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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

The Infamous Grimace Something not on this list (197 comments)

Time with my wife. Material objects come and go, but memories are timeless and priceless.

about 9 months ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

The Infamous Grimace AppleSoft BASIC and Apple Pascal (623 comments)

My first program was an HGR of a sword. Plotted the damn thing pixel by pixel because I didn't know about loops; I just sat down and started typing. I later wrote and ran a BBS - The Red Dragon Inn. Tried to write an online dungeon crawler called GrimaceGrounds, but I left the disks in the computer lab one day and lost months of work.

Then I lost my virginity and my interest in computers went all to hell.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June

The Infamous Grimace Re:I still don't get it. (57 comments)

A console capable of 1080p output, has low-cost casual games, and doesn't require an always-on connection. Don't talk to me about graphics unless they're truly crap, because for me it's gameplay that matters. I have a PS3, but am done with Sony entirely. Nor will I be buying a new Xbox or a Wii U. The major console makers have taken enough of my money, and now they want to control when and what I can play - always-online and no used games. I'll be buying an Ouya as well as a GameStick, and I'll be buying my games through their console stores and i.e. Steam.

about a year and a half ago
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KDE's Calligra Office Suite For Android Released

The Infamous Grimace Not so suite news (61 comments)

The title implies a full office suite; at this point it's just a doc viewer. Let me know when 'Sheets' is ready; I could use a decent spreadsheet app for my Nexus 7, and Kingsoft doesn't do it for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

The Infamous Grimace Re:They'll also run fine with default drivers ofte (965 comments)

Nope. My wife and I both have 2011 Macbook Pros, mine came with 10.6; her's, purchased about 2 months later, came with 10.7. I had a BITCH of a time getting 10.6 to install on her's, and I'm still not sure how I did it. The reinstall disk that came with mine wouldn't work, and getting it to boot from an external disk with 10.6 was a pain although it finally worked. The install never did complete successfully, but it did boot after manually shutting it down and I was able to update it to 10.6.8. All told it took me several hours and a lot of luck to get Snow Leopard to install.

I was also told by an Apple employee that the firmware won't allow versions older than what was originally installed.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail

The Infamous Grimace Re:It doesn't compete with tablets (442 comments)

I use Alfred for OS X. Alt-Space, start typing the name of the app you want. Much faster and easier than mousing over to the Dock or using a menu.

My GUI doesn't require me to type in an app name to run it, it just makes it easier to do so. Point-and-click isn't always faster.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?

The Infamous Grimace VMWare Fusion on OS X (361 comments)

I've been using VMWare Fusion on OS X for a few years to run WinXP & 7 as well as Ubuntu. It's gotten steadily better and faster over time, and I have no issues. I've also tried VirtualBox, used it on both OS X and Ubuntu hosts, and while it's good it's not as polished as Fusion. I've never used Parallels, but recent reviews tend to give it a slight advantage over Fusion.

I'd suggest that you try the demos for Fusion and Parallels, see if either is worth the cost or if the free alternative works well enough for your needs.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

The Infamous Grimace Re:Easily disabled (646 comments)

It might be 'easily' removed by someone who's comfortable opening a terminal window, but not necessarily the average user. As a distro that prides itself on ease-of-use I hope they provide an easier method than this, like a pref setting or manager app.

more than 2 years ago
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Gooseberry Launches Android-based Raspberry Pi Rival

The Infamous Grimace Re:Links? (170 comments)

They're getting very, very close to that price point. The VIA mini/micro ATX boards have run about $75 for about five years now. There's a number of $45 motherboards that with processor and ram clock in around $65.

How is ~twice the price 'close'?

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

The Infamous Grimace Re:Google What? (286 comments)

Facebook page has my name and age, nothing more, and I only visit it Incognito. No friends, no apps, and I think 1 like - a local news station.

more than 2 years ago
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Dish Network Announces Prime Time TV With No Ads

The Infamous Grimace Re:I work in the advertising industry (283 comments)

I'm all for advertising to pay for content. I have the option here on Slashdot to disable advertising, but have chosen not to because it's unobtrusive and helps fund a site I otherwise use for free. The problem with your line of thought is that with DishTV and it's ilk I pay twice for content - once on my monthly bill and once by having to watch the commercials that support free broadcast tv. All DirectTV seems to be doing is acknowledging this; can't say I'm sorry if it makes it harder for you to effectively bill me twice for content.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Introduces the Paid Security Fix

The Infamous Grimace Re:Car analogy (392 comments)

No, but I could have my identity stolen, bank accounts compromised, vital information about friends/family/co-workers/customers stolen, etc. Looking only at one extreme possibility (or non-possibility, as you used) is, well, pretty damn narrow-minded.

more than 2 years ago
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Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

The Infamous Grimace Last act (144 comments)

Afterwards, did they blast it into space?

more than 2 years ago
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Psychic Ability Claim Doesn't Hold Up In New Scientific Experiments

The Infamous Grimace So much we don't know (315 comments)

I'm not saying it's true or that I believe, but given that roughly 75% of the universe is composed of stuff we can't measure - dark matter and dark energy - I'll still give it a bit of room for consideration. There's so much we don't know.

more than 2 years ago
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Websites Can Detect What Chrome Extensions You've Installed

The Infamous Grimace Re:Only a partial list (131 comments)

It missed AdBlock but found Ghostery for me.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries

The Infamous Grimace Re:"Battery" (362 comments)

Did you even try a search?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM

The Infamous Grimace Re:MS Taking Aggressive Steps Against MALWARE On A (675 comments)

Reboot from an external disk (i.e. USB stick) and run your antivirus from there. In this day and age of advanced malware, it's probably a good idea to do that every so often anyways.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?

The Infamous Grimace Re:BASIC is an awful language (783 comments)

I learned on AppleSoft BASIC, which had 'gosub' as well as 'goto', and we were encouraged to use the former instead of the latter and build our programs as modular as possible. Still had line numbers, variables were all global (and only the first 2 letters were relevant) so you had to be careful, but I was able to write a lot with it - a BBS for example. If a program became too big, I'd break it up and pass data between the sub-apps with a text file. This was the mid-80's.

more than 2 years ago

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