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Comment Re:lol overhyped shit (Score 1) 324

Even if all The people who play Valve games switched that wouldn't even be 1% of all PC users.

PC users or PC gamers?

If you're talking about all PC users then possibly, sure. But largely thanks to Steam and its ilk, PC gaming has been argued to be growing again.

If you're talking about PC gamers then you must be pretty mistaken, particularly with Valve running Steam today, Valve's own games are a lot larger than that in the PC gaming market.

And the other point? Well quite possibly - I'd think EA and Activision are quite conservative - but then again they can just sit back and see how well Valve does on Linux, and if it does well they'll have a trusted distribution channel via which to dip toes themselves.

In any case having now noticed your username/nick I'm not going to continue replying to your comments, as it seems you've only registered the account to troll.

Comment Re:lol overhyped shit (Score 1) 324

But then again it removes another stumbling block for users who might be interested in Linux but want to be able to play game X before they do so, and Valve have a lot of games with strong followings - Team Fortress, Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, to name a few.

So again what'll this be?
* Valve's own pretty damn popular Source and GoldSrc games
* A big bunch of indie games already available for Linux (largely thanks to the Humble Bundles)
* Valve's Steam content distribution platform

And that last part is important - it removes another obstacle for other big (more conservative) game developers/publishers, "Is there a distribution channel I can trust?". That's not to say there aren't plenty of other obstacles to overcome, but once the ball starts rolling... It's Valve's combination of their own great titles and a trusted distribution channel that makes this more encouraging than any other large publisher/developer porting a few popular titles over.

Comment Re:Talking about Googles proprietary apps.... (Score 1) 118

Well actually (unlike Market and Gmail for example) the Contacts and Calender apps are part of the Android Open Source Project, with Google just providing 'Sync Adapters' to sync their data as part of their proprietary 'gapps' package. So this means two things, firstly that these apps will get updates with platform releases (not via Market) - just by the screenshots, they both looker 'nicer' in Honeycomb - and secondly that (as is already done with Contacts in CM) it should presumably be possible for custom ROMs to modify these apps yet still have them be compatible with the Google 'Sync adapters' (of course on the other side of the equation, many apps already provide their own 'Sync adapters', Facebook and Skype being examples).

Comment Re:Oh my.... (Score 1) 405

yes sure a miracle - the chance of more great games/engines being tied to a single vendor's products. Yes OpenGL has issues but if Microsoft really had an interest in having a good cross-platform API, they could surely help move OpenGL forward in appropriate ways rather than putting that effort into developing something else entirely.

Comment Re:UI is still sluggish (Score 2) 189

Thousands of devices that'll never support the HTML5 video tag anyway (many of which don't have a browser even). I'm sorry but the future of web standards shouldn't be shackled to the demands of (what in my opinion is) a protection racket, just so it's using the same codec as a Blu-ray player.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 187

Well as much as I hate DRM (and think it never achieved it's claimed goal anyway), the main reason I've seen Netflix claim they won't make an Android release in the past is something like a lack of a 'universal DRM solution' across Android devices - well if you look at - hopefully this 'Pluggable DRM framework' may be what they're looking for. That said, being in the UK, I can't get Netflix anyway, and I don't expect to see LoveFilm bringing its service to mobile devices any time soon.

Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee 136

iammichael writes "The Apache Software Foundation has resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee due to a long dispute over the licensing restrictions placed on the TCK (test kit validating third-party Java implementations are compatible with the specification)."

Submission + - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

Comment Re:This is the last thing Google needs... (Score 1) 361

Probably because Google seem to love HTML5 (look at Wave or their new Android/iPhone web based apps). But certainly they should take the Ogg Theora route, then if it can be pushed back into the HTML5 standard again, we might eventually be able to get Ogg Theora support in IE, and then maybe Ogg Theora and Vorbis support in Windows itself (as MS would probably embed their media player).

Submission + - Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 in Benchmarks. (

twitter writes: "Recent and controversial benchmarks for Windows 7 leave an important question unanswered, "Is it faster than GNU/Linux?" Here, at last, is a benchmark that pits Ubuntu, Vista and Windows 7 against each other on the same modern hardware. From install time to GUI efficiency, Ubuntu beats Windows and is often twice as fast. Where Windows 7 is competitive, the difference is something the average user would not notice. The average GNU/Linux user is now getting better absolute performance from their computer as well as better value than the average Windows user."

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