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Comment: Re:Unless you change it (Score 2) 688

by dstyle5 (#46869839) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
Not a UI/UX designer so I have to ask, why have designers hidden these basic menus in most browsers these days? Is it because they want their browser to be "cleaner" by default? For me the 20 or so pixels that are saved by hiding the menu bar isn't worth the inconvenience of always having to turn these menus back on. I can't recall anyone I know mentioning how they hate the file menu and wish it were hidden by default on a PC.

Comment: Re:Steam Linux (Score 1) 99

by dstyle5 (#46350755) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Beta Released For Linux
Steam Boxes will have to be out in the wild for a while to get a sizable user base before alot of devs would create Linux ports I would guess. The current SteamOS Linux user numbers are so low it wouldn't be financially viable for a big company to make a Linux version, unless they plan on supporting SteamOS and are willing eat the dev cost losses until the user numbers grow. Valve has the $ and incentive to do alot of devs don't have that luxury.

Comment: No PIN required for tapping. (Score 1) 731

by dstyle5 (#46218897) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
You don't enter a pin using tap to pay here in Canada, since it slows down the process and the point of tapping is to speed up the payment process. Your card usually has a very small tap transaction limit. My credit card has a $50 max charge per tap transaction, thought I would like to get it bumped up to $100 or maybe even $200. I think the banks here are starting with low limits to to see how things work out since its still a fairly new technology.

Comment: Re:This is good news for me (Score 1) 91

by dstyle5 (#45224057) Attached to: Next-Gen GPU Progress Slowing As It Aims for 20 nm and Beyond
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Mantle, but it does have the potential to greatly increase the performance of games that support it and extend the life of ATI cards. Being the owner of a 7950 I'm looking forward to seeing how much of a performance boost Mantle gives vs. DirectX. I believe Battlefield 4, which I plan to purchase, will be one of the first Mantle supported games when they patch in Mantle support in December, can't wait to try it out.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7371/understanding-amds-mantle-a-lowlevel-graphics-api-for-gcn

Comment: Re:I don't think so (Score 1) 304

by dstyle5 (#45215561) Attached to: Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop
Whats to buy? Its going to be free to download and install, like Steam is today. Yeah there will be SteamOS devices built by Valve or most likely other companies, but since its free alot of people will probably try it. My use case will be installing it on my older pc for a living room based gaming PC.

As for people adopting it, when the SteamOS and the hardware are released you know Valve is going to have a big carrot dangling to get people to try it out, something related to a game with a 3 in the title methinks.

Comment: Re:Slashvertising. (Score 1) 223

by dstyle5 (#44541831) Attached to: Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get
In all my years of University and working at tech companies after I have yet to see anyone eat a Twinkie. Can't say I've ever heard of them being called the "Breakfast of Programmers" before, but I guess they had to shoehorn a way to put it on /. Even the overlords at DICE gotta eat I guess.

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