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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

Luke727 Re:It's simple: provide a choice (172 comments)

The flip side of that argument is that "the checkbox is the mating call of the loser", meaning that you were too chickenshit to make a design decision. I personally don't buy that argument as I feel more choice is better than less choice, but there are practical considerations: having to maintain two code paths, providing multiple ways to do the same thing, etc. Of course the flip side of this argument is that whatever decision you make will be the wrong one. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

about 8 months ago
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

Luke727 Re:One-time vs. recurring fee (192 comments)

That's only a problem for the user; Google doesn't give a fuck.

about 10 months ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Luke727 Re:the return of the Start button (505 comments)

There are actually some worthwhile if incremental improvements under the hood, but it's not worth the trouble or price of the upgrade let alone having to deal with all the Metro stuff. Overall Windows 8 is a net negative.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Luke727 Re:Win8 Experience (1010 comments)

My understanding is that Sinofsky was a divisive figure, and he left either on his own or forcefully to ease tension and build a better working environment. His successor, Julie Larson-Green, was the driving force behind the whole Metro concept, so if you're hoping for some kind of backing off don't hold your breath. Microsoft wants their pound of flesh and is going all-in on Metro.

about a year and a half ago
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New Advance In 3D TV Technology

Luke727 Re:Not Possible. (143 comments)

From the link, to make it work you need the same footage from 25 to 30 angles. Might be doable in a few specific scenarios, but it's not practical in general.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

Luke727 Re:Dell U2412M or ViewSonic VP2770 (375 comments)

I just got a U2412M a few weeks ago. This is the absolute best monitor for the price. I would get another one if I had the room for it; they are shockingly large compared to my previous 19" 5:4 monitor.

about a year and a half ago
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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

Luke727 Re:It ought to be illegal (798 comments)

Convenience. I rarely use my cell phone, but it's one of those deals where you'd rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it. Of course I only have a dumb phone and a pay-as-you-go plan; I use it so rarely that it probably costs less than $20 per year. I think people who pay $70 per month are insane, but if it's worth it to them then what do I care?

about a year and a half ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Luke727 Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

Yes, I could just use some 3rd party utility to make it more useful to me as a desktop operating system. However, my problem with Windows 8 is more philosophical than practical.

about 2 years ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Luke727 Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

The problem is not that it's difficult to learn (though it is a bit of a shock at first); the problem is that some people just don't like it. You might be perfectly content with a touch-first tablet interface on your desktop, but Windows 8 will never touch any of my personal machines. That being said, I am still interested to try it out on a tablet device where many of the design decisions might actually make sense.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

Luke727 Not unexpected. (635 comments)

Straight from the horse's mouth:

...we are considering Windows 8 a brand new advertising canvas that offers endless opportunities. The connected user interface and unique, fluid design of Windows 8 will encourage people to explore and discover ads without disrupting their experience.

about 2 years ago
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A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

Luke727 Seriously? (358 comments)

It's 2012 and we're talking about problems running games full screen? I would be laughing my ass off if it wasn't so fucking sad.

about 2 years ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

Luke727 Re:You would think (303 comments)

If that's your stance that's fine, but Windows ARM is just as locked down as iOS; if you're going to boycott Windows x86 due to Windows ARM why would you not also boycott OS X due to iOS?

about 2 years ago
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Bringing Free Software To a Street Near You

Luke727 I'm not gay enough to participate. (78 comments)

But I am a virgin with a neckbeard; don't live in my parents' basement, though. Hmmm...

more than 2 years ago
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App Can Prevent Users From Texting While Driving

Luke727 Jesus Christ this is fucking retarded. (144 comments)

What happened to personal responsibility? We are a nation (world?) full of people looking to shift culpability anywhere and everywhere except the one place it belongs.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

Luke727 Re:Ugh, not this again. (357 comments)

All of that may be true, but perception is reality; it just feels like a ripoff to a lot of people. I mean, how did the industry work before the advent of DLC?

But my issue with DLC is not specific to day 1. With DLC you are ultimately paying more for less. Typical game goes for $60; let's say you get 20 hours out of it. Now some DLC comes out for $10 and you get 2 hours out of it. You pay 1/6 the cost of the game but only get 1/10 the gameplay.

more than 2 years ago
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The Boy Who Loved Batman

Luke727 Spoiler Alert (157 comments)

In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman gets AIDS from buttfucking and dies. True story.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Speech For Computers?

Luke727 Jesus Fucking Christ (228 comments)

This is the most retarded thing I've ever read.

more than 2 years ago

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Holy shit.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Just when I think April 1st on Slashdot couldn't possibly get any gayer, they up the ante again. If it wasn't so terribly fucking retarded I would be impressed.

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I always enjoy a sports-related story on Slashdot.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

It lets you know who is a normal person and who is a cunt. Not that normal people must like sports; they just don't shit all over anybody who does. Aside from religion I don't think there is a more hostile topic here.

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Max Payne 3

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The controls are somewhat awkward (Xbox 360), but it's playable; I might have to turn up sensitivity. The general gameplay is pretty much what you expect from Max Payne, but the problem with this installment (and indeed a problem with many games today) is that it's really more of a movie than a game. I will say that the transition between cutscenes and gameplay is pretty seamless which helps, but it's hard to get into the game when you've got 4 or 5 minutes of cutscenes for every 2 or 3 minutes of action; more than once I've yelled at my TV to "COME ON"; especially when the majority of the cutscenes have these ridiculous stylish affects applied to them that makes it a pain to watch.

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What are the odds?

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

This past weekend I finally got into Eastbound and Down; just finished the series finale a few minutes ago. Truly one of the more absurd shows I've ever seen; I thought it ended perfectly. Then I go to Google something and apparently earlier today they announced there would be another season. Now I have to wait a whole year for that; fuck that noise.

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Why I hate shopping at Walmart.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

My problem with Walmart is more practical than philosophical. It's the fucking SKUs. I buy a certain brand/package of soap at the supermarket I typically shop at. I bought the exact same thing from Walmart earlier today. Or so I thought. What I get from the supermarket - 6 bars, each 4.2 oz. What I got from Walmart - 6 bars, each 4.0 oz. In the grand scheme of things 1.2 oz spread across 6 bars of soap is not a big deal, but when you're talking about the volume of products Walmart sells it adds up. This is why I NEVER buy anything important (e.g. electronics) at Walmart; odds are it's gimped in some fashion in order to shave a few pennies here and there.

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I'm not usually one to buy into the hype machine...

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

...but I'm really digging the Nexus 7. My one minor quibble would be the lack of a SD card slot, but for the price and features I think I can overlook it.

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The Tree of Life

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I lasted just over 20 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore. I skipped through to various parts of the movie just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I like to think I give every movie a fair shake, but this is one of only a handful of movies in my entire life that I just gave up on. Seriously, what the fuck?

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Rize of the Fenix

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I don't know if Rize of the Fenix is "better" than Tenacious D's debut album, but I don't know that it isn't, either. It has the same sense of humor and sound of rock. The only thing I'm disappointed with is the length; it is 10 minutes shorter than the debut album, which itself was on the short side at 51 minutes. It's definitely more mature musically, but I'm not sure if any of the songs are classics. "The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage" along with "39" are the standouts; I'm also quite fond of Senorita and Roadie. There are only two skits here and I didn't much care for one of them ("Classical Teacher"); what their debut album lacked in musicality was made up for with the abundance of skits. Of course I may be a bit biased as I've listed to their debut album at least 100 times; I'll need more time before I have a better feel for it. Still, it's definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of The D.

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Well, shit.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Compared to the previous episode, the season finale of Game of Thrones was anti-climactic as fuck. Almost nothing happened; felt a lot like a filler episode. Last episode had more of a finale feel to it while this one was more about resolving a few small things and setting up next season. I'm guessing what we see in the final seconds has some significant implications in regards to the books, but as someone who's never read them it didn't do a whole lot for me.

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Game of Thrones

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've been recording Game of Thrones this season; just started watching today in preparation for the season finale tomorrow. I intended to split it over the course of two days but it's just so fucking compelling that I couldn't help but go all the way today. Seriously, this is some good shit. Peter Dinklage is clearly the star of the show; I love the scenes with him and Lena Heady or any of the members of the council (particularly the eunuch). Lots of tension is the last couple of episodes; can't wait for the finale.

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Avengers

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Every time I go to the theater and have a "meh" experience, I tell myself next time it won't be like that. I'm always wrong. The movie itself was good, but the patrons are a bother. Some guy behind me loudly clearing his throat every few minutes. Candy wrappers crackling almost the whole time. People laughing loudly. People talking. But the worst is the couple directly next to me with their two small kids; oldest must have been 6 or 7 and youngest was 3 or 4. Guy had to take his kids to the bathroom every 20 minutes or so; I am not exaggerating. Youngest kid also talked loudly a few times. Honestly, why do people bring little kids to the theaters? The 6 or 7 year old is borderline, but 3 or 4 year old is a joke. Anyway. The movie itself was pretty good. I find it hard to judge cleanly given all the ridiculous hype surrounding it. It has a run time of almost 2.5 hours but it certainly didn't feel that long; the pace of the movie is pretty even throughout. Good job all around. I will say the film was a bit action heavy for my taste, but that's the kind of movie it is. The action was quite good, and there was a good mix of well-timed comedy (mostly one liners). The only real complaint I have is that Black Widow and Hawkeye are ridiculously underpowered compared to the others; at times it felt like nobody really knew what to do with them. The big finale starts and they're sort of relegated to the sideline or put on mop up duty while the heavy hitters do all the real work. I absolutely loved the extended screen time Samuel L. Jackson got here compared to his previous roles in the Marvel films (which were really just cameos); it's never a bad move to give that bad-ass motherfucker more scenes. Iron Man is of course the alpha dog, though Thor and Hulk have their moments (and Captain America to a lesser extent). I wasn't really sure what to expect, but looking back on the previous movies it had a very similar feel. Personally I'm much more looking forward to Nolan's Batman finale; those movies have been far more dramatic and intelligent than the recent Marvel ones. Sadly I'll most likely forgo seeing it in the theater due to the spate of less than stellar experiences I've had the last couple of outings.

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X-Men

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

For as cool as (most of) the original X-Men trilogy is, I've got to say First Class is by far the best of the series. While the trilogy does explore the differing ideologies somewhat, most of the time is devoted to kick-ass fights. First Class has its fair share of action of course, but the far more interesting aspect is the development of the split between Magneto and Xavier. Naturally there are parallels to various struggles between different groups of humans, which of course proves Magneto's point; ultimately I think his stance is the only tenable one.

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I love it when a movie pleasantly surprises me.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've had Beautiful Boy in my Netflix queue forever; finally got it this weekend and gave it a watch. I knew nothing about it other than the main cast and the description on Netflix. Even before I saw the film it was off to a good start; for my money Maria Bello is one of the most beautiful women in the world (suck it, Angelina Jolie). Then as the movie progresses who has a small role? Not only Alan Tudyk, but also Moon Bloodgood; phenomenal. The cherry on top? The very minor role of hotel manager is played by Meatloaf. My God, it's full of win. The acting all around is superb and the story is moving if perhaps a bit cliche at times. Why can't more movies be like this? Last time a movie got me like this it was Trucker (Nathan Fillion + Michelle Monaghan for the win), coincidentally another small independent film.

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An observation.

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The typical Slashdotter will lose his fucking shit if you mention Ron Paul in a negative way.

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Finally completed Arkham City

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

All I had left was the Master Predator challenge. Police Brutality is pretty easy; Natural Selection slightly less so. End of the Line is the one that gave me problems. It took me 20+ minutes to stealth the shit out of it, but I finally did it. The only achievement I've got left is the one to use every move/gadget in a single combo; my problem with that is that there's so many fucking attacks that it's hard to keep track of which ones you've used and which ones you haven't. Also haven't done any of the achievements for the DLC; none of the characters (especially Catwoman) have anywhere near the same utility as Batman which makes it so much more of a grind. I can live without doing those.

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Is it just me or has Slashdot gotten even slower lately?

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Specifically time it takes for the server to respond to a request. Once the response comes through the actual transfer of data seems to be fine.

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Luck finale

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've said previously that I don't much care for horse racing; as Luck would have it horse racing is just the backdrop against which a compelling drama takes place. This was truly beautiful television; I will miss it.

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Mass Effect 3 (spoilers)

Luke727 Luke727 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So I finally got around to completing Mass Effect 3 today.

Just a quick note on the multiplayer. I wanted 100% galactic readiness so I gave the multiplayer a shot. It is a similar concept to horde mode in Gears of War; you and up to 3 other people have to survive waves of enemies at increasing difficulties. It's more interesting that a straight up shooter like Gears of War since your character can have special powers in addition to the standard weapons. It's alright, but I'm probably not going to play it after getting the relevant achievements; then again I'm not really into multiplayer in general so take that for what it's worth.

The last couple of missions are pretty intense, leading up to your by-the-skin-of-your-teeth infiltration into the Citadel. You have a faceoff of sorts with The Illusive Man. I'm not really sure how different options and play styles affect this, but in my playthrough I was able to talk him down and he killed himself. Sadly Admiral Anderson died and Shepard was on the brink of death. Just when you think there's a nice little ending coming up you get hit by the Knowing effect. Knowing was a movie starring Nicolas Cage where some little girl predicted a lot of catastrophes, culminating in one final prediction where everyone dies. It was interesting throughout most of the movie, but at the end it takes a totally unexpected turn involving aliens saving a handful of children to populate a new civilization; it's just so fucking bizarre and jarring that it more-or-less ruins the movie. The ending in Mass Effect 3 is not quite that severe, but it's in the ballpark. Instead of ending with Anderson and Shepard dying while the battle rages on, Shepard is taken up a level on an elevator and talks to a manifestation of some being that explains the purpose of the Reapers. Essentially it boils down to the inevitable conflict between organics and synthetics. Organics will always create synthetics who in turn will always rebel against their makers. So in order to solve this problem, somebody created the Reapers to destroy all sufficiently advanced lifeforms in the galaxy in order to prevent the synthetics from killing all the organics. In other words, synthetics killing organics to prevent other synthetics from killing organics. I guess it is supposed to keep some kind of balance in the universe, but it seemed kind of odd. Ultimately you are given three choices: 1 - destroy the Reapers, 2 - control the Reapers, 3 - "evolve" all synthetics and organics into a common life form. You are given a little information on what each choice entails, but the final cutscenes for all of them are 100% identical save for the color of an energy beam. I wasn't upset with the ending as much as I was disappointed, though my feelings are not nearly as extreme as some of the stuff out there. I guess I would say I found it more lame than rage-inducing.

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