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Halo 2 Online Preservation Effort Ends

revengebomber Re:Ok, so we now all agree that Ms is unreliable ? (201 comments)

I thought we all recognized this when they shut down the Zone. At least with DirectPlay games, you can run your own matchmaking service if you want. God help us when they shut down Games For Windows Live and 6 or 7 years of console ports die. I never buy a game now unless it runs on the standard QuakeWorld model - CD key auth, master server, dedicated user-run servers.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source 3D Nvidia Driver Is Ready For Fedora 13

revengebomber Benchmarks (160 comments)

I know it's not a professional project, nor built on any real technical documentation, but I hardly think that an OS should be distributed with a driver that gets 32fps running Quake 3 on a Geforce 9. Can anyone tell me: better or worse performance than using a 3dfx card under Linux?

more than 4 years ago
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Measuring the Speed of Light With Valentine's Day Chocolate

revengebomber Re:But how do you count the cycles? (126 comments)

It melts the chocolate, so it's gotta be reverberating with the water? I assumed that's how you know the frequency.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live For Original Xbox Games Shutting Down

revengebomber Already a trend (307 comments)

Let's talk about some old games. Take, for one, Halo 2. It's now going to be permanently offline, as a result of it being connected to Microsoft's services. Let's go back though. Take a look at Jedi Knight. Can you play that online anymore? Nope. Microsoft service. Dead. Any of those other MSN/"Zone" games? Dead. At least DirectPlay supported LAN in the same manner as online, so the games all still support that.

But - Quake 2? Still kicking. Released the same year as JK, too, IIRC. Microsoft continues to do this; they entice game developers with easy online/multiplayer libraries and then kill the service to force people to upgrade. I fear for all the Games for Windows games; that's why I'll never buy a title that uses Games for Windows Live. 10 years down the road, all those games will be permanently offline too, as will (likely) all this trash like CoD42 which uses an even smaller and even more restricted network. Meanwhile, I'll still be playing Quake 3 (and hopefully RAGE, now that it's not being published by EA).

DirectPlay. Live. When will developers learn?

more than 4 years ago
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Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients?

revengebomber Re:what the fuck are you on about. (349 comments)

The client you linked to is about 10 years old. It offers "integration of legacy systems with Windows 2000," and comes in attractive beige plastic. It even carries a Win___ name! Considering that a throwaway cellphone you get from Verizon has about twice as much CPU power as this thing, it's definitely not "cheap" for $100.

...shit bitch motherfucker.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

revengebomber Dolphin? (434 comments)

Wouldn't an animated Chris Hansen be a better display?

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

revengebomber Re:Anonymous Coward (583 comments)

You've missed the point. Ubuntu has no crapware, so if the crapware paid for the hardware then wouldn't the hardware with Ubuntu be more expensive? There's no crapware on Ubuntu. It comes completely clean, save for Adobe Reader (which is not ENTIRELY crapware - it works just fine for reading PDF). The Windows version comes with the usual slew of useless shit (including Reader and MUCH more). Windows alone is $50 more. An identical laptop with Windows and crapware is $50 more. The crapware included with Windows, therefore, does not factor into the price.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

revengebomber Re:Anonymous Coward (583 comments)

Then why is a Dell Mini 9 (or Vostro A90 is the new branding I think) with Windows XP and (presumably) a bunch of crapware $50 MORE than the one with Ubuntu? Wouldn't they be the same price if the crapware flattened out the windows license?

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

revengebomber Re:Oh brother. (1255 comments)

Feminists can't take a joke. The problem is not that feminists can't take a joke. (We can.) The problem is that you can't take feminists seriously.

I don't quite follow your logic. I don't see anything outright wrong with your claims here, but they don't seem to fit coherently. It's hard not to sound like a troll saying this, but, "what?"

more than 4 years ago
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New Images Reveal Pure Water Ice On Mars

revengebomber Re:There is no such thing (179 comments)

Parse error.
Water which is 99% pure. Not a substance composed 99% of pure water.

more than 4 years ago
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Russia's New Official Holiday — Programmer's Day

revengebomber Re:In honor of Programmer's Day (306 comments)

The major flaw in doing things per-project is a lack of stability. Who's gonna give you a loan if you need to look for new work every few months?

about 5 years ago
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Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

revengebomber Re:Linux gets Yet Another Scheduler (333 comments)

Might be slightly OT (well, not relative to P/GP posts), but if this is a scheduler that will prioritize Rhythmbox's hard drive reads over my GIMP swapping, then I'm all for it. Nothing worse than having to turn off the music because your hard drive is being swapped to too much to... stream a 192kb/s mp3.

about 5 years ago
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Sony Announces PS3 Slim, Price Cut, Improvements To Home

revengebomber Re:The 'old' PS3 is $299, too (427 comments)

At least the removal of the easy Linux functionality will spur developers to look for more "complete" paths to develop for PS3 systems.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Announces PS3 Slim, Price Cut, Improvements To Home

revengebomber Re:It would be really nice... (427 comments)

Microsoft payed for console Netflix exclusivity. Sony responded by including it in every product except the PS3.

more than 5 years ago
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Panel Recommends Space Science, Not Stunts

revengebomber Re:Nice idea, but... (304 comments)

Right. So we land on Phobos, build a base, and start doing research, but where do we get all the oil drums full of green explosive ooze?

more than 5 years ago
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School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

revengebomber Re:back in my day (785 comments)

You sort of missed my point. If I'm in the car at the curb, waiting for my kid, then using jamming means I am unreachable by phone - meaning I have to find a parking spot, go inside, get the office to track down my kid, etc., which disrupts the work of several office workers as well as the class (when the student is pulled out). It would be much less disruptive if we could just use our phones - I text my kid, who quietly ducks out of the room (having told the teacher before class that she'd be leaving).

And where in the U.S. can a child leave class without having to get the office workers involved? Everywhere I've heard of, you need at least two forms filled out before you can leave with your child.

more than 5 years ago
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School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

revengebomber Re:I might be too old... (785 comments)

Lots of people have forgotten how boring your average primary school is. The kids didn't really care who was taunting or beating whom, they just liked the distraction (and the resulting lack of instruction).

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 vs. Windows XP On a Netbook

revengebomber Re:This sound a little like (397 comments)

Silly Coward, Quake and its sequels require floating point units.

more than 5 years ago

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