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Comment The Main Box (Score 1) 326

My main box is a couple of years old on the CPU at this point but it still cranks pretty fast. It helps that I upgrade GPUs every 2 years usually.

Core i7-4770K
GeForce GTX 970
1 LG 34" 21:9
2 Acer 27" 16:9
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD for boot and core apps
2x WD 2TB HDD (RAID 1) for everything else
Windows 10

With 4 versions of Visual Studio (2008, 2010, 2013, 2015) and the rest of the 10+ apps in startup, my time from power on to usable desktop is about 75 seconds. (yay SSD)

Comment Once again, the Europeans are going off the cliff (Score 3, Interesting) 231

Ok, based off what I read, 1 & 3 are true but they are common business practices used in multiple areas. 2 is completely false but market forces make it look true.

A good example of 1 & 3 is Coke. If you decide to have Coke in your business, Coke will give you things as promotional considerations. Signs with you name on it plus the Coke logo, etc. But to get those you have to not carry Pepsi. That's the crux of 1 & 3. If you want to carry both, then you don't get the goodies that go along with them. You can preload Play with something else, but not Maps, Gmail and the other unless you agree to exclusivity for the preinstalled items. (The Play concession was made a while back to satisfy some anti-trust worries). More manufactures don't do that though because of the incentives plus market forces. People want Google's stuff there and ready. Google isn't holding a gun to people's head saying "Use Gmail or else". There are plenty of option and I use one myself in the form of AquaMail to my non-Gmail e-mail.

As for #2, hello, phones being sold running Cyanogen and others based on AOSP derivatives, but they don't have a big market share yet, or maybe ever. Market forces (people) aren't creating a demand for them. Thus the big guys don't make Cyanogen phones because people won't buy them en mass. And it's not for a lack of trying. Look at Samsung and all the times they've tried to do Tizen as an Android alternative. They never got anywhere. The mass market is happy with what they have. Phone OSs are a two horse race (Android and iOS). You're not going to force the market to accept more if they don't want it, but that's seems to be what the EU is angling for with #2.

This is just how I see it. I'm sure someone is going to come along with some conspiracy and collusion theory as to why I'm wrong, but this is a situation where the simple answer is the answer.

Comment Re:Good luck with that... (Score 5, Informative) 222

The license only grants though permissions when they "access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service"

I don't think there were playing it live from a YouTube page or through an authorized YouTube API application, so they were in violation of the license.

Comment Re:So, in other words, (Score 4, Interesting) 193

How many times does it have to be repeated that are no annual fees for Windows 10?


Steam = Service
Salesforce = Subscription

Figure it out already and quit spouting the nonsense.

The reason for free Windows makes perfect sense. The cost of buying an upgrade has always made upgrades on existing hardware a very low number. So just give it away to end users since it doesn't make any money anyway. It's pretty well known 99% the of income for Windows comes from new PCs and enterprise agreements.

If they try to turn around and start charging annually for Windows after this, piracy will shoot through the roof and patching will go through the floor as people will hack to get it free and stop Windows Update so their hacks won't get blocked. (Remember the Windows Genuine Advantage garbage from XP, that was a lesson learned) This would result in 2 black eyes that Microsoft doesn't want and would lead to increases for Mac, Linux or other alternative. 1st is customer ill will over "pay us or your PC stops" and the 2nd is from getting a reputation about Windows being buggy exploit ridden as a result of people not patching and updating.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1, Redundant) 105

They paused Linux and Mac OS development to focus on Windows because that's where the MAJORITY of PC users are. Once they have that end of it all nice and tight and made some money, then they can look at finishing the Linux and Mac support. If you want to come back with "oh, they have Facebook's billions", that's not true. Facebook isn't stupid and they won't blindly pump cash into a subsidiary (remember, they weren't absorbed, they still operate as an independent entity) without a plan to profitability. Getting up, running and selling on Windows ASAP is the best plan for that.

Comment Not a Twitch competitor (Score 1) 92

I don't see this as a Twitch competitor.

Does it support cams? Does it support streaming from broadcasting software? Does it support archiving recordings? Does it support headset input if the game doesn't have voice support to begin with? The answer to all of these is no and Valve doesn't seem to have plans to add those items either.

What this really is doing is filling a hole that Twitch isn't concerned about: The casual easy stream to my friends/community. I don't know about other's experiences, but my experience with streaming to Twitch casually was a massive pain in the ass. This feature was probably a no-brainer thing to do since it was more than likely just a tweak to their in-home streaming function. So woo-hoo, new feature, not much work required. (Developer mantra.)

Is Twitch concerned about this hole? Probably not. They see it as small potatoes at this point or they would have done something directly to make setting up streaming easier. Also when you have the "professional" streamers who are half game / half talk show drawing in 100-10,000 viewers plus the eSport leagues using their platform for broadcast, they don't care about a casual gamer who may have 0-10 people watching. Even if it's 1000 gamers pulling 0-10 viewers, those aren't sexy numbers for ad sales and that's what drives them.

Comment This explans one thing but raises another question (Score 1) 558

Best Buy used to take Google Wallet and other NFC payments then they did a similar thing a few months ago and started blocking them. They are on the merchant list for CurrentC. Question answered.

But now my big question is: Why doesn't the big 4 (Visa, MC, Discover and Amex) just smack them around and say "this is how it's going to be"? I'm sure their member banks would rather have one secure payment standard floating around out there too. This CurrentC thing just looks like a big identity theft cluster f*** data breach waiting to happen.

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