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Comment Re:Copy machine at stores (Score 1) 273

That I can't get replacement parts for a thing sometimes boggles me.

I don't expect to get parts for cheap toys, but for my $100 Kensington trackball? One of the little 'rubies' the ball sits on got lost when I was cleaning it. This is something that just snaps into place, and the plant must have krillions of.

Nope, Kensington can't send me one. They did, however, send me a whole new trackball under warranty. Needless to say, I kept the old one for future spare parts.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 108

Everyone has a use for drives like this. Even grandmothers.

In fact, I installed an SSD for my elderly mom and she was shocked at how much faster and more pleasant her computer was to use. She couldn't believe all I'd done was copy her stuff to the new drive and install it.

An SSD matters more than a faster CPU or craploads of RAM to the average computer user.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 108

Like hell it isn't. While I more or less live under a rock where game streamers and YouTubers are concerned, even I know that the top-earning ones make more than ten million bucks a year off ad revenue and whatnot.

That's certainly value for the Skatteverket, at the very least.

Comment Re:QWERTY FTW (Score 1) 37

Well, you could always get the existing Blackberry hardware-QWERTY phone that runs Android.

I mean, if you actually want a hardware keyboard, it's out there to buy. I have one and rather like it

It also lets you swype on the physical keys, which is a really bizarre experience. Slide-to-type but you can feel the keys you're sliding over.

Comment Re:Bad Manners (Score 1) 129

There is one thing GeForce Experience does that's useful, and it's the reason I have an nVidia card and use it.

Game streaming to nVidia Shield handheld devices. I can tether my Shield Portable to my phone's hotspot and play my PC games wherever I've got a good LTE signal.

I don't use it to raid in MMOs - not that it wouldn't work, it's just a bit too finicky for me to trust. I don't want the raid to wipe because I got a phone call and my hotspot dropped.

But I play all sorts of single player games with it, and solo/level/quest in MMOs. (Just be sure you're using it on an unmetered connection. Constant 720p video streaming adds up.)

Comment How will you be able to tell? (Score 1) 412

Steam has always been buggy as hell on anything I've used it on. Random UI glitches, random download failures (Delete Local Content and try again!) and randomly not letting me play my games because it can't connect to the Steam servers and refuses to go into Offline Mode (had that one happen yesterday.)

Windows XP, 7, 10, MacOS X, even the Android app has flaked on me. Granted, I've never tried it on Linux. Maybe it's stable there.

Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 1) 378

There are actually several new and new-ish 32 bit embedded x86 processors. Or systems where it makes more sense to use 32 bit Windows instead of 64 bit. Low-cost tablets, for instance, often use Atom chips that don't even support more than one or two gigs of RAM. They run Win10 okay, and browsing and casual games are fine on 'em, but a 64 bit OS would be a waste.

Comment Re:So the end of the perfectly optimised console g (Score 1) 162

You cannot purchase a midrange gaming PC for the price of a console.

You can buy a non-gaming/office PC for the price of a console, but those rather suck for playing games on.

The Xbox One is $279 retail with two games at the moment (GameStop). The PS4 is $349 with a game.

I don't think you're going to be able to match the hardware in those for that price.

Comment Re:Who actually buys apps on a phone anyway? (Score 1) 278

Other than games, I've bought a few apps.

Paid SSH clients with more functionality than free ones.

A DOSbox manager, for ease in running DOS games. (Screw the crappy mobile Dungeon Keeper, I've got the original!)

A remote desktop app that worked considerably better than VNC or RD.

Plex. Plex is well worth the five bucks to be able to access all my stuff on my media server from anywhere.

But most of my purchases are games or game-related, like emulators.

I don't have an issue with games killing my battery normally, but my phone has a much larger battery than most so I have plenty of 'extra'.

Comment Re:Depends on what you have (Score 1) 982

There's no unused menu real estate to the right of it.

Because I clicked on the right edge of the menu and dragged it to the left and collapsed the space.

The only thing the Win7 start menu had that the Win10 menu doesn't, that I miss - and I agree this is a pain in the ass - are nested submenus.

But 'wasted screen space' and 'mandatory tiles' just aren't true.

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