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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

ZephyrXero Fez 2 & Phil Fish (381 comments)

I'm still mourning the loss of Fez II thanks to all the haters and trolls :(

about a year ago
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Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

ZephyrXero They're not, Google is (269 comments)

Well that was a silly question...I thought we all already knew Google's the one on track to be the next Microsoft. Just as Microsoft was the next IBM before it.

about a year ago
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J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

ZephyrXero Re:Out of date info (128 comments)

nm...just ignore that, I see where the OP mentions now. Stupid slashdot, why can't I delete posts >_

1 year,6 days
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Moore's Law Fails At NAND Flash Node

ZephyrXero Post-Moore Advancement (147 comments)

Even if Moore's "law" finally runs out, we'll still find ways to advance. Just as the multi-core shift has prolonged it kinda sorta in the CPU space, 3D chip design will continue to move us forward for the time being, until quantum computing or something novel based on memristors becomes available.

about a year ago
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BotObjects Announces First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer

ZephyrXero Re:No Print Images? (29 comments)

Yeah, I thought that was weird too. Every other 3D printer company I've seen was more than happy to show some examples of what they can make. I'm gonna consider this vaporware for now...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

ZephyrXero Bottom up governance (694 comments)

I looked at your party's site, and I see one glaring thing missing for you to have my support. I'd like to see a focus on true grass roots, distributed, bottom up government be a concentrated goal. A move toward direct democracy, participatory politics and proportional representation. Obviously this is a big, complex topic that would probably take many decades to transition to, but any progress toward it would be good IMO. Power should flow up from the people, not down from the White House.

Secondly, I think it would also fit in well with the rest of your agenda to make a concentrated effort in promoting mutualist organizations like cooperatives and other employee/member owned business models. Put in place incentives that push for them to replace the capitalist corporatism we have today. For true freedom we need democracy in the work place, not just the goverment.

Until then, I'll stick with the Green Party.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

God damn it...this is why I haven't commented on Slashdot for the past 5 years >_<
Fine...let's play your game...

What is the middle ground? Either you have DRM or you don't. How is it anything other than binary? I guess you could have exceptionally obnoxious forms (like the recent Sims game), but it is pretty much binary.

So, now you've made it clear you either did not even read my original post or most certainly did not comprehend it. The whole point is this: DRM on things you have purchased = Bad. DRM on things you rent = perfectly fine and reasonable.

Yes in that a conclusion reached by a series of arguments backed up with personal experience is extremism. I happen to agree with RMS because I have previously purchased encumbered things and I can no longer use them despite paying good money for a completely legal copy. This has now happened a number of times to me, with various sorts of different DRM. At this point I'd feel that throwing good money after bad is a form of madness (inability to learn from experience) than anything else.

Once again, we're NOT talking about things you have purchased! That IS bad...but that's not what we're frakking talking about here >_<

You are basically advocating the polar opposite: so by your definition that is also extremism.

No, if I was advocating the polar opposite, I'd be advocating that any and all things should have DRM! Because it's just awesome! (that was sarcasm, since apparently you need everything spelled out for you)

Well, if anything you have at least done the service for me today in remembering how pathetic this community is for when you actually want to have a discussion rather than iconoclasts spouting off the same repetitive bullshit. Slashdot comments might as well be a thread on 4chan it still seems. Thanks...

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

How is IP an immoral concept? You can't just make blanket statements like that and act like it's something everyone agrees with you on.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

Well, this is how you ended your "argument"...

You may support defective by design software because it happens to suppor the small subset of things that you happen to do with it, but do not pretend that is is reasonable or lets people do all the reasonable things they want. There is no technical difference between a reasonable copy for reasonable purposes and an illegal copy for nefarious ones. That is why DRM is always, without exception, bad.

So, I'm pretty sure I did read you right. Your words make it sound like you're pretty hardcore in believing this to be a binary issue, with no option for a middle ground. Pretty much the definition of extremism. That and the use of Stallman's old "defective by design" rhetoric. So, I think we're done here...or at least I am.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Whatever you do, Netflix (394 comments)

If Netflix not working just how you want it inspires you to violence, you should probably seek some professional help.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

There is no DRM in HTML5. The spec everyone's so up in arms about simply adds hooks where a 3rd party plugin can connect with it. The actual DRM component will never be part of the actual HTML spec.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

Because the viewpoint you're posting with is exactly why I felt the need to make my first post at all. Slashdot is unfortunately filled with so many zealots that it's hard to put out a moderate viewpoint sometimes. Your assumption that "DRM is always bad because it's DRM" comes off pretty extremist to me. Sorry if I somehow misread your sentiment though...

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes sense (394 comments)

I know it's blasphemy to say so, especially on Slashdot, but I have zero problem with Netflix using DRM. Why? It's a rental service. I have not purchased these videos. I do not own them. Therefore I have no expectation of any sort of rights to do what I want with them. So, as while I'm totally against it for things like iTunes or a BluRay. It completely makes sense to me that Netflix needs some sort of mechanism, even if it only keep 99% of people from keeping a local copy.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

ZephyrXero Re:not much better (394 comments)

The point of DRM is not to give you absolutely no way to capture the content, but simply to make it difficult enough that the average person doesn't just right click and say save file to disk. It's like the lock on my front door. Do people know how to pick it? With enough effort can it be knocked down by brute force, sure. But most people will not attempt to open a locked door, so it serves it's purpose.

about a year ago
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Blood From Mosquito Traps Car Thief

ZephyrXero Too many factors (198 comments)

I could see the mosquito based evidence as enough to consider him a suspect, maybe even to get a search warrant perhaps (although that's already a stretch), but by no means should this even remotely count towards conviction as that mosquito could have come from almost anywhere. Still if finding the DNA in the mosquito leads them to find actual evidence, I suppose it's okay.

more than 5 years ago
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Remote Access Policies

ZephyrXero Avoid Microsoft products at all cost (178 comments)

No Windows allowed unless on a company owned machine with absolutely no privaledges and a hardcore resident anti-malware tool running. If possible disable IE & Outlook too. If user is accessing via wifi require wpa2 encryption. Otherwise your users are gonna get you infected with their home Limewiring habits or at least have their login info stolen by a keylogger

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Turbogears releases first beta for version 2.0

ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Derick writes "Turbogears, the megaframework for Python web development has released their first beta for the new version 2.0 series. The new revision, while mostly backwards compatible, is now based off Pylons, SQLAlchemy, Repoze, and many other powerful, yet easy to use WSGI components. New features for TG2 include the ability to support multiple databases, horizontal data partitioning (sharding), extensibility via WSGI middleware, and support for numerous Javascript/AJAX toolkits all in a MVC design structure."
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ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Derick Eisenhardt writes "Today I am proposing for game developers and hardware manufacturers to come together to work on an open standard for game consoles. The Open Game Console Consortium will be working together to define a standard and certification program so that multiple manufacturers can release their own consoles that all play the same exact games.

One of the primary goals of our project is to give game developers a console platform where they will have the freedom to create games on their own terms. The Big Three's oligopoly over the videogame industry and subsequent splintering of the market isn't helping our industry any more than the needless battle between BluRay and HD-DVD is helping the movie industry. Please come join us as we venture into a new era of console gaming."

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A proposal

ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  about 9 years ago It's becoming increasingly clear that Slashdot's comment system is due for an upgrade. Here are a few ideas I have for it's improval.

The comment moderations are a little too generic. I say give a much wider range than -1 to 5. At very least make it -2 to 10. I'd personally perfer it go from -10 to 100. For this to be feasable mod-points would have to be given out much more often, but I don't see that as a problem.

Next I would take advantage of Slashdot's already built in friend system. You should be able to see both a friends' score and an overall score for comments. So you could setup your account to only take into account your friends moderations, or do a combination of the two. People constantly disagree on proper moderations, so this would help I think.

Lastly, I'd add a whole lot more comment labels. You should have an orthoginal design of sorts. If a post can be rated "funny" then it should also be possible to rate it "unfunny". Insightful? How about Uninformed? Stuff like that... How about a "zealot" mod option? Or with things like the GNAA around maybe it's time for a "Spam" label? I'm sure there's lot of new possibilities...

Any other ideas? Care to make a counterpoint (not flame)? Leave a comment below.

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FlashBlock Yes, AdBlock No. "The social contract" with ads

ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 9 years ago Ok, I saw some people arguing over this issue a few weeks ago. I was always of the opinion that adblock would inspire more sites to require subscriptions and payments instead of being free, or at least for the "good stuff." Many news services keep their "exclusive content" reserved for subscription only users these days. This could also lead to sites just not supporting Firefox in fear that all of their readers will block their ads, which pay for their servers, etc... Then I saw someone arguing that when advertisers crossed the line from simple advertising to annoying ads like pop-ups, "eye blasters", automatic videos and whatnot they lost those rights. I started to think you know...that's true too. And I believe I've found the solution. Use Flashblock, but not adblock.

I installed Flashblock recently, and I am loving it! It's making my internet browsing so much more enjoyable than before, and I realize that the plain ol' banners and even the occational animated GIF isn't that much of a bother after living with all the flash based crap for the last few years. Now when webdevelopers look at their web stats and ad revenue they'll see a decline in Flash based (annoying) ad viewing but steady use of regular ads. This is the smart way to boycott ad abuse in my opinion...

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A new kind of Linux distro

ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've been bouncing ideas around my head for over a year now on what it would take to make a solid Linux distro that was easy enough for your Joe Average users but powerful enough for more advanced users too. I think with the recent release of Autopackage it might be a little more possible now. I've written an extremely basic, rough paper on what this distro's all about and how it works. I still plan on adding a ton more content, so be gentle..

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ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 9 years ago I just saw an ad here on slashdot that made me laugh... It says that Speakeasy now offers a 6Mbit/768kbit plan at an "unrivaled price" $99/month. Umm, I get that same bandwidth from Comcast for less than $60/month.

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ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 9 years ago Ok, I'm extremely tired of trying to justify my ideas on that World of Warcraft post.

I feel I have done a more than adequete(sp?) job of defending my opinions...but I guess it doesn't matter. I will never try to make an estimate here again, I guess. If you're not 100% exact you will get flamed to hell and back...

One day, when I get to make my own MMORPG, I'll have to release the numbers and show you guys I'm not the idiot you think I am...

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ZephyrXero ZephyrXero writes  |  more than 9 years ago Wow.... it's amazing how quickly they will tell you you're an idiot and mark you as a troll if you have an opposing view than the majority around here. I guess Blizzard is just too well respected to offer any kind of critism toward.

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