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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

cliffiecee Re:Invite Please! (1223 comments)

Invite sent!

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

cliffiecee Re:Invite, please? (1223 comments)

Dang that was fast!!! Thank you!

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

cliffiecee Invite, please? (1223 comments)

clifford (dot) coles (at) gmail

Thanks in advance!

more than 3 years ago
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With regard to software licensing ...

cliffiecee Re:What the fuck do the choices even mean ? (215 comments)

Actually, I like the wording of this poll- very open-ended, and obviously meant to spark discussion.

I've certainly found my *awareness* of licensing growing stronger over the years. Recently I've been making an effort to read all the EULAs that I'm supposed to when installing/upgrading software. An ITunes update (for example) becomes a MAJOR pain in the ass when confronted with 15-20 minutes of re-reading the EULA, while trying to detect what minute changes have occurred, etc. (Couldn't they just list the changes from the last EULA at the top of the document? That might actually encourage reading of the license, which is what they really want us to do, right?)

Some of those conditions really do worry me: what does it mean "Access to my computer"? What files are they "checking" on exactly? Can they actually forbid me from installing certain software on *my* computer, simply because it's a "threat" to their program/service?

In comparison, a "free" software license is simply astounding in its simplicity: Use it; Change it; Share it; Give credit where it's due.

If users were ever somehow forced to read, understand and abide by those EULAs, I believe that "free" software would become really popular (and/or those EULAs would change dramatically).

more than 3 years ago
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How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

cliffiecee Re:Probably Difficult to Count (559 comments)

router
dsl router
model
etc...

Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto! You're beautiful!

more than 3 years ago
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Has the Industrialized World Reached Peak Travel?

cliffiecee Traffic Volume Trends (314 comments)

Ever since the time that gasoline hit $4 here in the US, I've been keeping an eye on the DOT's Traffic Volume Trends. It seems to me that, once Americans realized how much gas could cost (and will permanently cost, eventually), they also realized how much auto travel is superfluous. In particular This chart of the 12-month average for all roads shows a clear pullback in miles driven. Perhaps some of this could be attributable to people being more efficient in their travel; taking care of multiple errands at once, using public transportation much more, etc. Certainly the downturn in the economy has an impact, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money

cliffiecee Re:Babylon 5 (447 comments)

I like his last sentence best:

But then again, I knew that was the situation going in...I saw the
writing on the wall (and the contract) from the git-go. I didn't do
this to build an empire, I wanted to tell this story...and that's worth
more than anything else.

And this is why there's so much dreck in the movies/TV. Who the hell wants to give away their best creative ideas to a bunch of corporate executives, and never recieve anything in return except for the chance to "tell a story"?

Kudos to JMS for doing so; I feel I should mail him some money directly, rather than buy the DVDs, however.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

cliffiecee Re:I once was a CSR for a 'Premium' txt company. (370 comments)

Sadly, I have to agree with you. Those contracts are usually long and very hard to read, but they are the terms under which you receive their service, so you need to know them, or prepared to be unpleasantly surprised (which is most peoples' method, apparently).

Actually, forcing myself to read these contracts has been a great deterrent to signing up for things I don't really need.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Windows 3.0 Is 20 Years Today

cliffiecee Boy did I read that wrong! (307 comments)

I read the title as "Microsoft Windows 8.0 Is 20 Years Away"

(and I wasn't even very surprised...)

more than 4 years ago
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Meet the Men Who Deploy Airstrikes

cliffiecee Rosner's Neat Trick (311 comments)

Hello, Pedantic Man here...

reads signals transmitted by the camera pods strapped to the underside of all NATO fighter aircraft. With his Rover, Rosner can see everything a pilot sees, from the pilot's perspective

emphasis mine

Um... no, not quite the pilot's perspective. (Arguably, it's actually a better picture of the terrain beneath the nose of the aircraft than the pilot sees. But it's not the pilot's perspective- at least, I hope not!)

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Create a Spiritual Game Successor?

cliffiecee Sorry friend... (125 comments)

Alley Cat was indeed an awesome game.

But I don't think adding LOLcats is going to improve it.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming?

cliffiecee Graphics are NOT the issue... (518 comments)

There are much bigger issues than graphics in this "Console/PC" debate. The really big issues are things like user interface and game controls. Take Oblivion for example- that game's interface was significantly altered to accommodate console play, which made it a sub-optimal for the PC: an overly simplistic UI and relatively poor use of screen real estate.

PC gamers expect a lot more from their games- private servers, LAN play, mods, etc.; and as the Modern Warfare 2 debacle showed us, game companies are showing less & less love for the PC. There's tons more money (and less hassle) to be make on the consoles. That's a MUCH bigger hurdle than "Console graphics are the holding PCs back!"

What's really interesting to me is how MMOGs haven't really made it to the console. I think that's because of the console's revenue model, which really only supports "throwaway" games with a very short life span. You'd think a subscription-style game would have amazing appeal for console game-makers, but where are the games?

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Patents Game Demos With Feature Erosion

cliffiecee Re:What's the problem? (200 comments)

Microtransations are a better concept for MMOGs. Rather than take a level/spell/item away if you don't pay, they let you buy that thing whenever you wish.

"Pay $X to continue (faster)" feels a lot more fair than "Give us $X or we'll nerf you."

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone Game Piracy "the Rule Rather Than the Exception"

cliffiecee Hey, Submitter! (268 comments)

Don't change the meaning of the article when summarizing.

over 60% of iPhone applications have definitively been pirated
as submitted

60% of paid apps using Pinch have been pirated.
(as written in the article, bolding included)

Let's "reverse-bold" that...
60% of paid apps using Pinch have been pirated.
(emphasis mine)

It might be relevant to non-pinch-using apps, it might not. But let's not delete that relevant bit of data.

more than 4 years ago
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When Software Leaks (and What Really Goes Down)

cliffiecee weird tag line (179 comments)

The header says "Aeroexperience Blog: The forums are over there."

That's not very catchy, it seems like some sort of advisory note, as if Windows enthusiasts were so clueless that-

<smug>Ah, I get it now.</smug>

more than 4 years ago
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White House Website Switches To Open Source

cliffiecee Re:Why CMS (219 comments)

Not only that, but using Drupal means you have a built-in security/programming team, constantly updating, improving, looking for bugs, etc. If you write your own software, YOU have to maintain it, by yourself. Are you as good as the Drupal devs? (I know I'm not)

more than 4 years ago
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Why Size Matters For Your SSD Purchase

cliffiecee signoff tag? (175 comments)

What's with the 'signoff' tag?

(Off topic, I know... if only slashdot had a 'General Discussion' thread.)

more than 5 years ago
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California's Revised Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance Draws Continued Objections

cliffiecee Highway repair funding? (411 comments)

The Federal Highway Administration is already suffering shortage of funds due to fewer vehicle miles driven. There's been talk of more toll roads, increasing the gas tax, etc.

As I see it, encouraging people to drive even less will further decrease the revenue collected for road repair- which could mean fewer repairs, more time between repairs, and/or an incentive to raise the gas tax or invent new "usage fees". This could end up increasing the total cost- even though you're paying less for insurance, you're paying more for gas, tolls, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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"We're Linux" Finalists Announced

cliffiecee Re:Over 90? (133 comments)

I've always assumed that saying 'over 90' translated to 'the most significant digit will always be a 9, even if rounding were taken into account.' In other words, the actual number is 91, 92, 93, or 94. If it were 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99, then the correct phrase would be 'almost 100.'

Of course, this is assuming that the person who thought of saying 'over 90' is endeavoring to be accurate; of which case they could have simply said 'we got 94 entries.' This 'over 90' nonsense seems like an attempt to impress; but with a number so low it just ends up sounding pitiful.

more than 5 years ago
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The Age of Speed

cliffiecee Ah, shortcuts... (114 comments)

We are lead to believe at an early age that shortcuts diminish the reward or the experience of a task.

Besides, proofing is overrated anyway...

(It should be: "We are led to believe".)

more than 5 years ago

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Bored at work... (don't bother reading this)

cliffiecee cliffiecee writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I find it hard to believe that, on a site that has so many users, anyone would actually read another user's journal (particularly a low-output user like me). So if you're reading this, stop now! There's nothing here.

So, I'm bored at work. Of course my internet usage is being monitored so I run the risk of being terminated. So why am I doing this? Am I making a statement about my disdain for being monitored? A passive-aggressive attack against 'the man'? Why?!

'Cause I'm bored! :)

Besides, I only have two hours left, and work could come in at any time. Really.

(ok, that's enough for a first journal)

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