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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

redscare2k4 Re:As a Wii Owner (258 comments)

As of lately, I've used my Wii more as a divx player than a gaming console. I can stream divx movies via WiFi directly from mi PC harddrive in the other room to the TV. No way I'm going to downgrade to 4.3.

Also, I can't understand why Nintendo does not support other uses of the Wii. It's like if Sony would actively try to prevent the PS3 from being used to play bluerays ??

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

redscare2k4 Re:what not to do (495 comments)

The moral of the story is to have something in your sleeve before applying pressure to your current company.

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

redscare2k4 Re:Bad, Bad Idea (495 comments)

That works when you have a prima donna to start with. If you have an underpaid guy, good luck finding an equally skilled candidate willing to work for 75% of the salary (and that it's not going to walk out of the door 3 months later when he finds a decent job).

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

redscare2k4 Re:The main issue (495 comments)

Well, in my first job we did raid a printer and a rack. With my manager telling me "lets wait till lunch hour, there will be no one there" and then "lets go through this other corridor, there's usually no one there".

So I can believe the chairs raid :D

Back on topic, the fact that the company is not willling to hire more people does not mean they won't give a salary raise that would cost them a lot less than hiring another guy (even a junior). You're not going to double your income, but unless the company is in deep shit, you can maybe get a half-decent raise.

more than 4 years ago
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America Versus the UFO Hacker

redscare2k4 Re:Aliens! (452 comments)

Someone breaks into your house but doesn't take anything of value. You would think that's ok because the intrusion was largely harmless?

The fact is he hacked into government servers he had no business accessing. We can argue motives and harm done all we want but it doesn't change the fact a crime was committed.

If someone breaks into your house cos you left the door and windows wide open and steals nothing, any sane person would consider himself lucky and from that day on remember to close the goddam doors.

more than 4 years ago
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Spanish Judges Liken File Sharing To Lending Books

redscare2k4 Re:Ballsy (352 comments)

Well... in Spain we have two high courts: The Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Judges for both of those courts are appointed by the Congress (yay, so much for separation of powers), so... while you can't just fire judges you can make sure the ones you don't like never get to any High Court.

more than 4 years ago
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Spanish Judges Liken File Sharing To Lending Books

redscare2k4 Re:But, but, but,,, (352 comments)

Pressure has already been applied and laws are on their way. The government tried to sneak a "close website if someone complains about P2P" law inside a packet of economic measures. But the public opinion (a ton of bloggers and webs made it sure the general public was informed) forced them to step it down a little and president Zapatero promised no webs would be closed without a court order (if we can trust him thats another matter altogether).

The new Spanish IP law can be summed up as "As we don't like the judges decision, we're making a special commission to deal with copyright claims so we can shut down websites with almost no judicial supervision or monitoring". To add insult to the injury the name of that commission is Sección Segunda (Second Section), which shortens to SS, a fact that makes Godwin's law apply really really fast :D

Now it's quite possible that they're going to pass that law anyway now that all the fuss has passed away, but they will probably have real problem to enforce it considering that:
-Webs are protected by Freedom of Speech. Most (not all) the judges will not close one unless you have a very good motivation.
-After it's first application is quite probably going straight to the (spanish) Constitutional Court, as Freedom of Speech right (unlike IP rights) is considered a "constitutional right" and has special protections in the constitution.

So... interesting times in Spain for those of us who follow P2P-related news and courts decisions.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Take a Big Vendor To Small Claims and Win

redscare2k4 Re:You have better odds in Small Claims Court (171 comments)

You'd be amazed to know that some lawyers actually know the difference between law and justice and sometimes don't do their best on purpose, thus helping the other part indirectly. It's rare, but I know that for a fact.

I think that's probably what's going on.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

redscare2k4 Re:1984 (1238 comments)

If it wasn't so long, I'd use your post for my signature.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

redscare2k4 Re:Sounds like.. progress bars. (570 comments)

Lol, I've even seen webapps using an animated gif as a progress bar :P

more than 4 years ago
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EA Introduces "Online Pass" To Get In On Used Games Market

redscare2k4 Re:cheating the laws (223 comments)

Also (and sorry about the double post), game companies seem to forget that people who sell their games more often than not use that money to BUY MORE GAMES. Game companies are already getting benefits from the used game market, but as they can't put a figure in their anual reports, they're blind and think they're getting nothing.

more than 4 years ago
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EA Introduces "Online Pass" To Get In On Used Games Market

redscare2k4 Re:cheating the laws (223 comments)

I've already heard about this. Is not patches and bugfixes they're aiming at. Its more like "our new FPS comes with the incredible amount of 2!! multiplayer maps, and as a free DLC you get another 10maps!!". Of course if you got the game used, you've got to ditch $10 bucks to get those 10 maps. But they're totally optional, right? :D

Seems game companies like Ubisoft and EA are keen on sending more ammunition to ppl defending piracy to be used against them. Oh well...

more than 4 years ago
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How To Behave At a Software Company?

redscare2k4 Re:Advice, Dawg (842 comments)

Exactly my thoughts.

The "keep your mouth shut when person X badmouths person Y" is a good advice, though.

Another trait that I found very useful in my first job was: When you have a problem/question, do some research first, but do not waste a whole day researching!! That will show your colleges/bosses that a)you have some initiative and are not a lazy bastard that wants everything explained to you like a 5yr old. And b)that you know that spending a whole day to find out something that a college can probably tell you in 5mins is not a productive way to spend your time.

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V To Use Steamworks

redscare2k4 Re:Civ was my offline game (295 comments)

The pirated version will allow to play without internet connection ;)

IIRC, you can also put steam in "offline mode" and then play without internet connection. But to do that you must be logged in the first place, so it's only a valid method when you're planning ahead of time to do that. If your ISP/router/whatever goes down you're fubared.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Sell a Game Concept?

redscare2k4 Re:No way (250 comments)

Lol, then why are 95% exploiting the same old concepts over and over again??

more than 4 years ago
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Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

redscare2k4 Re:I don't want simpler games; just shorter ones. (462 comments)

I disagree. By the time you finish the SP campaing of latest MWs and similar games it's like WTF?? This is already ended???

Many times I start playing a game, get bored mid-way, leave it installed and untouched for 3 months, then one day I feel like "hey, lets finish that Bioshock 2". And I go back and finish it. I mostly blame it on games being too repetitive and not engaging enough, not on games being long/complex.

For example, I bought Deus Ex as a steam offer for 2.5€. And played it to completion (23h, but that's cos I already knew the game). That game has you glued to the computer till you finish it, even if you already know the story. So it's definitely not a problem of games being too long (or at least not for me).

more than 4 years ago
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Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

redscare2k4 Real reason of TFA: Greed and DLC (462 comments)

So these so-called "game designers" from TFA see that people don't bother finishing the games.

So... do they say "hey, maybe our games suck bigtime!" or "hey! maybe we should make games that are not repetitive ad-nauseam and become dull after 5hours" or hey "our games are so predictable that gamers see the end of the history miles away"??

No!! They say "it's obvious that gamers want shorter, simpler games". Yeah right

But then, deeper in TFA, we start to see the real reasons:
"it seems that games will become increasingly modular in order to accommodate different tastes. Currently, Microsoft's development guidelines tell developers and publishers that the optimum time to release DLC is "within the first 30 days" of a game's release"

They want to milk the cow more!! They want you to pay $60bucks for a shitty, incomplete game, and then pay some more for some lame excuse of DLC that should have been included in the game from the 1st time.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Sued Over PS3 "Other OS" Removal

redscare2k4 Re:Why not just ask for a $50 refund? (546 comments)

Sony officially stated they had not paid a penny of those $50 and that any similar issues are a matter between the final seller and the client and had nothing to do with them.

more than 4 years ago

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