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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

Tamran How about making it more fun? (170 comments)

Or better yet, making a new game that people will buy rather than still trying to cash in on a 1998 game which is 16 years old.

about 5 months ago

Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

Tamran Re:draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X (209 comments)

If I wanted OS X I'd run OS X. I'm not sure why Slashdot is bothering to cover a distro whose claim to fame is ripping off somebody elses design. Or at least cover it and act like they're doing something unique.

It draws comparison because of design principals - most notably productivity. So, some things seem similar but it is a different (in a good way) experience from Gnome, KDE, Windows 7, and OSX.

This journal entry by the elementary team may shed some light: http://elementaryos.org/journa...

about 5 months ago

Elementary OS "Freya" Beta released

Tamran Good for them! (3 comments)

It's been a bit of a wait for some since this one updates from the 12.04 Ubuntu stream to the latest stable (14.04).

about 5 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

Tamran I'm waiting for ... (133 comments)

... FreeWinXP. I'm sure it'll be out any day now.

about 7 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Tamran Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

You mean like correcting the blatant errors in the grade school science texts?

This is exactly on point! Sure, having discussions and making students think deeper may affect their quiz/exam scores. However, there are countless examples of how these exams are no more than simulations of real life and how being able to respond to new situations creatively is the true measure of intelligence (sorry, I'm too lazy to bring any references but surely a Google search will reveal countless cases).

I now teach university undergraduate engineering classes after working in the industry for many years. What I now realize is that the people typically in this role have never worked as an Engineer and have NO CONTEXT to what they're actually teaching. With no context, how can these people be fair at assessment? In reality, either the product ships or it doesn't. But exams often become about solving some tricky problem that is from an 1800's analytical paper. Not to say these case studies aren't relevant, but the point is the objectives of education SHOULD BE some skill set as opposed to scoring high on some exam.

All that said, I believe the criteria used to make the conclusions in the summary are way off base and also lack context. Parents, don't stop debating with your children about what they're learning. People should balance questioning everything they are told with heuristics and best practices in order to "get things done." Test scores be damned if we can't even assemble lawn furniture at the end of the day.

about 10 months ago

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

Tamran Re:Blocking customers from the cash register ... (169 comments)

I'm behind on my tv, so waiting another week for something is no big deal at all.

I think the issue is that the networks don't seem to want you to wait a week unless you pay them. My point above is really that they should focus on getting the eyes on the product rather than billing each and ever viewer that doesn't watch when they decide you should.

Google figured this out ... we're all customers, but none of us pay them directly. That's how they can make money. If Google charged me a subscription to do web searches, they'd have died a decade ago.

1 year,23 days

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

Tamran Re:Uggh... (169 comments)

A watershed day is when HBO GO becomes available without a cable subscription.

Interesting indeed. I wonder if Netflix will become what HBO GO could have been sooner? They're starting to develop some stuff of their own and don't require cable at all.

1 year,23 days

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

Tamran Re:They probably don't want to burn affiliates (169 comments)

Often the "client" and "customer" are different groups. Advertisers pay based on number of viewers which is why ratings are so heavily measured and talked about. Rarely does the customer pay the networks directly except in certain cases like HBO and Showtime.

I do believe the subscription model will rule someday, I'd say this is equivalent to radio play for CD sales. It's hard to directly link them but it's clear there is a correlation.

ABC is making a bad decision here because they don't have the "juice" needed to demand a subscription (yet?). I think people will just find something else to watch, record it, or find a torrent.

1 year,23 days

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

Tamran Blocking customers from the cash register ... (169 comments)

... will ensure they don't buy anything. Similarly, making it hard for people to watch will ensure they don't. If they do want to watch, more will look for torrents (amongst other things) than go back to the stone age days (before PVR's, etc). People nowadays will not bother being inconvenienced unless you have awesome stuff - although it's not my cup of tea, Apple is an example of where people will stand in line for hours and be inconvenienced.

I wouldn't say ABC shows are worth putting off tennis practice (or whatever hobby you have) for. This will not end well.

1 year,23 days

Acer Pulls Back From Windows To Focus On Android and Chromebook

Tamran Re:In a related note.... (253 comments)

That would be like throwing chairs on the deck of the Titanic!

about a year and a half ago

Why Bob Mansfield Was Cut From Apple's Executive Team

Tamran In retrospect ... (100 comments)

... perhaps the lawsuit wasn't such a great idea? I believe it's likely the case that Apple needs Samsung. Also, the billion dollar lawsuit is like a tube of toothpaste in this scenario. Meaning that you squish one end only expands the other end (i.e. squishing does not change the volume if the cap is on).

about a year and a half ago

Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website

Tamran It's a trap! (135 comments)

I believe this is a trap to get everyone to enforce full justice in order to give them a case study for which to use as a basis for future lawsuits.

Tread carefully folks.

about a year and a half ago

Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

Tamran Re:It doesn't matter (749 comments)


about 2 years ago

How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Tamran Re:The real reason (933 comments)

OSX killed Linux on the desktop indirectly only because the most popular (to the layman) distro is Ubuntu and Ubuntu thought it would be cute to revamp their desktop into a wannabe OSX desktop, pissing many like me off in the process. A Relix is not a Rolex. A Coby is not a Sony. Ubuntu was doing just fine in making a name for itself, now it's a watered-down sissy distro which threw itself at Steve Jobs' feet rather than continue manning the fuck up.

I think Ubuntu's changes had something to do with a drop. I know this from my many IT friends who went back to Windows because they "didn't want a phone interface on their PC". That said, Windows 8 in itself may drive them back. I advocate the position that Gnome 3 (and the way it was handled by the developers) directly and indirectly (causing Ubuntu to go with Unity) caused a large fracture in the Linux community which chased many away.

What really is killing Linux (or why it's never really taken off) is the fragmentation issues. Sure, choice is a good thing but in the present implementation of these available choices full QC (the boring stuff) is rarely done. This leaves a system lacking "spit-n-polish". A good example of this fragmentation is KDE vs. Gnome(2) libraries. Although different under the hood, are they really all that different to the average user?

Where Apple comes in is that "spit-n-polish" that is missing. If you create a quality vacuum, it will get filled. It's as simple as that.

more than 2 years ago

OS X 10.8 vs. Ubuntu On Apple Hardware, Benchmarked

Tamran Re:surprise surprise (130 comments)

That. Seems like kind of a no-brainer.

I think that was haystor's point ... but in reverse.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

Tamran Re:"Protect" them. That's a nice word ... (646 comments)

Checking out boobs in a Good Housekeeping bra add is a bit different than stumbling upon an Anal-Fisting web site when they were trying to search for something innocent.

This sounds incredibly unlikely. Maybe not impossible, but definitely unlikely. I'd wager your chances are better at winning the lottery ... not that what you're proposing isn't almost as good.

more than 2 years ago

Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

Tamran Re:Agree (1201 comments)

I look for suitable personality, ability and desire to problem solve and be creative, and third pre existing skill-sets (among a few other things) when I interview.

"When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do"
- Despair.com (http://www.despair.com/incompetence.html)

Personality is definitely important in order to "gel" with the current culture - your point here is definitely valid. However, if the aspiring applicant doesn't have skills out of the gate, your company (and product) is much less likely to excel. You can't just hire aspiring "go-getters" with great attitudes (and no specialized skills) and expect to blow the competition away. As Guy Kawasaki stated when discussing what he learned from Steve Jobs, A players hire A+ players. You can find other references to the same point in books like "From Good to Great," etc.

I'm not totally disagreeing with your rankings or statements, but I'd say that all three aspects (personality, ability/desire and skills) are go/no-go criteria rather than the "I'd take personality over skill" message.

I also agree that Office Space nailed it.

more than 2 years ago

Kindle Fire Grabs Over Half of the U.S. Android Tablet Market

Tamran Conclusion ... (134 comments)

My conclusion here is that price is more important than specifications or features. At least in this case perhaps.

more than 2 years ago

Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

Tamran Re:So when I squint or look at sculpture... (1258 comments)

Wise man (Einstein) once said:

"As the circle of light increases, so does the circumference of darkness around it."

Which means that the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. The "realizing you don't know" could be characterized as doubt or even disbelief. From this angle, the premise of the article does make sense.

more than 2 years ago



LXQT Ported to QT5, New Release soon

Tamran Tamran writes  |  about 7 months ago

Tamran (1424955) writes "From the LXDE blog page:

After the first official public release 0.7, the LXQt team is working on making it better. Our recent focus is fixing existing bugs and migrating from Qt4 to Qt5, which is required if we want to support Wayland. Now we had something to show. The latest source code in our git repository can be compiled with Qt5. by just passing -DUSE_QT5=ON flag to cmake. Building with Qt4 is still supported until the next release, but later we’ll focus on Qt5. Recently we also got some patches from the community and also a new developer joined us. We’re now fixing some remaining bugs. Hopefully we can have 0.8 release soon. :-)

Already the team is fast at work with new PCManFM and LibFM libraries."


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