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Taking the Fun Out of StarCraft II

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:SC2 is simply not fun (293 comments)

I like the fact that I can just pop in and play a couple of games that have no relevance to each other. I can totally see the appeal of what you say, but for me at least, its not that exciting and the ladder provides a simple way for me to see my progress. Similarly, I thought rushing/cheesing was boring, but for me its really enjoyable to just smash someone who tries to do it to you. At the high casual levels its much more of a high risk:reward strategy because it often completely fails and is fairly easy to detect, but as something to sneak in there (like during a best of series when you are ahead) adds neat dynamics.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Multiple RPM based distributions (766 comments)

.deb based distros are similar only because debian is the only party that does any real heavy lifting at the system level. Still, ubuntu uses a different init system and does lots of weird patching to things like apache and so on to support their sudo-only model.

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Now Transcoding All New Uploads To WebM

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Google/Youtube learning from Microsoft (267 comments)

IANAL: Since Youtube "owns" WebM, if they were to suddenly make all content only available via WebM, that would seem to be leveraging a dominant position in one market (Online Video) to push a product in another market that some less scrupulous characters might argue is being "dumped" by virtue of its being freely available.

more than 3 years ago
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New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:So much for build quality... (531 comments)

I recently did open up an MBP to upgrade it. The only 2 parts that I wanted to touch (RAM/HD) were easy to get at and swapping them out was the work of a minute once I got the case open. Furthermore, the fan vent was super easy to get access to and clean. I found the experience quite pleasant and it was the easiest disassembly I've ever had on a laptop. What precisely is your objection?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:someone, please explain this to me (566 comments)

They need to have DRM for non-free apps. They don't need it for free ones. However, they get minimal revenue from from the free ones. Why should they spend additionally engineering manpower on something that isn't a revenue stream when the default situation works basically fine.

more than 3 years ago
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Recent HP Laptops Shipped CPU-Choking Wi-Fi Driver

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:HP is the worst (243 comments)

It seems that computer manufacterers are trying to make this harder and harder though. The last computer I got came with a re-install disk that did a re-image complete with all of the bloatware.

more than 3 years ago
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A Peek At the National Opt-Out Day Numbers

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Why do I care? (297 comments)

I believe the long term affects of the radiation they use haven't been sufficiently studied. I'd be more worried about the TSA officers sitting there being exposed to the things all day.

more than 3 years ago
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Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:If You're Late to the Party (609 comments)

How so? In what way is it different from the way that multi-tasking is implemented in the operating systems of yore. Apple has devised a clever modern method of paging out data to disk and putting processes to sleep that gives the illusion of multi-tasking while still allowing certain things to run in the background.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Dumps X For Unity On Wayland

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Wayland can host X (640 comments)

My point is, most of the programs on a Wayland running machine will expect the Wayland backend. Thus, legacy terminals will be unable to use them. Wayland is backwards compatible on the display server side, but not on the display client side. This means that upgrading is not completely easy. X servers are available for most platforms, but what is the point in installing programs using X display backends on a Wayland machine?

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Dumps X For Unity On Wayland

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Wayland can host X (640 comments)

However, if there are programs on a Wayland machine that others want to run remotely in an X-server they will be unable to. All machines on the Wayland machine will expect a Wayland server. So, while Wayland users can access X programs remotely, X users will be unable to use Wayland programs remotely in the same way.

more than 3 years ago
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School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Expensive (439 comments)

Baltimore city schools work this way for high schools with the exception that everyone has a guaranteed fall back. Students have to apply to a high school and there are high school fairs. The caveat is that no one wants to go to their fall back since it is usually a garbage heap.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Why I no longer believe in global warming (414 comments)

There was an intriguing website I can't remember the address to that basically said it is a game-theoretic dominating strategy for a Socialist to proselytize AGW. The reasoning was that Socialists desire government control of the economy. If AGW exists then our children don't die off and massive government regulation of the economy is introduced. If AGW doesn't exist then massive government regulation of the economy is introduced.

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:remote control for Emergency is bad as all it t (553 comments)

Yeah. I know little about aviation, but I seem to recall one of the last ditch efforts to restart the engines in the event they fail is to go into a dive. Imagine this attempt being made and then the ground link cutting out. Suddenly you have a plane in a dive and no one to bring the nose back up.

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Waste (553 comments)

And what happens if the pilot has a stroke or heart attack and is unable to direct the plane to land. At this point, the airplane will simply fly until it runs out of fuel and with the new re-inforced doors on the aircraft even cross trained flight attendants would be unable to get in and take over the controls. The only option then would be to force the pilot to press a button to prove he's still with it ever so often, but then how do you design such a system to ensure it is robust in minimizing false positives such that the pilot doesn't spend half the time proving to the plane he's flying that he is still capable of flying it.

more than 3 years ago
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Hurt Locker File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Culprit ? (376 comments)

The problem now is that its not so obvious where one ends and the other begins. I'm pretty sure everyone can agree that the producers of the $1 knockoffs floating out of Asia should be nailed to the wall. On the other hand, modern technology has given p2p users the ability to mass reproduce films at the same rate as aforementioned Asian bootleggers.

more than 3 years ago
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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Bah. (423 comments)

I posit it would be largely useless. The Dept. of the Interior actually awarded Deepwater Horizon and award award for safe operation back in '09.

more than 3 years ago
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Alien Swarm Can Be Played As a Terrifying FPS

mR.bRiGhTsId3 Re:Or.. (157 comments)

That's one of the reasons that I really like Alan Wake. The aiming mechanic is really easy since the flashlight that you need to use anyway gives you a good crosshair, plus, since the enemies attack from all sides, it would be particularly difficult to handle from a 1st person view.

more than 4 years ago

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