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Comment I agree entirely (Score 1) 337

my original post wasn't meant to be a troll, just exasperation.
I've been playing games on PCs for way too long - and it used to be a pretty miserable experience. Having to use Qemm, buying old graphics cards on ebay so I could mount an extra 1/2 meg of RAM chips on my Ultrasound to load the full MT32 samples, trying to patch Tomb Raider so it run with my m3D and then finding the copy of the game I'd bought seemed to be a different build etc. All the time consoles were just sitting there with games you plugged in and "they just worked".
Since DirectX and the other MS APIs they introduced, drivers were made for these, games were made for the drivers and finally the PC seemed to be a platform you could actually recommend as a gaming platform to somebody who didn't want to fiddle with IRQs etc.
Now I'm fascinated with what Valve is currently doing - I love steam and I'm reasonably sure I'm never going to buy another console again. If Valve can supply a Linux build with certification for hardware beneath and games that run over the top, I'm more than willing to give it a go - but all of this push just seems to be to make something 'as good' as what we currently have on Windows. Aside from the cost of the Windows OS, I'm not really sure what massive advantage I get (more efficient driver is a good start though), but I can be reasonably sure there will be disadvantages which many people seem to be hell-bent on glossing over.

Comment Bluntly (Score 1, Troll) 337

If Gaming under Linux is so great, why are we all still using windows?
Yes, I'm sure Linux is better than it was and I'm sure there are many fine reasons why you prefer Linux over Windows - but to put this as bluntly as I can "Anybody who suggests that linux is a better gaming OS than Windows is a dribbling retard".
See also OSX - a fine OS, but just not what you should be installing if you want to play games.

This is one of the topics that repeatedly comes up and just starts me grinding my teeth. You may not think it's right, you may not think it's fair, but it is a fact so overwhelming that any protestation makes you come across as a dogmatic fool

Comment Meh - Indies are the mini-bosses (Score 1) 553

Mainstream publishers are the 'real' bosses.
Assuming the point of Humble-bundles is to raise money for charity - then I'd assume they'd be gunning to get GTA-V and CoDx in bundles ooooh months before the publisher release. That's what would get them the most money.
In reality, I think the HBs are like Steam Sales - a chance to mop up the huge number of people who're aware your game was great, but never quite got around to buying it - but they get the benefit of a the charity-aura, and you feel a bit better about picking it up. The whole DRM & Indie component is entirely irrelevant to most purchasers. If anything getting SR3 into this bundle will get the attention of those who previously were completely unaware of Indie Games.

Comment I disagree (Score 1) 553

Well not exactly with what you've said, but in how it impacts me.
Firstly - I've never had a problem with Steam. I buy games, it appears in my library and it's always loaded if I'm online, or not. I pay and it works. Not only works, but gives me greater convenience than a CD or a bunch of floppies - I get a definite advantage and I've yet to see a downside.
Doesn't make me a DRM fan though - I've had major issues with Origin (oooh a $5 voucher as compensation I can use to buy another game that won't f'in run etc).
I think the original posters selection of Steam and Spotify are valid - yes I know I'm risking being locked out if they screw up, but they haven't and I've got some massive benefits non-DRM platforms are unable to offer.
More to the point, I've stopped pirating certain items. Music (Spotify), Books (Kindle) & Games (Steam) - I can hand-on-heart state I've paid for every single one in the last 5 or so years. Films & TV... erm I'll plead the 5th on that.
It's not a money issue (although I'm sure that depends on personal circumstances), it's an objection to having arbitrary hurdles chucked between me and the media I want. I'm reasonably sure that I'm not alone in this stance. *Most* people don't have an issue with DRM per se. *Most* People actually wish to pay a fair price for the media they consume. If a service offers them the opportunity to do this, then they will - and they'll consume more.

Comment Sure (Score 1) 553

but surely no more a 'publicity grab' than all the indie-game devs trying to make their mark?
*somebody* in THQ has pitched this on the basis they'll get a return on their property of "whatever people think it's worth", and I assume some drone piped up to say that "potentially we'll get nothing back" - just seems pathetic that some posters are gloating on the fact "They gave nothing to the dev" They made the game, they deserve something.

Comment erm just bundle your cables (Score 1) 242

to shorten their length to what's needed. There's been a few mentions of velcro ties, but just coil it up in the middle, then wrap around the coil (think bow tie) and then just pull the loose end through the end loop... erm not explaining that well, but nothing required but the cable.
Undoubtedly people'll whine I'm destroying my cables - but, well frankly I'll just buy a replacement if one ever goes. OK, maybe just for USB stuff..not ethernet etc.

Comment I've yet to get (Score 2) 357

3G speeds out of my 3G phone.
HSPDA+ 'should' be capable of providing me with WAY more bandwidth than I could possibly need from my phone (42MB/ps?).
I know this is a theoretical speed, but at least in the UK there is a order of magnitude difference between what you actually get using this tech, based on your operator. I.e. the majority of telcos could up their average speed, but for cost reasons choose not to (or more fairly, wouldn't expect the investment to pay off due to the complete lack of interest from the majority of their customers).
I completely fail to see why LTE will be any different for the consumer - the case for the telco is fantastic, as it removes the need to keep on increasing their pt2pt backhaul, but consumers paying extra for 'LTE' now... eejits. If you want speed switch to a decent 3G telco. If you want to save money, just wait a bit and select the telco that's small/flexible enough to bite the bullet and ask/pay for you to switch.

Comment If you tie hardware and OS together (Score 1) 396

then you really have to come up with something special on the hardware front.
I'm no fan of Apple, but thank god they forced every other manufacturer to start putting Hi-res screens in their devices.
I think this Nokia phone serves two purposes as well - firstly it's the 'physical home of WM8', secondly it creates a benchmark that other phones are judged against.
Good example of what happens if you don't do this is Android. I've had a variety of decent phones and love it to bits, then was a bit confused when people complained, then picked up a cheap no-name tablet and knew exactly what they meant. It was VILE.
My guess as to the purpose of the Nexus 7 is to provide a benchmark - If you as a no-name Chinese manufacturer can't make either something significantly cheaper, or significantly better, your product will die in the water. Therefore crappy Android systems should now be leaving us.
Likewise with this Nokia WM8 phone - It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be the only phone - however every WM8 phone that is released will be compared to this.

Comment I just take it as their reaction to Apple. (Score 5, Insightful) 229

Microsoft went open (Shh, let me make my point), Apple went walled-garden, app-stores and didn't take kindly to the replacement of their apps, hardware components etc with others - basically decided they knew best and this would ultimately benefit their users.
So, two different approaches to the market - and Apple have come romping home the winner.
MS switches to the Apple approach - but I'm just not quite sure it's going to work. IF I personally wanted this experience, I'd be typing this on an Ipad already. If MS think they can out-apple, apple - then good luck to them, but I just don't see it happening (whilst I can see myself getting quite pissed off and giving Linux another punt).

Comment I probably represent a sizable chunk of people, (Score 2) 242

so here I go with my thoughts.
I'd like to switch to Linux - not for any great philosophical/political reason, just I'd quite like to learn about it - and that would require installing and using it.
I'd installed Live discs, and dual-booted over the years, but never really made any progress after the first couple of days of working out how to do something and then giving up in frustration (MythTV, you're to blame for my last aborted attempt).
For me gaming is definitely one thing I want to do, and I know I'll have major issues with in Linux - but that's not the main reason. Well it's part of the main reason, which I will badly sum up as "There's nothing I need from Linux I can't do in Windows - and whilst there's plenty of tasks I'm sure I can get Linux to do, knowing I'll never get something I want working just makes it all feel a bit pointless"
Still not to say I'm giving up, just saying that my Windows install on my main desktop isn't going anywhere for quite some time. Current plan is to replace my aged ReadyNAS with a proper home server - and for that, Linux looks perfect.

Comment And Alienware (Score 1) 194

although it's about as useful as the Android version..
Alienware is still there, but only as it occasionally manages to beat me typing in the password (I gave up even trying to wave myself at the camera solely)
Android is pretty much as useful. "OOh new feature" *few attempts* - and back to pattern unlock.

Comment Yep (Score 1) 288

and they didn't shift nearly as many as they expected, once most people had worked out that they could buy the same actual Apple functionality in a more 'normal' box for a fraction of the amount.
Oh, and then the cubes all started cracking as form had over-ridden function and every engineer who said it was a stupid idea was proven right.
Conversely though (and I'm not an Apple customer a few ipods aside), it did looked awesome, got placed in art/design museums AND as I look back over the thousands of computer designs that have come and gone, I remember this one and still think it looks stunning and am glad it existed.
I've no idea what the lesson to be learnt here is, see also Delorean.

Comment Fantastic Customer Support (Score 1) 205

Bought a keyboard from a bargain bin, then realized one of the lifters was missing on the back. Mailed Logitech to see if they sold replacements - Sorry, but we've put a whole new keyboard in the post to you gratis.
Bought a Logitech Harmony, couldn't get a thingie to work (software issue on my PC) - Indian call centre guy (I only mention this as my heart had initially crashed when I heard the accent) was fantastic, talked me through installing and using alternate client, stayed on phone until I'd confirmed it was all working - and then called me back the next day just to check everything was OK before he closed the case.
Remote finally died, as things do - No repair service we're afraid, but here's a 50% voucher off any Harmony you might wish to replace it with.
Logitech are one of the very few companies that I will definitely pay extra for. I feel emotionally attached and if I hear they've had a bad quarter, I feel bad - I'm rooting for the guy that's swimming against the tide in the general race to the bottom.

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