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Comment Re:I can't bring myself to care (Score 1) 195 195

"Better" is a matter of opinion that I don't want to argue, but I do have a nice collection from GOG too. GOG covers some things that Steam doesn't, and the same is true as well. In cases where the game is available on both, my choice depends on a combination of the price for it on each service and my estimation of whether I'll want to replay it or not. GOG wins a fair amount of the time, but there's a lot that I want to play that isn't available there. C'est la vie; have to go with the suboptimal choice.

Comment Re:List of privacy violations (Score 1) 164 164

That's right, you non-patching bastard! The internet is filled with worms like blaster and nimda, and they will never go away because of idiots who don't patch against critical vulnerabilities.

Aside from patches that correctly fix legitimate vulnerabilities, Microsoft also has a history of releasing broken updates (and fixing them later when they've already done damage), removing features from their products, releasing "important" updates that are ads for future products, adding annoying new "features" to already-released OSes, and similar behaviors. They aren't the ones that I want as the ultimate gatekeeper of how my computer works.

Aside from that, I'm not going to use any OS that reboots itself without my specific instruction to do so. In terms of security, Windows 10 may be a net gain, taken globally, but at the individual level, it's a step backwards in some ways, and I'm not willing to take that step.

Comment Re:End of preinstalled Windows 7: October 2014 (Score 1) 195 195

Businesses commonly make deals between each other that aren't available to ordinary customers. For instance, Windows XP was available to businesses long after Vista was the only option that one could buy in-store. They aren't breaking any kind of advertising laws by providing more than they say they are.

And anyhow, even if there were some legal issue with going against its "end of sales" statement, Microsoft could sell licenses for Windows 7 to a company that builds system images. That company would sell licensed images to another company, which would also buy PC hardware and image the drives themselves. It's not like Windows 7 licenses are completely unavailable, even now.

Comment Re:On Slashdot (Score 1) 195 195

Aren't there ads on Slashdot

Only if you don't disable them...

and pretty much every other operating system like Android, iOS etc

The OSes themselves don't have ads, unless you count the various app stores. Although on Android, the Google Apps packages do some phone-home stuff, if that's what you're actually worried about. They aren't an essential part of the OS.

Comment Re:I can't bring myself to care (Score 1) 195 195

Steam fans are gamers who don't understand computer technology.

A subset understands, but doesn't care about the same things that you do. I pay rental-level prices for games that may disappear at some point, and which I need to be connected to Steam most of the time to play. They collect data on which games I play, how often, how long, etc. Frankly, I don't care that they know those things. It would suck if a portion of my game library suddenly disappeared because something happened at Valve, but I see that as part of the price, besides the $5-$10 per game that I've been paying for last year's blockbuster-level titles. It seems like a fair trade.

Comment Re:... no one is paying for that (Score 1) 195 195

buying ad-free Solitaire for the five years that you plan to use the laptop. Or what am I missing?

Buying ad-free Solitaire won't fix any other system ads, user data collection, etc, that are the actual reason not to use the OS. Solitaire's basically completely beside the point; there are free versions of the game anyhow, so problems in Microsoft's version are moot. The info in this link ought to give you more of an idea of the security issues that a lot of people are talking about here.

Comment Re:Use an alternative? (Score 1) 215 215

why not use disk-encrypted Linux and put Windows in a VM for those one or two programs that are Windows-only?

Programs that require direct GPU access and as much of my system's RAM as possible are the top of my list of reasons for keeping a Windows partition around, personally. So, I've basically got one boot option to put my machine into gaming-console mode, and one to put it into everything-else mode. That set up will change when there's either a technical shift in what I can easily do on Linux or my interests change enough that I'm no longer interested in running that kind of program.

Comment Re:Most Significant, If Not the First, Post (Score 1) 215 215

Why isn't there more consumer push-back?

Because it's not being reported in places that non-technical users read, and if it was, it wouldn't be worded in a way to make them understand and care about the implications....and if it was, there are a ton of people that don't care too much about their privacy anyhow. We'd hear a resounding "meh", rather than any kind of real PR backlash.

Comment Re: Somewhat less intuitive (Score 1) 268 268

I remember being able to exit to DOS voluntarily, I just don't remember the entirety of Windows crashing and dropping be back. I've got a computer installed with DOS and Windows 98. It still has the option to exit to DOS. I suppose that it was Windows ME that removed that option, but I've never used ME; its reputation preceded it.

Comment Re: Somewhat less intuitive (Score 1) 268 268

Using Windows 95 and 98, I don't remember it throwing me back out into DOS (or if it did, it was a relative rarity on my machine). What I remember is a BSOD popping up, but giving me the option to press a key to attempt to continue, sometimes 15 times in a row before the computer went back to working again (well, until I retried whatever had just failed and got another flurry of errors).

Comment Re:Major change? No. (Score 4, Funny) 268 268

You double clicked on a game icon and it launched within two seconds

Well...either that, or you got a message saying that you needed to lower/raise the bit depth of your display, enable/disable some memory manager, or something similar. I kind of missed Windows 3.1 too, until I started playing with it in a VM and kept running into all the antiquated bits that I'd forgotten about...then it would make one of the classic "ding" sounds, and I'd forgive it in a wash of nostalgia.

Comment Re:OBS (Score 1) 156 156

Right, I get that, and I should've been clearer in how I wrote my comment. It was more of a rhetorical question to acknowledge that the system that I described is a little round-about, and that if the use-case was more limited, there would be better answers for a subset of what you want to do.

Comment OBS (Score 1) 156 156

I've been playing with OBS "Open Broadcaster Software" streaming video from my PC to a Raspberry Pi. OBS is designed for live-streaming games, but seems to work well for general video as well. In my experience, there's about a half-second of lag, so it's terrible for UI, but the transmission is smooth, so actual video playback is nice.

You should be able to simultaneously run a remote desktop session or VNC on the Pi to control the UI in a relatively lag-free way, hit a key to start streaming, and enjoy the video. Of course, this whole set-up only makes sense if you don't have a smart tv, blu-ray player that supports streaming, etc. Otherwise, why not just use what you already have and set up network shares on the PC?

Comment Re:Steam Link (Score 1) 170 170

I played a good bit of Arkham Asylum by streaming it from the PC in my office to my laptop in the family room. There was a definite reduction in video quality, but I never had any serious problems with lag. Some was noticeable, but it wasn't that bad, and I really stopped paying attention after a couple of minutes. Obviously, anything that really relies on millisecond timing will be impacted (fighting games, online FPS, and so on), but I was impressed with the experience overall.

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