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Comment Bragging rights (Score 1) 464

The Mac Pro has always been about dick-waving more than anything. They pack in random high end technology and then say "Oh look how much more power than a PC it is!" Never mind if any of it is needed or wanted. The thing is just an expensive, not very customizable, workstation as it always has been. Now they want to make it look different to try and sell people on how nifty it is.

Comment Re:A host of things (Score 1) 1215

Ok well you seem to be mistaken here: You seem to think that if you can just convince me that I could possibly use my samples on Linux, I'd switch. I can't, by the way (WINE doesn't support iLok which is what Play auths against) but that aside it isn't the only, or even main, thing. To convince me to switch to Linux you have to convince me how I could do what I do better, or easier, or do something I want to do that I don't.

Windows works well, it runs the games I want, the audio software (DAW and samples) I want, it is stable (if it isn't for you that's your problem it is for me) and I find it easy to use. I have zero reason to try and switch to Linux, particularly if the answer is "Umm, just fuck around with WINE and hope you can make stuff work. If not then do without."

For me, good sounding samples matter, and I can't find that in an open format. You can get them DRM'd, and you can get them as part of hardware (the Roland Integra-7 has some pretty sweet sounds) but you can't get them in just an open format.

For me, a computer is a tool. I have tasks I want it to do. I don't care about ideology with it, I am not here to make a stand in my computer room. I just want it to work well. Windows does that for me. You want me to switch? Show me how something else meets my needs BETTER. Not "kinda sorta, maybe with problems," but better. I have used Linux, I don't particularly care for it. I certainly don't feel like it is something worth making a massive sacrifice in what I do for.

Comment Re:Technology can't replicate everything.... (Score 1) 206

" It's well known that classical anti-depressants are much, much better than modern medication."

Wrong. go talk to a doctor that knows their shit. While many of them have greater effect, they do so at a cost of greater side effects. One of the benefits of many of the newer ones is lower side effects. For example Sertraline (Zoloft) has no serious side effects, all the ones it has are annoying at most, they are not harmful. Also it is non-addictive, non-habit forming, so it is something that can be taken your whole life, no problem.

Now it doesn't work on all people's conditions. It isn't a heavy hitter (most SSRIs aren't), but if it does work, it can do so with minimal adverse effects.

Also, something to note here, is that those older anti-depressants haven't gone away. It isn't as though somehow 20 years later they all vanished. Rather we have more options now. So the older ones can be, and are, prescribed when appropriate.

Same shit you see in many areas, like pain killers. Morphine Sulphate is pretty much the ultimate pain killer, and we've had it since the early 1800s. It can deal with even extremely severe cases of pain. So we use it in hospitals, trauma centers, the military and so on. However it carries a high price for what it does: It is highly, highly addictive, and kills your lungs. So it is not suited for general use. Hence there is a reason to keep looking for other pain killers, it isn't as though we were done then. On the other end you have something like Tylenol, which is only effective against fairly mild pain, but not addictive and well tolerated... Except if you take too much you'll kill your liver.

It also turns out this isn't magic. It isn't as though if we just wished hard enough we could have the perfect medicine. So, we keep working at it, keep trying to find new ways to treat things.

Comment Re:Technology can't replicate everything.... (Score 5, Insightful) 206

It always amuses the hell out of me when people think there were these amazing ancient technologies so much better than anything modern. It is like they think various videogames and novels are real and that we study the knowledge of the ancients to advance what we have, despite all evidence to the contrary.

As you say, all this stuff is bullshit. In terms of violins we can, if anything, build even better violins today because of better material selection and manufacturing techniques. The thing that makes Stradivarius sought after is its rarity. It is a special thing to own one, as there aren't many. That then of course leads to a mystique and to people making bullshit claims.

Same kind of thing with Damascus Steel. It has been claimed to be able to do things like cut through a gun barrel, which of course it can't do (gun barrels are amazingly tough objects). We can do better with modern metallurgy and processes (like an industrial hammer forge). The reason there's research to replicating Damascus Steel is because it is neat, it was very advanced for the time and it would be of historical interest to understand how it was done. We can do better, and indeed do all the time.

Comment Re:A host of things (Score 1) 1215

Because commercial samples are DRM'd. The ones for Kontakt use its DRM, the EastWest ones use Play, their own sampler. They are not in convertible formats. Not my favourite setup, but it is how it is done. The producers of samples feel piracy is a major problem, so they basically all use DRM.

What will I do when support for Kontakt ends? Well probably nothing, since I'm likely to be dead by then. It has a rather good chance of lasting a long time and that aside, old version work fine. Kontakt 1.5 still runs no problem on modern systems (6 is current).

It is just the reality of quality samples. You want them, you deal with the DRM. I'm not a fan, but there's not an option. The free samples I've been pointed to are generally laughably bad, and sometimes not even free, they are just resampled versions of commercial samples and thus pirated.

If you happen to know of a place that has good free or at least DRM free samples, I'd love to hear about it. However bear in mind by good, I mean professional grade, the kind of things that are used to make video games, movies that kind of thing. Something like this (and yes all the demos on the page were made using it).

Comment Re:Wow a whole 126 (Score 1) 1215

Is that a serious question? Just go and have a look at Steam, that's an easy way to check. By "commercial release" I'll presume you mean only things with a publisher backing them. In order from newest to oldest released:

Arcane Saga Online (6/6/2013)
Jagged Alliance Online
Remember Me
Marvel Heroes
Rising Storm
Wargame: Airland Battle
Grid 2
Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes
Fast & Furious Showdown
Resident Evil Revelations
Renaissance Heroes
Metro Last Light
Luxor 2 HD
Might and Magic Heroes 6: Shades of Darkness (05/02//2013)

So that's roughly what was released in the last month's time, which isn't particularly a bit time for game releases. For that matter, when you look at the indies, only 3 of them support Linux, the rest (20ish) are Windows only or windows and Mac.

As to what would make me happy, well all the games I want to play. I have them all now. I see no reason to transition to something that gives me less than what I have, less of what I want. That aside if you think you are going to convince me on Linux, I suggest you go and look at my other post on here that details the reasons I stick with Windows.

My point was simply that Linux people need to stop trying to make Linux gaming look impressive because Steam, and a handful of games, are now there. It really isn't, it is still a very lacking scene. Will that change? We'll see, but saying something like "There's Steam and 126 games!" sounds silly when a Windows user can say "There's Steam and over 2500 games!"

I don't own a console, I do not wish to own one. I like gaming on my PC, and it turns out I can. I see no reason to change that.

Comment That's not really a good thing (Score 1) 1215

Working during one's leisure time isn't something to be proud of. In America people already are way, way too over focused on work and not enough on quality of life. If you don't play games because it gives you more time to work, then you need to reevaluate your priorities (unless finances make it necessary). That isn't to say "you need to play videogames!" just that you need to have things you enjoy and that relax you to do in your down time, not more work.

Comment Re:A host of things (Score 1) 1215

PC in this case means a computer, not a console. One of the things I hear as soon as I say "gaming" from many Linux zealots is "OMG get a console!!!11" My point is that the games I like tend to be only for the computer, or are better on it.

I addressed reasons I don't like Macs in other points, but in terms of games there are plenty that do not run on the Mac. Skyrim, which I mentioned, is one but hardly the only one. Don't fall into the Linux zealot trap of finding one single thing someone mentions that your platform can do and then try to use it as a reason to switch. That is never convincing.

Comment With regards to package management (Score 3, Informative) 1215

It kinda depends on what people mean too. If what you mean is a central software repository, where you can download stuff, then nope, Windows doesn't really have that. Part of it comes from the fact that much of the software on Windows is commercial and thus they can't just give it so you. It'd be a store, not just a download utility. However they are trying to introduce that, the Windows Store in Win 8 and as you say, people are raising hell. Not because it is crap (it is) but because evil MS wants to rule all your downloads (they don't). People have raised hue and cry over the idea.

However if by package management you mean something that deal with installing and uninstalling software or other things, and tracking changes, well then Windows has long had one and it is great: the Windows Installer. That is what manages those MSI files you'll see and most software uses it, even if they wrap their own executable around the startup. It is extremely robust, flexible, and good at what it does. It keeps apps from breaking one another, can be used to script installs, offer software from central enterprise repositories, and so on.

So depending on what you mean, MS has it, and you just might not have known it. But as for the "one place to get your software" they've decided they want that and as you say, people are raising hell.

Comment You are aware there's a desktop version, right? (Score 1) 1215

If you run Windows 7, the desktop version is the only one you have since Metro is not being backporterd to 7. If you run Windows 8, you may use whichever you wish, which will end up being the desktop version after you try the Metro version. It looks, well, like a web browser. It has the rather minimalistic interface that Chrome pioneered that they all seem to have now and it looks and works like any other.

You might wish to actually, you know, research things a little before firing off.

Comment So in other words (Score 5, Insightful) 1215

Your hobbies are valuable, and his hobbies are worthless?

Oh come off it. I thought in general society was getting beyond the "videogames are a waste of time," thing and I'd certainly think Slashdot would be better about it. If they aren't for you that's fine, but don't try and make it out to be something bad, like it is so much more valuable to spend time reading or playing outdoorsman. Nor, for that matter, do videogames have to be one's only hobby.

Comment Wow a whole 126 (Score 3, Informative) 1215

For reference, I own more than that on Steam, 165 currently. Sorry man but trying to sell gaming on Linux right now is a non-starter. 126 games is not an impressive number, it is rather pathetic.

That aside with games the number has never been really what has mattered, it is the quality, the specific titles that you can get. I don't want 165 random games, I want the 165 games I have (well ok, I want about 150 of them, some have ended up sucking). That's why I bought them.

Will gaming on Linux get better? Maybe, we'll have to see. But don't try and sell Steam as being some big thing. Right now, there are vanishingly few games available, and basically all of them indy titles. That's fine, but not likely to be of much interest to most gamers.

Comment Re:A host of things (Score 1) 1215

Yes and Civ 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and all their expansions were not. It is manifestly a PC series. That they released one, cut down, game on the consoles doesn't really change anything. Same deal in reverse with, say, Final Fantasy. Ya, 7 and 8 came to the PC (and the MMOs if you count them) but not the rest so if they are your thing the PC is not the platform.

I was just trying to choose a game series that most people would have heard of so they'd know what I was talking about. That general 4x genre is what I like and is a PC mainstay. It doesn't make it to consoles much, and is not very good when it does because you really need a mouse.

Comment A host of things (Score 4, Interesting) 1215

In rough order of importance:

1) Games. I am a gamer, I'd rather play video games than watch TV for entertainment. I also find that the games I like the best are either PC only (like Civ), or better on the PC (like Skyrim). So a PC it is. Well, Windows is far and away the best for games. Any other platform has way, WAY less games. So all other things equal, I'd be on Windows just for that.

2) Pro Audio. I like to play with audio creation and production. This is something I could do on a Mac, though not with my prefered tool (Cakewalk Sonar). I couldn't do it on Linux though, the audio production software there is abysmal, and even if it wasn't all the samples I own are Windows and Mac only, and I do not wish to rebuy them, nor have I found any for Linux remotely close in quality.

3) Price. This relates only to switching to a Mac, but to get what I want, that being a tower unit with some good hardware, it would be monkey-fuck retarded expensive compared to PC hardware. I am not a rich man, so while I'll spend a good bit on computers, I can't afford to just blow money for no reason.

4) Hardware support. Linux in particular has issues with much of the hardware I choose to use. I really don't feel like compromising on that, I don't want to have to say "Man I'd like to use that, but it won't work on my OS." Thus far, no piece of hardware I've want has not had Windows support.

5) Ease of use. Perhaps it is just my lack of familiarity with it, or my somewhat odd requirements for use (like pro audio and good 3D acceleration) but I seem to be able to find an unsolvable problem in Linux rather quickly. When I've tried to use it at work I'll find something I can't get to work that even stumps the Linux guys. I feel like I have to fight with the OS to get it to do things, and often the solution is "Oh just write a script," or "Just modify the code and recompile," which isn't an option. I'm not a programmer and have no wish to become one.

6) It works. I'm not big on change for change sake. Were I to move to another platform, someone would have to convince me of the superiority. They'd have to show me what it is I could do there I can't do now, or how I could do what I do better. Even if it is just equal, I've little interest in changing.

That's my reasons at home. At work, well I'm the Windows lead, so of course I use Windows. I need to be familiar with it and be able to easily administer the Windows servers because that's what I'm expected to do.

Comment Re:Ummm (Score 1) 295

True, and I suppose that probably would be what someone would elect to do though it still does involve the purchase of new cable. In general my point was it isn't a case of "just get some faster NICs and everything is good." Going from gig to 10gig requires a rework of your entire network, including cabling.

Now maybe at some point it won't, for physics reasons I don't entirely understand, smaller lithography makes it easier to do a given speed over inferior cable, hence why gig used to be 5e only and now generally works on 5 to the point companies will actually officially support it. So perhaps when NIC/switch ASICs are on the 11nm node or something we'll see 10gig over 5e, but I kinda doubt it.

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