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Comment: Re:This is an extremely important accomplishment. (Score 1) 77

by Blink Tag (#36406692) Attached to: IBM Builds First Graphene Integrated Circuit

Do lay it all on the hardware side. We'll continue to see speed gains in interpreter output too. Java, for example, was dog slow when it started; it's speed has improved significantly since then, and not solely due to processor improvements.

Or was this just an opportunity to troll?

Comment: Re:interwebs (Score 1) 1162

by Blink Tag (#35870936) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?


In my case, I stopped buying physical disks several years ago with the expectation a common digital standard would emerge and I could just start buying things digitally.

I'm still waiting for the common standard (read: DRM-freee) plus cloud storage, but the handful of movies I've purchased ("just had to have") in the recent past have all been digital, even if DRM-encumbered.

Comment: Re:wtf summary...? (Score 2) 375

by Blink Tag (#35769900) Attached to: Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek

Sounds like the goal is to provide the ability to write a game once and it'll run on WIndows desktops and laptops, the XBox console, and their phone OS.

Wait ... you're saying their new OS will allow you to write code once for both desktops AND laptops if both run Windows? No way! That would be so cool .....


Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 375

by Blink Tag (#35769884) Attached to: Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek

performance - in what way is Windows 7/Server 2k8R2 slow?

Why don't we start with something as simple as the time it takes to wake from sleep? I can cook a meal and do the dishes in the amount of time it takes my Windows 7 desktop to wake up. Compare that with the almost instant on of my four-year-old MacBook and my iDevice. It's frustrating as hell.

Once that's figured out, how 'bout boot time and shutdown time?

Yes, Windows 7 is better at this than its predecessors, but it's still got a ways to go.

Comment: Re:GPL is the problem (Score 2, Interesting) 1075

by Blink Tag (#35600684) Attached to: Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

You're either for software freedom or your not. GPL restricts what you can, therefor is not free.

This kind of "either you see it my way our you're wrong" statement is NOT a good argument.

GP didn't make a qualitative categorization of the rightness or wrongness of either position. You did that.

Comment: Re:These are people who still believe Joseph Smith (Score 1) 1277

by Blink Tag (#35433198) Attached to: Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Been there. Done that. It's more (IMNSHO) about whether you subscribe to ultra-right-wing ideology (outside of Salt Lake Valley, that is, although it helps there too). Heck, there is an openly gay member of the state legislature (from Salt Lake)--he's clearly not a member of "the dominant religion," so your generalization is inaccurate and unhelpful.

Comment: Re:Right-wingers (Score 4, Informative) 1277

by Blink Tag (#35432994) Attached to: Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Having met many of these legislators (indeed, having previously been in a position where I would headdesk regularly at their antics), even if the article doesn't say it, I can vouch for the fact that those pushing the bill are in the ultra-conservative wing of Utah's already conservative (and controlling) Republican party.

Pretty much anyone from Utah County, including Sen Madsen (R-Eagle Mountain), Sen Dayton (R-Orem) and Sen Stephensen (sp?; who sits just across the north border of the county) are at the extreme conservative end of the political spectrum, and regularly introduce legislation designed to disrupt public education. For example, a couple of years ago, Sen Dayton (on the word of a single constituent who thought alike, and despite resistance from every education-saavy person I know) went on a crusade against the International Baccalaureate program, decrying it as a socialist takeover of state's rights (never mind that each school, and thus each locally elected school board, must choose to opt in).

The representatives from the same area (unsurprisingly) act similarly, and most of them would like to see a complete dismantling of public education in favor of a completely market-based approach. Now that's a whole different kettle of fish, but it provides some insight into why they are so consistently disruptive--and I don't mean in the positive innovation-friendly sort of way, but rather the time-consuming, prevent-actual-innovation-because-of-extra-work sort of way.

Comment: Re:Contradictory summary (Score 1) 87

by Blink Tag (#34450162) Attached to: Australian R18 Games Rating Gets Gov't Support

Part of the trouble is that the summary is poorly attempting to espouse a position on the matter.

Even with no causal link between video games and violence there are parents who may choose for moral or spiritual reasons to keep violent video games out of the home. (It's that parental involvement arguement that Slashdotters put forward every time an internet filter is discussed.) Violence aside, surely there are other "adult themes" that might contribute to the proposed R+18 rating. Thus, the link between a study of games as antecedents to violence is really somewhat superfluous to the issue of an additional rating category.

And a rating, in the end, is primarily a heuristic for buyers (and parents) regarding the intensity of content one might expect.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse