all her hardware, Flash worked, her game worked, and no crashes. Synaptic was a little confusing for her, but she liked it better than the gigantic, memory-eating maze that is CNR. It took little effort to get her computer set up to do everything she needs it to do, which after Freespire, was quite a relief. I'm surprised Mepis isn't more well known, it's certainly a great distro.
More dumb coworkers.
"Elley, I can't attach this file to my email. Can you help me?" the call comes over the cubicle wall.
We went over this yesterday. And the day before. "Sure!" I'm getting paid to be here, so I'll pretend to be cheerful.
He clicks on My Documents to show me the document he wants to send. Then he goes to Outlook and clicks insert file. His documents show up. "Where is it?" he asks.
"The name starts with with a "C", so why don't you scroll down to the "C"s?" He looks at me blankly. "They're in alphabetical order." I explain for the 80th time. Then I grab the mouse, scroll down, and show him.
"Oh" he says. I'll be explaining alphabetical order again later today. Sigh.
I think when my company hires people (outside the IT department) they show them a computer and ask the applicant if s/he knows what it is. If s/he says no, then s/he gets hired. That would explain a lot.
Despite the fact that everyone here has a computer to work on, very few have any idea what they're doing. The marketing guy appearently designs websites in his spare time, so I had some expectations of him, but his knowledge is limited to slapping a few pictures together in Dreamweaver. He doesn't understand how to use Windows Explorer. Seriously. Oh, he does have one other skill, which is installing pirated programs. Yeah, that's great.
There's one other guy who seems into computers, but I let him install flash on his computer, so I'm afraid that he's going to get fired when his boss notices he spends his days watching Foamy the Squirrel. So sad.
Women in Computer Science
More complaining about my coworkers.
MS Office 2007 Beta
From boredness at work I bring you: This lame review.
First Impression: It's pretty. But, um, wtf? They killed the menu bar. Which they did for IE 7, and the new Office kicks the shit out of the new IE in the prettiness department. Word even has a shiny blue gradient background to go behind your documents. Yay shiny.
So then I try using it for work, and I get all confused. How do I open files? How do I undo? Where is the autosum button? See Office 2007 replaced the menu bar with something called "ribbons", which look kinda like the menu bar except clicking on them changes what looks like the toolbar except it's the ribbon or something instead of opening a menu. It's wierd. I want my KOffice back, but I never had that at work anyways and this is at least prettier than the old MS Office so at least looking at it's wierdness isn't painful.
Figuring out how to do things wasn't as hard as I thought it would be at first. To find the autosum button, I clicked on the "Formulas" ribbon, and there was the autosum hieroglyphic, accompanied in big letters by the word "AutoSum". While I'm annoyed at having to click an extra button, I realize that if I had learned on this Excel I wouldn't have manually summed things up for so long until someone finally told me there was an autosum button.
So I tried Word, Excel, and Access, and all do what they did before, but with ribbons instead of menus and toolbars. The ribbons are well laid-out, and have easy to understand labels on almost all the icons. If you've found Office programs confusing in the past, you might want to check out this version because it might be easier for you.
1. My current annoyance is that it doesn't play well with Office 2003, which I need to use for work because I don't trust a beta Office to do everything right, or at least the way my coworkers are used to (I send out a lot of reports made in Office). Mostly that's a Windows problem, but Outlook 2007 would have uninstalled Outlook 2003 (at least it warned me) and part of my job involves telling people over the phone how to fix Outlook 2003 and that's *much* easier to do with it in front of me. So no new Outlook for me. Also, now all Office files default to 2007 (which is expected, but not what I want) and right clicking and choosing "Open with" gives me two options, both of which open 2007. *sigh* Still trying to figure that one out.
2. Office 2007 doesn't read ODT. Why? Because Microsoft sucks.
3. The eyecandy is nice, but it makes it useless for what I usually use Office for: pretending to work. Now, when people glance at my screen, instead of seeing some boring document, they see pretty shinies and come over to investigate. Since my "work" tends to be reading erotic fanfic copied from the internet, this is bad.
4. Office 2007 requires activation to use. I'm guessing once the final version comes out, all beta versions will be deactivated. This could be bad for some people, especially because Office 2007 saves by default to a different file format than previous versions. So if you don't plan on buying it, or don't expect your company to buy it, be careful and don't get yourself locked out of your data. Of course, if you're really paranoid about not locking yourself out of your data, you should just download OpenOffice and save everything to ODF and be done with it.
All in all, I think Office 2007 is a very pretty office suite that will be nice for newbies and people who never could figure out the more advanced features. Is it worth $150+ or whatever the prices will turn out to be? No, I don't think so, but to be fair I didn't review Sharepoint, or even all of the programs in the suite. I think if you've liked MS Office in the past and believe that office suites are worth paying for, then you'll probably be very happy with Office 2007. I personally just can't imagine spending that much for what looks to me like just eye candy. However, it's very likely that my job will purchase it for all of us, and, even though I shudder when I think of how much that will cost, I think my coworkers will like it very much. So, I think Miscrosoft will have a very pretty product by release date that will make them a shitload of money, and that was likely their goal, so yay for them.
I do have nice people at my job
I do have nice people that I work with too. Like the girl whose printer I just fixed. She didn't complain that I was breaking her computer, or she like how I was fixing her printer, or anything like other unnamed cow-orkers. She said "I should have thought of plugging it in" and that was that.
There also was the surprise birthday party they had for me last week. That was really nice.
So most people at my job are not raving idiotic jackasses. Yay.
Migrating from Thunderbird to Outlook
A couple weeks ago, one of my coworkers was bitching about Outlook, bitching about crapware, and then her Outlook crashed and refused to open. I thought this would be a good time to introduce her to Thunderbird. She liked the idea of not using Outlook, so I installed it and it imported everything all right, and I sent her on her way.
Well, she hates Thunderbird now and decided I needed to move her back to Outlook. *sigh* Alright, I thought, that can't be too hard. She got Outlook reinstalled and running, and asked me to transfer all he emails from the past couple of weeks from TB to OL. Sure, that can't be that hard.
Thunderbird doesn't have an export function.
THUNDERBIRD DOESN'T EXPORT?
Well, that's a problem. So I scoured the extensions website looking for something that would make TB export. I found one, but all it appears to do is move the mbox file from your profile to your desktop. Since OL doesn't read mbox files, that wasn't helpful.
So I search Google. Appearently, you need IMAPsize to convert the mbox files to eml files, then you go to Outlook Express (not Outlook?) move the eml files there, then, finally, you click export and it goes to Outlook.
Alrighty then. So I set about pulling her emails from the last few weeks (TB imported them from the past 2 years, but OL was able to recover all the ones from before she got TB). Unfortunately, crazy her had spread them out amoung 80 folders. Someone really needs to explain to her what "label" and "search" are. Also unfortunately, since she's a telecommuter, I was remoteing to her computer which she had connected through dial-up. So it was *scroll* *wait* *wait* *ok, computer finally scrolled* *click on folder* *wait* *wait* *folder, are you going to open?*
It took me 2 hours to just fucking find and put together all the emails she wanted transfered. 2 fucking hours.
I hate my job.
So that's why I'm spending the rest of the day on Slashdot.
I hate people sometimes.
So, I removed spyware and viruses from this woman's computer and added firefox (and I didn't even hide the IE icons) and now I've broken her computer. Why? Because she can't connect to some random wireless network that she *knows* is there. It, of course, isn't her fault that she doesn't know how to connect to a wireless network or want to listen to me help her with it. It's my fault. And Firefox's fault. Even though Outlook can't connect to the internet either, it's firefox's and my fault, not outlook's and her disablity to comprehend any thing about computers. *sigh*
So she's calling me up at 4, and I better be about to fix it.
I hate my job.
Hey there. I haven't writen in my journal in forever, but whatever, now I am. I'm having a candle party on the 13th (think tupperware party, with candles. Yes it's lame) so if your my friend you should come. Or not.
I've been volunteering at the local animal shelter for a while now, and now they've decided to pay me. Yay me. But they make me work harder, and longer, and come in 6 in the morning. But they pay me, so it's cool. Yay me.
My dad finally realized I know more than him about computers, which is way cool and a long time coming, except now he sends me really long emails asking stupid questions. "I can't play my stupid baseball game online. But you know everything about computers so you can tell me how to fix it just based on this retarded email". Then he calls me a couple of days later because I never wrote back, and I have to explain, no Dad, I don't know anything about your stupid baseball game and I really don't care. Then he emailed me again asking about his office "router" (it's a switch) and wondering if it has a firewall. This took 4 paragraphs. Sigh.
That's all for now. I'll talk laters.