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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

tycoex Re:I've Seen Touch Screens For Years (913 comments)

Cars are different but they all use the same system. As compared to computers you could almost say there is only two different car operating systems, standard and automatic. No matter what the hardware looks like (the car model) all your automatic cars are going to have a steering wheel in the same place, two pedals that do the same thing, a similar/same gear shifter, etc. You can jump into any car and know how it operates regardless of model; that's pretty much the same as having different computers (hardware) running the same OS.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

tycoex Re:Waste of money (913 comments)

Not if you use a trackball, which works incredibly well with a laptop in my experience :)

about a year and a half ago

'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

tycoex Re:I love long films if... (245 comments)

I think most people would be fine with the length of the Hobbit if it only included stuff that actually needed to be in the movie.

It all depends on how much material they actually have to work with. I don't want to watch a 2 hour movie stretched in to 3, and I don't want to watch a 3 hour movie cut down to 2. The Hobbit was the former.

about a year and a half ago

To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

tycoex Re:Hey Google fanbois, is it time to start the hat (582 comments)

Two things:

First, I think that most people here feel that technical patents are somewhat more valid than design patents. While there are a number of people who think that patents as a whole are bad, but most people think that patents are okay, it's patents on things like "rounded corners" (aka design patents) that people dislike.

Secondly, if you attack someone who attacks you, are you being offensive or defensive? It's not immediately clear if retaliating after being attacked is a defensive action or an offensive one.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

tycoex It depends. (364 comments)

I find that the best way to take notes depends very much on the specific nature of the class you are taking. For math courses, programming courses, (some) science courses, or anything else where you need to be able to draw or use numbers, pen (or mechanical pencil) and regular old notebook work best.

For classes that are mostly text based, such as social sciences, history, or English courses, I find that typing my notes out in outline format (on a laptop) to be preferable.

more than 2 years ago

Google Clamps Down On Spam, Intrusive Ads In Apps

tycoex Re:Don't look now... (122 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy

tycoex Re:There is - far less (433 comments)

As some other posters have said, pretty much all of those stores (Google play as well as Amazon) accept debit cards just fine. I do not and never have had a credit card, but I buy stuff online all the time with my debit.

There's nothing special about my debit card either, it's just a regular plain old debit card issued from the bank. Well, credit union actually, if that makes a difference.

more than 2 years ago

Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

tycoex Re:Windows 8 is not a catastrophe.... (880 comments)

If it's not better then why do games that allow K&M on consoles have to create separate rooms for K&M players and gamepad players?

I'll tell you why, because in the mixed rooms the K&M players destroy the gamepad players.

Now obviously if everyone is using the same control scheme it doesn't matter how "good" it is, because everyone is using the same crap. However, if you let K&M players play against gamepad players in an FPS the gamepad players will get destroyed.

For other kinds of games, such as action or fighting games, the gamepad is preferred for me. But that doesn't mean I deny that K&M is better for FPS.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

tycoex Re:If consumers didn't want big phones (660 comments)

You're forgetting that all the emo kids are wearing skinny jeans that barely fit a pack of gum these days :)

more than 2 years ago

12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

tycoex Re:The true enemy... (1706 comments)

Remove bad parents?

more than 2 years ago

EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling

tycoex Re:LOL (183 comments)

I'm a conservative and I personally don't know any conservatives who like the TSA. We consider it another example of an overgrown government.

However, the conservatives I tend to be around are probably different than the type you are thinking of. Not all conservatives are rednecks living in trailers, just like not all liberals are actually hippies sitting around in drum circles.

about 2 years ago

UN Declares Internet Freedom a Basic Right

tycoex Re:In similarly important news... (161 comments)

Or maybe they think that no matter how bad he would still be better than Romney?

South Park was right when they satirized our political system as voting between a doucebag and a turd sandwich. The only thing that will truly change our country would be to change the actual political system itself, and that will never happen.

more than 2 years ago

Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced

tycoex Re:shadow boxing didn't annoy them? (128 comments)

The fact that you can activate skills without a target is actually one of the biggest selling points. It makes the game feature more "action-like" combat rather than standard fare turn-based mmo combat.

And honestly, I don't see how this would affect immersion negatively. What's less realistic, being able to shoot your gun, regardless of whether it hits anyone or not, or your gun telling you that you're out of range if you try to shoot it from too far away?

more than 2 years ago

Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced

tycoex Re:Fun and polished game (128 comments)

Sort of. It's an actual persistent world now, just like other mmos.

The world is broken up into zones, like the continents in WoW (only not quite as big); but for pretty much all purposes you will actually notice in playing, it's fully persistent.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

tycoex Re:What a stupid time to post this drivel (654 comments)

Why did you decide to have a family before you got a good job?

Get the job first, then get to making babies. We have enough people on the planet as it is.

more than 2 years ago

Posner Dismisses Apple/Motorola Case, With Prejudice

tycoex Re:FRAND is a red herring (146 comments)

1,000 times this. I wish my mod points hadn't expired yesterday.

I think it's totally cool that Apple "steals," and does so in a way that genuinely makes good products with some level of innovation, at least in design.

What I don't think is cool is that Apple steals but then expects other people not to. Either Apple can steal ideas from other people, and other people can steal ideas from Apple, or neither can steal ideas from each other. Apple can't just have the benefit on both sides, being allowed to steal while being impervious from people stealing from them.

more than 2 years ago

Nintendo Reveals Wii U's Miiverse Social Network

tycoex Re:Nice !! they are just 4 year behind in features (183 comments)

Exactly this. HD makes a huge difference, regardless of graphics.

Playing Mario Kart 64 on my HDTV from an emulator actually looks much better than Mario Kart Wii.

more than 2 years ago

Cost of Pre-Screening All YouTube Content: US$37 Billion

tycoex Re:Retarded analysis (345 comments)

Exactly. Youtube is not there to enforce the law. That's what the courts are for. As you said, they are not there to determine if a video is legal or not, and therefore they are not there to remove videos that may be copyrighted.

They are free to decide what they think is acceptable. If Youtube does not want to remove videos that may be copyrighted -- they are free to not do so.

more than 2 years ago

The Gamification of Hiring

tycoex Re:Dance, monkey, dance! (203 comments)

Because everyone knows posting on an online forum carries the equivalent importance of a job application.

more than 2 years ago


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