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Comment: Re:IPMI and other "lights-out" (Score 1) 564

Super late to this, but I would just like to note that for the large national bank that I work for, we require machines to be on, but have no users logged in, for us to do a remote Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. This is mostly so we can run a Scanstate against the machine prior to reimaging it.

Comment: Re:Scalded (Score 1) 118

by Pubstar (#46784761) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games
No, he cannot return it in the US. From Best Buy's Return Website

Nonreturnable Items: Opened computer software, movies, music and video games can be exchanged for the identical item but cannot be returned for a refund

He can get an identical copy of the software, thats it. No refund. Why? Because people buy software, return the disk, but burn the CD key so it's no longer valid.

Also, you've never worked at a retail store's computer repair before. Its "We can look into it... at a discounted rate" or if they do look into it for free, its put on low priority and put off until someone finally gets around to it.

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by Pubstar (#46743095) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant
No paying to play online, plenty of F2P games that don't blow, your ability to use the input of your choosing, cheaper games, mod support, ability for users to revive old communities (Tribes 2 is alive and kicking by using a custom authorization mechanism), graphical fidelity (Even $550 systems can do 1080P/60FPS at higher graphical fidelity than XB1/PS4), ability to upgrade and customize your system without being XBL banned (New HDD because 500GB is too small? Banhammer), not being locked into buying officially supported peripherals, true multitasking, more exclusives, friendlier for indie development, and a more mature community. Should I continue?

AMD drivers don't suck in Windows, but have a worse track record under Linux. So it's really both.

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by Pubstar (#46741243) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant
That's weird. At my old apartment, both of my computers were in the living room, hooked up to the TV (one for me, one for my roommate). We'd switch off using it sitting on the couch depending on what we were playing. Sometimes when we had people over, we'd just toss a game up on the screen while playing.

Hell, most of my PC gamer friends all have their PC hooked up to a monitor and have a cable run to their TV in their bedroom. As for the last point, hopefully it won't be that much of an issue anymore with Steam Streaming.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold