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Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

cgenman Re:Illusion shattered (306 comments)

So to lower your risk of getting addicted to gambling, don't ever bet on the same numbers.

Or, you know, don't play if the odds aren't in your favor. Which they aren't.

about 4 months ago
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Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War

cgenman Re:IMO, it is not going to work (166 comments)

For network gaming, physics engines get rewritten with deterministic results. This can include very base-level things like re-writing platform code, as the platforms handle floating point calculations differently.

It takes a lot to get your physics simulation to be deterministic, but every game out there with multiplayer has to do it. Really, it's the player inputs that cause problems.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

cgenman Crashplan would be fine (285 comments)

If you don't have an intermediary server, you'll only be able to backup when the receptacle is running. This isn't unique to crashplan, but rather is the nature of direct computer to computer communications. Honestly, Crashplan is the easiest I've worked with.

Alternatively, you can setup an FTP server on their network reasonably easily, and backup to it regularly. This could be a special piece of hardware, like a $200 Synology Diskstation, or a Raspberry Pi with an attached USB drive. Or it could just be a regular computer, though crashplan might be a better option in that case.

You could also do something cheeky if your friend is within wifi range, like giving them a USB drive attached to a router that connects to YOUR Wifi network. Then back up to it as if it were local to your house. But, of course, you're not as protected in that circumstance.

about 5 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

cgenman Re:Universal language goes mainstream (663 comments)

You're assuming current apples, without taking into account historical apple production and projected future trends. I'm afraid we can only give you %45 credit for that question. Better luck in Second grade.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

cgenman Re:And nothing of value was lost... (330 comments)

Requiring a particular piece of hardware for your software, while free alternatives remain, is not good ecosystem. Will people give Microsoft $50 to replace their hardware in order to stay in the Skype ecosystem? A system that came into dominance from being free?

My guess is that switching from Skype to any other a/v chat medium is almost trivial at this point, and certainly not worth replacing your hardware to avoid.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

cgenman Re:Missing feature enterprises waiting for.... (496 comments)

I used to run support for a small business whose power-line hardware regulators were designed to speak with DOS... over a modem. Unfortunately, we couldn't quite get the bugs out of an upgrade to communicating with a FreeDOS installed on a 2k dollar laptop of today.

It wasn't so much that the "enterprise" software hadn't been updated to support it. The small company had an investment in older but still completely viable technology, and couldn't afford to remain profitable if updating to newer (and more unreliable) hardware.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

cgenman Re:Propaganda (496 comments)

Kubuntu is Ubuntu without that bad Unity interface.
Lubuntu is a marvelous system for really old and crappy hardware. This old Intel Centrino absolutely shines with Lubuntu.

Both come highly recommended.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

cgenman Re:Its dead Jim! (496 comments)

Fortunately, Adobe is making themselves obsolete, just like Windows 8.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

cgenman Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

ME had major stability issues. *major*. This is definitely complaint #1 against it.
ME restricted DOS mode, as a first step towards Windows 2000. This broke a lot of stuff, including software and hardware compatibility. This is major complaint #2.
ME was supposed to be based upon NT, but they couldn't finish that version in time. So it got rushed, and all of the system builders who signed up for the NT-based ME got the DOS 98+. The original ME became XP. Hence, derision.

The UI was fine, overall. Unlike Windows 8, Windows ME's main problems were stability and compatibility, with no real reason to exist over Win 98. Windows 8, on the other hand, is just terrible, terrible UI. We have an office full of touchscreen game developers using the thing, and we couldn't figure out how to close an application. It's terrible.

about 8 months ago
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When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

cgenman My needs are simple... (279 comments)

I just need a hard drive, an intern, and a car.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

cgenman Re: Damage control (611 comments)

The big problem problem that new consoles are fighting for is: a reason to exist. Most games demo-ed so far look possible on the current generation of hardware. Crowd sources AI is an interesting twist, but possible on current consoles. Killer Instinct is an odd thing to revive, but it would play just as well on a PS3.

Suddenly Microsoft comes out with a console that:
1. Phones home every day.
2. Bans game lending.
3. Possibly cripples the used game market, or maybe not, nobody is really sure.
4. Requires Kinect to be always on, because that wasn't a disaapointment.

Their sales pitch of "You can play games that are basically last-gen games, but with fewer rights" has had shocking trouble resonating with consumers.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

cgenman Re:Easy (235 comments)

They all have crappy battery life. It may start at 8 hours, but after a year it'll be down to 1 hour.

Most of my friends have viable home laptops with no remaining battery of which to speak. And these were solid industrial models. Does that mean the whole thing should be thrown out and replaced?

about a year ago
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Microsoft: Facebook Home Is a Copycat, Windows Phone Is the 'Real Thing'

cgenman Re:Children, children... (199 comments)

Games that require an always-on connection will still require one whether or not they're on Steam. Steam itself has an Offline mode which is a bit of a buggy hassle, but can make subway rides / airplane flights pleasantly less introspective.

1 year,8 days
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

cgenman Re:What they really mean (261 comments)

SSD's in this laptop cut boot speed in half. This is absolutely apparent, and I'd definitely swear by it as the most effective $200 speed-up I've put into 2 computers.

about a year ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

cgenman Re:Faster notebook drives. (261 comments)

3.5" and 2.5" drives are very similar once you get to the scale of a TV. And if you need performance, full-sized 3.5" drives go up 10 - 15k RPM. The difference between 7.2k and 5.4k isn't that great. And, of course, 7200 RPM laptop drives are absolutely not quiet, compared to other drives.

about a year ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

cgenman Re:SSDs are a fad (261 comments)

My laptop hard drives average 1.5 years between failure. If an SSD drive dies in 5, that's a huge improvement.

about a year ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

cgenman Re:Too expensive (403 comments)

Nintendo and Sony at this point seem like they're in a bit of a holding pattern with their consoles... Nice bumps, but nothing genuinely and firmly compelling yet. It sounds like Microsoft is betting the Xbox house on the Kinect 2.0. While that does seem like a quite impressive piece of kit, the big question remains: "Is it high fidelity enough to make up for not having buttons, or will it be as fluffy and transient as Kinect 1.0?" If they can answer Yes to the first question, Microsoft wins. If not, Sony or Nintendo wins.

Of course, for all we know it could go to the Ouya or Apple TV, based on a more open development environment allowing for strange and compelling new games. But of the traditional Big 3, the big question is "Does Kinect 2.0 make a good gaming controller?"

about a year ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

cgenman Re:Nintendo needs to rethink its place in the worl (403 comments)

As far as I can tell, Non-Family-Friendly games are basically the Rip-off-the-head blood voyeurism type that appeal to teenagers, and Heavy Rain. And while I pretty much bought a PS3 for Heavy Rain, there hasn't been another good game in the past 5 years that really needed to be "adult." All "adult," games seem to be a 14-year-old's power fantasy.

about a year ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

cgenman Re:Nintendo needs to rethink its place in the worl (403 comments)

If I want to access my game library anywhere on the planet, I can just employ external storage. The same goes for any other form of "entertainment". This can last for as long as I like. The only stumbling block is DRM. ...And hardware / software which advances, becoming incompatible with old hardware and software. Also, maintaining proper on-site and off-site backups of said software, ensuring everything has viable access to the media, etc. Oh, and that whole "you don't actually own it they're just selling you a revokeable license" stuff which has only rarely been tried.

There are lots of cages. The Good Old Games cage is nice, in that the existing copyright restrictions mostly don't stop me from demonstrating to students even if the technical limitations of old games can be a PITA. Steam Cage is nice, in that explicitly flows freely from computer to computer and legitimately gets out of your way to do anything legal with it, yet is restrictive enough that publishers put modern games on it. But you can't sample, remix, etc from either of them, and that's the bigger cage anyway.

about a year ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

cgenman Re:Nintendo needs to rethink its place in the worl (403 comments)

The Xbox DRM System validates to 1. The purchasing Xbox Live account OR 2. The purchasing Xbox hardware. So if you buy a game, you can play it while logged into your Xbox Live account no matter the hardware, or your Xbox can play it no matter who is logged in. They have a simple and automatic (though slow) system for updating all of your games to consider whatever your current Xbox is, to be your purchasing Xbox.

The PS3 gives the logged in PSN account 5 downloads. You can play nice and download to just your PS3. Or you can be a jerk and download to 4 friend's PS3's as well. Those all work fine.

Apple, of course, allows for any iTunes login to download to any device, and that download will work indefinitely. It will not, however, backup or update if the user doesn't log in under that iTunes account again. I believe Google Play works the same way.

Steam is intrinsically tied to your user login, but as long as you're only logged in to one machine at a time you can use everything you've ever bought.

So yes, there are much better systems out there.

about a year ago

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Fast booting text-editor operating system?

cgenman cgenman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cgenman writes "What is the fastest booting operating system out there that is still sufficient for editing text? Quite frequently, I'll need to boot my laptop and edit a few lines of text, or jot down an idea or two. XP loads in roughly 4 minutes to usable, and Ubuntu loads in about 60 seconds. Both feel like an eternity if there isn't a pen and paper around. What is the best operating system that people have found which would load to useable in under 20 seconds, can edit text files in something a little more friendly than VI or EMACS, yet can still access fat32 formatted USB drives? GUI's aren't required, but commands which require arcane foreknowledge or a cheat sheet are out."

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