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Review of IBM's Original Personal Computer

conares Re:Scroll Lock! (154 comments)

From Wikipedia:

The Scroll Lock key was meant to lock all scrolling techniques, and is a remnant from the original IBM PC keyboard, though it is not used by most modern-day software. In the original design, Scroll Lock was intended to modify the behavior of the arrow keys. When the Scroll Lock mode was on, the arrow keys would scroll the contents of a text window instead of moving the cursor. In this usage, Scroll Lock is a toggling lock key like Num Lock or Caps Lock, which have a state that persists after the key is released.

more than 2 years ago

ARM Sees Mobile As the Future Gaming Platform of Choice

conares Speaking of ARM.. (97 comments)

whatever happened to the super cheap runs on air and Linux netbooks? Those things were supposed to take the netbook market by storm and save us form global warming. Where are they now?

more than 2 years ago

World Wide Web Turns 20 Today

conares Re:Ahh ... good times ... (169 comments)

But I also remember downloading stuff from the usenet* newsgroups and needing to edit out the headers, cat them together, and then run the whole thing through uudecode. Good times -- that's partly how I learned vi. ;-)

Jeez, didn't your local 7-11 carry porn magazines?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With the Business Software Alliance?

conares Re:Usual "asking legal advice on Slashdot" post (519 comments)

Another case that I'm aware of involved an agreement that a couple made with them years ago, and the IRS recently came back and said, "the agent who made that agreement didn't have the authority to do it.

OK, I'm not a lawyer or anything but.... Doesn't that make it basically impossible to make a contract with anyone? If you at any moment can pop up and say "that guy wasn't allowed to do that"? And that goes for anything that qualifies for a contract, even the receipt you get when shop for groceries. Unless of course the contract in-it-self is illegal.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales

conares Re:online games (291 comments)

Most games AFAIK the gamers them selves pay for the online services. TF2 or basically any other Valve game are always on dedicated servers (are there official servers that Valve pay for?). BF:BC2 also, MW2 has that fuckup one player has to host. Someone is definitely paying for online services, but its not the makers of the games.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Blocks KDE Photo App, Deletes Users' Pics

conares Re:Scaled down photos (262 comments)

I don't understand why anyone would put a cat in microwave or washing machine. But I can easily understand why someone would use Facebook as a place to store photos.

more than 3 years ago

Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

conares Re:Same with 1080p (666 comments)

wow wow wow... hold your horses there fella! Before you that far you gotta take a college course in software patents and why they're bad. And then install the right codecs. And dont even think about cheating and just downloading vlc, you can bet your ass we crippled that fucker before he was even born!!!

I dont belive in karma

more than 3 years ago

Confessions of a Computer Repairman

conares Re:Meh (387 comments)

3: Basic honesty. For almost all home users, MSE is good enough. Getting a commercial AV solution is pointless because most infections end up being 0-day variants that AV products will not catch. Instead, educating the end user on Adblock and sandboxie will go a lot further to prevent calls in the future about infected machines. The $50-$100 that a user would spend on an AV solution can go for an external hard drive (which actually has a tangible benefit to the user) for nightly backups.

And that's the reason why there are very few real "PC repair professional"... Free (price not GNU) AV software DOESNT PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE!

4: Common sense.

This, there is also very little of. But unlike free AV software, the lack of common sense does put food on the table.

more than 3 years ago

German Company To Install Linux On 10,000 PCs

conares Re:Adaption... (328 comments)

No one but geeks use the OS, the rest use applications. The bottom line is no matter what OS you're going to be clicking stuff on screen in one way or the other, that's easy. And you're going to be inputting data in one way or the other, depending on the application that can be harder. Keyboards are easy to use if you're used one before same goes for mice. The biggest questions usually are 'will my documents that I've created in X work in Z?', and if not ' how can I make them work?'. By switching the company is probably saving somewhere between 500K-1M€ per year in licensing costs. Maintenance and support costs probably wont change much.

more than 3 years ago

5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study

conares Re:Them new DE's, man (468 comments)

Were not going backwards...were just going forward in a different direction.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8

conares Re:worst feature removed yet? (403 comments)

I dont think the registry is such a bad idea at all. The problem is devs write programs that save settings there.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8

conares Re:bubbles? (403 comments)

The iPhone interface is kind of cool. We should do something like that. If we do squares people will realize we are just copying Apple. Let's do circles instead. Let's do it!

Where did you hear this? We had NDA's! Steve's gonna go haywire when he hears about this!

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8

conares Re:And I thought Office 2010 was hard to use (403 comments)

Let me know when your favorite MS Office alternative can open and flawlessly display every Office file that I have, or may receive from somebody else.

Yes, I can provide that service. How much are you willing to pay?

more than 3 years ago

Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming

conares Re:people are broke.. (375 comments)

Are you saying 10 isnt a poop sex song?

more than 3 years ago

Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming

conares Re:people are broke.. (375 comments)

2 songs on the list has the word fuck, 1 s & m, 1 tonight im loving you and one Black and yellow yea only half of the songs are about sex. OTOH thats the way its always been...whole lotta love

more than 3 years ago

Recent HP Laptops Shipped CPU-Choking Wi-Fi Driver

conares Re:HP is the worst (243 comments)

I always thought it was cheap to create all those HP xyz applets and that's why they're on the computer.

more than 3 years ago



Indi game studios pledge to go Open source

conares conares writes  |  more than 4 years ago

conares (1045290) writes "The Humble Indie Bundle experiment has been a massive success beyond our craziest expectations. So far, 131,770 generous contributors have put down an incredible $1,210,115. Of this, contributors chose to allocate 30.88% to charity: $373,743 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play Charity.

Now it's our turn to give back. As of 5/11/10, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, and Penumbra Overture pledge to go open source. We are preparing the sources right now and will be releasing them ASAP. We spent last night preparing Lugaru and it is available now. The code is still a little rough (no Visual Studio project yet, for instance) but hopefully with the help of the community we can rapidly make it more accessible to everyone."

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