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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

spyrochaete Tell us a joke (66 comments)

Anything that comes to mind.

Thanks, love your music and love your book!

about 5 months ago
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Google Reader's Social Features Merging With Google+

spyrochaete Re:Non-social uses not affected (100 comments)

Thanks so much for pointing this out. This is the last straw for me. After reading /. for almost a decade I'm sick and tired of all the false news and amateurish errors. I could read supermarket tabloids and get as much tech news as I do here.

Bye /.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

arigatou

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:wow (413 comments)

I wasn't looking to start an argument at all. I just wanted to throw my opinion out there to see what sticks. Nothing did, so it's time to change my homepage for the first time in a decade.

I'm not looking for a website with technology and local politics, or any politics whatosver. I really only care about the technology. I'm now looking for PHP-based RSS parser servers so that I can, as you recommend, build my own Slashdot just for me. I have no interest in anyone's navel but my own.

Just a friendly parting word for you - don't be so quick to dismiss others. In response to my original post I thought "go away" was harsh. Truthfully, responses like that are the other reason why I won't miss Slashdot. Too many people can't tell the difference between a rebuttal and an attack, which is why my opinion is moderated as troll. I won't abide censorship, unlike this hypocritical community.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:The Boy In The Bubble (413 comments)

This just in: you're a jerk.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:see, you care (413 comments)

so stop picketing outside mcdonalds because they don't sell sweaters

(completely inaccurate allegories require only simple deflection)

I was going to rebut you but I see that my original post is now moderated as troll so obviously I'm the one in the minority. I concede that Slashdot is a website to discuss technology and American politics.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:if you don't care about politics (413 comments)

I care very much about politics. I attend candidate debates in person during elections and I write letters to my MP whenever I disagree with federal policy (usually about technology because that's what matters to me). Politics are an important topic that I dedicate a good portion of my attention to.

American politics, not so. This topic doesn't belong on Slashdot. Surely there are websites about American politics better suited to such stories. Might *I* humbly suggest *you* go there? Or are you the type who pickets outside McDonalds because they don't sell sweaters?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

"I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot."

Then don't read it, move on to one of the many other articles that get posted here. There, problem solved, move along...

Good idea. Why improve what you can ignore?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:the most commented stories in slashdot history (413 comments)

are political

the reason for this is that people are interested in politics, techie or not. and there's nothing wrong with a roomful of techies talking politics. you don't have to go there if you don't want. so leave us on slashdot who are obviously interested in politics (based on the most commented stories in slashdot history) to our politics, and go away

Wow, I was going to tell you that your comment about the most-commented stories was the best rebuttal to my claim yet, but then you told me to go away. So sorry to have impeded on your private website, Mr. Malda.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

http://politics.slashdot.org/

Slashdot is not exclusively for tech nerds, politics nerds can hang out too.

I'm unfamiliar with the concept of "politics nerds". Can they dislodge my pocket protector with their caucus whips?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

And if the position of the court swings to support more ridged software patents or towards supporting what is proposed in the ACTA treaty.. won't that have an extreme impact on the technological realms ?

That's the thing about "if". If it happened it would be Slashdot-worthy news and I wouldn't have whined publicly about it. If didn't happen this time which is why I'm reaching for my tissues and bon bons.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

I'd place a US Supreme Court justice as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the world. They don't get to wield their power in the typical manner like a show of force, but they when they use it, it would take 3/4ths of the United States to overrule them.

Perhaps, but that's not the kind of story I come to Slashdot to read. I'm sure they don't cover this article on Epicurious or Disney.com either, however crucial this individual's appointed role may be.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

What if Ms Kagan runs Linux?

Wow, I knew Linux was platform-agnostic but had no idea the kernel was compatible with flesh and blood architecture. Or are they patching in the spleen and circulatory system drivers later?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete Re:!newsfornerds (413 comments)

I like political news as it pertains to technology (e.g., DMCA, ACTA, George W. Bush's daughter giving him an illegal mix CD for his birthday). I'd rather not block all stories filed under politics to avoid non-tech stories such as this one.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Free, Online Version of Office To Premiere This Week

spyrochaete Re:Change in business model ? (264 comments)

I just watched it and it drags on a while. I wish there was a transcript.

A quick Bing search could have saved you a /. post.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

spyrochaete !newsfornerds (413 comments)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Free, Online Version of Office To Premiere This Week

spyrochaete Re:Change in business model ? (264 comments)

The URL I posted had a download link. I hope your favourite video player supports WMV.
 
  download

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Free, Online Version of Office To Premiere This Week

spyrochaete Re:Change in business model ? (264 comments)

Is Microsoft slowly changing it's business model ? Selling Microsoft Office licenses is one of the major sources of revenue.

And at what point will there be a free windows version ?

YES, Microsoft is changing their business model big time. Steve Ballmer announced in his recent University of Washington speech that Microsoft is dedicating 70% fo their software engineers to creating cloud-based versions of their local software, and by next year it will increase to 90%. They were slow to adopt the cloud but plan to become a big contender in a short amount of time.

The speech is about 90 minutes long and is very interesting, for those who care to watch. He's quite a good speaker with a very good knowledge of the industry, and he handles people's questions directly and in detail. What impressed me most was that he openly praises other companies and their cloud apps like Salesforce and Google.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo To Take On Piracy In 3-D

spyrochaete Re:DSiware is a step in the right direction (249 comments)

This is double plus funny as Steam doesnt let you own anything, you merely borrow software and Steam can take it away at any moment.

Yeah, I know. The Steam EULA refers to me as a "subscriber" not a "customer". Goes to show how good Steam is, since I'd rather be one of their subscribers than an owner of a physical medium.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo To Take On Piracy In 3-D

spyrochaete DSiware is a step in the right direction (249 comments)

I stopped pirating PC games when Steam came out. The convenience of ownership outweighed the convenience of piracy.

I have a few pirated games on my DSi XL because I hate lugging cartridges around. I own several DSiware titles because shopping was convenient and I don't need cartridges. Beef up the DS's storage and make games intangible and they'll have sold me.

more than 4 years ago

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Ex-Pirate Bay Admin Launches Micropayment Service

spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  more than 4 years ago

spyrochaete writes "Peter Sunde, formerly "brokep" of The Pirate Bay, recently launched a beta version of Flattr — a micropayment service enabling internet users to tender cash payments to any participating content publisher. Its model enables users to divvy monthly subscription fees as donations awarded to the musicians, bloggers, photographers, or other publisher of their choice.

Sunde tells the BBC, "We want to encourage people to share money as well as content," and asserts, "people love things and they want to pay."

It is said that everything is worth whatever the market is willing to pay for it. Will this freeform ideal of arbitrary compensation catch on?"

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NoScript rescinds AdBlock exception

spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spyrochaete writes "Responding to overwhelming finger-wagging from the online community, InformAction, makers of the NoScript extension for Firefox, have removed the recently introduced AdBlock exceptions which unblocked the revenue-producing ads on the NoScript homepage with little or no warning to the user. According to the changelog InformAction pushed out an update specifically addressing this controversial decision "permanently and with no questions asked.""
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Windows 7 Beta Updates Vista Product Key Blacklist

spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Brian Damage writes "I had a great time playing with my newly-installed copy of the Windows 7 beta this evening. Unfortunately, upon dual-booting back into my primary Vista partition I was greeted with an unpleasant surprise — my less-than-legit copy of Vista suddenly reported as "not genuine" for the first time since installing it 8 months ago. It would seem the Windows 7 beta updates Vista's WGA product key blacklist clandestinely.

If the legitimacy of your Vista install is suspect then I recommend you reconsider volunteering your bug reports and feature requests for Windows 7. Either Microsoft chose to punish (let's face it) a considerable percentage of their unpaid beta testers, or this is a shrewd encouragement to make a permanent switch to its new OS."

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Auto Assault Runs out of Gas

spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  about 7 years ago

Brian Damage writes "After barely a year of operation the scantly populated post-apocalyptic MMORPG Auto Assault is slated for termination this coming August 31. Despite NCsoft's failure to make back the game's initial development investment this news comes as a surprise as it is contrary to developer Net Devil's recent announcement declaring a new retooled version to be in the works. Auto Assault's monthly subscribers will not be billed beyond the cutoff date, and for those who have purchased time cards "NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately."

From the article:

"In August of last year, NCsoft said it saw quarterly losses of 200 million won ($207,000), which it explained was due to a write-off of some 12.6 billion won ($13.1m) in costs related to the flagging title.""

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spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spyrochaete writes "Developer Running With Scissors has just announced that development of the third game in the contraversial Postal series is now in progress. The game is being designed in Valve Software's Source engine which has recently been announced as a middleware dev platform for the Xbox 360.

Despite the current vogue of blackballing the industry's most egregiously violent titles, CEO Vince Desi unflinchingly qualifies the infamous series' integrity: "We've always maintained since publishing the original Postal that the game is only as violent as the player wants it to be and we're committed to expanding this unique form of gameplay in this next addition to the ongoing storyline.""
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spyrochaete spyrochaete writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spyrochaete writes "Gamasutra has posted parts 1 and 2 of its Customer Support Confidential series on life as a customer care techie at a small casual games firm. The articles discuss the colourful variety of email comminiques handled by tech support, and the classifications of average callers, and is written frankly in the "he's saying what we're all thinking" fashion. Which class of support nightmare are you?

Old:... Sometimes, they will want you on the phone as they follow the instructions. In this case, please, maximize that web browser, and enjoy the wacky antics of Gabe and Tycho while you wait for them to finish."

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