Well, it's not that they don't have effect--your conversation choices will grant LS/DS points, as well as affect companion loyalty. It remains to be seen how much ME-style plot tracking will affect the story as the game develops.
Not to mention playing on the Empire side. I doubt a KotOR 3 would have had that.
SWG never to my knowledge broke 500K subs. It was declining after the initial surge after launch, and while I'd agree that the changes hastened its demise, it's hard to peg it as a extremely successful MMO even in its heyday, at least compared with the expectations of what a Star Wars property should bring.
From what I hear, SWTOR had about a million pre-orders. Only time will tell if will live up to its own expectations.
I was getting tired of FF4/5 using 800 MB of memory, so I decided to upgrade to FF7. Now it grows to 1.5 GB. Yes, it has almost doubled. On the plus side, it seems to perform a bit better at a higher memory level than FF4/5, but still gets to the same slow performance eventually (which is fairly quickly, on the order of a day). So no, FF7 did not have the great memory reduction it was touted to have, at least for me.
I've decided to experiment and disable most of my extensions. I'm now running with the minimum of Stylish, NoScript, and ABP. The growth rate has slowed it appears (maybe by half), but as of right now I am at 944 MB and slowly growing.
My suspicion? FF has terrible memory fragmentation behavior in their JS engine. The more things you run that need JS, the worse it gets. There's one, and only one thing holding me back from going with Chrome all the way: the lack of a Master password.
- In 1980, I saved my files from college on a DECtape. Few of you probably even know what that is.
- In 1988, I saved files from grad school on an 1/2" reel tape.
- In 1995, I saved files on 1/4" cartridge tapes.
So, basically, "archives" I made 15-30 yrs ago are basically trash to me (I'm not even sure the bits would have survived on those that long, but that's another story.)
Note that even if I had a DECtape reader that I could interface to modern computers, what's the format? It was a directory-based, block-structured device where files tended to be non-contiguous. Also, to get the most out of it, we generally uses FPIP to compress the data. And FPIP used a dynamic compression technique. That means if a byte corrupted in the file, you could no longer decompress as that would change the frequency counts used to determine the decompression tables.
So, in the list of archiving problems we have: old media, loss of integrity of the media, the hardware format of bits on the media, the software format of bits on the media, and the software encoding of those bits. How long will it be before MP4, etc., are no longer used?
- xterm: 11.5s via X11, 1.5s via VNC
- firefox: 56.5s via X11, 16s via VNC
Additionally, when I went to quit FF on the X11 connection, it took about 30s to display the File menu, while my system was frozen in a server grab.