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Comment: Re:Disregarding range, is this actually cheaper? (Score 1) 389

by realmolo (#46816809) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Yes, but what is the *total cost of ownership* of the Versa versus the *total cost of ownership* of keeping your Altima?

Your Altima was paid for. The insurance was likely really cheap.

People like to ignore simple math when it comes to car purchases. Emotions take over. You want to "win" the car game? But a decent user car and drive it/repair it until it spends more time in the shop than on the road, and get rid of it. Then buy another decent used car.

New cars are ALWAYS a bad investment. The worst investment, actually. Don't be a sucker.

Comment: Is gaming on Linux actually going to take off? (Score 5, Insightful) 132

It almost seems like it's finally going to happen. Amazing.

Now we just need to standardize on a desktop environment, and Linux will actually be a nice OS for the masses. /cue the "But choice is good!" crowd. Yeah, choice is good, but fragmentation is FAR worse than having no choices, when it comes to operating systems.

Comment: HURD is an embarrassment (Score 2, Insightful) 163

by realmolo (#46211077) Attached to: GNU Hurd Gets Improvements: User-Space Driver Support and More

Having a project like HURD reflects poorly on Open Source/Free software. It's kind-of emblematic of the major problem with non-commerical software projects; namely, without a central guiding force and a *real* budget, big software projects have a very difficult time getting finished.

Stallman should just kill it. It's pointless.

Comment: It's doomed, because Japanese software sucks (Score 1) 153

by realmolo (#46100805) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

It's a weird phenomenon, but it seems that the Japanese don't "get" system software/operating systems AT ALL.

It almost seems to be a cultural thing. They like baroque/quirky interfaces and systems. For video games, that is often a good thing; it makes the game interesting. For applications, it sucks.

Comment: This thing is DOA (Score -1, Troll) 138

by realmolo (#45894085) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

The controller is over-engineered and silly, and apparently the SteamBox consoles themselves are going to sell for $500. That's insane. This thing isn't in the same league as an Xbox One or PS4. There are barely any games for it, and barely any announced!

This is going to be another footnote in the history of consoles, unless Valve is planning a big surprise reveal of MASSIVE developer support. Which I doubt will happen.

Comment: Re:Evil Plot (Score 5, Interesting) 174

by realmolo (#45747679) Attached to: DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security

That's exactly what this is.

The position requires a security clearance, for God's sake! This is an internship for the children of congressman and other highly-placed public officials (and, of course, children of big donors to the Republican and/or Democratic parties). Nothing will get accomplished, but a lot of rich kids will get to put it on their resume.

Comment: Re:Microsoft should of been smart (Score 1) 227

by realmolo (#45640605) Attached to: The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

Nobody cares about backwards-compatibility.

Why do you think both Sony and MS gave up on it a few years ago? It adds cost to the system, and it doesn't increase sales. A $99 add-on? Hardly anyone would buy it. Sony and MS aren't stupid- if backwards-compatibility was something that would help them sell more systems and/or games and make more money, they would include it. But it doesn't, because hardly anyone wants to play old games. And those that DO want to play the old games play them on the OLD CONSOLE!

Comment: Re:Remember all those years of Linux on the Deskto (Score 0) 183

by realmolo (#45028637) Attached to: French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

Well, in many ways, Linux *is* inferior to Windows. Don't kid yourself. Especially for business use.

The fact is, most business software is Windows only. That's the deal-breaker for Linux, right there.

And Linux has nothing to compare to Active Directory. If you have to manage a bunch of desktops, Active Directory and Group Policy have no real equivalent on Linux. Yes, there is Puppet and stuff like that. But it's a colossal pain-in-the-ass compared to the very nice GUI tools (and Powershell, now) that Microsoft provides.

Linux has lots of advantages, but manageability isn't one of them. It lags FAR behind Windows on that front.

It's great for web servers and SMTP servers. Those are the only areas where Linux clearly beats all flavors of Windows, in my opinion. On the desktop...not so much. Works great for people that just want to use a browser and OpenOffice, though.

Comment: Simply moved too slowly (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by realmolo (#44996749) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

When the iPhone was released, RIM should've *immediately* began creating a new operating system for their phones, and *paying* developers to make apps for it.

Their problem, as the article alludes to, is that they got so used to people paying for the Blackberry *service*, that they couldn't imagine simply making money on the devices and taking a cut of the app market. I'm sure it seemed risky, and it would've been.

But they had no choice, really. And now they're fucked. They deserved it, frankly. They had ALL the cards, and they blew it entirely. It's Netscape all over again, really.

Comment: Android for consoles? (Score 1) 510

by realmolo (#44925841) Attached to: Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

Sounds like that's what they're going for- an "open" OS that can be used for any gaming device. It's a neat idea, but...

It will fail spectacularly. There is no money to be made on console hardware. Who is going to bother building a SteamOS device besides Valve? No one, because Valve is going to be making all the money.

Valve would've been smarter to go all-out, and just build a new proprietary console, but one that is supremely developer and consume friendly. Maybe that is what they are doing, but they are doing it too slowly. If the mythical SteamBox isn't at least as powerful as an Xbox One, and released within the next year, it's doomed, too.

Comment: $500k? Ridiculous. (Score 1) 124

by realmolo (#44905117) Attached to: Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

So it looks like they never had enough funding in the first place. This should have been obvious.

Stephenson fancies himself as being very tech-savvy, but he's no programmer. I'm sure he had this idea (that many people still have, admittedly), that making a game isn't all that hard. Making a game is *colossally* difficult. It requires all kinds of specialized skills, and the people with those skills aren't cheap, and there aren't many of them.

Yeah, you can crank out 16-bit-level games pretty quickly and cheaply these days, but for a real "A-level" title with all the pretty 3D graphics and fancy sound effects and cool soundtrack? $10 million, minimum. Plus a custom controller that needs to be developed? $20 million.

Everyone involved with this, including the people that donated, were naive in the extreme.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun

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