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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

glittermage Great, now axe Origin (427 comments)

The CEO got fired for several reasons and the last straw could very well been latest SimCity release issues. My video game budget is about $1,500 per year for my household. EA games used to be a stable part of my gaming time. The last game I recall buying from EA was Battlefield 3 in late 2011. I have abandoned the Mass Effect franchise at 2. I abandoned the Dragon Age Origins franchise at first game. Battlefield 3 is my last Battlefield franchise game. I really enjoyed all three franchises. There are two major reasons for my abandonment:

  1. 1. Games are not available on Steam (I hate Origin). My only Origin game has been Battlefield 3 (I tried it, I hate it). My Steam library is over 300 games. My wife, all four kids, my network of friends, and family use Steam games. Nobody I know is using Origin.
  2. 2. Bioware has gotten lazy. I refuse to reward those lazy developers. Mass Effect and Dragon Age Origins could easily have multiplayer co-op support.

Since dropping EA games I have moved EA part of my budget to buying more Ubisoft games. I got into Prince of Persia series only after the initial release of a DRM free Prince of Persia (I bought on Steam but I like their form of DRM and Valve as a company). I have since purchased every Prince of Persia game I can via Steam, I got into Assassin's Creed franchise, bought every game and DLC, and enjoy the integration with Ubisoft platform and Steam (it's not in the way of my enjoyment). I also started investing in KickStarter games that are focused on PC (Star Citizen), Castle Story, and others (buying six games at a time for household use)

If EA wants part of my cash pie DROP Origin. It's a waste of time (kind of like Bing against Google, nice try but in the end you'll cut your losses). Let those talented developers at Bioware work on co-op in their games (Neverwinter Nights is your benchmark). Then I'll come back. I haven't even played over half the games in my Steam library, I simply stockpile to help Steam, Valve, developers, and I'll get around to them one day. I don't miss EA games at the moment. I enjoyed the news that CEO was canned and removed from Board.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

glittermage Aluminum foil... (561 comments)

It's cheap, easy to work with, flashy (for the girls), and as a bonus...blocks out government surveillance.

about a year and a half ago

Triple Monitor Solutions From AMD, Nvidia Face Off

glittermage Re:It doesn't work. No game support. (75 comments)

I have both Eyefinity and Surround setups, both running at 5760 x 1080 resolution, using triple monitor setup. A few games don't support mulit-monitor (Unreal 3 Engine based games) but others (Source // Valve games), Battlefield franchise, Crytek engines (Crysis), Civ 5, Dirt 3, Trackmania Canyons, EuroTruck Simulator 2, Take on Helicopters, Defense Grid, Assassin's Creed franchise, etc do. More and more of my games are supporting Eyefinity/Surround setups. When a game doesn't support the Eyefinity / Surround I simply right click / disable the multi-monitor before playing the game (or simply launch game and outside monitors go dark).

As long as I have the financial means I will be using 3 or more monitor setups.

about a year and a half ago

Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

glittermage TWC is crying like a baby (573 comments)

If TWC offered 1 Gpbs speeds and fiber to my house I would gladly use {insert any ISP name} for less than or equal to $100 per month (my budget for Internet).

Instead, I use another cable provider called SureWest and I pay $80 for 30 down/5 up. TWC keeps sending me these come back offers, offering $200 gift cards/Visa cards, which go promptly go into the trash.

BTW, Google Fiber is just around the corner. Is that why Slashdot Ads keep offering the Google Fiber?

I've been tallying votes for "who would switch to Google" as it's near many of us at work (some are in fiberhoods already). Of the 90 friends/employees I've polled 98% have responded with Google Fiber. So yeah, TWC is crying like a baby in private. If price and service/speeds were equal, I would rather use SureWest, Google, then TWC.

about a year and a half ago

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Uses 7.1 Billion Transistor GK110 GPU

glittermage Re:What's the point? (176 comments)

Please don't generalize. Star Citizen is a PC game set to be released in late 2014 and has no console aims and pretty awesome pre-release budget.

I would buy one of these cards when the price drops to $700 range. I budget $350 per card and use two GPUs in two different PCs (one with two NVidia GTX 560 Tis and one with two HD 7850s). So yes, I would buy one of these GPUs to help with power consumption and support the economy.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

glittermage Add this to PC qualification (577 comments)

A qualification to be a "Personal Computer" should be the capability of playing video at minimum of 5760 x 1080 across three separate monitors. Otherwise, it's not a "Personal Computer".

about a year and a half ago

AMD Publishes Open-Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver

glittermage Re:Well done AMD (117 comments)

My wife won't let me by another video card after I bought three HD 7850s the past 60 days. I'll have to wait until the 4th quarter of 2013 but I will definitely be going with AMD HD 8000 and using Steam on Linux.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

glittermage Our situation (550 comments)

My wife grew up playing card, video, and board games so it wasn't an uphill battle to get her to play video games, it just took a few specific ones. I can't get her interested in role playing games, the legit ones, like DnD 3.5, Rifts, or Traveller. Maybe that will come along when the kids are older and start playing with me. In our >10 years of marriage she's tried as many games as I could get her to play. Only one game in the first eight years got her hooked (Dungeon Seige I). The past two yeasr though it has changed primarily due to kids and multiplayer co-op with the four kids (all 10). The kids loved playing Minecraft so mommy started playing and got hooked. Now the wife enjoys Minecraft and Zero Gear (like Mario Kart for PC) with the family. I convinced her to try Civ V and now that's her favorite game. We've introduced Civ V to the 7 and 9 year old girls.

about a year and a half ago

Datagram Recovers From 'Apocalyptic' Flooding During Sandy

glittermage You will never get my business (114 comments)

Should have planned and executed better. Something like moving your data center out of an area that doesn't meet your business needs. Your customers should go to someone that does.

about 2 years ago

The Fastest ISPs In the US

glittermage Re:Speed is not as relevant as it once was (168 comments)

Maybe for you...try uploading multiple single 19-20 GB videos to YouTube. I have to leave my computer on over night to complete multiple uploads at a measly 5 Mbps. Imagine the energy saved by increasing bandwidth by a factor of 100.

about 2 years ago

US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash

glittermage Cancel bacon order? (137 comments)

Do I need to cancel my 400 lb bacon order from McGonigles?

about 2 years ago

Valve Blog Announces Dates For Steam Linux External Beta

glittermage Re:I've got a vague idea of what Steam is - (183 comments)

Steam doesn't require online access to play games once they've been downloaded. The game might have had an additional DRM besides Valve. The Steam only DRM games I have tried without Internet access work fine (it seems confused at first that Internet isn't available).

about 2 years ago

US Military Designates Julian Assange an "Enemy of State"

glittermage Re:Another one... (805 comments)

I think he was only counting ships greater than 10 meters in length, less than 10% oxidation on exterior hulls, larger than 10 man crews, and has more computing power than your average Android phone. That leaves only one.

about 2 years ago

Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

glittermage Before that happens... (409 comments)

Ban warfare before tagging humans.

more than 2 years ago

Online Loneliness At Google+

glittermage Re:Real name policy to blame? (456 comments)

Your mail must not be that important if you entrust it with Google.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Holding ISPs Accountable For Contracted DSL Bandwidth

glittermage File FTC and FCC complaint (345 comments)

File complaint with FTC and FCC. I filed a complaint with FTC a few weeks ago and plan to file with FCC after I give my ISP and FTC 30 days to take action. If both FTC and FCC do not resolve my issue I'll seek a law firm who wants to do a class action law suit where I don't pay anything.

Here are my ISP complaint notes.

I expect to get what I pay for based on ISP advertising. My downstream is consistently almost 100% of advertised yet upstream is consistently 80%.

more than 2 years ago



US Government Petition to an open and volunteer funding policy

glittermage glittermage writes  |  about a year and a half ago

glittermage (650813) writes "Let us help the US Government be more like Kickstarter. So we can fund some things that Congress decides not to fund. I created a new petition on We the People on and ask for Slashdot support. Will you add your name? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by February 07, 2013, the White House will review it and respond! Short URL: /dot unite!"
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What do you use for secure account information storage

glittermage glittermage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

glittermage (650813) writes "I'd like to know what /. users are using to securely store account information. I'm looking for a program that has a user friendly interface, supports AES file encryption, allows me to store information on my SFTP site, and is accessible using Windows, Linux, and Android OSs. My children are coming of age where they are going to start registering with sites and services. I'd like them to use something other than my system of writing everything down on index cards."

FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques Revealed

glittermage glittermage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

glittermage (650813) writes "The WSJ reports on an ongoing case regarding alleged "Hacker" Daniel David Rigmaiden regarding the governments tools used to track mobile devices with or without a warrant. The Judge may allow Daniel to defend himself against the governments claims by putting the technology into the light. Sounds good to me."
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Google announces ultra high speed for Kansas City

glittermage glittermage writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glittermage (650813) writes "Remember the Google community ultra high speed project? The first city was announced this morning and it's only a few miles away.

From the article, "In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City."

I am excited to see the regional impacts to Kansas City metro area. Maybe my cable company will be jealous and offer some ultra high speed love at a reasonable cost."

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Where do Solaris admins hang?

glittermage glittermage writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glittermage (650813) writes "Our group has had a Solaris job opening for a few weeks and not one single Solaris administrator has applied. Where are all the Solaris administrators? Jobs must be a plenty."

I want to be an Android developer

glittermage glittermage writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glittermage (650813) writes "Any advice or wisdom Slashdot readers can provide to guide me to becoming an Android developer? With a busy family & work life I'd like to use my time effectively. Please share your suggestions on how to effectively become an Android developer. I do plan to focus on game development, kid friendly single & multi-player games. Assume I know nothing about programming."


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