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Comment Re:Not all that uncommon in reality (Score 1) 180

Someday Steam will go away, and then all those discs which are now coasters which install Steam and maybe some game resources will just be coasters.

Yes, and someday the universe will end in heat death and everything that ever existed will be useless. That doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy it up until that point.

The point wasn't "don't use Steam", the point was "if you have decent internet access, the disc is a complete waste of time." It's worth noting however that if you don't have a halfway decent connection, it may still be a complete waste of time.

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 198

Why? Why is it "even greater?" You really think getting people living in the middle of nowhere is one of the best places the government can spend our money? I don't.

Do you really want there to only be one lifestyle available in the country? Don't you want there to be infrastructure available in remote regions of the nation so that you can enjoy it if you should have to go there? By the way, I'm literally walking distance from actual civilization, there's just artificial monopoly boundaries in the way of someone other than AT&T bringing fiber into my county, and thus some competition. It's a short hop.

Because despite the views of the slashdot demographic, not having high speed internet is not the end of the world.

It's part of modern society... in developed nations, anyhow.

I think transportation infrastructure should be paid for ONLY through gasoline taxes, which means those big trucks doing the most damage are paying the most for the use of the roads.

If you think that would make the trucks pay for their fair share of the damage, thinking is precisely what you aren't doing. They only consume five to ten times as much fuel as cars, but they do far more than five to ten times as much of the road damage. Basing all road maintenance on gas taxes would place the most unfair burden squarely on the people who damage the roads the least — motorcyclists. That would be followed up in unfairness by people who drive lightweight cars without low rolling resistance tires, who also do basically no road damage whatsoever in the course of normal road use.

And make no mistake - I probably drive a lot more than you (I'm at 200k with my 10 year old car, the average is supposedly around 12k/year, not 20k).

Unless it's a serious land yacht with cookie-cutter tires, you'd be getting absolutely robbed if all the road maintenance came from fuel taxes.

Comment Re:Not all that uncommon in reality (Score 1) 180

I've still never played Half-Life 2.

I was on a ~26.4 dialup connection that was flaky. My disc actually did contain game content, so once I was able to get Steam installed, I could play the game. I actually highly recommend it, especially if you've already paid for it. It is a gem among single-player FPSes. But my problem was that the initial Steam install required (or requires?) a Steam update as part of the installation process, and the download for this update did (does?) not resume when it fails. This was enough to keep me from being able to install the game for several days, until I finally got a long enough uninterrupted download to get Steam installed. The actual game updates download relatively gracefully, in that they can be paused and resumed at will. There is even a scheduler, which works sometimes.

I have got a whole wad of Steam games via Humble Bundles, and a couple of Steam games via deliberate purchases — games I expect to be bored with after playing through them once, or which I bought only to get access to their data files for use with other game engines. Some of these games have no DRM, so the fact that they were delivered via Steam is of no consequence. It's also a fine delivery platform for free-to-pay games, since they're momentary things and you have to download all the content for them anyhow. Otherwise, I prefer to avoid the Steam logo.

This is a frustrating time to be a gamer, unless you're into retrogaming. Anyone still playing Mech IV? I miss that game.

Comment Re:$250 to download one game (Score 1) 180

Did single-player or shared-screen games for Xbox 360 bug you to create an Xbox LIVE Silver account, connect to the Internet, and install multiple-hundred-megabyte patches before they would start playing in the first place?

Literally no, effectively yes. If you want them to work right.

Comment Re:$250 to download one game (Score 1) 180

Either that or this is another advantage of consoles over PCs.

Well, the last console I used was an Xbox 360, and I haven't turned it on in quite some time after getting turned off by titanfall (in fact I packed it into a crate and forgot about it, the whole system I mean, I guess I should sell it while it's still worth something since I don't want to cart it around until it becomes an antique) but even on that platform I had multiple-hundred-megabyte patches to deal with.

Comment Re:launchd not as bad as systemd (Score 1) 159

Okay, show me your video. I don't doubt it's fast, but there's no way it's faster than the Happy Mac icon.

I dunno, I've had some inexplicable waits for that icon to show up. It just doesn't show up as quickly as you suggest every time. And I've used a very broad range of Macs, they were just sneaking into the schools while I was being forced to be in them, but I also come from Santa Cruz which is a very nerdy college town, and also full of liberal arts and graphic arts and whatnot and thus full of macs.

The only Amiga I have handy to make a RRD on is an A1200. It's kind of too new, it might invalidate the point. But if you insist, I'll see if it still powers up. I have a DV Bridge so I can get video into my PC, in theory. Hmm, and a camcorder with the same functionality, now I think of it.

Comment Re:People limited to 10 GB/mo (Score 3, Insightful) 180

People with a 10 GB/mo plan on cellular, satellite, or Iowa DSL could start a download now and not finish the 50 GB of a full 2-layer BD-ROM before the end of the year.

Well, there are plans which would provide more bandwidth. The reality though is that more and more games have not just massive installs but also massive patchsets, so if you don't have high-speed internet with reasonable caps then modern gaming is not for you. That sucks, it sucks a lot, but it's how it is, and the person without decent internet access should take up retrogaming yesterday. I only have 6 Mbps myself, though with no cap, and that puts a serious crimp in my gaming activities. I cannot download a game and game online at the same time, for example. I can only game while my lady watches Netflix in the mornings; in the evenings, my ratty-ass WISP goes all to hell due to oversubscription and/or crap hardware they claimed they were going to replace a long time ago, shock amazement.

TL;DR: AAA games are not for people with crap internet

Comment Re:Nothing new... (Score 1) 180

Weird. I don't remember that at all. Skyrim had a full DVD with the binary install. I've never installed Steam in my life.

It was originally possible to just buy Skyrim without Steam. May still be, even. It is/was packaged as one of Microsoft's featured "Games for Windows". Now that Steam sales have pushed the Steam version out to many many machines (including mine, and I am a long-time and consistently outspoken critic of Steam...*) there's probably many copies of it available on eBay. I wouldn't know how to spot the ones which require Steam, though, if it's not obvious on the box.

Comment Re:Not all that uncommon in reality (Score 1, Insightful) 180

This is different. Your time is 100% wasted going to a brick and mortar store to buy an online installer.

Unless you have a POTS modem, your time is already wasted when you go to buy a Steam-"powered" game. Since you don't own it and are just licensing it for reals in the case of a game which must be blessed by an online server before it can be played, you really are just wasting everything when you buy it on a physical disc. The disc itself is meaningless as it alone cannot be used to install the game. Even a Steam "backup" is not a backup of a game, but of the game's resources. It's not really a game until you can play it (unless hacking Steam out of it is fun to you, then it's two games in one!) and you can't play it until it's blessed.

Someday Steam will go away, and then all those discs which are now coasters which install Steam and maybe some game resources will just be coasters.

Comment Re: So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 301

An absolutely unlimited internet connection is technically impossible, since the bandwidth of any network in the universe, however measured, is finite, and I believe you understand this. So you know that what is being marketed to you cannot *literally* be true, without some sort of qualification.

Yes, and the natural assumption is that "unlimited" in this case means "as fast as it can be delivered", and if they aren't willing to do that for a given price, they shouldn't advertise it. Nobody is claiming that they should be able to get five inches worth of water through a three inch main. They just want that three inch main to deliver more than a one inch main could at the same pressure. And the user should not be expected to have to understand things like spectrum, or bandwidth congestion. Don't advertise what you can't deliver, no problem.

T-Mobile advertised something they knew they couldn't deliver. That's false advertising, and when done intentionally, fraud as well.

Comment Re:Here, mod this down too (Score 1) 203

There are alternatives besides "IOS" and "jailbroken IOS", you know.

Apple has already brought some of the magic of the iOS ecosystem to OSX, and will only bring more. Also, how the fuck did Apple make OSX so slow? It's agony. NeXTStep was about as responsive on an '030 as OSX is on modern processors.

Comment Re:Headline leaves out one very important detail (Score -1, Troll) 203

Aw.. how cute. You thought I was agreeing with you. That's adorable.

What did you think you were saying when you said what I said was "true"? Time to buy a dictionary, kid.

I know it's a security feature. Problem is, it's for Apple's security first, and yours second. Yet, you're still grateful. Apple thanks you for your cognitive dissonance.

Comment Here, mod this down too (Score -1, Troll) 203

Comment Re: Documentary on Netflix (Score 1, Flamebait) 61

As a former financial analyst I could probably name 100 innovations in Excel alone.

Then we could see how many of those 100 innovations actually existed in earlier products from competitors, except I'm not going to do that much research. Spreadsheets are not exactly new technology.

Don't feed the idiot trolls. Microsoft = Bad is all they know.

I'm running Windows 7 right now. But there's nothing innovative about it. I'm not running it because it was full of fresh ideas. I'm running it because that's where the software I want to run can be successfully executed.

I'm slowly getting the idea that most of you don't have very broad OS experience, and that's why you're so amazed by Microsoft. I used to think that everyone on Slashdot was smart. That was a long time ago, but I still have this tendency to assume that people here are knowledgeable. Problem is, they aren't, especially the Microsoft-lovers who have absolutely minuscule memories. Microsoft has done far more to harm the industry than to help it, but if you only remember the shiny shiny and the PR and what corporations say about themselves, you might forget that Microsoft was proven in court to have abused its monopoly position and to have engaged in all manner of other anticompetitive activity. They got where they are not through technical competence, but through skullduggery. It would really help if people would avoid forgetting that.

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