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Comment: Improved graphical quality? (Score 0) 120

by AAWood (#47754407) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Hang on a minute:

"During testing the benefits were apparent, though. Even when the actual round-trip time between input and server response was 256 ms, double-blind testers reported both the gameplay responsiveness and graphical quality of the DeLorean system were comparable to a locally played version of the game."

Gameplay responsiveness, sure, but... graphical quality? If I was testing a system like this, I'd be asking about that as a way to identify people who were just agreeing it was better because they thought it was what I wanted to hear. Graphical quality should not be affected by how quickly the streamed game can respond. There's something fishy about this.

Comment: Re:The 3rd option? (Score 2) 800

by AAWood (#46938887) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
You probably already know this, but for the sake of everyone else; while many theoretical situations have ways to "take a third option", this is arguing the metaphor rather than addressing the dilemma. The idea here is to put forth an ethical dilemma between letting many people die through inaction, or taking an action that saves them but killed a few others. The details of the people on each side can be relevant, but the mechanics of how each side would die (and possible specific other ways the situation could be resolved) is not.

+ - Contacting the author of lost software?

Submitted by AAWood
AAWood (918613) writes "I used to love a freeware PalmOS game from way back... so much so that I'd like a crack at making my own version for modern systems. I don't want to go ahead without contacting the author for their blessing, which is a problem when I don't have the game, aren't sure I remember the name, and can't find any indication is ever existed online.

Are there any useful avenues for tracking down forgotten developers? Should I go ahead if I can't find them? Have you ever had a situation where you needed something you knew was out there, but could no longer find?"

Comment: The department gives the hint. (Score 4, Insightful) 452

by AAWood (#46716081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
This story says it's from the "sounds like Mint works for you" department, and I think that's your answer. If you're going to have to look after them, then it makes sense to go with what you're most familiar with, especially as Mint shouldn't be too alien to XP users.

Comment: Burying the lead? (Score 2) 92

by AAWood (#46615557) Attached to: UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

I'm more interested in this part:

People no longer have to ask permission to quote from or parody the work of others, such as a news report or a book, as long as it’s “fair dealing” and the source is recognized.

As a Brit who does indeed already back up my media, yeah, it's cool that that's moving from "illegal but unenforceable and unenforced" to "legal", but finally getting proper Fair Use laws? That's major. With the increasing use of digital media as primary, disc ripping is on the decline anyway, while home-grown content creation and mixing is definitely on the rise. That will have a much larger effect on more people, now and moving forwards.

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