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Facebook Goes After Greasemonkey Script Developer

Raptor851 Right idea... (375 comments)

Wrong organization though, this sounds more like a case for the EFF.

more than 4 years ago

Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years

Raptor851 Re:Flashlights (430 comments)

10+ hours one one set of batteries? I've had a LED mag lite for years now, and it's got the original batteries still in it. It gets used probably about 1-2 hours a day, as by the time I get home it's dark and I need to take care of our horses. I absolutely love the thing, I wouldn't even consider using one with a normal bulb again.

more than 4 years ago

Can You Fight DRM With Patience?

Raptor851 Re:No option but to vote with wallet (309 comments)

Respectable stores like Steam will warn you about the types of DRM used by the game in clear terms

Steam only warns about the additional/external DRM, not about itself. There is no "Warning: to play this game you need to be logged in on Steam and have the game fully updated"

A very large reason for this is the fact that it's rather obvious that you need to have Steam running and be logged in to play.

Only obvious if you've used steam before, as someone who pre-ordered half-life 2 and couldn't play it for nearly a week after receiving the disk (had to pull my desktop over to a friend's house to activate it, as my internet was too slow), it was not obvious that i needed to be online and signed in to play the single player.

For people saying "but there's an offline mode!" , you can't set that while your internet is down, you have to set that while the network is up and you're still connected to steam, and your games on initial activation force the patches immediately, which is fun when you have a 5GB a month download cap.

I fixed that though, since i already owned a copy and couldn't return it, at least i grabbed the pirated copy that doesn't need steam at all to play (the crack was out well before steam even became stable), but I never have, and never will buy or pirate a game from steam, or from valve at all, again. I still have my original install disks for half life, op4, blue-shift, tfc, counter-strike, etc.. so at least i can still play those to some extent. (local multiplayer at least for TFC/CS)

more than 4 years ago

Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

Raptor851 Re:better lotr sotry ideas: (298 comments)

my kingdom for a mod point...though now I have this (somewhat disturbing) vision of the LOTR cast endlessly grinding through level after level of ghosts, barbarians, and other creatures, looting insane amounts of treasure, and eating every 30 seconds

more than 4 years ago

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C

Raptor851 Re:11k Is Too Big? (582 comments)

and a modern PC it doesn't matter at all.

This is EXACTLY why we have to constantly buy new hardware, and upgrade the CPU/RAM to do the same exact tasks were were doing with 1/100 the power 5 years ago....

more than 4 years ago

Licensing an Abandonware Game?

Raptor851 Re:Forget about the copyright (148 comments)

^ This Strip any copied text/dialogs, etc, and re-make it as a clone in the spirit of the origional, you can release the full game without the worries of using their copyright at all. (unless it's an RPG or text adventure,then you're in for a lot of work :/ )

more than 4 years ago

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Music

Raptor851 Re:Vocaloid? (261 comments)

Ahh, awesome. They still need to get together then...maybe with the two of them we can have awesome, fully automatic AI singers like Sharon..just don't let it have access to any military hardware :)

more than 4 years ago

Linux 2.6.33 Released

Raptor851 So... (17 comments)

How much is it worth now?

more than 4 years ago

Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

Raptor851 Re:Developer risk (480 comments)

Pretty much everything you listed DID exist in UO with the later expansions (soulbind, WoW-like quest system, instancing (bosses only though, not the entire level). Not sure what the UI complaint is though, UO's UI was fully customizable, you could drag anything anywhere onto the screen, spend a few minutes and you could make the UI look exactly like WoW if you wanted to. Personally I didn't like the additions though, they really took away from the open world feel of the game. (you have to remember, soulbinding wasn't NECESSARY, as gear meant almost nothing at first, you lose yours just buy another set from a vendor on the cheap)

more than 4 years ago

Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

Raptor851 Re:Siege Perilous (480 comments)

Role-playing is the big one, I've yet to see all in any current game. I miss setting up the conference table and chairs in the middle of our guild castle and having a (in character) meeting about the state of our alliance. I know about the UO freeservers too, they'd be great if they weren't so vacant of life, laggy, plagued by cheating, and the AI being ridiculously dumb even in comparison to the original. Not to mention there doesn't seem to be any role-players on them anyways.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

Raptor851 Re:Also WoW keeps it sane (480 comments)

^ This ^ God i wish i had modpoints when i actually wanted to use them.. Every time i hear about the complaints about ganking and the like, that's UO past the release of WOW when they decided to make "WOW 2.0" really, and it sucked in every way. Looting armor was useless before, at best you did it to make sure they guy had to go back to town before coming back. And who traveled alone in UO anyways? It was all about the player run cities, and aside from small tasks you'd always have at least one person watching your back.

more than 4 years ago

Valve's Battle Against Cheaters

Raptor851 Re:On-live (336 comments)

screen-scraper aimbots, they've existed before and if onlive isn't just the world biggest April fools joke (which i still think it is) they will exist again.

more than 3 years ago

FCC Proposes 100Mbps Minimum Home Broadband Speed

Raptor851 Re:Linear vs Exponential growth (461 comments)

1.5Mb in 1998?? You live in a nice area, we just got 1.5 Mb out here a year ago.., 1998 we'd just gotten upgraded to 56k..

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Beta To Begin This Month

Raptor851 Re:This beta should (182 comments)

As for the LAN issue... I really don't get the stink. How many multi-player PC games even have a LAN option for multi-player anymore? Really, how hard is it to just connect to a match making server, set up a private room, and play from there? Hell, everyone can still be in the same room. I think the whole (uh-oh, I'm gonna get a "troll" mod, oh dear!) LAN thing is nothing but a bunch of silly nostalgic niggling, the inclusion, or lack of LAN play does absolutely nothing to add to or hurt the quality of a game.

Almost all of them? And yes, exclusion of LAN is a BIG deal to some of us, even if it's not to you, it kills our ability to have local tournaments...

more than 4 years ago

Freeciv As Benchmark of HTML5 Canvas Javascript Performance

Raptor851 Re:bias (246 comments)

2) People running it on crap hardware. Vista has a much higher minimum bar than XP for good performance. You really want a dual core and 2GB minimum for a nice system (as opposed to a P4 and 1GB being fine for XP). . exactly is that supposed to prove that vista isn't slower than xp? The OS itself is dog slow on identical hardware...we're downward directed to deploy vista to all workstations 10 minutes ago at my work and we're having to upgrade the hell out of or buy entirely new machines just to get the same level of usability we had before... If we want to go that route though, solaris 10 is WAYYY faster than windows xp or vista... i run it on 8 spark 64 processors with 256 gigs of ram, it's way faster than my old P4 box running xp!

more than 4 years ago

How To Spread Word About My FOSS Project?

Raptor851 Re:Tell us what it's called... (244 comments)

"piqued the curiosity of a few of us" Is an understatement...I can't be the only one who started monitoring freshmeat for the inevitable post...even if it is just to know what the project is this is genius marketing even if it was unintentional :)

more than 4 years ago

Has 2.4 GHz Reached Maximum Capacity?

Raptor851 Re:Channel 14 (250 comments)

True, but remember the 22MHz it squishes on also works both ways for that, with 12 effectively 1/4 of the bandwidth would be completely clear, and 13 a half would be clear. (no other channels interfering. Channel 14 in itself isn't illegal, so the parts of 12 and 13 that step on it are fine)
It's 2483.5 MHz that's the beginning of the "illegal" band, 12 can't possibly hit that, and 13 comes to a max of 2483 MHz. While it's true you'll still get interference from channel 11 (and tiny bits from 9 and 10), it will be far...far less than the lower channels

more than 4 years ago


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