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Comment: Re:And we are back to them again... (Score 1) 60

by Iniamyen (#48876329) Attached to: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge
As I understand it, the difference between a cartridge and something like a USB drive is one of level of integration. In the case of a cartrige, the logic in the cartridge is basically directly interfaced with the system hardware, and becomes part of the execution path directly. With a USB drive, there are layers of obfuscation separating the data on the drive from the computer (USB drivers, the filesystem, the OS, etc.) It's probably a subjective line to draw, but in the case of cartridges vs. USB drives it's pretty clear.

Comment: Re:Hard Release Dates (Score 1) 598

by Iniamyen (#48738351) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
Sadly, this is not what happens in the real world. Software updates are often tied to other deadlines which are "set in stone," or at least enough so that no amount of complaining from the people doing the software will change them. What should result is a negotiated (perhaps reduced) set of functionality that might be decided literally at the last second, but that's OK, because it's agreed upon. What usually results instead is "buggy" software because these types of negotiations always take time and when they happen at the "last second" there is almost always someone left out of the loop.

This is what happens in my industry, at least.

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