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Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

spoco2 Re:*Correction (433 comments)

Exactly, exactly, exactly.

I uninstalled this terrible money grabbing game as soon as I got to the store and found all the 'money' I'd collected in game was worth next to nothing, but I could get credits for weapons and other useful things if I just went and completed things on some websites, or I could just pay real money to get in game credits.

A horrible system, and nothing to do with piracy, all to do with a game designed PURELY to pull money out of people to progress.

Make a good game, charge up front and BE DONE WITH IT.

more than 2 years ago

Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

spoco2 Re:Why? (433 comments)

Exactly, it's a terrible, terrible game.

Well, actually the game seemed ok from what I played of it. And then it got to the store, and the way to buy things was to complete various things out of the game, like visiting websites or completing offers... OR you could pay to advance.

So yes, it was the lowest of crap types of apps, the Freemium. I HATE these apps with a passion and wish the whole concept would die.

Provide a free 'trial' version of a game so you can see how it plays on your device, then charge a fee for the full game.

THE END. I've bought plenty of games on my Android phones, PLENTY. But this crap game got uninstalled after about 10 minutes of play.

more than 2 years ago

Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

spoco2 Re:Just wondering (433 comments)

What rubbish are you talking about? Huge headache if you install any paid app????


I've bought quite a lot of games and apps on my Android phone. When I got a new phone they all downloaded to that one no problems.

I have never come up against and form of annoying DRM. What ARE you talking about?

Or you just making excuses for not paying for things?

more than 2 years ago

At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

spoco2 Re:celsius (1233 comments)

But it's not a good scale because its limits don't marry to anything useful.

In Celsius if it's 0 degrees, you know that's the freezing point of water, so you know that frost or snow or other such things are likely... in Fahrenheit it's 32... what kind of a number is 32 for a logical 'start point' where the weather really changes from one sort to another.

I think a scale that has at its zero point such an easy to picture phenomenon makes more sense.

Again, you're used to F, I'm used to C, they both make more 'sense' to us... but I fail to see how, purely logically, you can't agree that celsius makes more sense.

more than 5 years ago

Rome, Built In a Day

spoco2 Re:Cool, but... (107 comments)

Why the hell does it matter? Seriously, are you that anti MS that you can't handle them funding some cool research. Things are allowed to exist without being OS you know.

There have been plenty, plenty, plenty of fantastic benefits to mankind done with the help of private industry. Using Open Source or not does not equate to good vs evil

more than 5 years ago

Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

spoco2 Re:Stability (891 comments)

That is really stunning. It is amazing that you can point at something like Kile, which I just looked at the screenshots of, and somehow think that it's AT ALL a sensible option for the average Word user.

That is... it's amazing that someone can live in a self-created world where that makes sense.

LOOK at Kile Starting a new Document Holy crap that's a confusing mess of ugly.
THIS is what it looks like for general usage... are you mad? Have you ANY concept of how a 'normal' day to day user of Office thinks?

Amazing. If there are many others like you in the OS community who are actually contributing and thinking they're making software for day to day usage by 'normal' people... it's doomed

more than 5 years ago

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

spoco2 Re:Number each spot (863 comments)

Exactly, it's how it works in many places in Melbourne Australia... check the number of your spot as you get out of your car, press that number on the machine and pay... done.

Saves paper.

Saves time.

Even so, the writer of the summary likes to make up ridiculous steps to make the process sound more complex than it is. What next "Step 1. Turn wheel of car. Step 2. Move forward. Step 3. Turn wheel of car other way. Step 4. Breathe. Step 5. ... "

Come on, you make it sound like using these machines is torture.

more than 5 years ago

Best Mouse For Programming?

spoco2 Re:Mouse? (569 comments)

Yeah, heaven forbid that the developer is doing a whole lot of coding, and actually knows about keyboard shortcuts, but you know, might actually want to use a mouse to... um:
* Test the interface they may be programming (yeah, shock horror, sometimes you code things that get used with a mouse)
* Might want to surf the web and forums etc.
* Might want to do ANYTHING bloody useful on a pc other than command line based activities.

Really, get off you friggen 'ooh, you use a mouse, how amateur' shit, it's tiresome.

more than 5 years ago

Michael Jackson's death affects me ...

spoco2 Re:Somewhere between lots and moderately. . . (658 comments)

I never really looked through that before... but my god what an amazing collection of arcade machines, vintage amusement machines, movie memorabilia etc.

Just stunning stuff.

more than 5 years ago

How Do IT Guys Get Respect and Not Become BOFHs?

spoco2 Re:Try the slow down method (902 comments)

What a god awful method... pay for service to a service person who is already paid to do the job they are asking you to do.

Great work.

Sorry, but you sound very much like a BOFH

more than 5 years ago

Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

spoco2 Re:You truly think calling the POLICE is the only (1246 comments)

This whole thing is a horrible indictment on the state of society as a whole in America at the moment.

Here in Australia this acceptance of police officers at schools and metal detectors is so... so foreign.

It absolutely comes down to creating at least some sort of respect in the classroom to begin with, and part of that is SOOOO to do with the parents.

It's a breakdown from the home onwards.


more than 5 years ago

Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

spoco2 You truly think calling the POLICE is the only opt (1246 comments)

My god, what else do you think is acceptable then?

SWAT team brought in for a schoolyard fight?
Anti Terrorist squad for a stink bomb in the corridors?
Solitary detainment and waterboarding for not spilling the beans on who wrote in chalk on a school wall?

I'm disgusted that you think this is ok.

She sounds like a little shit, but that's what detention and suspension is for NOT the bloody police.


more than 4 years ago

Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

spoco2 Re:You know... (339 comments)

* Really, the deadly animal thing, REALLY not that much of an issue unless you actually live in the bush. We have antivenoms for all the spiders and snakes and the number who are killed by any of them is sweet bugger all

* In regards to you thinking that somehow Obama is not being democratic in his current problems with the republican party, I would instead perhaps put this forward:
  He has debated with, consulted, talked to and had great dealings with all sides, listened to all of their concerns, and yet really, the only thing that the Republicans want to do is... give tax cuts... that's it, that's their sole solution for ANYTHING, which makes no sense as then you have a government that has less money to DO anything with. You think somehow giving back little amounts to everyone will suddenly make the US become a power again? HOW?

Spending money on developing sustainable industries and education and things that might actually lift the US in its world standing are GOOD things to do for long term economic health. Giving a bit of money back to everyone so they can spend it on a larger tv or a few more take away dinners helps no-one.

The Republicans are blocking for blocking's sake. Obama was voted in with a landslide, which should suggest that the majority of the country believes in his ideas, so perhaps they shouldn't be so grandstanding as to block things for blocking's sake. If the populous want these things through, and have rejected the piss poor financial management of the Republicans for the past 8 years, then MAYBE they should let it through.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Taskbar Not So Similar To OS X Dock After All

spoco2 Re:so, to summarize... (545 comments)

And Windows never had a TASKBAR with BUTTONS for APPLICATIONS before Mac even had a dock.


For god's sake, grow up, OSX is not some holy friggen grail of OSes that everyone copies you know.

more than 5 years ago

How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

spoco2 Re:The Case of the Slow System (835 comments)

That was interesting except:
1) Read like a giant ad for the software he wrote (process Explorer)
2) He's a windows zealot... WHO uses Windows Live Search to look up things? Any sane person goes and googles something, he window-live-searches.


more than 5 years ago

21 Million German Bank Accounts For Sale

spoco2 Re:So what (302 comments)

Seriously? That's a bit backwards.

In Australia you give someone your BSB (bank identifier) and your account number, and all they can do with that is put money INTO your account.

Therefor the worst someone can do with a whole host of these is to go on a mass donation binge.

about 6 years ago

Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of Domains

spoco2 Re:Benefits of Paper Checks (232 comments)

Yes, and when I was living there I found that so laughable... this bit of electronic veneer in front of a still paper cheque background... really funny.

Sure, nice for you, but you still have the huge lead times associated with preparing, printing, posting, banking etc. a paper cheque, and it's just so wasteful.

Amazingly backwards

about 6 years ago

Online Billpay Provider Loses Control of Domains

spoco2 Re:Benefits of Paper Checks (232 comments)

That was my thought too... it's a 'throw the baby out with the bathwater' thing.

Firstly, as an Australian I am CONSTANTLY amazed at the US's continued reliance on cheques (yes, that's how the rest of the world spells it). When I lived there for a while in 2001 I was amazed that I couldn't pay the majority of my bills online at all, even if I wanted to. The time consuming, paper wasting, overly complex and error prone thing of handling all those cheques is just insane.

I pay all my bills electronically via the BPay system in Australia, there's virtually nothing you can't pay this way.

I DO have automatic payments for some things, but only those that are a constant amount each month (internet for example)... everything else is manually handled, but jumping onto internet banking and putting in the figures is a WHOLE lot faster and less resource intensive than making out X cheques, putting them in envelopes and mailing them all.

Pure madness.

about 6 years ago

Technical Specs Released For Aussie Net Filtering

spoco2 Re:Unwanted? (231 comments)

I don't see why a purely opt in system would rub your nose so far out of joint.

Why are the private sector better for doing this than the government? You're telling me private enterprises wouldn't have vested interests in blocking certain sites... just slipping in things they want blocked? If it really were a purely opt in service, I would have no issue with the government handling it, as long as the lists were managed transparently.

Now... having said that, I still think it's a stupid and unworkable thing to be spending time on, I just don't see why you think that private sector would do this so much better?

about 6 years ago

Technical Specs Released For Aussie Net Filtering

spoco2 Re:Unwanted? (231 comments)

That link doesn't actually clarify anything they merely state 'It could be any number of things' and then go on to mention things that might be banned.

It's all conjecture.

Which is part of the problem, it should be completely transparent. Actually, it just shouldn't exist in the first place, but if it did it should be transparent.

about 6 years ago



id Software announce Doom 4

spoco2 spoco2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spoco2 writes "The id Software site has announced that work has begun on the next sequel to their most famous game, Doom. Will they be able to resurrect the series after what many considered to be a serious misstep with Doom 3? Oh... and they're hiring for the team, so maybe you can steer them in the right direction?"

spoco2 spoco2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spoco2 writes "Is the Food Network using subliminal advertising now? From the always interesting Something Awful forums comes this interesting nugget:

"I was sitting around waiting for Battlestar Galactica this evening watching Iron Chef America. I had seen the commercials for tonight's episode, and it looked neat so I set it up to record. Towards the end, when they're going over the iron chef and the challenger's entries a McDonalds logo popped up for a single frame."
There's a video of the offending portion."

spoco2 spoco2 writes  |  about 8 years ago

spoco2 writes "The Age is reporting that China has relaunched its failed 2003 DVD competitor technology EVD (Enhanced Versatile Disc) with a view to completely phase out DVD hardware manufacturing in China by 2008. From the article, "Promoters of EVD say it provides crisper pictures and sound, bigger recording capacity and better anti-piracy features than standard DVD."

This is part of "state-backed efforts to create standards for mobile phones and other products and reduce dependence on foreign know-how and possibly reap licensing fees if they are adopted abroad.""

spoco2 spoco2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

spoco2 writes "As reported in major news outlets yesterday in Australia (The Age, the Herald Sun), a new television technology has been developed which is touted (by the developers themselves) to be far and away above both plasma and LCD.

"With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma.

"If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see," he said.
"But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see.
"All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display."

The developing company, Arasor International, is said to be listing on the Australian stock exchange shortly."


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