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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

wildstoo Re:Geolocation is being abused (100 comments)

Doctor Who is at the precise midpoint between Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and The Wire. Determining which end of the spectrum each of those shows represents is left as an exercise for the reader.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

wildstoo Re:I put it down to this (145 comments)

Simple: a lot of Brits have an authoritarian streak that applies to everyone but themselves. They want the State getting into everyone else's business, but not their own. It's a weird combination of self-righteousness and paranoia.

If you think this might influence how they vote in elections, you'd be dead right.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

wildstoo Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

^This.

Exactly this is what's wrong with Windows 8.1. I really don't care about Modern UI, I can live with it or there are alternatives, but the weird selection of changed/removed features is what really bugs me about Windows 8.1.

Also, it seems you don't have to registry hack to switch between Public and Private networks, but the interface to do so is hardly intuitive.

about 4 months ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

wildstoo Re:Which is why Apple does product placement (232 comments)

Samsung do it too. The show "Suits" on USA being the most obvious example. The characters basically do product demonstrations and even drop Samsung's name as part of the plot of one of the episodes.

Not blatant at all.

about 8 months ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

wildstoo Re:More lies from the Republicans (275 comments)

So, I guess only people who blindly agree with every policy and excuse every stupid mistake made by every Conservative administration are allowed to call themselves Conservatives?

No true Scotsman, indeed.

about 8 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

wildstoo Re:FPS TOO LOW!! (111 comments)

I still play Quake1 from time to time. It's still my favourite FPS of all time.

As for Carmageddon, if you have a decent Android or iPhone, you'll definitely want to pick this up: http://www.carmageddon.com/funsize/carmageddon

about a year ago
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Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

wildstoo Re:What's surprising about this? (449 comments)

the convenience of not having to drive yourself or pay attention to the road, coupled with the convenience of because able to go directly from point A to point B at your convenience. I too would opt for this convenience if it was a mature enough technology.

This post needs more convenience.

1 year,20 days
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

wildstoo Re:You have to test the mouse for OS updates now? (326 comments)

This is purely anecdotal (as are all the other comments on here, tbh) but I've been gaming on 8.1 since it came out and have had absolutely no issues whatsoever. If anything it's better than before.

Maybe the fact that I have a Logitech gaming mouse with its own special software and drivers helps? I always turn off Windows' control of the mouse drivers in the Logitech panel and set it up in there, which means I get a consistent feel, even across reinstalls.

1 year,23 days
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

wildstoo Re:Pale Moon FTW (152 comments)

Yep, I've used Pale Moon for quite a while now. It's great to have a properly optimized 64-bit Firefox build on Windows. Moonchild (the dev) is generally very responsive on the forums and quick to fix bugs.

I use 13 popular Firefox Add-ons and they all work absolutely fine in Pale Moon. I'd recommend it.

about a year ago
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Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

wildstoo Re:helpdesk india or helpdesk must use script fail (239 comments)

Dude, you're Australian. You're lucky to have some pretty strong consumer protection law on the books.

According to my Aussie friend if you have a problem with Telstra, or any other Aussie telecoms company, you contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and your problem will almost always get sorted quickly. He's had to call them when Telstra have dragged their feet fixing his Internet connection. After he complained to the Ombudsman, Telstra were calling HIM back and apologising, and had a team out in his neighbourhood fixing the problem the next day.

about a year ago
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Buy the WarGames IMSAI 8080 and Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy

wildstoo Re:How much for Ally Sheedy? (103 comments)

You still would though. You know you would.

about a year and a half ago
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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

wildstoo Re:Why 1776? (260 comments)

This is just a guess.. but might they not have been playing on a association with a certain historical event.

"Liberation kits", after all.

about a year and a half ago
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

wildstoo Re: A conspiracy... proving you wrong (470 comments)

Of course white people can still be called terrorists, but only if they've DDoSed a corporate website or similar... simply add the "cyber-" prefix and you're ready to go (to court).

Yes, it's ridiculous.

about a year and a half ago
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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

wildstoo Re:G'DAY MATE (231 comments)

An Aussie friend tells me that he and his mates refer to VB as "Vaginal Backwash".

Whether that's better or worse than cat-piss...

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

wildstoo Re:Wow... (491 comments)

I'll just leave this here.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Poker Firmware Bug Yields Big Money, Federal Charges

wildstoo Re:After RTFA (312 comments)

In my experience, they WERE almost always caused by buggy device drivers, and Windows' poor handling of buggy device drivers, rather than the hardware.

Windows' handling of device driver failures has greatly improved over time, so now when a (for example) display driver has a shit-fit, Windows can successfully recover, rather than just barfing a blue screen, so maybe NOW your point is more valid, but it certainly wasn't prior to the introduction of Windows Driver Foundation.

about a year and a half ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

wildstoo Re:It wasn't the DRM (427 comments)

Next, the whole RCI balance mechanic has been the core of SimCity forever, and that's completely gone. Residential areas are supposed to need Commercial areas so people have a place to buy things (or work). Commercial needs shoppers, workers, and goods. Industry provides jobs for residents and goods for Commerce. They broke all of that, because sims, it seems, can live on love. All they need to not move out of their homes is "happiness," which can be obtained from shopping (commerce) but can also be obtained from city parks. So people have made 400k+ population cities that are absolutely nothing but residential high rises and parks. The people have no jobs and no money and no food, but they can still live in gleaming skyscrapers because I guess they're urban foraging in the parks.

Sounds like they were trying to create a game where cities could be genuinely different and still successful and functional. With the strong emphasis on multiplayer and shared maps, a game where people didn't have to follow the same rigid template as everybody else to create a viable city was probably considered a vital feature.

Older SC games really only had a single "optimal" strategy. I think this was what they were trying to avoid.

Unfortunately, it seems that in trying to make it more free-form and less rigid, they inadvertently weakened the "Sim" part of "SimCity".

It's a different game. People used to RCI balance as the core mechanic are going to find it different to what they expected. Whether that's better or worse is probably a matter of opinion.

about a year and a half ago

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