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Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed

wParam Re:What's the big deal? (483 comments)

Perhaps because you don't *need* google's marketplace to load a program on your phone? If google yanks your app, you can still sell it to people. Unlike with apple, where if they yank your app, you can only sell it to people with jailbroken phones, which is a tiny tiny minority.

Apple should have every right to list or not list whatever they want in their store, because it's their store. The problem only comes about because their store is the "only" way to get programs onto the phone.

more than 4 years ago

I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...

wParam Re:28 hour day (287 comments)

I tried this once. Well, more like I tried to try it. I was only on the schedule for about a week before I bailed. It was among the most awful weeks ever. I was so tired that I couldn't stay awake until "bedtime", then when I did get in bed I couldn't stay asleep until "morning". All that work making up a clock program that can track 28 hour days for nothing.

I've always kinda wanted to try again but never had the motivation. It may be possible, and would probably be great once you adjusted, but be warned: it will suck like you wouldn't believe for at least the first week.

A friend of mine once did an 8 day week system (it matches up with the 7 day week too). He had better luck, though I suspect this is because he got to sleep a lot more often, so the constant exhaustion was less of a factor. I think he stayed on it for near a month.

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video

wParam Re:Anyone ever read the instruction manuals? (189 comments)

I checked the book for Mario Paint and the SNES Mario Kart; I didn't see anything obvious one way or the other on this topic. However, systems more recent than that (N64, gamecube and wii) definitely DO have something to say. It actually says the exact opposite of what you suggest:

"Copying of any Nintendo game is illegal and is strictly prohibited by domestic and international intellectual property laws. "Back-up" or "archival" copies are not authorized and are not necessary to protect your software. Violators will be prosecuted."
-Inside front cover of Smash Brothers: Brawl for wii.

They actually manage to make the message even more infuriating by telling outright lies. (Not necessary? Are they seriously implying that their disks can't ever be scratched by anything? Or that an N64 cart can't be killed by ESD?)

So, while they may have once been cool about it, at some point they decided that being jerks was the way to go. It's been this way since N64, so I'm sure the DS games say the same thing.

Note: I looked in the book for Mario Kart 64, and found this exact message there, too. It's possible that third party titles don't have a message this ridiculous. I remember it being in the gamecube manuals, too, but don't have one at hand to check for sure.

more than 5 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

wParam None of the above? (939 comments)

Wow, first time ever I find myself looking for a CowboyNeal option, and it isn't there.

  • Escape - vi, some of the windows shortcut keys
  • Caps Lock - Evil, but I remapped it to "pause winamp"
  • Windows key - No start menu for me, so it's useful just like any other modifier
  • Scroll Lock - I picked this, but my laptop doesn't even have one.
  • Context menu key - Remapped to middle mouse click in windows, for when I don't have an external mouse plugged in
  • F-lock - Don't have one, thank god
  • Pause/break - This key is how I launch programs. Press pause, then almost any other key, and some program or another launches. For windows and linux, even!
  • Media keys - I have three, they launch temperature monitor, command prompt, and "next track in winamp".

So the only keys that are actually useless are the ones I don't have on the keyboard. I do not abide useless keys. They're there--might as well put them to some use.

more than 5 years ago

How Do Linux and Windows 2000 Compare?

wParam Re:Well, other then the fact that... (598 comments)

Now, let's at least be fair. I ran NT4 for a month without rebooting. Of course, the os was really struggling by that point. Fullscreen apps were not restoring the resolution, the mouse had been reset and slowed down, one cd-rom drive was gone, and the zip drive wouldn't read, write, or eject, but it was still running. The cd-rom came back on reboot, I can't imagine what could have caused that. Win2k, however, has yet to show me more than 9 days of uptime without either a BSOD or something else requiring a reboot. They should have realized that win9x and NT were seperate for a reason, but oh well.

more than 14 years ago


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