Sigh....do you not remember your history AT ALL, not even a teeny tiny bit?
Alright boys and girls, time for a lesson from the greybeard society...You took IE NOT because of any bundling, because, just as was the case with many other MSFT early successes the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid. MSFT was able to easily win the browser wars because Netscape (which for the record I bought and used) went and shot themselves square in the face by going "Ya know what? Lets just shitcan our browser that has made us all this money and do a top to bottom rewrite, fuck we don't need a 'plan B' because our shit don't stink and we are super geniuses!" which gave us Nutscrape 4, so called because it would have been less painful to scrape your nuts with a cheese grater than have to use that abortion for any length of time! It was so buggy if you saw 4 websites in a row without crashing the OS (yes not just the browser, it leaked so much memory it would BSOD the OS like it was nothing) it was a miracle, it was a fucking disaster!
So nobody had to "force IE" which just FYI IERadicator was free and would remove IE in less than 30 seconds, which was one of the things they busted MSFT for, the "you can't remove IE" bullshit, you took it because your "choices" was a free and not nearly as buggy IE, a buggy as fuck NS4 for $$, or ad ridden Opera, again unless you ponied up $$ but Opera did things in such a bizarre way that many websites (and yes this was before "works best in IE" existed) just came out all wonked, it was not fun at all in those days....so we took IE, not because it was great, but because the alternatives were MUCH worse. Now that there is choice wadda ya know, we actually choose and no browser dominates anymore...yay!
Good Lord boy, even I think Hillary is a DINO that is more of a warhawk than even Dubya and will make another Dubya level of shitty when it comes to being the POTUS but even Ken Starr ruled that Foster killed himself, and that was after both the Parks Dept AND the FBI came to the same conclusion, what more do you need?
As for the POTUS looking old? Stress ages people, everybody knows that and the POTUS is a stressful job. Hell look at what old Jimmy Carter looked like when he was sworn in and compare him to the 1980 election, the man looked like he aged a decade in those 4 years.
It was probably a problem with the corner junction box servicing the area, as several years ago we had a similar problem in one of my customers neighborhoods and it turned out it was a mouse that was building a nest in the box and gnawing on the wires.
You'd be surprised how often shit like this can be traced back to actual bugs and rodents, we had power knocked out to nearly a quarter of the city, the culprit? A squirrel had managed to get itself fried climbing on one of the large transformers and the surge blew the transformer, one deep fried squirrel shut down power for nearly 3 hours.
So you are against free markets? Thanks for clearing that up...FTFY
Since you seem to have trouble grasping the two completely separate concepts allow old Hairy to elucidate....freedom of speech, a right protecting you from the government keeping you from speaking. Free markets, people are allowed to vote with their wallets and support or not companies....see the difference?
Eich and Windows 8 are NOT examples of the former but the latter, in BOTH cases people said "I do not like this therefor I will not use your product and will encourage others to not use it too" and the companies saw their users drop like a rock and CHOSE as companies in a free market to change their direction to increase sales, MSFT by coming up with Windows 10, Mozilla by firing Eich. And yes Virginia the Mozilla move had everything to do with sales, Mozilla gets their money from search, no users using their browser? No revenue.
So I find it hilarious that the right wing is all for the free markets when its crony capitalism, offshoring, or anything else that restricts or distorts the free market in their favor, but when its one of the most fundamental bedrocks of a free market, the RIGHT to vote with your wallet and CHOOSE which products you will support? Well we can't have that, now can we?
THE FREE MARKET HAS SPOKEN, if the majority believed as you did? Their share would have gone UP, they would have seen this indicated in their usage numbers, and they would have kept Eich. Instead their numbers went DOWN, revenue was put at risk, and they chose to get rid of a CEO that frankly wasn't even bothering to do his job (two important roles for a CEO is press relations and damage control, and he refused to do either one) and wadda ya know their numbers stabilized.
Voting with your wallet is one of the most important tenets of a free market, its how the consumers can influence direction even in large corporations, again see Windows 8 (which it looks like will never even reach much higher than Vista) and compare it to Windows 10, which is exactly what the users asked for. So when I see guys like you trying to say its "free speech" when the market doesn't go your way I have to ask....why do you hate capitalism and the free market?
If there is but one thing everyone should have learned from Heartbleed and Shellshock it is this....many eyes is a myth based on an "is ought" fallacy.
OpenSSL and Bash are the two most widely deployed pieces of code on the planet, bar none. If "many eyes" were true that fact SHOULD have made them the most vetted code on the planet....but they weren't, why? Because "many eyes" is an "is ought" fallacy in that because the source code IS there and it IS in wide use there OUGHT to have been at least one or more people with the years of training in low level code auditing that should have looked at the code and found the bugs and reported them.....this ignores the facts, which are 1.- The guys that can do low level auditing are very few, 2.- They are usually swamped with jobs that pay them, and most importantly 3.- Everyone is gonna ignore the code because they'll believe somebody else did it thanks to the "many eyes" myth.
This is why "many eyes" should be considered a harmful myth to allow to spread, since everybody just assumes somebody else has done the work when in reality? I bet if you looked at the number of downloads of the source for the low level code in your average Linux distro you'll find that nobody other than the guys that are actually working on the code have downloaded it. So let us all put the "many eyes" myth to bed, and then maybe everyone won't just assume the work has been done and actually start looking at the code!
You want to know what is sad? When I'm sitting there bored at the shop I have installed Windows 7 on some pretty ancient pieces of crap I end up with on trade ins and ya know what? As long as its got a GB of RAM it'll run just fine, 10 minutes turning off any services they do not need and it'd run better than XP. I seriously doubt we are talking last PIIIs and first gen P4s in the British government, if my own local government (who had all theirs switched by cutoff, ended up with a mountain I needed to refurb) are any indication what you'd be seeing is a ton of first gen Core 2 Duos, Athlon X2s, maybe if they were really cheap (like our streets dept) some Pentium Ds.....all of which will run Windows 7, hell Windows 10 just fine.
As some here know just to see if Windows 10 was gonna be a Vista piggie or a "7 sweetie" I grabbed the absolute weakest portable I have, a 2011 AMD Bobcat netbook I use for service calls. For those that don't know what an AMD Bobcat is its a chip that was designed to compete with Intel Atom when the netbook hype was in full swing (and ironically ended up being the APU for the XB1 and PS4 with its successor Jaguar) and has performance roughly equal to a last generation Atom+Nvidia ION setup so we are talking a REALLY weak chip. How does the newest Windows 10 builds run on such a weak chip? It runs just fine,takes less time to boot than Win 7 and once I'm on the desktop its all smooth sailing.
So there really is no excuse for paying something like $15 million bucks just to extend Windows XP (which lets be honest folks it was NEVER that great an OS and wasn't even halfway decent until SP2, I would argue both Win2K and XP X64 AKA 2K3 Workstation 64 were better OSes) when I bet a good 90% of the hardware they have running would take both Windows 7 AND Windows 10 without requiring new hardware and with Windows 7 able to be upgraded to Windows 10 while keeping your programs and settings via WU? Its really a no brainer, they could run Win 7 now and once IT has checked all their mission critical stuff runs fine on Windows 10 just push out the upgrade. Hell Win 7 has XP Mode so they can't even use application compatibility as an excuse,so its sad and shameful all their citizens info is gonna be at risk just because they couldn't get off their butts even with nearly a half a decade of warning what was coming!
You can get a gamestick with controller for $65 or you can buy pretty much any dual core (or better) Android tablet and use a wireless controller, Tigerdirect has so many they were selling a "buy one get one free" dual core tablet deal just the other day.
The problem with this idea is...well most mobile games really aren't designed to be played like a console, they are designed for touch tablets and for very short gameplay. This is pretty much the opposite of what those playing a console expect and so they are disappointed by the short gameplay, most of which is the FTP "pay to win" style which is further disappointing gameplay wise. I've tried a bunch of these mobile games and....yeah I can see why these things haven't taken off, most folks don't like playing games in 2-5 minute "bursts" and being constantly bugged for more money. Even when I've bought some of them through Steam, with all the extras included? The gameplay is still insanely short, with most seeming to follow a 3-5 minute "play on the shitter" model.
So if somebody asked me what kind of cheap console to get? You can get an X360 or PS3 used for less than $100 most places and you'll have better games and more fun than you will with these sticks and mini-consoles.
Thanks for proving the article, as he points out a specific issue with a piece of software fricking notorious for being brittle and buggy and you start throwing insults. Its because of guys like you that Linux usage has dropped soooo damned low its now listed as "other" and are still behind both Vista and Windows 8, the two most hated MSFT OSes since MSBob.
This is what happens when the users have NO WAY to influence direction, you get shit like Pulse and Systemd rammed down your throats. Metro showed that voting with your wallets does work as the users were able to force MSFT to not only get away from the "supergigantic smartphone" mentality that was ruining the desktop but even to go so far as for the first time in their history actually give away the flagship product to keep from risking Win 10 becoming another sub 5% Windows 8.
But without the power of the wallet users are helpless against corporate interests which is why even though a quite large section of the Linux userbase, from home users all the way to admins of large Linux server farms have said loud and clear SYSTEMD IS NOT WANTED and too damned buggy and brittle all they have gotten in response from the devs is this level of reply with devs even going so far as to copy verbatim Metro fanboys memes like "embrace the innovation" and "you're a luddite" and so the users have no other choice but to leave. If anybody thinks the woefully underfunded Devuan has a snowballs chance in hell with Poettering grabbing more and more shit for systemd at an ever faster pace? Then I have a bridge you may be interested in, hell even longtime apologist of all things FOSS Robert Pogson likens Poettering to Putin in that no matter what he gets he's not appeased and his ego has grown so much he's now blogging about how Torvalds is a bad role model and needs to behave and you think a practically broke group of devs is gonna be able to compete with THAT ego who is backed by Red Hat's big pile o' cash? Not happening.
With zero influence or control the users only choice is what they are doing now....leaving. I don't know how many server devs I've talked to that are leaving Linux over mission critical bugs in systemd, one long time Linux admin I talked to was royally pissed as he had a huge Linux farm and the order just came down from the top to switch it all to Server 2K12 because of systemd,while others are desperately trying to bone up on the BSD way of doing things and trying to make sure their critical apps work so they can jump ship. THIS is what happens when the users have no voice, THIS is what happens when their responses are like TFA nothing but insults and attacks, you become "other" as your share drops, the devs move to greener pastures, and your support structure withers. I hope everybody enjoys "Linux, a subdivision of Red Hat" because RH has made it clear that's the goal, make Linux a VM running atop systemd to support their cloud computing initiative, because without any measure of affecting development? You really have no choice other than "their way or the highway".
Question, and I'm not trolling I'm legitimately curious...why did you go with PS4 over the PC?
Unless your PC is seriously weak sauce you could simply slap a GPU in it and play games just fine, hell I got customers with Phenom II X3s and X4s that have no trouble playing the latest games. Today you can buy GPUs in the $180 range that curbstomp both the XB1 and PS4 in the purty dept, and with both the XB1 and PS4 being AMD netbook APUs? They are really just DRMed PCs anyway. Finally from what I've seen the exclusives just aren't there, probably because games are getting so expensive to produce.
So I am curious, so far everyone I've asked that question to has been a raging Sony fanboy, that gets up to their Sony alarm clock, has a Sony stereo in their car, watches a Bravia TV and waves the flag at every opportunity...you don't seem like that so I am curious, what made you pick a PS4?
I agree with (*almost) everything you posted but would add that you and GP are missing the most useful (imho) reason to watch other people play....to learn.
I have a couple of MMOs I play but there was areas where I would just get stomped, no matter what I did in these areas I just couldn't turn it around. Then I found some videos by guys that were actually good in the areas I was weak in so I watched them to see what they were doing right that I was doing wrong...and it worked, now areas I used to absolutely dread I actually find challenging and fun and I never would have figured out where I was going wrong without watching others try different strategies that actually work.
*-But as far as Pre-Orders? I thought Aliens: Colonial Marines and Watch Dogs would have killed that practice, after all now we can't even trust what we see with our own eyes as it might all be mocked up bullshit. If somebody wants to spend their cash sight (literally) unseen? I'm all for people making their own choices but until we see actual real penalties for mockups and "vertical slices" I know I'm not trusting any game dev or publisher, I want to see the game actually running on real users' PC and hear from them whether it "is what it says on the tin" as the Brits say or if its the next A:CM or F3AR big pile o' shit.
Besides everyone is ignoring the obvious in that we already have this in the form of DLC...and look at how well THAT particular clusterfuck has gone over, with games like Evolve announcing the fucking DLC before we even saw a single screenshot!
We have ALREADY seen the plague that is DLC, so bad that "horse armor" has become a punchline....do we REALLY want the DLC now made by a bunch of amateurs with ZERO oversight or control (because we have all seen how bad Valve has gotten with their "hands off" policy on Greenlight and early access, to the point that reviewers like Jim Sterling can make a living just making videos of all the shitty content crapflooding those channels) which the publisher just slaps another promo for and takes their cut?
BTW for those that say "poo poo, its for the devs poo poo" I would point out that the actual ones that made the mod get a lousy 25%, with Valve and the publisher splitting the other 75%...in what fucking universe is not even getting a lousy third of the money being made for what you worked so hard on considered a good deal? Nope, sorry, this fucks the gamers by giving every incentive with ZERO risk for the devs to just crapflood like greenlight, this fucks the good mod devs TWICE by making them compete with a crapflood AND by only giving them a pittance of the money, and if that wasn't enough it fucks the community because anything worth actually looking at would quickly be ignored as the gamers saw an assload of "horse armor" level bullshit and would learn not to even look at mods, just as many like myself now don't give greenlight games a second glance.
The only ones this would have been good for long run is the publishers, who would get money for basically nothing, and of course Valve who would make money on the initial sales AND make money when people stopped using mods and bought more games instead of continuing to get value from games they already owned with mods...but I'm glad to see that throwing a shitfit actually worked for once, I figured they pull a MSFT with Windows Mist&ke and just flip users the bird until the whole thing was a mess and then try to fix the damage once everything went downhill...think if we have another shitfit we can get Steam to clean up Greenlight and Early Access?