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Comment But those Snapchat users *aren't* coming back! (Score 1) 150

You can't just copy your competitor and expect their userbase to come back to you, and why would they when they already have what they want with Snapchat? You need new ideas, and I don't think Facebook is capable of that if all they can do to fight back is steal other peoples' ideas.

Comment Re:This is really funny stuff! (Score 1) 300

Rewriting the code in another language is a costly endeavor, especially since the existing COBOL is being used in mission-critical environments. Introducing a port in a completely different language throws away 30 years or more of bug fixes that have gone toward making the existing systems extremely robust. The replacement software needs to be bulletproof before deployment, and the costs of creating software that solid can be downright absurd.

COBOL programming knowledge is going to be a very profitable niche for some time to come, especially if you have solid experience in other suitable languages if and when those systems are rewritten. I've considered learning it myself.

Comment Figures. (Score 1) 946

A company wants to try to make their product work better on your OS, and you tell them to fuck off? Why am I not surprised?

Enjoy your ideological win. Likewise, enjoy your permanent relegation to second class status in the desktop OS world. Nvidia certainly won't cry themselves to sleep if their drivers don't work as well under Linux as they'd like. It's not as if losing the few thousand video card sales (integrated and discrete) that are made to desktop Linux users would affect their bottom line much.

Comment Re:And this is why (Score 1) 946

What it will lead to is *zero* vendor GPU drivers being developed in the open. Who the hell would expose their proprietary code to placate less than one percent of the desktop market share?

GPL zealots are both stupid and clueless. Keep your actions up and you'll be lucky if you have access to accelerated 3D drivers -- even closed-source ones -- five years from now.

The Military

Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms In Oregon Over National Security 226

Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that President Barack Obama has invoked a little-used law to block a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns. 'There is credible evidence that leads me to believe' that Ralls Corp, Sany Group and the two Sany Group executives who own Ralls 'might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,' said Obama in issuing his decision. The military uses the Oregon naval facility to test unmanned drones and the EA-18G 'Growler.' The electronic warfare aircraft accompanies US fighter bombers on missions and protectively jams enemy radar, destroying them with missiles along the way. At the Oregon site, the planes fly as low as 60 m and at almost 480 km/h. The administration would not say what risks the wind farm purchases presented but the Treasury Department said the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, known as CFIUS, made its recommendation to Obama after receiving an analysis of the potential threats from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The last time a president used the law to block a transaction was in 1990, when George H.W. Bush voided the sale of an aerospace company, Mamco Manufacturing, to a Chinese agency."

Comment Re:Torchlight 2 is the better Diablo. (Score 1) 221

Even if Diablo 3 had better art design compared to Torchlight 2 (and I actually think it does, slightly), the very polished, fast paced gameplay of Torchlight 2 makes it the better game overall. By the time I stopped playing D3, it felt like work - I had to grind Inferno to get a chance at decent gear, but my existing gear wasn't good enough to make surviving in Inferno possible. Even when I found gear, the stuff on the auction house was significantly better anyway. Playing Torchlight 2 doesn't feel like work, and the gear drops frequently enough that every kill, and even every broken urn, feels important.

Comment Re:Wrong comparison Path of Exile is the game to b (Score 1) 221

What's with all the Path of Exile shills these days? It's just another shitty free-to-play game that will eventually be forced to switch to the same 'pay to win' model that nearly every other F2P game already has.

With few exceptions, I want to know what a game is going to cost me to play *before* I start playing. Charge me up front - don't make me piss away a few bucks here or a few bucks there to get full enjoyment out of the experience.

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