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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

basscomm Re:Sony playing catchup with Microsoft (277 comments)

How on earth do you figure this is a "blow" in the console war? Are you suggest that Microsoft was somehow behind this? Or is everything that gets reported on and is related to Playstation\Xbox now some sort of insidious plot to discredit one or the other console?

In reality it sounds like pure incompetence at Sony (and the same in the story you link about Microsoft) and I think when many people are affected by this sort of thing it's fair enough that it's covered on tech sites. It doesn't have to be part of some 'console war' that you parenthesize with apparent disdain while at the same time perpetuating the idea.

Or, it could have been that I was making a terrible joke.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

basscomm Re:Fuckbeta (2219 comments)

So it has come to this, a six! digit uid is considered a low uid now?


about 8 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

basscomm Some more headaches (237 comments)

Well, lets see here. In addition to that, I've noticed:

I can't alter my relationship with other posters (fan, friend, foe, freak) any more, so posters I like won't get that auto karma-boost as I'm reading.
I can't find any way to customize the layout of Slashdot at all. So, no more hiding stories/subjects/authors I don't like for whatever reason. Or adding custom slashboxes.
There's an astronaut next to the 'comment' field that I don't know what it does.
Metamoderation appears dead (and it no longer made any sense, anyway)
I used to have the option of adding a sweet +1 to all my posts for having good karma that apparently went away.
There's no option to post anonymously if I'm logged in.
The 'reply' function doesn't fill in my subject with Re: Parent
Links in posts no longer show the real url so this can happen again:
Fonts are a disaster
I was going to make this a snazzy bulleted list, but I have no idea what HTML is allowed

And so on, and on, and on.

about 8 months ago

The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

basscomm Re:The good ol' days (272 comments)

Many of the games that come out now have really amazing visuals/graphics/etc, but they all lack something the old classics had. What that something is, I'm not sure. I miss Sierra games with things like Police Quest, Kings Quest, The Island of Dr. Brain. Then you had other games like Hugo: House of horrors and Hugo 2: Who done it? Dune and Dune 2. Their graphics where horrid, but those games were a blast to play. I don't know why, but those older games just seem to have more character and spirit then the games that come out now. Don't get me wrong, there are good games that come out every year, but it seems like a majority of the games coming out now are just the same things rehashed over and over with better graphics and slight variations in the story line. It's almost like the gaming industry has homogenized somewhat. Want to make a FPS, just remake Halo or CoD. Want to make an open world game, just remake GTA,. What to make an RPG, remake Final Fantasy, Kings Quest or Elder Scrolls. Again, don't misunderstand, there are games that come out that do not follow this form such as Dear Esther or Portals and are awesome. I am simply talking the gaming industry as a whole, it way different then what it used to be. The indie game scene, however, seems to be pumping out some pretty awesome stuff these days.

A lot of modern games (especially the so-called 'AAA' games) are missing a soul. They're paint-by-numbers rehashes of what's worked before (shameless plug).

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

basscomm Re:Digg version 2.0 (1191 comments)

Scroll all the way to the top? Why not just use your keyboard's "Home" key?

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

basscomm Re:Need a classic option for seasoned users (1191 comments)

Why would you want to read part of a lengthy discussion, maybe even participate, and then come back to the discussion a few minutes or hours later and easily be able to check new comments or even replies to your comments? That's crazy talk.

No, no. When you get to a busy discussion, clicking "Load more comments" and praying that it loaded the comment you replied to, or your own comments. That feels right. Slashdot should feel like work, since we're all browsing it from work anyway.

about a year ago

You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

basscomm Re:Specter Plus (69 comments)

2. I'd like to see a category for "already said above" and if modded thus it a down-vote (would stop ppl endlessly saying the same thing without bothering to read comments already made).

It's been a while since I had mod points. Has the 'redundant' mod option been removed?

about a year ago

How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

basscomm Re:So basically... (459 comments)

More than you would think, and that's frightening.

1 year,21 days

Apple Announces iPhone 5

basscomm Re:meh (1052 comments)

LTE = Incoming Samsung Lawsuit.

Wow, I totally had that initialism wrong.

about 2 years ago

Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

basscomm Re:just stating the obvious (615 comments)

Meta moderation - you'll get there one day if you're a good little "dotter" and keep your karma up =) .

I guess you haven't Meta Moderated in a while. That's not really how it works any more, it seems, and hasn't for some time. Instead of deciding whether a moderation is fair or unfair, you decide on whether a comment is good or bad.

more than 2 years ago

Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

basscomm Re:It's all about giving to the community (663 comments)

"Top notch" might be overstating it a bit, there are still a few instances where they seem to be lacking. For instance, Windows users who have SLI and multiple monitors have been able to enable SLI and use both of their monitors at the same time since about 2008. But under Linux, no dice.

So if I had two monitors (which I do), and two Nvidia GPUs in SLI mode (which I do), and I wanted to run some 3D app that took advantage of SLI, I would have to: reconfigure X to disable my second monitor and enable SLI, restart X, play the game/use the app I wanted, when I was done I would have to reconfigure X again to enable my second monitor and disable SLI, restart X again, and reopen all my apps. Hardly ideal.

more than 2 years ago

Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

basscomm Re:Next: (578 comments)

You pay the same as netflix, but get ads anyway?

This gets brought up all the time, and I'm not sure I understand it. Why would you pay for a thing that will still expose you to ads? Like any number of websites on the internet? What about radios? Magazines? Newspapers? Or good ol' cable television? A lot of people are willing to put up with the ads on Hulu because it provides what they want: the ability to watch a lot of current shows on their own schedule. Heck, the free version provides limited access in exchange for you watching ads, which seems like a fair trade to me.

Sure, you could use a DVR to get roughly the same thing (watching things on your own schedule), but you still have to wait until they air, make sure the DVR recorded it, that it's not full, and if you want to catch up on something, you have to wait until the repeats are aired again. Or you could go to Hulu and dive through that show's archive. At your convenience. From almost any place in the US with a broadband connection to the Internet. All nice and legal. Even with commercials that's hugely convenient.

Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video are great options, too, since they don't show commercials. But they don't have complete overlap with each other, and aren't quite as current, and I might miss out on some first-run stuff like Game of Thrones until those boneheads get their licensing / DVD releases straightened out, but I can wait. Paying for all three is still cheaper and more convenient than all but the most basic traditional cable subscription in my neck of the woods, and I have access to enough stuff that I can find something to watch, when the urge strikes me, for the foreseeable future.

more than 2 years ago

Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

basscomm Re:Next: (578 comments)

services like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon could do a better job of making sure you DO watch the advertisements..

Hulu started making their "hey, we can't show you a commercial, please turn off your ad-blocker" message longer than the commercial would have been in its place, so I acquiesced... I'm weak.

more than 2 years ago

Introducing SlashBI

basscomm Re:FAIL (339 comments)

Through all the ownership changes, etc. over the 14 years I've read /., this is the first time I've had a real panic over the fate of the site.

If this is the first time you've had panic over the fate of the site, you haven't been paying attention. At the very least, the departure of the site's founder should have been a giant red flag. But, sadly, this is another milestone in the slow, steady decline of Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago

Classic Nintendo Games Are NP-Hard

basscomm Re:What? (204 comments)

I Honestly don't understand what NP refers to.

Nintendo Power.

more than 2 years ago

Iwata Confirms Nintendo Network, New Wii U Controller Functions

basscomm Re:Online network OK. But what about the Wii-U? (111 comments)

Just to be slightly more pedantic, one thing would stop you: the SNES version of Turtles in Time was a 2 player game.

more than 2 years ago

Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

basscomm Re:My complicated answer (359 comments)

Not all of Indiana is classified as Eastern. I'm also in Indiana, and squarely in the Central Time Zone. But you're right, the time zones in Indiana are a complete mess.

about 3 years ago



Codweavers Flock The Vote Challenge

basscomm basscomm writes  |  about 2 years ago

basscomm writes "Back in 2008 Codeweavers extended a challenge to then-president Bush: if he could get gas prices in the Twin Cities to below $2.79 a gallon, they'd give their software away free for a day. He did, and they did.

Four years later, Codeweavers has pledged that if 100,000 users (anywhere on the planet) pledge to vote they'll once again give away their software for free."

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Final Fantasy XIV on damage control

basscomm basscomm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

basscomm writes "Just the other day, it was reported here on Slashdot that Final Fantasy XIV was released into the world as a buggy, incomplete mess. Now, it's been announced that due to "generous amounts of player feedback" that lots of changes are coming (honest!). And, as a result, anyone who registers their game before October 25th will have their 30 day trial upgraded to a 60 day trial, but will it be enough to keep the game from hemorrhaging players once the free-trials end?"
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Windows XP Rides

basscomm basscomm writes  |  about 4 years ago

basscomm (122302) writes "The Operating System that just won't die has been dealt another blow today as Dell reminds us that it is halting the sales of computers with Windows XP preinstalled, though they note that XP will still be available under "certain circumstances".

Per Microsoft guidelines regarding Windows XP, system vendors like Dell will no longer be able to ship systems with XP Professional and XP Home after October 22, 2010. This means that we will stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month's deadline.


Link to Original Source

A new kind of spam tactic, sending resumes?

basscomm basscomm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

basscomm writes "Lately, my inbox had been a magnet for resumes, which is kind of odd since I don't own a company and am not hiring for anything. The email itself appears fairly innocuous, there's an attachment that is titled 'forNews paper.docx' (or some such) and very little in body text.

sir/madam I am sending my resume for your respective job profile. Thank you

I've opened the attached Word documents on quarantined computers and they don't seem to have any kind of payload, just the guy's education and employment history. If this is a spam angle, I don't get it. What could these people hope to gain by sending me their resumes? I'm curious to know if this is happening to anyone else, if it's some new kind of spam or if it's just the universe messing with me. I suppose that if my email address (my slashdot username @ is perilously close to some legitimate hirer of the Indian people, that would explain it, but if that were the case, I'd expect the volume to me far higher."


G4 Launching New 'Video Gamer' Oriented Channel

basscomm basscomm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

basscomm writes "G4, formerly the 'video game channel' announced today that they are launching a new initiative for the video game community.

Tentatively called "G24-7" this new network will feature on-demand shows featuring news, reviews, and video game-centric shows from the familiar sources, but will also feature work done by the community. Shows like 'Machinima World', for example, will highlight the very best that the machinima community has to offer and 'Video Game Rev-YOU' will feature the best user reviews from their community sites.

Link to Original Source

Valve Deactivating Orange Box Installs Via Steam

basscomm basscomm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

basscomm writes "The Consumerist is reporting that Valve is deactivating copies of the Orange Box for users who purchased the title that is for use in a different territory. This is because the seller was not allowed to do business with the customer in the territory. Valve's Solution is to contact the seller and get a refund."
Link to Original Source

basscomm basscomm writes  |  about 8 years ago

basscomm writes "IGN has gotten their hands on the "Killer" NIC recently featured here on Slashdot and have written a two part article detailing their impressions:
"The performance boost we got out of the Killer NIC in this testing exceeds Bigfoot Networks' own claims of 10-15% gains by a long shot and certainly seems to validate the potential of the technology. We suspect, however, that the fact that these computers were marginal at running F.E.A.R. in the first place had an impact in the comparison. In many cases the non-Killer NIC machine became absolutely bogged down as particles flew and grenades exploded, enough so that the entire machine would hang for a moment as things got sorted out. Obviously this murdered average fps figures. The Killer NIC equipped machine always managed to avoid grinding to a halt, perhaps due to enough of a performance boost from the Killer NIC to avoid becoming completely submerged in processing overhead and tanking its fps. Thus, we concluded that if we were conducting the head-to-head comparison between two high performance rigs the difference would not be as great as 65%."


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