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How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

rxan Prefer gamepad (244 comments)

Meh, I prefer a gamepad.

I feel that mouse/keyboard is a hack that only works for certain types of games. Games aren't meant to be played with mouse/keyboard, it just happens to be what everyone had laying around. It's also less comfortable.

I can understand certain types of games converging to a mouse-like control. However the keyboard is a joke for gaming. At least drop the keyboard and give me a real gaming tool for my left hand.

more than 3 years ago
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Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam

rxan Re:I have to nitpcik TFA: (394 comments)

3D can be more immersive than non-3D, especially for action/B/popcorn movies, and TFA completely misses this point. It may have some negative effects, but these will be minimized just like with any other evolving technology.

The major gripe seems to be that the movie industry will make us pay more for 3D. Meh. This was the case when movies went from mute->sound, B/W->colour, VHS->DVD, DVD->HD, not smelly->smelly vision. As a tech writer, he should already be comfortable with paying more for useless flashy features.

So yeah, another tech writer crying for attention

more than 3 years ago
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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable

rxan Re:Also appears to contain typical RIM.. (260 comments)

Then I read in a review that the playbook does the same BS, requiring proprietary, RIM-only software that only works with Windows and OSX. Most of the world has this figured out, don't see why RIM is still going this route.

You mean like iTunes?

more than 3 years ago
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HP To Put WebOS On PCs In 2012

rxan Re:Why? (200 comments)

I only 'used' Dell's low-power media software once, and that was just out of curiosity to see what it was. Once I knew, I never booted it again.

more than 3 years ago
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App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

rxan Re:Pedantry and Nothing More (353 comments)

But so many applications do nothing more than contact a web service and display results. Like Shazam. There's a whole range of apps that blur the local/non-local spectrum.

more than 3 years ago
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Tron: Legacy — Too Much Imagination Required?

rxan The reviewers are right though... (429 comments)

While they all agreed the CG and 3D was amazing, they felt the story was 'unimaginative' or 'run-of-the-mill.' Also, many people born later, such as my younger sister, who is very tech savvy herself, seemed to dismiss the plot and characters completely, instead speaking only of the quality of the graphics and the music.

The story was run of the mill. It was a 'get in and get out' story that we've seen a million times.

The characters were hollow and made no progression whatsoever through the story. Tron can be dismissed as an unfamiliar robot who makes a complete reversal for no reason whatsoever at the end of the story. Clue (not sure about the spelling) is a copy-and-paste villain :P. When the guy first meets his father living with the chick, the kid doesn't even ask who she is or why she is there. She's a glaring hole missing that you know will inevitably be explained, but when it is explained you feel completely cheated because he would have immediately been like "Who is this chick?" Even if you accept the sci-fantasy premise, the dialog is ridiculous at times.

So, what else is there to talk about? The visuals and sound were amazing. I give it 3.5/5

more than 3 years ago
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The Animal World Has Its Junkies, Too

rxan Re:Raised question (250 comments)

We call it 'skunk' they call it 'skank'.

more than 3 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

rxan Re:Intended Reaction? (724 comments)

I read the whole story in Geralt's gravelly voice.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business

rxan Re:does not compute (449 comments)

Email clients are easily tabletized.

Lets be honest though. Would you really want to do excel sheets on a tablet? I mean, to bring an acceptable level of excel functionality to a tablet you'd need an insane amount of gestures/menus to compensate for the desktop interface. By that point it doesn't seem worthwhile. How many unrecognized gestures would it take before you hurled the thing across the room?

more than 3 years ago
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Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself

rxan Re:Lies. (353 comments)

Chrome and Firefox prompt me to update Flash. It updates in a few seconds and I re-open my browser. Such a headache, right? /sarcasm

more than 3 years ago
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Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself

rxan Re:Lies. (353 comments)

Agreed. Regardless of what technology wins, Adobe will supply the best tools to use it.

more than 3 years ago
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Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself

rxan Re:Lies. (353 comments)

How is this insightful? Apple doesn't have to support or maintain Flash. It auto-updates anyway.

The net will be a much scarier place when you can't block those HTML5 ads.

more than 3 years ago
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Hard-to-Read Fonts Improve Learning

rxan You learn better, but for how long? (175 comments)

I'd like to see a study that tests learning via hard-to-read fonts over a long period of time. My hypothesis? The learning decreases as the person gets used to reading said fonts. After all. You might find a font hard to read initially. But it will become easier to read as you get used to the font's patterns.

more than 3 years ago
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Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

rxan Re:What are the negative consequences? (436 comments)

Lets feed the troll.

I'm a geek and I've never had any problems with runtime updates like Flash or Java. I've never heard any non-geeks complain about them either. Never needed to download any codecs. Never needed to think about updating. Never needed to use multiple browsers.

So lets get this straight. Having a customer go to a website an have a box saying "missing plug-in" is more customer friendly than the box actually work. Seamlessly. Without the user ever thinking about it. Right on.

more than 3 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

rxan Hated XII (401 comments)

Really? Gambits ruined XII for me. You know something is wrong when you enter a boss battle and don't have to press a single button.

I didn't like the XII's story either. The characters, while not stereotypical, were incredibly hollow. Nobody really drove the story forward for me. *SPOILER* I hated the story twist. I found out that that dark ghosts behind people were actually Gods who had been controlling the destiny of everything for some time. After that I said "This is bullshit" and turned the game off.*SPOILER*

I've been playing since VI and this was the first one I quit.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawrence Lessig Reviews The Social Network

rxan Re:Has everyone forgotten... (223 comments)

I don't get this championing of Zuckerburg, either. For every product that makes it big there are a million other products that weren't as lucky. Just having the most popular product doesn't make you a hero.

more than 3 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

rxan Probably enterprise users (931 comments)

Enterprise users are the most likely to remain with a working technology. Windows 7/Vista doesn't add value over XP for enterprise. They'll just stick with what works. Plus they'd lose money in having workers transition to 7.

more than 3 years ago
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Criminal Charges Against Speed Trap Tweeter

rxan Re:But how precise is it? (253 comments)

Would you like to cite that rant?

I've gotten a few tickets in my day but I never became jaded. The fee is a penalty. Demerit points are a penalty. Yes, it provides revenue. Would you rather have them haul your ass into jail everytime you broke the speed limit? It'll take the points/fee thanks.

Guess what: police and crews coming in to clean up accidents costs... money! Accidents happen. Unsafe drivers tend to cause more accidents.

about 4 years ago
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Patent Office Admits Truth — Things Are a Disaster

rxan Apple patent blows my mind (278 comments)

Here's why the patent system is broken.

Apple has a patent application for arranging music information (read: any information) into different shapes. http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/09/apple-provides-us-with-a-peek-at-spirals-a-new-itunes-ui-feature.html. They describe spirals, squares, rectangles, a helix from the side. Even a map of the USA. But why stop there? You might as well just patent information and pictures arranged into any pleasing geometric or recognizable form! Abstract goastee arrangment? Sure! Lady Gaga's face? Why not! Patented granted!

People can take things that are completely abstract and patent the whole net of ideas. Not only are patents too abstract, they usually aren't novel. Like this Apple one. It's sick.

Here's an idea. Cut the patents and rely on copyright after the fact. Or would that require that people actually do work before getting a reward?

about 4 years ago

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