With MS pulling plugs on financially unviable products, like WindowsXP, they realize that there will always be diehard fans of a particular operating system or product. At this point in time, anyone with a torrent client and a burner can get a fully cracked copy of XP, no serials needed, bloatware stripped from the OS, hacked to shreds to maximize system performance and reduce system overhead. Microsoft doesn't even sell XP anymore. I still use XP, but I also have linux installed. If XP somehow shits itself, I can manually fix it through linux with a hex editor. Yeah, I'm that moron. The only reason I haven't switched to 7/8 is because neither of them have given me a really compelling reason to switch.
What's going to happen most likely, is that each division will be renamed in reflection of a particular market niche, and each new division will focus solely on the hardware of that product. With many of its services is the cloud, Windows 8+ will become the new unified environment for each platform. It won't matter which platform you use, you can still access all of your data from each different device.
Going to make this post in several different places, so here goes.
In addition to a massive database update (~200MB of new whitelist/blacklist definitions), I've decided to make TTLivescan+ donationware, which is basically the full version of TT Livescan with a few extras thrown in. There are several reasons for doing this.
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At one point, I had 3 of these calculators, each with their own collection of games and/or utilities. When I realized that I didn't want to buy a 4th calculator, I decided to try something new. Since there wasn't any built-in compression with the 85/86 environment, I decided to build an interpreted scripting language from the ground up, with a focus on eliminating code bloat, and as much readable syntax as possible, with only 30% reduction in execution speed (only a few of the games were real-time oriented), with conversion/"compression" ratios averaging around 65-70%. The upside to having that many compressed games (and the interpreter) meant that I could create more games, and also have a reduced transfer time. I also added in cheat codes and easter eggs to all of my games as well.
Good times. Good times.
Use prime numbers 2 or higher to map API calls to a "number" specific family (add the collective values of the API calls from main.db, then convert the value to hexadecimal), based on the API functions (Windows 3.11 to Windows 7). The rate at which it can catch malware based on API calls alone is grotesquely efficient.
I believe the bigger issue to be concerned with isn't whether or not I quit (Blizzard isn't making any money off of me, so I don't really care), but why 1.3 million subscribers quit in this quarter alone, bringing the total number of subscribers down to 8 million. By blizzard's own estimate, the record number of subscribers for WoW was roughly 12 million subscribers, which was in 2009. That's a pretty big dip in numbers, even for a 4 year decline. Clearly, Blizzard is doing *something* wrong.
Well played, sir. Well played indeed. The marketplace itself is the only thing Blizzard hasn't either completely destroyed or transformed into an abomination of fail. Beyond that, I highly suggest you go take some remedial English classes, bucko. If for some reason you think my rant is irrelevant, keep in mind that 1.3 million subscribers put their hands up in frustration with WoW and basically said, "I'm done wasting money and time in this shitty excuse of a game." As I said, the *only* reason I *haven't* quit is because I don't have to pay for it. It can be fun, but I'm not wasting $15/month on it. I did that for about 2 years, and stopped right before Cata came out. 1.3 million subscribers. That's roughly 14% of the original userbase. It's only been going down for almost 2 years. Think about it.
Instead of actually being able to build a hybrid character, you could only choose to implement one spec at a time. "Talent Tree?" More like, how would you like your eggs, with a side of undulating pustules, or with an ice pick and a cyanide capsule?
OK, so it's a rake, and it's made of game-dev poo. That tells me exactly fuck-all about why you think it sucks.
I think you're pulling my leg, here. Nobody can lack that much reading comprehension. I didn't even *hide* my reasoning for why MoP is an even worse idea than cataclysm. If you play the game at all, my explanation makes perfect sense. I play an affliction warlock that pulls a sustained 80-120K dps with an average item level of 474. That's not even close to being top tier gear, buddy: I'm pretty sure I'm qualified to make an assessment of the game whether anyone else agrees with my analysis or not.