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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

Spit Whew! (273 comments)

For a minute there I thought we'd have to stop washing our shit away with drinking water.

about 8 months ago
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

Spit Re: How is this legal? (1103 comments)

It is most definitely scrip.

about a year ago
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Don't Write Them Off: A Palm Retrospective

Spit I miss Palm. (102 comments)

The old mono palm-pilots were fantastic and I still haven't found an app that can hold a candle to the Palm suite. The battery life was phenomenal and it's only recently I've had a backlit e-reader again.

Vale.

about a year and a half ago
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Commodore 64 turns 30

Spit Awesome. (218 comments)

The c64 silicon really is amazing compared to contemporary systems. While the overall system arch is a bit of a hack, the silicon could only have come from a unique environment like Commodore.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates: the Traditional PC Is Changing

Spit He's right. (552 comments)

Gates isn't saying that we'll all be using tablets, but that for the vast majority of users, convergent devices are more convenient and suitable.

Workstations will become niche as per servers, but they will remain. The trend started half a decade ago when notebooks started outselling desktop PCs.

more than 2 years ago
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Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

Spit Happy birthday Speccy! (212 comments)

You were always a unique take on the home computer.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Honeycomb Source Code Release Is On Ice

Spit Re:Google is not shipping binaries (AFAIK) (136 comments)

Code is certainly the reason I bought my Froyo phone, I think it's nice that google released the code. I won't get mad at them unless they reneg on the ice-cream sandwich release. Then I won't buy any more.

Until then, I don't own any honeycomb device nor will I buy.

more than 3 years ago
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Greed, Zealotry, and the Commodore 64

Spit Re:Yeah can't figure the appeal of the Sinclair (645 comments)

While I love the Commodore computers, I can appreciate the Speccy as being the "good enough" computer which has some great software. While the c64 has impressive custom silicon, the overall system architecture is a bit slapped together. Whereas the Speccy is clearly a masterpiece of minimalist engineering and design:

- Great BASIC
- Clever use of surplus RAM
- ULA for system logic and video

The original dead-flesh design also looks fantastic and tiny. In 1982 it wasn't clear that the c64 would become the powerhouse it was and if Sinclair hadn't fumbled their supply chain, Commodore may have really needed that c16 line.

more than 3 years ago
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Greed, Zealotry, and the Commodore 64

Spit Re:Yeah can't figure the appeal of the Sinclair (645 comments)

Yes the Vic was the direct competitor along with the parallel launch Oric-1. The Spectrum's design ethic and price point precipitated the Commodore 16 directive from Jack Tramiel, which disintegrated into failure after Tramiel left.

more than 3 years ago
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Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

Spit You're not looking. (362 comments)

The most popular titles today all have excellent couch co-op and multi features. Examples:

Halo Reach
CoD Black Ops
SMB Wii
SM Cart
Gears of War series

There are also countless local multi games available on services like Xbox Live Arcade and PSN..

more than 3 years ago
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Debian 6.0 To Feature a Completely Free Kernel

Spit Re:Honestly (283 comments)

Damn straight. OpenBSD has been free of blobs for years now and that system works great. I'm glad Debian team is focussing their efforts on this as Deb is my favourite Linux system.

With two well supported OS built from 100% free software, even sceptics will always have an escape chute.

more than 3 years ago
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Avoiding DMCA Woes As an Indy Game Developer?

Spit Good luck (494 comments)

Considering the maze, gameplay, characters and name are all direct copies of the original game by Namco/Midway. Aside from the clear trade of Namco's Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man was the case that set precedent for "look and feel" with its quashing of KC Munchkin, a distinctive yet pac-man influenced title.

Namco have also recently released a new Pac-Man game of which yours is a direct competitor. Don't waste your time on this, do something else.

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

Spit Re:Microsoft Security Essentuals (318 comments)

Yes, both Nod and Kaspersky are excellent programs. I found the advantage of both over other products is that they transparently proxy network traffic. Other products operate on file access events only. Nod has the advantage of being cheap.

more than 3 years ago
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When DLC Goes Wrong

Spit Moochers. (261 comments)

I don't know where all this DLC hubbub is coming from, but I see it posted everywhere. It is a meme propagated by self-entitled moochers without any sense of history. Nobody is forcing you to buy DLC, if you don't think a game or DLC is worth the money, don't buy it. Simple.

I can think back through gaming history, buying Ultimate Doom; an expansion which would create furor in today's climate. I also bought Quake and QuakeII expansions. Even going back to the 80s where games like Mercenary had the Second City expansion.

Thinking about it, I can see a parallel in the recording industry where we would buy LPs, with select songs being sold as singles often with good B-side tunes. Should the B-side tunes be given away free to those who purchased the LP?

more than 3 years ago
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Chip Allows Blind People To See

Spit Wild. (231 comments)

Not much of a step from here to arbitrary, computer generated input.

more than 3 years ago
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Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers

Spit Rube Goldburg machine? (319 comments)

What's the point of replacing live musicians with a synthesizer? WHy not just use a backing tape which sounds exactly the same? Maybe because it points out that the stage performance could also get great savings, by being played from film...

about 4 years ago
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Utah State Prof Says Hybrids Don't Kill More Pedestrians

Spit The fuck? (187 comments)

It's not a problem with the cars, it's with dumbshits who don't look where they fucking walk. I ride a bicycle everywhere and it makes zero noise even when freewheeling, not that it matters I can ding my bell til my thumb falls off and many won't hear it because of the ipod craze.

People step out on the road in front of me all the time, maybe not realizing the speed I'm moving at when they last looked up the road, but it's still their fault. There are two ways to deal with this problem: Screaming at the top of your lungs at pedestrians "get of da focken road jackass!" or alternatively, pedestrians can take responsibility for their own personal safety and look with their fucking eyeballs.

about 4 years ago
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Anatomy of an Achievement

Spit Re:Geometry Wars 2 did it best (157 comments)

Yeah the Geometry Wars example is quite fun but also trains the player skillset in a way they may not have imagined, as per the not so subtle title. Another example is the full throttle achievement from TrialsHD. I always aim for these ones as they add extra gameplay. Some others of note are achievements which encourage online play and ones which create a meta game like those from the Halo series. I don't really aim for the Halo style ones but I can see how they add to the games' value for fans.

One interesting aspect of gamerscore is it's a good way to quickly evaluate a player when correlated with the amount of games played and how many years they've been playing; A gamer with low gamerscore but 1000XP in Halo3 and 3 years' xbox live history obviously plays a lot of Halo3 and not much else.

more than 4 years ago
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MeeGo, Zero To VT320 In Seventeen Seconds

Spit Serial TTY is still a nice feature. (150 comments)

A long time ago I had a handmedown 386 I used to run Debian 1.3 on. At the time I was pretty poor and I didn't have a VGA display, so I used to borrow one from a friend when I needed one like for install or when I trashed it. The rest of the time I used a c64 running Novaterm with a mono display for clarity, worked great.

The 386 is long gone but the c64 still comes in handy.

more than 4 years ago

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