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2285 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

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Re: OpenGL is now reportedly faster than DirectX

As long as they are not fake improvements. Seen companies "manage" and "massage" figures and systems to give the desired, though not practical, results.

Valve have no interest in doing that, far as I can see. Why piss off your majority Windows base? They did the port of L4D2, optimised it, and it turned out to be 15% faster on Linux.

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Re: wtf is my cs go

Great Steam but first how about releasing some of your own titles on Linux first like frigging CS GO.

Come on now, that "some of" is unfair and you know it. So far, on my Steam Linux client, I have:

Counterstrike

Counterstrike: Source

Day of Defeat

Half Life

Half Life: Blue Shift

Half Life: Opposing Force

Half Life 2

Half Life 2: Deathmatch

Half Life 2: Lost Coast

Half Life 2: Episode 1

Half Life 2: Episode 2

Left 4 Dead 2 (The latest port/current beta project)

Ricochet

Team Fortress Classic

Team Fortress 2

Are you really going to sit there and tell me they're not putting the effort in?

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Re: In addition to Steam it's also Linux

Personally I use Windows where appropriate and non-Ubuntu flavours of Linux where appropriate. No need for the raving extreme fanboism.

I use non-Unity flavours of Ubuntu. All of the benefits, none of the crap.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Re: Happy Windows 8 user here

The usual commentard herd mentality, I see. Downvoted simply for preferring something. OK, whatever rocks your cocks.

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People like you are pathetic. I have loads of tech friends and none of them (none of them) would even consider using LINUX in any real capacity.

Programmer over here, real name included. I use Linux every single day for the vast majority of that day. I'm typing from Kubuntu right now. Wouldn't use anything else for my work, and especially not Windows (unless you don't consider working a "real capacity"). I do have Windows on here - Windows 8 in fact - but that's for other uses.

I like the way you put "none of them" in brackets a second time, like on a lyric sheet. Is that an instruction for your backing singers?

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Happy Windows 8 user here

Even happier that my upgrade to 8.1 will be free. Metro? Barely see it, doesn't bother me. When I'm in Windows it's because there's something there that the Kubuntu installation can't do, and the upgrades in 8 over 7 are worth it for me.

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Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

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Re: Samsung processor

Yeah, that's probably why Apple are being aggressive patent trolls, to give Samsung free advertising. That, and in an attempt to legally injunct sales of Samsung phone in the USA...but probably more to give them 'free' (as in expensive international lawyer time) advertising, sure.

I don't think he implied that it was intentional on Apple's part...

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Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

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Re: Try and not to be so negative ..

Been meaning to play with WebRTC, and now it's in Firefox I think I might!

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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

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I'm sensing a lot of butthurt over the notion that wealthy people in capitalist nations might be regarded as successful, rather than scumbags.

FTR, not exactly wealthy myself, but I see that as one more challenge among many, not a perpetual state.

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If the old saw, "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" * comes to mind as you read this, your observation is well substantiated by Forbes' survey.

Apart from the second part of it, of course, which isn't substantiated at all.

Congrats to those who mastered the system the rest of us set up. I aspire to your position, rather than merely envy it over a pint glass.

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Apple to uncloak new iPads, iMacs at October 15 event?

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Change processor architectures again? Aren't there still Mac fans out there pissed off about the move to Intel? That's not that long since.

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LOHAN doomsday box dubbed BRASTRAP

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Re: My only worry...

My concern is centred on the well known inability of the male of the species to actually undo the average brastrap.

Speak for yourself, I had that down to a fine one-handed art by the time I got to college. :-p

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Something about that picture makes me think of Ghostbusters.

For the next photo shoot boys, stand the short one on a box, get his hair cut, and look serious.

Does he not look a bit like Elliot Gould did in Friends?

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

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No tabs? No dice. Sounds like they stripped it back a bit too far if you ask me.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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"By removing modern society's amazingly convenient methods of contacting anyone, anywhere, at any time, we're going to make you reconnect with people."

Riiiight. Sounds like another case of Grumpy Old Parents. Woe is me, the world isn't how it was when I was a kid. Nothing should ever change.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Re: How much does it cost?

Once again, allow me to point out Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Whistler, Project Natal, etc...

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

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I went for BRASTRAP because it just works so well in a sentence.

"LOHAN's lost the plot again."

"OK, pull the BRASTRAP."

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Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

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The way I see the progression, Mozzy restarted the browser wars, aiming for useful and easy-to-extend functionality that was missing from the market leader, and forcing the rendering engines to advance along open standards.

Chrome then came along and started a whole new war, based almost entirely around two things: speed, and bleeding-edge support. If nothing else, Chrome made Firefox, IE and every other browser faster. It's not my browser of choice, but you can't deny its impact. Happy birthday, Chrome. You're a buggy little sod, and in your pure Google form I think you're actually rather evil, but I suppose you did some good too. :-p

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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Re: Usual Microsoft BS.

Ah, of course, you know better. It's all a conspiracy, clearly.

Incidentally, Penello and the Major have both stated that the Xbox was FCC approved earlier this year. It might have been under a different name, perhaps. Either way, the red label says "do not sell or display before November 22nd 2013". Wanna know how I know that? I clicked the link, genius.

Out of interest, how does one inline-replace images on a Whosay update?

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Answer me this, can you do any of that with Steam?

Actually, similar things have been proposed and rumbled around Steam for a while now. In fact, people digging around in a recent beta found this:

http://www.pcgamesn.com/steam-might-allow-game-borrowing-says-latest-beta-update

It seems inevitable that they will arrive, especially with other marketplaces starting to provide real competition. Which neatly leads me to...

A purely digital market place would hopefully see game prices come down significantly much like they did on Steam and have on Origin!

Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnope. Think about it. Xbox would have one marketplace, and you'd be tied to it. What in ten hells is the incentive to reduce prices? Steam, Origin, GoG, GMG, etc reduce prices and flash sale products because they have to compete with each other for your dollar. Steam used to be way more expensive than it is now, but the emergence of other marketplaces led to their aggressive pricing. Now, what competition is there for that on Xbox?

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Don't know what it's like elsewhere, but here in BC launch orders for the PS4 are just gone, everywhere. Back when the two systems were both detailed at E3, the pre-order slips in Best Buy were nearly full for the Xbox, and nearly gone for the PS4. It's been selling absolute gangbusters, to the point where EB are telling me I might not even get my PS4 in the second batch, let alone the first.

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Re: Usual Microsoft BS.

1/ PS4 isn'tt hot in it's heels, it launches the week before, so it's actually the other way round. And the PS4 has full functionality in ALL launch teriroties, (Many of the XBox One features are not available in many regions, voice control for instance).

El Reg is based in the UK. The PS4 comes out two weeks later in the UK. Keep up.

2/ It isn't in manufacturing yet. no company would be stupid or desperate enough to start full production without FCC approval. Sony got approved on 22nd July.

Might wanna tell Major Nelson that, because he's posting pics of the things being shipped:

https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/375299181272780800

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Re: 8 years

I just wonder how Sony are paying for all the advertising they get on EVERY SINGLE XBOX ARTICLE the Reg decides is anti-Microsoft enough to publish.

Oh look, another fanboy accusing El Reg of hating their favourite corporate overlords. Because El Reg never laid into Sony after that whole hacking business, or when Other OS was removed, nooooooooo.

Fuck off.

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Shame they turned round on the always online thing,

Really isn't.

was looking forward to being able to digitally sell games

Not anywhere near launch you wouldn't.

and borrow digital games from friends.

For an hour.

Seriously, the original plans were some straight up anti-consumer bullshit. Ask yourself this: why would either of the features you've mentioned as benefits (dubious as their apparent implementations were going to be) require the console to constantly check in with MS?

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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Copy and paste? Seriously? Even Virtualbox has had that since forever.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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$300 is too high, unless you're Apple and people expect it to be that high. I like the idea of a "smartwatch" (but not the name), and I wouldn't pay for one that expensive.

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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Doesn't surprise me in the least that Windows Phone is on the rise. It's pretty slick, and I think it's really good for people who are new to smartphones, or would use them as feature phones anyway. Wouldn't have one myself, but then as I've said before, I hate pretty much all the currently available glossy candybar crap.

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WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

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Props to El Reg for referring to Chelsea Manning by her name, rather than other rags who have either added a million qualifiers to point out the ooh-err-missus transgender person, or simply refused to call her by her real name.

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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It'll be the feckin' watch, and everyone will fall over themselves to ignore anyone who has ever made one previously.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Odd coincidence. Just installed this from GoG last night. Works fine, except the scene transitions don't work, which can be quite disorientating. Wondering if I should just skip to realMyst. Any opinions?

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

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Not normally one to have a thin skin, and I'm certainly not offended, but El Reg, perhaps the flippant slang and such isn't appropriate when discussing the executions of innocent people by a tyrant.

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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Re: Tor?

Open source Tool invented by the American security services, do you really think that you are safe?

Fixed that for you.

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Re: Looks like it was designed by

Because Nintendo were never a toy company?

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Because that DS can't play 3DS games, and this can?

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I like it

No, really, I do. The 3DS was way too expensive at launch (the same as a Vita...really?), especially for such pointless gimmickery, but as usual for Nintendo, in amongst the avalanches of shovelware there were some games I fancied playing. Being able to get this for much less and still play 3DS games with it sounds great to me.

Wish it hinged though. Sure, the ergonomics on Nintendo handhelds are the worst, but the static design doesn't make this the most portable system ever.

BTW, is Nintendo making a 2D console that's compatible with all 3DS games basically an admission that the 3D stuff is totally pointless?

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Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

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Re: Finally, the bloody Vita!

Not arguing on technical merits but simply with what the market has said. When a console sells less than 6 million units in it's first 18 months it safe to say it will finish the generation as disappointing no matter how it finishes.

So it's bad because it's not as popular as something else? Errr....OK, good luck with that. I just want to enjoy good games on a good system. Couldn't give a shit how many other people join me.

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Re: Finally, the bloody Vita!

Give it up the Vita is an epic fail

Actually, it's a rather cracking piece of hardware, and the games that I've played on it were pretty enjoyable. Dear sweet mercy, I do love me some Super Stardust. And as a machine it kicks the shit out of the 3DS in my opinion. Sony just completely dropped the ball on marketing, and with those stupid, stupid memory cards.

You make a console that's a comparable price to the 3DS, is way more powerful, has better games (again, for my preference), has some seriously sweet hardware and features, and you can't capitalise on that? Even accounting for Nintendo's somewhat rabid core fanbase, that's still ridiculous.

By the way, I fully intend to buy a Vita over a 3DS. As an owner/previous owner of two PSPs and two DSs, my PSP library was at least 100% larger for a long long time. Sure, the PSP had fewer games, but a far higher percentage of them were of a high quality. The DS has suffered from the same shovelware problem the Wii had. The Vita/3DS battle will turn out the same, I reckon. Being popular doesn't make the 3DS a better machine, after all.

I already own several games for the Vita (cross-purchase FTW), and I have numerous more lined up thanks to my excellent PS+ subscription, which Nintendo has no answer to. I've just been waiting for the right moment.

TL;DR - dual thumbsticks. Vita wins. ;-)

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Finally, the bloody Vita!

Pleeeeeaaasseee, Sony, put the effort into the Vita now that you should have put in when it launched. Remote play is a good start, but come on, the real benefit is continuation play, and damned if you didn't fuck that up. It'll be harder to do with PS4 games, true, but it's a huge benefit, as is buying a multiple-platform release as I did with Sly 4.

Really glad to hear that the memory card prices are coming down. Does anyone know when this price cut comes in? Been waiting for the right moment to buy a Vita and I think now is a good one.

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Re: $399....

So at ~20% sales tax $399 becomes $480 which is ~£305. So yes we pay more in the UK, but it's around £50 not £100

You think US sales tax is anywhere near UK sales tax? Ummmm....no. Even here in one of the more expensive parts of Canuckland it tops out at 12% max.

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

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Re: >I'm thinking these Safari 6 results might be from a Mac

Upvote from me. And regarding your downvote - leave it to a fanboi to downvote a simple statement of facts.

I was wondering about that... Oh well, that's the reality distortion field for you.

While we're discussing Safari features that make my piss boil - how about not only blocking popups by default, but not informing the user in any way that you've blocked something? There's a section of our site that has a popup by necessity, and we had to add a blurb for Safari users telling them that yes, the site is in fact working.

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Interesting that Safari and Opera have such high error rates while Chrome is so low, considering that all three use the Webkit engine as their foundation (ISTR Opera switched to Webkit a while back didn't they?)

Chrome are switching off to their own fork of Webkit, and I think Opera are following them onto it. The name of the new engine escapes me.

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I knew a dev who did this. Literally shed loads of tabs open.

When I asked him how that helped him in his role, he said it did. So I asked him what he was working on, and he spent 10 minutes trying to find it.

I'm a dev myself. I normally have around 10-15 tabs open, which breaks nothing. I might have more if I'm searching for something, but usually if I'm above 15 I decide that I must be getting distracted, and force myself to close anything irrelevant.

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Re: Nice results generally

Agreed. IE began visually improving in leaps and bounds from IE7, and from IE9 onward I've really had no problem with it. The public at large still slags it off because it's unfashionable, but at a technical level the recent ones are vastly improved. I never tend to have stability issues with any browser any more, really, except reKonq, but while reKonq is a vast improvement over Konqueror, it's still shit, and that's coming from a KDE fanboy.

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But to be comparing IE vs Chrome and Safari means using Windows and most people seem to agree that Safari sucks on Windows.

Given that Safari doesn't appear to be developed for Windows any more, and Safari 6 isn't on Windows, I'm thinking these Safari 6 results might be from a Mac.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Christ, you know the government are acting like twats when Keith fucking Vaz is on your side.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Isn't having a survey like this in the wake of a major incident and then calling it objective kinda trolling in itself?

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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Or the Wiimote was blatently cloned by Sony in a similar manner

Motion controllers had been around in the PC space long before the Wiimote, and the technology/techniques used by the Move controller are quite different.

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…

I was thinking the Immortal Emperor from Battletech/Earthsiege/Starsiege, but then I played waaaaay too much Starsiege as a kid.

Wait, what am I saying? It's impossible to play too much Starsiege. Hell, I hooked a Steel Battalion controller into my PC for that game.

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Fingerprint sensor? Hello 2000! Back again I see?

Yup, pretty safe to say everyone's done that one before, and then gotten rid of it as a pointless gimmick.

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According to the tech titan's government liaison Michael Foulkes, Jobs oversaw the design of two models of iPhone to go on sale after his death.

Well that's typical Apple innovation right there. Still using designs from a dead CEO means they're revolutionary and super advanced and ahead of the curve, right?

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