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Comment: Re:stream machine (Score 1) 48

by zippthorne (#49158909) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

I'm not sure that that 20% is accurate. At least a few of them are really just wrapped in Wine, rather than actually made to run natively under Linux or OS X. This does, however, suggest some potential options that they could take when a vendor can't or won't offer a native version of their game:

  • Some Games: Try to run the game under a vendor-supplied Wine wrapper
  • Some Games, if vendor doesn't supply a wrapper: Try to run the game under a steam-supplied, somewhat optimized Wine wrapper
  • All Games: Try to run game under a default/user optimized Wine instance

Comment: Re:stream machine (Score 1) 48

by zippthorne (#49158849) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

It's a great metaphor, as long as the context is dice gaming rather than leaf burning - you pick a bunch of components (or a complete machine where someone else picked a bunch of components), install SteamOS*, and hope that they all work well and work together well

*and a second machine with Windows installed on it so you can play windows games.

Comment: Re: Something Else (Score 1) 227

by zippthorne (#48952607) Attached to: The NFL Wants You To Think These Things Are Illegal

What I always find amazing year after year in this game is the technology. I don't think there are many spy agencies, let alone games that have this level of advanced tech. They got drawing plays on your screen before the weatherman got green screens. They got automated wire cameras before traffic cams.

They did however do bullet-time wrong. Tried to cheap out with far too few cameras, using "interpolated" frames to pad out the motion.

Comment: Re:Why even use a webcam? (Score 1) 263

Surely the best idea is to continue to use the marker board, and type the freaking menu into the website. That way it will be easy to read for everyone, especially those with poor vision (through larger fonts), no vision (through screen readers), or using mobile devices (probably the most likely device someone would use for finding a restaurant, actually. Definitely the most likely device someone would use from within the restaurant if they don't have a good view of the board).

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 66

by zippthorne (#48950011) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

...their caps on their average boards now are military grade.

I was surprised that this is part of the marketing for gaming graphics cards. I'm curious as to what specification or certification qualifies them for this classification. I'm also curious as to whether this means that they're better than "consumer" grade, and if so, if that means they're better for consumer uses.

I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to go to a restaurant offering "military grade" cuisine...

+ - Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Free Stuff For Time-Warner Merger Approval

Submitted by WheezyJoe
WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "In seeking more support for its mega-merger with Time-Warner Cable, Comcast has been going across the country giving local governments a chance to ask for favors in exchange for approving a franchise transfer. In Minneapolis, this turned up an unpaid bill of $40,000 in overdue franchise fees, so Comcast will have to pay the city money it already owed in order to get the franchise transfer. Comcast will also throw in $50,000 worth of free service and equipment.

"Thirty Minneapolis city buildings will get free basic cable for the next seven years as part of a package of concessions the city wrung out of Comcast in exchange for blessing its proposed merger with fellow cable giant Time Warner," Minnesota Public Radio reported. "Comcast has also agreed to pay Minneapolis $40,000 in overdue franchise fees after an audit found it underpaid the city for its use of the public right of way over the last three years." The article notes that getting any kind of refund out of a cable company is not easy.

Part of the deal with Minneapolis involves the spinoff of a new cable company called GreatLand Connections that will serve 2.5 million customers in the Midwest and Southeast, including Minnesota. After the deal, Comcast's franchises in those areas would be transferred to GreatLand. Such goodwill concessions may seem impressive as Comcast seeks to foster goodwill, but one wonders how Comcast/TimeWarner will behave after the merger."

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