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1 in 8 Take Fake Phone Calls to Avoid Talking to Others

anomnomnomymous Well, in my opinion (160 comments)

In my opinion this clearly shows that...

Oh, sorry: Got to take this call.

more than 3 years ago

Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

anomnomnomymous And yet it has been topping a few of the charts (462 comments)

I played the demo the other day, and if people buy this and then complaint it's their own mistake. The demo already clearly showed in which areas it was lacking (bad animations, bad scripting,really lame humor/voice acting). Even though I've been a big fan of Duke3D, I just couldn't see this being worth my money. But all props to them that they actually released a demo; Most of the times the crappy games won't have a demo, because of aforementioned reasons.

more than 3 years ago

New Tool Shows Would-Be Emailers If You're Swamped

anomnomnomymous Besides the obvious malicous ways it can be used.. (82 comments)

I don't think this algoritm would give a good insight in how I use email myself.
I subscribe to quite a few newsletters, and as such, my email inbox is almost always filled. Most of them I directly archive (they get auto-tagged when appearing in my inbox; so they're easier to file), and some I leave in my inbox for later browsing/reference. Also other important emails I leave in my inbox (yes, I should be filing those too) when I read them, and mark them unread so I know I still have to do something with it.

This behaviour would lead the sender to believe I'm always swamped.

And to be honest: I think this is a solution trying to be found for a problem that doesn't really exist.
If you want someone to read your email, make sure to have a proper subject-title, or use the in-office urgency-tags.

more than 3 years ago

Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release

anomnomnomymous Very nice. (166 comments)

Wow, I'm really liking this move, and I think it makes sense. Still, quite admirable that they don't leave the DRM on there for longer.
The first few weeks is when a game is most at risk of being pirated. Nonetheless, this game is already on several torrent sites, so it's not as if the DRM worked in the first place.

Anyhows, this is sortof obligatory: Penny Arcade's view on The Witcher :-D

more than 3 years ago

Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

anomnomnomymous Re:No surprises here (374 comments)

Bullshit, you don't.

I'm a very wary computer user, with decent security (firewall with a whitelist, and behind a router).
I've had two times in the last half a year that this one crept up; The last one only a few days ago.
The first time it took me a few hours to get properly rid of it, but a few days ago I immedeately recognised the 'fake scan' window, and as a quick resort, resetted my computer. I started up in safe mode, and used MalwareByte's AntiMalwareto get rid of it (one of the few antispy that actually removes this one correctly; very much recommended once you get infected).

But to stress: There's NO user interaction necessary for this one to work and install itself. I'm up to date on everything (Windows, firewall, anti-virus, browser, java), and this one still slipped through.

My only resort was to have a rough look through the last 10 sites I've visited, and whereas I haven't noticed anything dodgy in particular, I'll refrain from using these sites for some time.

more than 3 years ago

AF 447 Flight Recorder Found In the Atlantic

anomnomnomymous I don't get this (218 comments)

Does somebody know why it's so hard for them to find it? I would assume that it's properly secured against crashes, and has a GPS/transmitter on board? What causes this to be so hard?

Hmm, how about from now on they'll just box an iPhone; then at least you know for sure that the location is known ;-)

more than 3 years ago

CryTek For Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor

anomnomnomymous Still does not come close to licensing UT3-engine (121 comments)

I've seen this described as Crytek taking on the likes of the UT3-engine, though I find there's one very important difference:
The UT3 engine can currently also be used to sell commercial games: Up to the first 50k of sales, it's completely free for developers. After that, Epic will take 25% of the earnings.
The cool things is that this 50k only works for the share that people get -after- the app stores get their cut. Have a look at their site to see their licensing agreement.

Not related to Epic in any way; Just a happy 'customer', and hopefully a published indie developer in the near future.

more than 3 years ago

ESRB To Automate Game Rating

anomnomnomymous Re:Wow... (119 comments)

Way to show you just don't care.. "hey, fill out this survey so a computer can determine how to rate your game. No, we aren't going to play it."

Erm, they already don't play the games. Instead, they have the same list of questions that have to be filled in by the developers, on which they base their judgement. Developers also supply videos of gameplay, to clarify some of the answers/explanations.

I really don't see too much wrong with this: I think it makes it much clearer for developers how to target the rating they have in mind: If, for instance, they try to shoot for a PG13, they can fill in the survey/test beforehand, and clearly see if it's on the mark.

Overall, I think it's good for them to have a clear rating system, to remove any of the bias that some of the reviewers might have.

more than 3 years ago

Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

anomnomnomymous Ohyes, this makes sense... (235 comments)

This makes sense: All the leveldesigners, modelers, texture- and concept artists; They all work on Steam...

I assume that the sarcasm is noticed.

There's no need for Valve to work on Episode 3 in a hurry; Whenever it will be released, it will be sold by the millions.
And to be honest; I rather wait some more (actually, I'm not missing it), and get yet another awesome game, whereas I don't get the feeling that something is incomplete because of rushing it out for a certain date.

Other than that, I also have a theory in which I think that right now, they might be working on HL3, and just skip the whole Episode 3.
Then again, pure speculation of course.

more than 3 years ago

Garry's Mod Catches Pirates the Fun Way

anomnomnomymous So what if a legitimate customer gets hit? (365 comments)

I'm not too sure if I condone this behaviour, nor do I think this is a 'fun' way to catch pirates: A fun way was how the Nintendo DS version of Michael Jackson: The Experience made copied versions of the game unplayable and taunts gamers with the blaring sound of vuvuzelas: See here

The problem I have with these kinds of protections is that they also might affect paid customers; Same as with strict DRM.

I already bought Garry's Mod after having played it for free (as the HL2 mod).
It was less than 10 dollars, so a real bargain. But I would have reconsidered it if I heard of this beforehand.
Nonetheless, all power to the developer to protect their property.

more than 3 years ago

Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled

anomnomnomymous I can sort of understand why he settled... (469 comments)

I can sort of understand why he settled: Hell, I'd settle if I realised it would likely take years of my life, if not thousands of dollars to fight.
But still, the rant, as seen on Geohot's site, still gives me a bit of a feeling of dealing with a hypocrite.

Then again, I'm a big hypocrite for wanting someone else to pursue something, which I would probably also settle as soon as possible.

more than 3 years ago

High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform

anomnomnomymous Re:Performance? I'd rather worry about comfort (283 comments)

It also has the advantage of being pretty cheap, which is handy since the wheel tends to gum up after 18 months or so in a way that I've never been able to fix, requiring periodic replacements.

I don't own a Razer-mouse, but I do recognise your problem here. Have you ever tried opening the mouse, and cleaning the interior?
I've been doing this myself for about five years now, and I'm still on the same mouse after all those years.
Since I'm on a Logitech mouse, I don't know if it's the same as a Razer mouse, but you can open the mouse by unscrewing the screws on the bottom of the mouse. The tricky bit here is (at least for my mouse) that those screws are hidden under the little tevlon-stickers.
So what I did was remove those stickers, unscrew it, and then give it a thorough clean. I could re-attach the stickers the first few times I did this, but after some time they just don't hold anymore. To counter that I bought a roll of tevlon tape a few years ago, and just use a tiny strip of this on the bottom of the mouse.
As said, this might be a Logitech-only thing, but I would assume that at least every mouse can be opened, and cleaned, like the steps written before.
Hope it helps.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

anomnomnomymous Re:USA #1 (513 comments)

I'm on a T-Mobile contract for £20.00/mo with a N900; the software that comes with that phone (Nokia PC Suite) allows very easy tethering. My datalimit is capped at 2GB/mo though.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Alarms Hit By New Year's Bug

anomnomnomymous Re:Use a real alarm clock (405 comments)

I'm not too sure about other phones, but my N900 will power itself off once the battery is empty; yet still leaves enough power for it to trigger the alarm in the morning.
The only time this 'feature' annoyed me when I once was unable to turn the alarm off once my battery was empty (and I didn't have my charger with me); Then again, it also saved me a few times, because I forgot to charge it.

about 4 years ago

Unreal Tournament 3 For Linux Is Officially Dead

anomnomnomymous Officially dead for Windows too (190 comments)

Well, that's a coincidence: It's officially dead for Windows too. And has been since almost three months after launch.

I really liked the Unreal Tournament games (even though I'm an id Software fanboy), and definitely the first part was a lot better than its counterpart at the time; Quake 3. Whereas Quake 3 had obvious masterlike AI-bots, the AI in Unreal Tournament always seemed to resemble a bit more humanlike play-style.
UT2004 was great too, and had some awesome new gametypes, which really worked well. They were planning on releasing a new update for it every year (hence the 2004 addition to the title), but failed at doing that (probably because they discovered their new cash cow; Gears of War).
Unreal Tournament 3's figures were very bad: Already after a month of release, the servers got less and less. As of today there's only a handfull of servers left (for the UK at least), with even less players.
I must admit myself that I also didn't play UT3 as much as I played the previous titles.

So to be honest, I can't really see too much of a loss in this (except that it would have been easier for other Unreal engined games to be ported over to Linux).

more than 4 years ago

2011, Year of the Tablet?

anomnomnomymous Heh (324 comments)

Including Apple with a smaller version of the popular product.

And let me guess; You can also call with this one?

more than 4 years ago

GoDaddy Up For Auction

anomnomnomymous Re:I think they overvalue themselves... (191 comments)

They should have been smart enough to realize that anyone who needs their services already knows who they are.

So, you're saying that pretty much any big brand might as well stop advertising?
Everyone knows Coca Cola by now... They might as well stop advertising, because anyone feels like cola, they just buy Coca Cola!

And most commercials don't work directly: It's just for those moments when the consumer actually wants to buy a domain, the name will ring a bell. At such time, GoDaddy is more likely to be chosen by someone with not enough knowledge of what is important in a webhost; but they'll be remembered by those 'funny' commercials at the Superbowl.

more than 4 years ago



Artists Battles Over Song Rights

anomnomnomymous anomnomnomymous writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anomnomnomymous writes "Since their release in 1978, hit albums like Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” Kenny Rogers’s “Gambler” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” have generated tens of millions of dollars for record companies. But thanks to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, those artists — and thousands more — now have the right to reclaim ownership of their recordings, potentially leaving the labels out in the cold."
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Bitcoin user gets robbed of his 1/2 million wallet

anomnomnomymous anomnomnomymous writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anomnomnomymous writes "One user claims that an unknown thief has stolen his virtual wallet with Bitcoins, worth the equivalent of half a million dollars. In a posting on the Bitcoin forum, a user with the nickname Allinvain claims 25,000 Bitcoins have been captured; An amount with a rough value of 467.500 dollar.
So are we going to see more of these robberies in the future? This clearly shows one of the downsides of the semi-anonymous currency, as a recourse or refund (or legal protection) is nearly absent."

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Most usable language to further my VB skills?

anomnomnomymous anomnomnomymous writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anomnomnomymous (1321267) writes "I'm currently working for a company where I found out that most of the processes we do can be improved by automating them. Since it's a financial institution, most of the improvements have to go through a Compliance department, to make sure we're being compliant with all sorts of laws (think of privacy and security). Most of the improvements I've been able to do, have to do wtih automating either retrieving or entering data in the system we use. For this I use Visual Basic in Applications (VBA), seeing as it's part of the Windows Office Suite, and therefor it's much easier to get improvements through Compliance. I know that I'm probably going to get a lot of flak for using such an archaic language, but as noticed: It makes it much easier to get through Compliance, as opposed to trying to get other software/tools vetted.
I have no coding background myself (besides some very basic java/html/C++ coding), but my logical deduction (and my thorough perfectionistic habit of testing before deploying) makes me able to create great optimisations within the company.
Now my question would be: If I would like to further my skills, which can be used in improving my understanding of Visual Basic, but also maybe pave the road towards introducing other tools/languages in the company once I've 'proven' myself: What coding language would be the best to teach myself?
Keep in mind that most likely I'll be stuck to using Visual Basic the coming year(s), but I wondered if there's any specific language that can help me in understand the processes more, if not let me be able to one day switch.
As mentioned before: I mainly use VBA/Excel to communicate with other software (think of entering data in the system, and then retrieving another field of data from that same system), so any other language I would use, should be able to easily communicate with other software, and retrieve information from it.
So any suggestions out there of what programming language could be the most useful for me to explore?"

Epic releases free version of Unreal Engine

anomnomnomymous anomnomnomymous writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anomnomnomymous (1321267) writes "Just a week after Unity announced its engine is now available for free to indie users, Epic Games has revealed a free version of its popular Unreal Engine technology. Called the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), it is a free edition of UE3 that allows community, modder and indie users more access to the engine's features and is available for all. Epic said game developers, students, hobbyists, researchers, creators of 3D visualizations and simulations plus digital filmmakers can all take advantage of the UDK for non-commercial use. The UDK can be downloaded at the UDK site, which also offers detailed product features, technical documentation, commercial licensing terms and support resources."
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Playboy Posts Back Issues Online: for Free

anomnomnomymous anomnomnomymous writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anomnomnomymous writes "Through a partnership between Microsoft and Bondi Digital Publishing, Playboy Enterprises has put 53 back issues of Playboy on the Web, viewable through Microsoft's Silverlight viewer. The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007, and appear as they did in the print version, with advertisements left intact. To do so, Bondi Digital Publishing scanned and re-typed each issue of Playboy, the company said in a statement. Users will need to install Microsoft's Silverlight player, but hey: I've seen worse cases where it was needed!"
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