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Limitations and All, Chromebooks Appear To Be Selling

theRunicBard i love chromebooks and google and all but (126 comments)

Stephen Vaughan-Nichols is a troll who just toots anti-windows-8 propaganda like a parrot. I followed his articles for a while and they're all kind of the same, really.

about a year ago
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How DRM Won

theRunicBard Re:One word. Steam. (221 comments)

another tin-foil hat comment. Steam's DRM is an example of DRM done right. Deal with it. Even if it were unnecessary, the games cost $5. I'll be as sad if I get locked out of them as I will be if the milk in my fridge spoils. Pray tell, what platform do you use to play non-DRM games that also has a social network built into it, achievements, holds 75% sales, and is owned by a company that makes the best games of all time (half life, portal)? Didn't think so. Face it. There is no perfect platform. But Steam is so close, it's worth it.

about a year ago
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How DRM Won

theRunicBard what are you talking about? (221 comments)

while this is an issue, I don't see it as a serious one. Who do you know that actually pays for online content? Sure, some of my friends use Netflix but they routinely complain that their selection sucks. Whenever this happens, we log onto my computer, watch a movie [TOTALLY legally] and if I liked it, I download it when we're done. Sure the law sucks, but if it's that easy to [OBEY], why do you care? A common comeback to this argument is "well, what about the non-tech-saavy people?" to which a PhD friend of mine has replied "I don't see why those who can't use the Internet should have access to it." It sounds mean, but it's akin to letting people who can't pass the citizenship test vote. If you're so dumb that the only way you can get media is by paying money to hollywood to rent it, that's your problem.

about a year ago
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European Watchdogs Challenge Google Over Its Privacy Policy

theRunicBard Re:Ah, the irony (35 comments)

Oh, if I had mod points, you'd get them. This IS what Google wants. They've openly said it. I'm not saying it's smart but I am saying Google was honest about that. The UK can just use the NSA search engine instead.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Cross US Borders With Legally Ripped Media?

theRunicBard Best wisdom I've ever gotten (285 comments)

You can do anything as long as you don't get caught.

about a year ago
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Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+

theRunicBard Re:Really? really? (129 comments)

you get to decide what PhDs should do with their time? Interesting. That, would in no way be a dictatorship. Or perhaps we should get some sort of government body to dictate what is ok to research? Nobody - on here especially - would complain about that, calling it fascism. Look, on a serious note, I understand your concern, but this was their decision and you have no right to tell them otherwise. Google doesn't tax you (not nearly as directly as the real government does), so you don't get representation. The people at Google wanted to do this. So they will. If it sells, great, otherwise, they'll know to stop. If their PhD's decided to wank all day, they'd be able to do that too.

about a year ago
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Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+

theRunicBard Really? really? (129 comments)

the amount of tin-foil-hat crazy on here needs to stop. From what I gather, this is not only optional, but is even then just a tool to show cool stuff to people. Ever buy a new _ and tell people about it? Or get a message from a friend about their cool new _? That's all this is. Get over yourselves. I like Slashdot because it discusses what other news sources ignore, but every time I see crazy on this scale, I start considering finding a new source. There's also this thing called Ebay. And places where you can store your stuff. Time to jump off a cliff? Please hurry, and leave the rest of us alone.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber Adds 14th City: Lee's Summit

theRunicBard Re:Ulterior motives? (81 comments)

Exactly. Google seems to have come to the conclusion that since everything on the internet makes them money somehow (Ads), a way to increase profit is to get people to load up the web faster. You connect to the web faster, you're more likely to click an ad faster. Or just buy from Google Shopping direct. I've seen some stuff on there that beats Amazon's deals. And don't get me wrong, probably some goodness of their heart too.

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

theRunicBard Re:You're still in control (232 comments)

In my experience (and admittedly one data point isn't worth much) you're just gonna miss out on a fruit basket. See if I care.

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

theRunicBard You're still in control (232 comments)

At the end of the day, if you can't turn off your phone, it's your fault. If you have a job that's so miserable that you'd be better off not thinking about it, that's your fault too. If you can't finish your work fast enough to go home and enjoy time with your family / relax, totally your fault. People like to blame society for their own faults. Go to work, finish your work, go home, have fun, enjoy the weekend. It's pretty simple you guys.

about a year ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

theRunicBard Re:Not only citations but accidents I'm sure (507 comments)

Well, our nation is bankrupt both morally and literally, so that's kind of expected, don't you think?

about a year and a half ago
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ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

theRunicBard While I am aware of Windows 8's failings (863 comments)

This author is simply a troll. A journalist's duty is to present an argument based on his experiences. While we can't guarantee a lack of bias, this man penned Windows 8's death before it came out. That's not journalism; it's fanaticism. Linux users have every right to hate Microsoft. In fact, everyone has every right to hate anything that doesn't live up to their standard. However, when we throw a parade every time anyone says anything anti-Windows 8, it just makes us look sad and pathetic. Do we really have nothing better to do? It's an operating system that made drastic, and probably poor, changes to a UI people were used to. If you don't like it, don't use it. I probably will, but only for gaming. There is no need to fill the internet with articles on articles on article response commentaries on how one guy didn't like Windows 8.

about a year and a half ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

theRunicBard Re:Is this the point in time.. (712 comments)

Are those people stupid? Regardless of your feelings towards Microsoft/Linux/Mac/etc, Windows XP is at the end of it's life. It lacks very basic functionality (automatic windows splitting for instance) that everyone who upgraded has been enjoying since Vista. Even visually, it just LOOKS old. And while I love tinkering, there is probably at least a little something weird with you if you'd rather devote your time to manually patching your system. Is this what Slashdot has become? People who grumble about Windows Vista+ while making their own patches for XP? How sad; get a life. Windows XP had a GREAT run. It been Microsoft's best OS in a long time, maybe forever (though Windows 3.1 still seems to have a fanbase). But it's old. Give it up. Windows 8 costs ~$200, which is remarkably little if you plan on not upgrading again for another three versions. $200 is trash compared to rent, food, toys for your kids, etc over a 5 year period. Windows 7 would be much, much cheaper still. Just buy it already. Some of you need to watch Toy Story. Causes you're having trouble growing up.

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry 10 Can BBM Anything You're Watching, Even Porn

theRunicBard Ok, I understand privacy but (104 comments)

There is no way you can't turn this off, and really, who watches porn on their phone? That just seems like a terrible life choice. Small screen, horrible data speeds, smudgy finger marks.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

theRunicBard Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

Exactly this. Ubuntu is very friendly and even if it isn't what you're looking for, you should work on it until you know enough to install that. The move on to something like Mint or Arch (I've never used either).

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Azure Failure: SSL Certificates Were Updated... Sort Of

theRunicBard Re:When will they accept Windows 8 as a failure? (103 comments)

Look, I know nobody cares, but Microsoft Azure has nothing to do with Windows 8. I'm also not sure it's a failure. Microsoft tried something new after getting great positive reviews for Windows 7, which is the BEST time to try something risky. Worst case, people skip one generation of Windows, and stick with... Windows. Best case, you redefine the PC interface. It is innovative, no matter how poorly implemented. Besides, Microsoft has a history of creating a shitty first version and then fixing kinks as time goes by. Was anyone expecting a good first version of Metro? The slow adoption numbers can easily be credited to how good Windows 7 is. Why would you switch? It costs $0 for me to stay on 7, and > $0 to upgrade. We won't be seeing many Windows 8 devices for a while. The timely upgrades brought about by Windows Blue might even spur more adoption (too early to tell, I think). Windows Phones I won't attempt to defend since I know nothing of them.

about a year and a half ago
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What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

theRunicBard Re:Missing option: WTF? (469 comments)

That's what I was thinking. Other than the Naginata, every single one of these options is from Diablo 2. Granted, they are also real polearms but it was suspicious. Will there be future polls for swords? Because honestly, that's where it's at.

about a year and a half ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

theRunicBard Re:Read the article (617 comments)

Whoops. Just re-did the math, you're right. Still, given the current situation in the US a lot of people can't even find jobs. Of course I'm talking about English and history majors but still, complaining about 80K fresh out of college seems selfish. That's my main complaint here. Given that this is still above the average wage (assuming I didn't crap up that math too), it seems silly to complain about 80K. And anyway, isn't the programmer philosophy that if you don't like it you can just make a startup where you're CEO? The article definitely lacked substance for me as well. Only interviewed one person.

about a year and a half ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

theRunicBard Read the article (617 comments)

Very little factual information. While this COULD be true, I just saw one guy complaining combined with an interesting statistic that average wages for programmers are still below $40 an hour. That's a joke, right? That's six figures a year. Sure, everyone would want more, but it's a perfectly reasonable salary as is.

about a year and a half ago
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Tim Cook Never Wanted To Sue Samsung

theRunicBard Re:I'm not the bad guy here (197 comments)

What behavior is that? I'm genuinely curious. You have apple making devices more closed, patenting shit like rounded corners, and suing everyone around. If you read up on Jobs, he had a very nasty side to him too. Look at his biography (the one by Walter Isaacson). He wouldn't give one of the initial employees of Apple any stock despite Wozniac insisting on it. He cheated Wozniac on multiple occasions (I won't look this up - Google). There are stories of him having horrible relations with his wife (in the biography). It seems from a glance that his "innovation" was just good salesmanship. Supposedly (again, in the biography) there were times when an employee would bring up an idea, he would hate it, and then claim it as his own a few days later. I can't think of any instance of him donating money like Bill Gates, who although not a saint is certainly helping the world at this point. Not much of what I'm saying here is hard evidence but it paints a pretty poor picture of someone so idolized. What did Google and Schmidt do that left you more disgusted than that?

about a year and a half ago

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