Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux
Steam Boxes will have to be out in the wild for a while to get a sizable user base before alot of devs would create Linux ports I would guess. The current SteamOS Linux user numbers are so low it wouldn't be financially viable for a big company to make a Linux version, unless they plan on supporting SteamOS and are willing eat the dev cost losses until the user numbers grow. Valve has the $ and incentive to do alot of devs don't have that luxury.
Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
You don't enter a pin using tap to pay here in Canada, since it slows down the process and the point of tapping is to speed up the payment process. Your card usually has a very small tap transaction limit. My credit card has a $50 max charge per tap transaction, thought I would like to get it bumped up to $100 or maybe even $200. I think the banks here are starting with low limits to to see how things work out since its still a fairly new technology.
Winamp Shutting Down On December 20
I bought the Pro upgrade last week. Maybe I should pick up some Blackberry stock this week while I'm at it.
NVIDIA Updates SHIELD With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Console Mode, New Titles
I'm sure Mr. Huang and his children are enjoying these devices immensely.
Next-Gen GPU Progress Slowing As It Aims for 20 nm and Beyond
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Mantle, but it does have the potential to greatly increase the performance of games that support it and extend the life of ATI cards. Being the owner of a 7950 I'm looking forward to seeing how much of a performance boost Mantle gives vs. DirectX. I believe Battlefield 4, which I plan to purchase, will be one of the first Mantle supported games when they patch in Mantle support in December, can't wait to try it out.
Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop
Whats to buy? Its going to be free to download and install, like Steam is today. Yeah there will be SteamOS devices built by Valve or most likely other companies, but since its free alot of people will probably try it. My use case will be installing it on my older pc for a living room based gaming PC.
As for people adopting it, when the SteamOS and the hardware are released you know Valve is going to have a big carrot dangling to get people to try it out, something related to a game with a 3 in the title methinks.
Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get
In all my years of University and working at tech companies after I have yet to see anyone eat a Twinkie. Can't say I've ever heard of them being called the "Breakfast of Programmers" before, but I guess they had to shoehorn a way to put it on /. Even the overlords at DICE gotta eat I guess.
Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun
Carlos is full of it. He only made $4000 in a month, on the Internets.
Nvidia Releases Tegra 4 Powered SHIELD Handheld
Nvidia has always been pushing their propriety tech, so its not surprising they don't support ATI video cards for streaming, but they are cutting out a large number of users by supporting on their cards. The number of people who are going to buy an Nvidia card so they can stream to Shield is probably going to be very low compared to the number of current ATI customers who may have given it a try, myself included.
Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015
Don't most PS3 games come on Blu Ray discs?
Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone
What's not to love about this?
TV Programmers Seek the Elusive Dog Market
Someone needs to make a Kinect/Eye Toy/Mobile game that engages pets and generates a bunch of bogus random data for NSA spend resources crunching.
Yup, Win 7 updates are no longer optional, they install auto-magically with no option to not install them.
Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties
The Walking Dead is at the height of its popularity right now. The S3 finale had its highest ratings yet.
World War Z has raked in $366 million so far, so I don't think people are tired of zombies yet.
Motorola Is Listening
Motorola's future press release will contain something along the line of "It was mistake!?"
Fedora 19 Beta Released: Alive, Dead, or Neither?
Why on earth not?
Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass
"it was probably their idea and lobbying that forced Sony and MS's hands."
Yes, I'm sure EA crammed it down their unwilling throats, with a smelly yet gold-encrusted plunger taken from Riccitiello's gold-plated water closet.
Why would Microsoft or Sony care about losing revenue from used game sales? The full revenue they get from a new game sale and the $7 license fee for 3rd party games, who would want that money?
Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass
While not confirmed anywhere yet (I don't believe) the ability to block used games on the upcoming consoles at the publishers whim has been rumored for a while now.
Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users
Hopefully they add more functionality to apps, make the store useable on PCs, etc, etc. And of course there is that Start menu thingy...
When Vote Counting Goes Bad
Slashdot mods, come on, where are they. I could also use some Jersey Shore, Teen Mom or Fix This Kitchen related posts.
I only wish DICE would've bought /. sooner to give us great content like this.
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