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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

theurge14 Re:lets toss xbox in the mix (511 comments)

Are people using their Xboxes as PC replacements?

about 7 months ago
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What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

theurge14 Growing weary of "Steam Box" talk (182 comments)

Gabe and Valve keep talking about innovation but it's now been nearly 3 years since they floated the piston box prototype and with this new announcement we'll be waiting for another prototype in spring 2014. Exactly how long does it take to build a special purpose PC? That is all this Steam Machine is after all, correct?

The last time I paid attention to what Valve had to say it was Gabe back in 2010 or so talking about how with the Steam platform they would be delivering small incremental updates to Half-Life 2 instead of the "lengthy" episodes or even longer Half-Life 3 box sequels. Sorry Gabe, but 2014 is around the corner meaning it's been 7 years since Half-Life 2 Episode 2. You want the industry to follow your company's lead with Steam and games on demand type development then please lead by example.

about a year ago
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PCWorld Magazine Is No More

theurge14 Upgrading? (164 comments)

Suddenly millions of people cried out at once when they realized they haven't used a PC expansion slot in over 5 years.

The "PC enthusiast" scene has been quietly dying for years.

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Film Shooting Begins Early 2014

theurge14 Re:Long-awaited. (Hahahahahahaha) (181 comments)

I'm sure the books were so good that even without the success of the World of Warcraft game this movie would've gotten greenlighted.

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Film Shooting Begins Early 2014

theurge14 Long-awaited (181 comments)

Probably waited a little too long. Story went off the rails around Cataclysm. Problems with class imbalances favoring overpowered death knights and paladins are so 2007 and 2008. Even the Mists of Kung-Fu Panda complaints are so last year.

about a year ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

theurge14 Cinnamon Control Panel (185 comments)

That Cinnamon Control Panel looks very similar to OS X's System Preferences.

about a year ago
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Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

theurge14 Re:Spoiler alert: no. (335 comments)

You can't trade used games in Steam, either. You'll need to find another example to compare your disappointment with the new Xbox with.

about a year ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

theurge14 Re:Games are not played in the living room (395 comments)

Does the new Xbox One not play games?

Then what's your problem with it? So the new TV features aren't for you, so what? I too play my Xbox 360 on a smaller TV in a bedroom but I do understand that many people have it in their living rooms as an entertainment hub. That doesn't prevent me from playing games the way I want.

about a year ago
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Google Betting Its Google+ Systems Know What's Best For You

theurge14 Re:Meh. (109 comments)

Keep an eye on the newer Yahoo mobile apps. I tried the new weather one and was happily surprised. I still use GMail and probably will for a long time forward but I'm watching Yahoo now.

about a year ago
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The Balkanization of Chatting

theurge14 Re:iPhone and "txt" messages (242 comments)

Sounds like it might be a problem on your phone. I haven't seen this problem at all on iPhones.

about a year ago
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iTunes Store Turns 10

theurge14 The real story (184 comments)

The real revolution was that Apple became a big enough player with the iPod to force the hand of the big 5 of the RIAA to actually offer their music online in digital form for what many people deemed a fair enough price to not pirate. It seems commonplace now in 2013 enough to forget, but in the mid 2000s there were very options for consumers to get their music online, and one could argue this was one of the bigger reasons for online piracy. We see echoes of this still today as the news reported last week that the HBO show Game of Thrones is one of the biggest pirated shows online, and some would argue this is because of consumer's perceived lack of options for watching it online. Apple challenged the old distribution model and won, that's what the story is.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

theurge14 Re:Windows is not disappearing anytime soon (628 comments)

In a way you made my point. There was a time when a PC was the "new shiny". There was a long period of time during PC history when there was no PXE booting and WDS, no AD, no GP, no easy configuration through the network or management tools. But yet it caught on and eventually became what it is now. I look at the large cycle of history of the PC and I see how it replaced the "restrictive" old client-server paradigm in favor of all that local power and freedom on your desktop, only to be retrofitted over the years to go right back where it began with the restricted and confined client-server paradigm. And now we're seeing it start over again with the whole BYOD movement.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

theurge14 Re:Windows is not disappearing anytime soon (628 comments)

An interesting "full circle" given the history of the PC that the main reason given now for keeping it around is that is corporate inertia.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Game Director Adam Orth Resigns Following Xbox Comments

theurge14 Figured this was coming (261 comments)

I'll be the first to admit I enjoy a bit of give and take with snarky comments on the Internet, but for a person in his position I though his condescending Twitter comments regarding people who dare to live in places such as Wisconsin or Virginia were a bit shocking in their arrogance. I can't say I'm surprised at all at Microsoft letting him go.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

theurge14 Re:Google Fiber locations (128 comments)

Sorry for being unclear, indeed I did mean places like KC.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

theurge14 Re:Google Fiber locations (128 comments)

Sorry if I didn't make myself clear. I know KC has it, I used to live there. My point was why does it have to be a "tech city" in order to have it. Again, sorry for being unclear.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

theurge14 Google Fiber locations (128 comments)

"Why not San Francisco or Austin or somewhere where all the tech is?"

The better question is why not a place like Kansas City where the front lines of the consumer broadband battle are being fought? Isn't the main point of all this to expose what a farce typical broadband service is like in the US? How do you do that convincingly in a place as saturated with tech?

about a year ago

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