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Comment: Used to work like this... (Score 1) 617

The law used to be that you couldn't refuse to return mistaken deliveries BUT you didn't need to actively do it. It was sufficient to say 'come collect it', give a reasonable deadline and wait. If they missed the deadline and you didn't play hide&seek you got to keep it.

I doubt distance selling regs has changed that.

Comment: Re: App draw vs everything on the home (Score 1) 361

by Jerry Atrick (#45141901) Attached to: Is Choice a Problem For Android?

I have met a Android users that launch everything from the app draw and some that don't know what the draw is and rely on what their supplier put on the home screen. But it doesn't seem to confuse most.

More important: if you want the iOS approach it's just an app install away, with a dozen or more suitable replacement launchers on the Play store. I won't choose fighting my way through a home screen with hundreds of launch icons any time soon! Notable that iOS style launchers are so much more popular than Winphone ripoffs ;)

Comment: Re:Not a shock (Score 3, Interesting) 124

by Jerry Atrick (#44905087) Attached to: Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

It's not so much the cost of the hardware. There's almost no use for it outside it's niche so there's zero chance any publisher or larger developer will be interested in using it. Up front they should have known they were on their own developing the product, complaining that no one else wants to support it shows total cluelessness.

For the sort of swordplay I like, with medieval weapons, $100 wouldn't come near providing any sort of realism. Restricting it to lighter weapons and sports like fencing removes any chance of wider interest from the gaming public.

Comment: Re:Why not (Score 1) 772

by Jerry Atrick (#44508719) Attached to: Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

You can only push so far when your core audience is supposed to be children.

Doctor Who has always tried to appeal to the adults watching with their children but been careful to make sure kids too young simply won't understand those parts. The endless parade of nubile young women may have gone a little too far occasionally but definitely kept the dads onside!

But make no mistake, slashdot readers are not the primary intended audience and your wants will always be overridden by the needs of making a family show. A female doctor could happen, an openly lesbian, religious or transexual doctor (among many other possibilities) will not. However much I might want to see Eddie Izzard as the Doctor :)

Comment: Re: It competes against ultrabooks (Score 0) 341

by Jerry Atrick (#44475615) Attached to: Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

Oh yes, that wildly successful ultrabook market.

Not just failing to compete in a market, they picked a tiny niche market to fail in. Then they trimmed 2-3" off the screen size compared to a real ultrabook - which at 13" Intel had already been identified from customer feedback as too small!

If you're going fail, might as well fail big and comprehensively. And lie about who and what they're really competing with. It's the Ballmer way.

Comment: Re:Troll much, slashdot? (Score 1) 371

by Jerry Atrick (#44462317) Attached to: Using Java In Low Latency Environments

Processor stacks are a near perfect candidate for caching. It's likely to exist in L1 cache for the bulk of run time, with close to no cache refills ever happening (typically you write before reading stack values). x86 CPUs are claimed to be optimised for L1 cache stack operands to be as fast as registers, essentially the stack then becomes a large set of extra registers, albeit funnelled through physical ones.

In architectures with large register files a lot of code may never actually touch RAM at all, with only the link pointers pushed to stack for many calls and living in a dedicated stack in some cases.

Stack frames only look like an ugly hack, they have great performance characteristics once you have good enough caching.

Comment: U just read about programming instead of doing it? (Score 1) 371

by Jerry Atrick (#44456247) Attached to: Using Java In Low Latency Environments

A run time interpreted language that in real life JVM implementations is a run time profiled, optimised and compiled language. That can create better optimised code than any compile time optimiser could because it's optimising against the actual workload instead of guessing what it might be and compromising against many possibilities.

Java is a shitty language with many nasty aspects, you managed to pick the one thing it can get very right. Not much of a programmer then.

Comment: infecting game developers as well (Score 1) 384

by Jerry Atrick (#44351501) Attached to: The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

Most depressing is the way game designers use the same language, concepts and guides when created AAA games. They don't even think there's a problem being so obvious about it, willing to discuss how well they've following their chosen established story structure.

If you've ever wondered why all blockbuster games seem so damn familiar I bet they have a copy of the same guide. Except they spend less on competent screen writers and more on slapping lipstick on the same old pig.

Comment: Re:Broccoli, Supertasters, PTC, and the TAS2R38 ge (Score 1) 118

by Jerry Atrick (#44275791) Attached to: A Scientist's Quest For Perfect Broccoli

Being able to taste bitterness is just the starting point, you can learn to like it. Few people really enjoy their first real beer (as in one with hop bitterness, not the faux lagers youngsters prefer) but quickly learn to like it. Same thing happens with vegetables, though obviously plenty of folk never gain mature tastes.

Personally I'm worried about this mention of 'sweet', does the world really need another dumbed down food with it's distinctive flavours stripped back to what lazy, immature tastes can cope with? That's how we got flavourless tomatoes, lettuce with no hint of bitterness or other actual flavour, apples that taste like water and sweet sprouts. I like my food pleasantly challenging, not turned into tasteless mush.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)