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Comment: Re:The problem, as always... (Score 2) 327

by Z80a (#47745257) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Zuckerberg is not a problem to your old money theory, as well, the rest of the "upper class" is probably just riding the money the other people "lucked into" in the past.

Unless he fucks up somehow, his whole lineage will live off this same money, and well, it will became old money just like the rest.

Comment: Linux will never be on the desktop, never. (Score 1) 723

by Z80a (#47718649) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

It will take over every single other machine on the planet, from cars to celphones, to pace makers, to microwaves to game consoles to everything.. except the desktop.
Even 100 years from now, when the linux powered skynet coordinate the uclinux 6502 powered terminators to finish off the last of the human resistance, those terminators will still use windows on their desktop computers.

Comment: Who defines whats trolling exactly? (Score 1) 381

by Z80a (#47695619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

I seen some places fall apart due the userbase corrupting the moderation with their own visions of "troll" and "wrong", and turning the site into pretty much a dystopian place full of rules, where you could be banned for a simple misspell or disagreeing with the mass.
This may sound like "the ideal place" at first, but the harsh limits make the place very boring very quickly.

The ideal scenario is a place where trolling don't work, the ol good "don't feed the trolls", or a place that ridicularize em effectively when just ignoring don't work anymore.

Comment: Re:HL3? (Score 1) 97

by Z80a (#47628207) Attached to: Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent <em>DOTA 2</em> Update

Then how the "Non IBM"-PC worked at all?
It was exactly a "bunch of random companies schlocking together COTS hardware to meet a standard and getting nothing in return" competing against closed boxes like the Amiga, ST,mac... and while they didn't as far i know used Subsidy, they were pretty much fully verticalized companies that had no way to compete against in price at least at the beginning.

A more modern example would be the Android, where its again a bunch of chinese manufacturers following an standard and having no subsidy whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Nostalgia (Score 1) 208

by Z80a (#46898593) Attached to: Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

You probably can pull that off with compressed music in a lossy format like OGG and a CED disc:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
If the CED is able to keep a image quality at least comparable to the VHS, you can use an ARVID solution to store data on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
At the 325 KB/s mode, you can store up around 1.1 GB of data per side of the CED, or 2.2 GB total, thus allowing you to store 1000 songs of up to 2.2MB of size.

Comment: Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (Score 1) 245

by Z80a (#46738411) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Those games you cited are developed with the gameplay in mind first and graphics/storytelling later.
Your typical "AAA console game" sacrifices everything for more visual fidelity and storytelling, even if its a pointless exercise due the lack of power of the consoles as was pointed out.

"It will be the prettier game of the console X/Y" so they say, but to reach that, a lot of noninteractive cutscenes, invisible walls to streamline the level and focus the assets on the memory in a small confined corridor and even some gameplay mechanics to force the player to walk to specific corners where the game looks prettier.

To not mention the endless QTEs that are meant to pretend the player is playing the game when actually just watching another cutscene he can fail.

Comment: Re:Basic Electronics (Score 1) 737

by Z80a (#46737803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

On a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial future, if you get ANY sort of computer, it will be either manufactured out of scavenged transistors or components too old to be fried by EMPs like 6502 CPUs, microcontrollers etc..
So, not even close to the required computing power to waste with inneficient interpreted languages.
Except basic of course.

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