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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

sparrowhead Re:Something seems really off here... (637 comments)

It's not all about quality, but also whether the game appeals to your interests. Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment were awesome games in terms of entertainment value, yet only a few people i know have actually finished them, because they had no interest in the story or real life events kept them from continuing and they never picked it up again.

I wonder how the percentages are regarding to books. I doubt more than 15% of otherwise avid readers who started reading Ulysses by James Choice finished it, yet i don't see the call for shorter books.

I think, TFA is yet another story of how beancounters and other people in the gaming business with no ties to it except for the money, are trying to change the world of gaming to their likings. I wish, they'd all get a seat on the B-Ark and took their consoles and "Jump-to-Conclusion-Mats" with them.

about 3 years ago

Preview of id Software's Rage

sparrowhead Re:iD software is Bethesda now (147 comments)

No, it isn't. I am quite certain, that in an interview (think it was on's E3 coverage) they said the engine for Skyrim was developped in house. For now Rage is the only game using the engine called "id Tech 5".

about 3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

sparrowhead Re:Better Value (524 comments)

Make that 2 years. Not even Server 2008 shipped with the PowerShell

more than 3 years ago

IE6 Still Going Strong In China

sparrowhead Re:Aye, pirates be the reason IE6 just won’t (158 comments)

Unfortunately I am lacking pre-SP3 images and install media to back this up, but i don't think either of the service packs are required for Firefox. At least a quick google search didn't come up with anything relevant. I assume it's a different story with Adobe Flash and other plugins, though.

TBH I am surprised China hasn't yet developed it's own government controlled browser. That might give them just the control over their people they were looking for.

more than 3 years ago

IE6 Still Going Strong In China

sparrowhead Re:Aye, pirates be the reason IE6 just won’t (158 comments)

The recent and future versions of Firefox do run on XP. I think you mixed that up with Win98/Me which is not supported since Firefox 3

more than 3 years ago

Why Are There So Few Honeycomb Apps?

sparrowhead Re:Lack of Supply (432 comments)

Thx for the artcle, but to quote it: "Asus expects to release 3G varieties via mobile carriers (to be announced) later this summer."

I just noticed how i blabbered in my initial post without making my point (shouldn't /. before the first 3 cups of coffee).

What i forgot to add was, that without store-presence android tablets are doomed to fail. Only few people do require tablets as productivity tools. For most people they're gadgets they want, entertainment devices, toys and probably status symbols. Those people are more likely to buy on impulse, when they see it in shops.

more than 3 years ago

Why Are There So Few Honeycomb Apps?

sparrowhead Lack of Supply (432 comments)

Just last week, I went shopping for an Android Tablet (in Central Europe). The only Specs it needed to fulfill was to be on Honeycomb and to have UMTS onboard. And I wanted to have Hands-on-Test

I've been to over 20 shops and the only Tablets i found were the first Samsung Galaxy Tab - UMTS but no Honeycomb, one by Acer, no UMTS and an Archos tablet which had neither of my requirements.

Guess I'll have to wait until Samsung and Asus release their new tablets and hope, they actually hit the shelves.

more than 3 years ago

Blender 2.57 Released — and It's Easy To Use!

sparrowhead Re:Fantastic News (221 comments)

Instead of minimizing them you could also send them to Background with Alt+Esc

more than 3 years ago

The Case Against GUIs, Revisited

sparrowhead Re:This, perhaps... (720 comments)

There are a ton of tools for almost every operating system and GUI API providing those features. They're called GUI Automation or GUI Test Tools. Linux Desktop Testing Project is just one of them.

more than 3 years ago

RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

sparrowhead Wrong Title (278 comments)

Actually it has to be turned around: Innovation is the biggest threat to RIAA/MPAA. Once the legal systems are being fast forwarded into this millennium they'll meet their well deserved death.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Challenges NVIDIA To Graphics Throw-Down

sparrowhead Re:If I were nVidia (240 comments)

You're right. There are not a lot of them.

It's still 2 months till the release of Brink, which will be an OpenGL game and a year or so till the relase of Rage. Until then the newest titles i know of are Enemy Territory - Quake Wars and Wolfenstein (MP only). Both of them aren't stressing for a modern gaming rig.

I know of 2 synthetic benchmarks, that'll certainly stress even the newest graphic cards: Furmark and the unigine engine's benchmarks.

more than 3 years ago

Teenagers Jailed For Criminal Version of Facebook

sparrowhead Re:Crimebook? (122 comments)

I wouldn't want to discuss that based on this story. After all, the intent behind their website was to handle stolen goods and information.

IANAL, but I think they could even face organized crime charges in some legislations

more than 3 years ago

Greed, Zealotry, and the Commodore 64

sparrowhead Re:Goes both ways... (645 comments)

How do you know that they are several men's memories? How do you know that the records exist?

Interestingly you already delivered everything that is necessary to set up a scientific experiment to evaluate the efficiency and reliability of memory: language.

Since you didn't learn how to form your thoughts into words and even turn those words into symbols at the very moment you expressed those thoughts in this forum, you relied on your memory to do so. And since others were capable of reading the outcome of your thoughts, it wasn't your very own illusion of rules of communication, but rather a collective knowledge, -to use your words- several men's memories, you relied on to engage this communication.


more than 3 years ago

Why Microsoft Is So Scared of OpenOffice

sparrowhead Compatibility (421 comments)

Among all that propaganda bias and the discussion above most is a matter of personal preference. Looks, Features and even stability can work for one or the other package.

In my books compatibility is the biggest issue. I don't want to have to care, what programs the person i transmit my documents to is using. In that book OpenOffice scores way higher than MS Office. Not only is MS Office in my experience incompatible to itself (different versions, even language versions of the same iteration cause problems), also OpenOffice is more compatible to MS Office than the other way around.

more than 3 years ago

Review: Civilization V

sparrowhead Steam = No Buy (399 comments)

Since the game offers no way around Valve's Steam, I won't buy it. A pitty, since i was looking forward to Civ5 for a while

more than 3 years ago

First Installment of's 'Digital Video Primer For Geeks'

sparrowhead Re:player question (86 comments)

Your VLC must be out of date if it cannot handle it. My 1.1.4 plays Webm just fine. There are links to others here

more than 3 years ago

The best day of the week, generally:

sparrowhead Yesterday (510 comments)

That day holds no surprises and past that day everything can only get worse

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

sparrowhead Headset (715 comments)

I know, it's not in the computer, but still. Headsets appear to be the worst component in terms of durability. I haven't had a single hardware failure with my PCs at home in over 10 years, but seem to have to replace my headset every 6 months, give or take.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Holds iPhone Funeral Event

sparrowhead Re:Notify next of Kin (311 comments)

We will all remember 9-11 as the day Kin raised from the dead, won't we?

more than 3 years ago

IBM Unveils Fastest Microprocessor Ever

sparrowhead Re:fastest first post ever? (292 comments)

As a matter of fact Crysis is one of the killer applications for the zSeries has to offer... Financial Crisis that is...

about 4 years ago


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