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Gaming Roots: MUD and the Birth of MMOs

sammyF70 Re:Yeah... about that influence (99 comments)

what he said. Especially the bit about "running through Kiticor by night" as a low level character ... or shouting "Travel the world. Come and see the Wonders of Greater Faydark" in Lesser Faydark and subsequently leading a bunch of lvl 10 to their death (mine included). Fun times. Corpse Recovery and serious Death Penalties really increased the fun back then.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

sammyF70 Re:Simple Suggestion (301 comments)

I'm actually living with a person who *needs* medication to function normally (OCD), so yes : I understand the fact that ADD is a real condition. I just don't think that the correct answer to someone saying "Somehow I get sidetracked while working on a computer with an internet connection" is "take Aderall and be productive again". My take is that, if it is such a big problem that he gets sidetracked he should first try to understand the reasons he can't concentrate on his job, before treating something that is, in all probability, NOT due to a physiological deficiency with medication.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

sammyF70 Re:Simple Suggestion (301 comments)

Want something meaningful?

find out why you can not concentrate on your job. You're too tired? go to sleep earlier in the evening ... works wonder. Your job is boring you? Then either it's just momentarily and you should stop procrastinating and force yourself to do it in the knowledge that the good stuff is coming soon. If it's not a momentary boringness then assume that this job is not for you. Try to find out whether it is your workplace or the occupation per se that makes it hard to concentrate on your work. If the first, then actively look for a job at a different place, if it is the second that it won't matter if you change your workplace ... you need to find another occupation that a) can pay the rent and b) makes you happier. Notice how I never talk about "get a better paid job". Money is nice but, in the end, you won't take it to your grave and past a certain "I can live more or less comfortably from that" amount, it will make NOT you happier.
If you are a consultant or running your own business and you can not find a way to actually force yourself to do your work, then consider the fact that you might not be cut out for indenpendancy. Nothing to be ashamed about, and good of you to try it, but being an independant worker means much MORE work and much stronger self-discipline than being a salary man. Try to get a job which pleases you with a fix monthly income and paid vacation. You will be a lot happier.

tl;dr: find out why you can not concentrate on your work, act to fix the problem. Do not drop some aderall, as they will NOT make you happier, just more "productive".

now, dear AC, your turn ...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

sammyF70 Re:Confess your lack of productivity (301 comments)

part of being older is the realization that all this "work is more important than ..." talk was bullshit and that you should have enjoyed your life and family instead.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

sammyF70 Re:Simple Suggestion (301 comments)

ahh ... the murican answer to everything : take pills. No self-control? take ritalin or aderall, and say you have ADHD (or the current hip accronyme for "doesn't enjoy his current task and would rather do something else") Can't sleep? drop a Tylenol No self-esteem? snort some coke. Dude, whilst taking medication is a viable short term alternative, and only in rare cases the only solution, the propensity to just go the lazy way and use chemical crutches to alleviate *symptoms* whenever the slightest problem arises is just incredibly dumb and counter-productive (for YOU! I'm sure your employer appreciate the fact that you are a much more productive "tool" since you started taking pills ...) If you can't concentrate on a task, go to therapy and try to find out the cause instead of blaming some extremely generic condition.

about a year and a half ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

sammyF70 Re:It's the same for Blizzard. (386 comments)

wow ... does Steam's Anus taste like candy? just asking, cause you seem to spend a lot of time licking it.

about 2 years ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

sammyF70 Re:It's the same for Blizzard. (386 comments)

you mean the correct way to go offline while being online .. yeah .. my psychic abnilities are pretty bad, I must admit, and I generally didn't know in advance back then WHEN my connection would fail.

The mind boggles. ..

about 2 years ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

sammyF70 Re:It's the same for Blizzard. (386 comments)

The point that you have to be *online* to be able to go *offline* is already absurd enough, don't you think? Especially when talking about single player games (or single player mode in otherwise multiplayer capable games). Generally you play those games "offline" when you can not go online to start with (because your connection died for example) ... thus making the whole shitty procedure just a complete nuisance.

about 2 years ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

sammyF70 Re:It's the same for Blizzard. (386 comments)

Steam might play in offline mode. More often than not this is not the case. Believe me, I used to have a very bad internet connection and the times I was not able to play anything from my Steam account when the connection was down and Schteam was telling me to log in far outweighted the times when it happily remembered that I had played just one day before.
Steam is not nearly as evil as EA, but it still has an intrusive and often obnoxious DRM (Along with an atrocious EULA).

about 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed an iTunes Competitor

sammyF70 Re: And yet.... (143 comments)

The vision of God that thou dost see, is my vision's greatest enemy. (nearly a William Blake quote)

about 2 years ago
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Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

sammyF70 Re:No. (436 comments)

Considering many of the "bigger" tricks only works because 1) the audience is relatively far away from the stage and 2) have a very limited viewing angle, your comment isn't THAT false.

about 2 years ago
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Minecraft Ported To the Raspberry Pi

sammyF70 Re:Yes but... (57 comments)

yes. I t runs emacs nicely, although the startup time can be a tad bit long (20-30sec in my case), depending on your .emacs . Once it's loaded it is completely useable and fast.

One of my two rpis (both are ~old~ ones with only 256MB RAM) is running apache, mysql, dovecot, postfix and bitlbee. It also has weechat (connected to bitlbee and 4 channels on #freenode) and mutt running 24/7. Additionally roundcubemail is installed. Again, depending on the amount of mails to sort and show, RCmail can be a bit slow. This is the rpi I use emacs the most on, mostly to edit config files, write mails and code a bit on side projects when bored at work.

The trick is to change the memory allocation depending on your useage. In the case of this mail server I set the mem to 240/16 as it is headless.(16MB for the GPU is apparently the absolute minimum you can allocate).

about 2 years ago
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Minecraft Ported To the Raspberry Pi

sammyF70 Re:Hmm (57 comments)

"i played the lite minecraft for 5 mins on my ipad, and I was really really dumb. i just dug a hole for 5 mins, but never got to the bottom. then i couldnt get out."

There.. fixed for you.

about 2 years ago
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Virginia Tech's RoMeLa Answers DARPA Robotics Challenge With THOR

sammyF70 Re:Drive a car? (62 comments)

you'll also have to cope with the radiation.

about 2 years ago
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Virginia Tech's RoMeLa Answers DARPA Robotics Challenge With THOR

sammyF70 Re:Just what we always wanted. (62 comments)

you're an optimist. If I programmed that robot I'd just burn the house down, by .. dunno ... opening a gas valve for example.

about 2 years ago
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Virginia Tech's RoMeLa Answers DARPA Robotics Challenge With THOR

sammyF70 Re:so... (62 comments)

Call *me* paranoid, but all the DARPA challenges soudns to me only superficially humanitarian in nature.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

sammyF70 Re:Depends (415 comments)

since you use the word "retard" while being "anonymous", I assume you are a pretty lousy troll.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

sammyF70 Re:Depends (415 comments)

just a small correction : many ebook readers have integrated mp3 players and, at least on my Sony PRS-T1, the web browser isn't really THAT bad ... it's good enough to read the huffpost, news.google or slashdot.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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GOG will not geo track your IP ;)

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "I know, it sounds like slashvertisement, but it's not.
Good Old Games had a press release a couple of days ago about the fact that they wouldn't use geolocation to figure out where their customers connected from. Sounds nice, but the reason behind it was a bit of a mystery (apparently not only to me). Rock Paper Shotgun apparently figured it out. It's all about Australia and Censorship :)"

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Lessons from Anonymous on cyberwar

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "AlJazeera has an article about Anonymous Vs. HBGary and how the leaked emails show that the so called "cyberwar" is already being fought.

When it comes to cyberwar, the matter is best handled by William Gibson's famous quote: "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."

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VLC to be removed from the Apple AppsStore

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  about 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "VLC will probably be removed from the app Store due to the well known clash between GPL and DRM. from the Article : "GNU Go, an open-source chess game, was slapped with a similar infringement claim". In other news, gnuchess is an open source Monopoly game.The full story here"
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Scary cross-platform demo of Amnesia released

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "Frictional Games, the maker of the Horror survival "Penumbra Trilogy" games have released a demo of their new game "Amnesia — The Dark Descent". It is available for OS-X, Windows and Linux, boasts some impressive visuals on all three but more importantly, it is scary as hell. Just don't expect any weapons, it is all about (not particularly difficult) logical and physical puzzles, literally keeping your sanity and the awesome atmosphere. The full game should be released on the 8th."
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Why tend notebooks to come with partitions?

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "It's that time of the year again : people tell me they are running low on drive space on their notebook, and I can't help but wonder why every single windows notebook I've seen in the last 5 years comes with a C and D partitions each of which is half the drive size, even though the standard install NEVER redirects anything to the D drive. Normal users seems to ignore the D partition (most of the times, they aren't even aware that it's there at all), which means that when they buy a notebook with, for example, a 320GB drive, all they effectively get is 160GB.
So I honestly ask you,, without aiming for the "Windows sucks! Just use Linux" answer, what is the rationale behind it?"
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IT Crowd (UK) coming back!

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "Every Geek's favourite non Sci-Fi Show (the original UK one, not the abysmally bad german and US remakes) is coming back for a fourth season! According to the IMDB's message board, it should be on the air "june'ish"! While you wait, you can check out what kind of vintage hardware will be on the show this time, and remember : if you illegally download movies, you will face the consequences!"
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Jobs to Users : if you want porn, get an Android!

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "Techcrunch has a mail from Steve Jobs, stating again Job's view about application approval and the advice from Mr.Turtleneck himself to "buy an Android phone".

This is apparently not limited to porn though, as Apple also rejected an educational kid game as it went against the "no code interpreters" clause. So, if you want porn or education you should get an Android device (or a samsung Bada device, or any other device BUT an Apple controlled one)

Somehow the 1984 Apple Ad sends a really different message, 26 years later."

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What Google Needs To Do To Fix Its Android Store

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "Businessinsider has a list of 10 things that Google needs to change to make the Android Market more competitive for developers. This range from the weirdly inaccurate ( 'providing links to the android market'? That's already possible using "market://") to the insightful (device fragmentation, consistent currency and killing off the 24 hour return policy)

As an ex-Android developer who has been fighting with Google for a year now, I can only agree that the Android Market Store is pretty much a turn-off for developers (except for Google apparently)"

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JooJoo Board - first reallife preview at Endgadget

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "In all the iPad second-Coming craze, it's easy to forget that there are other tablet around the corner. That's particularly the case if they get to reviewer sites on April, 1st, as was the case with the JooJoo Board. Endgadget has a short preview video of their newly arrived JooJoo board, and should post a complete review ~soon~.

From the look of it, it seems actually quite nice, and it does actually support flash (which is, until flash is dead, a good Good Thing)
I know this is the scond time I submit this story, and seriously, we had 5 iPad stories since my first submission. I'm not affiliated with JooJoo or endgadget in any way, and I actually think the JooJoo board is underwhelming, but so is the iPad ... so what gives? Why not talk about OTHER boards too?"

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iPad makes eInk look good

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "BusinessWeek has an article about real life use of the iPad as an eBook reader and it's not good. the glare screen, the weight and the controls makes, according to the article, the iPad "the amazing, magical device that proves the value of E-Ink.". read TFA for a run down.

On another note, the Joojoo Board, which got a small preview on Endgadget on April, 1st will probably have the same problems."

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JooJoo, an iPad Competitor released.

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "In all the iPad second-Coming craze, it's easy to forget that there are other tablet around the corner. That's particularly the case if they get to reviewer sites on April, 1st, as was the case with the JooJoo Board. Endgadget has a short preview video of their newly arrived JooJoo board, and should post a complete review ~soon~.

From the look of it, it seems actually quite nice, and it does actually support flash (which is, until flash is dead, a good Good Thing)"

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How to get my money from Google?

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sammyF70 (1154563) writes "As a not-particularly Google Android developer, watching my sales raise very slowly hasn't been fun. But even less fun has been the complete failure to actually receive any money from the sales (no ads, and one single page;). So I ask you, fellow /.'ers, what can I do to get Google to send me my money, but still keep on selling my existing apps (which isn't realistic if I have to retrieve the money through a third person) ?"
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Apple Air reviewed ... no big surprises : it's slow

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 6 years ago PC World posted their first review of the macBook Air, and it' not very sunny :

"In exchange for dramatically lighter weight and an extremely thin profile, Apple has definitely compromised when it comes to the MacBook Air's tech specs. And the results of Macworld Lab's preliminary tests of the MacBook Air reflect those compromises. For this first set of tests, we used a default-configuration MacBook Air powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 4200 rpm, 1.8-inch 80GB parallel ATA hard drive. The MacBook Air's processor clock speed lags well behind current MacBook (2.0GHz or 2.2GHz) and MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, and 2.6GHz) models, and its hard drive is also slower than those used in the other models."

They also needed to buy a WiFi adapter and an external USB Optical drive to proceed with their tests, which adds to the already rather steep price.

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OLPC G1G1 offer in Europe ... possibly

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  more than 6 years ago With OLPC XO Laptops selling for over 400 USD on ebay, one could just wonder WHEN the OLPC Give One Get One offer (you buy an OLPCs for the price of two, the second one is sent to a needy child in a third world country) would be restarted.
But even if it was restarted, it still left europeans out in the cold as the program was only available to US and canadian residents
This might apparently change, as Walter Bender, OLPC's president, is quoted in a PC World article saying that "At some point we might do it in Europe".

That's great news for Europeans who were turned off by the prohibitive prices in the online auctions but still wanted one of the sturdy little beasts, considering the price under the G1G1 offer was 398 partly tax-deductible US dollars (approx. 270 EURO)

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Saul Williams releases new album online ~for free~

sammyF70 sammyF70 writes  |  about 7 years ago Saul Williams released his latest album "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!" as a free to pay download. Either you download the album for free and get medium quality mp3s, or pay 5 dollar and can download high quality or lossless versions of the songs. From his myspace page :

As far as the way we've decided to release the album, we're aware that it's pretty risky, but are even more aware that we cant turn to the so-called powers that be of the industry for answers. Someone has got to be willing to take chances. I was very inspired by the recent Radiohead release and felt compelled, almost instantly, to follow my gut and expand on their concept. Obviously, independent artists have been around for years. My indie film, Slam was in fact what opened so many doors for me. yet, the stigma of being an indie artist in the music world hasn't always been rewarding. This time I feel different. I feel like the times have conspired to make this album an important part of history.

I really hope more artists start releasing their music this way. It's a win/win situation. Consumers pay less for complete albums they REALLY want to buy and artists get more money/sale than they would if they were using standard channels. The only losers are the distributors ... But who cares for leeches anyway?

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