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Comment: Re:Software companies can be extremely abusive. (Score 1) 274

by 24-bit Voxel (#44527319) Attached to: Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

Man what FUD. First of all photoshop isn't a browser app, it's 'on your computer'.

It's *hugely* cheaper to do things their new way. Before upgrading the creative suite every year cost between $1300 and $1800, and to boot you didn't get everything.

Now it's (for individuals) $600 a year, and you get literally everything they offer.

It phones home once a month, that's it. Adobe's new pricing and licensing scheme is nothing but cheaper and better for everyone, unless you don't have internet or you're running lots of pirated plugins. (Which is probably the real reason you and many like you are upset.)

And if you think the NSA couldn't access your computer before Adobe, you're just... well..denying reality. Your user ID number would suggest some years on you, but your tone and arguments suggest otherwise. Confusing as shit.

Comment: Re:The perfect is the enemy of the good. (Score 4, Informative) 331

by 24-bit Voxel (#44467525) Attached to: Why PBS Won't Do Android

We've been doing some augmented reality games at the studio where I work lately. We build what we need in maya/max and move it to Unity for the build. With iOS, it's about a 10 minute ordeal to build and test it and use Testflight to send it around the office very quickly.

It was so easy that we decided to give it a shot for Android, I mean... it's like doubling your market right? Well... no. First most of the droid phones need special drivers, and they aren't easy to find. Then you have to build based on which version of the droidOS you are using, which on some phones is a pain to get because they don't list it outright. (Confusion between firmware vs. os version, etc. Keep in mind we are game devs not programmers.)

Googleusb doesn't always work properly, we spend hours if not days trying to get a build to work properly on various phones. It's a fucking ordeal let me tell you. We dropped Android support for the project and all future projects as a result. Not worth the time and effort until there is a more unifying experience between them. The cost was X to do iphone development, it's X*15 for droid.

Now this is just one very small segment and one that is not like the environments used by the more elite programmers that visit this site. But if a studio of 20 people who already have it working properly in iOS cannot get it working right on Droid, well.... forget droid.

Our version of perfection is "working without days of hassle to get the right drivers, firmware, etc for *each* phone we want to test it on." If that is who you are decrying, well...

As an artist, it DOES have to be perfect. Sorry you feel differently, but that's the reality. It's programmers like yourself who feel that it *doesn't* have to be perfect that make developing for Droid such a giant pain in the ass for us little guys.

I don't love Apple, but fuck if I want to spend any more late nights and weekends trying to get droid phones to work properly.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 2, Informative) 189

by 24-bit Voxel (#43644789) Attached to: YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

What I do is when my show starts, I just take click toward the end of the show, after the last commercial but before the end. (Don't let it hit the very end.)

A commercial will play, then put I'll it back at the beginning. Enjoy a commercial free show from that point forward.

Hitting reload resets and you have to start over. I use Opera but I imagine it works with any browser.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

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