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Comment Re:Scorpio (Score 1) 124

Who cares about any of that? The only people interested in spec wars are braindead fanboys. The logical thing is to buy the console that has the games you want to play at the time regardless of its specifications. And quite frankly with consoles only costing a few hundred dollars anybody seriously into gaming that wants to play exclusives on both consoles will just buy both consoles since you can have both of them and some change for the price of a single highend PC gaming GPU.

Comment Re:DirectX doesn't seem to help here anyway (Score 1) 124

Curiously though DirectX does not seem to help with compatibility. Games on Windows still have major issues with different hardware

I'm not quite sure what you mean specifically on how this relates to DirectX (or what you are implying is fundamentally different between it and say OpenGL), it in fact does help with compatibility in that you aren't coding for a specific GPU but for an abstraction where the implementation is provided by the driver. This is the same concept with both OpenGL and DirectX.

and interestingly on the GPU side we have Nvidia and AMD modifying their drivers to aid with game compatibility!!

Of course you do, that's where the implementation of the interface is. The driver provides the interface between the application and the hardware, now in the case of OpenGL and DirectX<=11 there is a lot of work done in the driver that the application developer has no control over (important things like memory management) so the driver writers then often include application-specific optimizations for popular programs. This is where DirectX12 and Vulkan come in, they reduce the amount of resource management that the driver has to do and the application becomes responsible for it, and of course there are frameworks starting to emerge that provide generic implementations for applications that do not need that level of optimization.

It seems like DirectX barely does anything to help with the situation... if at all.

Actually it seems like you fundamentally misunderstand what DirectX (and OpenGL for that matter) is and what they are designed to do. You see back before we had these APIs the issue was that you needed to write your rendering code specifically for every GPU (Glide for 3Dfx, S3d for the Virge, MSI for Matrox, etc) but DirectX and OpenGL meant that the code could be written for those APIs and the manufacturers just needed to provide an implementation in their driver so then that same code could run on any GPU without having to explicitly support it.

Comment Re:Games though? (Score 2) 124

But the Playstation does have a range of hardware with the release of the PS Pro.

Yes, a range of 2, just like the XBox One and Project Scorpio. And it is forward compatible meaning that you can develop for the PS4 and it works just as good on the PS4 Pro, you only need to put in additional effort if you want create a unique experience on the PS4 Pro.

MS will have the advantage here as the DirectX API originating from the PC was designed from the start to easily develop for a range of hardware. It will be significantly easier for developers to take advantage of the extra power in Project Scorpio then it is for the PS Pro

Well given the assumption that Project Scorpio will be backwards compatible with the XBox One what is a specific example of something that will be so much easier to do with DirectX on Project Scorpio to create a unique experience that will be difficult to do on the PS4 Pro with PSGL?

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

And that's where you're wrong, I'm paying less for higher quality and in many cases higher convenience.

It's not higher convenience and you know it (unless of course you misunderstand what convenience means). And yes you pay more for a BR than a DVD so more money for higher quality. But in any case we're diverging from the original point of blaming the "younger invidivduals", which we've settled.

Comment Re:Games though? (Score 4, Informative) 124

They sell twice as many consoles but have about 1/5 the amount of games as Xbox. This is what happens when people get too dependent on DirectX when OpenGL is soooo much better and available to everyone.

But the Playstation doesn't use OpenGL anyway, one advantage of those high level APIs is they allow abstraction of a vast range of hardware with a cost of overhead for doing so. The Playstation does not have a range of graphics hardware so suffering that overhead would be pointless, they use their own low-level graphics API.

Comment Re:oh yes I DID! (Score 1) 208

Well given we're talking about blacklisting IPs that Windows sends information to and that you are looking for (haven't been able to find) a micro router/firewall I'd say it's pretty reasonable assumption that you do or that you would like to run Windows 10. If not then why bother? Just use the hosts file on Linux.

Anyway ok, you're not running Windows 10, no big deal. The suggestion still stands for anybody who does need to run it for whatever reason.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Actually, if renting was the same cost as streaming, and the same quality, I'd be ok with it.

Yes so let's not pretend this about the "younger generation" and the idea that they misunderstand the concept of "borrowing". And yes if you want higher quality (DVD vs BR, SD vs HD) or higher convenience (no need to wait for deliveries or drive anywhere) you need to pay more.

Comment Re:oh yes I DID! (Score 1) 208

That only works if you carry your router with you everywhere you take your computer. That would be a totally feasible thing if someone produced a micro router/firewall that was the size of a bluetooth dongle, but I haven't been able to find anything like that yet.

Why are you running Windows 10 anyway? If you really need to run it for some specific applications then just dual boot, yes it's slightly inconvenient but that is the price of privacy.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Ok so it seems we've now drilled down to the root of the issue, it's just that a lot of people don't mind spending a couple of dollars for the convenience of not having to go and drive to the store and back to rent a disc and then doing it again to return it. I can see you want to blame the "younger individuals" but really it just comes down to the fact that you'd rather save a couple of bucks and suffer the inconvenience, others prefer the convenience, and that's ok.

Last I looked, it costs me $5 to stream a lower quality crappy soundtrack version and >$10 if I wish to see something really recent that I can only "buy", but not own.

Have you got actual examples? What specifically do you mean by "lower quality crappy soundtrack version"? And on iTunes if I buy a movie it ends up on my NAS drive just like with a DVD the movie is on the disc. And just like you can rip a DVD you can strip the DRM from the movie if you prefer it that way.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

How old are you? Seriously you must on death's door if you think Blockbuster and their ilk are the product of "younger individuals".

You're mistaken - borrowing is fine for one time things. However, paying a purchase price for borrowing, that's just flat out stupid.

You used to go to Blockbuster and pay a few bucks to rent a movie, now you go on iTunes and pay a few bucks to rent a movie. Or you could go to a store and buy the DVD for a bit more or likewise buy it on iTunes.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It is clearly a generational thing. Many younger individuals can't seem to get the concept that paying over and over for "borrowing" something is a bad deal.

How old are you? Seriously you must on death's door if you think Blockbuster and their ilk are the product of "younger individuals".

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

We understand, but not everything, and certainly not everything worthwhile, revolves around convenience. You'll learn that as you get older.

Nobody said it did, just that in the case of movies it is. Which makes sense, unless it's going to the cinema (which is often a spur of the moment thing anyway) I don't plan movie-watching in advance, it's a case of "hey I want to watch this movie" and sure if the store is still open I could get in the car, drive there (not doable at all if by this time the kids are in bed), buy the bluray and then drive back home and watch it or I could just get it immediately online. Of course the latter is preferrable.

Comment Re: Why is that useful? (Score 1) 189

There will not be a year of the Linux Desktop, but not because people do not want it, but because people do not care.

Of course they don't care, before Apple came along and popularized smartphones nobody really cared what cell phone they had either so even when they had to make a choice they just chose the incumbent. Given the choice of Windows or Linux they'd probably still choose Windows. That will be the case until Linux comes up with some disruptive, innovative feature that users just have to have. At the moment it's just another OS that doesn't run as many programs, if you really don't want Windows then OSX is a better choice than Linux.

People buy an android phone and an iPad and a Win10 Portable. Because people do not care. And Microsoft is well aware of that.

This has been the case with smartphones and tablets too, the incumbent tablet is the iPad and the choice in smartphones comes down to Android or iOS. There have been plenty of other options like Windows Phone, webOS, Meego, etc but why would anybody want them when they do the same thing? People don't want to express individuality through choice of electronic devices, it's just a tool to do a job.

Have Linux pre-installed on a machine and people will buy it.

No, they won't. Even Best Buy had them on shelves and nobody wanted them.

I mean in the store with no option of selecting anything else. Not just one store, all of the stores and if they want Windows, they need to download and install it themselves.

So the only way to get Linux used is to effectively force it on people.

Comment Re: Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 1) 196

The solution to that is to actually pay people for their work. And it would be a good idea to treat them like human beings as well.

Ok what exactly are these jobs?

Bottom line here is that the companies in most cases don't feel like providing a compelling offer to applicants and are rewarded with nobody worthwhile applying.

What jobs are you referring to, how much are they offering and how much should they be offering?

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