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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 11, 2010, 04:51 DG
They recently put Norton on at work. What a pain in the arse. Apparently Symantec have realised the biggest issue with data loss is PEBKAC and the more it can hinder me the better it is doing it's job.

Every time I look at Task Manager it's burning CPU time and more memory than any other process. Naturally work gives me a 2gb machine even though I typically am using at least 3 different (RAM-hogging) productivity software at once, and need to quickly swap between them. It also seems to slow any HDD reads dramatically and half of those productivity software are essentially databases.

It's centrally forced to scan once a week, during which the machine is almost unworkable. Just enough to appear that it works while actually taking me an infuriating 10x (at least) to do anything at all. Been out at a clients all week and come back to the office at 4.45pm on Friday with 15mins of whatever to do? Maybe I'll be out at 6. The laptops, with much lower specs than my PC, don't have Norton and they do everything far, far faster. It even seems to know when a client has randomly turned up or phoned and I need to run a report.

It's anti-productivity software.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 10, 2010, 08:39 DG
I block specific ad services (mostly thru hosts), generics like *banner* and specifically on some sites with irritating adverts.

Three reasons:
1. I don't trust any ad services, and history shows I'm right not to.
2. I don't have any faith in websites by default and history shows I'm right not to.
3. Using someone else's PC, browsing the web is largely an unpleasant experience. The volume of ads can be ridiculous and even the best of sites run extremely annoying adverts. I really cannot stand intellitxt. Unfortunately it hampers the few sites who keep it reasonable because this causes say doubleclick to get blocked.

Blocking actually makes a lot of pages slower to load (they try and fail to load the ads before anything else) but it's worth it.

Most of the ads I see have the ads being ran from the host. Sure, they're mostly running software from doubleclick or whoever and that'll be communicating with doubleclick or whoever. But I have some assurance that it's being managed by someone at that site: individual sites I can have a little trust in. Furthermore I have to block that's site's ads specifically, so my only motivation for doing so is when that individual site's ads are annoying.

There is no points in Ars complaining about me blocking their ads because I didn't block ads while at Ars, I blanket-banned doubleclick for offences elsewhere. I have no reason (or motivation) to whitelist doubleclick on Ars because I have no idea how much control they have over doubleclick on their site - they trip my block for

Remember back in the 90s when google "saved the internet" because they did these text ads that nobody bothered blocking because they were inoffensive (and sometimes even relevant)?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2010, 18:24 DG
Cutter: IIRC FFH is on BtS disk, they paid a bunch of the best modders so folks who don't check for these things online can play them. These guys have the best attitude towards modding that I've ever seen (purposely built game out of python for moddability, several times took an unofficial patch and released it).

Yeah get BtS. Not convinced there's a lot of fresh content on there, but the main game is just... Better. Espionage kicks in earlier (though AI still spams it a bit much) and random events somehow throws something good into the mix even though they rarely make that much difference. Most of the support is for BtS also. I don't think there's any point waiting either since BtS only improves on the original. Dont bother with Warlords since other than the scenarios there's nothing you don't get with BtS.

I tend to turn off corporations tbh as they're a bit annoying. Effect is somewhat unpredictable (unless I suppose you're one of those guys who alt+tab's out to Excel...) and I find usually negative. The jeweller and sid sushi were the only two I found reliably beneficial - other's better to setup HQ in a good finance city and then cripple your competitors' economy by setting up in their cities and avoiding your own. Might have tweaked it for the better since I last played, I darent run that game these days!
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News Comments > Portal 2 Co-op Details Leak?
20. Re: Portal 2 Co-op Details Leak? Mar 6, 2010, 06:04 DG
Could be great

On the other hand they could throw too much at it, overcomplicate and obfuscate the simple brilliance of the original.

I'm not sure there's much that could be improved on IMHO, though I don't mean to sound pessimistic - there's so much room to do worse and yet still have a superb game.
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
2. Re: Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2010, 14:06 DG
yeah but while this is par for the course for Lab & Cons, it's surprisingly bad for the Lib Dems (who are normally quite appealing for their civil rights etc stuff, but have poor economic policies and are too implausible to vote for).

Boingboing links their source at the end as being a libdem activist site, they're not pleased!
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News Comments > Metaverse
6. Re: BBC Proposes Deep Cuts in Web Site Mar 3, 2010, 15:42 DG
Yosemite Sam wrote on Mar 3, 2010, 13:07:
Heh BBC is probably one of the least opinionated news agencys left on the planet.

(not wholly unbiased, but better than everything else we have over here)

FWIW must of the criticism comes from competitors. Competitors whom set up after the BBC so were well aware they had licence-fee competition. Most of the criticism comes from media owned by Rupert Murdoch (google Murdoch BBC).
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Glitch hits PlayStation Network users worldwide. Mar 1, 2010, 14:17 DG
John, DO NOT check your PS3! The point is do not turn on the older models at all.

Kokatu have a good article being kept updated
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News Comments > Civilization V Cinematic
4. Re: Civilization V Cinematic Feb 27, 2010, 08:03 DG
D4rkKnight wrote on Feb 27, 2010, 00:36:
The micromanagement of workers in civ games are so tedious and boring.

IMO it's quite manageable considering how important it is to your success.

I tend to micromanage young cities but once it gets going you can have stacks of workers with queues. Once your Civ is big, use the map less and the panels more e.g. press the arrows to jump between city screens, use the military screen/hotkeys to find idle workers etc.
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News Comments > More on Ubisoft DRM
15. Re: More on Ubisoft DRM Feb 20, 2010, 16:22 DG
If a company goes bankrupt they're not making any patches, only thing they will do is pay creditors. It would be wrongful trading to spend money on patches because it would mean creditors would get even less than they are owed. Anyway, IIRC all the employees are automatically dismissed.

They could at least pretend that they make the patches as they go along.

50kps is a surprisingly high amount, significantly more than you're likely to get using a 56k modem. So if you move home, there's no playing your Ubisoft games until broadband is activated.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization V Announced
56. Re: Awesome Feb 20, 2010, 09:08 DG
Apaches seem to fly in 6's while Wiki shows spearmen formations range from 16 to 1500.

According to Wiki only about 1/3 of the helicopters lost in Iraq have been due to hostile fire - even when the enemy has flak and anti-air missiles two thirds of losses are from crashes (sometimes together).

Similar "ridiculous" losses happen with tanks v spearmen, but then we're losing quite a few tanks to civilians armed with petrol bombs...
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News Comments > On Ubisoft's Online DRM
66. Re: On Ubisoft's Online DRM Feb 18, 2010, 16:09 DG
no way I'll buy a Ubi game with this. Before I even consider how offended I would be by this on principle, this just lowers the overall quality of the product so far I can't imagine any game being good enough to warrant my hard earned cash.  
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization V Announced
24. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization V Announced Feb 18, 2010, 15:58 DG

(IMHO Civ I and IV were by far the best in the series, certainly not III. If you're into this kind of game and have been missing out grab IV with Beyond the Sword - don't bother with vanilla go straight to BtS, the expansions just add to the game there's no lost content if you skip vanilla.)
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead DLC Revealed
10. Re: Left 4 Dead DLC Revealed Feb 12, 2010, 15:40 DG
Dunno, it a lot of ways L4D2 is the better game but I still prefer the original. Better characters, better atmosphere.. game feels like it was made by a fresh team with a vision while L4D2 often seems by committee - ticks more boxes but never quite inspires.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Toy Story 3 - Movie Trailer Feb 12, 2010, 15:27 DG
jimnms wrote on Feb 12, 2010, 11:30:
Is there any way to download the file without having to infect my new system with Quicktime? [...] the apple site requires the Quicktime player to even download them.
Can you click on the down arrow beside "watch now" then right-click on the download options?

direct link to trailer 3 1080p Might need to fiddle around if they have a referrer block

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 12, 2010, 15:03 DG
No Android's not "taking over". But the market is consolidating. Achieving scale and standardisation are two of the most important things for certain technologies, particularly general operating systems. It was always going to come down to 2 or 3 dominant systems.  
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News Comments > Worms 2: Armageddon Coming to Steam
15. Re: Worms 2: Armageddon Coming to Steam Feb 10, 2010, 13:22 DG
Optimaximal wrote on Feb 10, 2010, 03:03:
Question - why does a 10 year old game need a beta test?

Or will it feature proper Steam integration?
I'd guess to check it works ok with Steam, with new hardware and OS. I also assume there's perhaps a change with MP.

On another note, the new ['quote] system doesn't play perfectly with the old q'[ ]'q when the quotes' first letter is a Q...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 4, 2010, 16:25 DG
I had a dog that rolled in a dead seal, for quite a while. Evidently the dead seal had been there a while too.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 3, 2010, 16:11 DG
I use OO at home and it's more than adequate for that, but it's not even close to Excel for work. Some of the weaknesses are more significant though TBFH it's silly little things like being unable to format multiple cell selections that irk me most often - tedious presentation stuff takes a lot longer and become even more tedious.  
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News Comments > DRM Discussion
30. Re: DRM Discussion Feb 3, 2010, 16:04 DG
Verno wrote on Feb 3, 2010, 13:12:
Steam is a case of the good outweighing the bad more than anything else. Steam's DRM largely doesn't work, much like other DRM products being offered today. The service itself is what fuels it's success and even then you'll find plenty of people who bitch about what they lose with Steam. (I am not one of them, just sayin)

+1. I don't mind "Steam DRM" in that I get back something I value more (putting aside for a moment the more heavily DRM'ed games e.g. activation limits).

shponglefan wrote on Feb 3, 2010, 12:14:
I wonder if people actually avoid buying games because of DRM, or if it's just another excuse in the pirate rationale playbook. I know I don't buy games with install limits, but not DRM in general.
Me. And, as you state, YOU. Unless you want to limit your argument to anyone who doesn't buy any game with any DRM whatsoever, which seems rather irrelevant.

DRM annoys me as a consumer. It decreases the value in the product. DRM doesn't appear particularly relevant to a pirate.

For a little context, I haven't pirated a game since 2002, and I guess less than half a dozen in total (I can only recall 5, including those subsequently bought).
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News Comments > BioShock 2 Launch Trailer
3. Re: BioShock 2 Launch Trailer Feb 3, 2010, 15:33 DG
2.15: Taaaaaaank!  
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