6 posts • joined Sunday 14th October 2012 08:34 GMT
Re: Open Sourcing
Because they often don't own the source. Winamp almost certainly contains licensed, patented code owned by other companies.
Most people, especially gamers, buy power supplies that are vastly overspecced for their machine.
Part of that is because of inflationary marketing, and part of it is because a crappily made 700 watt power supply might only be able to really push 500 watts, if lucky.
With a good quality PSU, you rarely need to go over 450 watts unless you have multiple high-end video cards.
Blackberry 10 has this.
It's one of the things I like about my Q10 - you can allow or deny individual permissions for apps.
However, it only works for native Blackberry apps, not apps running in the Android sandbox. Alas.
Re: Internet connection required
Because penetration of high-speed broadband is terrible, especially in the United States. Even in major metropolitan areas you can't always get a good, reliable connection. There are tons of internet dead zones where you just can't get any sort of reasonable hookup.
Me, for instance. I don't live in the middle of nowhere; I'm in a suburb of a small city. There's no wired internet on my street. No cable, no DSL, no nothing. All the streets around have it, just not this one. (Cable won't run up here because 'everyone already has a dish for their TV'.)
This is a lot more common than people think.
(My choices for internet are 3G cellular, at $70 a month and they recompress every single jpeg that coms over; Satellite, at $400 install and $80 a month for a tiny cap and latency so terrible you can barely run a shell terminal, much less play a game; ISDN at $700 a month; or a T1 at $2600 a month.)
I already have enough problems with Steam deciding I can't play my games because it can't phone home. I don't need that on my consoles, too.
It took 11 years, but..
Hey, someone has an LCD panel better than the one in the IBM T221 monitor!
You know, the 3840 x 2400 22" screen that came out in 2001 and still goes for about $1500 on ebay, with the special doodads you need to hook it up to a modern PC.
Just give me the screen with a DisplayPort connector, please.
Fair OS pricing?
If you think that's a bit much for an OS, what would you consider a fair price? For a full OS license, not an upgrade. Apple only sells upgrades (the only way to get a legal 'full license' for MacOS X is to get it with an Apple computer). AmigaOS 4 is 125 Euro or so; eComStation (aka OS/2) is $259; RiscOS Select is 155 quid; I can't find prices for Tru64, HP-UX, or IBM's AIX, but I get the impression they're 'really frigging expensive'. Solaris appears to be $75 to $6000, depending on what options you get.
There aren't many companies that sell OSes these days to compare to.
(Yes, yes, I know, Linux is free therefore no one should pay anything for an OS.)