Re: Rest of the world?
The Xbox 360 functions (sort of) as a Sky box. Friend of mine uses it as such.
The real sky box does it better, but hey, some people might like controlling their tellies with a game pad.
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PS3 uses MS Visual Studio as its IDE, and OpenGL ES and CG for talking to the GPU. Not sure about much else since I didn't sign the NDAs for that.
I would guess that the forthcoming Xbox will also be similarly stuffed full of interesting stuff that you'll only get to know about if you jump through the right hoops and promise not to tell anybody.
" Also, all games apparently have to be installed when you buy them, which could really piss people off."
Why? Virtually every console game released now has a "this game requires 4 fuckloads of hard drive storage" message on the back or similiar, and then you get the inevitable stream of patches that take the beta-level shit you've bought and plug some showstopping bugs.
Not being able to sell the game on the other hand? Well eh, we've had a few years of Steam and other such bullshit getting people used to the idea of that. People in general will bend over, take it up the arse, and deride the people that refuse to as being freetards or luddites.
Welcome to the Computer Games industry.
Who's measuring? Using how many discredited Microsoft-sponsored reports?
" more efficient on same hardware"
No. Just no. There's a reason the top 500 supers are almost all Toy Unix based - because it's not quite a toy any more. With my own personal experiences largely flying in the face of your assertion (and I'm sure, many others who have similar experiences), I have to wonder what you're on about?
"and there is Powershell - which is more powerful than any default UNIX shell."
Ah, a troll. Okay, you got me, I guess.
Depends if people are willing to pay the license fees and support work associated with keeping Windows VM instances up and running. A lot of hosting companies that provide Windows as an option already charge extra to cover this.
So sure you can have Windows "in the cloud", and I presume if you really want to connect via RDP just to restart an http server, you can have it with tiles. Why though, when you can have an OS kernel based on 24 years of active development in Internet, HPC and and embedded environments, that's rock solid, and comes for free with a whole bundle of powerful userland tools already?
"Android has only just brought in support for Bluetooth Low Energy in the version announced last week, whereas a few WinPho / Win 8 devices already support it."
And as soon as it's rolled out to the Nexus devices, they have the relevant dual-mode chippery to support it too. Same with any other Android device with the right hardware and a decent level of support.
How's that seamless upgrade path going from WP7, while we're dragging up old issues?
"Ergo Eadon will start lobbying for a full Linux stack watch whilst everyone else gets on with buying and binning these ;)"
He doesn't need to. You know the old joke about people hacking Linux into everything including the kitchen toaster?
Well, how about The IBM WatchPad?
Of course for something more fondle-toy and less terminal client, there's always the Pebble.
I'm waiting for the first person to tell me how Apple are changing the game again, myself.
I would use Linux if I knew beans about programming
Give one of the friendlier Linuxes a try in Virtualbox or something. Granted, you can't just download Crysis for it, but at the same time, Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic is distinctly easier to use than C++. Needing to know how to edit Xorg.conf went out of the window a looooong time ago.
because they are and will always be incapable of becoming more than they are programmed to be.
Start with a grid of cells. Each cell can be alive or dead.
On every turn:
Every cell with < 2 neighbours dies.
Every cell 2-3 neighbours survives.
Cells with > 3 neighbours die.
Empty spaces with exactly three neighbours become populated with a new living cell.
Simple rules. You wouldn't think that they'd be capable of producing such staggering complexity. Complex enough to be Turing Complete, if you're masochist enough.
"ME was the last Windows I ever voluntarily used. Didnt seem too bad at the time."
Aye. Thing is, ME was fast by comparison to Windows 98, but rather fragile and tended to fall over at the drop of a hat. At least that was my own experience before going back to 98SE at the time.
And yes, the desktop Linuxes are rather nice these days. Problem is you'll never edit a docx file properly in Linux (for one example), and the problem isn't simply an engineering one.
Damn website can take so long to load over 3G that by the time you even get to the search box to begin your query, you might as well have just dialled the number and gone through the menu system the long way.
There a graphics-light option available? In fact I reckon they could make some money by creating a dirt-simple crossplatform app that acts like a dialler and lets you search and call in a couple of clicks.
Oh I dunno. Unity is geared around mobile, which was (and is) half the problem with Canonical's (and Microsoft's) current desktop approach. What's nice with a touch screen is generally pointlessly huge and oversimplified for a mouse and keyboard.
At the same time though, if the next generation of Unity apps play in the GNU/Linux ecosystem (oh god, somebody please shoot me) nicely, I'm wondering if you can have access to the apps as easily from KDE, Gnome, XFCE, Ion3 or whatever else as you would for other apps from foreign desktop environments. Tell your repository manager to pull in the dependencies and hey presto. Everything At Once, without having someone's idea of an awesome UI paradigm forced on you.
I have a stack of 5 92.5W elements from eBay. Plug one into the 12v rail from a PC PSU and you'll cook eggs on one side and freeze your fingers to the other, assuming the ceramic doesn't crack first. Some overclockers have been using them to pump even more heat out of the CPU and into the heatsink.
Wildly inefficient as generators, but if it's something less like a butane torch and more like a campfire, then maybe useful.
"The problem Android and iOS have is that they are proprietary computing environments"
I think you need to read up on the definition of "proprietary". Windows is about as proprietary as they come, and a lot of people are seeing the huge swell of support for not-WIndows operating systems as a chance to finally kick Microsoft in the teeth so hard they have to put their toothbrush up their arse to clean them in the morning.
Yes, Windows has 30 years of legacy. It also has 30 years of growing hate toward the owning company, and I don't think that should be underestimated.
Bus. Train. Long journey. Youtube.
I know you might have a car, but some of us do the public transport thing quite regularly. HSPA is okay, just about handles a HQ Youtube video, but it'd be nice to make that a lot more than "just about."
First person to accuse me of eating up everyone's bandwidth or being some kind of subhuman for daring to want entertainment on an hour or two of bussing around, gets told to bugger off back to the 1980s.
If you try talking to people instead of insulting them, they might listen to you. I have never mentioned the CIA. I did however mention a psychopathic fuck of a helicopter gunner, who I would gladly call a twat to his face, then ask if he's thinking about shooting me for it. Hollering, wooping, sadistic little turd that he is.
I'm quite capable of forming my own opinions, especially of twatdangles that like to throw insults from behind the safety of their keyboards.
" Otherwise you just come across a bit Kim il Jung."
"... what a pathetic claim..."
"In which case can I suggest you and JaitcH go stab each other - I'm not inciting violence, I'm doing "right" by the gene pool."
"Of course not, you're one of the dribbling sheeple, it would be way beyond your intellectual capabilities to actually review the evidence and make up your own mind."
And AssangeTM is not the only twat, it seems.
Come up with something other than attempts to suggest I have oedipal relationships or that I am somehow ovine, or be regarded as an utter twat. In fact I bet you were the gunner. Did that twitch in your pants feel good when you squeezed the trigger?
"Sriously, JaitcH, you've been told before about trying to join in with adult conversation - you're just not intellectually equipped."
You just lost the argument, and any and all further arguments I see you in.
Assange might be a twat, but Visa and Mastercard are in the wrong.
That video shows a camera so damned clearly that even this untrained eye can tell it apart from a bloody AK47.
Now go play with your toys.
" In one particular case a family on benefits where claiming £2000 per WEEK."
See above under "fiddling the system". I know plenty of people who are, or have been in t'club, as some owd pit-folk might say around here. Been in it myself from time to time. The only ones who end up with appreciable amounts of money are either somehow on disability, on the fiddle, or are selling pot on the side. Divide that two-grand amount by nearly ten and you'll get closer to what I've seen 2 and 3-child families existing on.
Of course I've seen some irresponsible twats who'd prefer a big sheet of glowing glass over food in their child's belly too, but try not to paint all people on the dole in this way, eh?
If someone is "unemployed" and also has a huge flat screen TV and very nice car, then they are either:
(a) very recently unemployed
(b) fiddling the system
(c) a drug dealer
And even in the case of (c), that's only the stupid dealers who want to show the world what they do for a living.
Egosoft used to have an effective method of getting you to buy the game. No online activation or always-on bullshit, but if you wanted fast access to the latest patches, as well as access to tech support and the developer network, you had to provide your game key with your forum registration details.
Now they've gone all wanky and Steam-only though, so no more Egosoft titles for me. Oh well. Lost sales for them. There's plenty of other XXXX games in the sea.
There's a few games which say something on the box to the effect of "illegal copies will deteriorate over time."
Thing is though, people who get the copies, don't get the box. They get a shit, buggy game that doesn't work properly and think "well.. thank fuck I didn't pay money for it."
"Are you ever right on the money! The thieves have all but destroyed the music industry,"
I only wish they would. Unfortunately, you're talking a load of arse.
"TV and Movies are quickly following suit,"
Do you ever turn the telly on?
"and book publishing is also failing."
I guess all those lumps of paper in the local Tesco are a phantasm. Tell me, how in fuck do you copy a dead tree book without a flat-bed scanner, OCR software, good proof-reading skills and an OCD level of obsessiveness?
" When they've utterly destroyed the gaming industry, and they no long have their favorite pastime, they'll sit and wonder how it all went wrong..."
It'll never happen. Personally though, I'd throw a party in the fucking street if it ever did. The "gaming" industry (I assume you mean computer games, not gambling) needs to die in a fire, right now. Let some new talent in. People who don't feel like raping you for £50, for a piece of shit that wants to call home every time you turn the computer on.
"Many game companies are already switching to digital copies only."
Companies I don't buy from, and never will. Except maybe Squad, but then Kerbal Space Program is DRM free. So much for your next statement...
" Digital downloads contain tracking programs, so these companies will always know WHO bought their games, WHERE they bought it, and WHERE that game happens to be when someone starts playing it because you must log into the company's servers to use certain features within the game."
You sound like you're getting a hard-on just thinking about that. I personally think you're a little sick in the head. That or you work for EA or Origin making their shit DRM for them. Same difference, really.
"EA used this angle with a couple of their Sims 3 Expansion Packs. You can't access certain in-game features without logging in to their servers."
Haven't bought an EA (or Valve, or Ubisoft) game in years, and your apologist shit is the exact reason why not.
Played plenty of them though. You work that one out.
Most people probably downloaded that game last year when it was reported quite widely that the developers had seeded it on the pirate sites.
Finding out it was completely unplayable probably put them off paying for it, too.
3,000 downloads for a game that everyone knows was effectively given a legal pass to copy the crap out of? Yeah, I don't think the problem is piracy there, buddy.
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