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Game Development On Android

despisethesun Re:Seems a trifle disingenuous to me (211 comments)

Motorola has a couple of nice Android models due out on Verizon by the end of the year. They're banking on Android saving the company. The Sholes is even supposed to be a Google Experience device, meaning Verizon can't cripple the shit out of it like they usually do.

more than 5 years ago
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Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

despisethesun Re:First uncensored post (392 comments)

I'm curious, are there any companies you refuse to buy from or do business with because of their business practices or who they deal with, despite it all being legal? This is effectively the same thing, it just happens to be a government rather than individuals. There is no fine, they're not blocked from dealing with anyone else in the US, there's no other punitive action, they're just saying "We don't like that you're doing this, so until you stop, you don't get any of our money." It's no different than any other consumer boycott except for the scale.

more than 5 years ago
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Where To Buy A Machine With Linux Pre-Installed

despisethesun Re:It's not about shipping Linux pre-installed (229 comments)

With the first Eees, the problem was mainly that most distros didn't care to support it. I ran Mandriva 2008.1 on my 701 with absolutely no problems. My 1000HA runs Mandriva 2009. Mandriva were really the only Linux vendor at the time that saw netbooks as something worth including support for in the basic distro rather than trying to get OEM contracts for a customised distro with an "easy mode" UI.

more than 5 years ago
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US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

despisethesun Re:Mostly just for cars (1186 comments)

The SUV trend has meant that more cars are moving to a more truck-like driving position. So basically it's very possible that the seats are too high since they're trying to make you feel like you're in a taller vehicle than you're actually in. In your case, this has obviously had the opposite effect.

more than 5 years ago
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What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

despisethesun Re:Offer the Ebook for free. (987 comments)

That would fall under the "cannot afford it" argument. Textbook prices are ridiculous. I wonder if this would be such a big problem if you could afford to buy the textbooks and beer? Because if I had to choose, I know what I'd pick, and if my college experience is any indication, it's a much bigger help in getting through classes.

more than 5 years ago
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Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section

despisethesun Re:Justification (390 comments)

Presumably none, as they live in a magical fairy land where infrastructure springs forth from the Earth like plant life and essential services are provided by an army of well-trained monkeys who demand only to be paid in bananas.

more than 5 years ago
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Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section

despisethesun Re:Justification (390 comments)

If you were fully libertarian on this issue, you wouldn't want to see it regulated and taxed at all. In any case, it's in its own section of the site. If you don't want to see those ads, you can, I dunno, just not click on the Erotic Services link.

more than 5 years ago
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Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section

despisethesun Re:Not like it's going to make a difference (390 comments)

I just don't see why it's so hard to just say Catholic when speaking of matters pertaining the general Catholic Belief, and Christian when referencing protestants.

Because, with the exception of some of the more idiotic Protestant groups, Catholics are considered Christians. The term basically means people who follow Christ. The group you were raised with might disagree, but that doesn't make them right. Instead of saying "Christian" to only mean Protestants, why wouldn't anyone just say "Protestant"? Christian is the catch-all for all of the followers of Christ, including Catholics and members of the Eastern Orthodox church. Christianity didn't begin with the Reformation, regardless of how uncomfortable that thought makes you.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

despisethesun Re:Driving is much better... (1137 comments)

My bike is a BMX, so thanks to its smaller wheel size, it's perfectly legal to ride on the sidewalk. Also, safe, since nobody walks around here anyway. My commute at my last job was probably around 15km, and I'd see maybe 5 pedestrians the whole ride. As long as you watched for turning cars at intersections, it was perfectly safe.

This is probably different in a more densely populated city, but it's been my experience that in most places in the western part of the continent, people are so lazy that they will drive two blocks to the nearest 7-eleven rather than walk, so you're probably ok to ride on the sidewalk.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

despisethesun Re:Driving is much better... (1137 comments)

I used to be sceptical of cyclists who said stuff like that until I started riding everywhere myself. My old job was a 20 minute drive, assuming traffic was good, but by bike it was only 30 minutes. My job before that was a 45 minute drive, again, assuming decent traffic, and only 60 by bike. Obviously, a bicycle isn't going to beat a car on a highway drive between two cities, for example, but given how much time you spend in the city just sitting in traffic going nowhere, it is surprisingly competitive. And I found I was in a better mood when I got to work because my commute wasn't spent sitting behind someone at a green light screaming obscenities because they forgot that green means go. That alone made it worthwhile.

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

despisethesun Re:Mixed value. (1124 comments)

This is the most corrupt government since the last one.

Fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

despisethesun Re:Shift in dynamics (1124 comments)

That party hasn't existed in decades. It'll take some searching to find it.

more than 4 years ago
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Zombie Macs Launch DoS Attack

despisethesun Re:A matter of time (757 comments)

Virus infected warez have been a fixture of the PC world for well over a decade now, if not longer, and it hasn't really made a dent in piracy.

more than 5 years ago
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Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

despisethesun Re:English only with French available? (554 comments)

Read it again. Basically, retailers cannot stock only the English versions of games if there is also a French version available. If there is a French version, they have to either stock both, French alone, or none. The rule doesn't apply if there is no French version available. Since French versions of games tend to come out later than the English versions, this means those titles will have to be delayed in Quebec, forcing gamers to buy out of province and hurting retailers in Quebec for no good reason.

more than 5 years ago
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Wolverine Film Leaked a Month Before Release

despisethesun Re:Torrentfreak or slashdot? (464 comments)

No, this is news for nerds. It concerns a comic book to movie adaptation, subject matter that is particularly popular among nerds, and peer-to-peer file sharing, a topic with technological and legal elements which many nerds find interesting. Given that the movie which leaked is expected to be a major summer blockbuster, this is definitely news. That makes this "news for nerds". Just because you don't like it, that doesn't necessarily mean it has no place at Slashdot.

That torrent link probably shouldn't have been posted here, though.

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat CEO Questions Relevance of Desktop Linux

despisethesun Re:I make money off of linux (615 comments)

Not really a solution, since odds are very good that clients won't be able to open .odt files. Yes, there are Office add-ons that give it that capability, but very few of these clients are going to have it installed, and if we start demanding that they do, they'll probably take their business elsewhere.

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat CEO Questions Relevance of Desktop Linux

despisethesun Re:Revealing statement (615 comments)

He's also probably the only fan in their luxury boxes, and one of the only ones in the building. It still bugs me that places like Hartford and Winnipeg had to lose their teams so that Carolina and Phoenix could have teams that nobody watches.

more than 5 years ago

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