Posts Tagged with "software"

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Dead Kings DLC Workaround

January 16th, 2015 at 5:27 pm by Mark
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So you pre-ordered Assassin’s Creed: Unity. You poor bastard! Wasn’t it a pain in the butt to not be able to play and enjoy the game until at least December 16th, 2014? Who can afford to sit and wait for 40GB of download patch from a disc that only held 17GB to begin with?

They gave us a “free” downloadable content pack in Dead Kings to make up for the debacle, but when the DLC is just as buggy as the original game, who cares, right?

You probably won’t get 100%. I mean, at least, not as far as Xbox Live or PSN are concerned. The “Defender of Franciade” Achievement won’t pop (Trophies, if you’re on the PS4) for completing the “Suger’s Legacy” quest, even after you get the damn sword out of the wall. But, at least, with a little weirdness, you can actually equip the sword and use it … And it’s pretty damn cool!

First, go up to any merchant and go to Gear Loadout. Select a Rifle — any rifle, but not a Guillotine Gun. Next, to go Pistols, and select your favorite — even if it’s already equipped. Now, go One-Handed Weapons … and you’ll notice that kickass sword — The Eagle of Suger — is already selected, so just back out…

Ya know, the investment in this game has been a real dog. It’s sad that Ubisoft doesn’t have a support department that can tell you to do anything more than, “Start over,” or “Delete your install and re-install,” but that’s pretty much what’s going to happen until the Developers actually start seeing support metrics. And, from a corporate perspective, they probably won’t, the way things are structured.

But even if they did, they still might not be able to do basic math…

Happy 10th Birthday, WordPress!

May 29th, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Mark
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On May 27th, 2013, popular blogging software WordPress turned ten years old. In honor of the celebration, the competing Drupal team sent a cake…

Birthday Cake: "Find the Toenail"

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Job Hunting Fail: Duplication of Data

May 3rd, 2013 at 5:05 pm by Mark
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In addition to extremely screwed up hiring practices these days, job hunters are also forced to endure the insane tedium of poorly written Job Application software.

Manually enter all the shit that is on your resume.... Now submit your resume!

You’ve Got Mail!

March 1st, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Mark
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As if AOL’s voice screaming, “You’ve got mail!” wasn’t bad enough, these days we’re often annoyed by persistent icons displaying the number of messages we haven’t read yet. Depending on the piece of software, however, this number may be completely incorrect, showing at least one unread message when you’ve already done a, “Mark All as Read.”

German Soldier with Carrier Pigeons: "You have 3 unread messages."

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AT&T: Pioneers of Speech Recognition

June 23rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm by Mark
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Most people know AT&T as “the telephone company,” but have little concept that they actually developed a ton of other technology still in use today. Beginning in the 1980’s, AT&T implemented automated speech recognition technology across its networks, and has continued to streamline the system ever since. Rather than simply understanding the words, AT&T’s speech recognition uses artificial intelligent to actually understand the spoken language.

At times, interfacing with other software seems counterproductive, given that it will often take written (or typed) data and read it back as voice before processing commands, but when you’re looking at the most advanced speech recognition in the world, it does make an odd bit of sense.