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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Re:Diaspora appliance (72 comments)

Except that I can sign up for Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/G+/Whatever with a browser, and costs me zero dollars.

A Disapora appliance would have to cost more than zero dollars, because you're making and distributing hardware. Why would people ever buy it? What happens when it fails, or the baby spills juice on it, or it needs patching, or any number of other real world things happens to it?

It's a complete non-starter unless it also does something game changing.

8 hours ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Nobody cares (72 comments)

" It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology."

I hate to break it to you, but people don't care. That's techobabble to the overwhelming majority of the audience. When it comes to social networks, people care about the following things:

1. Are the people I want to connect with using it
2. Does it look good
3. Is it easy to use
4. Privacy, sometimes

Disapora failed because it was high on technobabble and low on the other stuff.

9 hours ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Tridus Re:Outrage not done right (554 comments)

She also would have hired two guys to write slashdot 2.0.

5 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Could be a money loser (394 comments)

Google was paying Mozilla before for traffic driven their way, that will presumably end now.

So if I'm using Firefox and switch back to Google (because I don't want to use reskinned Bing), Mozilla won't be getting anything anymore.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Re:Bing indeed (394 comments)

The commonly thrown around number is that 90% of users never change the defaults.

In my experience, that number might be low.

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Tridus It's entirely the fault of gamers for pre-ordering (473 comments)

This is very easily fixed - don't pre-order games.

Problem solved. Now you can wait two weeks to let the suckers who did pre-order tell you if it's good or not. It doesn't matter what the publisher tries to do to slow down the reviews, since in that case the reviewers can just get a retail copy and review without interference.

The moral here is to not be a sucker by pre-ordering.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Tridus Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (473 comments)

So GamerGate is now Occupy, where it's about absolutely everything (even things that have been already an issue for years) and is thus about nothing at all?

Gotcha.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Tridus Re:Try explaining that... (136 comments)

There was 145 billion of them sent last year, so the answer is probably "lots of people".

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

And it's cute how you're being led around by the nose thinking that the "journalistic ethics" in question are actually a thing, when that campaign is bullshit being used as cover by the trolls for their real goal.

Hint - when you make up bullshit about your ex-girlfriend, that's the opposite of "ethics".

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

If by "revealed she slept with reviewers", you really mean "had some bullshit made up by her ex-boyfriend that was taken as truth by a bunch of total fucking morons", then yeah, that's pretty much what happened.

One of the people they said she slept with to get reviews, didn't even review the game. But hey, this is about "ethics". Facts and truth have no place in a mob running around screaming "ethics!!!!"

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (716 comments)

It's pretty amazing how this "movement" can be so many things, have no clear goals, no leadership, no objective, and is somehow magically immune from responsibility for everything people do in it's name.

Sorry, but no. GamerGate is total bullshit, founded on already disproven lies and mysognistic assholes. If you're in for that, you are what's wrong with society.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Tridus Re:I'm surrounded by morons (613 comments)

Where I live, I still get to drive home in the dark. Only now I also get to drive *to* work in the dark.

Yay!

It's an utterly pointless exercise here. We only do it because of inertia.

about three weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Tridus Re:Cheaper than Coal? So what? (315 comments)

Someone who has to currently buy their natural gas from Russia, which tends to carry some conditions along with it.

about a month and a half ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Tridus Re:Failed QA (399 comments)

If their QA is anything like game developer QA, they found all the problems and management decided that the ship date was more important.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Tridus Re:Ethics in journalism (724 comments)

Umm, you do know that all that stuff about the woman you won't name was made up by her ex-boyfriend, right?

Now there's a credible source of "journalism" if I ever heard one!

Gamergate is a smear campaign based entirely on lies and bullshit, used as a shield to protect a bunch of people who really don't like the woman behind those Feminist Frequency videos. Nothing more.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Tridus Actually (724 comments)

The issue is *really* a bunch of morons on 4chan starting a "movement" to discredit people, on the basis of some flagrant lies made up by the ex-boyfriend of a developer.

This thing is so stupid that even *Cracked* has shown that it's total bullshit from top to bottom.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Tridus Yes (504 comments)

I put it on my iPad 3 and it's noticeably slower. The big thing I'm seeing now that I never saw before is typing lag. That is annoying. I've also seen extra delay in some cases with the screen realizing it needs to rotate, and a bug in one specific app with keys on the keyboard disappearing entirely. On the performance end it's not that impressive in any way.

That said, having extensions in Safari has been nice, keyboard swapping is handy, and the family sharing feature is really great. So I'm not going to be rushing to roll it back, but I really don't understand how simple things like typing could get so much slower on the same hardware.

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Tridus Re: Expert. (358 comments)

Well, he's got a promising career in the NFL then.

about 2 months ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Tridus Betteridge's Law of Headlines is true again (112 comments)

This has nothing to do with open source at all. An organization closed down a unit, and got rid of some projects. That happens pretty much every day in the private sector and in the closed source world. What makes open source special in this regard. Do you expect them to keep supporting things forever even when the organization doesn't want to anymore?

The only difference is that with open source, someone could take that code and keep working on it, if they wanted to. That's it. The rest of this has nothing to do with open source at all and is just a flagrant attempt at drumming up controversy by asking a bullshit question in the headline.

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Tridus Re:Yeah, so? (215 comments)

It's not a card game. It's a video game with a card game inside it.

Calling this a "card game" would mean that Final Fantasi IX was a card game because of Tetra Master.

about 2 months ago

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Gamestop buys Impulse

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "Gamestop has agreed to buy Impulse from current ower/creator Stardock for an undisclosed sum. Impulse is well behind Steam in the digital distribution market, but gives Gamestop a jump start in their effort to start competing with Steam."
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Spore, Mass Effect to phone home

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "The PC version of Mass Effect is going to require Internet access to play (despite being a single player game), as its DRM system requires that it phone home every 10 days. Sadly, Spore will use the same system. This will do nothing to stop piracy of course, but it will do a heck of a good job of stopping EA's new arch-enemy: people playing their single player games offline."
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