Yep, but I chuckle far to often.
I suspect, more like 1 in 10 CEOs, managers, politicians, clergy, judges
We do have IMO the most S&T/R&D dumb judiciaries existentially possible for this century (I hope). BTW: Thanks for that Dick, George, GOP-TP and plutocrats.
Had a professor in college who taught only 1 class for the semester. After that, he assigned topics to each student in the class with a few suggested areas to starting researching their topic.
Then every class for the rest of the semester consisted of students going up and presenting their findings, while the professor questioned them to guide their presentation to key areas, and clarified/corrected/expanded on their presentation as needed to ensure the audience gets the information they need for the exams.
This. class. was. awesome!
Being given responsibility to dive into a topic on your own, and having to develop enough understanding to present it to others was a huge breath of fresh air and a ton of fun. Very satisfying to go up there and nail the answers to everyone's questions. It also prepped students on how to handle public speaking, beyond the simple 15 minute memorized presentations you'd give in highschoool, but actually teaching a class for an hour.
Unless she gave it away elsewhere, her family owns all of her former property. It doesn't matter if she explicitly gave it to them or not, so long as she didn't explicitly give it elsewhere.
Steam's move is just the natural extension of what they have already been doing to the games industry. Publishers had set pricing at the console manufacturer's stated standard of $60 and refused(or were discouraged) to let their pricing float with the market for their games. This led to games being strongly reliant on a big marketing push and collecting nearly all of the game's lifetime revenues within the first few months after release.
Steam steps in and aggressively pushes discount offers, creating sales to customers who weren't willing to pay $60, but were ok with paying $40 for an older game. That still left behind a lot of people who were willing to pay $30 for an older game. But the discounts keep coming and getting sharper as the game ages. All-in-all, Steam showed those publishers that discounting can get them money that they would never otherwise see. On consoles, the used game market had ballooned tremendously by taking advantage of the ability to sell games at lower prices. On PC, the publishers/developers can sell at used game market prices through discounts, and get a taste of that customer segment.
Now Steam is letting them control their own prices. Many will continue to leave their game at full price and opt for limited-time discount strategies, others will decrement their pricing as their game ages. But now that Steam is showing them the light, they are now being invited to decrease their prices on their own initiative. Many games find new life in sales, and have opened up the possibility of resurgent sales during the long tail of the game's lifetime. (Through Humble Bundle AMA threads on reddit, developers noted that the nearly-free "sales" on their games through humble bundle causes matching sales spikes on Steam, their theory is that any time they increase their exposure to the gaming community it revitalizes interest in their games and renews word-of-mouth marketing. I thought that was interesting since up to that point I had thought that the nearly-free humble bundle offers were holding down profitability of indie games).
If you replace the "en." in a wikipedia like with "simple.", it takes you to a more digestible version of most pages.
The regular wikipedia article was mostly gibberish to me, so I had to consult this link to get a basic idea of what SUSY is.
I've never understood why anyone would voluntarily give another company so much control over the vital aspects of nearly all their operations via buying into a proprietary OS with planned obsolescence built right in. Mandatory Updates became an obvious security issue in Windows when the Internet became widespread around about Win95. Non-commercial end users? Meh, fuck 'em. They should have all their data backed up anyway. If you don't have
Yep, it sucks. You Win fuckers wouldn't listen to the GNU/Linux or BSD folks, or you did and couldn't make your management care -- Now's the time to leverage the issue to make them care and put the problem to rest once and for all. I can run MS Office in WINE if I absolutely have to (and I have only had to twice), so can you. Those ANSI terminal mode 'windows' inventory systems and strange serial doodads (eg: the tape downloader for my audio monitoring with its proprietary driver BS, used in industrial noise abatement) can be run via WINE, or VMWARE as well. Switch to an open source OS that gives you all the keys to build and maintain your own OS images, and at least gives you the OPTION to pay to have some version forked and maintained indefinitely -- I do some contract work patching and maintenance to the 2.4.x Linux kernel and a few similarly dated applications for a small group of companies that are not ready to upgrade and have joined efforts to pool their payments to reduce maintenance cost. If you can't do this, the software has really no reason to be entrenched in your business.
You really think your shareholders would be OK with any malicious anti-competitive greedy proprietary software giant having you all by the balls? Let, alone Microsoft?! That's fucking asinine you fools. MS has been one big misstep away from death for a long time. They better shape up because their non-features are becoming every more recognizable as the liability they are, and there ARE alternative options -- Expensive though the switch may be, it's better than LOSING ALL YOUR DATA to a Crypto Locker virus.
What of the "retraining" difficulty? If my 76 year old retired air force mechanic neighbor who is barely computer literate can use Debian after decades of using Windows then SO CAN ANY OF YOUR EMPLOYEES. He hated the changes in Vista and made the switch. If he, my grandmother, and tens of seniors who I've migrated away from XP for free at the community center and given new life to their old hardware can use an open source operating system, then quit your bitching and do the same, so can you.
Additionally: Do NOT purchase business hardware with Android if the bootloader is locked, yes we can crack it, but that's only legal SOMETIMES (every 3 years the DMCA exemptions can change, like they did for DVD encryption). Fucking THANKS Torvalds, for excluding "at your option, a future version". GPL3 would have snipped this planned obsolescence shit in the bud for good, but NOOOooooo, fucking moron.
It's for targeting just the vocal the activists not everyone. This way less people bitch about their inability to access the networks. Gasslighting works. The majority can remain non silenced, and complacent while the activists are silenced, as usual.
Bonus, the bricked devices don't start working again if the protesters leave the protest.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Already on sale, 12 inch tablet with 2600x1500? resolution. Not sure on the exact number for the other dimension, but its available now.
I think their policy that all games must have a free trial of some kind may be hurting them
This is true. Demos don't make sales. It's incredibly hard to make a good demo of a game. You have to simultaneously provide enough content to show off the game while also not giving the player enough game so that they don't feel satisfied with just the demo. Since people try games on impulse, based on curiosity, one could use videos and hype to drive curiosity so they plunk down the money and buy the game to try it out (lather, rinse repeat); This works but Ouya forbids this. Instead out of curiosity someone plays a demo, is at least somewhat sated, and even if they like the game will probably forget about it since there are plenty of other curious demos to investigate right now.
Combine this with the added complexity of adding in app purchases to unlock game features, and the obvious hackability around having a full game on an open platform that is arbitrarily limited... and you can see that the micro transaction model is really the only option left for making money on Ouya. Most games do not lend themselves to this -- None of mine do, and as a dev I abhor the practice anyhow -- You wouldn't put limitations on painters or singers or other artists due to monetization, why would you do it to game devs?
Ouya claims to bring more freedom and choice to developers and players, but it doesn't. On any other platform I can choose NOT to sell my game with in app purchases, just put out a video, some screenshots, and if you like it, buy it -- Not on Ouya. Less choice is not more freedom. Demo? Nope, try a friend's copy first, which is how you probably hear about it anyway. A couple of bux isn't going to break the bank even if you find you don't like the game, and the arcade and console generations did pretty well without a free to play or demo version...
Games are primarily not their graphics, but mechanics, so the lower power isn't much of an issue for me -- To a game dev the platform is merely an art medium to work within, like a painter's canvas and palette; Some folks like working in limited mediums, the platforms add their character to the game itself. For me, Ouya is all about the dumb-ass free-to-play requirement. Hint: The time it takes to develop and test a demo version just to comply with Ouya's mandatory monetization policy is rarely worth the sales I get there. IMHO, Ouya should be renamed the Orwellya. The opposite is true of nearly everything their propaganda presents.
Here's a nice video of Dr. Feynman explaining why a mirror works the eay it does - be thou unstymied!
The IETF is deprecated, and can never be trusted. They have always been against security, as demonstrated by HTTP and HTML's lack of interaction with TLS/SSL.
We already have HTTP-Auth using hash based proof of knowledge via HMAC with a server nonce. So, when deciding to add encryption to the Internet we could have just taken the output of the existing HTTP-Auth -- the proof of knowledge -- and key your symmetric stream ciphers with it instead of sending the proof back and forth in the clear. See?
Yes, this means that you must arrange a pre-shared key with the endpoints, but it's not MITM able (the MITM would only be a relay for encrypted data.
Oh, and before you get all Public Key Crypto on me: Public key crypto just moves the problem of pre-shared secret to be the public keys of the end points. We could use a trust graph -- and I do with PGP -- but no one actually does that. At least if you share a secret in person, face to face with friends, or even when physically at your local bank, then plain old fucking symmetric stream crypto using hash based proof of knowledge as keys instead of exchanging them as in HTTP-Auth would give you an avenue to have security. You should be putting in your password BEFORE the site even pops up, hell the browser can remember it or perhaps optionally generate a per-domain passphrase via hashing your master password with the domain name and some salt -- Presto: ONE PASSWORD FOR THE WHOLE DAMN WEB. That wasn't so fucking hard, now was it? It's been decades. Why don't we have this? The IETF has always been antagonistic to security.
SSL / TLS PKI has always been completely fucked up by design. Just look at the CA system whereby roots can create certs without domain's permission: FF > Settings > Advanced > Certificates > View > "Hong Kong Post" -- you trust bad actors as roots, and introduce an explicit man in the middle. Remember Diginotar? Every security researcher knows to avoid a single point of failure. The CA system isn't a single point of failure, it's MANY points of failure and a SINGLE compromise of any trusted root destroys the security of the whole system -- THAT'S FUCKING INEPT. No competent security aware individual would design a system thus!
Fire the IETF. They have never had our best interests in mind when it comes to security. If this was the best they could do for decades, then they do not deserve to be in charge of any networking standards.
Republicans are opposed to giving your hard earned money to people such as wounded veterans:
There's the latest group of "lazy poor'"people the Republican party kept from getting any of your hard earned money.
Every single vote against this bill came from a Republican, and the 60 vote Super-majority rule in the US senate means a pure Republican minority managed to block the bill. Reasons given include the claim that the VA backlog has increased and spending the money would encourage veterans to try and use the system instead of giving up on it. VA backlogs had been steadily decreasing until the sequester kicked in.
I'm pretty sure this particular case of stupid Republican thinking has affected you, and will continue to affect you. It's certainly affected me - now every time a Republican says "Thank you for your service", I hear "... you sucker that thought we really meant it.".
TOMMY, by Rudyard Kipling
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
Everyone is guilty of something, most infractions just go unnoticed by the legal system. The law now merely takes the stance that you are guilty unless you're worth enough to be excused as innocent. No, the police state will not tell you how they came by their evidence, it was constructed by making laws against nature itself.
I mean, just imagine it: Organisms, made of trillions of nearly identical sub-units, that are subject to Copyrights! Never mind that sharing information is the foundation of our species claim to fame... That's just one example, take a look at laws that affect courtship or (natural) death if you want some real insanity. The only thing that could protect citizens was law books so thick the court wouldn't know whether you were innocent or not until they spent the time processing your guilt in court (and thus increased the size of the law via case-law) -- The government is tired of the red tape, and so they've came up with a short cut around it all. Hell, now they can just claim you're a terrorist or subversive person or threat to national security (whatever that is) and avoid the courts altogether.
Personally, I think if we're going to take this guilty until proven innocent thing seriously we should just forgo the artificial laws of due process and lock everyone in a dank dark cell for a while. The aggregate imprisonment of all for, say nine months, should be payment enough to cover even the most egregious of offenses when you consider the unwarranted imprisonment of the less guilty. Preferably the sentence could be carried out before they're even admitted to society and considered alive -- We'll call that a person's "due date" -- and that way everyone would start off with a clean slate fully innocent. Hell, might as well wipe their firmware too; Or better yet: compress their encoding such that they can't conceive memories in the first place!
Thus ended the era of Intangible Thought Machines, only to be born anew as 'pure organics'. The cycle of Total Information Awareness has all happened before, and will all happen again.
And then one token ring to rule them all, and in the blind spot bind them!