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Comment: "lived out high democratic ideals" (Score 1) 489

by pecosdave (#49437293) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

"unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals"

What's recording someone being an ass-hat have to do with being democratic? Recording people is being used by people of every though process - right or wrong it's blackmail, in this case I consider it "good blackmail" - we're blackmailing those who "enforce the law" into complying with the law, the same way they record us to prove when we weren't. Blackmail is more or less a universal trait that bridges every political ideology, except maybe the most enlightened ones that will never gain traction because they lack the necessary evil to gain mass adoption.

Comment: Re:Well no shit! (Score 1) 232

by pecosdave (#49302989) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

I just did the search again, you're right.

I did a search for another of my annoyances "Bluetooth Mouse", three of the first six were actually Bluetooth, quite an improvement, I must applaud them. I typed "HTC M8" and Firephone wasn't even on the first page. I assure you this change is within the past couple of months.

Comment: Re:Thanks to the Humble Bundle (Score 1) 192

by pecosdave (#49241613) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

I tend to play "other than" AAA titles. Even stuff I get "working" tends to be buggy and I have to kill the processes manually quite often, not to mention all of the X-server restarts and resized I have to do when things head south. I just don't have that many hours to fine tune everything to make it reasonably stable.

Comment: Re:Think of the children (Score 1) 192

by pecosdave (#49238219) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Windows 2000 ticked me off for one buggy little thing when it was still new, even though to this day I consider it the best overall design/interface of any Windows desktop, though 8.1 is getting close. That was my last version of WIndows at home.

I went hard-core about games during that era, I loved Blizzard games but they ticked me off when they started suing everyone, even people I knew personally. Between that and the bug I quit dual booting and decided if they didn't make it work on Linux I wasn't going to worry about sending any money their direction, and I pretty much stuck with it. I bought UT III because they promised compatability - I was suckered.

All of that being said now that Steam supports game strreaming I'm seriously considering setting up a Wintendo dedicated to being the "host bot". (The Humble Bundles have given me many Windows-only games after all in addition to the Linux compatible ones) . I haven't experimented with it yet, but it certainly has potential. I'm not sure what I'll need hardware wise but I'm gussing maxing at 1080 on the Wintendo would keep the hardware reasonable and 1Gbps fast enough network wise.

Comment: Re:Thanks to the Humble Bundle (Score 2) 192

by pecosdave (#49234993) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

First of all - no ZOOOMMM!!! I totally see that's a smart-assed comment.

I want to address it anyways.

I have 0 versions of Minecraft, and I'm not running the OSS knock-off version.

The Unreal and Quake engines rock on Linux, and I guess the Half-Life engine is it's own? Portal is awesome on it also.

Does Minecraft work on Linux? I refuse to check, just don't care enough. I love pissing off Minecraft fans by saying "When I was a kid I had an Atari 2600, it looked like crap but it was awesome because it was all that we had. Then came the 8 bit Nintendo, the Super Nintendo, the 64, then you got realistic 3D with the Unreal engine and it just keeps getting better, then YOUR generation declared "Good stuff sucks!". They went back to Atari looking graphics programmed the with sloppy code forcing high-end multi-core high-RAM hardware to run shit 8-bit graphics!"

I've just about started fist-fights with that observations.

Comment: Thanks to the Humble Bundle (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by pecosdave (#49233681) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

I have a significant share of that 1,000 games.

I'm very disappointed when I see a Windows only game, but I can understand why the big developers do it.

I'm even MORE disappointed when I see a game that works with Windows and Mac but not Linux. Once it works with Mac or Linux making it work with the other is trivial. Don't give me the coca garbage - if it runs at full-screen you really don't have to mess with that a lot.

The indie guys are really leading the charge, and based on very visible results with the Humble Bundle "Triple Compatibility" seems to up the success of the bundle, and I heavily suspect it's why they tend to make the one or two Linux compatible games in a heavily Microsoft centric bundle the "Pay at least $10 to get" game.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.