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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

emkyooess Re:Steambox (435 comments)

There *used to be* a used PC games market. Until Steam came around and made it vanish because of its DRM.

about a year ago
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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

emkyooess Steam Box (435 comments)

"Is the upcoming Steam box a reasonable plan?"
Um, you mean a supposed console from *THE* company who has done more to promote and force acceptance of DRM to the masses than any other?

about a year ago
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

emkyooess Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

- DRM done right and not invasive
No such thing.

- Fast download of new release games
Irrelevant. Not specific to Valve. Plenty of other pro-consumer vendors have it.

- Ability to install your games as many times as you like?
Irrelevant without DRM.

- Super cheap specials and multi-packs
Irrelevant. Not specific to Valve. Plenty of other pro-consumer vendors have it.

- Offline modes
Irrelevant without DRM.

- Simple game install and patch deployment
Possibly. I prefer standalone patch downloads that I can opt out of or run the version I choose, if I want to run an old version.

But it's otherwise all downside: Valve's a gigantic gaping back door to social acceptance of DRM. They are the ones who began the erosion of consumer rights in the video game sector. They are the ones who implanted in the popular mind that it's okay to require a game to have an online connection before you can play it. Even the pros you mention above are all Trojan horses at best to convince you to accept their DRM practices in the name of "sales!".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Quickoffice On Chromebooks Topple Microsoft's Office?

emkyooess price (242 comments)

Consider that the Chromebook is about twice the price of my company's average machine... Including software costs. No.

Not to mention, our people [collectively] *use* all those features in Office that everyone claims "no one uses".

about a year ago
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My favorite resolution for the new year:

emkyooess grouping (266 comments)

Can someone explain how these are grouped at all? I don't see any pattern at all. QSXGA is what I'd like to use but it pretty much doesn't exist. (Death to wide screen. Give me 1:1 even!)

about a year ago
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Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

emkyooess Surprised? (217 comments)

They don't even have case sensitivity on their passwords. Compromised accounts drive additional sales, including the fobs.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

emkyooess Try non-profits (435 comments)

My university employer tends to hire older people for development (especially DBAs). They often do a lot of interfacing with external vendors in terms of customizing canned solutions... with sales experience, they might see that as a bonus. Try them.

By some friends' words, you'll have a much tougher time in the private sector.

more than 2 years ago
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What's keeping you on Windows?

emkyooess Games and... (11 comments)

Big #1: Wine/etc doesn't work well-enough for me for gaming.
Medium #2: Microsoft Office is FAR superior to all the others. (I'm in the minority that actually use all the little features and Outlook.)
Small #3: GUI coding tools. (Not IDEs, but coding GUIs).
Tiny #4: And little things like polish that Linux lacks: [near] universal copy/paste; OLE; a decent permission system (NTFS/NTLM permissions are far more usable than owner/group/user), and so on.

If not for #s 1 and (to a lesser extend) 2, I could live without the rest and learn ways around them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

emkyooess Re:People also hated... (1040 comments)

If I'm mousing, I'm MOUSING. If I'm keyboarding, I'm KEYBOARDING. It's usually terribly inefficient to go back and forth between the two. Keyboard shortcuts are weaker, and mousing is weaker.

more than 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

emkyooess Re:not happy to ditch for windows 7 (471 comments)

You probably forgot that one of the big appeals for Lotus Notes was all that intranet "application" stuff it bundled with. Most institutions that still use it have dozens or hundreds of those that they'd have to find or create replacements for. It's *not* just used for its Mail/calendaring/etc. It's got the groupware stuff and custom forms and integrated databases... The stuff MS Sharepoint is evolving into (itself a horrendous beast).

more than 2 years ago
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5 Great Linux Software Development Tools

emkyooess Slashvertisement (1 comments)

Blatant slashvertisement.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Eating Into Windows 7's Market Share?

emkyooess Cheaper (1 comments)

Enterprise here, we have volume licensing with MS. We put Win7 on all of our new equipment, but it ships to us with Vista, saving us a few bucks each machine.

We'd like to order without an OS, but our volume agreement isn't quite that robust enough. We have to have some sort of MS OS on the machines when they ship to us.

more than 2 years ago
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Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student

emkyooess Re:level (456 comments)

Viewsonic gTablet?
Velocity Cruz?
Superpad?
Archos 7?

There's four with minimal searching.

more than 2 years ago
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Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student

emkyooess Re:level (456 comments)

re:2:
You describe a terrible way of learning. Sure, audio notes and bookmarks might help you to pass a course, but you're sure as hell not going to get as much out of it as reprocessing the material to write it down (in your own way, too).

more than 2 years ago
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Garry's Mod Catches Pirates the Fun Way

emkyooess Re:Dummies (365 comments)

3: Right, friendly to the gamers? You mean Valve, the company whose DRM-DigitalStore is creating a monoculture in the industry that's already rearing its ugly head and limiting consumer choices? Look at all of those games out there (and not just the Valve 1st party ones) that are ONLY available by Steam/Steamworks.

Any system where they can and do (even if it's only one person, that's one person too many) ban people (stealing their entire libraries from them) for a forum post is unacceptable.

It's quite harmful to have all of that "power" concentrated at Valve.

about 3 years ago
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GameStop Buys Impulse From Stardock

emkyooess Re:One more... (109 comments)

Stardock's spirit was a myth. Requiring Impulse (+accounts) to download patches (especially critical ones) is DRM too. Then they did that whole Reactor/GOO stuff that is Steam with a different name.

about 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

emkyooess linkover (435 comments)

For those of you who don't like the tiny formatting of the "linkover" box that appears when you point at a link, you can format it in your userChrome.css like thus:

/* linkover */

.statuspanel-label {
  font-size: 20pt !important;
  color: brown !important;
  background: InfoBackground !important;
  max-width: 100% !important;
}

statuspanel[type=overLink] {
  max-width: 100% !important;
}

about 3 years ago
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Facebook May Bust Up the SMS Profit Cartel

emkyooess except (262 comments)

Carriers already detect Internet traffic that isn't really an SMS and bills it as an SMS, such as various instant messengers.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook may bust up the SMS profit cartel

emkyooess except (3 comments)

Carriers already detect Internet traffic that isn't really an SMS and bills it as an SMS, such as various instant messengers.

more than 3 years ago

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