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Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 86

Have you tried a PS4? You'll find your windows PC updates much more frequently. Sounds like you don't fire up the console all that often. Also, PS4 updates can download in the background while you play.

Game patches can also be downloaded while you play, though multiplayer games would require you to install the patch before playing.

If you don't want to play multiplayer, the subscription fee can be avoided.

Fixed hardware targets aren't quite as anachronistic as you think. Just ask Batman Arkham Knight players.

Comment Re:I don't think that's enough (Score 1) 99

Do you really think that Sony will be able to keep it at console price points? I'll believe it when I see it. I'm willing to bet that we will also see an increase in console pricing.

  It's not beyond the realm of possibility that the Neo could be introduced at current console price points. The new gpu will be using ATI's new 14nm FinFET tech, down from 28nm in the current PS4 gpu. That'll make production costs cheaper for each gpu, even with a probable increase in transistor count and percentage failed QA. I really wouldn't be surprised if ATI will sell the gpu at a cheaper cost to Sony than current prices.

  Never mind further cost reduction because the new parts will draw less power, so thermal dispersion and power supply costs can be lowered, thermal design of the new system need not be as stringent as well.

  I believe that Sony have found themselves in the strange position of being able to lower hardware costs by increasing performance. Their quandary was, do they artificially limit the power of the new systems, or do they provide a two-tier console performance structure for this generation? Looks like they've gone for the second option.

  Of course, they'll likely sell the Neo at an increased price, but I think they'll start off at the original PS4 price point. Eventually, they'll run out stock of older PS4 units, and then move the Neo price down to the current level.

Comment Re:And the soul vacated Debian moments later. (Score 1) 160

It depends on the level of hate. If it's a mere dislike, then sure, go ahead, dislike it. I've got no problem with that.

If it's a rabid hatred of the package, then reactions to it go far beyond rationality. Take, for example, your comparison of systemd to Islam. That shows you have little understanding of both systemd and Islam, and the fact you tried to compare them shows you're not thinking rationally on the subject.

Unfortunately, most reactions to systemd seem to be of the rabid hatred type. Just like the parent post, which tried to claim that Debian is dead, was sold out to Red Hat, and a buyout from Microsoft is inevitable. This is just not rational. The author's level of hatred on the subject is excessive, and it's interfering with their critical thinking. When that happens, I'd generally label it as bad.

Comment Re:And the soul vacated Debian moments later. (Score 1) 160

Had a look at your example. It wasn't a particularly strong one. The guy was complaining about the network service failing. The reason was because he labelled his tethered phone interface as auto up. Not a good idea. Would have been better to label it as "allow-hotplug".

Another solution would be to use the systemd networkd configuration. That would react to the plugged interface event, and then automatically configure it.

So in this case, there was no fault with systemd. Seems like most complaints are because people don't understand systemd. Once you understand it, it's actually quite good to use.

Comment Re:FM radio's last gasp? (Score 1) 340

Digital streaming requires your phone to establish a two-way communication with a cell tower, initiate the digital stream, process incoming packets, send packet replies, and then send the data to a DAC, and finally to an amplifier.

An FM chip can be almost entirely powered by the strength of the incoming FM signal. Power only needed for the amp. If everything else on the phone is shut down (cpu, display, cell transmission, etc), then I wouldn't be surprised if it was on the order of 100x more efficient than digital streaming.

Speaking purely theoretically here. No idea about the practicality of enabling FM reception on existing phones.

Comment Re:Racketeering? Really? (Score 1) 246

I believe her argument is that Google will only "protect" her works if she gives them a license to use her works. That could be considered racketeering or extortion.

And it seems to me that the artist has to license their work to Google, before Google has the legal ability to actually scan for it with their ContentID system. So basically, she wants Google to scan for copyright violations of her work, without legally allowing Google to do such a scan.

  Have I got this right? If so, score +1 for artist stupidity. At least we got an entertaining read out of it.

Comment Re:dumber than the average slashdot poster. (Score 1) 92

Really? Most gaming journalism is utter bullshit? Methinks you have a penchant for hyperbole, my friend.

Sure, some game journalists may lack ethics, but I'm pretty sure it's not as pervasive as you make it out to be. Not that I read every game article in the world, I suppose, but the articles I do read, on the sites I visit, are often quite good and not afraid to call out bullshit when they encounter it. It also helps to realise that game reporting, for the most part, is a subjective issue. It's next to impossible to score. The best articles are ones which describe what the reviewer likes and dislikes about the game, so you can compare that to what you like and dislike. Any provided game score is almost immaterial.

Besides, as far as the PSVR is concerned, I also have the word of my brother, who works in the field of computer graphics, was at the recent GDC, and actually tried the headset there. If you can't trust family, who can you trust! OK, I may regret that last sentence.

Agreed about Bethesda, though I think that's the nature of that type of game. Even New Vegas suffered from quest bugs, and that was done by Obsidian.

Comment Re:dumber than the average slashdot poster. (Score 1) 92

Yes, you don't know me or my brother, so you can choose to disregard his informed opinion if you like. Yes, some journalists rush stories, or aren't quite knowledgeable as they should be, so you can choose to disregard what those journalists say. You can even believe that the end consumer product may not be as good as what was shown at the GDC. That's your belief.

The "morons" who have prepaid for it have read the opinions of people of many people that have experienced the product. They're basing their pre-purchase on the fact that all people who have tried it, have approved of it. This is an informed purchase. They're paying $400 for a product that has excellent reviews. Your take is basically "don't trust them, don't trust the thousands of people that have tried it, don't trust anyone but yourself". Basically, the cynical point of view.

I think it _very_ unlikely that Sony would take a product demonstrated to thousands of developers, and god knows how many journalists, and make it worse. But you know what, if you think they may do so, that's fine. I'm not actually trying to convince you to preorder the thing. I'm just trying to say that calling everyone who preorders it a moron, is a pretty awful thing to do, and even worse, is not even right. If it was ordered totally blind, you may have a leg to stand on. But the headset has been experienced by so many people, so many! The majority, or even unanimous, consensus is that it's the real deal. Based on that, a preorder is quite understandable.

Laugh if you will. Those that preorder this are happy with their decision. Please try to respect that and not insult them.

Comment Re:dumber than the average slashdot poster. (Score 5, Informative) 92

Do you realise that the finished PSVR was demonstrated to most game journalists and game developers in the recent Game Developers Conference? All reviews from this have been amazingly positive of the experience, except for one or two that complained about lag with the Move controller. They were _all_ very positive about the headset hardware itself, and its performance.

Now, perhaps 20% of those journalists may fit into your category of "stupid enough to fall for marketing hype". Not all, though. Certainly not the game devs. Those guys know what they're talking about.

My brother is a graphics programmer and a game dev. He was at the GDC. He tried the Sony headset. He was very impressed with it, rating it above the Vive for graphic quality, despite the PSVR having lower resolution. Believe me, he is no idiot.

The PSVR undoubtedly works well. Development has been years in the making, starting even before the Rift kickstarter, and it is now finished. The only ones who bore the development costs are Sony themselves. All is left now is manufacturing and distribution. Preorders help the manufacturer know what demand there is for the product, and how much effort they need to go to for manufacture. People putting their money down early is the best way for a manufacturer to gauge what demand will be like. The preorder numbers are invaluable for the high level of manufacturing needed for this.

Virtual reality has been a dream for a lot of people. Sony's PSVR has made that dream relatively affordable. Don't be a dick and call them dumb.

Comment Re:Missing Info (Score 1) 92

Nobody would know, except for Sony and Amazon.

Though I do know that Sony initially intended a June/July release. When they realised the demand, though, they decided to release in October so they can manufacture more units. Now, knowing Sony's experience in tech manufacturing, I guess we can reasonably assume they'll have 500k units available by October. Perhaps 200k of those assigned to the US, and, I don't know, 20-40k for Amazon? It's a rough guesstimate.

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