You could try one of JXD's gaming tablets, such as the JXD S5110b or the JXD S7300.
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the fact that Borderlands, Skyrim, Just Cause 2 etc. are all running barely-localized console interfaces makes me feel like the PC is a second-class citizen
In your opinion, what should a company porting a console game to PC do to improve the PC version's interface?
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.
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.?
I mean what's one of the biggest draws of the PC platform? Steam sales! Yet I see new PC games that are just a few months old going for 40+% off easy.
The publisher makes more revenue from each copy sold in a Steam sale than from each used console game disc sold by GameStop.
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?".
From your second link:
src/fsmagic.c - first set of tests the program runs, based on filesystem info
In other words, it still looks at the effing extension. And in any case, not every file type I've worked with is already registered with IANA.
The "first few bytes" of any Zip container are the same, no matter whether the insides are what you'd expect from SMZIP (StepMania package), WSZ (Winamp package), JAR (Java package), ODT (LibreOffice document), DOCX (Microsoft Word document), or whatever else.
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?
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?
The filetype should be another piece of metadata.
With whom would values of the file type field be registered? IANA?
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.
But, what if everybody can qualify as a disc publisher just by handing over a disc?
That's what AACS is supposed to prevent. BD players are supposed to require BDMV discs to use AACS, and the AACS license imposes a fee per title plus other requirements that likely include not doing this very thing.
But unfortunately, "most sane countries" place onerous requirements on people born in not-sane countries who wish to live and work there.
NO. Sony v. Universal (and subsequent rulings) have made it clear, it does not matter where a backup comes from, as long as you dont share it.
Where do you get that? I see UMG v. MP3.com which decided exactly the opposite. The backup has to be made by you from a genuine copy, not transmitted by someone else through the Internet.