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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Geekbot Re:Its Carmack! (635 comments)

Exactly.

But it's not just the video game market, it's the Steam market. Steam is more than just video game sales, it's also the social component. Steam drives sales because Steam-friends drive sales. Now, those front page ads on Steam don't hurt. But I have a bunch of friends I've made online playing one video game. When most of them started playing Dead Island, I had to get the game too. When they started playing Borderlands, I wanted Borderlands. When they all talk about Skyrim, I want to check out Skyrim.

A few years ago I'll admit I would have just downloaded a game or played an old free one. Now I really enjoy the social aspect and people I'm playing with are hundreds of miles away. I wouldn't be talking with them about games at a coffee shop. It's changed the way I play games.

So when people wonder who'll pick up the games at first, that's not the big deal. The big deal is that it's going to create a market for Steam on linux. On one hand they are already there, land claimed in linux-land, if the market shifts more away from Windows and into linux. Even if it doesn't shift for other reasons, if my friends on Steam are all playing a game that's available on linux I'm more likely to try it out. And if they end up playing a game that is *only* available on linux and linux is free, then I'm definitely going to install linux and play it.

The games here are going to feed Steam and Steam is going to feed the games. And when other companies jump in that market Steam is still going to benefit from it.

about 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Geekbot Re:Its Carmack! (635 comments)

True enough, and Steam could easily mitigate some of that loss of rights with resale through Steam.

But while it takes away the right to resale, there are a lot of serious gamers on Steam and a lot of serious geeks. It's a trade-off, but I would damage CDs, lose them, lose interest.

Steam adds the ability to uninstall and reinstall your game freely between machines. That's saved me more than any amount of game reselling I might have done.

about 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

Geekbot Switching at work (879 comments)

And I'll follow it up with why businesses don't upgrade... 7 was released less than 4 years ago. Big businesses keep a PC for 4 years. Now a system built 3 years ago may not be compliant with everything on Windows 7. For lower support costs systems should be mostly interchangeable. It is a problem to have half your users on one OS and half on another. The safer bet is to run Windows XP for another 2 years while PCs that are non-7 compliant get phased out, then introduce 7 on all PCs.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

Geekbot Just switched (879 comments)

I held back because XP worked great. I knew how to use it, used it for years, the graphics were decent, the software worked with no problem, there was tons of software that worked well. Also, I did have an older system, and support under Win 7 for the older components were an issue. I knew it would mean replacing my cam. A huge stumbling block was dealing with all my files. My hard drive was nearly full. Despite having a backup drive, there are still logistics, making sure firefox is backed up, do I have passwords for all my other programs like Skype... nothing was a huge deal breaker, but everything together just outweighed the benefits and by a lot.

Finally I found my games just weren't working well. I had made some hardware upgrades that would allow me to take advantage of Win 7 features. I had a few reinstalls to do that kind of pushed me over the edge. Might as well do the whole thing right then.

Now that I have it, 7 is great. I worried about it taking up more resources, but it uses them so much better it feels like my system runs much better with the new OS than with XP. But for home users there are a lot of reasons to hold out if you already have a decent enough system.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tablet With Root Access By Default?

Geekbot Touchpad (168 comments)

HP Touchpad. You enter a code in the search bar and you have developers mode. Mess with it as hard as you want. WebOS doctor puts everything back the way it was. Screen is bigger than what you are looking for though.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Anti-Terrorism Cameras Used For Much More

Geekbot Re:Choice of denomination (400 comments)

They are citizen surveillance cameras. They are used for domestic intelligence. That is only bad if you consider that your government spying on you, keeping tabs on you in secret, and holding records to be later used as evidence for what they might find later... to be a bad thing.

I love how the article quotes that they knew there would be other "side uses" but also the guy states that of course the "side uses" would be more common. I'm not sure that Mr. Browne has a strong grasp of the English language.

more than 3 years ago
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Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts

Geekbot Re:From TFA (669 comments)

Alejandra Sosa said she regretted posting a Facebook status calling her teacher a pedophile. She has been suspended for 10 days. “I was just expressing myself on Facebook, because like I said I was mad that day because of what he [did],” Sosa said in a statement. “So, I mean I had no intentions of ruining his reputation.”

The case will be very important in deciding what falls under free speech and what the school can discipline students for

So irresponsible name-calling because of a low grade or something is now expressing oneself and an example of free speech? Nice.

Maybe the parents feel they need to go on the offensive to avoid problems, but I'd be seriously grateful to get out of it without getting sued for slander. I work at a school and I've always worried about this. Even completely baseless, those kind of accusations can ruin someone. I'd be beating my kid over that kind of stupid behavior. Of course, if the parents cared enough to raise their kids right it wouldn't have happened in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

Geekbot Re:I used to procotor for one of my Profs. (693 comments)

It's hard to believe this still happens. Teachers are outraged when students look-up info rather than memorize it. For the last 25 years I've been looking up information on the computer, whether compuserve, qlink, aol, irc, ftp, or www. The last 10 years has been trivial to find anything. When teachers prioritize memorization of facts for 8 hours a day when those details could be quickly found in 30 seconds on the student's cell phone, then the student is rightfully insulted. They don't value it, because it truly isn't that valuable to memorize a large quantity of trivial facts. I'm not saying that there's no place for memorization and learning by rote, but that should be a smaller piece of the puzzle, not the biggest. Multiple choice tests are easy to cheat because they are simple. That's not good teaching or good assessing.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Calls YouTube-Viacom Decision Bad Public Policy

Geekbot Re:Ahhh is widdy baby's feelings hurt? (260 comments)

Exactly so. RIAA doesn't act to stop piracy. It acts to preserve their distribution model. Regardless of ethics, it campaigns politically and files suit, in order to destroy other distribution models.

about 4 years ago
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I suspect my current job will end when ...

Geekbot Re:Disaster... (409 comments)

I feel ya. I was marked down on my evaluation this year because I was too important. They marked me down on dependability because whenever I had a sick day, the company had no back up plan in place, and they have me in charge of about 5 or 6 critical jobs each day. Honestly, there's only time for about 3 of them, so they are all half-assed. But compared to everyone else they think I'm the messiah when I can switch the blown circuit breaker. I'm clever, but it's honestly about 50% just having experience at the job.

I keep telling myself I'm going to walk out one day and let them hire me back for double. Waiting to have anything else lined up. It's that other side, we're lucky to have jobs, but they are damn lucky to have someone who knows what they are doing. Based on what my colleagues are doing at the other job sites I figure I'm saving them about $10,000/year on the conservative side.

more than 4 years ago
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Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

Geekbot Re:Why?? (753 comments)

Absolutely. Look at the people who create OSS. Look at the people creating fanfiction for free. Given a society that allows for plenty of food and entertainment for cheap or free, people have free time on their hands. They create content for nothing other than the recognition. Most people love to have their work copied, as long as credit is given.

Now, I won't say that people love to have their work monetized and used for profit without getting something back. But that is a very different scenario than coming up with the perfect desktop theme and posting it to some website where everyone can see that you're #1 with 100,000 downloads. When we have replicators that allow us to copy, with no cost to the designer, we'll be doing to cars what we do to videos. Creating, sharing, downloading, modifying. And that will be a glorious day.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

Geekbot Re:Let the anecdotal counterpoints begin. (368 comments)

Using Slashdot over the years, this has been a recurring theme whenever technology and healthcare come up. Doctors don't know the side effects, prescribe whatever the free sample is that week, and cause medical problems by mis-prescribing medicine with serious side-effects or bad interactions with other meds.

Numerous anecdotal stories tell of lives saved by patients doing their own research. I doubt doctors like it, but we really need to be doing our own research and not completely trusting our doctors. Example after example on here indicate a smart guy with no medical training can pick out better meds than their doctor.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Crawler Speaks Back

Geekbot Re:Pretty naive (317 comments)

Worse than that, what if Facebook had gone to court and said, Your honor, Joe Blow is providing customer information to third parties. And then Joe Blow's laywer asks Facebook witness "What info does Facebook sell to 3rd parties and how many?" in order to prove that Facebook didn't have privacy to protect?

1. Facebook can claim they were protecting customer privacy and then get called on how their users do not actually have privacy.
2. Facebook claims that the problem is that they were being deprived of revenue because someone misused their data and gets called out on how they are profiting from selling user data.

Either way, Facebook would get national news about selling user information and lack of real privacy for user information. There's no way that turns out well for Facebook when there is a new alternative site for social networking every 6 months.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?

Geekbot Re:Resistance Of Change (511 comments)

I'm not sure your post was funny. It seems very apropos. Outlook is a life saver for me. I have 4 bosses at my local site and at least 3 sort-of bosses at the central location that have new jobs for me almost every day, many of them conflicting. I then have about 40 people I work with, of which, about 25% bring me a job each day. Without Outlook I would really be lost. No, paper was not enough because I had too many jobs and appointments coming to me out of order... I tried it. With Outlook I have multiple calendars for different types of scheduling information I'll need to look at. And I can put all those calendars together when needed. I get pop-up reminders at a time of my choosing and I can see when I have appointments overlapping. I have my notes associated with my appointments. And I can invite co-workers to the appointments they make with me (they give me paper notes) so that they don't forget either. It's close to perfect.

I do need to use a special database I made to track smaller jobs that aren't really applicable to a calendar. Tasks just wasn't full featured enough for me. It was great but I needed something closer to a help desk ticket system.

Unfortunately, several times a year my bosses ask me for reports, the same one reports for each boss. If I avoid paper by emailing the reports they all just print them out on desktop printers instead of on the more economical copiers. So now I just print them out all hole punched and throw them in a binder. It's wasting paper but that's not my call. You can't beat the user. Not when he's your boss anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Solutions For More Community At Work?

Geekbot Re:Recommendation (205 comments)

Agreed. My workplace is unpleasant. In order to increase employee retention they focus on "building relationships" rather than improve the basic working conditions. They believe that having a friend at work will keep you there. Of course this is a huge problem for them as well, because while you might stay for your friend, your just as likely to quit when they leave because they are the only thing keeping you there.

Mixing work and personal lives is a disaster. All workplaces want this when they want you to work from home every night and weekend or stay until 8:00 at night. All workplaces blame employees when this results in you bringing your personal life to work. No work place will tolerate this being a two-way street and there is simply no benefit to the employee if only the employer gets the advantage.

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

Geekbot Re:Insanity. (673 comments)

That's kind of like sitting in your car at the bottom of a ravine and saying we are close to driving off the edge of the road. The Simpson's are 23 years old. If they are children, it's only because a writer puts it on a script. They might as well be arresting husbands whose wives dress up in a school girl outfit for them. He's being arrested for fiction. That is a thought crime.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

Geekbot Re:I recommend ... (687 comments)

All the comments are mentioning the ineptitude, outright stupidity, of school officials. And of course they are absolutely right. But I'm surprised no one is writing about the poor article here.

Authorities: Who are these authorities? I don't know and the reporter should be informing us. For nothing else, at least to have someone to ridicule publicly.

School policy: If the school official gives a quote about school policy AND the author includes it, that reporter should be questioning those details before using the quote or else pointing out how the school official couldn't provide any documentation for his made-up allegations.

more than 4 years ago
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Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

Geekbot Re:I love this bit (307 comments)

I think what the parent is pointing out, and absolutely true, is not that they don't realize they could use Google but that they still can't figure it out. After years of university they still lack the skills to research a problem to find the answer. This is nothing less than pathetic when technology that was common place 10 years ago allows you to type keywords, get a list of thousands of relevant pages, with short summaries of the articles/pages, and is as easy as clicking a button to go to each and read the instructions.

I'm in America and I'm horrified to read that the problem isn't limited to the US. I have had the chance to work with educators and I am still in shock every time someone with 17-18 years of schooling cannot do simple problem solving steps and is generally unwilling to even attempt to do so.

Are geeks good at problem solving because their desire to play with the computer required them to learn? Or are they drawn to computers because of some innate skill at problem solving? I refuse to believe that problem solving is some special mutant power that only 10% of the population has. I despise the fact that students are asked to read a chapter out of a book and answer a few look-up questions for 12 years while no one is teaching them how to compare and contrast or do research on their own.

more than 4 years ago
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Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone

Geekbot Re:Baby Free Zone? (643 comments)

This is stupid. It increases the danger to passengers. Think of it this way. If you are put in this section you are declaring to everyone that you have a special weakness or vulnerability to exploit. Someone could easily carry out a small scale attack on the plane by falsely reporting an allergy and then rub peanut dust on all of the armrests.

more than 4 years ago

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Geekbot Geekbot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Geekbot (641878) writes "A major research study has found that educational software used in schools did not lead to any significant gains in test scores. This study is being criticized for several things. Most of all it is being criticized because the EdTech community feels that there was little follow up training and support. Maybe the most important part of the study is that it shows that technology in schools might be failing because of a lack of teacher training and support. A link to the full report and executive study is here http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20074005/ . A summary from eschoolnews is here http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryRSS.cfm?A rticleID=7011&page=3 And a summary of SAII objections are here http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryts.cfm?Ar ticleID=7010"

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