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Reuters' Matthew Keys Accused of Anonymous Conspiracy

drzhivago Re:Very odd comment (127 comments)

Because it wasn't Reuters that was hacked. It was the Tribune Company.

The person in question currently works at Reuters.

about a year ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

drzhivago Re:So which field of engineering (1774 comments)

I read somewhere a recent poll said about 46% of Americans believed in Creationism. It may be a minority, but it was the slimmest of margins when 2 evolution beliefs (evolution guided by a creator, and atheistic evolution) added up to 47%.

Here's where I found it:
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/27/bill-nye-slams-creationism/?hpt=hp_bn13

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install

drzhivago Not sure, but... (489 comments)

I installed Windows 8 earlier this week at work. I don't explicitly remember seeing *anything* about SmartScreen. Based on this thread I checked the settings, and it was not turned on.

I'm not sure what I did to make SmartScreen disabled, but there is probably a choice in the installation process which prevents it from running.

about a year ago
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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Illustrates Nintendo's Greatest Problem

drzhivago Zelda isn't immune (146 comments)

The major complaint in this review is that the game (and most recent Mario games) are derivative of previous ones. And then the reviewer goes on to praise the Legend of Zelda series. I've thought that the Zelda games have been more derivative of previous iterations moreso than Mario ones.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Windows 8 Microsoft's Riskiest Bet?

drzhivago Re:Obvious pattern here (362 comments)

95: good
98: not as good
98SE: good
ME: bad
2000: good
XP (initial): bad
XP (later): good
Vista: bad
7: good

about a year and a half ago
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Quake 3 Source Code Review

drzhivago Re:Hint (107 comments)

I laughed when he said the first striking thing was that the solution had multiple projects in it.

Is the second striking thing that id used an existing 3D API for rendering?

about 2 years ago
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Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed

drzhivago Re:Song Osmosis (181 comments)

RTFA'ing says Universal removed the song from their watch list on Youtube.

more than 2 years ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

drzhivago Re:why not live your own life? (412 comments)

No, his suggestion is equivalent to satisfying yourself with masturbation because you can't watch other people having sex.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

drzhivago Re:Sorry to say it... (1452 comments)

You pay money for a sporting event, yet you don't get to choose how the teams play.

You pay money to watch a movie, yet you don't get to change the dialogue.

You seem to be stuck on the fact that the only way to innovate and be inventive is to modify someone else's work. News flash: you can create stuff yourself. You just need an artist, a developer, and a sound guy.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

drzhivago Re:Stallman and FOSS (1452 comments)

Is a walled garden better than a wide open desert? I think Stallman doesn't realize not everyone is a camel herder.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

drzhivago Re:Sorry to say it... (1452 comments)

I've watched gaming go downhill over the last 10 years with the rise shit like world of warcraft showing everyone the path to walled garden land because there are enough stupid people who don't give a shit about gaming that will just take it up the ass because they aren't passionate about games. So we get things like Starcraft 2 chained to online, no LAN, we get permanent online DRM being pushed and crap like onlive. At this point I really want to burn down the software industry. I remember a time when blizzard wasn't as evil as it is today and you actually were treated like a customer rather then a magpie with a wallet.

I think the crux of your problem is you don't like the methods companies have chosen to ensure that their games aren't stolen. That's the main reason for many of those things.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

drzhivago Re:More to communicatio than being right (1452 comments)

Stallman is the foremost champion of the rights of Stallman. I'm really surprised it isn't that blatantly obvious to people. He calls his movement "free" and yet the restrictions he wants to impose on people can be just as limiting as any proprietary software.

Everything he says is from the eyes of someone who wants to tinker with everything. He does not think about things from the perspective of people actually wanting technology and software as a tool to actually go about their daily lives.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

drzhivago Re:Stallman and FOSS (1452 comments)

You tell a kid whose parent died that you're not glad the parent is dead, but you're glad they're gone. See how well that works for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

drzhivago Re:no offline play = no sale (384 comments)

What? Though since you've never played online you probably don't know that RMT exists in Diablo 2 as well, and this is an effort to combat the most negative associations that go along with RMT (cheating/hacking/scamming).

Also, I think you are mistaken by assuming that the majority of D2 players didn't play online.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Linux Consume Less Power Than Windows?

drzhivago Re:Heh (225 comments)

Most Linux boxes don't have a monitor attached.

Least of all the ones running Ubuntu.

more than 2 years ago
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Activision Reveals Call of Duty Subscription Plans

drzhivago Re:In unrelated news 6 months later... (184 comments)

From a cost per playtime standpoint, I'd reckon that Warcraft is a pretty good deal for $150/year. If the average gamer completed one new game per month or played only Warcraft in that entire year, they'd "save" about $600 in that year (assuming $60 for a game) by playing Warcraft.

Now if you played the game as much as you'd play a single typical offline game (and still paid for the year), then yes, it's a very expensive game.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Gaming Industry Moving Online Too Fast?

drzhivago Re:It's a fair point. (185 comments)

I'm not really sure if you know what you're talking about. Xbox Live has been around in its current incarnation for 5 years. Not only can you digitally buy the smaller online games, but they even sell (some) 360 games that way now. That doesn't seem to be crashing and burning. I don't think Sony had any major problems before this current one, either.

Also, id as a major company? They make great tech, but as a game company they've been a nonfactor for a very long time.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

drzhivago Re:Fuck off, 70% (280 comments)

I'd never work for any company that puts restrictions on my out-of-hours work. My time, my IP, my money, period. It is offensive that they think 30% of the money their employees make in their own time should go to Microsoft.

The reason they do this is to prevent their employees from competing against the company. WP7 apps that get put on the WP7 app store would compete with Microsoft's own apps.

What if your free time was spent creating an Office-style suite that would directly compete with Microsoft for dollars. Should they just turn a blind eye to that?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video

drzhivago Re:Priorities (535 comments)

That might be misconstrued as tinfoil, if, you know, H.264 wasn't an already popular video encoding format.

Oh wait, it is already popular.

more than 3 years ago

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