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Comment A confused mess of thought... (Score 2) 232

Big screen size is being positioned as somehow opposed to the concept of 'openness' of web. It's one of a few jumbled concepts in here..

-No, big screens aren't going away, still as popular as ever. Other screens may also be popular as people watch things in a car, at lunch, etc, but big screens are still the go to in the home.
-Linear television content's days are numbered, which should be apparent to anyone paying attention since the days of the VCR's popularity. People want the content on their terms and time, and time shifting linear delivery is the workaround to use broadcast technologies. Advanced networks mean the need to broadcast is more and more limited. Business and legal wrangling of licensing terms will keep broadcast television around longer than it should be, but it will happen. Programming
-Game consoles are in no way threatened right now. They are massively popular streaming platforms, and Valve's streaming device isn't even on the radar for most folks. Sales of consoles are higher than ever.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 195

Well the post was talking about 5% of people doing this or that, so as a direct response to the comment, usage seems apt.

More popular platform is pretty important even if it's not the favorite. For example I massively prefer a Linux desktop distribution when I'm talking about apples to apples comparison against Windows. However I must use Windows because I need and want software the developers only target Windows. Wine gets far, but ultimately it's an uphill battle. So I have my preferred platform in places, but tolerate Windows because it's the practical choice, not through their technical excellence, but through boring old momentum.

Similarly, I worry about the cost of my preferred hardware platform, desktop systems. If 90% of folks go to a phone, it would be nice if I didn't have a reason to care about what they do, except companies providing these components need to bump margin to offset the reduction of the target market.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 195

No, I presumed the system being a relatively unloved 5 year old platform causes MS to recommend waiting for it to be validated. I've had systems that was eager to update within a week of the announce, but my systems built out of older motherboards are not willing to move forward unless I went out of my way to update them.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 4, Interesting) 195

A hair more use Windows 10 than OSX currently. About 4 times as many as use Linux. Over 5 times as many use Windows 7, and still more people use XP than any version of windows except 7.

Not necessarily ecstatic about the numbers, but the numbers say that Windows 10 is more relevant than OSX if you want to talk about by usage. This is an OS that's only been available for 4 months from the perspective of most people, and contrary to the way it was discussed in the media, the Windows 10 upgrade in Windows 7 actually is being pretty conservative about upgrading (I have a Windows 7 system that does not prompt, and in fact when I go to explicitly check after a Windows 10 update it still says 'please check back later to see if your platform is validated'. I had updated another system against that recommendation, but am keeping that one in that state just to see how long it would take or if MS would ever 'validate' that platform. So getting close to Windows 8.1 share this quickly is not too shabby by MS standards.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

I think one thing that is massively underestimated is that back in those days, there was no 'establishment' open source. In relative terms a big thing could come from anywhere because the proverbial pond was small and not well developed.

The thing is that people from that relatively small pond grew up and started becoming major sources of influence in the industry and cause the formerly small pond to suddenly get real big.

Now a lot of the same stuff happens, but no one takes note of it. The userbase of a 'uselessly niche' linux distro now is so low that we ignore it, but if you compared their userbase against the userbase in the late 90s, that niche distro may cover what would have been the vast majority.

Linux users laughed at those on Windows tied into their app ecosystems saying if it were opensource

Here is where the Linux users were wrong, but it would have been easy to not grasp that since at the time there was no evidence of insurmountable momentum in open source land. Now we have seen the reality, that closed or open source momentum is a huge thing. The power of brandnig is strong and the only times a 'fork' succeed for any remotely prominent project is when some trademark holder with absolutely zero technical skin in the game scares off the entire technical community. There's still plenty of adventures in open source, but there is now an 'establishment' open source, and the people who controlled the dialog in the 90s still largely control it and are now more set in their ways.

Comment Re:Not that unreasonable... (Score 1) 207

The thing is I don't think this is even a little bit of money, in practical terms this recall is free. This isn't a hard choice for them. Now when something costs some money and is not directly associated with a safety related part of the car but arguably could indirectly cause a safety risk, then we can evaluate their response versus other companies.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 4, Insightful) 207

I think even '$100 a pop' would be insanely high cost to assign a quick check of a seatbeat assembly that can be probably done in a minute in the parking lot. A typical oil change costs under $20 and that actually involves moving a car into the service bay, using up a filter and oil, getting under the car/jacking up the car, the associated liability risk associated with doing all that, and time to get the oil out. Compared to that opening the door and checking out a seatbelt attachment is nothing.

That's also assuming 100% participation rate in the recall. For run of the mill recalls, participation rate generally peaks no higher than 75%. I would expect this one to be even lower since most folks will feel assured with a self-check and not bother.

Comment Not that unreasonable... (Score 0) 207

A 'recall' does not mean 'we are spending money to replace cars' or anything. In this case, it's saying 'bring in your car so we can do a quick check on whether there was a manufacturing mistake. This is probably a minute of a technician's time to check. This is a good thing, but it's nothing to bow down and worship them over either.

Comment Re:Let me get this right. (Score 2) 150

Note that a lot of games I revisit are not on the popular list.

I do however wonder if finally getting into the x86 architecture means they will have more x86 sensibility with respect to backwards compatibility moving forward.... On the other hand they may recognize the cash cow for now work that is rereleasing...

Comment Re:Games from discs (Score 1) 150

I suspect more it's a carry over of the capability from PS3. Not the original hardware capability to play the discs, but the later capability they had to help developers massage PS2 games to work on PS3 through their online store. It wasn't able to flat out run an existing game unmodified, but mitigated the amount of stuff a developer had to do to get it to run on a PS3 by emulating a lot of the stuff that was within reach.

Comment Re:Let me get this right. (Score 2) 150

This is precisely why I'm shying away from console games now. It wasn't too bad when the PC would gain emulation for the console titles over time (e.g. I can play nes, snes, n64, gameboy, playstation, playstation 2, gamecube, psp, nintendo ds, and wii titles fine on PC now), but as of PS3/Xbox360, things have gotten to the point where the chances of workable emulation are limited for the forseeable future.

Comment Re:Wouldn't a PS3 emulator make more sense? (Score 2) 150

PS2 is easier. Note this is probably like the PS1 emulation in PSP, good enough to work almost all the time, but limited by Sony to make sure a given title works and/or is tweaked to work under the emulator before blessing it.

Also, porting from PS3 might be more in reach for companies than PS2 back catalog, simply because being newer means they are more likely to still have the assets to build the title.

Comment I see your problem (Score 1) 192

enterprise software ... intuitive UI and documented processes

Welcome to the business world. Enterprise software has thus far been almost universally plagued with poor UI and documentation. The people subjected to the software are not the people who make the business decision to use it. Made worse as the companies realized poor UI and documentation actually made for lucrative 'service' business.

Sadly, in the enterprise space there is rarely a competitor that will have both a better product *and* the requisite business connections.

Comment Re:"just" an implementation of what Android/Google (Score 1) 131

Problem is there's a lot of awkwardness to reconcile. Off the top of my head:
-Background execution managed by a notification icon
-Things like accelerometer, magnet, gps, and other sensor data inputs
-Low level data from the cellular radio

Now for something like an angry birds, the bar is probably pretty low. If you want to claim support for 'everything', well that's a whole world of possible hurt.

However supporting the common pieces that a lot stick to because they are already trying to have consistent experience between Apple and Google may not be too unreasonable, with developer cooperation...

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar