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Comment: Re:Halifax too! (Score 2) 161 161

How do we know when they occur? Will there be a Snowden-like person to leak things on a city, county, state etc.. level to let us know when our rights/privacy have been compromised? Please do tell when we're supposed to deal with a problem we don't know exists?

Comment: Re:Google = buggy (Score 1) 109 109

What kind of bugs do you have with Google Drive? My company uses it for a spreadsheet that 3-4 people make changes to with another 3-4 additional viewers. The one problem I have is the constant pauses and disconnects. I'm sick of the "working" and "ooooops we lost all your shit" messages. I've taken to keeping notepad open and typing everything in there and pasting it from there when it starts acting up.

I haven't been keeping up on other free alternatives - if there's something better out there I'll switch the company over. Although in a few months the spreadsheet won't be needed anymore *shrug*

Comment: Re:A truly useful gaming appliance (Score 1) 271 271

Could I set up a Steam Box shop myself, or would Valve only let licenced vendors sell em? My guess is it would be fine.

I totally read it wrong before but yes - looks like you'll have to license it if you want to sell it with hardware but it's free to do that:

From the website: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/
SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information.

Comment: I was a teenager back then... (Score 1) 374 374

.. and Myst was pretty damn boring. Oh look, a picture you can click on. You go north, you are eaten by a grue now in full color! That about sums up the level of enjoyment for me.

I also don't like dungeons and dragons and tabletop war games.

Comment: Re:Valve/Steam (Score 2) 147 147

I don't think "switching to SteamOS" is even the point of the OS. Sounds like it's basically just an open OS primarily designed for steam branded hardware. I'm sure there will be nothing preventing others from using it in more traditional setting but I don't think Valve expects that to be a big thing.

The goal here isn't to solely make an OS for Steam branded hardware. If you visit the website: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/ you'll see it's to be made available for off the shelf hardware for anybody to install on their computers and to manufacturers with a small licensing fee. Obviously they'd put in the effort to make this compatible with both AMD/Nvidia offerings and presumably for Intel IGPs as well to appeal to the largest base possible. The more people install the OS the higher the chance they'll be buying and playing steam enabled games.

If you can run also run streaming software for local/online media that would be all I'd need for an OS in the livingroom. Some people might want TV tuner compatibility as well which I see no reason why it can't work. Give me XBMC and Netflix for Steam OS and I'm sold.

Comment: Re:Working on it (Score 1) 148 148

What about taking your equipment to another country without restrictive rules and regulations which would allow you to do the testing? Although that would probably be expensive - if you had any friends in foreign countries you could ask them for help but you'd have to really trust them I suppose.

Bureaucracy is a bitch.

Comment: Awesome! (Score 5, Informative) 193 193

I've used Calibre for awhile now and it's an impressive piece of software. I've been meaning to for awhile but I finally went ahead and made a donation.

Full disclosure: I'm drunk and I'm always more generous when I'm drunk.

Also, you should see The World's End - great movie.

Comment: E-ink yes (Score 1) 132 132

I owned the original Nook with the small lcd screen along the bottom and the newer simple touch nook. I'm a tall guy with larger hands and the original nook was a good fit for me but I like the simple touch for the weight of it. As far as compelling differences between the Kindle and Nook line up - I don't see a huge difference besides compatibility with different formats. It seems like the Nook has better open standard support. This can be alleviated by using a program like Calibre to convert the books http://calibre-ebook.com/ though. Also, I believe the touch screen Kindles do not have hardware buttons.

As of right now there is no reason for me to upgrade to anything newer since I can read any book I want now on my simple touch. I don't like using an LCD screen to do any marathon reading as it is harsh on the eyes so an LCD for me is out of the question. I read a lot of books - one series alone was 40 books long - try that with an LCD screen and my eyes would hate me.

Now, if they came out with a hybrid e-ink / LCD device I can get on board with that: Color E-ink for the E-ink screen so I can read books in b&w or other documents in color in the bright light or for long periods of time. Possibly have a glowlight as well?
LCD for when indoors / regular tablet functions

Give me that and I'll definitely buy that new device as long as it's implemented properly with sharpness and clarity for both functions. One of the complaints with the Nook w/glowlight was a slightly more washed out look to the screen in comparison to the regular simple touch. I bought one of the glowlights from Radioshack for $30 when it got clearanced out and gave it to my brother as it just didn't have the same sharpness. I think Amazon won with backlighting - looked like a superior technology with better viewing options.

Comment: Re:"Stay away from PC Gaming" Really? (Score 0) 357 357

The only reason I run Windows at home at all for is gaming, Stevesie is clearly trippin'

Maybe they should take him to that "farm" out in the country where he can "roam free" with other useless CEOs a little sooner?

That wasn't a quote from Steve Balmer it was from Ben Kuchera...

Ben Kuchera at the Penny Arcade Report points out that this could mean Microsoft will try to re-enter markets it has abandoned. He asks the company to "stay the hell away from PC gaming."

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?

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