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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

realmolo Uh, they're not cheap. Not really. (192 comments)

Yeah, you can find a bare-bones Amiga 2000 for not much money. But it's pointless- a bare-bones Amiga 2000 is essentially the same thing as an Amiga 500.

Unless you can get one that has accelerator cards and video cards and hard drives and all that stuff, it's not worth bothering with. Unfortunately, "loaded" Amiga 2000s are EXPENSIVE. All of those expansion cards are hard to come by, and sell for a ridiculous amount of money. Why? I have no idea. I assume it's because of the lunatic Amiga fans that still exist. The poor bastards.

Honestly, UAE (Ultimate Amiga Emulator) is so good, that there simply isn't a reason to own actual Amiga hardware. The emulator is faster, and more flexible, and more stable. And at this point, the only real reason to even mess around with an Amiga is to play the games.

As a general-purpose computer, it sucks. It sucks less than you might think for a nearly 30-year-old system, but it still sucks. Even the latest version of AmigaOS (which is only a couple of years old, I think) is a joke. There are some neat things that the AmigaOS can do, for sure, but most of it is irrelevant nowadays.

about a week ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

realmolo Re:The best part... (164 comments)

The thing is, if you are heavily tied to Adobe products, paying $50/month to ALWAYS have the latest version is actually a good deal, from a usability perspective. Adobe likes to change/abandon file formats with every upgrade, and that causes issues. If you always have the newest version, you don't have to worry about that.

You're right, though: Adobe has no competition. But that isn't Adobe's fault. For all the screwy-ness of Adobe's software, they are STILL better than any of the alternatives, and basically always have been. They "won" their market legitimately.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

realmolo Smart move on their part, but... (227 comments)

It's too little, too late. Sony has probably won this generation already. The Xbox One isn't a failure, but it is going to be relegated to second place.

If Microsoft REALLY wanted to sell some systems and possibly win the war, they would do away with "Gold" Live! subscriptions, and make the full online experience free-to-all.

about 2 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

realmolo Re:Disregarding range, is this actually cheaper? (398 comments)

Yes, but what is the *total cost of ownership* of the Versa versus the *total cost of ownership* of keeping your Altima?

Your Altima was paid for. The insurance was likely really cheap.

People like to ignore simple math when it comes to car purchases. Emotions take over. You want to "win" the car game? But a decent user car and drive it/repair it until it spends more time in the shop than on the road, and get rid of it. Then buy another decent used car.

New cars are ALWAYS a bad investment. The worst investment, actually. Don't be a sucker.

about 3 months ago
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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

realmolo Is gaming on Linux actually going to take off? (132 comments)

It almost seems like it's finally going to happen. Amazing.

Now we just need to standardize on a desktop environment, and Linux will actually be a nice OS for the masses. /cue the "But choice is good!" crowd. Yeah, choice is good, but fragmentation is FAR worse than having no choices, when it comes to operating systems.

about 5 months ago
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GNU Hurd Gets Improvements: User-Space Driver Support and More

realmolo HURD is an embarrassment (163 comments)

Having a project like HURD reflects poorly on Open Source/Free software. It's kind-of emblematic of the major problem with non-commerical software projects; namely, without a central guiding force and a *real* budget, big software projects have a very difficult time getting finished.

Stallman should just kill it. It's pointless.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

realmolo It's doomed, because Japanese software sucks (153 comments)

It's a weird phenomenon, but it seems that the Japanese don't "get" system software/operating systems AT ALL.

It almost seems to be a cultural thing. They like baroque/quirky interfaces and systems. For video games, that is often a good thing; it makes the game interesting. For applications, it sucks.

about 5 months ago
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Steam Controller Hands-on

realmolo This thing is DOA (138 comments)

The controller is over-engineered and silly, and apparently the SteamBox consoles themselves are going to sell for $500. That's insane. This thing isn't in the same league as an Xbox One or PS4. There are barely any games for it, and barely any announced!

This is going to be another footnote in the history of consoles, unless Valve is planning a big surprise reveal of MASSIVE developer support. Which I doubt will happen.

about 7 months ago
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DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security

realmolo Re:Evil Plot (174 comments)

That's exactly what this is.

The position requires a security clearance, for God's sake! This is an internship for the children of congressman and other highly-placed public officials (and, of course, children of big donors to the Republican and/or Democratic parties). Nothing will get accomplished, but a lot of rich kids will get to put it on their resume.

about 7 months ago
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"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

realmolo Re:Invisible unicorns in a garage (150 comments)

You seem to be implying that somehow mathematics are not sufficient for describing the "real" world, and that is simply not the case.

Mathematics are the language of the universe, as far as we can tell.

about 7 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

realmolo Re:Microsoft should of been smart (227 comments)

Nobody cares about backwards-compatibility.

Why do you think both Sony and MS gave up on it a few years ago? It adds cost to the system, and it doesn't increase sales. A $99 add-on? Hardly anyone would buy it. Sony and MS aren't stupid- if backwards-compatibility was something that would help them sell more systems and/or games and make more money, they would include it. But it doesn't, because hardly anyone wants to play old games. And those that DO want to play the old games play them on the OLD CONSOLE!

about 8 months ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

realmolo Re:You're buying an extended warranty (270 comments)

Uh, XP Home can't join and Active Directory domain. That's why businesses bought it, dipshit. NONE of the "home" versions of Windows can join a domain.

about 8 months ago
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French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

realmolo Re:Remember all those years of Linux on the Deskto (183 comments)

Well, in many ways, Linux *is* inferior to Windows. Don't kid yourself. Especially for business use.

The fact is, most business software is Windows only. That's the deal-breaker for Linux, right there.

And Linux has nothing to compare to Active Directory. If you have to manage a bunch of desktops, Active Directory and Group Policy have no real equivalent on Linux. Yes, there is Puppet and stuff like that. But it's a colossal pain-in-the-ass compared to the very nice GUI tools (and Powershell, now) that Microsoft provides.

Linux has lots of advantages, but manageability isn't one of them. It lags FAR behind Windows on that front.

It's great for web servers and SMTP servers. Those are the only areas where Linux clearly beats all flavors of Windows, in my opinion. On the desktop...not so much. Works great for people that just want to use a browser and OpenOffice, though.

about 10 months ago
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How BlackBerry Blew It

realmolo Simply moved too slowly (278 comments)

When the iPhone was released, RIM should've *immediately* began creating a new operating system for their phones, and *paying* developers to make apps for it.

Their problem, as the article alludes to, is that they got so used to people paying for the Blackberry *service*, that they couldn't imagine simply making money on the devices and taking a cut of the app market. I'm sure it seemed risky, and it would've been.

But they had no choice, really. And now they're fucked. They deserved it, frankly. They had ALL the cards, and they blew it entirely. It's Netscape all over again, really.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

realmolo Android for consoles? (510 comments)

Sounds like that's what they're going for- an "open" OS that can be used for any gaming device. It's a neat idea, but...

It will fail spectacularly. There is no money to be made on console hardware. Who is going to bother building a SteamOS device besides Valve? No one, because Valve is going to be making all the money.

Valve would've been smarter to go all-out, and just build a new proprietary console, but one that is supremely developer and consume friendly. Maybe that is what they are doing, but they are doing it too slowly. If the mythical SteamBox isn't at least as powerful as an Xbox One, and released within the next year, it's doomed, too.

about 10 months ago
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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

realmolo How about this? (228 comments)

Don't go to "Burning Man".

"Burning Man" is for pretentious douchebags.

about 10 months ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

realmolo $500k? Ridiculous. (124 comments)

So it looks like they never had enough funding in the first place. This should have been obvious.

Stephenson fancies himself as being very tech-savvy, but he's no programmer. I'm sure he had this idea (that many people still have, admittedly), that making a game isn't all that hard. Making a game is *colossally* difficult. It requires all kinds of specialized skills, and the people with those skills aren't cheap, and there aren't many of them.

Yeah, you can crank out 16-bit-level games pretty quickly and cheaply these days, but for a real "A-level" title with all the pretty 3D graphics and fancy sound effects and cool soundtrack? $10 million, minimum. Plus a custom controller that needs to be developed? $20 million.

Everyone involved with this, including the people that donated, were naive in the extreme.

about 10 months ago
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Ballmer Admits Microsoft Whiffed Big-Time On Smartphones

realmolo Re:Ballmer (278 comments)

Absolutely.

Ballmer is the one that put the "Every department MUST rate their employees, and MUST fire the employees that have the lowest ratings. Every year." system in place, which is...insane. And stupid. In fact, it's so insane and stupid it's almost unbelievable. This guy is the CEO of one of the richest companies in the world? And he put a system in place to ENSURE that EVERYONE spends most of their workday sabotaging the other employees in order to save their own job?

Ballmer only got/kept the job because he's buddies with Gates, and buddies with the Board. That's how it works in EVERY corporation these days, but generally the CEO is somebody that, at worst, is harmless. Ballmer was actively incompetent, and his idiocy damaged the company. He should be sued by the shareholders.

about 10 months ago
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Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

realmolo What an amazing idea!! (207 comments)

Yes, wouldn't it be great if someone made a completely developer-friendly, unlocked phone with good specs at a decent price?

Yeah, no fucking shit it would. The carriers would NEVER allow it on their networks. We won't see a phone like that until we have a worldwide standard for cell networks, so that somebody could make that phone and actually sell it in the US.

about 10 months ago

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