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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

derrickh Re:EA at it again (569 comments)

Or you could buy it. (or not play it)

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Reveals Charging Station Sites In 3 US States

derrickh Re:Had to be said (332 comments)

I was about to comment that $70k isn't a bad price and is in line for what I plan on to replace my current car. Then I realized that maybe I'm one of the people the OP is referring to.

D

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Taking Heat For Five-Figure Xbox 360 'Patch Fee'

derrickh This is a good thing (323 comments)

I'm glad Microsoft is doing this. It's a deterrent to developers putting up untested patches. This could have been avoided if instead of rushing out the first patch, it was put through the ringer. And if thats too much to ask because you're an 'indie dev' then maybe you arent ready to be on XBLA. MS actually has outlets for smaller devs that can't handle the costs/restrictions of XBLA or boxed games, XBLIG. And XBLIG doesnt have an update tax.

It may sound harsh, but the bottom line is, if this is an issue, you probably shouldn't be on XBLA yet.

D

more than 2 years ago
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Senators To Unveil the 'Ex-Patriot Act' To Respond To Facebook's Saverin

derrickh This is a common practice (716 comments)

Many athletes from other countries with very high tax rates (Sweden for example) would become naturalized US citizens because the US was well known for having tons of tax loop holes for the wealthy.Now that those loop holes are closing, the flow of greedy rich people of flowing the other way. It's really not a big deal now that globalization has devalued citizenship for the most part.

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more than 2 years ago
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The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)

derrickh Re:It's not only programmers vs bosses (469 comments)

Yes. Sales and Marketing can do their jobs without PCs, Laptops and phones. Lots of things were sold and marketed before PCs were around.

Tech makes their job easier, but it doesn't make their job.
D

more than 2 years ago
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Study Shows Many Sites Still Failing Basic Security Measures

derrickh It's the Same Everywhere (103 comments)

You have to realize that somewhere on the net there's a surveillance camera forum with guys saying 'businesses are too cheap to invest in multiple cam setups to cover exploitable deadzones'... and there's a locksmith forum with guys saying 'These companies are still relying on double bolt slide locks, when everyone knows they can be bypassed with a simple Krasner tool!'...and there's a car autosecurity forum wondering why companies still use basic Lo-jack instead of the new XYZ system.. and don't forget the personnel consulting forum where everyone complains that companies don't invest enough in training to recognize grifting attempts on employees.

It's a never ending list and to expect everyone to be on top of all of them at all times is n't realistic.

D

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Bringing PSN Pass To All First-Party Games

derrickh Servers Aren't Free (271 comments)

Unlike PC games where you can create your own dedicated server, most Console multiplayer games have to go through a server run by the company. This costs money. Game companies don't make any money from used sales and so the cost doesnt filter down. So either- 1) The '1st sale' price needs to be raised to cover the cost of used copies using the server or - 2) have the buyer of the used game pay for the cost of playing online (if they want to, since it's optional)

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more than 2 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

derrickh Re:Of course (538 comments)

This is the exact attitude why managers like to avoid dealing with IT.

IT exists to help the rest of the company. Instead of saying 'NO', you need to figure out a way to say 'Yes' while solving the problems that make the request 'stupid and retarded'
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more than 3 years ago
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Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet

derrickh Avatar 2 (451 comments)

I call dibs on the tall blue chick with the hot body and prehensile tail. ...hmm..after reading the article, it seems that she'd probably be a short , squat woman with reddish tinged skin. ..oh well, I'd still hit it,

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more than 3 years ago
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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

derrickh Re:Featuritis (1162 comments)

You do want that shit. The same way you want a phone that can do more than just make calls, and a car that also plays music, etc. etc. Consumers want more. Thats a fact of life.

D

more than 3 years ago
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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

derrickh Re:Lets see (1162 comments)

Old movies look better in HD. Even a film from the 1930's has a higher 'resolution' than a dvd. You can see the difference.

D

more than 3 years ago
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Fired Gucci Employee Accused of Attacking Network

derrickh Re:Incompetent managers (62 comments)

You're actually blaming the victim? It's your fault for a thief picking your pocket, getting your keys and stealing your car because you should've had it chained to your waist? The home invasion was your fault because you didn't pay extra for the level 5 security system?

This wasn't a case of the IT staff inviting people into the office, sitting them at a PC with a list of passwords on the desktop. The criminal did very specific, targeted things to falsify keys and identities to gain access.

more than 3 years ago
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Gamer Banned From Dragon Age II Over Forum Post

derrickh Re:Violated Wheaton's Law, chose to be a dick (469 comments)

But it's not illegal to be a dick. You can be an asshole in Best Buy all day long to the point of being kicked out, but that doesnt mean Sony is going to come into your house and remove the TV you bought.

Dont forget that the laws in the US aren't just for people you like. They protect people you don't like, too. And thats good, because there are people out there who don't like -you-.

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more than 3 years ago
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New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

derrickh Re:Rumors are not news. (491 comments)

"Plus it's not like Sony hasn't done anything like this before"

That's not a reason to be able to accuse someone of something. You can't publish in the newspaper that Bob stole a car because you heard it at the bar and besides, he got caught stealing a car before, Thats not how news works. And unless Slashdot announces that they're no longer 'news for nerds' and have switched to 'TMZ for techies', they should be more vigilant about what goes on the site. At the very least put that it's a Rumor in the headline instead of the sensationalist one that's there now.

And the source is an IRC conversation. I thought using Twitter as a source was bad, but IRC?

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more than 3 years ago
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New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

derrickh Rumors are not news. (491 comments)

You're posting an unsubstantiated rumor accusing someone of something pretty major. A rumor overheard in an IRC chatroom.
I don't expect /. to require New York Times level of journalism (or even Fox News) but come on.

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more than 3 years ago
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J.J. Abrams Promises 'Fringe' Will Die Fighting

derrickh One of the Best on TV (392 comments)

This is easily my favorite show. It's smart, fun, and Olivia Dunham is one of the best leading characters ever.

D

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

derrickh Poorly Defended? (508 comments)

5 years of effort to crack it doesn't seem like it was that 'poorly defended'

more than 3 years ago
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Why Creators Should Never Read Their Forums

derrickh Know What to Ignore (221 comments)

I'm also an indie developer (http:/www.deadpixelarcade.com) and I've been very active with the people that play the games I make. I think it's extremely important to do that. Unless you're just making a game for yourself, the thoughts of the users are very telling. If a lot of people are complaining about something, then you probably want to revisit that. But you also need to know what to ignore. When you see that someone is expecting something from your game that you arent trying to accomplish, ignore it. When people say you HAVE to make your arcade racer have realistic damage and physics, you can safely ignore those people. But when people are saying your arcade racer simply isnt fun because the controls suck, you need to take a look at the controls.

But to patently refuse to look at the comments at all is a big mistake.

D

 

more than 3 years ago
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Why You See 'Free Public WiFi' In So Many Places

derrickh Nothing to see here. (260 comments)

This is a really bad case of FUD. And it's just as bad when someone other than MS does it.

more than 3 years ago

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Former G4 Exec Creates Gaming Radio Network Using Kickstarter

derrickh derrickh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derrickh writes "All Games Radio has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an expansion that will add more broadcasts, an enhanced web presence, and allow it to become a self sustaining 24 hour gaming talk radio network.

G4 Network co-founder Scot Rubin started All Games Radio as a home for independent gaming radio shows and podcasts. His goal was to give gamers a voice in the billion dollar gaming industry. The network currently hosts over a dozen live and taped shows that touch many different genres of gaming.

'With so many gaming media sites and shows being bought out by giant corporations, it's really important to have an independent network informing and entertaining gamers.' said Derrick Hopkins , host of one of the many podcasts on All Games Radio."

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Google Announces Chrome OS

derrickh derrickh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

derrickh writes "Google has announced its own operating system named 'Chrome OS'. The OS is planned for use in netbooks with the the first retail systems planned to ship in late 2010. The company says the code will be open source, not based on Android, and will run on x86 and ARM cpus."
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