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  1. quote:Originally posted by Darkling: Now of course, if you will be actually using it for work, it may not be so easy. What happens if you need to run Quickbooks? Or Goldmine? or Act? Most productivity software is ONLY made for PC's so, it's not so easy to say yeah let's just run only Macs. Thats not true. Not nearly true at all. There are more than enough equivilents to cover ALL of those pieces of software. Quickbooks even has a Mac version out this very moment, in its 7th version as well. Depending on what you're doing, its extremely easy to say "let's just run only Macs." Education for example, gets a big boost when you use Macintosh. Here at my college, our Mac labs need maintaining 3 or 4 times a year, and students prefer them because they work instantly... you don't have to deal with finding a computer that doesn't have a virus or spyware on it. The Dell labs are neglected by students for the most part, primarily becuase they'll be working for one week (after somebody goes in and fixes them) and an hour later they'll be infected again because some student doesn't know what the hell their doing. It hampers education; right now were fending off W32.Spybot and Norton Antivirus isn't doing its part very well. quote:Originally posted by $ilk: I read that Apple was taking out non-proprietary hardware support? I doubt it. The x86 PowerMac G5 we have at work actually has the same x800 video card that many of us wish we had. If they took out non-proprietary hardware support they'd kill a lot of their market.
  2. You can buy an external drive that fits right under the Mac Mini from Lacie. http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10475 If you want to get a cheap mac and have a lot of hard disk space, I'd actually recommend going this route, as getting a PowerMac and upgrading it will be costly. As for the iMac; unless they changed the playing field for the iMac G5, there is only one slot for a hard disk, so you'd probably have to get an external to upgrade it anyways.
  3. My understanding is the parts where hell breaks loose were either previously ASM code or code that was hacked out in the last week of the deadlines. Its pretty good, and screams Carmack; its as good as his Quake 2 code, which is a fun little toy to play with. I'm excited as to see what comes out of this, I'm sure someone will use it to port doom again or something like that.
  4. At least someone figured out the servers to block via hosts. The fact that basically spyware is starting to show up in commercial video games is something that could, no, will be VERY bad for the industry.
  5. I agree grayson. The SP was bloody terrible on easy and medium, and it wasn't too great with the little story adjustments on hard. The first 2 missions were fun, but after that it was just the same old thing. The multiplayer was where Perfect Dark shined, but it never really caught on as much as Goldeneye did. Sad really, the neutron bomb is possibly the coolest way to kill a MP opponent, ever.
  6. quote:Originally posted by Soback: Hopefully this Empire at War will live up to Rebellion, if you read their forums, tons of people are just raving about that.Thats part of the problem I see developing. Half of the gamers interested in it, the fans of Star Wars, want it to be like Rebellion, and then the other half, fans of the developers, want it to be more like Command and Conquer with a Star Wars twist. Personally, I'd like it either way, as both would be interesting. I don't think it will be a flop either; it has the potential to completely set the new standard for 3D space real-time strategy. The scale of the capital ships is amazing, and this would be a very welcome refresher for the sub-genre of RTS that Homeworld 2 is beginning to stretch its welcome for some.
  7. Its probably going to end up somewhat similar to the Command & Conquer Series. Almost the entire team is from the disbanded Westwood Studios. Maybe we'll actually see a decently fun RTS for Star Wars. Force Commander was kinda weak IMO; it was so buggy that if it wasn't CTD the AI just pissed me off (horrible pathfinding). Battlegrounds would have better just been released as a AoK mod. Rebellion was great, but it fell more under the 4x genre of games rather than RTS.
  8. I see this as a two faced deal. For starters, EA is a very successful company and they do have decent games come out once in a while. However, does this mean that Valve is going to be pushed for early releases, less quality more quantity, and long hours with extreme fatigue? It could work, Gabe Newell is a Microsoft baby, and he's proven his strength time and time again, although I can see this turning bad very quickly.
  9. The crackers these days will stop at nothing. This is already looking like more of a war of attrition than anything else. Sony's code hackers are gonna be modifying security code and closing loopholes as quick as the crackers break them. Bloody sad... I'd rather Sony be concentrating on fixing other problems with the handheld.
  10. I caught this on /. just a couple minutes ago. We play dumb with store clerks to see who helps us shop smart. Honestly, it sounds about right. Every time I've been in an EB Games for the last year its always been some 18 year old prick who thinks he can hack his way through the CIA just because he knows what Uplink is. Or they're a self-rightous idjit who revels in the fact that they've beaten every game in the store... and they make sure you know it. The honest truth is that for the most part, customer service is seriously lacking in video game stores. I was honestly a bit surprised about GameStop, since I've had problems there as well when trying to figure out if a game that is supposed to be out was delayed. One gripe though about this article, I do think they were a little unfair with the Toys-R-Us guys with the polygons question. I wouldn't expect a Toy-Department Store to train employees on what every nitpicky thing in the store is. The guy they talked too probably worked around the whole store.
  11. This forum seems to go in waves.. I don't have any statistical proof of this, and I'm too damn lazy to gather and process it, but I think I has to do with the seasons. Seems to pick up around end of summer early fall, then die off late spring early summer. Just an informal look at the scope of it. It also picks up A LOT when a new game is about to come out or has come out. (hence the typical lockdown to keep flamers out)
  12. I think partially this has to do with the public's discovery of their acts of beating the slaves. I for one haven't bought but maybe two EA products since that whole mess started. The NASCAR sim community is still pretty poor about the fact that Papyrus can't work on a new NASCAR sim. Personally, I hate NASCAR (Gimme WRC Baby!!) but the papyrus sims were always a little fun to play. As for the other sports titles, nobody can do it quite like EA can... as hard as that is for me to admit.
  13. Yeah, that sounds right. Last 10 computers I had to fix at work had either CWS or GAIN. Both are nasty nasty adware that are becoming more difficult to get rid of. Wasn't some kind of law being passed/has been passed to squash this crap?
  14. quote:Originally posted by Kung-Fu Massa: RE: Recommending an MP3 player. First off, let me admit that if I could afford to pay for the grossly overpriced iPod devices (mini or otherwise) I most assuredly would. I believe iPods are very well designed, have nice user interfaces, and the circular touchpad is very intuitive to use. However. That doesn't change the fact that they are grossly overpriced for what they are. How are they overpriced? You can do soooo much more than you could ever imagine with an iPod. They're a portable hard disk for starters. You can put books on them, use them as a planner, and many many other functions. The new iPod Photo has a camera attachment coming out very soon for it as well. Enjoy your H10 Freeze, they're pretty good listening devices as well.
  15. This is crap in my opinion, since Immersion's patent is so vague in the first place. Honestly, if this isn't more proof that we need a revamp of the US Patent System then I don't know what is. Currently just about anyone can get away with as vague a patent as you can imagine, thereby ceasing all competition for that sector. Its anti-capitalist and in the end, I think its gonna do more hurt to the economy than help.
  16. iPod Mini... The majority of the IT department at my school uses them daily (including myself) as portable hard disks and as sanity keeping devices. In addition the teachers use them as teaching tools. iPods are much more than an MP3 player, and I think you would be extremely satisfied with one. Currently, the mini comes in 4 and 6 gig forms, so thats exactly what you're looking for. Check out http://www.apple.com/ipodmini/ for more information. The only thing is it uses Apple's format, but being as you can find converters for almost any format (including Ogg Vorbis) that isn't a huge issue. Unfortunately, because of the DMCA and all that crap, finding a MP3 player that doesn't use some form of DRM is near impossible, and Apple's is much better than most forms of music DRM IMO.
  17. quote:Originally posted by jamotto: Star Voyager quote:Star Voyager is a space combat and exploration game set in the Star Trek universe.Linux source code only. Its got linux binaries only. You can take the source code and compile it on any x86 machine (and possibly powerPC too).
  18. Very true. The probems wouldn't be so bad if so many programmers weren't so lazy when it comes to making sure that their code is secure. Most of the time, vulnerabilities are caused by buffer overflows, which can be minimized by writing proper code to counter a buffer overflow. Granted, I personally hate making sure my code is secure, but I have teachers here at school who will give us an automatic 'F' if they can quickly and easily break our code. It is just a necessity in today's corporate world.
  19. Office isn't the only thing that has never been secure. Most Microsoft products, including Windows, are pretty easily broken into. Windows has about 45% of hackers working on it, but the other products, including netmeeting and others, are just poorly secured.
  20. Imploder, this will be impossible for you to do... if you listen to the idjits at the TTLG forums. Best of luck.
  21. quote:Originally posted by Kalshion: Free? uhhhh, reality check, nothings free.. there is ALWAYS a price somewhere.. it's just hidden Hmmmm, you obviously haven't been informed of opensource and the GNU Foundation. The GNU General Public License means the software protected by it is free for your use and modifications, but you can't profit a penny off of it. If we want to discuss more about this we should start a new post. On Topic: This Anarchy Online deal is absolutely free, the only catch is you don't get any of the expansions and in January 2006 you have to start paying. For now its doing me good as a MMO until I get WoW. AO is fun, but after the WoW beta I'm kinda hooked. I'd recommend everyone who's interested go for it.
  22. Thats effing awesome dude! I use that word all the time. Dude, its great to hear this great word get some respect. (Yes I really do use it more than I should, but that report really did hit it on the nail, for me at least)
  23. Saw this on /. earlier.. Too many dumb people in this world.
  24. Good God this is an old post... I've seen both the x800 and the 6800, and speeds vary from game to game. Personally, I would go with a 6800. While I love my Radeon, its getting to the point where some games have glitches that I hadn't noticed before now. The 6800 is also a bit easier to tweak if it has difficulties with a game. RBR is the first thing I can think of; Richard Burns Rally at release had a terrible stutter problem with the faster cards. The 6800 users were able to just throw a switch in an overclocking program (it didn't overclock it) and the Radeon users are still waiting for a patch from ATI or the developer. You'll be able to run HL2 at 1024x768x32 fine with both of the cards, so that really isn't an issue. If you're going PCI express though, remember that this is a different motherboard architecture completely. Also, both cards are going to require at least a 400w powersupply; I'd go with a 450w just in case. I'm looking at upgrading my card as well, and looking at the 6800 since its A)Cheaper B)Multi-platform Supported and C)Nvidia - They seem to support their users more at this point in time.
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