Re: Another Apple-backed standard that likely (hopefully) won't get traction...
" Most of us real computer users have adopted laptops."
Did you just call laptop users "real computer users"...? =)
But wait, it gets even funnier...
"But for people like me who game (or in a previous life did a lot of CAD and 3D design work) an external video card is very important for when our laptops are sitting on our desk."
So let me get this straight: you are a 3D guy who rather runs a laptop - imagine rendering times! - and an EXTERNAL VGA CARD because you are a "real computer user" - as opposed to us, people running Quadros and Teslas in tandem in workstations (I actually work for a high-end visualization firm), we are not 'real' computer users because we don't use underpowered shitty laptops, right?
"In fact, we could even see a line of displays that included a PCI slot to install a 3D card directly into the monitor."
Yeah, that's probably the silliest idea - the last thing I want is to stuck with my 3-4 years old monitor's limited expansion slot, not to mention TB's rather shitty PCIe support.
"Problem is (according to Village Instruments) Intel won't let small developers develop for the standard."
Most likely BS. Intel wants money, as always - now if the price of entry is very expensive, yes, I can totally believe that, Intel was always a disgusting PoS company (just like Jobsian Apple, 'nice' couple.)
" And another barrier to entry I understand is at least currently Mac OS X doesn't support 3D graphics cards over Thunderbolt (all though there is no reason they couldn't fix their software issues in their OS to support this.)"
Can you tell me why is it that the moment I read your BS about "real computer user" is 'using a laptop' I immediately know you are a Mac user? :)
"So the point is Thunderbolt can do a lot more than DisplayPort. But it would be much better if the licensing were more open. "
SO at the end of the day it does NOT do anything more - in fact it does less, not to mention being SLOWER than DP 1.2... thanks for admitting though. ;)