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Comment Re:waste of money (Score 1) 117

I guess you're too young to ever had played with an Intellivision controller. Your list would be quite different.

While that may or may not be true for the parent poster, the Intellivision was my first game console, and despite the fact its controller was likely the worst designed ever, that still doesn't change the fact nearly every other Nintendo designed controller is also very bad.

Comment Re:You don't need it in a browser. (Score 1) 207

Having it in a browser only "means" something if the DRM code is freely available, unpatented, and can be implemented by anyone.

Which is exactly what we are talking about, unlike the rest of your post.

Just like I can install a freely available and implementable by anyone SSH client, which does not include the key files to access your data, this very discussion is on freely available and implementable by anyone DRM encryption that similarly does not include the key files to access just anyone's media.

So unless your complaint is that OpenSSH is not open software due to not including a private key to access my servers, I fail to see why you would object like you are to open DRM standards that work the same way.

Again I refuse to run Flash in my browser due to the choices and desires of people like you, and will continue to refuse to do so.

Comment Re: One word (Score 1) 474

"but few apps besides raytracing can genuinely put it to good use."
Well yes and no. Most apps can use a few threads, one of the ones I am working on used 40 but that is not super common. I have not worked on any program that does not use a least three in a long time.
On most, workstations you have more than one program and or service running at a time so you can use a good number of cores on most PCs. Thanks to VMWare and Xen once you get to servers I doubt that you could even have too many cores at least where I work.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

Except Office and Outlook are better than LibreOffice and Thunderbird.
I was a hardcore OpenOffice and Thunderbird person for more than 10 years. They do work but Office and Outlook work better. I still spend 90% of my time on my Linux machine at work but I also have a Windows machine just for Outlook, Office, and Skype for Business. I still have a lot of problems with Windows like my machine dropping the network connection, getting the installing 1 of 5 updates until I restart it, and every now and then an email I send sits for a day or two before it goes out. Those issues are probably EIT's problem and the crazy level of security we have to have.
LibreOffice is pretty good but Office is still better. BTW Photoshop is also better than Gimp and you will not find a 3D FOSS CAD system that is close to SolidWorks.
If I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux box at work I could drop the windows computer. The Outlook web interface works really well and I use that with Chrome on my Linux machine all the time.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

"There isn't a huge difference in terms of capabilities and usability between Office 16 and LibreOffice, "
No, you are wrong.
I had not use Office for about 10 years and just got a new version. It is really much better than LibreOffice in terms of performance. For grammar checking and spell check, it is not even close. As an OS Linux is fine, I use Linux every day for development at work but I also have a Windows box that I just use for Skype and Office.
Honestly, if I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux machine I would not need the Windows machine. Before anyone suggests Whine, a VM, or some other solution let me add this. I work for a large company so they have to dot every i and cross every t. We can spin Linux VMs up and down all day long but when we touch Windows it must be done by EIT.

Comment Re:30? (Score 1) 78

It primarily comes down to: How many games does Nintendo themselves own the license and distribution rights to?

Certainly more than 30. I can see perhaps not 300, although would not at all be surprised if it was.
Those are basically "free" so far as Nintendo has to pay anyone for rights to.

Then looking at the selection of games included already on the thing, we can at least determine publishers that are willing to license out their games to Nintendo.
Yes these games will each have a per copy sold royalty Nintendo must pay, but on the same token this is Nintendo, and it should be clear to anyone the demand this thing has on the market.
At that point it's just a matter of arm wrestling between them to determine a price.

So sure, they can't put on it every game (there's only just over 10000 in existence, this isn't a storage capacity problem)
As you say, they can't even include all popular games.

But they certainly could have done better than they did for no extra cost to them, and much better than they did with said cost.

The former is the confusing "WTF nintendo?" question.
The latter is only a question of how much they would need to sell the unit for to pay for everything on it and still make a profit. And I've no doubt in my mind that they would still sell at least some.

I mean paint the thing zelda cart gold, only release 1000 numbered units, and sell it for a thousand dollars. They would still sell out just as fast as the current units on the market did, and that's a "worst case" situation (for the customers that is)

But they certainly have all the data needed to know what that would cost them, what they can sell it for on the market, and roughly how many would still easily sell.
All they had or have to do is build the things.

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

AR is a massive privacy invasion waiting to happen.
VR isn't.

Oh yea, heaven forbid we gain AR and lose all of the privacy we currently have with the likes of Google and the NSA.

AR requires cameras in public places.
VR doesn't.

Nearly everywhere you go in public right now, you are on at least one camera if not ten. All of which are owned by other people than yourself.
One more camera of your own that isn't recording doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

AR pretends you can navigate in the real world while being distracted by a game.
VR doesn't.

That's about the only good point you've listed.

AR can be spoiled / interrupted by other people's pissing about in front of the idiot with the headset.
VR cannot.

Challenge accepted!

AR requires high-end computer vision, equipment and processing to operate properly.
VR doesn't.

Tell that to the VR headset makers that all want me to upgrade my video card or purchase a next gen console.

Comment Re:Question for the FBI (Score 1) 176

1. They do.
2. Many of these sites are for sharing kiddie porn. You know like Reddit, YouTube, and Blogs are for sharing things. The consumers are often the creators.
3. " It's rather like penalizing people who drink poisoned water rather than finding the poisoners." Really? These people are going to a tor dark web site called the playpen and you are trying to paint them as victims? How about this instead, "it is like penalizing people that pay people to sexually abuse children for there entertainment".... Yea I got no problem with this.

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