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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

Justus Re:Has slashdot been taken over by The Onion? (797 comments)

You're presenting that a bit disingenuously; it reads more that he was writing the e-mail and used the opportunity to review the data, which is what caused him to change his mind. It's not like he arbitrarily decided from one paragraph to the next that “well, I guess minimize and maximize are going away today!”

This seems more like the GNOME folks don't have a solid idea how to integrate minimization into their new UI paradigm, so rather than saddle users with an implementation that seems poor (i.e. the complaint would probably have been “minimization in GNOME doesn't make sense any more”), they just took it out. I'm not quite sure why the maximize button was removed, although perhaps because they felt it would be odd to have only “maximize” and “close.” The functionality remains, however, and I will say that in Windows 7, I actually always maximize windows using the mouse gesture (or keyboard shortcut) and not the button.

more than 3 years ago

Women Dropping Out of IT

Justus Re:why? because.. (706 comments)

So? Men do the same to me, and I am a man. That's how men communicate. Is it rude? Yes but that's how men are - constantly interrupting one another. It's not because you're a woman but because the men are treating you like any other man. You need to learn to interrupt them too, if you want to be heard.

That has nothing to do with sex. If you're constantly interrupting and talking over people, you're a rude asshole, and it's definitely not just “how men communicate.” It's perfectly possible for men to have good manners and follow appropriate turn-taking when having a conversation.

However, I will say that there are many assholes out there who have not mastered this basic form of courtesy, so I can see how you might get the impression that it's the norm. I've also known some chauvinists who would be more likely to talk over a woman than a man, so I can empathize with the grandparent poster.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Open Sources Grand Central Dispatch

Justus Re:OK, I give up...what is it? (342 comments)

I agree, which is why I'm viewing this page in Web Browser 11.4 on Operating System 7.9. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to E-mail Client 4.0 and Text Editor 22.3.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

Justus Re:yeh, too bad... (770 comments)

Apple announced its partnership with Cingular in January 2007, but Wikipedia lists the acquisition by AT&T as occurring in December 2006.

It's likely that Apple was negotiating with Cingular before the AT&T deal was finalized; however, they were probably aware that the merger was going through, one way or another.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy

Justus Re:Makes Complete Sense (789 comments)

While I admit that it is indeed par for the course for US cellphone carriers, the pricing is a little funny.

Although you say the real, unsubsidized price of the iPhone is $400 for the 16GB version, if I want to upgrade the phone on my plan (I have an iPhone 3G) for that price, AT&T indicates they'll sign me up for another 2 year contract. Additionally, the prorated ETF for my contract after 12 months is $115; it would actually be cheaper for me to break contract, pay the $115, then sign up as a "new" customer to buy the phone at $200. Their pricing scheme would make a lot more sense if they just charged you the new contract price plus the prorated ETF (and it would grant the "they subsidized you, so suck it up!" argument a little more weight).

All that being said, none of the features are really compelling enough to upgrade for $400. I do wish I had a bit more space (I only have the 8GB model), but I'll just live without any lossless encoding on my iPhone until next year.

more than 5 years ago

AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHz

Justus Re:Has to be better than my other stock picks. (288 comments)

The socket AM3 Phenom 955 is a good budget choice for a completely new computer compared to the i7 920, but it still requires a new motherboard and RAM for an upgrade, and then it loses on price/performance.

The Phenom 955 is backwards compatible with socket AM2+, so you don't necessarily have to purchase a new motherboard and RAM to use it. You do miss out on some features (DDR3 RAM, I think HyperTransport is slower, that sort of thing), but I believe they have a fairly minimal effect on the workload of average users.

Although AMD is having a lot of difficulty competing with Core i7, one does have to admit that they've taken a lot of care in providing a nice upgrade path for older PCs.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Buys Sun

Justus Re:Wow. Just Wow. (906 comments)

I don't think OS9 was a UNIX-system. Ten years ago, that was Apples operating system.

Mac OS X Server 1.0 was released on March 16, 1999. Naturally, it wasn't a desktop OS; however, it was still NextStep (and therefore UNIX) based, and Apple did have it.

more than 5 years ago

How Piracy Affected the Launch of Demigod

Justus Re:Piracy? Bonus! (613 comments)

They were only prepared for dismal sales. They said the server initially ran 'less well' with 10s of thousands of people online at once. They sold 18,000 copies. All of those people will want to be online at once at the start, so they weren't even really prepared for the real sales they got.

Saying they were only prepared for "dismal sales" is a bit misleading. They expected that the initial launch wouldn't have a huge number of people—it is an independently published game in a niche market with almost no advertising budget, after all—but that the numbers would continue to grow as word-of-mouth spread. This would've given them plenty of time to worry about scaling issues as they started to appear.

It's true that this scaling would've needed to happen eventually if the game took off, but there's no disputing that the launch has suffered a bit from the unexpected popularity. If they were all paying customers, that would be one thing; however, as it stands, the developers had to go out of their way to support a bunch of freeloaders and deal with criticism saying they're unprepared for a launch. It's a pretty rotten way to treat a company that's been very customer-friendly and supportive in the past.

Not only that, they also have to put up with these absurd justifications. "The website didn't tell me enough, I don't trust reviews, and there's no demo—piracy is my only option!" "The pirates helped them identify their scaling issues!" "If only they'd had a serial code then we would've respected their rights!"

I don't mean to single you out—the first quote there isn't even something you said—but we really don't need more people trying to spin piracy as "not so bad" or whatever. 100,000 people are assholes who probably weren't customers anyways, and there is no romantic "sticking it to the man" tale to be had here. I hope that this doesn't discourage Stardock and Gas Powered Games from making PC games in the future.

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Shows Off Diablo III Archivist Class, WoW Dance-Off

Justus Re:joke? (119 comments)

Blizzard always does that. It's just part of their, uh, charm, I guess.

more than 5 years ago

Game Companies Face Hard Economic Choices

Justus Re:Everything old is new again (511 comments)

Although, it has worked swimmingly for blizz and WoW.

That's largely because their competition, at the time, didn't even do that. To take FFXI as an example, the crabs (yes, seriously) you fight at level 60 are visually identical to the crabs you fight at level 1. It was actually a nice improvement to pick up WoW and see differently colored trolls and things.

Modern MMOGs tend to have substantially more art assets, but then of course they have the difficulty of competing with nearly five years of live game content development. Large game publishers lust over Blizzard's subscriber numbers, but how do you break into that market with a new game and survive for longer than 6-12 months?

more than 5 years ago

Early Look At the New Wolfenstein Game

Justus Re:Lost Touch (88 comments)

Although Spear of Destiny is the prequel to Wolfenstein 3D, it was released about six months afterward. Not that Wolfenstein 3D itself was particularly serious, what with mecha-Hitler, the zombies, etc.

The series has always had a pretty fantastical bent to it. It's actually worked rather well, in my opinion, and I just hope that they have something similar to Enemy Territory (or original RTCW) multiplayer included.

more than 5 years ago


Justus Re:The lack of tech understanding in popular cultu (395 comments)

Technical sloppiness is really the last problem I think Ludlum fans would have with the Bourne movies.

The plot of the films is essentially entirely different than that of the books, with the exception of some character names and the fact that the main character suffers from amnesia for a time. By the time you get to worrying about technical details, you've already accepted that it's just another Hollywood action vehicle, so who cares?

about 6 years ago

Ubisoft Testing PC Prince of Persia Without DRM

Justus Re:They already have their answer. (254 comments)

but in peer-to-peer networks composed mostly of people who do not have infinite storage and bandwidth

Peer-to-peer networks are today's warez scene, by and large. Do you think people twenty years ago had infinite storage and bandwidth, too? No, and there were still people who collected as many pieces of software as they could.

I know several people who have this mentality; they download as many videos as they can, often without watching the majority of them. Don't ask me why.

more than 6 years ago



EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans to Charge $70 For New Games

Justus Justus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Justus (18814) writes "A post at NeoGAF and IGN show that a quickly-removed Origin advertisement for Medal of Honor: Warfighter reveals plans for Battlefield 4 and a new-game cost of $70. With Battlefield 3 DLC promised through 2013 and PC games cheaper than ever with things like the Steam Summer Sale, are gamers ready to buy Battlefield 4 at next-gen pricing?"
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Bioshock's Cropped Widescreen

Justus Justus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Justus (18814) writes "As mentioned on Kotaku, Widescreen Gaming Forum, and the official 2k Games forum, Bioshock's widescreen mode allows you to view more of the sides of the image at the expense of viewing area on the top and the bottom. This issue affects both Xbox360 and PC users of the game. Since the FOV is not corrected for widescreen, many users have complained of motion sickness caused by the resulting 'zoomed in' look the picture has. A detailed image of the problem is available."

Justus Justus writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Justus writes "Gamers with Jobs has posted an article covering EA's privacy policy for Xbox Live users. In a nutshell, by using an EA game over Xbox Live, you are automatically creating an 'EA Online' account and granting Electronic Arts the ability to collect your name, address, and credit card information, as well as a variety of demographic information about how you use their products. Not only that, they explicitly say that they may tie these demographics to your personal information — no anonymous aggregation here! When Gamers with Jobs asked EA and Microsoft about these issues, they were met with stony silence, a fact they attribute to the pending release of the new Madden game next week. Without an official comment from the companies involved, it certainly looks like EA has the most invasive privacy policy they could come up with."


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