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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

Skarjak Re:"console shooter" (93 comments)

I find that shooters which make use of vehicles a lot are actually better controlled on consoles. Twin sticks are superior to WASD + mouse for controlling tanks and such. That's why Halo made sense on consoles.

2 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Skarjak Re:The hosers are right (460 comments)

First, it's all the same commission. It has a large mandate. Also, while it is popular (especially since that Globe and Mail article fulll of mistruths) to bash Québec for its corruption, I'd argue that we merely are more distrustful of our government, and so we tend to speak out more about these things. Anglophones seem like they want to sweep that stuff under the rug. I mean, you think your politicians are squeaky clean? The conservative party broke election laws with their robocalls, yet it's just one dude who's responsible for it, no one else knew about this in the party? And you really think the oil industry hasn't been "contributing" here and there to encourage Harper to not give a shit about the environment and sabotage climate change international conferences? What about that gun lobby shirt MacKay was wearing the other day? Makes the conservatives' insistence on getting rid of the gun registry quite interesting...

Let's not be naive here. All governments are corrupt. You need to be wary of these things and root out this corruption. That's what our commission is doing. I'd also remind you that the article was about policemen illegally taking tourists' money. That has nothing to do at all with what you typed. You just saw an opportunity to bash your favourite target.

Also, you might have guessed that I am actually a Québécois and that I live there.

I find it funny how Canadians always jump to the "Québécois aren't a race!" defense whenever they get called out on their Québec-bashing (an all too common practice). As if defining us as not a race somehow makes your discrimination less problematic. Call it whatever you want: racism, xenophobia, whatever. Some people in Québec have started calling it francophoby, which I guess is a pretty accurate term. The name doesn't matter. The concept of hating an entire people because their culture is distinct and different fom yours, and because they refuse to give it up and adopt your culture, that's certainly an attitude we need to get rid of.

A particularly interesting fact about Canadians' denial that this is racism is that they made it about racism first. "Speak white!" is something many francophones has been told by anglophones. There has been an association in the past for a long time in the minds of some anglophones between the white francophones of Québec and the black population of america. I wouldn't claim that we have had it as bad as they did, but it's not hard to see why this association was crated in the first place, if you know anything about our history.

Anyway, I take solace in the fact that it's mostly older generations of Canadians who are francophobic. When I lived outside Québec, most people my age were cool. Hopefully this trend keeps going, because there is no doubt that we will never feel home in Canada if we're always hated in this fashion.

3 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Skarjak Re:The hosers are right (460 comments)

This comment was modded as troll by someone and I admit that I probably shouldn't have made it. While it is unfortunate that some english Canadians feel every discussion of Canada should be a platform for their hatred of Québecois, I accomplish nothing by replying to them.

3 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Skarjak Re:The hosers are right (460 comments)

That's not terribly surprising considering how xenophobic a majority of you guys are.

3 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Skarjak Re:The hosers are right (460 comments)

Hey look, an article about Canada! I wonder if some ignorant racist english dude decided to randomly bash Quebec for no reason... Oh, who am I kidding, of course! This is Canada after all, the land of multiculturalism.*

4 days ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Skarjak Re:Defies credulity (138 comments)

That's because they're really good at it.

about a week ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Skarjak Re:There are no new legal issues (206 comments)

I don't see how this is different from DNA tests, which require you to provide your DNA. If the thing is inside you, then it can be considered part of you, and then the same logic that forces you to give your DNA information would require you to give the information on the chip, no?

about two weeks ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

Skarjak Re:In defense of Patent Trolls (75 comments)

I don't see how that changes anything. As far as i'm concerned, if you go to one of these patent trolls instead of trying to develop a product, you are indeed slowing down innovation. If a company independently has the same idea and actually tries to do something with it, I don't think they should owe you anything. How exactly did the original "inventor" contribute to society and technology? There is no valuable function being served here. Just someone who came up with an idea, and rather than doing something with it, figures he's just gonna leech money from people who have the same idea later on.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Skarjak Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Oh I can see why these might cause frustration. I was also bothered by the first implementation of it. But it seems like people don't like the concept, which is what I don't understand. They claim unity is good for touchscreens, but I'm not so sure about that honestly. Last time I was using unity, I was relying exclusively on the launcher and the dash search functions to start programs. With the launcher on auto-hide and the taskbar merging with the titlebars, it gives you the most screen space for your programs of any environment I've tried, and accessing programs and files from the dash is extremely fast. It allows you to control your computer almost entirely with the keyboard, which I like very much, while still being very accessible if you're just slouched in your chair, browsing with only the mouse. It strikes a nice balance. I'm used to awesomeWM now and it is better for coding, but unity is the most usable out of the environments I've tried.

I don't understand the folks who say you can't get work done on ubuntu. So many people were doing research on ubuntu with unity at my last university. You just need to use the keyboard more than you're used to in other environments, which is a good thing for me. Menus are a pain in the ass.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Skarjak Re:The Future! (613 comments)

I don't agree with you that this diminushes ressources for projects. As I wrote above, many people contribute to open source projects because they just feel like it, not as a job. The different environments you quote above are all trying to do different things, as are the distros you mention. Would the arch maintainers even consider working on debian if arch didn't exist? That's not obvious to me. There is also the fact that while these projects may be going for different things, they can still at times come back together and integrate features from the other ones. Systemd is actually a very good example of this: it had competing init systems, but it has now been adopted by all the major distros. This competition was useful, and we arguably wouldn't have an init system to standardize on if people hadn't been allowed to go off on their own to try their solution.

For the user, again, this is terribly overblown. Just pick ubuntu. Or mint if you really want something a little bit more traditional. There is no reason to recommend a newcomer go for anything else. These are tried and tested distributions that are clearly designed to be easy to use. If the user wants to go further from there, they will have had enough experience with these beginner distros to make an informed choice. If they're more pragmatic and only use linux to get work done, they'll probably be satisfied and won't even need to look at the other distros. Again, the average user will never even hear about 95% of the distros on that timeline. They can't be paralyzed by options they don't know about.

It's true that some software works better in certain environments, and may require some work to appear native in other ones. I don't think that's a big deal since there is almost always an alternative that is native to your environment. It usually follows your environment's design principles, which would make it a superior choice anyway.

I think doing things more than once is good as long as you're doing it differently everytime. Those distros can sometimes be solving similar problems, but they usally have different solutions. Just look at all the people who complained about unity. Aren't they glad that XFCE exists? And now there's MATE if they really want the old school experience. Those products are clearly serving different custormers, and this parallel work can be useful for linux as a whole, as developpers can learn from the successes and failures of other projects.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Skarjak Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Meh, reports of ubuntu's death are premature. Lots of people quote distrowatch numbers but they don't really matter. I'd say the average non-nerd who runs linux is probably still using ubuntu. It's still a good distro. If I weren't using a tiling window manager, I'd probably be running unity. Never understood why people don't like it.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Skarjak Re:The Future! (613 comments)

The fragmentation argument is a terrible one, and always was. User's who aren't too technically literate don't know about any linux distro but the one they're using. Hell, how many people out there know what ubuntu is but have no idea what linux is? How would these people even know that a new distro came out which doesn't use systemd, if they're not already a huge nerd? As for newcomers who are more technically literate, just pick ubuntu. It works. Or one of the other big ones if you really want to try things out. This is really not a big deal. Fragmentation is also not an issue for developpers. They claimed it was the reason they wouldn't port games to linux for a while, but then they realised they can just say they're targeting ubuntu and the communities for different distros will figure out what libraries are required. That's what they're doing and it works perfectly. I'm gaming on archlinux. It is officialy supported by exactly 0 developpers out there. Ask me if fragmentation is an issue.

Fragmentation doesn't hurt anyone. The many distros just give power users more choice. It's also in the spirit of open source software. The maitainers for all those distros don't owe anything to anyone. They don't have to tattoo the penguin on their forehead and march in line with the rest of the linux crowd to "advance the cause of linux". They do this because they like it. And they're not hurting anyone.

about two weeks ago
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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

Skarjak Re:neither science nor news. (54 comments)

Soylent has extremely low article quality from what I've seen. I think this place is still the best.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Skarjak Re:More useless statistics... (221 comments)

Thank you for your valuable contribution to this discussion. Out of sheer wonder, I almost dropped the frog legs I was eating, such was your display of intelligence and maturity.

*Ribbit*... sorry. Can't help myself.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Skarjak Re:various card games (382 comments)

I would recommend you try to seek out meet ups by people who don't appear to be steretypical nerds then. Eurogames (or german style games) are especially good for that, since they tend to have wider appeal. If you still have an interest in american games, there's bound to be someone in the group who enjoys them. I've lived in Toronto and Montreal, came to both places having 0 friends, and met people using eurogame meet ups. A good way to find people also is to go to game pubs, if there's any in your region. They don't attract the same crowd as the gamer stores. And really, just check around the gamer stores for one that looks more "clean", for a lack of better words. Sometimes they have game nights which attract different crowds of people, so you can meet people who aren't the steretypical dirty magic player.

None of my gamer friends fit the unfortunate gamer nerd stereotype, yet we have some fun and challenging boardgame sessions together. I say if you feel a need to meet people you should try out what I told you. And don't give up the first time if you don't like the ambience, there's bound to be a game group near you that's friendly.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Skarjak Re:More useless statistics... (221 comments)

Bill 101 is necessary to preserve French in a sea of anglophones. Look at francophone communities outside of Quebec. Their numbers are diminishing. Unfortunately, we have to impose regulations to protect our language. You also have to remember that not long ago, almost all of the wealth of the province belonged to anglophones. People think that stuff is ancient history, but my grand-parents can tell you about living in a Quebec dominated by an english minority. Bill 101 exists in part to ensure that francophones will never again be second class citizens. They can get overzealous at times, but if you spend any amount of time on slashdot, you know government fuck ups are a reality. The bill does a lot more good than harm. I am disappointed that so many anglophones seem to think Quebecois are some kind of strange animal, that we act irrationally, when if you understand where we're coming from and what our values are, our actions make perfect sense. I think if bilingualism was more common in the country, then people could read french media for themselves and realize that we make a lot of sense, rather than getting second hand information with some bias thrown in. That would solve a lot of issues.

As for the attitude you got, that's a pretty unfortunate reality of a polarized country. There's generally more resentment amongst the older folks or the less educated, or those who are less in contact with anglophones. We're like 2 generations away from having taken control of our province, so it'll take a little while for that stuff to die down. The important thing is that these people are not given a podium and do not have an opinion that is considered mainstream, so their ignorance will disappear with them. Reading newspapers from other provinces, and having lived in Toronto for a while, the anti-Quebec sentiment, while not shared by every Canadian, seems a lot more mainstream...

Anyway, I'm sorry people treated you badly, but I thought the comment I was replying to was an all too common gratuitous attack. When people start talking about which region of a country is "the worst", you know that this way lies terrible generalization. You don't add to it by bashing your favourite target...

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Skarjak Re:More useless statistics... (221 comments)

Almost every single article anglophones write about Quebec serves to bash the province. Seriously, compare the anglophone press to the francophone press. The propaganda campaign form the english side is ridiculous, and then they have the gall to project their xenophobia onto quebecois and make claims about how racist we are. I'm glad that we are taking the high road on this, but the baseless accusations levied at us from anglophones only serves to strenghten the anti-Canada sentiment here. But by all means, please use this discussion on Canada to inform us of your dislike for Quebec, it's not like that's particularly uncommon.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Skarjak Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

I was going to suggest Dominion if no one did it. I think the best thing to be said about Dominion is that despite the deck building mechanic, it is at its core a puzzle game. It is very easy to teach (the turn order can be learned with Action Buy Cleanup Draw - ABCD) and will be fun with people who have never played boardgames before while still being a very engaging game for the more cerebral players. As far as video games go, I think we are really fortunate to have so many high quality free to play games on PC these days. Path of Exile, Hearthstone and Dota are all games I would heavily reccomend.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Skarjak Re:various card games (382 comments)

You need to make gamer friends. If you live in a large enough city, there's bound to be boardgame gatherings you can go to. I started out playing a few games with a friend, then I moved away and met new people and couldn't really play the old games I enjoyed. After meeting people at gatherings in my city, I now have a whole new collection of games to play and people to play them with. :)

about three weeks ago

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