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Web editor for 5 years, web producer for 10, business owner for 7. I've worked for a major gaming web site, a major game publisher, and a fairly well known cable TV network. At the moment I run my own business, and I do everything. Marketing, accounting, photography, videography, hiring, firing.
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It’s almost like Apple says what they think they need to in order to convince people to buy their products, whether or not it’s actually true… sometimes they even manage to do it somewhat successfully!
They still do it today just as they did in 2015 and 2016.
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Let’s see you go on a run with those things on.
I mean, obviously not the specific headphones the poster you’re replying to is talking about, but exercise and running are literally why portable wired headphones exist in the first place. Go watch almost any Walkman ad from the 80’s. Why do you think that stuff was even invented? We already had home stereos and headphones, car stereos, etc.
I still have a set of original Koss PortaPros (I don’t really use them anymore, but I have them and they work, which is more than you’ll be able to say about your Airpods 30 years from now) – of course I can run with them. I mean, of course I can! What a ridiculous thing it is to suggest otherwise. It is what they were made for.
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Back in the day, we used to just call the metaverse "the internet".
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As an iPhone owner for the last two years, all it’s done is convince me that FaceID is trash anyway. It works maybe one out of ten times. It does not work at all in low light. Even when it does work, TouchID on both of my iPads is a lot faster.
I don’t know why anyone wants this feature, other than to say the company they’re rooting for has the same features as a company other people are rooting for.
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What licensing issues are you even referring to? Valve owns Steamdeck. What’s stopping a publisher from trying to sell another copy of a game on Steamdeck is Valve.
If you’re talking about if somebody installs a regular copy of Linux on Steamdeck, which you are 100% allowed to do, then nothing is preventing any publisher from releasing a regular Linux version of a game. They’d just need to run through the same cost analysis that every other publisher has done, most of whom determined it wasn’t worth the effort.
Steam itself has always been platform-agnostic. If you want your game on Steam, then it goes where Steam goes (as long as it runs). And honestly, I think any publisher would rather have their game on Steam on Linux than just on Linux, for reasons that should be obvious. Publishers are paying to have that happen, not getting paid for it to happen.
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Truth… I looked at these updates and thought "hmmm!" but then I remembered gaming. It was basically a non-issue when Macs could run Windows, but now we’re back to 1995 again when Apple can yell all they want about computing power but the fact is their systems just can’t run stuff a lot of people want to run.
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Sure there’s demand for a full version upgrade. But there needs to be some compelling reasons for that upgrade; something that actually makes it worthy of a full version upgrade designation. And there need to be few to no compelling reasons not to upgrade. Windows 11 fails both of those tests.
MS used to give us large feature and visual upgrades with every Windows release. A lot of things were stuff we didn’t even know we wanted, like the original Start menu, preemptive multitasking, gaming under Windows (remember when you had to reboot into DOS to play games?), font smoothing, an integrated file explorer, etc. Lately MS has just been more about removing stuff and locking stuff down, while building out their storefront. It’s just not stuff anyone really wants or needs; it’s not letting us do things in new ways or add functionality to Windows that wasn’t there before.
If they did actually come out with a new version of Windows on the level of the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95, or from Windows 98 to XP, then yes, there’d be lots of excitement and demand for it. And you can say you don’t know what they could even do to make a jump that big anymore, but we didn’t know what they could do before those earlier jumps either, and they figured it out and did it. I feel like they were probably scared off trying new things by Windows 8 and the reaction to its move away from the desktop, but that was the wrong lesson for them to take from that release.
There’s not much excitement for Windows 11 because it’s more like the jump from Windows 98 to Windows 98SE, but if you made Windows 98SE only able to run on about 20% of the computers that could run 98.
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Yeah, and those have issues with IR too. Linus from Linus’ Tech Tips experienced this after only a few months of using an OLED TV as his PC monitor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWrFEU_605g
Watch the whole video – for one thing, he’s not the only one experiencing this. For another, yes you can smooth out the IR using pixel refresh, but only a finite number of times because it’s just wear-leveling. At some point, the screen just becomes too worn to do that with.
OLED is basically just plasma all over again. It’s not well suited for anything but mixed usage, and even then it’s more life-limited than good ol’ LCD. It’s definitely not suited to gaming or computing where you have static elements on screen a large amount of the time.
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They actually are connected. I was at Rockstar when all three of these games were made (my one claim to fame in the tech world). Rockstar always considered them all part of the "Grand Theft Auto III" universe and internally referred to them as a series. Any GTA game that isn’t numbered is part of the series belonging to the numbered game preceding it.
They may be having a bit of a laugh with the rest of the world, knowing that a lot of others would be confused by that. But it’s totally consistent with Rockstar’s internal logic and they’re also probably giving a nod to those who do know that. The fact that they’re calling it the GTA trilogy and not the GTA3 trilogy is either a joke or just the fact that it was the one time they did three games in a GTA series. (Also, GTA3 trilogy sounds weird.)
I realize they’re just filming the plot of pre-existing novels, but I feel like the series has kind of started petering out on its own anyway (as even long-running fiction book series tend to do). The first three seasons were really about grand ideas; the discovery of alien life, what that means to mankind, how that discovery would actually affect us as a tribal species, and how we would protect ourselves both individually and collectively. And with a central mystery that tied it all together.
Now it’s basically just an extended remake of "Wrath of Khan". Still better than most things on TV but a lot less interesting than it used to be.
So I won’t be too sad if season 6 is really it, especially given that this trailer heavily implies that it’s still focused mostly on Marco Inaros, aka Khan Noonien Singh, Captain Nero, or whoever. Some guy attacking Earth just isn’t all that unique in sci-fi today and there’s not a lot to say about it. I get it – he’s an allegory for bin Laden or whatever, but it’s pretty obvious and on the nose and there’s not a lot of nuance or commentary possible there (beyond "look what the Earthers made the Belters do!"). In fact, it’s just made the Belters in general less sympathetic, if anything.
Hopefully the series goes out on a high note, and I’d love it if it left us with such a cliffhanger that I really wanted it to be picked up by another network. Prove me wrong, Expanse. Because right now I just kinda doubt that’s going to happen.
$109 for airpods vs. $9 for Apple’s own USB-C to headphone jack adapter. I know which one I’m buying for my new iPad Mini…
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It’s a reference/inside joke for us olds. If he hadn’t posted it, I was going to.
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Depends on where you are. Getting to basically any NYC airport from Manhattan is a nightmare. Getting to an airport on the other side of the city from you (JFK from the Bronx or NJ, Newark from LI) is literal Hell.
Getting to PDX or even PHX from basically anywhere in those cities? Totally fine.
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Because it’s easier to get someone to switch from AMD to Intel. They’re running the same OS and software and many times you have a choice between Intel and AMD on the same system. If Intel’s really concerned about market share, all they really need to do is lower their prices. Boom, someone picks Intel instead of AMD on their next laptop. (Selling based on price is not a great way to build loyalty, but I’m just saying, there are simple ways to take share back from AMD if that’s what they want to do.)
If someone switches to Apple, though, then Intel has to really work to get them back. You’re asking someone to give up a whole ecosystem (née "platform") with products now totally distinct from Intel’s. And Apple has been slowly but surely building up market share in laptops for decades now. Time was, they were at about 3-4% in the 90’s. Now they’re at what, 15%? It’s been a relatively steady climb, and there’s no indication that trend is going to reverse itself. Now that Apple’s a competitor rather than a partner, they should expect Intel to be trying to take customers back. We’re back to the Wintel vs. Apple days.
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Gotta clear out that warehouse somehow.
We’ll see – I’m still waiting for mine. I’m a flight instructor and ordered one to replace my Mini 5 mainly for Pencil 2 support, which would still easily trump any jelly scrolling. Pencil 2 vs. Pencil 1 is a vast, vast upgrade, especially for use in the cockpit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to write down the ATIS before startup only to find that my Pencil 1 died somewhere between my last flight and this one, since it sits in my flight bag not charging, and my iPad takes the charging port for itself when I get home. If I don’t remember to actively charge my Pencil at some point in the day, it’s dead. (Not to mention that having to install my own pen clip to attach it to anything is just stupid.)
So I’ll hopefully be happy regardless of jelly scroll for pilot work. I’ve seen other videos that show basically zero jelly scrolling anyway (MobileTechReview’s, for example).