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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2015, 16:16 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 15:37:
Verno wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 09:58:
I'm not sure Pratt is right for the role, the Jones character was more balanced toward playing it straight with wise cracks once in awhile and Pratt seems too goofy.

i'd have to agree. Ford made indy a masculine icon; lightyears from just being some bro with a whip. honestly i don't think there's anybody out there that can match Ford's masculinity and aloofness.

Yup. Ford was rarely laugh at. Pratt is often laugh at.

Bradley Cooper was another name banded around. He would be better. He's usually smug, but he's shown he can tone that down. I'm not saying he would be right, and it's very hard to find someone "right" for such an iconic performance, but he'd be better.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups
26. Re: Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups Jan 28, 2015, 14:16 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 11:28:
Quboid wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 11:17:
Creston wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 10:45:
Kajetan wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 10:42:
2. Because it WISE to not hurt your customers. As i remember Adobe once contacted several hundred customers with "counterfeit" serials and offered them legit ones for free. Adobe came out as the good guy, it was perfect PR story, costing them nearly nothing.

This. 100000 times this.

They're not Ubisoft's customers, and they never will be if Ubisoft just give them games every time they buy illegitimate ones. I'm not sure I'd ever be Ubisoft's customer either, if I could pay someone half the amount for some key and get a legit copy of Far Cry 5 if it's ever revoked.

It would be nice if Ubisoft went with a softer approach but IMHO what they're doing now isn't unreasonable and anything more would be a bonus.

It (UBI replacing keys) also starts down the slippery slope of what happens next time. Are they obligated to do it every time, then? Wouldn't that just cause fraudulent keys to flourish?

A general rule in life, and it certainly applies here, is if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.


That's what I said in the last topic. If Ubi rewards this behavior, why would people stop using shady key sites? They would be no-risk. You'd have nothing to lose.

And, in real life, if you buy something stolen it is confiscated, even if you had no clue it was stolen. You then have to try to get your money back from the person you bought it from, who is probably broke from legal fees trying not to go to jail for selling something stolen.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
34. Re: Into the Black Jan 28, 2015, 14:14 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 21:06:
We're really going to do this are we? Sigh.

Ghostbusters was lightning in a bottle. Even the sequel with the original actors in their prime fell short. This is either going to be so bad we all agree to forget it ever existed (*coughbluesbrothers2000cough*) or it's going to have to be completely different to to have a chance to stand on it's own.

I'd wager it would be very different.

"People start a business fighting ghosts" is a pretty broad topic that, while it's certainly been done once near-perfectly, is not a unique subject. Ghostbusters wasn't even the first time it was done. It shouldn't be the last, not for something that's that rich of an idea. So many things can be done.

And, to that note, it could either be done entirely without the name, in which case people will just call it a ripoff (of something that was itself a bit of a ripoff), or they can acknowledge they're building on a great idea and pay someone for having done it before them.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
33. Re: Into the Black Jan 28, 2015, 14:11 Beamer
 
Lorcin wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 01:12:
Can I just go out on a limb here and say female comedians aren't funny?

Just to qualify that statement I should probably point out that my wife of 16 years agrees with me even though she has a masters degree in Feminist Literature from Cambridge.

#Ghostbrastures?

"I have black friends."
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
9. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 28, 2015, 14:07 Beamer
 
Trials: Frontier charges money for gas. Races take 5-7 gas. Gas slowly accumulates, or you can pay for gas.

Basically, after playing that game 3-5 hours, you need to pay to do anything at all.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jan 27, 2015, 17:57 Beamer
 
Krovven wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 17:41:
I have basically lost all interest in this now.



I find Melissa McCarthy very annoying, and am not much a fan of Kristen Wiig, who can vary between very funny and just a female Will Ferrell (who I also dislike.)

Don't know about the other two, but seems less like it will be a Ghostbusters and more like it will be a Melissa McCarthy movie. Maybe they can have her be a different character, I dunno.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud
39. Re: Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud Jan 26, 2015, 19:04 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 18:29:
Clearly unfair pricing by having some regions pay less than others is the culprit. Equal pricing in all regions would make this a non-issue.

Jesus, you always post this and never respond when people call you out for saying it.

Here's what would happen if there was equal pricing in all regions:

1) Regions with high poverty and low wages would suddenly have their pricing go up. Given that the average salary in China is under $5,000 per year, most Chinese gamers will now be unable to buy games and will just pirate. An entire revenue stream is lost
2) Regions like the US, where people can afford games, will actually see game prices rise (or game budgets and therefore quality fall) to make up for that lost revenue stream.


It's such a weirdly libertarian argument to say "well, sure, the average person in my country makes 10x what the average person in that country makes, but why should they not pay what I pay? It isn't my fault they don't have better jobs. If they can only afford one game per year, so be it."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 17:41 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 17:38:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 14:18:
Nonsense article is full of nonsense. Wow.

There is no pendulum. People play games on what they want to. Hell, I play games on my high end pc, Xbone, PS4, 3DS, tablet, and phone. The author acts like people stopped playing PC games when the Bone and PS4 released.

I feel the opposite is true. Since the launch of XB1 and PS4, I haven't seen a massive swing back toward consoles. It seems to me that games coverage and discussion swung toward PC at the end of the PS3 and 360 life cycle. During the heyday of the 360 and PS3 we kept hearing about the end of the PC as a gaming platform. That's largely gone away and not come back.

The beginning of a generation is always slower and discussions linger around more mature platforms with more to play on.

Still, I think you're correct. However, both machines are selling pretty well, so someone is buying them, and I wonder if this is in part due to where we get our news, rather than what people are discussing.

I have zero interest in an Xbone or PS4 not because I think the PC is better - I'd be more interested in upgrading my 4.5 year old system if that were true. It's just that there aren't many games I'm looking forward to play. My gaming habits are changing rapidly and I'm only interested in certain things. I still play a ton of FTL, for one...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 17:34 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 17:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:49:

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.

I think with me I just don't like the controller as primary game navigation system, and the simplistic play that developers implement to support it. I can't spend the time learning the ins and outs of a complex flight sim like I used to. But when I do fly, run, drive, or play RTS or TBS games, I prefer the finer control and the choices offered by flight sticks, driving wheels, and the mouse, and games created to take advantage of them. I have a few xbox controllers, and I only use them to play games with the kids, with a few exceptions (like Brothers). I'm invariably disappointed with console ports to PC, as I find their game play too shallow, even as I've become a time-limited gamer.

For some games I prefer the m+k, for others I prefer the controller. It varies within genres.

But I just want to play fun games. I remember thinking it mattered if I liked the GameCube, PS2 or Xbox more. Now? I just want to play fun games.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud
29. Re: Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud Jan 26, 2015, 16:24 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:16:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:12:
Ubisoft is not responsible for this. You reap what you sow, sorry.
Yeah well that is not how most people will see this.

It's a difficult thing though, no?
If you buy a stolen car, the police will take it from you. It's up to you to try to get your money back from wherever you bought it from. In many cases neither the seller nor the buyer knew it was stolen, but both lose out.

In this case, it isn't something with value like a car, so Ubi technically doesn't need it back. However, if they just say to everyone "yeah, you bought something from the grey market for way too little money, and we know you did it, but you're still good" what incentive is there for people to not keep shopping on the grey market?

 
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News Comments > Gearbox Recruiting for "Next Borderlands"
23. Re: Gearbox Recruiting for Jan 26, 2015, 16:09 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:07:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 11:54:
Personally,

I hope they do Borderlands 3 as a Destiny like game. I feel like Destiny is a huge piece of shit in a lot of ways but I can't stop playing it because the shooting is fun.


%100 agree. it is a steaming pile of shit, but the shooting is perfect. just the right (generous) amount of auto-aim to make people feel like a badass using a controller.

Yeah, man, that's what I said here when I played the beta. The game was repetitive and boring, but man, the simple shooting mechanic felt right. I can't put my finger on what "right" means, but from the first moment you're given a gun and pull the trigger I was just grinning like a kid.

Then the MMO parts kicked in and I decided the game wasn't worthwhile.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 14:25 Beamer
 
Ecthelion wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 14:08:
Beamer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:49:
Axis wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:43:
Absolutely JD, it's a fairly common crossover - when you are young it's easy to get into consoles, then when you get older and see what you can do on a PC platform you "Evolve!".

I'd bet most of us have. Atari 2600 right to TI99 for me. Many of my friends and their kids same story.

I do get tired of all the new "PLS CONTROLLER for x game on steam", but I'm glad they're discovering PC gaming - won't be long before their pc controller collects is only dusted off for the occasional platforming type game...

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.
Yeah, I'm in that second category. I've reached the point in my life (mid 30's and 9-month old kid) where tinkering has lost all its appeal to me. I'm sure some people enjoy tinkering until they're old and gray, but not me. My friend got me into the Gamecube and PS3 with Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid (both series have entries that have never made it to PC), and the loss of texture fidelity and resolution were less important to me than getting to play games more easily. The final nail in the PC gaming coffin for me was when my old workhorse PC bit the dust and my various attempts at repairing it did no good. 5 years ago, I would have put hours and hours into getting it working again, but I just don't have that drive now. It doesn't help that I discovered this big library of games that just aren't on PC, so I have plenty to keep me busy for the next decade and beyond. Yes, a good number of console games do eventually make it to PC, but anyone who says "all the good games come to PC" is overlooking or ignoring a fair number of console games out there (e.g. MGS4, RE0, almost every first-party Nintendo game ever).

I can't really use the cost argument, since I have a PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One (which I really bought for only a couple of exclusives like Sunset Overdrive), and with the generally more expensive console games, it's arguably no cheaper to play on consoles these days. So I can't really mock people that run out and buy $3000 Alienware gaming PCs.

But for me the biggest draw is the ease of console gaming and getting games that can't be played on PC. If I really wanted to practice what I preached, I'd buy a gaming PC (or have a friend build one). I'm sure I eventually will, when I "need" to play some new strategy game that isn't on consoles. But I'm finding more and more that the genres I enjoy are the ones that consoles are suited to.

I think the truly wise gamers get all the platforms they can, because of course the PC has tons of games that never make it to consoles (although the PS4 and to a lesser extent the Xbox One an Wii U are making good strides at getting more indie games and closing that gap). Personally I find no value in phone/tablet games (okay, I'll admit I loved the first Plants vs Zombies, but every smartphone game these days seems to be monetized and I hate that), but I suppose they are technically another platform that most people already have. It all depends on what you like. People love to mock Nintendo for their lack of market share and seeming stupidity, but for my money they still make some of the most fun games out there. But most "serious" gamers want nothing to do with them.

Whatever you like, it's a good time to be a gamer. Where I come from, more choice is better, and we definitely have lots of choices. If Microsoft is actually focusing on PC gaming again, great! Maybe they're just trying to take advantage of the increased focus (thanks to successful Kickstarter campaigns, for example), but only time will tell.

I mostly agree. The platform arguments don't work well for me because each platform has advantages the others do not have.

Each platform.

I play some games on the PC. But my job is extremely heavily me at a desk staring at a screen. When I get home I rarely want to do the same. Sitting on a couch staring at a screen is an improvement, but as a whole my game playing has dropped a lot and I prefer spending time off my butt since my job is mostly on my butt.

Definitely agree, though, that the "wise" gamer explores platforms rather than thinking he's the only right, smart, sane person and anyone enjoying something on another platform is a lesser person.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 13:49 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:43:
Absolutely JD, it's a fairly common crossover - when you are young it's easy to get into consoles, then when you get older and see what you can do on a PC platform you "Evolve!".

I'd bet most of us have. Atari 2600 right to TI99 for me. Many of my friends and their kids same story.

I do get tired of all the new "PLS CONTROLLER for x game on steam", but I'm glad they're discovering PC gaming - won't be long before their pc controller collects is only dusted off for the occasional platforming type game...

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2015, 12:58 Beamer
 
It was 65 degrees here yesterday and never snows in the city.
I have a job offer for LA, where it's in the mid to high 70s and rarely even rains..
But I'm hoping this interview I have this week pays off and I end up getting the job offer I want in NYC, which is about to get hit with 2 feet of snow.

I'm beginning to question my decision-making process.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Recruiting for "Next Borderlands"
11. Re: Gearbox Recruiting for Jan 26, 2015, 12:22 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 11:27:
I was bored after the a couple of hours with the first game. Though I still cannot forgive Mr. Pitchfork for the DNF fiasco, not to mention Aliens.

I guess this is the way it goes. Once you have a successful series you just throw creativity out the window, copy paste some of the old stuff, give it a new coat of paint and call it a day.

If all you've played of the series was a couple of hours of the first game, how can you say that they're throwing creativity out the window, copy-pasting and giving a new coat of paint?

I mean, all we know is that they're hiring. Quick to make that judgment, no? I'd wager some of your favorite games are sequels. And Borderlands 2 was definitely not lacking in creativity. The Prequel may have been, though people here seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. But that was also the outsourced same-engine game. Borderlands 3, from the primary team, with a new engine, will be where they try new things.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
16. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 25, 2015, 13:46 Beamer
 
She didn't"invent" issues. Maybe they were new to you but they were discussed before she got involved.

And why do film fans not get up in arms over these discussions, which are much more common about movies? No death threats ("not credible" doesn't mean fake, fyi) and no endless accusations of scams or feminaziism or keeping the white man down.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jan 22, 2015, 17:29 Beamer
 
Asmo wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 17:22:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:50:
aside from point 1 I felt my IQ float away after reading those writing trends that need to die.. more like article trends that need to die...

Yeah, feels like click bait (reminds me of Anita Sarkeesian's rants/whines), but there's a few relevant things.

Specifically, the psyche stuff in the latest Tomb Raider. One moment, Lara is freaking out over killing her first man, then she's a functional death dispenser of apocalyptic proportions with nary a sniffle to betray her inner turmoil. Even if you accept that a certain level of brevity is inherent, you don't fix intense psychological dissonance while coming off an extreme fight or flight adrenal response in a couple of minutes and turn in to a Terminator.

And FC3's writing was a goddamn mess. I enjoyed the game in much the same way I enjoyed JC2, ie. ignoring the story as much as possible made it more fun.

It is like Anita because it's tropes - things that are often fine on their own but not when so many games do it, hence why #1 and #2 contradict.

The post-modern thing rings true to me with his Cabin the Woods reference, which was annoying when it went from mocking lame horror to being lame horror, but FC3 is the only game I can remember playing that goes for it (and does it poorly.)

I also agree with the "we're grown-ups!" thing. Ooo, drugs, how mature! It reminds me of the first time I saw Mitch Hedburg. The opening comedian just made jokes about sex and drugs. Great. You're making an audience laugh at those topics. No real nuance, no real wit, a monkey could be up there with cue-cards that had various sexual situations or drug types on it and people would laugh.
Mitch came out and did his whole thing without mentioning either (but very seemingly on one.) Much harder to make someone laugh that way, but much better laughs.
 
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News Comments > More on Windows 10 and Xbox
31. Re: More on Windows 10 and Xbox Jan 22, 2015, 12:55 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 12:38:
Slick wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:05:
lol cutter, you can't get mad/defensive when you use numbers in an argument, that are then (very politely) pointed out to you to be inaccurate/improperly used. beat me to it Bundy!

presenting stock prices on their own doesn't give any real information. that's like just quoting the atomic weight of gold as an indicator of the total weight of a 200 ft. tall gold statue. you simply don't get any information by quoting half the equation.

we're all disappointed with MS that they do nothing with pc gamers, even though they have an install base of a bazillion trillion computers already, but you don't help your argument by spouting things that don't have any bearing on what you're saying, then getting upset when corrected on it. it's a simple mistake that we've all done before. chill.

The really bizarre thing is that Cutter has made the exact same argument in a previous Microsoft thread, and had his error explained in exactly the same way, eliciting just as defensive and misguided a response from him. I guess Cutter is not a learning animal. Either that or simple algebraic equations just aren't his thing. That said I agree with his sentiment that, regardless of market valuation, Microsoft has been way off track as a company for well over a decade and doesn't show any sign of getting on track -- Nadella at the helm, or no -- anytime soon. It's just that stock price alone doesn't say ANYTHING, either for or against such a sentiment.

It was showing him the numbers that got him to finally ignore me. Of all the reasons he had...
 
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News Comments > Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans
54. Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans Jan 21, 2015, 21:44 Beamer
 
Ludomancer wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 20:58:
We're already well done fucked. We had so many opportunities to fight this, but people are too eager to chase carrots on sticks and play games using the latest DirectX. The last chance we had to stop this shit would have been around the WinNT/Win98 era.

At what point can we start referring to the ignorant, general public as "Proles"?

Latest DX is free. I'm not complaining.
 
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News Comments > Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans
21. Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade Plans Jan 21, 2015, 15:58 Beamer
 
warmbluelasers wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 15:14:
MS ordered retailers to pull the older versions of Office off the shelf so they could push the subscription version. Why give them the benefit of the doubt?

If we're lucky 'first year free' will probably be just like Norton AV - after the first year you'll be locked out from getting patches and updates. If they're going to charge a sub just to log in to the desktop (always on OS! cool!), well I hope it blows up in their face.

Link that. Ms actually released two versions of office simultaneously, one sub one not. No pulling off shelves.

Subs are for businesses or homes with five plus pcs. It isn't for regular home users. I'll be shocked if windows is any different. They know the home user won't go for that, especially if Apple isn't doing it.
 
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