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PlayStation 4 Released

cockroach2 Re:No media (294 comments)

Sony can't revert to draconian DRM because they promised not to (and the Xbone can't, either).

Right, they would never lie to you.

1 year,11 days
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BitTorrent "Bundles" Create Cash Registers Inside Artwork

cockroach2 Re:Whats the "bundle" format? (97 comments)

I was wondering the same thing. If it's some kind of DRM it's going to require its own proprietary player and will fail. If it's just a gentle reminder that, should you feel so inclined, you can buy this piece of music over there it would seem that this could have been solved with a simple ID3 tag.

about a year ago
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Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

cockroach2 Can I have... (258 comments)

a "-1" key instead?

about a year ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

cockroach2 Re:Duh, they are a publisher (463 comments)

The support is not what I care about, but I have to choose whether I want to keep that feature (which I did) or still be able to use the console for gaming (which I'm not). So true, my original statement was slightly wrong, it should have been something like:

They sold a product with features X and Y, then went "nah, you can't really have both" (i.e. other OS, PSN).

Still not the honest thing.

about a year and a half ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

cockroach2 Re:Duh, they are a publisher (463 comments)

They sold a product with feature X, then went "nah, you can't really have that feature". Sounds like lying to me.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Launches 'Keep' To Rival Evernote

cockroach2 Re:Sigh... (205 comments)

I was in a similar siatuation a while ago and chose to host everything on my own. Sure it means a bit of work (and I have to admit I'm not quite done yet) but if you enjoy sysadmin stuff it's not too time-consuming and you might be able to learn something, i.e. I chose to use FreeBSD which I'd never used before. Plus things like owncloud should make calendar and contacts synchronization quite simple without relying on third parties to keep their services running.

Of course the major downside is that you will have to do backups and hard drive replacements on your own. With a reasonable RAID configuration and using one of the many cloud storage providers for (of course highly encrypted) backups that shouldn't be too bad though.

Or you could do something in between, i.e. rent a "server" from somebody like amazon or gandi if you don't want to worry about hardware.

To me, the small amount of work and money that is required to run my own infrastructure is certainly worth it not to have to trust a third party with my data, plus running your own things gives you great options for random hacks and fun little projects.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

cockroach2 Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (287 comments)

This indeed, tt-rss is pretty nice!

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

cockroach2 Re:Alternatives? (386 comments)

Which alternatives do people like?

I've been using Tiny TIny RSS for a while now and it does everything that I used to use Google reader for except you can host it yourself.

about a year and a half ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

cockroach2 Re:The best legal stimulant, but should be respect (212 comments)

Well, I envy you. I haven't felt any effect from coffee in ages (I literally cannot remember if it ever affected me) and I can easily go to sleep after a strong cup of coffee. I may have to try significantly higher dosages but I don't really like the idea. Having a substance as easily available as coffee actually keep you awake must be awesome...

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

cockroach2 Re:Since when? (398 comments)

Low-sec still offers plenty of opportunities for solo / small gang PvP, whether you learn it on your own or as part of a noob-friendly corp is entirely up to you. I went pirate after some dreadful months in high-sec and I have to say it was probably the best EVE-related decision I ever made.

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

cockroach2 Re:I fucken LOVE IT... (398 comments)

As long as you enjoy it you're not wasting your time, are you?

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

cockroach2 Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

Very unlikely. The way this is calculated is to take the monthly fee (about 15$) and the amount of in-game currency that you would have to pay to play the game for free (last time I checked that was around 600 million but it's a player-driven market) and then apply basic math.

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

cockroach2 Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

Well yes and no. Money allows you to buy game time which in turn you can sell to other people for in-game currency. While in reality the difference is not too relevant, you can't directly buy in-game currency, you can however pay for someone else's monthly subscription in exchange for in-game money.

about 2 years ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

cockroach2 Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

Technically he didn't jump to enemy controlled territory but to an area that isn't strictly controlled by players. From what I read the idea was to drop some big guns on top of a handful of enemies in a "neutral" system, a couple of enemies that were pleasantly surprised when instead of a sizable fleet they got a juicy target.

Then everybody called in reinforcements plus the locals also wanted to join the party.

about 2 years ago
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

cockroach2 This could be interesting (280 comments)

Obviously the whole clowd stuff is dumb but if the device is cheap enough it could be an interesting platform for running XBMC.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

cockroach2 Re:Jabber/XMPP (218 comments)

Ah, good point.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

cockroach2 Re:Jabber/XMPP (218 comments)

Very much so. Plus you can talk to anyone who has a Jabber/XMPP account, including everybody on Google Talk.

about 2 years ago
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Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

cockroach2 Re:"would"? (347 comments)

OK, looks like someone did no resaerch. Linux is actually officially supported on a considerable number of Thinkpads. So, they're certainly nolaptop with one of those awful mac-like toy keyboards.t Windowa only.

I was actually talking about the ability to buy the laptop without buying Windows along with it -- I haven't been able to find any such offers with current Thinkpads.

Did you actually try the keyboard, or did you merely assume that the style of the keycaps tells you about what's underneath them?

Admittedly I haven't tried it, I have used other similar keyboards though and I find the spacing between the keys to be highly irritating (and utterly pointless), regardless of what's underneath.

about 2 years ago
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Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

cockroach2 "would"? (347 comments)

would be unhappy if Lenovo decided to sacrifice build quality for coolness

Hmm I'm not quite sure where you've been living but that has already happened. I just bought my first non-Thinkpad in well over a decade because I don't see a reason for the Thinkpad other than nostalgia -- these days it's just another random wide-screen, windows-only laptop with one of those awful mac-like toy keyboards. I'll be back once they release something like the X80, a nice compact 12" laptop with a 4:3 display and a proper keyboard.

about 2 years ago
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Google Backs Down On Maps Redirect

cockroach2 Re:Don't be evil (240 comments)

They also denied access to my Nokia N9 - definitely not a Windows phone.

about 2 years ago

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