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Comment: Re:Steam sales vs. used console games (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49183525) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Imagine a new console game selling 500000 copies whether disc/download at 60 bucks vs 1000000 copies at 5 bucks.

I'm assuming you're talking about 1. PC games with comparable scope to console disc games, and 2. the first year of sales, as opposed to several years later when a console disc game is likely to have gone out of print. Am I right? If so, I'd love to read a few sources.

Comment: Re:completely irrelevant (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49182495) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Not all games are FPSes and some are actually better controlled with a joypad.

I don't see how this is a plus for consoles over PC, given that Xbox 360 wired controllers work out of the box with PCs and there are PC adapters for classic joypads.

I have no interest in pushing everything to the limit.

PC can serve this as well, as integrated graphics on Intel's Haswell CPUs has surpassed previous-generation (PS3) console graphics.

Comment: Re:completely irrelevant (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49182475) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

If you have more gamers than gaming PCs in the household, or you want to play a particular console's exclusive games (or games that are on PS3+360 or PS4+XbOne but not PC such as Red Dead Redemption), then a console might be indicated. For example, what's the PC alternative to a platform fighter like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale or Super Smash Bros.?

Comment: Re:File extensions? (Score 1) 524

by tepples (#49177411) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Windows do: they'll both pop up a thing saying 'You are trying to run a program downloaded from the Internet, do you really want to?', which isn't normally something that happens when people try to open a file

I beg to differ. Occasionally on Windows 8.1, I've opened a text file and still seen an alert to the effect "You are opening a text file downloaded from the Internet; are you sure?".

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 524

by tepples (#49176345) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Take away their local admin privileges already, and address the real issue (that users privilege should never exceed their knowledge.)

In principle, I agree with your "real issue". But in practice, a lot of PCs are in homes of less-than-competent people. If a machine's owner lacks knowledge, then who should have local admin privileges?

Comment: Composed vs. purchased (Score 1) 524

by tepples (#49175983) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's not clear if the music folder is for own composed music or purchased music.

I assume that Microsoft assumed that "own composed music" is such a small edge case that music industry professionals would be able to handle it with their own in-house best practices. Evidence is that Microsoft includes the "Xbox Music" (formerly Zune) app in Windows but doesn't include even the simplest sequencer. Or has Microsoft added one to Windows 10?

Comment: Where's this execute checkbox in Windows? (Score 1) 524

by tepples (#49175827) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Let me guess why people don't change the executable permissions in Windows more often. One is that it's not as clearly visible as the "Allow this file to run as a program" checkbox in Nautilus or Thunar or other X11/Linux file managers. The other is that permissions other than "write" don't stick on most removable media, which is formatted FAT32 or exFAT.

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