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Comment: Re:Retina display and dual cameras... (Score 1) 42

That is an amazing idea. Set up my phone to feed a 3D video feed of what I am pointing at directly to my VR headset. That way I can see the world in 3D everywhere I go! Why did they even bother with Google Glass when we could have all been walking around with cardboard boxes on our heads already?

Comment: So EA is still EA... (Score 1) 208

by Undead Waffle (#47312589) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

Nothing new. EA is still being EA. People are still calling for boycotts of EA. People are still getting excited about the trailers and preordering anyway. You have to get the special pre-order items, right?

I haven't bought an EA game in a very long time because their bad behavior has been going on for over a decade. If you think gamers are going to boycott them rather than getting sucked up in all the hype you haven't been paying attention. Don't let that stop you from trying though.

Comment: Re:Performance vs Closed source driver? (Score 1) 143

In the past I've primarily used Nvidia cards and always used the closed source drivers because they were so much better.

Now I have an AMD card and was having performance problems. I found out that the open source drivers for AMD are better than the proprietary ones.

So I consider it relevant just for the simplicity of the overall system. New users shouldn't have to research whether the proprietary driver is better than the open source one for their card. It's better for the success of Linux when things just work out of the box, and right now the box contains the open source drivers. Personally I think it was not very smart of them to ship with these drivers in the first place until they were mature enough, but that's where we are.

Comment: Inside-Out Tracking (Score 1) 41

by Undead Waffle (#47152453) Attached to: New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston
It seems like that would be a little too unpredictable. When someone complains that the unit is confused by the room they're in what do you tell them? Move? Send photos of your entire room so they can troubleshoot the problem? What if it is an intermittent problem? And I'm sure reports of it not working would scare off other potential customers. It may work 90% of the time, but that last 10% would be a pain in the ass.

Comment: Re:Obvious Elephant in the Room is Obvious... (Score 1) 181

by Undead Waffle (#46711387) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
This is basically it. When you pay for a game up front you know what it costs. When a game is "free" all that means is you don't know up front how much it's going to cost or what you are going to have to pay for. There is some amount of deception in the business model. And of course they always end up introducing more ways to get money from you, making a lot of people feel like all of their time spent on the game is wasted once it hits that breaking point where they ultimately quit.

Comment: Re:Re (Score 2) 312

by Undead Waffle (#46679117) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Presidents these days are mostly elected for their charisma. You have to look at who a candidate associates with to get an idea of what they are actually going to do. For example, Obama putting 5 RIAA lawyers in the DOJ then pushing for things like ACTA. It's usually the advisors that come up with the ideas, so analyze who is advising them. This is probably why the NSA stuff has been consistent between Bush and Obama.

As for the lack of accomplishments that's another plus in an election. Voters tend to react more strongly to the negative stuff and people sometimes make mistakes or do things you might not agree with. A ghost is more electable.

Comment: Re:Forbit all HFT (Score 1) 246

Without introducing any value? According to whose opinion, yours? We are very fortunate (in the US at least) that we are not yet entirely enslaved to one person's opinion as to what is valuable. Obviously, the exchanges see value in it or they wouldn't be supporting it.

I'm sure the exchanges see value in it when the banks are paying to put servers at the exchange: (5 years old but it was the first hit on Google).

Comment: Re:I saw it coming (Score 2) 187

by Undead Waffle (#46461711) Attached to: CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling
You don't seem to understand who you are talking about. Feinstein has always been one of the biggest supporters of pretty much every controversial thing the various government agencies have done. Whatever her motive here I assure you it has nothing to do with speaking up about overreach. Unfortunately she isn't up for re-election for another 4 years or so, which means her strong support of these unpopular activities will be forgotten by then and she will probably be re-elected anyway. (I am a little annoyed because there were some very good candidates on the ballot running against her but people see D and INCUMBENT and vote for them regardless of how bad they are.)

Comment: True (Score 1) 194

by Undead Waffle (#46437471) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
Admittedly I mostly skimmed it the first time and read the conclusions at the end. In a second read through you are right there is a lot of that "it was fine, the users are dumb" attitude. But it does say that Microsoft is making an already inconsistent UI even more inconsistent without trying to justify or downplay it at the end like he typically does. Overall the article doesn't feel like a big sales pitch like most of his other articles.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 1) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319783) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

I'll start to worry when Google starts buying competitors just to shut them down, but until then I must admit I like what I see.

The scariest part to me is what will happen when the founders leave? This is when most tech companies take a nosedive. For that reason alone it's worth being cautious about them getting too big.

Comment: Re: Change (Score 1) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319189) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Gnome 3 is becoming usable but I'm thinking it is poorly managed more than anything. I don't know that I would blame designers for this one.

For example, in 3.8 the overlay doesn't let you filter by categories anymore. A feature they actually REMOVED. Apparently it's because in some *future* version they have a new feature that replaces it. But that's not in yet so for now have fun finding anything. If they would stop doing stupid shit like that they are very close to having a good usable desktop.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 4, Insightful) 742

by Undead Waffle (#46319067) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

You can pretty much assume every company is collecting as much information from you as possible. Just because you're also giving them money doesn't change anything. At least with Google they tell you what they collect and what they do with it. And unlike most companies, Google doesn't sell this information.

Not that you should trust Google, but the "they're spying on me so X company is better" logic just doesn't hold up.

Comment: Re:Open Source! At least it isnt DRM laden like St (Score 1) 88

by Undead Waffle (#46002657) Attached to: Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger
The store page actually does tell you whether they have third party DRM and if so what they use. One example I know of is if you check BioShock (the first one) the store page says it has SecuROM. Though it's true that they don't appear to list whether it has their own DRM and as far as I know there's no way to filter by DRM.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.