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iPad Just Another TV Set?

psyklopz Re:"Rights holders" = Feudal lords (270 comments)

The fact is, our culture has been privatized.

When has that ever happened at all in history?

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla To Release Firefox 4 Next Month

psyklopz Re:how (266 comments)

Tabs on top are fun, but work better in chrome.

I tried the RC, and the tabs aren't truly on top. So, if the window is maximized, I can't just toss my mouse cursor to the top of the screen and have it sitting amongst all the tabs.

Instead, they put a little 'Firefox' dropdown at the top. The dropdown should be somewhere else-- the tabs need to be on top so they are a 'million pixels high'.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

psyklopz Re:That's it ? it's called Lion ? (827 comments)

Evidently, it will be available on vinyl...

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

psyklopz Re:reasons this may not catch on in the US (533 comments)

I don't have a problem with cyclists who obey traffic laws.

But I would like someone to comment on this:

If, as a car driver, I pass a cyclist, and then reach a red light, why does the cyclist always ride along the right-hand side of all the cars in the line and go straight to the front of the line?

This to me seems strange. In a car, I don't try to get around the other cars in front of me at an intersection.

In the past, when I used to do my commute on a bike, I'd always maintain my correct position in line at an intersection (once a driver has successfully passed me, he or she shouldn't need to pass me again, in my opinion. To most drivers, it's actually *stressful* to pass a cyclist, because they are worried now about traffic both to their left and their right).

So, what is the recommended course of action at intersections-- should the cyclist maintain their place in line or go all the way to the front. And if the answer is to go all the way to the front-- why is that?

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

psyklopz Re:Obvious weird Windows comparison (639 comments)

I would like to believe this, but it hasn't been my experience.

I can tell you this: Vista (!!!) appears to run smoother and with a more-responsive UI on my laptop than when I try a default ubuntu install on the thing (for example, flash just crawls when I am viewing it thru firefox in ubuntu).

It has been my experience in the past that every time I install linux, it runs slower (or at least appears to run slower) than the windows install on the same machine.

I'm not trying to troll. Maybe someone could explain this phenomenon to me. I actually *want* to switch, but I can't if the alternative is providing a degraded experience.

more than 4 years ago
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The Downsides to Digital Distribution

psyklopz Re:Maybe it's a good thing, if prices fall. (371 comments)

I hate replaying to my own posts...

Although an interesting side effect is in play:

the used market would have a limited supply of used games
the first party would have an infinite supply.

never saw that scenario in economics class...

about 5 years ago
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The Downsides to Digital Distribution

psyklopz Re:Maybe it's a good thing, if prices fall. (371 comments)

Allowing the resale of your license for a digital-only game would provide a stop-gap against price fixing.

Even if there is only one 'first party', they would still need to compete with the used market, which would regulate prices.

Now, if we could only convince them to let us re-sell those games...

about 5 years ago
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The Downsides to Digital Distribution

psyklopz digital distribution can be ok... (371 comments)

Digital distribution is fine, as long as these guarantees are in place:

1) I can transfer my rights to the game to some 3rd party (ie, selling it on the 'used game market')
2) I can play the game without it needing to 'phone home' (so I can play it offline, and I can play it even if the activation servers go away).
3) I can play my game on any other device (eg, my wii breaks down and I buy a new one-- i should be able to play all my purchased games on the new one).
4) If the next generation console is backwards-compatible, I can transfer all my old games onto it and play them there (again, hopefully this would work even if the old activation servers no longer exist).

wrap it all up in drm if you want, but it needs to walk and talk like physical media, including all the freedoms (rights) i have now with my physical media.

about 5 years ago
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Facebook Violates Canadian Privacy Law

psyklopz Re:Draconian Laws (179 comments)

It is worth noting that Facebook violates privacy of more than just its members.

The summary does not mention this, but one of the things the Canadian study found was that users of Facebook can post photos and Tag the names of each person in the photo (whether they are on Facebook or not).

I believe there are good reasons why a non-Facebook user would not want their images posted, and for that matter, have a searchable Tag posted against that image.

Presently, I can't 'opt-out' of images of myself being posted by members, even though I am not on Facebook.

And on the same subject-- should I even need to 'opt-out'? Maybe they should require 'opt-in'?

more than 5 years ago
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The Amazing World of Software Version Numbers

psyklopz os x (321 comments)

The article mentions OS X and the fact that they will be running out of cat names pretty soon.

My prediction: as soon as they run out of cat names, they'll go to 'OS 11'

Steve Jobs will market it by saying 'this one goes to eleven... It's one better, isn't it?'

more than 5 years ago
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Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches

psyklopz Re:I like that phrasing. (195 comments)

Along with this is that anyone who begins a statement with 'in this post-9/11 world...' is about to try to convince you to give up some sort of freedom.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

psyklopz have faith (499 comments)

We still have about 5 and a half years to fully set up the back to the future 2 future.

i know i'm saving up for my hoverboard right now.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"

psyklopz information superhighway (708 comments)

the fact that he refers to the 'information superhighway' is telling as regards to how out of touch he is.

1995 wants its catch-phrase pack.

more than 5 years ago
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Epic's Sweeney On the PC Shareware Revolution

psyklopz i owe him a lot (111 comments)

I feel that I owe Mr Sweeney quite a lot. I was one of the people who ordered the full version of ZZT and Super ZZT back in the golden days, and I have to say that those two 'games' had a direct impact on me.

I always thought it would be nice to have a game editor that was similar in concept to ZZT, but with graphical capabilities. So, that's what I did (http://rpgtoolkit.com).

And I wonder who else owes him the same thanks for the inspiration he sent out on those 3.5 inch disks

more than 5 years ago
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Oracle Buys Sun

psyklopz catz (906 comments)

Oracle President Safra Catz was also heard to remark...

"all your database are belong to us"

more than 5 years ago
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Makemake Becomes the Newest Dwarf Planet

psyklopz Re:Me too... (191 comments)

Goofy was a dog.
Pluto was a dog.

Goofy was Mickey's friend.
Pluto was Mickey's pet.

Does anyone else see anything unusual about that little triangle?

more than 6 years ago

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