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msknight

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    Sussex, UK
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    Photography, walking
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    Infrastructure Engineer

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    Intel/AMD/ARM/6502 :-)
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    12tb NAS units
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    Linux/Solaris

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  1. A bit rough in places, but enjoyable .... probably on the top 10 charts in Canada right about now...
  2. Came across Bailen a few months ago. Missed them playing live in a record shop in Chichester. Maybe one day I'll catch them live.
  3. OK Go are inventive in not only their music, but they really put the artistic effort in the message that goes into their videos as well.
  4. Actually found out that Steve Martin is still going strong, and is playing bluegrass. Didn't know he could pick a banjo.
  5. I'd argue that it isn't. Gaming, films, it's all entertainment and there's a limited household budget for subscriptions wherever it's spent. In the old days $300 would get you a household PC to run for three to five years. Now, it's $300 for the hardware (as the software was subsidised) and an extra $70 a year for a O365 personal subscription, $100 for a family or $250 for a home business. (1TB total storage, except business where storage isn't included) - suddenly for a family computer, that $300 purchase for 4 years is now $700... and the risk of losing data if you don't continue the subscription.
  6. The general populations willingness to pay for the convenience factor is already being tested. "24% — say that they "already have too many online TV subscriptions." That figure is up from 14% just a single year earlier, which should be a big warning sign to new streaming services that there really isn't much room for them, and there will likely be even less for the foreseeable future." - https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamrowe1/2019/05/29/24-of-consumers-say-they-have-too-many-streaming-tv-subscriptions/ - There's only so much money in the household budget.
  7. How many? What's the revenue from those subscriptions? It's got more than a hundred million commercial users, but what's the number for consumers? Is it enough for MS to want to keep the desktop alive for the consumer?
  8. It's not the here and now that matters. It's the coming years, and all the things are lined up for the desktop operating system to become more or less irrelevant... and that's where the cost of supporting a desktop OS doesn't make commercial sense (except for Apple) unless you tie it to something else, like a cloud subscription. "We're going to start charging for Windows on a monthly basis, but if you subscribe to O365, you'll get it for free." ... which is already done with commercial licenses. The question is, whether consumers will pay the subscription, and from what I'm seeing, people would rather go local and open source, rather than stump up the cash for yet another subscription. So yes... death sentence... unless commercial interests keep windows alive and the consumer will be a tag-along. If they move to support MacOS, then it's a shorter step to supporting Linux... at least through Vulkan. Gaming is only a catch 22 as long as linux is low in number... and that's my point. Other commercial forces will tip the desktop balance.
  9. EA release an audio CD that you can only play in Ford cars. Stupid move because there are so many other cars out there, and cars are so expensive that someone isn't going to buy a Ford just to play the audio CD. EA doesn't have to put the investment into making their stuff work on linux because so many machines are already windows (most people are driving Ford) and if someone's going to pony for a game they really want to play, then a few hundred bucks to buy a windows gaming machine isn't too drastic. As PC prices have dropped into console territory, EA no doubt feel that they're on tried and tested ground. But they're running a dangerous game. When Adobe stuffed their services in the cloud and charged a subscription their profits soared, - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/12/13/adobe_q4_2019/ - others followed suit including microsoft. Ongoing subscriptions are a lot better than a one off purchase price for an operating system that they have to then maintain for years on end. Hence Office 365, gaming, etc. is moving to the cloud. That makes them device independent. The only remaining question is whether Microsoft see the value in keeping windows as a loss leader, or whether they give up on Windows because anyone can access the cloud services from any platform... and they'd have to make it a loss leader, because if they then charged a subscription for windows, that would be a step too far for people. Of course, they could (and have for some commercial licenses) tie the windows subscription into the other subscriptions, like your O365... but in the consumer world that would be unlikely to survive an anti-competition probe ... IE baked into Windows, anyone? I can't see a commercial future for Windows as a consumer desktop OS which has to make a profit, in a world where everything has gone to cloud. ... except power gaming, and that proposition might change once everyone has fast enough connections that latency is not an issue for enough people commercially. People like me in the sticks will never be more than a pimple on the commercial argument. Linux already runs on all the top 500 supercomputers (hey Linus, how about playing counter strike on Summit? Think you can get Big Blue to swing that for you?!) - https://itsfoss.com/linux-runs-top-supercomputers/ and ARM is making it down to the datacentre... all be it slowly... https://www.nextplatform.com/2019/02/20/arm-goes-to-war-in-the-datacenter-with-aries-designs/ ... (Windows on ARM? Only useful if you're running headless IMHO) plus a chunk of mobile phone gaming is already Linux including Apple entering the fray ... at this rate the casual gamer is going to have no need to touch Windows. It's perfectly possible right now, for someone to go cradle to grave and never need to touch Windows except commercially. Windows will likely persist in the office as long as M$ is making enough through combined licenses to make it worth maintaining a desktop OS... and that will likely be the only reason why Windows survives for the consumer space. We're also heading for a recession... tech is being encouraged to move out of China - https://techpinions.com/tech-manufacturing-moving-out-of-china-at-rapid-rate/56664 - and with China now working on their own mobile operating systems and environments (along with Russia moving along the same lines) - that means the cost of tech in the West could actually rise as things decentralise and separate... which will see an increase in pressure on the household budget... and hence subscriptions... and hence more people who don't seriously game, being willing to handle the learning curve that is Linux. A number of my friends have already switched to Libre Office and are keeping files locally, rather than pony for the office subscriptions. So... the way things are looking now, EA ignoring Linux is a death move for the company if they've got longetivity in mind. If they're short term, take the money and run, however... then the whole thing is a pile of meh. But as a gamer who has firm favourites and loves to play them (I loaded up Black and White 2 collectors edition on my linux box two weeks ago, and I'm enjoying it all over again) ... then there's no way I'm putting more money into EA's pockets. Especially as my own money is being squeezed and I can't maintain multiple subscriptions for different entertainment services anyway. Yes, there are exclusives that I'm going to miss unless I'm signed up to every single service, but I can't fork out that kind of money. It's personal financial suicide. Don't get me wrong... there's a chunk of cheap games that I'll throw a few bucks at, play, put down and never touch again... but there's a handful of classics that I really enjoy and will go to a reasonable extent to play them. I have three BBC B micros here, along with 4 original XBox consoles (all modded - I now have enough spares to last me my life) and a MiSTer FPGA system. I was using it to play Krusty's Super Fun House on the SNES two days ago. I mean... I'm full to the brim with the pick of decades worth of games that I enjoy now, and will be enjoying for years to come as long as I take care of my kit. EA? Windows only? Subscription? No thanks. I can't see the future in it personally. Nor can I see a future for EA with their current outlook on the market. More gamers are going to dribble over to Linux for various reasons in the coming years... especially as other software houses up their support for linux... EA will be left as the lone elf on the shelf... everyone's driving Teslas and no one wants to fork out for a Ford just to play their CD. (for the record, I don't drive either of them.)
  10. I believe it is the sole reason that Russia has prepared to cut itself off from the internet at large and re-write wikipedia.
  11. So you're the one responsible !!! (lol)
  12. ...and they'll probably load it into the electric version of the Fiat 500 just to add insult to injury.
  13. Please... hell no. Someone will load their car with that damn frog. Briiiing dinga dinga dinga dinggggg....
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