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Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved

biscuitlover "If you switched away from Firefox to IE..." (330 comments)

...then you're probably still dealing with the fallout from that time when you switched your brain for a sponge

more than 2 years ago
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HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him

biscuitlover Nonsensical evidence (230 comments)

If you were working at a company and you found out that someone you worked with had been in some adult movies, wouldn't you be curious enough to google them and check it out? I sure as hell would.

I can't speak about the rest of the case, but evidence of harassment or a personal relationship this is not.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

biscuitlover Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

Actually I'd argue that you're perpetuating some fallacies yourself.

1. Semantically you're correct, but what does this prove? Copying something for free instead of buying it is still hurting the person who made the game/album/whatever.
2. I'd agree that anecdotal evidence isn't worth much, but maintaining the opposite without any proof of your own is just as bad.
3. Can you really say that -all- DRM is customer hostile and ineffective? A lot of it is undeniably awful, but many companies are just doing it wrong.
4. "if you're buying mainstream... you're doing practically nothing for the actors or musicians" - but by pirating you're doing actually nothing for them. This is the only way these guys are making a living, and no, not everybody is able to do live shows (see many composers, producers, electronic musicians etc.).

Fundamentally, copyright is there to protect people who put time, money and effort into creating something. It's not some evil oppressive force that's out to steal your rights and rip you off, though I think it would be fair to put certain companies into that category.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Finds That "Extreme Gamers" Play 48 Hours a Week

biscuitlover Immense relief (272 comments)

I was worried that I was playing too much at around 10 hours per week. Thanks, hardcore people! I salute your lack of personal hygiene

more than 4 years ago
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Why Making Money From Free Software Matters

biscuitlover Article misses the point (224 comments)

I read the article hoping that it would provide some interesting ideas about how independent musicians can better adapt their business to the challenges of the internet (I record for a number of small independents), but was rather disappointed.

TFA basically makes two suggestions:

1: Make all your money from live shows instead.
This argument has been made many times before on many different websites, but fails to account for anyone who doesn't fit easily into the typical 'rock band' style setup. What about composers? Dance music producers? Orchestras? People who for whatever reason can't gig regularly? It also assumes that you'll easily get gigs in the first place - something that is much more difficult without having music already released, so you're back to square one.

2. Get people to payfor your album in advance, then tailor it to their needs and maybe get them involved/credit them if they donate enough
I shouldn't need to point out why this will only work in the tiniest number of cases. Realistically, who's going to pay for music that hasn't been made yet, when so many people don't even want to pay for music that has? How many people here would 'fund' an album that might turn out to be shit? The evidence supplied by the article for this is also irrelevant for the vast majority of musicians who are trying to make a name for themselves.

Most musicians - if they're in it for the right reasons - should tell you that they're not in it for the money. This is the right attitude to have, but try telling anyone who enjoys their job that they shouldn't get paid for it and see how far you get. Musicians need better solutions if than this if they're going to survive the huge drop in profits from recorded music that is affecting most (not all) people in the industry, and has been for years now.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting

biscuitlover Re:Award for all-time worst voice acting goes to.. (251 comments)

I think you're being a bit too kind here. A made-up accent is one thing. A performance that sounds like someone with one accent doing a laughable job of a completely different one is something else. Doesn't really help with immersion when all you can concentrate on is how badly they're mangling the dialect.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting

biscuitlover Re:Jason? (251 comments)

Shauuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!

more than 4 years ago
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The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting

biscuitlover Award for all-time worst voice acting goes to... (251 comments)

...the actor playing Sheogorath in the Shivering Isles expansion pack for Oblivion, purely for the comically bad accent. Was Sheogorath intended to be someone who spent equal amounts of time living in Scotland, Ireland and America? Or did Bethesda just decide that one of the pre-existing cast of 4 voice actors was probably good enough to pull off an additional regional accent, seeing as the same person had already voiced half of Oblivion's population of NPCs?

more than 4 years ago
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Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

biscuitlover Re:Google's customer list - public information? (671 comments)

Ditto the phony 'cancer fighting strategies' ads you get if you search for cancer information. They sell bullshit 'cures' for insane amounts of money to vulnerable people who can't afford it... highly unethical and clearly based on a desire to make money from other people's misfortune, but Google have been running the ads for years now. Horrible.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Passes IE6 In Browser Share

biscuitlover Re:Problems are still corporate users and non-tech (350 comments)

I think you misunderstood what I meant - Windows 7 certainly won't educate people about what a browser is, but it will at least get them off IE6. I probably could have been a bit clearer.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Passes IE6 In Browser Share

biscuitlover Re:Why does anyone care? (350 comments)

People are making comparisons to IE6 because its market share is still relevant and affects the state of the web as a whole. For example, developments like Google Wave simply aren't possible on IE6 (at least without the somewhat controversial Chrome Frame plugin), so IE6 is hindering the adoption of new technology. Additionally, IE6's endless list of quirks cause untold lost hours of devlopment time for web developers worldwide.

Once IE6 drops down to a negligible percentage it means that many developers can free up a large part of their time to do more productive things, as they abandon support for it altogether. This would be great news not only for developers, but also for the web as a whole, which can proceed into new cutting-edge areas without being hindered by stale and outdated platforms.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Passes IE6 In Browser Share

biscuitlover Problems are still corporate users and non-techies (350 comments)

This is great, but IE6 is still going to stick around for years. The reasons - as have been widely discussed on these pages before - are:

  • Large corporations can't be bothered with the cost and hassle of updating thousands of machines when IE6 is supposedly 'good enough' and doesn't break internal applications which were built on top of its many quirks.
  • Many, many home users don't know what a browser is or don't realise that there are alternatives. These people aren't stupid (well, most of them anyway) - they just don't care enough about tech to know the options.

Neither of these situations will change any time soon. Gradual adoption of Windows 7 will certainly help in the second case, but the first one is dependent entirely on enterprise-level IT departments creating lots of work (and therefore cost) for themselves when senior management can't see any tangible benefit... And how soon do you think that will happen?

more than 4 years ago
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The Changing Face of the Console Wars

biscuitlover All about the money... (223 comments)

Could this be because of the losses that Sony and MS are making on each unit sold? I couldn't say whether past consoles always turned a profit, but I suspect that after investing so much money in their respective hardware, neither company wants to move on to the next gen before they can claw back as much cash as possible on games and add-ons...

more than 4 years ago
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Improving the PlayStation Store

biscuitlover Horrible interface (107 comments)

I've got to say the interface leaves a lot to be desired... it's quite flashy but not at all intuitive. I'd like something more table-based, where you can see the price, release date, genre etc. of lots of different games all at once. Instead, you often have to calculate where the content you want lives and hunt it down using the right combination of categories and button presses. Yeah, I know there is a search feature, but the browsing experience isn't great and is only going to get worse as more games are added.

If you think this is bad though, try Vidzone - the PS3 music video player you can download for free. It is slow, clunky and so horrible to use that I uninstalled it minutes after first using it. Worst interface I've ever seen, possibly apart from the Sonicstage NetMD software from 10 years ago or so (also by Sony). I think the company desperately needs to hire some usability experts...

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Sony PSP Had To "Go"

biscuitlover Re:Someone call Natalie (261 comments)

Wrong!

See omega_dk's post above for a better explanation than I can be bothered to come up with...

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Sony PSP Had To "Go"

biscuitlover Re:Someone call Natalie (261 comments)

Thank you!

What's also undoubtedly highly ironic is that Alanis Morrisette wrote an entire song about irony - called 'Ironic', no less - when she blatantly didn't understand what irony actually means.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

biscuitlover Re:Why would this be tricky? (154 comments)

It's interesting if that is indeed the case, because there are a lot of apps out there that have been written using Unity3D...

more than 4 years ago
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Ridley Scott Directing Alien Prequel

biscuitlover Re:Beyond the Alien (336 comments)

YES PLEASE

That is all

more than 4 years ago

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Giant Squid With "Elbows" Filmed at Drilli

biscuitlover biscuitlover writes  |  more than 5 years ago

biscuitlover (1306893) writes "A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, a remote control submersible's camera has captured footage of an alien-like, long-armed, and — strangest of all "elbowed" Magnapinna squid.

The adult Magnapinna observed to date range from 5 to 23 feet (1.5 to 7 meters) long. Also interesting is the fact that the footage was captured by a submersible owned by Shell — a case of unlikely collaboration between biologists and oil companies."

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