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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

CronoCloud Re:DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

That there's really little reason for the operating system on a home computer to look and work exactly like the one at work.

Yep, that's how it was, and how I think it ought to be again.

This is one reason that at some point down the road, I hope to be able to use both Windows for my digital audio workstation in my home studio, and some form of "SteamOS" for playing games.

I run Linux on the desktop, but my game machines run BSD based operating systems.

Of course, with companies like EA/Origin and Ubisoft using their own game store platforms, I don't see all PC games being compatible with a SteamOS for some time to come.

Yep, I personally think SteamOS is really going nowhere. You're better off going BSD, because while EA/Origin and Ubisoft don't do games for SteamOS....they DO release them for BSD. Admittedly those BSD machines are PlayStations. But essentially PS3's/PS4's were Steam Machines before Gabe Newell decided to make them. Gabe hates walled gardens...except Valve's of course.

4 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

CronoCloud Re:grandmother reference (465 comments)

There's nothing more ironic than someone who has the luxury of having time to complain about someone complaining spending that time complaining about them.....
thought maybe you could use a bit o' perspective.

That is true, but if I was on "vacation" in another country, buying videogames would be a rather low priority compared to enjoying the things that are unique to that country.

Perhaps it is in part due to the fact that I'm a console gamer, who remembers the time of consoles with regions and would think: "Why buy something that isn't guaranteed to work back home".

Of course with modern console games no longer being region locked, I wouldn't have to worry. It's only PC gamers with "keys" and using proxies and VPN's to authorize said cheap Russian/Polish key they bought, that have issues.

4 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

CronoCloud Re:grandmother reference (465 comments)

Jesus fuck. So I can't buy games while on holiday in another country? A big FUCK YOU goes to ubisoft.

First World Problem.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

CronoCloud Re:DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

That is correct, I don't. The niche is people doing "work" on their computing devices at home.

I've always believed that the old distinction between "business computers" and "home computers" was a good one, and that the Microsoft/Intel/IBM hegemony that said to home users that they needed a "Business computer" at home (and the computer reviewers/pundits who also encouraged going MIcrosoft/Intel/IBM platform for home users) was a bad thing.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

CronoCloud Re:nVidia w/ binary driver works (109 comments)

The card is an old but perfectly working Geforce 4 MX ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... ), fast enough fast for any desktop environment, for video (vlc, mplayer) and even for flashplayer (if I use version 10.3, which I won't, out of security concerns).

While the Geforce 4 MX's do accelerate MPEG2 video, most video these days is MPEG4/H264, you want at least a 7xxx series card to hardware accelerate that. If you've got AGP, then a 7950 GT is the best you can get.

I concede it's rather old (last updated 10 years ago), but it was very fast when new and now it still is a match for some onboard video.

No, it's not equal to some onboard video, unless that video is old. Even the motherboard graphics on this machine, a Nvidia 6150SE, is better. That 4MX is running around 500MFLOPS. A 6150SE runs around 850MFLOPS. An intel HD 4600 runs around 432GFLOPS. I can understand not wanting to just throw the thing away, but there comes a time when an old card can't keep up.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

CronoCloud Re:nVidia w/ binary driver works (109 comments)

It did stop working, as a matter of fact. It was being updated to work with recent kernels. Since they stopped support, no more updates; now I must use an old distro if I want to use it.

How old is that GPU, considering that the rpmfusion builds for fedora 21 support everything back to the Geforce 6xxx series. Perhaps it's time to upgrade the video card?

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

CronoCloud Re:I don't get why but some people hate VMs (134 comments)

X gives you just the display.

You can also forward the audio, that's what Pulseaudio is for.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

CronoCloud Re: DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

That's incorrect. Sony maintains a OpenGL variant called PSGL, it's OpenGL 4.3 plus extensions.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

CronoCloud Re:DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

Because most home use of PC's is for NOT doing work? The Internet made PC's desirable for those who before the Internet, didn't have them.

Sure there's always a few garage developers/wanna-be entrepreneurs/SOHO users, but they're a niche.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

CronoCloud Re:Comcast's monthly HD technology fee (332 comments)

I don't know about Comcast, no Comcast around here. The local cable company is all HD, no extra charge, but only if you have an HD capable cable box hooked up with HDMI or Component connections. They'll upgrade your box, but only if you ask for the upgrade and lots of people don't realize they need the newer box. If you just hook the cable up to the TV, you'll only get the local channels (and WGN) in HD.

Personally, we have DirecTV, a Genie system with an c31 RVU unit on the second TV. These units support HD and SD.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

CronoCloud Re: Nope (332 comments)

And these people don't own bluray players right?

Not usually, sometimes it's an upscaling DVD player, but that too is usually connected with a composite cable at best.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

CronoCloud Re: Nope (332 comments)

No, they aren't, because you really need an outdoor antenna on a mast for that. Then you're back to just receiving the local ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS affiliates.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

CronoCloud Re: Nope (332 comments)

No, because they don't actially offer "SD only service", it's all HD now. The problem is a lot of people don't understand the varying abilities/quality of the various ways to connect things to TV's. To them they've got an HD set, what more do they need? Not realizing that they may need to trade in the old cable/satellite box.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

CronoCloud Re: Nope (332 comments)

A large majority of the market switched to HD. They're not having trouble convincing the market to adopt HD. They already did.

I know of people who have their HD set hooked up to cable and satellite boxes with RF cables...and then they stretch the SD image because they think they're not getting what they paid for.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

CronoCloud Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

I don't think you understand what the numbers mean. x50 and below (450, 650, 630, etc) are workstation kind of cards. Good for web browsing and regular desktop stuff.

I don't think YOU understand the target market or numbers. Workstations that do web browsing and regular desktop stuff don't need standalone cards, they use integrated graphics.

The x00, x10 x20, x30, x40 cards are for those who have some use for better 3D hardware than just browsing and "regular desktop stuff", but not enough to require a higher end card. "Light gaming" like Minecraft, some F2P MMO's or HTPC use. That's why those cards are popular amongst Linux users.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

CronoCloud Re:Shorter card (114 comments)

tiny, over-sensitive

You are a PC gamer, you've spent years not using your thumb for anything except the space bar. You will have issues when you try to use the thumbs on a gamepad because you haven't developed the skills/dexterity to do so.

The people who have been using their thumbs can use those thumbsticks, d-pads and buttons just fine.

about two weeks ago
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The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

CronoCloud Re:And we are back to them again... (60 comments)

With large volume flash storage becoming cheap, far in excess of that of DVD and even bluray, why not use them as game storage.

Because mass produced pressed discs are still cheaper to manufacture than flash storage. a 32GB SD card costs 20 bucks, a 50GB blu-ray RW disc is 3.50

Games could be saved onto the flash drive, the hard drive or both,

Where have you been the past 9 years. You can, if you want, go digital and install games from PSN to a PS3 hard drive and never bother with a disc. On the PS4, games are installed to the hard drive, even if you use the disc. (if you buy the disc version the game will do a disc check on start but that's all you need it for)

The PS vita, uses a combination of pre-loaded games on cards, and games downloaded to it's storage.

fragile optical discs

They're not fragile, not if you take proper care of them. I've got 19 year old PSone CD's, DVD's and Blu-rays are even tougher.

and the space used for the optical drive can be re-purposed for proper cooling equipment that "modern" consoles clearly require.

The PS2 had a fan, the PS3 had a fan, the PS4, has a fan. They HAVE proper cooling, where have you been the past decade?

Console manufacturers missed the boat with this generation so console peasants will have to wait 4 or 5 years to get this.

Elitist PC Gamer Burgeosie are so out of touch they don't realize that they really don't know what's going on with consoles.

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

CronoCloud Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

That's right, "northern" republicans, who later became democrats when the dixiecrats took over the republican party. Basically, the parties just switched names.

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

CronoCloud Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

the KKK has historically been closely tied to the Democrat party?

It WAS tied to the Democrats. Even as early as 1948, the segregationists knew their welcome in the Democratic party was coming to an endl. the 1964 civil rights act and Nixon's Southern Strategy pretty much finished the job.

The KKK's been Republican aligned for years.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

CronoCloud Re:Edge case focus (648 comments)

Jesus christ, I can't believe you wrote that. Not having a windows pc is no where close to being equivalent to THAT. Not The Same Thing.

about two weeks ago

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