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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

TheGoodNamesWereGone My little rant about PC gaming (244 comments)

I'd love to know what percentage of games are FPSs... They're cranked out like sausages not because they're the best that the companies can do, but because they can be played using a console controller. Meanwhile a reasonably well-equpped PC has far more power than any console, and features a real (gasp!) keyboard with more than 10 buttons! Game makers do shitty ports of titles to the PC; for example, I still have not played Skyrim because of the PC-unfriendly interface. And they wonder why sales are down.

4 days ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

TheGoodNamesWereGone Who's Your Dealer? (172 comments)

Does he have good prices?

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wish I could mod this to 6 (704 comments)

You want a certain type of game to be made? Write one. Then sell it. If it's good then people will buy it. Until then stop complaining how the world needs to change to suit you.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

Wish I could mod this to 6

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Shill (545 comments)

but if the numbers are true

3.3 gallons per tomato? That's a suspicious figure. No, I didn't RTFA, but let's run the numbers... How many tomato plants in an acre? How many fruits per plant? Multiply that by 3.3, and it seems very high.

about a month ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Ambitious (64 comments)

You beat to it, posting that. I miss my old CoCo

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

Folks, I don't have much more to say on the subject, except look around you. People gravitate towards hedonism. Hedonsim is the natural eventual outcome of all human governmental and/or economic systems-- It's the goal: A system where everyone is free to be what they want to be, unfettered by such trivial things as lack of resources... Ask yourselves, seriously, in the real world. If a child was presented with all he wanted, what would he do? He'd want to kill his parents, of course, those mean old people who wish to place restrictions on his behavior... But it doesn't matter. Resources and energy are in infinite supply. The kid can ignore all restrictions placed on his behavior. If he wants to disappear into the holosim, who are YOU to question his decision? So in a world where pure unfettered hedonism is possible, what would happen? I rest my case.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

What is wrong with a world where people don't work? Since when is slaving all day for someone else's benefit a good thing?

Indeed.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

They worked because they had incentives to, whether personal or practical. Free everything would disincentivize work. I understand what you're saying about creativity, and agree there will always be a core group of exceptional people, but then that flies in the face of the socialist goal of equal outcomes, and those exceptional folks will be hated by everyone else, just like today. No matter how you slice it, 50% of the population will always be below average. The writers of Trek created a happy future where everyone has all they need and want and everyone loves each other, but they didn't really think things through. Read Dayworld. Or Harrison Bergeron.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

TheGoodNamesWereGone Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

ST's vision of the future economy (at least from TNG on; TOS wisely avoided touching on it but implied it was a form of Capitalism) is a pipe-dream Utopia. If food, shelter, and energy were in virtually unlimited supply no one would need to work, yes, but more importantly, no one would *want* to. Where would the goodies come from then? Automation? Okay then, the Machines rule the Federation. And no one would ever emerge out of their self-created kingdoms inside holodecks. The future would be more like Wall-E. There'd be no more invention, no more innovation, no more anything..... Just everyone plugged into their fantasies in their holo-simulators, a civilization of lotus-eaters. This is the sort of shit that would cause Captain Kirk to charge phasers. Rewatch "The Apple".

about 2 months ago
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Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

TheGoodNamesWereGone It worked for (112 comments)

It worked for teaching chimps to fly

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

TheGoodNamesWereGone And nothing of value was lost? (457 comments)

When I just wake up and read something that provokes me I really should get more awake before I post something snarky, but here goes... As far as my own experience on FB goes, if the kids leave, then fine. They don't have anything to say that interests me and in many cases they outright offend. It really makes me scared for the future of the human race sometimes. And as for FB itself and their revenues, what is the buying power of teenagers versus the buying power of their parents? That's right, not much (though they do spend what they have more freely). Now get off my lawn.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:If you think Win 8 is crap (829 comments)

My 100k employee company is rolling out Windows 8.

You mean Microsoft?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:If you think Win 8 is crap (829 comments)

I know of NO businesses that are just hankering with bated breath to use Windows 8. They would rather upgrade to 7. Home users are having it shoved down their throats with every new PC they buy and they hate it too. You can argue about all the new wonderful things it has under the hood, but the interface is shit. Don't say "It's fine once you get used to it," because it's a step backward in usability. Even after installing something like Classic Shell or Start8 the 'Modern' apps still run fullscreen. "But you can learn your way around that!" you cry. That's some helluvan arrogant attitude to have. The only reason M$ dumped the old menu/window-based interface is because they it would benefit THEM in some imagined convergence of the desktop and tablet, **not** to benefit users or create something more efficient. They were wrong.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Misses 39% of Malware

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:They'd get convicted again (149 comments)

You need to make it more plain when you joke around like that

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Misses 39% of Malware

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:They'd get convicted again (149 comments)

Defender *is* bundled in later versions of Windows. Look, far be it from me to defend M$, but as far as the free AVs go, I've recommended MSSE to a lot of my clients. It runs quietly and unobtrusively and doesn't constantly ask the user to make decisions he may not have a clue about, and it doesn't nag you to ***BUY OUR PAID VERSION ZOMFG*** every five minutes. It does its job reasonably well, albeit not perfectly, and like others I'm a little skeptical of this outfit's testing methodology and results. FWIW, out in the field servicing customers' machine I'm seeing fewer virus infections lately and more adware/crapware infections on W7+. XP is another matter. It's always been a Petri dish.

about 4 months ago
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Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:Misleading teaser (230 comments)

Pretty much every note, every inch of tape that the Beatles ever produced has been bootlegged. Collectors like me already have all this stuff, though maybe the new releases might have better sound quality. The Beatles themselves would be first to admit that some of this was substandard work though, which is why it wasn't released back then in the first place

about 3 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

TheGoodNamesWereGone Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

About a year I was part of a team of contractors that rolled out new hardware at an aviation/pilot training school. The new boxes were top of the line Xeons with 16GB of RAM and W7/64 preinstalled. Part of our job was to *install 32-bit XP on the machines* because the old training software hadn't been sufficiently tested to the satisfaction of the company on W7, even though the head IT manager had tested it and it worked fine. Since then I've wondered what they'll do come April.

about 4 months ago

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Microsoft releases beta of Offline Windows Defende

TheGoodNamesWereGone TheGoodNamesWereGone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) writes "Microsoft has released a beta of an offline version of its Windows Defender product, for those instances where the computer is just so unbelievably infected that it can't go online or access security website. Prior to this, techies cleaning up infected PCs would have to use Ultimate Boot CD or something similar, but creating those disks and keeping them updated could be something of a chore. Offline Windows Defender comes in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Will this be a help to people like me who are always cleaning diseased PCs?"
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