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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

Shads Re:Only... (1215 comments)

I'll also add-- fuck windows 8. I've had to fix a few peoples windows 8 issues and computers and seriously fuck that. Maybe windows 9, but until microsoft gets their head out of their ass I'll not update from windows 7.

about a year ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

Shads Only... (1215 comments)

... for games, if every mmo and steam was useable (with out being banned for hacking) in linux, I'd never boot windows again.

Course, it's been like that for 5 years.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

Shads RMS is a bit wacky... (529 comments)

... but in this particular case he is very right.

It IS spyware exactly how we've seen it in windows for ages. It's default-on which makes it no better than all the spyware that comes packaged with software. If it was default-off and asked at first boot/during install/whatever if it could be enabled I would have no issue.

The way it presently is setup is just dirty like all spyware.

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's Post Seems a Bit Childish To Me

Shads Re:Nothing wrong with him (529 comments)

... or you could just use debian you know, the distribution ubuntu is based off of.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

Shads Linode (375 comments)

Linode all the way, they're aren't kvm but you can run a custom kernel. Their control panel is absolutely top notch.

I've had vps on linode, amazon, some openvz crap server, godaddy, rackspace, and slicehost. Linode is the one i would recommend.

more than 2 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

Shads It has one flaw.... (401 comments)

... the UI. Which is partially stored server side and manipulated only serverside, which causes major lag for ANYTHING using the UI.

The combat I enjoy (it's far slower paced than say wow or eq2 though), the crafting is ok, the class system I really like, etc... but the UI is just hideous, it's designed for a controller and using one alleviates 50% of the issues... but not the lag. Until they can fix the lag (and the only fix is moving the ui clientside completely... which I doubt they're willing to do.) there are going to be no good reviews, the ui is so bad it overshadows EVERYTHING.

The slower combat and old school style are definitely not for everyone, but the UI pushes it towards "not for anyone."

more than 3 years ago

Prince Says Internet Is Over

Shads Pay attention guys... (450 comments)

... prince knows when something is over, look at how much time he's had to ponder it since his career ended.

about 4 years ago

Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise

Shads well... (254 comments)

Well that might be something they can actually legitimately blame on gaming instead of all the crap they normally blame on it.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Aims To Cure Server-Hugging Engineers

Shads Re:Now it's remote, now it's local, repeat (285 comments)

In the modern era we use this thing called a "remote access card" or an ip enabled pdu.

If you're at the datacenter and you're not:

A) Installing or Removing hardware
B) Physically rewiring something
C) Replacing a failed piece of hardware

You're doing it wrong.

more than 4 years ago

First Internet-Connected Pacemaker Goes Live

Shads Re:Niggers (You love that word just admit it) (158 comments)

Correlation does not imply causation. If it did you'd be an inbred racist hick who jumps to conclusions about statistics when they know nothing about how statistical analysis works.

oh wait.. never mind.

more than 4 years ago

Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis

Shads Re:Yes, but why is a project necessary? (100 comments)

Actually having worked in the computer industry and having had extensive exposure to the types of things attorney's tend to write... I hope no law should ever be written by an attorney. A law should be readable and understandable by anyone who reads it. Attorneys will even tell you they can't practice outside their specialty because *THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND* the nuances of the other specialties.

more than 4 years ago

Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis

Shads Re:Yes, but why is a project necessary? (100 comments)

That is a tremendously wise attitude necessary to the proper function of a government for the people.

Unfortunately, the US federal government is no longer that body.

more than 4 years ago

Music Industry Thriving In an Era of File Sharing

Shads derp (174 comments)

The simple reality is: most people who pirate aren't going to buy anyways. It's not a loss if someone downloads your content and tinkers with it 5m and then never touches it again and that is what happens with *a lot* of content. Nor is it a loss if someone downloads your content (because they can't afford it) and likes it and 5 of their friends go out and buy it even though the original person never does.

more than 4 years ago

Wearable Computer With Lightweight HUD

Shads You're doing it wrong! (150 comments)

The iPhone or a smart phone of some sort is just the beginning of a wearable pc, it's a component in the mess. Bluetooth and other wireless technologies need to further develop and better batteries. No component except the central unit should be bigger than a bluetooth headset. Until they get that far its never going to catch on.

We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first reasonable wearable computer.

more than 4 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

Shads Re:This is a common stack in wifi APs (225 comments)

In reality I would wager less of the dd-wrt routers would get patched, but only because a lot of them were deployed by non-professionals who will likely not see the news.

more than 4 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

Shads Re:This is a common stack in wifi APs (225 comments)

What you're advocating, in a round about way, is security through obscurity.

Security through obscurity doesn't work.

All security through obscurity does is propagate a false sense of security that you're safe because you've not heard any major news headlines telling you that you're vulnerable... meanwhile, you've been rooted for 3 months.

more than 4 years ago

Aion Shaping Up For US Launch

Shads Re:WoW is far from original (212 comments)

Nothing is original it can all be floated back to 7 basic stories (or is it 9? shrug) using that theory. *rolls eyes*

WoW wasn't tremendously innovative, however it did implement some innovative ideas (at its release). What it really did was show a level of polish at release most game releases lacked. It had an interesting game world that a lot of people were familiar with and loved and easily recognisable class functions that weren't tremendously complex to play (unlike say eq1, uo, ac, or daoc by comparison) that increased its playability considerably.

WoW and EVE both innovated at least some degree, especially when compared to the MMOs that followed them.

about 5 years ago


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