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MySpace Lays Off 47% of Employees

jbacon Re:Wait (206 comments)

Even better! They had 1063.8297872340425531914893617021 employees, according to the summary.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Looking Into Windows Phone 7's 'Excessive' Data Use

jbacon Re:Dumb question (401 comments)

Because XP in no way satisfies any of the requirements for a mobile consumer OS.

more than 3 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

jbacon Re:Well shit (401 comments)

Sure, but what you fail to realize that the psychology is the entire problem! People enjoy being rewarded, they dislike being penalized. Therefore, people enjoy WoW's experience system, and dislike FFXIV's system, even if they result in the same net experience point total.

WoW has done this for all of its existence - making players feel rewarded, and minimizing penalties for death, mistakes, etc. Look where it is now.

about 4 years ago

Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

jbacon Re:You can have my coffee... (506 comments)


*waaaaaagh* *om nom nom*

Man, I sure love my new BobMcD suit!

more than 4 years ago

Carriers, Manufacturers Are Strangling Android

jbacon Re:A naive question (306 comments)

What we have here is a failure to standardize on one signal, and one type of signal processor.

Fortunately, it looks like most everybody is going to make the switch to similar tech with the future jump to LTE, including most of the largest US carriers - AT&T, VZW, T-Mo, etc (Source). I'm personally very excited about the prospect of one phone working on any carrier, because they'd have two choices - lock customers down so hard they CAN'T move, or actually compete with each other like real companies.

more than 4 years ago

US McDonald's Wi-Fi Going Free In January

jbacon Re:No Purchase Required? (376 comments)

Well, the word 'customer' does not necessarily imply that money must be spent. What the sign actually means is said person must be making use of or receiving a product or service of McDonald's. Since the free WiFi is offered by McDonald's, that would be a service offered by that company. QED, you may park.

more than 4 years ago

Why Open Source Phones Still Fail

jbacon Re:Wow (322 comments)

First of all, Android doesn't use Java. It uses a subset of Java APIs, and its syntax. It's VM is called Dalvik, and does not execute Java bytecode, but is all its own.

Anyways, the VM model for Android is a fantastic idea, and I'll tell you why. Easy to develop for and hardware agnostic. This allows Android to easily do exactly what it is doing right now - taking over the mobile OS market (Ahem). Google has the muscle to ram it down carriers' throats, and they are ramming with gusto. It's a pretty damn easy sell to manufacturers too. They're offering an enterprise-quality, easily deployed mobile OS, scalable to nearly any device, FOR FREE? Also, you can modify whatever the hell you want about it. What self-respecting businessman would ignore that offer? HTC, for example, is taking huge advantage of Android's openness with its Sense UI and countless apps, widgets, and such. Sure, a VM model is certainly slower, but is it worth it? Absolutely.

Also, Google recently released a Native Development Kit for Android. So, now you can have ARM apps, hooray!

more than 4 years ago

New Attack Fells Internet Explorer

jbacon Re:A great reason to choose Firefox (202 comments)

It sounds like the root flaw actually lies in your own login implementation. I guarantee that IE is capable of handling sessions. If you have a website that makes you money, you should realize a couple points: First, most of your userbase runs IE. Having the site unusable in said browser is very bad. Second, special casing code for IE is a fact of life in the web development world, and you should just get used to it.

more than 3 years ago

In Test, Windows 7 Vulnerable To 8 Out of 10 Viruses

jbacon Re:Not News!! (843 comments)

Out of curiosity, how exactly do you verify that you are infection free without a scanner? Sure, you probably don't have anything overt, like a botnet hijack, but what about less obvious things like rootkits?

You should probably take your magical ninja virus detection powers and do some consulting for those poor bastards who run Norton....

more than 4 years ago

Aging Discovery Yields Nobel Prize

jbacon Re:Sooo (187 comments)

It's a good thing we'll have all those robots to do all our work for us, then!

about 5 years ago

Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up

jbacon Re:Only One Account (297 comments)

Not quite - IIRC, the new has one unified account for ALL your Blizzard games. This does indeed sound like effective banning of resale.

more than 5 years ago

BrainPort Lets the Blind "See" With Their Tongues

jbacon Re:Not good at dinner. (131 comments)

People who have been blind for a long time are very good at remembering where things are. I'm willing to bet that a guy can remember which bit of food was where on his plate after having looked at it once.
Of course, this is totally irrelevant anyway. Oh no! I can't see my food while I'm eating it! THE HORROR!

more than 5 years ago

Yahoo Filing Reveals Details of Microsoft Deal

jbacon Re:Only one problem... (65 comments)

OP was being facetious, guys! Just thought I'd let you know...

more than 5 years ago

Jeff Bezos Offers Apology For Erasing 1984

jbacon And I quote: (437 comments)

War is peace!
Freedom is slavery!
Ignorance is strength!

more than 5 years ago

Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations

jbacon This is why... (665 comments)

This is why I do my own tech support. And tech support for everyone I know...

more than 4 years ago

Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years

jbacon I love that movie! (408 comments)

Reminds me of Nothing but the Truth, except his motives were a heck of a lot different. Furthermore, Kate Beckinsale is ridiculously hot.

Never give up the source

more than 5 years ago

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

jbacon Re:a hack (459 comments)

That's a TERRIBLE idea... Like, HOLY SHIT terrible.

Full disk encryption gets my vote as well - Truecrypt will do the job quite nicely, and relatively pain-free.

more than 5 years ago

WoW Gamer Earns Federal Investigation Achievement

jbacon Re:With what? (167 comments)

orly? Or he could just pop a Flask of Pure Death and chuck some mad fireballs. I'm pretty sure a plane is worth flasking for.

more than 5 years ago

Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

jbacon Re:It's so very odd..... (1376 comments)

You'd have a point, except for the fact that said over the top fiction is becoming more real every day.

more than 5 years ago


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