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Comment: Re:SSDs (Score 1) 162

by fredgiblet (#49517701) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives
Varies from application to application. That does end up being the limiting factor. I've been telling people for a couple years to not worry about getting the fastest SSD, and not the RAID their SSDs, once you've made the jump to solid state there's almost no headroom left for improvement and no reason to lay out the kind of money required.

Comment: Long Live the Queen (Score 1) 669

by fredgiblet (#46284429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
Just finished Long Live the Queen. If you want to be the little girl then that's the game for you. You're playing as a 14-year old anime princess trying to survive until your coronation. Your have to prevent or fight off assassins, rebellions and invasions. Surprisingly engrossing, be prepared to take notes because you're going to need to do some trial and error to determine what you need to survive.

Comment: Re:Yet another story... (Score 1) 124

by fredgiblet (#44910469) Attached to: Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game
Gaming in particular has become a very conservative industry, with remakes and sequels becoming more and more dominant. They're even making sequels to games that didn't do that well (Mirror's Edge) rather than make new IPs.

Brian Fargo tried to make Wasteland 2 a reality for a couple decades, he's a reasonably big name with a long history, yet he couldn't get anyone to sign off on it, he went to Kickstarter and now they're in the final stages of development of what looks to be pretty good. It's the same story with Obsidian and Project Eternity, experienced team with a decent track record (yes the games are buggy, but they're good despite that) and they couldn't get anyone to sign off on a Baldur's Gate successor either. What chance does a smaller team without a big name have?

I've backed a couple dozen projects and I haven't been disappointed yet, I don't doubt I will be someday, but that's why I only put the big money on proven names or finished products.

Comment: Re:It's fine if brick n mortor goes away (Score 1) 187

by fredgiblet (#44466677) Attached to: Online Shop Has Closed
I'm not so certain that the old Communists weren't right about Capitalism being a stepping stone to Communism/Socialism (Yes I know there's a difference, but they're in the same category). I personally see the best option as a gradual shift towards reducing what's considered "full" employment, instead of 40 hours per week being considered the standard make it 35, then more people have to have jobs to pick up the slack. Raise wages to make up the difference in money for the lower-class, for the middle and upper classes perhaps just spend less on extravagances. Not sure that would work, at least not without enforcement by people who might have to take a paycut, but if it did it would solve a lot of employment issues. I'd also like to see a push for closed cycle living, recycling done on the backend where unskilled labor is absorbed by sorting through garbage to make sure that everything that can be recycled is.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 414

by fredgiblet (#44462411) Attached to: Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?
My understanding is that most of the top sports car manufacturers aren't terribly profitable. I know that Lamborghini has been passed around and around losing money most of it's life. They make lots of revenue, but their costs keep them from making a profit. The risk that monitor manufacturers would have is the same, sure they make a lot of REVENUE, off of making a 300 ppi desktop monitor, but that doesn't mean they'll make much PROFIT. Maybe someone will try it and be a success, maybe not, but it's a big risk in a field without a lot of margin left.

/. is also home to nerds who are very concerned with maximizing their numbers and having a larger e-peen. I have never said (that I remember) and will never say (unless I'm drunk or high) that no one needs super-high resolution monitors, but a lot of the people that want them only want them because the numbers are higher, not because they have a real need. It's the same thing as people complaining that their new phone doesn't have a quad-core, they don't NEED it, they probably won't benefit from it, but their computer has a quad-core so damnit their phone should too!

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 414

by fredgiblet (#44453591) Attached to: Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?
There's a lot more "average" customers then non-average ones. The vast majority of people use their computers for Facebook and e-mail, they don't need a 4K 19" monitor and there's no benefit to them paying the price for it.

Whenever I see threads about resolution on /. I wonder how many of the people want higher resolution because they are actually going to see a tangible benefit from it, and how many want higher resolutions because it's a number on their computer and thus higher must be better. I suspect that a LOT of people are in the latter camp.

Apple charges a premium for their computers, phones and tablets, part of that premium is the display. It's not coming for free.

"I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest." -- Alexandre Dumas (fils)