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Comment Not Counter-Strike (Score 1) 176

Until you make a game that requires practice and skill to be competitive, you won't have the staying power of games like CS and SC. People have been playing the original CS for over 15 years, and the new games are essentially the same game mechanics repackaged to keep us from buying a game once and playing it for 15 years.

Comment Re:Is convenience really worth that much for last (Score 1) 90

I presume that's in USD as well, so paying $180 US ($240CDN) per year to *not* own any games vs me picking up a used PS3 on Craigslist for $100CDN and then buying used games at $5-$15 per game, I just don't see the value proposition here.

Can't disagree with you there, but I do think you're underestimating the target audience's laziness.

Comment stereo vs 5.1 (Score 0) 321

I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.

Headphone jack is stereo, while bluetooth you can do 5.1 surround sound.

Now I've definitely had issues on Android phones where my car receiver and my phone didn't appear to agree on the same format and there would be channels missing in the audio. Listening to music without the rear speakers and sub is sounds really bad. If I reboot my phone it usually works again, just turning BT on and off doesn't usually fix it. Stupid technology.

Comment Re:HDMI? (Score 1) 72

Silicon Image makes nice scaling and filtering chips, and I'd recommend them if anyone is doing a design for low resolution to high resolution retro consoles or upscaling adapters. They are inexpensive because they don't use a full frame buffer, but their scaling quality is not as good with interlaced because of that design choice. Because NES uses fake interlaced mode it's not likely to matter.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 114

The last question is: What do you have to do to the tank to FACILITATE this so that it isn't being done on an ad hoc basis?

That is not the last question. The last question is if it will be cheaper in monies, The development and testing of such things will not be nothing. You also need to look at how much space they need and what the running cost will be. It needs to be filled with oxygen. It will need to be cleaned and filtered and what not. Doing the change from something that hold very toxic stuff to something you cane live in on a spaceship is also what needs to be considered.

I can easily see that, for now, building a separate living environment is cheaper, even if the sending it up will be more expensive. It will be different if you are stating to build a colony, but for a lab it will be different.
It is not like a container that you ship somewhere with food and then let people keep it to live in.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 322

I went there because a friend lived there and she already came to Europe several times, so it was my time. Really liked how outdated almost everything is.

And I don't think many really care about tourists from outside the USofA. I can imagine that many would be happy if they stopped coming. Tourists are great if you make a living of them, otherwise they are a nuisance at best.

What would happen if they stopped coming is that they would say that people where afraid of terrorism so they did not come and that terrorism is the cause and what they need is stricter rules to fight it.

Comment This is the problem—Linux is inherently unfr (Score 0) 291

to the kinds of development that UX needs.

In the commercial world, there is a hierarchy whose basic job is to say "no" to everyone's pet idea. To refuse to adopt an initiative proposed by someone, and instead to allocate their resources, against their will, to the *single* direction that the team has been ordered to take. Good or bad. Because even if bad, a single bad direction properly executed by a sizable team with enough labor to complete it well is better than a thousand bad directions each executed by a single individual or a small handful of individuals who lack the resources to complete it, yet chuck it out there alongside all of the other 999 incomplete bad directions.

But the whole *point* of OSS *is exactly* that if you don't like what everyone else is doing, you can do your own thing. That is the basic philosophy. And that's why Linux UX never improves in the free and open space. Because there is nobody with the authority so say, "No, the product will *not* include that, and you *will* dedicate all of your labor to what it has been decided *will* be included."

So the bazaar happens. But the problem with the bazaar as opposed to the cathedral is that the bazaar is only a single story high. You can't build seriously tall stuff without an organized, managed collective of labor. Surge, you get lots of interesting stuff. But very little of it, if any of it, is epic. It's all the size that one single bazaar shopkeeper can build, to man their own little shop.

The Linux kernel avoided this problem because of the cult of personality (not meant in a bad way, but in the technical sense) surrounding Linus. People defer to him. He decides what's in and out, and he does a reasonable amount of labor allocation even if in an interesting, socially backhanded way that's not common. But it works—he is "in charge" enough in everyone's minds that there ends up being one kernel, with leadership.

Nobody similar has emerged in Linux userspace, and it would seem that Linus-like people are a rare enough phenomenon that it's unlikely that one will emerge at any point before the question is irrelevant. The pent-up demand just isn't there now for good Linux UX, like it was for a sound kernel and high-capability OS that didn't cost a fortune, as it was during the late '80s/early '90s boom. The social mechanics just aren't there to generate it.

The Linux desktop as a really sound piece of tech and UX engineering... will never happen. That era has passed, and the problems have been solved—by other platforms. And Android is a very good counterexample. There *was* enough emerging demand for a mobile operating system that wasn't iOS but that offered the same capabilities, and voila—Android. When there is enough demand, there is space for one shopkeeper at the bazaar to emerge as a champion for the needs of others, and to accumulate sufficient influence by acclamation that a cathedral structure can emerge organically.

The bazaar is merely an incubator of ideas. The cathedrals are the epic and actually useful accomplishments. It takes demand and allegiance-pledging at the bazaar from many attendees to lead in the end to a cathedral. This means that the bazaar has to be big, and that the shopkeeper in question has to have an idea that many, many are not just interested in, but willing to work toward—enough to sacrifice their own autonomy and submit to leadership. This just doesn't exist for desktop Linux any longer. It got close during the height of Windows dominance, but there was never quite enough demand to make it happen organically. And now the time has passed. The desktop Linux people are running little shops at the bazaar that don't get a lot of foot traffic, and nobody is seeking them out. They are the kings of very tiny, forgotten kingdoms without enough labor resources or wealth to even maintain their castles any longer—and as a result, there is nothing but infighting, strange hacks to maintain castles on the cheap, and lots of started-but-never-to-be-finished foundations of castles for historians to pick through (or, more likely, forget).

I predict that Linux will continue to be a significant part of whatever new "booms" in technology happen, so long as Linus is significantly involved in kernel development. But the window for desktop Linux has just plain passed.

Comment I can't tell you how many times (Score 1) 291

I had this exact conversation with family and friends in the '90s. The answer was always "nothing."

Q: What do you see?
A: Nothing.
Q: I mean, what's on the screen?
A: Nothing.
Q: There is nothing at all on the screen?
A: No.
Q: So the screen is entirely blank. No power?
A: Pretty much.
Q: Pretty much? Is there something on it or isn't there?
A: There's nothing on it.

I go over... And sometimes there would be words ("Operating system not found" or similar), sometimes even a complete desktop but hard-locked or similarly hung.

Me: That's not nothing (pointing).
Them: I don't see anything.
Me: Don't you see words? and/or Don't you see windows?
Them: Not any that mean anything.
Me: If they didn't mean anything, I wouldn't have asked you about them. If you'd told me, I wouldn't have had to drive all this way.
Them: What was I supposed to tell you?
Me: I asked for the words on the screen. Next time, read me the words on the screen!
Them: Okay. Sorry.

Next time...

Q: What does the screen say?
A: Nothing...

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