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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

pr100 Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (286 comments)

Your characterisation of the multi-player experience is rather slanted. I've played quite a few games online as part of a competitive team against other teams (UT, Quake, Tribes2), or as part of cooperative team against the game (WoW raiding). I view these as positive social experiences.

Multiplayer gaming doesn't have to be about jumping into some public server with a bunch of random strangers.

2 days ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

pr100 Re:Geez, he still has a point (266 comments)

While I totally agree that Romero was an abject failure...

Doom, Quake, Wolfenstien - "abject failure"? Please.

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

pr100 Re:geo-blocking (362 comments)

Surely the question is rather - why should the BBC provide you with content if you're not prepared to give that information?

The BBC is funded by payments from TV licence holders in the UK. All the content it produces is available free in the UK. It also makes money from selling programmes overseas. If there was no revenue from overseas sales then people in the UK would have to pay a lot more.

So - why should you get the BBC content for free when you've not contributed to the costs of producing it in the first place?

about a week ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

pr100 but how many tests? (152 comments)

Whilst unit testing is a good thing in general it's actually hard to know how many tests to write. Whilst it is in theory possible to write tests for most things, it's completely infeasible to a priori write tests every for possible interaction with any reasonably sized bit of software. In practice everyone ships code with gaps in the test suite.

There are contexts in which we should be formally proving the correctness of code. This tends to be a niche thing tho' because it's hard and time-consuming.

about two weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

pr100 Re:They're not gamers. (276 comments)

It's not just the spend, it's the spend compared with the cost of developing and marketing the game. A game like GTA takes many millions to make, a game like WoW takes many millions to make and millions more to keep the infrastructure up. You can make a lot of sales and still lose money. A cheap to make smartphone game can be very profitable even if people don't spend much on it.

about three weeks ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

pr100 bridge is social too (274 comments)

All of that applies to bridge too. The main problem with bridge is that you need multiples of four to play.

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

pr100 too good to be true (128 comments)

Criminals can promise things that legit marketing emails can't.

about 2 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

pr100 Re:Is Word ODF real ODF? (164 comments)

I suppose that doesn't quite answer the question of whether any of those pieces of software actually produce documents that comply with the standard, which is what the actual requirement is.

But in any case the practical difficulty will be that people will say they have complied with the requirement by saving as ODF from Word, whether or not that actually enables interoperability with non-Word software.

about 2 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

pr100 Is Word ODF real ODF? (164 comments)

Assuming there's compliance with this edict at some point in the foreseeable future (which is questionable); what's going to happen is that people will save as ODF from Word. The question is then whether you can truly use other software to work on those documents. MS has a long history of failing to properly implement standards; or even their own specifications.

about 2 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

pr100 US law isn't directly relevant here. (239 comments)

Truth might not be an absolute defence to defamation in the US, but it is in English law.

But in any case this is not about defamation. It's a different thing.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

pr100 rtf? - txt will do. (681 comments)

Seriously, I don't think I ever received anything from them that couldn't be sent in RTF format, but that's another story.

99% of the stuff that gets send as word processor files could be plain text.

about 3 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

pr100 Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Only in the US would 3 weeks be regarded as a generous holiday allowance. In most of Europe 4 weeks is a minimum - many people have ~6 weeks+.

about 3 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

pr100 plug-in hybrid is a hybrid (377 comments)

The summary suggests that plug-in hybrids are something different from hybrids - surely that's wrong: they're just a particular kind of hybrid.

about 3 months ago
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Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

pr100 Re:WTF? (79 comments)

Huh? If the newspapers don't want people to view their content via the web then they should stop publishing it on the web.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

pr100 Re:Will Google.com in US be affected (224 comments)

It's not at all clear that this is want Google plan to do. The BBC are reporting that google.com will not be affected. Whether the Google Spain ruling actually says what you say it does is not clear. The judgment says (at para 88) " the operator of a search engine is obliged to remove from the list of results displayed...". There's nothing in the decision that specifically addresses deleting copies of data.

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

pr100 Re:All I'll say... (224 comments)

With some provisos. There are contexts in which the fact of the convictions can still be used. For example in a subsequent criminal trial evidence of the conviction can be given (subject to the usual rules of evidence about such things).

about 4 months ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

pr100 All google needs are ads (84 comments)

You ask "what exactly does google sell apart from ads". This misses the point. Google makes loads of money from ads. Everything else is really there to make sure that nothing interferes with that. Android? Google doesn't care about 'phones per se... what they care about is loads of Iphones that don't have google as the default search provider. Chrome? same thing, get a decent market share of the web browser market and you're protected against directing traffic away from google one way or the other... and so it goes.

about 4 months ago
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New Cologne Answers the Question: "What Does a Bitcoin Smell Like?"

pr100 diamonds have real value (61 comments)

Most diamonds mined are used in for practical industrial purposes and have value for that reason.

about 4 months ago

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