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Comment Looks great on the outside... (Score 1) 97

And with a high price tag commands a lot of 'prestige'. Ever sit inside one? They are very, very mediocre internally. Also extremely unreliable cars historically.

I still don't understand why people buy them, but I chalk it up to an issue of more money than sense. Or they might be rappers...

Comment Re:Talk the talk, but doesn't walk the walk... (Score 1) 133

So you reference an article that's ten years old?

Not for nothing, and while there are plenty of ways to have insecurity in an OS... I think Microsoft's history especially as of late has been pretty good on that front. IE11 is a bastardized product and while I like the rendering engine because of how smooth it is and low memory, the browser is useless for me. If Edge can maintain that memory footprint, the smoothness, and add better HTML5 compatibility + extensions... I will give it a shot.

Comment Re:Valve isn't the savior people thought they were (Score 1) 215

I'm not condoning it, but I don't really subscribe to Steam for the "ethics" of it -- I just want cheap games easily accessible.

If Microsoft can do that and provide some nice social tools to boot, then I will give them my money. Or GOG, or Humble, or anybody else. (thought the irony is with GOG/Humble is that they are usually Steam activated).

Comment Re:Valve isn't the savior people thought they were (Score 1) 215

I think you misread it, then.

Valve is generally only interested in money. So I think HL3 is going to come, but it will come whenever it comes. The problem is that at Valve, Steam is the real moneymaker (even if they released HL3 tomorrow) and their focus is on the cash cow.

I never said Valve wasn't interested in making the game, I just said I'm not interested in talking about things that aren't here yet.

Comment Re:Valve isn't the savior people thought they were (Score 1) 215

There are a hundred links to the article with a simple search, but just use "Valve customer service score" and search for dates in the last week or so, you should have a plethora. I just chose one at random.

Comment Valve isn't the savior people thought they were... (Score 5, Interesting) 215

Let's be honest... we love Valve because of Half Life, and GabeN's voice through the years.

That's been gone for a long time. They are a money machine now, and their Steam platform is basically a printing press for said money. Where are the improvements to the Steam platform? When you rank behind EA in customer service, you have to think that there's something amiss.

Don't get me wrong, I love Valve games, I love Steam not because it's a great platform (it's actually pretty shit), but because I have a whole bunch of games at a cheap price. The communication tools ingame are pretty terrible, the game updates themselves are pretty terrible (coming from a CSGO player), and they make exceptions to their marketplace to allow bots to trade, so they can keep a very shady betting scene from the likes of CSGOLounge/DotaLounge going strong. After all, they get a cut of every marketplace transaction. It's also the reason for the big push behind Steam Machines, which are positioned so that the likes of Microsoft and the Xbox/Windows integration to an app store (and games!) never competes. In short, Valve isn't that "indy" group of lovable "gamers who make games" any more -- they are a pretty ruthless business.

Long story short... I don't care about Half Life 3. That's about something that isn't even here yet. I care more about their attention to the games they have out now, engagement with the community (which is how they got this big to start), and a start to a conversation with the gamers. Half Life 3 will come when it comes; I am sure Valve wants to get it out too so they can cash in another big check.

Comment Gaming on Linux will matter... (Score 0) 199

When Linux has a worthy Office competitor.

Until then, people will always want Windows (yes, I know you CAN get away without Office but for practicality people actually do like it). And even then... Windows isn't as bad as it was when Linux was so advocated for. It is stable, boots fast, and is relatively easy to use. Yeah, Windows 8 is a trainwreck but Windows 10 looks very good, and DirectX is a very good API.

Comment Say what you will about MS... (Score 1) 29

But their enterprise focus is extremely helpful. I manage our cloud relationships and dealing with MS as a business entity, and especially when it's concerning legal and regulatory matters, Microsoft is a *pleasure* to work with. Amazon on the other hand, is totally unavailable and seems to want to cater only to companies that start out in basements. That's fine, but given MS' focus on 'cloud' as a whole I don't see it being too long until MS catches up to AWS and even surpasses them.

On the licensing front they are miles ahead; they offer Oracle, SAP, and other things that AWS does not in prebuilt VMs. And to be frank... I have no issues with the service as I can compare and contrast them with AWS which we also use heavily. Only downside is that RedHat isn't offered at Azure, but given the per hour/minute licensing costs we've opted to look more heavily into CentOS.

Comment Re:This is one of the reasons.... (Score 1) 158

I think Sinofsky envisioned himself AS a "Steve Jobs" type, and that's what he wanted as his legacy. He was stubborn in his principles because he did the same thing that Jobs did -- I am right, and customers are stupid.

In Jobs view it works out well, because his philosophy was one that won over customers. Sinofsky had no prior wins in the consumer or enterprise space, he was a cog in the machine helping push big products along. When he had the spotlight, he felt it was his duty to deliver his vision, rather than what Microsoft was known for -- focus grouping and telemetry reading the environment, which to their benefit, works very well in the enterprise space.

Comment This is one of the reasons.... (Score 1) 158

They axed Steve Sinofsky.

I have heard rumors from folks that work at MS that he was basically blinded by his vision, and didn't want to listen to anybody. The result as we all know, is Windows 8.

Windows 10 looks to be shaping up quite well, and that they are dumping RT isn't a big surprise; it's kind of relevant given that Intel/MS have huge synergies as well as the fact that Intel is making a great dent in the mobile space versus the ARM designs.

I have an x86 Atom Tablet that gets me plenty of battery life and works exceptionally well with Windows 8. I'll be glad to upgrade to Windows 10.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang