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Comment E/I preemption (Score 1) 249

For every subchannel that a U.S. broadcaster offers, the FCC requires the broadcaster to broadcast three hours of educational and informative (E/I) programming for children on that subchannel during hours when children are likely to be watching. This is why even a 24-hour weather radar subchannel will cut to some syndicated E/I show like Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures a few times a week. The cost of syndicating this programming encourages broadcasters to end unpopular subchannels.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 132

Sorry, I overlooked this part the first time I read your reply:

If you want to rent games on PC you can sign up with Gamefly, but it would cost more.

From the front page of GameFly:

To enjoy GameFly, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Please click here to learn how.

Once I got past that barrier, all games listed on the All Games page appear to be either for consoles or for handhelds made by console makers, not for PC. This is because PC game rental infringes U.S. copyright, unlike console game rental.

Steam allows users to trial games and gives full refunds within a certain time, which is a good substitute for "renting."

Until Valve decides that you've abused the refund policy and takes away access to all games that use Steam authentication.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 132

I recently upgraded my PC from a 7-8 year old Core 2 Duo, and even before that upgrade I was still playing AAA games, like Dying Light, just not at the highest settings.

Thanks for the data point. I'll mark ability to scale down to a C2D as "works for some".

most people have a PC around for other uses anyway

Except for people like one of my former co-workers, who owned only a smartphone. Mobile-only users adapt with Bluetooth keyboards and occasionally blocking out time for errands during library hours. Likewise, people who have only a laptop with Intel graphics and no standard MXM slot can't cheaply upgrade to a gaming GPU.

If you own a console with a $60/year subscription for 6 years you'd have an extra $360 to off-set the additional PC sticker price, subsequent PC upgrades (if needed), or pocket it.

Or theoretically spend it on some corresponding PC game rental service, if only one existed. Though "you can't play online on a console without also buying game rental" appears to be an argument in the PC's favor, console fans could reply "you can't buy game rental at all on PC". What do PC gamers typically use as a substitute for PlayStation Plus Free Games or Games with Gold? Or do they just rely on reviews? Or buying into a Humble Bundle every few months?

If you want to go used or older generations then the costs for consoles go down.

Likewise, I ought to try to remember to recommend a more recent used desktop PC with a new GPU to others making price comparisons.

Comment Re:I'm missing something crucial (Score 4, Insightful) 93

Well, here is one really good reason: CHOICE.

People may prefer Google Now. But if you have no other choice- that sucks. Microsoft is trying to provide an option.

I can't imagine they are hoping for a big uptake on Cortana on Android. Google Now is so tightly integrated.

But for everyone complaining about this, or saying, "This is dumb, I don't want it!" - Better to have a choice than not.

So you don't like one of the choices. Cool. But it's always nice to have options.

Comment Re:Of course; everyone HATES Windows phones (Score 1) 93

Microsoft has been pretty public about their dropping support for Windows Phone.

They may come with a new phone- but for now they are pretty much in the, "Okay, that didn't work" mode. It's not a secret.

I have been using Windows Phone for a long time. I actually like it. Though now it seems like every month another feature dies on my phone. I just tell people, "My phone is full-on retarded."

They've also been very public about their plan to follow the customers to where they are- which is NOT on Windows Phone. Essentially my phone gets about zero support now. It's a shame, but not the end of the world.

Comment Cairo vs. Copland (Score 1) 132

Remember "Cairo"? [...] WinFS probably takes the cake

I agree that Microsoft has talked a good vapor game. But each component of the Cairo project appears to have seen eventual release in some form.

  • Windows NT 3.1 included DCE/RPC.
  • Windows 95 and Windows NT 4 included Windows Explorer.
  • Windows 2000 included Windows Search as part of MSN Toolbar. It became a core operating system component in Windows Vista.
  • Windows XP included Windows NT Home. At this point, the majority of Cairo technologies had been released, and incidentally the Greek letters Chi-Rho look like the Latin letters X-P.
  • Object File System, later called Windows Future Storage (WinFS), eventually became features of Microsoft SQL Server.

Was Apple any worse with its "Pink" and "Copland" projects?

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