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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
15. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 6, 2015, 10:17 Burrito of Peace
Invariably, the average user always go for the path of least resistance. Whether that be a computer, car, fridge, phone, or whatever else. So long as it is easy to obtain, requires no skill to operate, and presents no challenge to the user, the average user will snatch up that product vociferously.

I worked for Apple in Apple Enterprise back when they were taking their second shot at the enterprise market with the Xserve and, later, XSAN. They tried the above approach with enterprise storage and servers and, predictably, it failed horribly. That's not a market that Apple understands well. Who gives a damn that your server is sleek and silver with pretty blue lights on the front when it's rackmounted in a cabinet with several other servers that is forgotten about until something breaks? What mattered most for people were glaring problems such as the changes you made in conf files didn't reflect in Server Manager and vice versa. Or that, at the time, there was no robust and straightforward method of integrating with an already existing AD domain and schema.

Apple is good at selling devices that are based on two principles; "Oh, it's shiny" and "Easy mode". Phones and tablets sell well on those principles because, let's face it, the average consumer is uninformed, financially irresponsible, and technologically illiterate. When something breaks, the usual response is "I'll replace it" or "I'll have someone else fix it".

I myself am now considered a "neckbeard" which is fine. It means that I have the skillset to completely build my OS from scratch (I've successfully built Arch, and I have completed LFS, BLFS, and HLFS) and that also means I can quickly identify the root cause of issues and resolve those issues promptly. However, those issues are few and far between because, again, I built my own OS and I know exactly what's in it. Yet that is not an approach that I advocate to people in general. It's hard, it's a challenge and, at times, it can be enormously frustrating. The average user will fail at any one of those three conditions because they've been canalized by phrases such as "It just works". The average user wants a device or product that takes no time away from their leisure pursuits or, worse yet, their overscheduled day. I understand that and I won't dun them for it, even if I don't necessarily agree with scheduling your life to be that hectic.

In general, I find that the people who deploy and evangelize Linux fall in to the categories of people who work in enterprise environments, people who want an OS that is specifically tailored to their wants and needs, or both. They're very excited about the concepts of liberty, choice, customization, and security. What we're bad at is recognizing that our choices are not inherently better choices for people who fall in to the average user category. I don't think it's fair to dun someone who makes a different computing choice based on different needs. Unfortunately, a great deal of vocal Linux advocates don't understand that so the Linux user, in general, gets a bad rap for intolerance, inflexibility, and being less than helpful (RTFM noob! MAN noob!).

I think the company that can pull together a unified phone, tablet, and computer ecosystem and sell the whole thing as a package for $999 or less will be the company that eventually wins the day. Apple won't do it because that would negatively effect their years of marketing touting Apple as a premium brand and Microsoft can't do it because they've become tone deaf to the needs of their customers. Microsoft is showing faint signs that that is changing but not enough to generate customer faith and good will.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Why ‘Fallout’ Is the Best Nuclear War Story Ever Told. Jul 3, 2015, 09:27 Burrito of Peace
I'm guessing the author of that article never read A Canticle for Leibowitz which is the wellspring from which the Fallout universe flowed?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 1, 2015, 10:45 Burrito of Peace
Yeah, this absolutely sucks for those of us who use OpenDNS regularly. It was the one DNS service that I could trust to not log or redirect requests.

Hopefully we'll see a fork and a replacement.
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News Comments > Sorcerer King Next Month
1. Re: Sorcerer King Next Month Jun 30, 2015, 16:49 Burrito of Peace
Whar SoSE2? WHAR?!?!?!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2015, 15:19 Burrito of Peace
If Bethsoft can get their Fallout 4 companion app working on both Android and iOS, why are Android users getting the shaft when it comes to Fallout Shelter?  
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News Comments > Starbreeze Unveils VR Hardware
8. Re: Starbreeze Unveils VR Hardware Jun 14, 2015, 18:09 Burrito of Peace
Weren't these the cats that were allegedly working on a Syndicate reboot?

Or did it turn out to be that crappy FPS thing?
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 10, 2015, 22:17 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2015, 21:32:
Is it just me, or are transparent displays pretty limited in their utility.

Smart windows in buildings, vehicles (land, sea, air, and rail), portable, handheld, tablet style analyzers of all shapes and kinds, and this is a fundamental step toward wearable HUD technology that doesn't require vertical or rear projection.
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News Comments > Galactic Inheritors Released
4. Re: Galactic Inheritors Released Jun 9, 2015, 22:39 Burrito of Peace
That looks remarkably amateurish.  
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
15. Re: Saturday Interviews Jun 7, 2015, 00:27 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 14:25:
@Burrito: Enemy Unknown didn't suck (despite having its flaws) even while also being developed for consoles. I often notice the consoleness of games developed for both, but didn't really for EU.

You are quite correct about EU not really being terrible and, in fact, I am doing a playthrough of EW right now. I was being snarky in my initial post.

However, the UI for EU/EW layout is very clearly done from the perspective of a controller. Is it usable with a mouse? Sure. Is it as effective as it could be? No. Moreover, increasing the resolution in game never gave you a lot of additional visual room, it just made the interface bigger. Yeah...that was helpful.

Build in to the fact that there was no overt mod support (Yes, I know about Long War), the base building part was a two axis affair because of console limitations and other little niggling things and it adds up. Was XCOM EU/EW good? Yes. Do I enjoy it? Yes. Could it be much, much better if it wasn't shackled to craptastic, two-generations-behind-consoles? Absolutely.

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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
1. Re: Saturday Interviews Jun 6, 2015, 13:57 Burrito of Peace
Because just saying "We didn't want it to suck" would have made for a very short article.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update
15. Re: Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update Jun 6, 2015, 10:02 Burrito of Peace
I genuinely wish they had a demo.  
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News Comments > Desura & Indie Royale Parent Bankrupt
13. Re: Desura & Indie Royale Parent Bankrupt Jun 6, 2015, 09:13 Burrito of Peace
TheLeech wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 07:59:
Esoteric wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 02:05:
Nucas wrote on Jun 6, 2015, 01:31:
NamecaF wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 22:13:
Kythlyn wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 19:29:
I wonder what's going to happen to Desura. If the digital distribution platform is taken offline, and everyone loses their libraries, it won't be pretty. This might turn into a small preview of the Steampocalypse.

I've been saying this for years. People prefer ignorance and "convenience" though

some latent part of me still feels this way but, really, this is like not using gmail because you're just anticipating google goes under and takes all your email with it. how likely do we think this is going to be after 11 years of the platform being the center of the pc universe?

just as soon worry about the inevitability of resource depletion and electricity failure preventing you from playing games, too.

Haha, you suckers, playing your "video games" that need electricity. Once the power goes out, I'll still have my table top games I can play. You guys are a bunch of suckers!

Haha, you suckers, playing your "table top games" that need tables. Once you burn your tables for your cook fires and heating, I'll still have my rocks I can play with in the dirt. Suckers...

Haha, you suckers, playing with your "rocks" that need dirt. Once we all lose our jobs because they're being done by robots and you've built your hovel out of those rocks, I'll still have my imaginary friends to play with. Crazy
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News Comments > Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy Launches
10. Re: Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy Launches Jun 5, 2015, 14:02 Burrito of Peace
So I am two hours in and this is my first off the cuff opinion:

  • It's fairly easy to understand and uncomplicated.

  • Tactics actually matter.

  • The music is decent.

  • True 3D, multiplane movement and range of motion.

  • You can create your fleet formation before starting combat.

  • Multiple ship classes enable you to create true fleets of complimentary roles instead of just a collection of ships.

  • Cons
  • The writing is terrible, like the sci fi story you wrote in Grade 6 terrible. Awful and painful.

  • The graphics are definitely outdated and lagging. Very fuzzy and a lack of definition.

  • The weapons don't really have a lot of punch to them. In this I mean it doesn't feel like you're firing off heavy ship based weapons. Missiles, in ratio to your ship, are hilariously huge while beam weapons are almost comically small.

  • Standard mission fare; blow these ships up, rescue that ship, etc.
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    News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
    1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 5, 2015, 09:15 Burrito of Peace
    Bell Media president is about to get a lesson in market forces.

    Also, this was hilarious: "It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix..."

    "Oh, wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder."

    There is zero social stigma around bypassing bullshit, artificial restrictions setup by myopic retards to deny choice in favor of their own profit.

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    News Comments > Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy Launches
    8. Re: Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy Launches Jun 4, 2015, 23:48 Burrito of Peace
    I'll be trying it tomorrow morning. It's going to take me all night to download.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    14. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2015, 19:35 Burrito of Peace
    I know Kosinski wanted to do a Black Hole remake based on the success of Tron.

    I doubt that will ever see the light of day, now.
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    News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
    13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 25, 2015, 00:47 Burrito of Peace
    AMD won't go under for a very specific reason, one that happened before when Intel was facing down a monstrosity of monopoly lawsuits.


    Intel has, previously, very quietly floated AMD loans and, in some cases, outright grants. It is in Intel's best interest to keep AMD alive as a shield, as it is cheaper than combating a litany of global anti-trust, monopoly and anti-competition lawsuits globally. Remember, Intel is a company that has 10 billion dollars in liquid assets in a "war chest".

    I also do not believe that Intel is going to let the x86 business dwindle and die. If they were, they would not be pouring a nearly obscene amount of cash and resources in to Skylake. Remember that Skylake is intended to scale from massive enterprise compute clusters all the way down to phones and tablets. I was recently able to test drive some Skylake based laptops and tablets. I was incredibly amazed. Battery life measured in days, not hours. 4K graphics from embedded GPUs that were more than serviceable for the average consumer and QPI...QPI everywhere.
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    News Comments > Need for Speed Reboot This Autumn
    14. Re: Need for Speed Reboot This Autumn May 21, 2015, 17:46 Burrito of Peace
    The last really good arcade racer that I played the Hell out of Midnight Club: LA on the 360. My friends and I played that for thousands of hours on Live.

    If this is like that experience, where the drifting was goddamned near perfect with a balance between weight shift, traction loss, and torque, then I can definitely see myself picking this up.

    There are plenty of sim racers already out there that do a fine job. Arcade racers, not so much. The last decent, but not great, was the original Forza Horizon. Horizon Two was a massive step back.
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    News Comments > Evening Consolidation
    2. Re: Evening Consolidation May 21, 2015, 08:19 Burrito of Peace
    Cutter wrote on May 20, 2015, 18:22:
    And MS can get away with this where Aero couldn't because...?

    Money. Lots of it.
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