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Lying Is More Common When We Email

SphericalCrusher Lies aren't always bad (123 comments)

"Dr. John Doe, I apologize for the delay in getting your PC back out to you. I realize this is an urgent priority and I am working as fast as I can to fix it in a timely manner. At this time, I would continue to use your laptop computer to dictate so that you do not fall behind. The reason it is taking so long with this PC is your hard drive is actually defective. I had to remove the hard drive and copy off your data in parts, making sure I get it all. Your data and this PC are my number one priority and you will have it later this week. I thank you so much for your patience. Thanks, -Me" Lies? Yeah. It's not my top priority since he has another PC... and I am working on six other "high priority" PCs, each of which affect patient care. The bad hard drive? Yeah, not true... just a way to delay the process (Although it is a 40GB Maxtor drive may as well be bad). Nonetheless, he obtained a brand new Desktop a few days later and was very happy. So yeah, I lied but in the end all is well. (I made another post by accident as an Anonymous Coward. Sorry for duplicate).

more than 2 years ago

Rhapsody To Acquire Napster

SphericalCrusher Big news (59 comments)

This would have been big news... ten years ago. =P

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out

SphericalCrusher Block Facebook Cookies (352 comments)

Yeah, I saw this coming a mile away. You could also just disable cookies altogether, but for those that use them and don't want Facebook to track this, there's easy ways in pretty much every browser to *.* disable all Facebook cookies from ever installing/saving. That's what I'm going to do.

more than 2 years ago

Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

SphericalCrusher Sucks (314 comments)

Oh, investors expected this deal to take place? Oh so I guess that takes priority over the millions of Netflix users who expected it to take place? This is a big deal to me. My wife is a stay at home mom, and yeah she spends a lot of time with my boy playing outside and inside away from the TV, but when they finally sit down for a minute -- the same as when I get off of work, I want to sit down and enjoy a good selection of content. Now without those Disney movies, well, I will honestly probably go right back to piracy since I can't afford to buy every Disney movie that comes out. (I know not every movie was on Netflix) Sure, I can rent discs from Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster, or I can rent and copy them. Yes, this attitude I have towards making illegal backups of their movies I thought was long gone. Thanks Netflix. Hopefully they strike a deal with another large company to bring us some better movies or I'm cancelling. We mostly use it for Disney movies anyway.

about 3 years ago

Obama Eyeing Internet ID For Americans

SphericalCrusher Meh (487 comments)

Eh, try what you want Obama, 95% of America is too incompetent to use this or "Don't have anything to hide"... it's pointless. The need to get rid of various passwords only decreases security, instead of enhancing it... and still doesn't prevent identify theft and social engineering (nothing does).

more than 3 years ago

When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

SphericalCrusher Re:Buy? (396 comments)

The Tablet PC has a gig of RAM and video play back is just as good and seamless as my 8GB gaming desktop.

more than 3 years ago

When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

SphericalCrusher Buy? (396 comments)

Buy? I took an older Motion Tablet PC I had, stuck an extra stick of RAM in it, and formatted it to install the Android OS. It works really well. If you are tech-savvy, I'd recommend doing the same before buying a high-dollar iPad competitor android tablet. If the price is right though, I'd recommend the purchase. Browsing the Internet on the built-in Chrome browser with flash playback works really well. Much like the iPad is a large iPhone in a sense, this is a large version of an Android phone. I'm really impressed with the tablet OS. The tablet PC has a gig

more than 3 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

SphericalCrusher Why? (709 comments)

The same reason we teach kids math. Teaches them to think for themselves and to understand exactly what their graphics based editors are doing for them. Or at least get their mind to a point where they can think openly and creatively.

more than 3 years ago

How Zynga's CityVille Drew 70 Million Players In Less Than a Month

SphericalCrusher Re:Cross Promoting (101 comments)

Yeah, same here. My wife was prompted for that in Frontierville as well as other games like Treasure Island. It just adds to the advertisement, when the game you are currently enjoying prompts you for a quest that requires you to try something else out. And well, once they try out CityVille, I'm sure some may enjoy it.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Makes a Super Memory Breakthrough

SphericalCrusher More info (164 comments)

Sounds promising but would like a lot more information. I doubt they could give out more info at this time due to competitors looking into their type of racetrack memory right away. With the limitation of solid state drives, we need a breakthrough in some form or fashion.

more than 3 years ago

Goodbye, VGA

SphericalCrusher Bye VGA (356 comments)

Even though that's a few years off, it's still an announced end to the VGA video interface. VGA has been dead to me for a few years now, but it's crazy how fast time has flown.

more than 3 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

SphericalCrusher No (418 comments)

Considering you still show an interest in gaming, I would never say that you've lost your mojo. As new games come out, including repeats of each other, it sort of makes it difficult for the long-term gamers to adapt. I mean, Call of Duty, as great a game as it is, is certainly not a fresh experience unless you just haven't played it in quite some time. Call of Duty and Halo have reshaped FPSs on console so they are nowhere near the same as before... which makes it easier for younger, newer gamers to come into the picture and become good at it. Those same gamers though would most likely get reemed playing us at Counter-Strike though. ;) (For the most part). As far as wanting to go back and play old titles... it's just like when you go to a restaurant and order the same thing. Sure, you want to try something else, but do you want to waste the money on something you might not like? Or just buy what you know you will like? I stay active as I can with gaming. I love all the old games I've played and enjoy a lot of new games. My suggestion to you would be to ask around, see what your friends like... play some demos, etc. Find a genre you like and check out other games in that genre (Obviously there's no game like Heavy Rain, haha). You said you didn't like AoE 3, so stay away from RTSs. And also stay away from sandbox games like GTA (Mafia, Just Cause, Saints Row, Red Dead Redemption), etc. You should look into some of the newer style FPS hybrid genre games like Bioshock, Fallout, etc. Or even trying some of the newer RPGs like Mass Effect, Oblivion (few years old I know), etc. I would say... never give up on the gaming spirit. The fact that you asked Slashdot about this means you still show interest. Gaming for life!

more than 3 years ago

Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together?

SphericalCrusher My input (375 comments)

I don't know what kind of company you work for that you can just switch exchange to gmail. I would highly decline that idea, since it's much more professional to have a @companyname e-mail over @gmail. I don't know if you are currently using or plan to use active directory, but over multiple OSs, it won't always work. For exchange though, it will. Your exchange server can be easily configured in pretty much any OS to some degree, which would allow all of your users in either Linux, Mac, or Windows to have access to their e-mails, contacts, and calendars. As far as networking, there's also various other things you can do to make it work correctly. You can setup samba to allow the OSs to share files correctly. Wine also helps with allowing Windows applications to be installed on Linux and Mac, but you just have to be careful of some programs that use this -- they may appear to open up and run correctly, but you may end up running into a weird permission issue that just can't be corrected. I don't know if I can safely say I would recommend having multiple operating systems. I'm a huge Linux fan, but as far as users go, I would leave the Windows 7 workstations since Linux has not progressed that much in the desktop environment. What you want to avoid at all costs is having a mess of a network to deal with... and it seems like if you are inexperienced (not saying you are), you can run into all kinds of problems.

more than 3 years ago

I drink too much...

SphericalCrusher Re:Missing option: RedBull (500 comments)

Yeah, I drink normally one a day (one of those $5 ones too)... I love the stuff - very addicting. I need to order a case of BAWLs again. That is a great drink as well.

more than 3 years ago

I drink too much...

SphericalCrusher Energy Drinks (500 comments)

I selected Soda, because I probably do drink too many (4 mountain dews a day). I have on average two cups of coffee a day which I feel isn't much and as far as alcohol -- a couple of drinks a week. I think the main thing I have too much of is energy drinks. I'd say I drink five of those $5 Red Bulls in a week and maybe some smaller ones too.

more than 3 years ago

I drink too much...

SphericalCrusher Re:All of the above? (500 comments)

I enjoy both coffee and espresso black from time to time but I also love mixing in my creamer. It just depends on what mood I am in. For the most part, unless I order something at Starbucks, I'm drinking espresso straight and as far as coffee, it's normally only a slight touch of french vanilla creamer with no sugar or black. I appreciate coffee and no one is going to tell me otherwise. :)

more than 3 years ago

I typically read about __ books per year.

SphericalCrusher Books (363 comments)

I do enjoy reading, but I enjoy gaming and watching TV shows/movies a lot more. I normally read science fiction or fantasy novels at home or at work, but lately, it's pretty much been all gaming (even at downtime at work on my handhelds.) I would probably I say I read 8-10 books a year, and I really enjoy it, but it just depends. Last few books I read were Star Wars or Warcraft related.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

SphericalCrusher Paypal Sucks (775 comments)

I had to deal with the same shit two weeks ago except it was $2,000 USD. PayPal blocked my account until they could contact 6 people I made eBay sales to. I don't know if it was the Patriot Act or what, but it was annoying as hell. I could not take any of the money out. After two weeks, they finally removed the ban... I'm currently looking into other sale sites and Google Check in as an option because I never want to have to deal with that again.

about 4 years ago

Drunken Employee Shoots Server

SphericalCrusher Re:In his defense (309 comments)

Also in his defense, the server was running Windows Server 2003. Poor guy.

about 4 years ago

Is StarCraft II Killing Graphics Cards?

SphericalCrusher Maybe. Maybe not. (422 comments)

The only possible way StarCraft 2 can do that is because it's the first PC game in a long time that is good to make use of your video card. Most people play WoW on their PC... and well, while once top of the line, the graphics are kind of sitting still (still love the look)... and not making use of newer video cards. Aside from WoW, there has not been that many great PC games come out -- Dragon Age came and gone, etc. But with StarCraft 2 coming out, looking good... it's making everyone put their video cards to use again... and well, if they are not cleaned out, when that fan spins faster to process more heat... it's going to break and fry the card. Just my two cents. If you don't use it, you lose it.

more than 4 years ago



SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  about 8 years ago

SphericalCrusher writes "I have been using Comcast high-speed internet for the last three years. Before that, I used Bellsouth DSL and then random dial-up services — but I have to say that overall, I love Comcast the best. But now, since I don't yet have enough money saved up to move out, my parents bought a house about 12 miles from here... so I'm forced to move with them. The thing is, the road that it is on is pretty far off the highway, and after calling all broadband providers in the area, I've found out that broadband is not available at my new location. Charter Cable Communications covers the entire area of Summerville, Georgia except mine and neither Bellsouth or Alltel offer DSL.

So now I'm forced to either go back to dial-up or try out a satellite broadband service... which is what I want to do. So now, after purchasing the modem and cords off of Ebay for DirecWay (now HughesNet), I'm ready to get satellite internet (we had everything else at the new house). But my question is, has anyone here used satellite and actually enjoyed it? I play a good bit of online games, such as World of WarCraft, Quake IV, and F.E.A.R. and I know gaming online with those will not be the same (the satellite is 25,000+ miles from Earth) because of latency issues... but does anyone know about the download speeds? Upload speeds? Has anyone here had any success in gaming online with satellite internet?"



Game Network Help

SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  more than 8 years ago If anyone has any experience in designing content management systems and/or game reviews, please reply to this topic if interested. I have a project I'm currently working on and I may need some help. Thanks.


Project Friend Fighter Finished

SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  more than 10 years ago Project Friend Fighter is finally finished! It's been debugged, and I've wrote release notes for it. I'm not really sure if I want to release it to the world right yet though... because I'm getting kind of greedy. To make up for that though, I'm going to write a couple of applications to hand out to the open-source community. But yes, Project Friend Fighter is finally finished and it didn't take as long as I thought it would. I don't know if I will ever make it into a full game, but since the engine itself is completed... it should not be hard if I ever wanted to.

Besides this though, I've been downloading a lot of files via IRC and BitTorrent, working at the movies, and playing with my new phone -- the Motorola v400. I really need to get a data cable for it, so I can install a few applications that does not come with it... such as AIM, and a few games that I miss from my old Samsung phones (x105, e105). I also bought that nice Nyco Airflow mouse. It's really comfortable.

I purchased King of Fighters 98 today for Playstation. I was amazed that I found it brand new -- I've been playing it a good bit. I just reinstalled Icewind Dale also, so I want to get back into that.

Walden Books is awesome. They had the very first manga of Love Hina and BOTH Mega Tokyos. I was surprised.

My Apache webserver is still running great, and I'm getting more traffic than ever on my website... especially since I've reaffiliated with Jinx. Check it out!

Hmm. I guess that's all for now. If you want more updates about me and my life, be sure to check out my blog.


Friend Fighter Over. Game Engine Continue...?

SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  more than 10 years ago Although I have officially decided to cancel my game project, codenamed Friend Fighter, I have made it essential that I have to finish the game engine. It is now at about 6,000 lines of code. I still have awhile to go on it, but I am dedicated to finishing it.

Hopefully I'll get done within the next few months so I can begin working on some software -- preferably for Linux.

For more information about the game engine I am writing, read my last journal post.


Friend Fighter

SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  more than 10 years ago Friend Fighter, my text-based game that I am programming in Python, has been going great. I'm just that that point where I don't really know where to go with it though. Just recently, I added a currency system. So now, I have three basic variables that stays with you at all times.

Attack Points - Decreases everytime you select a move to fight; increases everytime you win a battle.

Travel Points - Decreases everytime you travel from one area to another; increases when you purchase more, or win certain kinds of tournaments/fights/etc

Currency - Decreases once you purchase things; increases once you sell items.

I don't really know what I want to do with it once I finish it off in Python. I was thinking of going back with some C++, but I'm not too sure how flexible those two languages are together. I've read up on some Jython, and saw how flexible the two would be together, but I don't really know that much Java, and plus, it's not open source. Maybe Sun will take IBM's advice in the future though...

As far as the game is concerned; I'm planning to take it beyond the text-based level in the future with some OpenGL programming. I'm just going to have to spend a lot of time getting that skill down though. Hopefully the game will turn out good in the long run. And besides, it's open-source; so I'm sure the rest of the world can lend a little help here and there...


First Entry

SphericalCrusher SphericalCrusher writes  |  more than 10 years ago This is my first journal entry here at SlashDot.

Everything has been going great in my life right now. I have a lovely girlfriend, my game that I am currently programming is going great, and school life is just top notch. Sorry if it seems like I am bragging, but I just felt the world had a right to know that I'm not just another dark-demonic hacker. There are actually brighter ones out there, you just have to know where to look.

I don't really know if I can fall into the category of a whitehat, blackhat, or gray hat... since I seem to bounce around from each. I won't say much more than that, but hacking is my life. It is my life style. It is who I am.

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