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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:Dubious achievement (336 comments)

None of those things were minor improvements to existing products that already met peoples' needs, either. Windows 3.1 and 95 were huge upgrades that did things their predecessors were completely incapable of, and the iPhone may as well have been a completely original product, given that its competition was composed of clunky bricks with terrible UIs.

What about Win 7 is "substantially worse" than XP? Or 8, after you turn off Metro?

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (336 comments)

The currently available solutions seem pretty weak to me. I mean, I've got an Android tablet, but it's pretty poor at actually controlling a media center PC. I suppose I could use a UPnP app to make it play music or video files, but that won't work well for something like playing games, watching Blu-ray discs, browsing the web, or anything else -- and if all I'm doing is streaming content to it, there's no point in having a standalone PC instead of just using my TV's built-in media capabilities. Using something like VNC to control it remotely is kludgey at best. What does Windows 8 offer that makes it suitable for this kind of thing?

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (336 comments)

Systems without a touchscreen or a digitizer shouldn't exist.

So let's say I've got a media center PC connected to my TV that's running Windows 8. How am I supposed to use a touchscreen to interact with that? Walk over to my TV and leave giant smudges on it as I smear my fingers several feet across it?

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Yosho Re:Dubious achievement (336 comments)

That seems like quite a bit of extrapolation. Why do those status tell you that MS OSes have "totally sucked" rather than tell you that people are resistant to change and will keep using something that is just good enough to meet their needs?

about two weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

I'm also gonna guess he doesn't bother with encumbrance, and I've never heard somebody say THAC0 was "easy", but I'm not sure how he'd run a pre-3.0 D&D campaign without that.

about three weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Except for a 12th level characters reasonably having +29/29/24/19/14 where the first attack is actually a double attack as well and he's doing +28 dmg per hit for obscene numbers yah, pathfinder sure is 'good'.

Yes, in fact, that's very reasonable compared to 3.5 under the guidance of WotC, where with some exploits you can have a 5th-level character with an infinitely high strength, or another who can take an unlimited number of actions per turn, or even a 5th-level wizard without any particularly bad exploits can kill the tarrasque.

So yes, a heavily tweaked and optimized 12th-level character who can do a few hundred damage per round is pretty reasonable. Oh, and I do think my original post said there were a few exceptions.

about three weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Sure, that is an extreme example, but the Pathfinder Society is too controlling and almost cult like in the way the GM's run their worlds. I like freedom in RPG's.

The amount of freedom you have is entirely up to the GM running the game. There's nothing inherent to any of the system mentioned that would stop GMs from letting their players do whatever they want. PFS modules are very railroady as a contrivance of being part of an organized play campaign; players have to play within the box and by the rules in order to keep things fair and balanced for all of the other players.

If you're playing in a home game, though, there's no reason why a GM can't let their players run wild and go wherever they want except for a lack of imagination. It seems like you're trying to set up a strawman argument in order to justify your dislike of the system.

the Pathfinder Society is too controlling and almost cult like

Wait, take a step back. Did a 2E D&D diehard seriously just call another RPG "cult like"? Are you intentionally going for maximum irony?

about three weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Yosho Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Pathfinder is a joke, as is any edition past 2nd.

You may not personally like Pathfinder, but you're kidding yourself if you think it's not the king of tabletop RPGs right now. Game shops stock more PF books than any other rules setting, and gaming conventions are dominated by Pathfinder Society tables -- and, honestly, Paizo has exerted better quality control over PF than WotC ever did over D&D. They've had a few duds, but overall the quality of their supplements and adventure paths has been very consistent.

about three weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Yosho Re:Please, enough. (590 comments)

I'm interested. Please explain what this has to do with Marxism.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Yosho Re:Bad media coverage (1330 comments)

What happened was that the president of Chik-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, expressed an opinion on same-sex marriage that was exactly what Barack Obama had expressed just a couple of years earlier and that HIllary Clinton had also expressed. Oddly, only one of these three people were harassed for their opinion.

Wow, like leaving out details much?

Just for reference, the problem isn't that Dan Cathy expressed an unpopular opinion. The problem is that Chik-fil-A's "charity" organization, the WinShape Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT hate groups. Did Barack or Hillary do that?

about a month and a half ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Yosho Re:What about mechanical failure? (167 comments)

I'm curious as to how they handle various types of mechanical failure - what does the car do if:

For all of the situations you listed, the solution is quite simple: turn on the warning lights, slow down, pull over to the side of the road, and display an error message to the driver. Then either let the driver take control or resume control after the problem has been fixed.

In addition, do these cars handle unexpected road conditions:
Unannounced road closures/detours

Detect that the road is closed and calculate a different route.

Tree blocking part or all of roadway

If it's not blocking all of the roadway, drive around it. Otherwise, see above.

Large sinkhole ruins part of all of roadway

See above.

Potholes

Detect and drive around them.

Road maintenance requiring speed reduction (chip&seal)

See above.

Dirt or gravel road

Just keep driving? I don't see how this is even a problem.

about 3 months ago
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California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Yosho What I find really amazing... (167 comments)

is how every time there's an article about autonomous cars, there are waves of people who have spent about five minutes thinking about the subject and are sure that they have come up with a laundry list of show-stopping issues that the people who've been working on this problem for a decade could not have possibly thought of.

about 3 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Yosho Re:In Academic Projects (435 comments)

Out of curiosity, what are you doing that is so performance intensive that you can't use the STL? Have you done profiling on STL vs. custom containers to compare how efficient they are?

about 4 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Yosho Re:Wow (1198 comments)

Welcome to the internet. Most of the armchair criminal scientists here feel that the purpose of the justice system is to get revenge and slake the bloodlust of the accusers. In that aspect, society hasn't really advanced a whole lot since the dark ages. If you suggest that maybe the justice system is about rehabilitating criminals who can be rehabilitated and protecting society from the ones who can't, all of them will call you a hippy liberal who is soft on crime.

Fortunately, most of those people don't have any actual influence on the justice system, but you still have to watch out for the ones that do.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

Yosho Re:Sharing is nothing new (331 comments)

They shared tools, e.g., when they build houses. They shared land. They shared knowledge. Farmers, share their equipment for a long time, as it was expensive all the time.

Except that most of those things are not personal. A hammer's just a hammer; if you loan that to somebody who loses it, you're just out whatever it costs you to buy another hammer. And knowledge? Sharing that doesn't cost you anything. Letting somebody stay in your home, though, especially when you're not there, is very personal, and most people are very hesitant about giving somebody else unfettered access to everything they have.

And... land? Are we looking at the same history? I'd wager that more wars have been fought over who owns what land than anything else. Land is absolutely not something that people have historically been willing to share with somebody they didn't trust intimately.

about 4 months ago
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BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition For October 7th

Yosho Re:Eye candy (79 comments)

as carefully balanced ... as Skyrim

That's not really a very high bar right there. Invest a little bit in stealth, archery, alchemy, or blacksmithing, and you can easily break the game.

Is it close enough to bug free that immersion isn't lost?

Actually, are you sure you played the same Skyrim as everybody else?

about 4 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Yosho Re:Sum up... (313 comments)

Savvy readers can probably already setup and host their own servers...

What would you suggest for readers who aren't savvy but want a way to effortlessly keep files synchronized between all of their devices?

about 4 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Yosho Re:Is it a lie? (723 comments)

I know exactly 0 people that have signed up for it

Really? You've gone and surveyed everybody you know and verified that their negative response was correct? And if you find the 2% number doubtful, I'm going to assume you've surveyed enough people to ensure that number is outside of your margin of error.

Are you sure you're not just assuming that somebody hasn't signed up because they haven't told you about it?

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Yosho Re:My take as a 9 year LGBT Mozilla contributor (1746 comments)

your piece of paper will not give you legitimacy.

But it will give him legal privileges that are otherwise unobtainable. I'm pretty sure he doesn't care whether you approve of him or not -- he starts caring when you try to push laws to deny him that.

They hate people like you trying to change the definition of "normal".

If "but that's the way it's always been!" is the only argument you've got, you're no different from people who would deny women the right to vote or make interracial marriage illegal.

Eich invented Javascript.

Fuck that guy, then, that's way worse than just donating a wad of cash to an increasingly irrelevant hate group.

I suggest that you stop using Javascript and all pages with Javascript on it including Slashdot.

If you have such a problem with gay people, I suggest you stop using computers. Surely you're familiar with Alan Turing?

about 4 months ago

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China's iPad clone runs Android, is 1/5 the price

Yosho Yosho writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Yosho (135835) writes "China is always pretty good at producing knockoffs of popular devices, and they've done it again; this time it's the iPed, which looks remarkably like the iPad. It comes in a similar box and looks like it's running on pretty similar hardware, but there's a twist — it runs Android and only costs $105. All I want to know is, when will they be selling them in America and can I get one?"
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Japanese Windows 7 gets official "OS-tan" and them

Yosho Yosho writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Yosho writes "The OS-tans — cute, fan-made anime characters that represent individual operating systems — have long been very popular among Japanese internet users. Microsoft is officially embracing them and has created an official OS-tan, Nanami Madobe, to represent Windows 7 in Japan. The Japanese premium set of Windows 7 Ultimate will contain an exclusive wallpaper and sound set based on her; on top of that, the character is being voiced by popular voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki. Operating systems have never been cuter!"
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