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Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

pragma_x Re:The Ancient Battle (780 comments)

Another critical difference is a tradeoff between cost of learning and the flexibility of the interface. A CLI is hard/expensive to master, but once you do, you can do a great deal of work as the tools are able to interoperate in unforeseen ways. A GUI is the opposite situation: easier to learn, but overall, a shallower toolset that can only be used in ways that are deliberately designed into the interface.

The only way a GUI can even come close to the flexibility of a CLI, would be to require a radical re-think of the whole thing. For instance: allowing the user to attach objects from any piece of software in the system, to any control, in any interface, at any time. That would be a start, as it still doesn't address things like arbitrary logic, data flow, or automation between tools. From there it becomes obvious why Microsoft is toying with the idea of pushing software vendors to invest in CLI tools: as you say, it's easier to engineer.

more than 2 years ago

Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

pragma_x Re:When i see things like this... (203 comments)

That's probably the next step. Powering it would be a bitch, but I'm sure some kind of inductive power via a headband would do the job.

I think an 8x8 sensor is just enough to make this work for an optical prosthetic. The saccading motion of the eye would build up a higher resolution image inside the patient's mind. It would still be low resolution overall, but it would be a huge step over the current prototype.

more than 5 years ago

Making a Horror Game Scary

pragma_x Re:How to make games scary? (129 comments)

Fatal Frame followed that advice exceptionally well. Your "weapon" in that game is a camera that eats souls. So not only are you continually faced with the doubt that the silly thing will actually do the job, but you have to get really close and take photographs of malign spirits over and over again. It's very effective at creating fear in the player, beyond what the environment can do.

more than 5 years ago

Music Industry Conflicted On Guitar Hero, Rock Band

pragma_x Re:Note to Warner, and anyone else for that matter (140 comments)

"Y'all should get down on your knees "


The internet is the hand of change, with consoles that run GuitarHero/RockBand, like XBox and the PS3, are the ring of power that adorns it.

Time to kiss that ring, big five.

more than 5 years ago

Music Industry Conflicted On Guitar Hero, Rock Band

pragma_x Re:The music industry (140 comments)

"they're pissed they're not producing and making the games themselves."

This is too true. And they should be pissed because they failed to see this coming and capitalize on it. But it's not too late.

XBOL completely nailed the distribution details down for content updates, and RockBand and GuitarHero can now use the same controllers. The standards have been set, and the kinks worked out. If there was ever a time for any one of the big five to roll out their own game with regular updates, this would be it.

But no, instead they stammer and stomp their feet. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

more than 5 years ago

Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun

pragma_x Good News for Slashdot (285 comments)

This is excellent news for most slashdotters since the herpes 'cold-sore' virus is typically transmitted by kissing.

more than 5 years ago

New .tel TLD Now In Use

pragma_x Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (175 comments)

"I'm sure grammar/spelling fascists would find it appealing."

So would the porn industry.

more than 5 years ago

New .tel TLD Now In Use

pragma_x Re:Huh? (175 comments)

Mostly over 500 Telnic employees grabbing and Yawn.

I'm actually looking forward to the more creative uses of .tel like "", "" "", "", etc.

more than 5 years ago

Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

pragma_x Re:Amazing! They've invented... (438 comments)

Well, at least now you don't have to drive all the way to Toshi Station to pick up Power Converters for one of these.

more than 5 years ago

Monty Python Banks On the Long Tail Via YouTube

pragma_x Re:Well, I didn't expect this. (222 comments)

Python A: Humor, common sense, and a strong affinity for silly things.
Python B: And Cake!
Python A: Oh yes, and cake.

more than 5 years ago

How many browser tabs do you have open right now?

pragma_x Re:Clarification of Options (521 comments)

Maybe the poll is porn in his case...?

more than 5 years ago

Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator

pragma_x Re:imagine (683 comments)

I disagree.

Its life Jim, but not as we know it.

more than 4 years ago


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