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Comment Re:Nope... (Score 2) 61

No, it's true for people who don't care about security.

Which appears to make up a majority of users.

The first thing I ever do when I get a new phones or tablet is wipe it and install a custom Android firmware sans-manufacturer's and Google's garbage software.

The necessity of this convoluted process - where it is even an option - is probably the reason the statistics show the majority are vulnerable.

Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 151

Companies have begun to realize the value of collaboration and that working with the community is really advantageous. Sure they still have their proprietary bits and often that is where their competitive advantage lies but it means we get so much code collaboration and with open source and proprietary people working together. The exclusive - rather than inclusive - nature of Free software means it is now competing not just with proprietary software but with open source software as well (LLVM, busybox for example).

The special exemptions in Linux's COPYING file that allow it to work with proprietary software are what have made it so successful. And with proprietary people realizing the value of collaboration - and the Free Software people too interested in not working with anybody who doesnt share a compatible ideology - we are seeing a rise of more great active open source projects these days.

Comment Re:Windows 10, it's free (Score 1) 318

This is exactly right, I don't quite understand how people can still be so ignorant of the concept that "there is no such thing as a free lunch". How is it that people here are still surprised to find that out?

Apple's 'device' model is good, the hardware and software are integrated rather than separate things and it means the cost of the device is then used for both the hardware and software development.

Comment Re:But a bicycle is (Score 1) 147

I'll admit I forgot something. A controller and a bicycle are cheaper than a car and insurance.

Not everybody lives within a bike-ride's distance of their friends and when it's raining, hailing or snowing then you're unlikely to be riding a bicycle. In any case a laptop in your backpack is just fine on a bicycle.

But this isn't strictly important anyway, the situation you are describing is a niche that is already very well served by major titles that have local multiplayer components. Not all do but a surprising amount (given the low price of systems and the pervasiveness of the internet) still do.

Comment Re:Nothing New Here... (Score 1) 318

...And signal the market that everybody wants Windows and not Linux, because all it sees are the Windows laptop sales figures.

If you really care what "the market" - whatever you're referring to there - thinks then pay the extra for the Linux version. Obviously it has no crapware subsidies and the cost of testing is amortized over a MUCH smaller amount of sales so naturally it is going to cost more, but cheapness shouldn't be the main sell here.

Comment A controller isn't a vehicle (Score 1) 147

I can't speak to how often "a lift from family or friends" can be repeated before they begin to object to "using me as your private taxi". But a controller is cheaper than successfully lobbying your city to add bus service at night or on Sunday. (Source)

If you can't get a lift from family or friends and there is no bus service then a controller doesn't help you either, no matter how cheap it is it doesn't get you from one place to another.

Comment Re:Destroys spontaneity (Score 1) 147

[Context: an assertion that split-screen is irrelevant because people can buy a PC and a car and go to a LAN party]

I don't think that was the assertion at all. It was that split-screen is more of a niche because most people have a PC or a laptop or a console and can transport this somewhere or have friends transport theirs.

So what factors have driven the slight shrinking of the split-screen gaming segment? Well the growth in the PC market and the slowing of the hardware race means that most people have access to a computer that can reasonably play most games, the increased pervasiveness of low-latency internet connections means direct physical connections (even LAN) are less necessary now and the reduced cost of TVs mean many households have more than one already.

Despite this, a huge amount of AAA titles still support local co-operative/competitive play. Pretty much all fighting and sports games do as do hugely popular AAA games like Call of Duty, Borderlands and Gears of War.

Comment Re:Destroys spontaneity (Score 1) 147

This means people have to plan LAN parties in advance. They can't gather for a reason other to play video games and then just spontaneously decide to break out the video games.

Of course they can! Plenty of games offer local multiplayer like fighting games, most sports games, quite a lot of's just that not all of them do and for those that don't yes you do need to plan ahead, which results in a better experience anyway. Once you have diluted the problem down to Saudi Arabian women having to plan LAN parties ahead of time if they want to co-operatively play Halo 5 then I think we have reached a fairly widely acceptable solution.

Comment Re:AMD shoul just release the COMPLETE code alread (Score 1) 100

What I mean is the information they can't release is the source for the - admittedly sub-par - existing proprietary driver, which you shouldn't need since if you want to make your own open source driver they have released the specs and if you want to use their binary driver you can do that without the source too.

Comment Re:The New Shiny (Score 1) 100

When was the last time the NEW SHINY actually did SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS?

I'm sorry I'm not across every single new invention but in the case of this domain then certainly, as I already mentioned, the switch from fixed function to programmable pipelines has been an enormous improvement but obviously that falls outside "your experience". So why do you believe that replacing an API design that presents a representation of antiquated hardware coupled with a heavy translation layer to convert this to the real hardware, with an API that much more closely replicates the underlying hardware such that the driver has much less work to do - therefore significantly reducing driver complexity - is not going to be a resolution to the issues of driver performance? Being a naysayer just because you don't understand is easy, actually understanding the issue and providing a valid critique on the proposed solution to the problem is much more difficult.

Comment Re:AMD shoul just release the COMPLETE code alread (Score 1) 100

We understand that there are legal complications regarding releasing the information, but if they can't do that and they can't make a decent driver themselves, which it appears they can not, then yes they're going to get plenty of flak. Why wouldn't you expect competence?

Why do you need their driver - that you admitted isn't decent - when you have the specification to work to?

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.