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Where does one find a 12-14 inch laptop with speed

igotmybfg (1 comments)

which OS are you trying to run that won't work on a MBP?

more than 3 years ago

SkyDrive drops Silverlight

igotmybfg Sample sizes (3 comments)

...of 1 are meaningless in statistics. The summary's conclusions are lazy and sensational - aren't we better than this?

more than 3 years ago

Nokia releases photorealistic 3D cities

igotmybfg Calling it photorealistic is hyperbole. (3 comments)

It's not there yet, not even close. Zoom in on downtown SF and take a look at the buildings. But it is some cool tech.

more than 3 years ago

Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

igotmybfg Re:yuk (108 comments)

The rotting flesh is what I was imagining. I mean, you can't go down half a hallway without encountering something that's decaying and/or half-dead in that game.

more than 3 years ago

Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

igotmybfg yuk (108 comments)

I can't imagine this being pleasant for a game like Doom...

more than 3 years ago

Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

igotmybfg yay! (648 comments)

and i'm fucking going.

more than 3 years ago

The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater

igotmybfg skeptics... unite! (250 comments)

are you (my fellow /.ers) sure this isn't a stalking horse for some kind of viral advertisement / alternate reality game?

more than 3 years ago

North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook

igotmybfg illegal information... (183 comments) a ridiculous concept

about 4 years ago

Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

igotmybfg No (673 comments)

Aviation safety is not repeat NOT something to play around with. Better for an airline to lose a few million pounds and passengers to be stranded somewhere than for a plane to lose engine power in the middle of the Atlantic.

more than 4 years ago

Good Language Choice For School Programming Test?

igotmybfg Ask them (407 comments)

Explain the situation to your students; give them the options available with pros and cons for each; and let them decide for themselves.

more than 4 years ago

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

igotmybfg Local man unable to get a girlfriend... (538 comments)

...because he's too busy using the Drake equation to prove he can't get girlfriend

more than 4 years ago

Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

igotmybfg Why would you even let them in the door? (307 comments)

I work for a small (~50 person) software development firm. I have no experience on the business side of the house, so I'm open to the possibility that I'm missing something really basic here. With that said, why would a company let a software audit happen? It seems like the only possible outcomes are bad. It's not like the company can realize any revenue from an audit (and could quite possibly end up paying money to buy licenses), and even if the auditors don't find anything bad, there's still the overhead of dealing with them in the first place, i.e. dealing with auditors diverts resources away from revenue-generating activities. So the best outcome one could hope for, from a software audit, is slightly bad. Software auditors aren't government organizations, are they? Do they have warrants or magical lawyer powers that enable them to legally do this? Why not just ignore their calls and refuse them entry?

more than 4 years ago

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely

igotmybfg Some thoughts (341 comments)

Remember that the goal of any company including EA is not to make games, but to make money. They calculate they'll make more money by forcing people off the old games (at least the online parts) with the hope that some or most of those people will then upgrade to the newest version of the franchise:

All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond.

Other posters have expressed the hope that they'll release source code to the old games so that community-run versions of the servers can be developed. I submit that EA has a greater monetary incentive to keep the source closed - they can save a ton of money on development costs by slapping a new logo on last year's game, changing the version string, updating the player names, and releasing it again next year.

(soapbox alert) So why even play these games at all? What do you get after an hour of playing video games, besides a headache and high blood pressure? Why not go play an instrument, or play sports for real, or do something to improve yourself or the rest of the human race?

more than 4 years ago

What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

igotmybfg Keep looking! (325 comments)

You're getting a bachelor's in CS, so why in the world would you want to work IT? There is a huge difference between programming and IT work. IT guys administer servers, troubleshoot workstations, fix network issues, replace busted hardware, and so on. Programmers create the software that the company sells to make money. Think about that and what it implies for a second. You're not going to use your CS degree in an IT job. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on IT; both IT guys and programmers are invaluable to a company... I just don't understand why you would waste a CS degree doing what amounts to grunt work for nothing. Given that you've invested the time, money, and mental effort to get a CS degree, I think you'll find something with the words "software", "programmer", "coder", and/or "architect" in the job title/description to be much more rewarding for you financially, professionally, and creatively.

more than 4 years ago

Reducing One Amino Acid Could Increase Lifespan

igotmybfg tryptophan (286 comments)

Couldn't they have told me this one week before I OD'd on tryptophan, not one week after?

more than 4 years ago

Android Goes To the Battlefield

igotmybfg acronym (128 comments)

You would think ARTS would be a more psychologically pleasing acronym than RATS, but what do I know, I'm just a code monkey...

more than 4 years ago

House Committee Passes "Informed P2P User Act"

igotmybfg Re:Ulterior motive? (235 comments)

If the software plainly states that it will be sharing a file with other people, then you cannot say 'I didn't know I was sharing it'. Likewise, you cannot say that it installed without your knowledge nor can you say it installed but you couldn't uninstall it.

Couldn't you still claim that someone else installed it on your computer, without your knowledge? For example, your 12 year-old son, who may know more about computers than you, but doesn't have the (legal) capacity to agree to a software license in the first place?

more than 4 years ago

Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

igotmybfg What's the point? (617 comments)

Is the Ribbon UI that groundbreaking? To me, this argues that we are just shuffling & renaming things and calling it a new version. Software word processors have been around for at least 30 years, are you really trying to tell me that this "innovation" will change everything and make me super productive? Honestly, development on this could have stopped right around when mail merge was added and I think we'd all have been fine with it.

more than 5 years ago

CNN Uses P2P Video & Adds Terrible EULA

igotmybfg From the article: (254 comments)

At first glance, Ferrell adds, the multiple connections to his PC looked on his security alert system like some kind of SQL attack.

Oh really.

more than 5 years ago


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