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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

Norfair Leverage over hardware makers? (319 comments)

Do you have leverage over hardware makers as a consequence of Ubuntu's commercial success?
Are you able to get a better deal for the Linux/OSS community in general from hardware makers as a result?

more than 2 years ago

UK Gov't Wants To Block Internet Porn By Default

Norfair This is only the beginning.. (642 comments)

The UK govt is testing the water to see whether the people will actually stand up for their online rights. Yes, its just an 'opt-in' for now but its unlikely that will be the last we hear of this.

Of course, this being the UK, there is little/no chance of that happening, and they probably know that. The net here is still viewed by the majority as a privilege, rather than a god-given right.

I wouldn't be surprised if the EU leaders were in on this. They may be considering an EU-wide filter post-Wikileaks and know that they are likely to encounter little opposition in the acquiescent UK population, start with the weaker links in the chain and move on.

more than 4 years ago

Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

Norfair Do what other developers are doing... (386 comments)

...stop supporting anything older than Eclair (2.1). Most of the Android phones that still run the OS version before Eclair are too weak hardware-wise to expect to be able to use the latest apps. Nearly all major Android phones that i know of have a version of froyo-based Cyanogenmod (2.2) ready for them. There aren't many reasons to keep supporting older Android OSs.

more than 4 years ago

Spoiler-Free Iron Man 2 Review

Norfair SPOILER (118 comments)

Its just another mediocre comic-adaptation like, say, most of them??

more than 4 years ago

In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

Norfair to paraphrase... (484 comments)

In Soviet Brazil, Anonymous Coward pwns Google!

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

Norfair get a clue (443 comments)

Note to Ubisoft and other big game producers: keep treating your customers like potential criminals and they will continue to live up to your expectations. Maybe at some point you will realise that we would have gladly handed over cash for a quality product, but by that time our opinion of you will be so low that even if you all managed to somehow band together and release the best game since X-Com (subjective) we wouldn't even notice. Seriously, these game producers need to get a clue and see where their efforts in DRM have got them so far.

more than 4 years ago

Former Infinity Ward Bosses Sign With EA

Norfair Re:You slave away at this for years (80 comments)

On the other hand, we may never see MW3

Not a bad thing, as far I'm concerned. Good games don't need endless (often mediocre) sequels.

more than 4 years ago


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My Top 10 Games Ever

Norfair Norfair writes  |  more than 9 years ago

In response to the Top 10 games article recently posted, I'm adding my own Top 10 Games Ever list

1. Tie Fighter (Collecter's Edition, DOS) - Polished to perfection. The Darth Vader missions (if you've played it, you'll know what I'm talking about) rank among my personal top gaming 'moments'. I've been looking for a copy of the Direct 3D version, but it's difficult to get one 2nd hand. If you have one, I'm willing to pay actual money for it. (EDIT: I have you now, er, I mean I have the game now)

2. Super Metroid - guess where I got the nick? :) I feel safe in saying that this game represents platformers reaching their peak.

3. Homeworld - One of the few RTS games I will look back at fondly. Good story.

4. Episode 1 Racer - Go ahead, laugh. I'm a big fan of racing games, and this is the best one I've played *by far*. It's not often I play a game that gives me such an adrenalian rush. Shows you that not all movie license games have to be pap.

5. Super Mario Kart - Ultra-addictive, both in single player and 2 player.

6. KOTOR - One of the few adventure games recently to have a feeling of *being there*. Excellent music.

7. Morrowind - Elite with an Elvish cloak on. Incredible atmosphere, even though the NPCs felt slightly dud (as in broken). It's sooo satisfying to hit an Ash Ghoul with the Daedric Longbow from about a 1/4 mile away.

8. Jedi Academy - Just can't enough of Duel. Partly got a place here because of the skilled modding community. 'I am Evil Homer, I am Evil Homer!' ;)

9. Eye of the Beholder 1&2 - Enthralling RPG series (don't play part 3). First games I played where I would go hungry to keep playing. Had a good balance between story, combat, puzzle-solving. (Okay, that was 2 games. I cheated. Sort of.)

10. Starfox - another game where the sense of being there was enormous. Great final boss.

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