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The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era 148

Posted by Soulskill
from the penguins-learning-to-rocket-jump dept.
An anonymous reader writes: It's been over a year since Valve announced its Linux-based SteamOS, the biggest push yet from a huge company to bring mainstream gaming to Linux. In this article, Ars Technica takes a look at how their efforts are panning out. Game developers say making Linux ports has gotten dramatically easier: "There are great games shipping for Linux from development teams with no Linux expertise. They hit the 'export to Linux' button in the Unity editor and shipped it and it worked out alright. We didn't get flying cars, but the future is turning out OK so far."

Hardware drivers are still a problem, getting in the way of potential performance gains due to Linux's overall smaller resource footprint than Windows. And while the platform is growing, it's doing so slowly. Major publishers are still hesitant to devote time to Linux, and Valve is taking their time building for it. Their Steam Machine hardware is still in development, and some of their key features are being adopted by other gaming giants, like Microsoft. Still, Valve is sticking with it, and that's huge. It gives developers faith that they can work on supporting Linux without fear that the industry will re-fragment before their game is done.

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score -1, Troll) 28

by Tailhook (#49133393) Attached to: Ceres' Mystery Bright Dots May Have Volcanic Origin

My. How harsh.

At this point with ESA Rosetta we hung on the every utterance of ESA staff hoping for another update or photo, gushing over the AMAZING mission that was successfully launched and successfully flown to the successful asteroid where they successfully fired a probe that successfully unintentionally ricocheted off the rock but was successfully stuck in a crevasse and returned an ASTONISHING successful picture. OMGWTFBBQ IT'S SO COOL!!!!1. 15 stories over 2 months. Speculation. Blow-by-blows. The full monty, complete with feminist tee shirt outrage.

Some UCLA mope speculates about a bright spot in a photo and you jump ALL THE WAY down his throat and start kicking him in the kidneys from the inside.

Don't worry. There will be one, maybe two more stories about Dawn and Ceres and you can go back to sleep, happy to ignore those stoopid 'muricans and their 57 year legacy of space exploration.

Unfortunately for you, New Horizons will be popping up in a few months to annoy you with more stoopid 'murican NASA noise. It's about to fly by Pluto.

Sorry about that.

Comment: Re:Can this be fixed with technology? (Score 0) 241

by Tailhook (#49107503) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

"See, they are a bunch of infidels that deserve what they get!"

So, more of the same then? oh noes!

What these people say doesn't bother me in the least. But then, I didn't allow myself to be made into a self-loathing, oikophobic 'murica hater that quails in despair everytime some hate-filled atavist islamo-nazi — or one of their apologists — says something mean about me.

Harden the fuck up.

Comment: Re:RLCs are not a big issue in this race (Score 0) 93

Yes, Emanuel will win this. Emanuel has Obama in his pocket. The campaign is running Obama's ad for Emanuel practically on a loop on Chicago radio. Obama is in Chicago right now stumping for him — multiple press events per day. Given Chicago demographics Obama is a trump card; those voters follow Obama without question.

I'm hoping for camera tech to improve enough where stop sign and crosswalk camera systems become feasible to install and manage.

I'm hoping for that as well. I'm hoping for cameras that monitor every square inch of your city to automatically enforce every whim and dream of your money grubbing public unions and their bought-a-paid-for politicians. You deserve it.

Comment: Re:Thought process (Score 2, Insightful) 227

At least with the AT&T deal you can opt out, even if the terms are outrageous. Google doesn't offer any means to opt out, outrageous or otherwise. As to cost, I punch "google fiber cost per month" into Google's own site and $70/month for gigabit is the result. And Google's selective cherry picking of lucrative markets isn't any more egalitarian than anything AT&T is up to; let me know the next time Google wires up a violence plagued ghetto somewhere.

Seems to me that at worst AT&T is guilty of mediocrity; they've managed to do no more than achieve parity with Google, and maybe a bit better by offering an alternative to being a marketing product.

But yeah, don't let any of this diminish the lick-spittle outrage; go right ahead and hate all over AT&T all you need. That's what clickbait is for.

Comment: Pelican Bay status updates (Score 4, Funny) 176

4:30PM: wrapping shank handle
6:00PM: meat balls cold noodles
1:00AM: hooked sum smokes from the line
1:01AM: i hate menthol
2:24PM: finished shank! check teh pic itz bad ass
4:01PM: lawyer sez my appeal isup next week. coolz
7:10PM: sharpen shank. it was sharp but lolz
9:00AM: powdered eggs again
1:15PM: emilio took the shank :( :( :( :( fucking hate that puta
6:05PM: meat balls rice

Comment: Re:GOTO is a crutch for bad programmers (Score 1) 677

by Tailhook (#49040515) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

There are serious bugs in your attempt.

Both hasResource3 and hasResource2 are tested in the cleanup portion without having been initialized when at least one of of AcquireResource1() or AquireResource2() fails; they'll have some undefined value from the stack and Cleanup3/2() will be called inappropriately. This is true in both C, which has no 'bool' or C++, which does have bool, but won't automatically initialize it when auto.

The goto version does not involve creating the bool state variables and so avoids this subtlety. That makes the goto version inherently better, in my opinion.

Comment: Cops (Score 1) 36

by Tailhook (#49021885) Attached to: Airport Using Google Glass For Security and Passenger Information

The police, or at least the people police report too, are going to love these things. The devices will replace at least three other devices, the personal radio+mic, the body camera and the in-vehicle computer console.

I expect to see every cop in the US wearing these inside of five years. For better or worse.

Comment: Re:Nuclear fission has higher carbon than measured (Score 1) 309

by Tailhook (#49020405) Attached to: The IPCC's Shifting Position On Nuclear Energy

so if your heart is set on nuclear, maybe fusion will pencil out.

If your heart is set on nuclear, fission is panning out now.

Asia is building reactors fast. Very fast. Fukushima caused some investigation and siting changes, but the plants are still going up in China, India and S. Korea. Thirty three new reactors will enter commercial operation in those countries in the next three years by my count; see The drought has even ended here in the last few years; there are now five new reactors under construction in the US with more applications in the works.

Not bad for a "non-starter."

+ - The IPCC's shifting position on nuclear energy-> 1

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Suzanne Waldman writes about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its stand on nuclear power over the course of its five well-known climate change assessment reports. The IPCC was formed in 1988 as an expert panel to guide the drafting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, ratified in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The treaty’s objective is to stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a safe level. Waldman writes: 'Over time, the organization has subtly adjusted its position on the role of nuclear power as a contributor to de-carbonization goals.," and she provides a timeline of those adjustments."
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