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Comment: Re:my dream outcome (Score 1) 97

by thunderbird32 (#47066685) Attached to: Zenimax Sues Oculus Over VR Tech
I don't. Even if you don't like the Rift now that Facebook has bought Oculus, the only reason Sony's VR headset is being released is to jump on the hype train. The Rift is necessary to provide the competition that is needed to drive the VR market. At the very least until another well funded company announces an upcoming headset. In any case, provided that Facebook stays hands-off on the Rift, it looks like a very compelling product.

Comment: Re:No Linux client (Score 1) 64

by thunderbird32 (#46473723) Attached to: <em>Wildstar</em> To Launch On June 3

STFU about linux support in mainstream titles. It's just not going to happen no matter how much you wish it.

Now that CryEngine, Source, and Unity are all on Linux, it just might happen. Anything that lowers the barrier to entry for the developers is a good thing, and increases the possibility for AAA games on Linux. We already have one AAA title on Linux, Metro Last Light.

Comment: Re:Highway to hell (Score 2) 259

by thunderbird32 (#46307123) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

It's already happened: want to upload Youtube videos? You have to subscribe to Google+ and its invasive TOS. Don't want G+? You have to use Vimeo or Dailymotion or other inferior online video services. And because Google has grown so massive, they have the means to drive Vimeo and Dailymotion out of business for good.

Vimeo isn't inferior, it just has a smaller userbase. It could be argued it has a different purpose as well, as there are certain kinds of videos (video game let's plays, for instance) that they don't allow on their service. Also, if the service is inferior, maybe they should improve their product, making it easier for them to compete with YouTube.

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"For most sites, a redesign isn't a big deal—Ars has certainly had its share, and we will have more as we evolve. But Slashdot is unique in that there is no other place on the Internet with quite the same mix of entrenched knowledge and personalities. The user base skews heavily toward developers, and unlike StackExchange or other, newer communities, this community has been allowed to ossify for more than a decade. Programmers—and most of the core active Slashdot community are programmers to the bone—don't like it when their tools are changed for no reason, and slapping a fresh coat of paint onto the front of the site without delivering any obvious value to those core users isn't going to work.""

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Comment: Re:Office 365 (Score 2) 293

by thunderbird32 (#46154993) Attached to: Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO
But he's factually incorrect, that's the point. It doesn't run off of a remote server, it installs to your local machine just like the older versions of Office. It CAN stream from a server during install, but once it's actually installed on your machine it runs locally. I'm assuming it does occasionally check in to insure that it's a legitimate copy, but other than that it's the same as the boxed copies of 2010. I'm not a huge Office fan, and it has plenty of legitimate flaws but it makes no sense to complain about things that aren't true.

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