Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).
I don't think your perspective on this is right. There is no hard cut-off between fully depending on support an doing everything yourself. At the very least you will need someone to talk with support. You will always have someone who is acting as an administrator and who will solve problems. Sooner or later you are going to run into problems that can be fixed without support. If you don't want to keep fixing the same problem over and over you are better of sending the fix upstream. With or without the help of payed support.
No, Moore's law is still going strong. Moore never said that your computer would get any faster, just that you would get more transistors in the same space. Newer hardware is still getting more transistors but the application of all those transistors has been shifted in a different direction and games do not always benefit.
Modern processors are much better at running multiple processes at the same time. Most games however don't use that capability, single core performance is what counts in most games. Therefor games don't benefit as much from improvements in transistor count as the used to.
Also, much of the heavy lifting is no longer done by the CPU. The GPU is doing most of the work. As the GPU is doing most of the graphics work the CPU has more time available for the rest of the game.
Thirdly, most high-end games are now designed for multiple platforms. Thus they are limited to the performance of the lowest common denominator which often is a game console. Most game-engines are very flexible and will adjust to work with slower hardware by decreasing the quality of the graphics.
Why is it called "One"? It's far from the first mission to the moon.
Are they referring to the Mars One project?
There is a lot of resemblance between those projects. Both depend on crowd-funding to work on a rather unrealistic goal. I guess both projects will pay a very nice salary to the people in charge. The project doesn't have to reach its goal to be financially succesfull for the owners.
I've got only one question: What license will they use?
Let's hope this is not a fixed-gear bicycle.
Under Dutch law you are entitled a refund because you did not get to see the license before purchasing the computer but only after booting it for the fist time. Vendors have found all kinds of work-arounds. One of those work-arounds is that they add an administration-fee to your refund that is higher than the price of Windows. Another work-around is that they require the manufacture to verify that Windows has been entirely removed. Unfortunately they don't have a local office that can do that so you are supposed to ship your computer to Germany. They will check the computer, which takes a few weeks, and only then you get your refund, minus the international shipping and handling costs. Ofcourse they will not use the list-price for the refund but the volume-discount price that the big manufacturers get.
Only the most principled customers will jump through the hoops to get the refund.
I bought over 200 games for Steam and even though I did care little about running games on Linux I still have over 60 games running on linux.
You are coming into this from the wrong direction. If you already have a collection of Windows games there will always be some games that only work on Windows and not on Linux. Therefore Windows will always be the better game OS for you. However, if you are Linux user that does not yet have any games then Steam is godsend. New users are born every day. For those people it doesn't matter what games other people have in there collection, it's what games they can buy that counts. Just like new users don't lament about the games that only run on your Amiga. They don't know and they don't care. It's the new games that matter.
The difference is that Steam offers all those indie games in the one place and takes care of the payment process.