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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

XenoPhage Re:No (627 comments)

Wouldn't this be more of what the API has available? IDE's don't really help you learn the language, beyond semantics, but they are extremely helpful with providing contextual information about API calls.

about 8 months ago

US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years

XenoPhage Re:Queue "Piracy" reasoning (310 comments)

I completely agree, thus my post.. Typically these types of reports turn into blamefests about piracy and those damn kids and whatnot.. In reality, the economy sucks and there just aren't that many truly decent games coming out.

I miss the days of shareware when you could try a game before buying it. Nowadays, you spend $40-$60 on a new game for your shiny console and if you hate it, you're pretty much screwed. Most places have a no exchange policy, so the only real alternative is to sell it used. GameStop will be happy to give you $10 for that $60 game you bought 5 minutes ago...

In the end, I find myself having a problem justifying buying any game I haven't directly played. So, I end up not buying any. This is probably a very good thing for my wallet, but not such a great thing for game developers. :)

more than 5 years ago

US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years

XenoPhage Re:It's "CUE" you dumbfuck (310 comments)

Stop trying so hard. The word with the obvious spelling is the right choice.

captcha: souped

Sorry to offend your sensibilities. I blame way too much network tuning and programming.

more than 5 years ago

US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years

XenoPhage Queue "Piracy" reasoning (310 comments)

Watch.. this will turn into a big "See? Piracy is ruining the gaming business" blamefest... It's easier to blame piracy rather than crappy game design.. Of course, I'm sure the economy is playing a part as well. Although, from what I've read, people are reluctant to give up their hobbies, even in the face of a bad economy.

more than 5 years ago

Cross-Distro Remote Package Administration?

XenoPhage Re:Spacewalk (209 comments)

Even with Oracle, it's still a decent solution and works fairly well. I've had it up and running since the 0.1 release.

It has its problems, not least of which is the absolute resource hog that Oracle is, but it's better than having to log into every machine when an update comes out.

more than 5 years ago

iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

XenoPhage Re:Seriously... (693 comments)

I don't see the problem. I didn't want them to remove DRM so I could ignore the copyright on the music, I wanted them to remove it so I could use it on any device I wanted to listen to it on. They did that; now I can, as far as I'm concerned, we're all good now.

I completely agree. Since the announcement of this change, I have seriously considered purchasing digital music via itunes rather than buying CDs. The way I see it, if I can choose the songs I want rather than getting stuck with an entire CD, I'm more likely to buy more music. It's definitely a win for the music industry this way.

Presumably, without the DRM, I can convert these files to the format of my choice? Though I don't think I'll have to as I'm pretty sure rockbox plays AAC...

more than 5 years ago

Most Popular Free, Arena-Style FPS?

XenoPhage Re:Quake Live is awesome. (205 comments)

If only they would sort out ta damn mac client!

Small team and they want to get everything sorted out on one platform first. I can't blame em..

That said, Quake Live is a ton of fun.. I recommend checking it out.. :)

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot's Disagree Mail

XenoPhage Re:Huh-whuh? (167 comments)

So what you're saying is that the first guy, ranting about predictions, can actually predict stuff? Seeing as how his email, written in 2003, was written well before Idle was a section...

more than 6 years ago

Best Chair For Desktop Coding?

XenoPhage *blink blink* (742 comments)

Wow.. Utter shock at a slashdot reader having not only a wife, but, presumably, having reproduced...

more than 6 years ago



Conficker/Downadup mitigation

XenoPhage XenoPhage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XenoPhage writes "I'm working on possible mitigation scenarios for a potential Conficker/Downadup outbreak. One of the ideas we have is to "poison" our own DNS caches, effectively redirecting any infected clients to a local server. The thought is that this would help identify infected systems as well as prevent them from receiving updated instructions from command and control. The question is, however, how to do this, as well as what possible side effects will we encounter. Is this method absolutely taboo and should be avoided at all costs, or is this a valid method of detection/mitigation?"

Jessica Alba bears it all

XenoPhage XenoPhage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XenoPhage writes "It's not technology, in fact, it's politics. But come on, it's Jessica! Jessica Alba recently posed wearing naught but strips of black electrical tape for the Declare Yourself website. The photos are part of a group of photos titles "Only You Can Silence Yourself," public service announcements about the need to vote."

XenoPhage XenoPhage writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XenoPhage writes "Yet again, Diebold has shown their security prowess. This time they posted, on their website, a picture of the actual key used to open all of their Diebold voting machines. Ross Kinard of Sploitcast crafted three keys based on this photo. Amazingly enough, two of the three keys successfully opened one of the voting machines. But fear not, Diebold has removed the offending picture, replacing it with a picture of their digital card key. Take that, hackers!"


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