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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Tridus Re: Expert. (331 comments)

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

yesterday
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Tridus Betteridge's Law of Headlines is true again (111 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.

2 days 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 a week 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)

No, it's not a "card game". It's a video game that uses a card game inside the video game for certain things.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Tridus Re:Asus RT series (427 comments)

Seconded. I'm running an RT-N66U and it's been rock solid, good range, good throughput. Haven't needed different firmware but I know it supports some options.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Tridus Re:netgear wndr3700/4000 series (427 comments)

I had a 3700 and it worked great until the N reception on it was suddenly gone one day. That was annoying.

about a month and a half ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Tridus Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

This is all about your definition of "dead". COBOL is "dead" in the sense that it's not being developed, it's not generally taught, and it's not generally used.

It's "not dead" in the sense that some people are still using it to do meaningful work.

The number of dead languages will vary considerably based on which definition of "dead" you use.

about a month and a half ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Tridus Re:its all about how the project is made (144 comments)

Speaking as a developer who works for a government, option 2 is rarely possible.

Keep in mind that the "government" is a collection of departments, branches, sections, or whatever you call them. Those are run by managers, which are run by more managers, which all have their own agendas, budgets, and powers to protect. Now add in politicians at the top, who change pretty regularly and have very different goals from everyone else.

So, in the best case scenario, at the start of a project everyone agrees on what it needs to do, what needs to be replaced, and everything else. You have specs, and you know what the goals are. Great! Then an election happens. New party in power, and priorites change. Now it has to do something else.

Oh, then a manager retires and a new one comes in. Now it has to do something else.

A new law is passed, now it has to do something else.

Someone changed their mind, and now it has to do something else. ... on, and on, and on it goes. This happens *all the time*. And that's if the people actually know what they want, which in my experience often isn't true in itself (like the Air Force ERP that didn't know how many systems it was replacing).

In a case where there is clear goals and strong management, #2 works great. Often times things just change too much and the only sensible way to accomplish anything is to go with #1 and do the project in smaller, more manageable pieces.

about 2 months ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Tridus Re:Cue blaming the contractor ... (144 comments)

And a lot of the time, the contractor is utterly incompetent and more interested in billing hours than completing the job.

Let's not pretend that companies taking government contracts are good guys, here.

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Is it? Go to a busy street corner and ask 100 people if they think Chess is a sport. The overwhelming majority will say no.

Chess is a sport in the same way that spelling bees are a sport - they're not. They are competitions with rules and winners though (like sports).

about 3 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:simple fix (221 comments)

"real sport": Competitions I like watching on TV.
"fake sport": Competitions other people like watching on TV.

about 3 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Re:Pay attention, people.... (221 comments)

They did, and they also got a negative response from Blizzard (who own the relevant game). Faced with that, they wised up.

I think you can attribute this one to stupidity more than anything else.

about 3 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Tridus Already changed (221 comments)

This has already been changed: http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/...

There was a huge backlash on social media, which drew Blizzard's attention. Blizzard kindly made it clear that they didn't want their game being used in a male-only tournament, and the problem was fixed.

Slashdot is pretty far behind on this one.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re: IPE (132 comments)

That's great. Let me know when it's on a phone that people are actually buying.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re:Bloat !!!!! (132 comments)

There's a petition from a few thousand old developers that want Microsoft to restart VB6 development, despite how godawful that is.

Developers sucking has no restriction on new vs old.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Re:Mozilla II (132 comments)

Because the people that run Mozilla seem to have no idea what Firefox users actually want. That's the only explanation I can come up with for what they've been doing.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Tridus Genius! (132 comments)

"Developers tell us that they are not sure how to start app development on the Web, with so many different tools and templates that they need to download from a variety of different sources."

So the plan of having too many tools to do development is to create another tool? Man, that's some awesome thinking right there. Reminds me of this: http://xkcd.com/927/

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Tridus Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

It'll be coming real soon now. Chrome just came out with a 64 bit version, and the Mozilla policy is pretty much "copy anything Chrome does."

So, no worries!

about 2 months ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Tridus Want to code? (548 comments)

Are you a girl? Great! Here's all kinds of grant money to help people make that happen.

Are you a boy? Get out of my classroom, if we have too many of you it will threaten our grant money.

That's "progress" for you.

about 3 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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