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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

msimm Re:"derision and scorn when they really shouldn't" (181 comments)

And don't forget an important fact with free-to-play games regarding their business models:

The business model they choose is subject to change. What might start out as a 'free-to-play' game with premium cosmetic additions can over time shift to a Freemium or Pay-to-Win model. I've invested my time and reasonable amounts of money in free-to-play games in the past, only to be burned later when they change to a more aggressive model.

about 10 months ago

Why PC Sales Are Declining

msimm Re:What about gamers (564 comments)

My six year old *Vista* PC

Get out. *taps foot impatiently*

about 2 years ago

The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself

msimm No it's not, not really. (215 comments)

Either you work for someone or someone works for you. Names change, things remain the same. ;-)

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Muslims Protest 'age of mockery' at Google's London Headquarters

msimm Right... (2 comments)

If free speech pushes people to violence in Britain then those people are probably in the wrong country.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?

msimm Re:Is there one? (375 comments)

Chipotle. Got that for you..

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

msimm Re:I just block (716 comments)


As someone who's created (and supported) several websites (and developed a few platforms)...I'd just like to say that by no means would the world wide web and some of the wonderful technologies we have today disappear in the absence of ad based monetization. It might look different, but I see no reason to suspect that commoditization is tied to creative innovation.

Carry on. :-)

more than 2 years ago

California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

msimm Fine.. (559 comments)

And I want surgically modified Californians to be labeled.

more than 2 years ago

What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing

msimm Re:P2P had no effect on music sales? (285 comments)

hundreds of dollars from me personally over the last 14 years

Nothing personal, but the only thing this anecdote underlines is the fact that you'd have been a marginal consumer in the first place.

As another (counter?) anecdote: I've spent hundreds of dollars every year for the past 14 years (or so) and like yourself, I'm an avid downloader of music.

Not to parrot popular sentiment, but I believe the music industry is slowly strangling itself with the protectivist measures it continues to take. I don't listen to loads of top "" music but I think as more and more people get 'geeky' the alternatives, which focus almost 100% on the consumer side of the experience, become more and more acceptable.

They could drop margins, shift focus to the consumer, and see what happens. Or they could not, maintain some heavy-handed control...and see what happens.

Oddly, one of the best genres to result from the post-consumer digital pop-music age is bootleg remixes. Which introduces me to consumer oriented music I might no have otherwise listened to. And of course violates copyright.

more than 2 years ago

Toronto Police Use Facebook Picture in Online Lineup

msimm Re:They don't serve and protect (227 comments)

By your logic, there are no good people until there are no bad people. It's fine and dandy to lump people together glibly, but I don't see how it's intelligent or insightful.

more than 2 years ago

Where I am now, it's ...

msimm So.. (525 comments)

Only the good parts then?

more than 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

msimm Excellent points.. (434 comments)

Look, we have no problems buying your crap, but when its easier to pirate it and you get a better product? Why not download it?

That's the craziest part of this 'war'. I'd love to pay a fair price and not get jerked around for media, but that's just not a product they've managed to come up with yet, so until then it's plan B.

more than 3 years ago

Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

msimm FPS FTW! (185 comments)

I thought FPS formed the bridge between casual and hardcore. Granted, if you suck you might get bummed playing against more skilled players sometimes, but the thing I like about them is a lot of the 'skill' (twitch mostly, a few strategies help, and knowing/learning maps) is portable across different FPS games. I used to be what we'd consider a hardcore player, wasting hours every week, but I have other interests and other things to do. So I've kept playing various FPS games with an understanding that I can usually play at least moderately well, even for short periods of time, and enjoy it.

more than 4 years ago

FBI's Facebook Monitoring Leads To Arrest In England

msimm It doesn't seem to work... (329 comments)

All I get is garbage:

FMS ASIS IDB C2W Galil arm Lander number key WISDIM pink noise initiators SABC NIMA NSAS erco mailbomb Wackendude Hindawi CSC MD5 SHS botux Internet Underground RHL tetryl incendiary device Talent Police Morgan NMS 2E781 Bunker NADDIS ZNI1 AIEWS Badger ISWG MI-17 Wireless nowhere.ch JSOFC3IP Clandestine Merlin Becker Rapid Reaction TNT ISFR plutonium JASSM bootleg

more than 4 years ago

Doctors Reverse With Drugs Autism-Linked Fragile X Syndrome In Mice

msimm Re:Headline...? (63 comments)

What, you no like engrish?

more than 4 years ago

Why Video Calling Is a Wasted Feature In the UK

msimm Bah.. (232 comments)

I thought the same living in my tech bubble in San Diego before the economy broke. It's easy too look down on things when you and everybody you know don't use it but after moving home while I catch up on bills I'm suddenly finding myself emerged in regular peoples lives. So I set up an account, mostly still ignoring it. There's a lot of senseless crap to it, that's true, but it is pretty customizable and all the device and other cross-integration does make it pretty convenient, even a little useful.

But when I realized I could casually hook up with old friends and acquaintances I began to understand it. There's nothing particularly 'me generation' about it because it augments rather then supplants real conversion. The landscape is actually richer for it, it provides small peaks at what might be going on, chat still works well for one-on-one or even many, but depending on the level of intimacy involved texts, phone-calls, drinks, dinner and all the rest still apply, just like they always did.

I don't mind seeing that a buddy of mine is off on a road-trip. He doesn't have to tell me every tiny detail of his life, but if I'm bored or it's a timothy day on Slashdot it's nice to have something with things/people I care about to poke in on. Or share a little something I might not have.

Sure there are kids who think it's some kind of friend manufacturing machine, but there were always people like that. And you know what, some of your friends send stupid shit, but you probably already knew that about them, don't blame facebook!

And just because you think X is super interesting, depending on the diversity of your group you might be a little let down. I put up a remix recently I'd done in a day, turned out great, but my friends and family don't even really understand what it is, I get one or two hits and no comments. But if I wanted praise I should have picked my audience.

People are always talking about technology X as being the next social downfall, but I'm just not seeing that apply realistically with facebook. It's not a perfect platform, but it's helping people bridge a little distance. Families staying a little closer. Old friends picking up on each others lives. It's casual communication at it's finest, but it can be whatever you decide to make of it.

My advice is to not add anybody and everyone. Just the people *you* want to hear from. It's a lot nicer that way. And don't feel obliged to do anything with it. If I don't have anything to say so be it.

The one down-side is I'm realizing I'm going to have to start taking a trips and visit old friends more often. That means actually taking vacations. Soon hell will be freezing over and then we'll all be in for it. ;-)

more than 4 years ago

CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development

msimm Welcome to 2010! (75 comments)

It's okay not to be racist anymore! Turns out people aren't really different because of the color of their skin! Go figure?

more than 4 years ago

Six More Tech Cults

msimm Re:Slashdot not in the list... (179 comments)

Oh, but they did! They just posted the wrong link to an out-dated article. Here's the actual article from infoworld (print version) with...6 cults. We (collectively, Slashdot) made #1, which seems astute enough.

Holy scriptures: The Lord of the Rings; Programming Perl (aka "The Camel Book")

more than 4 years ago

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

msimm Ya, maybe you should look then? (506 comments)

Of course, we'll never see that because there's more money behind caffeine than alcohol and tobacco, combined.

You sir are a paranoid or an idiot (or both). Behold, the power of teh Google. No thanks needed.

more than 4 years ago

The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer

msimm Re:More like work (133 comments)

So, just to be clear, you're saying being a professional gamer sounds like a lot of work...

more than 4 years ago



Document Management for research with annotation?

msimm msimm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

msimm (580077) writes "I'm currently looking for a document management system for personal and research-related use. Having looked at Alfresco and KnowledgeTree along with a slew of similar open source document management systems they seem to have a common set of features including version control, archiving, document permission/ownership and search/indexing.

What I'd like, in order to help me manage my own continually growing collection of pdf/doc/odf/rtf/txt files, would be something that allowed me to view and annotate documents (and possibly collaborate/share notes) without requiring me to download, edit and re-upload each document.

Obviously there are plenty of capable document management systems out there, so I really suspect I've simply missed something and am hoping someone can point me to a better way to index, search, collaborate and keep and share notes on the ever increasing glut of useful information I seem to use and collect."


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