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Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 627 627

Lots of new games don't have a DX9 mode. And not all that many have a DX10; most go right to DX11. (DX11 does, however, have a mode that provides backwards compatibility to a point if you have a DX10 GPU.)

Quite a few new games also require a 64 bit OS, which makes supporting DX9 kind of pointless; there are very few people running Windows XP 64 bit.

Age of Mythology, Alien Isolation, ARMA 3, the recent Assassin's Creed games, the Battlefield series, Bioshock Infinite, the newer Call of Duty games, Crysis 3, Dark Souls II.. and I'm only up to D in Wikipedia's list of DX11 games, and there are plenty I didn't list because they're not 'big names'.

The Xbox One will also be getting an update to DirectX 12, which will probably drive a lot of use of it. After all, it's easier to port your XB1 games to Windows if you're using the same API on each.

DX11 is why I upgraded from XP to 7; not many games at the time supported it, but it was clear more were going to, and the ones that did looked a heck of a lot nicer. And often ran faster, as well.

Comment Re:Can't the Commodore name finally die for good? (Score 1) 62 62

The main reason the Intel-based Commodore/Amiga/whatevers never made it to market appears to be that the guy running the company died.

The Commodore name still has a lot of cachet outside the US. It's also not been 'gone' as long overseas; someone licensed the name for a line of TVs and consumer electronics, for instance.

I thought the 'VIC-20' MP3 player was clever, at least; it had 20 gigs of storage.

Comment Re:the other catch.... (Score 1) 62 62

I've been keeping smartphones in my pocket since there have been smartphones and have never had a problem.

Of course, I also have a phone that's the size of a phone, not some dumbass mini-tablet that was made as thin as can be apparently just to make it more fragile and drive up replacement part sales.

Comment Re:From a user standpoint (Score 1) 484 484

I updated my Mac mini from Snow Leopard to Yosemite.

So far as I can tell, the only thing better about Yosemite is that you can turn off the transparency effects.

That's it. If it wasn't for software that needed 10.7 or newer to run, I'd fuck right off back to 10.6.8.

Comment Amiga Things I Wish I Could Get In Windows, OS X (Score 1) 484 484

Those are all things I do miss from the Amiga, but here are the things I most miss:

The focus paradigm. Windows and Mac use 'click to focus, focus raises window to top'.

Xmouse is 'hover mouse over window to focus, click raises'.

Amiga did 'click focuses but does not raise window'. It combines the best of both - you can focus a window that's behind another one, and you don't have to worry about tapping the mouse (or trackpad!) and changing the focus because the pointer moved. You could also double-click to raise the window, and windows had a depth widget that would raise it to the front or push it to the back of the stack.

The other thing I miss are DataTypes. The easiest way to explain DataTypes is 'Video codecs, but for everything.' Install a PNG DataType and any program that works with images suddenly understands PNGs. There are text format DataTypes, sound format, video format, etc.

Comment Re:It's industry populism in action (Score 1) 395 395

Don't these theoretical people own printers? Just about every cheapo multifunction printer I've seen in the last decade can fax.

And before you say 'no one has a land line any more, lol' while it's true there are plenty of people without one, more homes have a landline than don't.

And even in the example you give, why on earth wouldn't they just sign it and fax it back immediately, rather than waiting a day and making another trip to the store?

Comment Re:The Death Of Fax Machines Has Been Grossly... (Score 3, Informative) 395 395

The reason they don't tell you to scan and email it is that email is not considered a secure or verifiable method of communication.

The difference between fax's point-to-point nature and email's going over the public internet aside...

It's a lot easier to mistype an email address than misdial a fax machine (and actually get another fax machine). I get confidential real estate info in my email all the time. Usually headed with 'I know this said fax, but I'm emailing it instead!'

Yeah, and it's not for me. There's a real estate agent who has the same username at a different domain. So I wind up with all these legal forms from morons who not only decided to email what it says 'fax' on it - they emailed it to the wrong address.

I've never gotten a mis-sent fax to my personal fax machine. At the office once in a while, but even then it's for someone else in the company.

Comment So why does it look like crap? (Score 1) 204 204

I thought the need to hold it back for last-gen consoles explained the trailer.

But if there's no 360/PS3 version, why does the trailer look like ass?

It's a trailer. It should be the prettiest the game can be, rendered on high-end hardware, with their best bullshots.

The dog looks good, I'll admit, but in general in-game footage from The Witcher 3 looks better than the FO4 trailer.

Perhaps they started to build assets before giving up on the old consoles? The Vault Dweller is especially unimpressive.

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