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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

tacroy Re:Many users won't be back (516 comments)

As one of the 6 users of a Windows Phone. My brand new Nokia can connect to Microsoft's Cloud, Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and pretty much any cloud I want to. They are also far more open of an ecosystem than my iPhone was (though less than my webOS phones were) While, I agree that microsoft wants to make money on the cloud I haven't seen anything lately that would lead me to believe they would be doing it at the forced exclusion or other companies services. They seem to be a very different company than they were... Maybe they are finally going to compete on quality instead of market abuse.

about 3 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

tacroy But your honor! (562 comments)

But your honor, I only pulled the trigger for 1 second, 2 tops! While the fine seems FREAKING large I can appreciate that it was tied directly too a purpose. i.e. the amount paid to hire someone to secure the site. But I feel attaching it to the actual value lost (5k) would have been more fair, maybe with a bit extra to be punitive? I imagine that if they caught more people the fine would have been spread out among them? But I don't understand why intent to do harm would in any way be lessened because "I only did the bad thing for a short period of time."

about 9 months ago

Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

tacroy Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

Really? Because I remember a story where a women caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus and He basically said "Don't judge her, you have no right. Then asked her to stop doing it." Very little murder was involved. Reference:

about a year ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

tacroy Something seems a about this. (768 comments)

Everything I have heard is that win8 desktop mode will run programs the same way that win7 does. So....steam will run and games will run same as they always have. It SEEMS (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is that the only large change is that Microsoft is introducing a competing digital store for games. So it sounds like win8 isn't bad for gaming as much as it could be bad for Valve since they will now have competition. That opens a whole new issue: Is it unethical / Illegal for Microsoft to support their own store over valve's store? But isn't that the current state of macOS, which Valve is currently moving into?

about 2 years ago

Is Microsoft's Kinect a Gaming Failure?

tacroy It's very good when it augments controllers... (130 comments)

The games where it has supported a traditional controller are actually very engaging. I love just yelling "Tali sabotage" while aiming normally. Similar in Skyrim, dragon shouting in dragon language is pretty neat. As far as motion tracking, the Steel Battalion demo was REALLY frustrating the first time I tried it. THEN I tried playing it like i was actually there by using quick motions instead of trying to "hover over controls" and press and hold. And it just clicked. It's now one of the titles I am anticipating. It's been mostly gimmick waggle and dance so far. But the opportunity is there; heck just add head tracking to all first person shooters and you make something awesome....

more than 2 years ago

Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?

tacroy Re:Oops Adobe did it again (129 comments)

One comment on this; and only because I see it repeated so often I assume most consider it fact. Flash does WAY more than video streaming, and html5 has not yet even come close to the robustness that flash offers. Smokescreen made it possible to convert the animation part to html, but not much of the actual programming.

People tend to view flash as "A web video player" when in reality its much closer to "java + good video playing"

Yes, most peoples view of flash is based on youtube and worthless animated website intro videos. But it's also used to create very robust web applications, eLearning, and games. HTML5 can do some of that, but there are still MANY uses for which flash and actionscript are far superior.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?

tacroy Re:Minimal, if anything (249 comments)

As some one who is VERY theologically based (private study, teaching at church, etc) , and also enjoys Halloween. Let me know if you would like some help teaching her the error of her ways. Legalism is FAR more dangerous to faith than Halloween is!

more than 2 years ago

White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

tacroy Re:Welcome to drudgedot, again... (2115 comments)

Please understand this is a COMPLETELY honest comment. Please take it as face value. I am ignorant of this new tax and as I am working I don't currently have time to research. Based on the summery, President Obama is proposing to increase taxes on those that make over 1mil a year and the republicans are calling it class warfare. Which part of that is wrong / pandering to the conservative base? If it is fact then it can't be construed as bias, however, if it is FALSE then it should be discredited. In all honesty, I ask, please fill me in. Thank you.

more than 2 years ago

Wireless Charging On the Droid Bionic?

tacroy Re:Meh (81 comments)

Yeah, i love me my touchstones. I have one at my office and one in my car. It's really hard to appreciate them until you use one. But it's pretty awesome, to sit in my car, place my phone on a little circle then have it hold there magnetically, while charging, and playing all my music wirelessly putting my gps right where I need it.. No wires! And it knows it's in my car so it opens pandora and gps automagically.

more than 3 years ago

Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

tacroy Re:At least I know why I'm paying for on Live now (162 comments)

Actaully, I don't think the xbox shadowrun servers ARE down? At least not last time I played it. The PC dedicated servers are though. I wouldn't expect them to go down either, since xbox live does not use a traditional dedicated server but instead is mainly a routing service that allows the users xbox's to host. Many people view that as a weakness, but it certainly is a strength if you want to play an older game. There HAVE been a few exceptions.with chromehounds one of the biggest (R.I.P) but that was because of the extensive non-ms hosting that the persistent world used. The other big one was halo 2, but that wasn't even a 360 title and was only running on a emulated backwards compatable version of the service.

more than 3 years ago

Firmware Troubles For Old Xbox 360s, Possibly PS3s As Well

tacroy Re:If your xbox or ps3 breaks... (196 comments)

Sure you'll be able to find it under all that dust?

more than 3 years ago

Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011

tacroy Re:decent hardware webOS device (155 comments)

Heh, webOS can be rooted by just turning on dev mode (just type in the konami code and press the "dev mode on" toggle) And palm not only SUPPORTS homebrew they actually paid to have the lead homebrew developer flown to the dev day as a keynote speaker.

more than 3 years ago

Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011

tacroy Re:decent hardware webOS device (155 comments)

What I am hoping is that HP in an effort to BUY marketshare, puts out a $900 device for $400. They have the cash, and could make a HUGE dent.

more than 3 years ago

Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011

tacroy decent hardware webOS device (155 comments)

My one wish for 2011 (early 2011) is webOS on solid and fast hardware. I believe it is the BEST mobile OS but it is REALLY in need of some hardware to support it!

more than 3 years ago

Pope's Astronomer Would Love To Baptize an Alien

tacroy Re:Good read (308 comments)

Just a clarification: Catholics believe that baptism removes original sin. Many (most?) other Christian style religions believe that Baptism is a SYMBOL of Christs death and is not in any way a salvation issue but instead a way to show that a person is publicly associating with Christ and being a Christian.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon iPhone Rumored For Early Next Year

tacroy Re:I Want (251 comments)

You could get a pre which is an open linux box. Palm is actively supporting! homebrew and does not even require rooting to play with.

more than 4 years ago

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist

tacroy Re:my point of view (developer) (268 comments)

Az, With all the publicity it should be fairly easy for you to find someone to make original art for you (in fact, contact me if you need some help with that) and then the only thing you need to do is get a "lemmingish" name. They can not copyright game mechanics, only the art and code, and they can trademark the actual name. At that point, with original art and a non-trademarked name you are free to actually sell this game (or give it away free)

more than 4 years ago



tacroy tacroy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tacroy writes "Far too often we see anti-gamer news stories spouting off ignorantly about the evils of videogames. While there are positive aspects they seem to only focus on the bad. The tv news station I work for is planning a sweeps news piece on the hazards and benefits of online games to the players. Being an avid gamer myself I asked that I would be given the chance to request stories of good and bad from the players themselves: You. We are requesting personal stories and interviews (anonymous coward if requested) of both the good and bad of gaming. Everything from losing jobs to finding the perfect someone and living happily ever-after."


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