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Comment They say that now... (Score 1) 230

But the only way digital only will work is if Sony goes along too. If not, then all the people who hate digital only will start choosing the competition and they'll have to backpeddle again.

I own an Xbox One. I've picked up several games through Amazon, Best Buy, Target, etc. that were on sale for $20, while the digital versions were still full price. Then, I played them through and sold them on eBay for what I paid for them or, at most, a $5 loss. I don't like multiplayer and don't like playing games I've already finished. So, a physical disc is a perfect medium for me. Taking the ability to sell it after I play it away from me is a huge price gouge.

Comment I was a cab driver in New Orleans (Score 2) 159

We were used to getting brushed by hurricanes. We were used to them turning at the last minute and missing us. I felt completely safe in New Orleans when Katrina was coming ashore. I worked driving the cab even when Katrina started hitting.....got home with a quarter tank of gas. When it started in full force, I sat in my den. I knew we were screwed then, but did not realize how bad it was going to be. I sat, drinking a fifth of rum as Katrina peeled the entire back wall of the house off....one of the den walls, board by board. There was nowhere to run. It was too late. When it ended, I was sitting in the den looking out into my back yard.

The next morning when I left the house, it looked like something out of a post-apocalyptic video game. Wading through the water that came that day left my body covered in sores. I stayed there for 4 days until I was able to get out....and didn't get a full meal until I left. We saw Red Cross trucks drive by, but they never stopped. The same with police and military vehicles. I decided the options were a. starve b. leave.

Now, I live in another state. I was renting in New Orleans. I own a 3 bedroom house now. I lost just about everything in Katrina. That storm has forever divided my life into pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. But, I'm in a much better place now than I was before, simply because I had to start again from scratch and could not rest on my laurels.

Comment Re:Easier? Cheaper? Depends (Score 1, Insightful) 233

You obviously haven't spent too much time in linux or do it with rose colored glasses. Someone below posted about Ubuntu...here's my favorite from opensuse:


and Debian is a joke between me and my friends because of this kind of thing:


Comment Re:Easier? Cheaper? Depends (Score 1) 233

"I've seen some mighty capable hobbyists and some downright retarded experts."

Yes, but which are you more likely to see: an expert who can't do his job or a hobbyist who can't do the job of an expert? For every capable hobbyist out there, there are 20 out there who think they could handle a project like this because they installed Ubuntu on their laptop and set up an FTP server for their friends to share things. They networked to their sister's computer, so they have networking down pat too... Now, do you have the 1 or the 20? If money and a business are riding on this, it's not a reasonable choice to make.

Comment Re:Easier? Cheaper? Depends (Score 1) 233

Linux updates break systems too.... But, if there is no local Linux professional or it often takes them a day or so to get to you because there is only one/not enough to go around and they charge a premium because of it... then Windows just became cheaper without looking into anything else.

Comment Easier? Cheaper? Depends (Score 2, Insightful) 233

Are you sure it's easier to deploy and maintain linux? Do you have someone who can maintain a linux installation of that size? Not a hobbyist.... for God's sake, don't trust this to a hobbyist. Do you have an actual professional? They might be a bit scarcer than Windows IT guys... and that's the first thing I would check: that you have someone who can reliably maintain this....someone certified, not certifiable. Also, ask legitimate IT guys in your area about your specifics. It may or may not be the way to go, but it's better to spend a little money up front on a consultant, than a lot of money trying to get someone to fix what you messed up later.

Comment Re: Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 1) 321

It doesn't break backwards compatibility. What he mentioned seems to be an issue a few people experienced in the last upgrade as well and is fixable.

But, the bigger issue is: why are you buying windows games to start with? Thr answer to that is: because they run better in windows or aren't available in linux when I want to buy them.

Ok...then that's a mark against linux. It also means you're in windows every time you want to play these games...and were planning on being in windows. That is why it was an option. So, linux is not truly fulfilling your needs as an OS.

Comment Re: Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 1) 321

I even have desktop icons in linux. I just always liked them. Now, with Windows 10, I can make any shortcut a tile, move them around, group them and name the groups...

So I thought "HEY! This is nice..." and started using it. I don't have to remember anything. ..just hit start and I can browse through all of them

Comment Re: Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 1) 321

See..even though you're getting defensive and backtracking (games becomes really one game), it remains that you really can't talk about how great linux is because you yourself are in the position of having to use Windows to compensate for things you cannot do in linux.

As far as your situation: games... Can you play games in linux? Sure. Can you play all the games you'd like? Not at all. Can you install the latest video card and have it supported? Probably not. If it is supported, will the support and performance be equal to what you get in windows? Most likely not.

Of course, that doesn't go into the other desktop issues people run into...bugs, other driver issues, etc. But it is a similar issue

Comment Re: Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 1) 321

It's not a combative tone. I was pointing out what you had said and the issues....that you have deficiencies in linux that you're compensating for by using windows alongside it.

I don't play games on the pc. I have an Xbox One and a PS3 for that. So, I don't run into the game problems even though that particular dll issue seems to be something that happens upon upgrade for some people from version to version and is able to be fixed (sorta like the issues they put in the distro's readme file).

That being said, even though I had windows sitting there "just in case", I'd go months without booting into it. I would kick the tires for a couple of days when an upgrade came out, but that was the extent of it.

Yes, I've run into your missing dll problem several times in linux....missing package dependency or missing file in a package... but it seems like things are just way too buggy in general on the desktop and, as the other commenter noted, they're getting worse over the years.

As far as turning off things not actually turning them off, that would be a huge legal liability for any company to do.

Comment Re:Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 3, Interesting) 321

Ok... Without even delving into the dll issue, I want to point something out:

"I finally decided to try Windows 10 this weekend. I downloaded the ISO with their tool first, and then decided to try the "upgrade" route. Of course, none of my games work any more."

I'd be willing to bet none of those games work in linux, either. That leaves us with two take-aways:

1. You're already a considerable user of Windows, because you've amassed a game library
2. You don't hold it against Linux, as an OS, that it can't play your games.

So, that leaves a double standard where you lower your expectations for Linux, but can't use it as your only OS because it does not fulfill your needs.If you were to look at both, without bias, It seems Linux is the one you'd be railing against.

As far as the privacy issues, there have been many articles that walk through what those privacy settings mean and how to turn them off. Treat it just like you would when you have to hunt down things about Linux online and figure out what to do.

Comment Re:I've only encountered one problem with 10 (Score 1) 321

"WTF would I want an "XBox" account tile for when I don't own a gaming system of any kind, much less one susceptible to the "red ring of death"? "

That was some releases of the Xbox 360. The current Xbox console is the Xbox One, which has no problems of the sort. The app is so you can interact with your Xbox One account and even connect to the console and stream Xbox One games so you can play them on your Windows 10 box.

That being said, you do know that you can right click on those tiles, uninstall the programs or unpin them from start, right?

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]