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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest

McFadden Re:Surprised.. (128 comments)

I would have thought that Crest would have realised that SimCity is pretty much become a toxic brand at the moment and will taint everything associated with it.

As far as I understand it, this is in-game advertising. If you're undiscerning enough to put up with EA's shit and are still avidly playing this mediocre excuse for a game, I'd say you're gullible enough to be an advertisers dream. Home-run for Crest.

about a year and a half ago

Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

McFadden Re:Seriously? (343 comments)

Sarcasm on forum posts is fucking pointless. Neither you nor the GP knows who is correct.

about a year and a half ago

'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

McFadden Re:not a complete success (245 comments)

38 of the 40 girls in the test group complained that, once they were written in Java, the spells took forever to execute.

Probably ran slow because their machines had been compromised by 5 separate zero-day exploits before they'd finished the lesson.

about a year and a half ago

'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

McFadden Re:The spell book looks INCREDIBLE: (245 comments)

I got almost my entire introduction to programming in a C-like language through being a Wizard on an LP-Mud back in my student days in London. And that had no graphical UI at all - just text only. Until that point I had no prior programming experience, but it taught me the fundamentals that have now served me for over 20 years as a developer.

about a year and a half ago

Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

McFadden Is it really as chunky as the pictures suggest? (69 comments)

I admit I'm not that familiar with this project, but is it really as massive as the pictures suggest? Surely they could have produced something less bulky given the state of play with displays etc. these days. I mean I'm not suggesting it would look like Google Glass, but perhaps a the size of a pair of ski goggles... Or is this just the dev kit?

about a year and a half ago

Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

McFadden Re:OS that doesn't do anything isn't cracked.. (178 comments)

Your point is typical of the smart-ass remarks that get thrown around on site like this to score cheap points, that have no fucking relevance at all when they're actually considered. The responsibility for knowing how your car works, or ensuring your electricity functions correctly has been taken out of your hands and is handled by the people who made the vehicle or the house. Just like providing people with a simple, secure computing platform that does enough to satisfy their needs is not a bad idea.

about a year and a half ago

Google's Schmidt: Patent Wars Harm Startups

McFadden Re:Funny (82 comments)

Although, let's be honest, a lot of patent trolls would be content to wait until the startup is acquired because they'd much rather go after the deep pocketed corporation that buys it.

about 2 years ago

German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

McFadden Re:Too late (480 comments)

That statement demonstrates the same sort of bone-headed mindset that's driven companies into the vendor lock-down the city of Freiburg was trying to escape from.

And your statements indicate the kind of tin-foil hat wearing, high horse riding hyperbole that is the primary reason why people outside the community don't take FOSS particularly seriously.

about 2 years ago

Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

McFadden Re:oh, you (192 comments)

Sorry, but Apple already owns the patent on asking someone to kiss their ass.

Not only that, but it's probably their most frequently used "innovation".

about 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

McFadden Re:Either? (707 comments)

The result of this was a rule change by the Commission on Presidential Debates to effectively exclude 3rd Party Candidates from all future debates

Wow. That went well then.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

McFadden Re:Make up your mind.... (128 comments)

it's just the author shouldn't have been expecting to make a lot of money with it.

Where did the author claim they were?

about 2 years ago

Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

McFadden Re:What the fuck (295 comments)

Damn right. When Jobs got up on stage and announced that Apple was a mobile device company (and upset a few Mac devotees to boot), at least he did so from the position of having sold a shitload of iPods and phones. They've sold more iOS devices now than all the personal computers sold in the entire company's history. Microsoft, apart from Xbox, which has sold a fraction of the number of iOS devices, has no such right to the claim.

about 2 years ago

PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

McFadden Re:Funny (418 comments)

Maybe the hacking and mass slaughter of innocent players in World of Warcraft major cities was actually a PETA terrorist plot in revenge for battle pets' inclusion in the recent Pandaria expansion.

about 2 years ago

Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

McFadden Re:No. (342 comments)

They have given away the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 2, 3 and will give away the iPhone 5 in Japan when you sign up for 2 years. And the contracts aren't really any more pricey than the US and come with unlimited data.

about 2 years ago

Fragmentation Comes To iOS

McFadden Re:It's pretty clear.... (244 comments)

There isn't a single ad on the page.

There are for me. You sure you don't have an ad blocker running? I got one for Gillette shaving gel, and then went back when I read your message to make sure I wasn't imagining it, and got another one for Speck cases.

about 2 years ago

How the Pirate Bay Can Be an Asset To Game Developers

McFadden Re:Crappy game (107 comments)

but you have to admire his class

Why? That would suggest there's something almost altruistic about his decision, when it's pretty fucking obvious that he's doing this to make more money than his mediocre game would have otherwise. I suppose I grudgingly admire his PR savvy.

While these kinds of "gestures" by game developers remain a novelty, they will be treated as such, and garner more publicity (front page on reddit, slashdot and god knows how many other sites already) leading to considerably more sales than they would have achieved otherwise. The right-on crowd who still seem to think this is somehow a generous decision rather than a cunning marketing ploy will support it with their wallets and the developer gets more income for his distinctly "average" project than he could have hoped for if he'd tried to launch it at a fixed price.

about 2 years ago

Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

McFadden Re:But it's not the google experience (307 comments)

or Channel 4 -- to us Americans they're the same thing

Speak for yourself, ignoramus.

about 2 years ago

Fans Bring Back Half Life Game Series: Black Mesa Mod Launches 9/14

McFadden Re:Colour me a cynic for saying this... (133 comments)

That's the way of things these days. When you have nothing better to say, you whine and bitch about a substantial project, entirely created by volunteers, given away for free, and to which you have contributed nothing... as if they owe you something. I believe it's one of the requirements for the new Boy Scouts "entitlement" badge.

about 2 years ago


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