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Is the App Store Broken?

Torp Just one data point here... (236 comments)

... but I stopped looking for new apps (well, i was getting mostly games) for iOS because there's simply too much free to play shit.

yesterday
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Torp Re:chiming in (547 comments)

Additional note: opticians don't even wear contacts, just glasses!
There might be a reason?

about a week ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Torp They're right with some caveats... (502 comments)

...but do not buy from Creative. They're overpriced crap with dubious driver support - the last card worth buying from them was maybe the AWE32?
Also, you need to have real speakers. And if you have a real amp to go with those speakers, it probably has SPDIF and you don't need a discrete sound card :)

Sadly, the competition (Asus Xonar for example) only cares about Windows as well, so they're out of the question.

about three weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Torp Re:But it's simple (86 comments)

You should get a Brave New World quote, but I'm too lazy to look for an appropriate one.

about three weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Torp But it's simple (86 comments)

Any game that has launch day DLC, be it preorder bonus crap or not, I will only buy - IF i bother - when they release the "GOTY edition" with all the content included, at half the price. Or maybe I'll wait till said edition goes on sale at 75% off :)
If you're impatient and want to have a game at launch, your (monetary) loss.

about three weeks ago
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Indie Game Developers Talk About Why They Struck Out On Their Own

Torp Do they need to give a reason? (49 comments)

Google "EA Spouse" for why you shouldn't be in the "mainstream" gaming industry.

about three weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Torp The real reason is... (206 comments)

To restrict Russian citizen's access to about 90% of the internet.
Yes, the big names might hire servers and staff in Russia... and cooperate with the Russian government.
But the smaller organizations? No way in hell they can afford that.
It's mostly another form of the Great Firewall of China.

about a month ago
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Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

Torp TBH I'd be more worried... (86 comments)

... about the ones Symantec doesn't know about.
Also, I don't remember Symantec doing anything useful since like, forever. I remember them for purchasing Norton Utilities and turning them into a bloated mess. Should we trust them on this, or is their marketing department manufacturing a threat? :)

about a month ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Torp If you're worried about being tracked/viruses... (119 comments)

... just use a cheap USB cable from a cheap charger that only has the GND and 5V wires to save costs :)
No data exchange will be possible.
Might still be good to disinfect it after each use.

about a month ago
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CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast

Torp Will it work... (32 comments)

On Star Wars Episode VII?
I was going to say episode I, but it has already been done manually.
Also, how about a technology that skips whatever isn't from the book in the lord of the rings and hobbit movies?

about a month ago
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Google I/O 2014 Begins [updated]

Torp No (49 comments)

I still don't want to display my real name on YouTube.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

Torp Re: Big deal (99 comments)

Oh btw, copy.com now says you can earn up to 25 Gb through referrals. No more unlimited :)
They should have added a "Hello slashdot!" to that line.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

Torp Re:Breaking News! Take 2 (99 comments)

OwnCloud is good if you're willing to take the time to maintain it. I tried to use it but it seemed very bloated for my lowly Atom home server. Php and webdav, if i recall correctly. They should have made a native code lightweight sync server separate from the web interface IMO.
Of course, if you *have* to run a cloud service that you control 100%, OwnCloud is the best solution. I'd mod you up but I already posted in this thread...

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

Torp Re: Big deal (99 comments)

I see an "Allow local peer discovery and syncing" checkbox so it's not missing LAN sync. For my use cases delta sync and two step authentication aren't useful.
So here's another shameless referral link: https://copy.com?r=pEmm98.
Note that I just signed up so I'm more deserving of the 5 Gb bonuses than the guys above who already have terabytes of storage :p

Funny, I was going to pay for Dropbox the moment they dropped prices to google drive levels. But they seem to have lost the opportunity now. Don't you like this thing called "competition"?

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

Torp Re:Big deal (99 comments)

Interesting one. Does the sync work as well as Dropbox?

about a month ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Torp Re:Certificate renewal (74 comments)

LOL. Most certificate authorities are just saying 'here's what this guy told us his name is'. Basically worthless.
But it's nice to have a near monopoly service that's no better than a self signed certificate.

about a month ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Torp Re: Hosting? (74 comments)

Also, the laws are a bit idiotic. It's not like the ones actually exploiting the vulnerability will care that it's illegal.
They need a whistleblower exception :)

about a month ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

Torp Sad that print is dying but... (105 comments)

... that "digital magazine" mention is the really scary part. That's wasted effort with a 98% chance they'll get it wrong.
Obligatory xckd: http://xkcd.com/1174/

about a month and a half ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

Torp So in 5 years... (126 comments)

... I'll have to pay extra to get a car without a fucking touch screen?

about a month and a half ago

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