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Comment Which "four other platforms"? (Score 1) 245

Plus why should I pay $15 for a title on my xbox when I can get the same game cheaper on four other platforms for less?

Are these smartphone or tablet platforms? If so, then you probably didn't get a gamepad unless the platform was Android and the device was Xperia Play. Or are these console platforms? If so, then they lack anything like the $1, $3, and $5 games in the Indie Games section.

Comment Re:Primary Problem? (Score 1) 245

People don't really want to game on their TVs anymore, they want something personal.

Then what should people game on when they have friends visiting? Or would you recommend that they switch to non-electronic tabletop gaming? Or would you recommend that they should bring their own phone or tablet, and if they don't own one, it's too old, it's the wrong platform, or they don't own their own copy of a given game, tough dung?

Comment Continue with which character? (Score 1) 245

Prototype 2 did it right; it loads your most recent save and starts playing it in the background under the menu. When you click 'continue,' the menu simply goes away and there you are.

Animal Crossing series does almost the same thing: its attract mode shows NPCs walking around in your campaign's town. But because it supports up to four characters in a campaign, it cuts away to the menu to select a character after you press Start.

Comment Same-screen multiplayer (Score 2) 245

gee I wish I could play this with my friend

That's why the Xbox 360 console has multiple USB ports for connecting wired controllers and a built-in receiver for pairing multiple wireless controllers. PCs can technically do that too, but it's not traditionally done. The selection of games that support multiplayer on one machine is consoles' big advantage over PCs.

Comment sync(2) (Score 1) 736

Then, all of the sudden, you grind to a halt when the cache fills. You won't see any progress, sometimes for minutes

Even if you can't predict the caching mechanism, you can control it in some cases. Issue a sync() call (or syncfs(fileno(fp)) if available) before the copy begins, before every change in top-level folder (e.g. /opt vs. /usr vs. /etc vs. /home), and after every 10 percent.

Comment Re:Various reasons (Score 1) 736

You can calculate the total size in a background thread which just goes through stating everything alongside the actual copies. Sure, it'll compete with the copy commands for disk access, but it won't add latency to the start of the copy.

It'd be just as bad in practice as the infamous "Calculating the time required to copy the files" step in Windows, especially for protocols like FTP where switching to each folder to do the equivalent of stat has a round-trip latency hit and where servers limit the number of threads that a copy operation can use, often to one thread per user.

Comment Case in point: SeaMonkey (Score 1) 314

It'd be great if Opera released a light version with just the browser, but I don't think you'd really see huge improvements by removing those features simply because they are so well integrated.

Case in point: Is SeaMonkey significantly larger than Mozilla Firefox?

Comment Information useful for support (Score 1) 736

[The overal progress is] the only part of the UI that is significant for the user. The rest is clutter. As a geek you might be interested

No software marketed for home use is perfect on its first release, and tidbits interesting to "a geek" are probably useful for support while taking fewer resources than a full debug build. For example, reviews that mention that "the progress bar stops for a while on discombobulating splines" or "the ETA stops decreasing for a while on discombobulating splines" are a signal to the developer that he incorrectly estimated the fraction of time that "discombobulating splines" takes on end users' hardware, and that the next version should make "discombobulating splines" faster or expand the step's time estimate. Or would you prefer to solve this by giving one manufacturer a monopoly in order to limit the variety of end users' hardware?

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