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Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 1) 187

by squiggleslash (#49169035) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I'm pretty sure that my analogous hypothetical contract with my cleaning service doesn't include a clause about being allowed to deliver an unsolicited U2 CD, but nonetheless if they did it I wouldn't be upset in the way the other people on this thread are being.

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Comment: Re:Deja vu all over again (Score 1) 85

No, I'm not confusing the two, they're not the subject of this discussion which is ARM vs ix86. It's certainly correct that you also need the hardware to be open, but that's another entirely unrelated issue, and has nothing to do with ix86's legacy software compatibility.

Comment: comparison ? (Score 1) 105

by Tom (#49167509) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

Anyone who knows both - how does Unreal compare to Unity? I mean from a developer perspective. I've been using Unity since late 1.x / early 2.x days, and one thing that I like it for is that compared to the other engines I know from that time (e.g. Torque), it was always very easy to use and develop with, especially in the early development phases when you're prototyping and want to see some results, fast, so you can test basic gameplay and mechanics.

How does Unreal compare?

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 1) 187

by squiggleslash (#49166239) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Apple didn't break into a house though, they had an arrangement with you where they had the keys. It'd be more like the cleaning service (OK, I know, you don't have one, I don't either, but bear with me, the point is it's a commercial entity with permission to enter your home) coming into your home one day and leaving a U2 album, with a sticky on it saying "Thanks for being our customer - the maid", prominently on your CD shelf.

In order to receive the music, you had to already have an arrangement that newly bought music would be automatically downloaded and installed on your iDevice. If you didn't have that enabled, no U2 album. You'd already given permission to them to "put (other) music on your iDevice", what you hadn't necessarily done was given them permission to put this specific album on it. They had a key. You gave them the key.

Did it matter that they used it? They used it to give you a free gift. Why is this a major problem?

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 2) 245

by hairyfeet (#49165085) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Uhhh...unless I'm mistaken the USA hasn't used RTGs as power sources except in deep space for precisely this very reason, too risky if something goes BOOM!

OTOH the Soviets had a serious love affair with RTGs, they used 'em on LEO sats, used 'em in their arctic bases, even ran lighthouses with RTGs. They cranked out so many RTGs they honestly no longer know where they are all located, so many were used in the former USSR that there is no telling how many abandoned stations in Bumfuckistan have RTGs lying around waiting for some fool to kill himself trying to steal the metals in the casing.

Comment: Re:Deja vu all over again (Score 1) 86

Not being cruel but being open source and ARM a recompile away was supposed to be their big boon

Yeah, but you and I and the rest of the world knows that this isn't true in practice. Developers are familiar with x86, some ports don't simply recompile flawlessly (though 99% do), and there are benefits to having a single base of binaries that need maintaining - if there wasn't, we'd all be running Gentoo. There's also some binary-blob stuff out there, Flash plug-ins, "official" builds of Chrome et al, some video codecs, and, of course, Wine.

Pretty much the only person who can happily hope from CPU arch to CPU arch with merely a recompile is Richard Stallman, because he's really the only person in the world who actually doesn't run code unless he has the source code to it. But he's not going to be buying a 3G tablet anytime soon so...

Comment: Re:It should stand two degrees, for sure! (Score 1) 245

by hairyfeet (#49164927) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Interesting? Really mods? Everybody forget Occam's razor? This thing was the OLDEST one the military had that was still "functioning" and by functioning they meant it was parked as a back up for the last NINE YEARS.

So you have a device in one of the most inhospitable places we know of, WELL past its prime, sitting in a holding pattern with minimal power strictly as a backup. So what would one say most likely using Occam's razor? That the thing has been deteriorating for over a decade and that when somebody fired up the engines they went BOOM! and took the bird with it. Considering how old it was? Not only is this most likely it really isn't even surprising, after all you ARE talking about trying to perform a controlled release of highly pressurized gas from a sat that has been beaten by micro meteors and exposed to insane temp variations since Clinton was POTUS.

Now which is more likely, the US military risked setting off a chain reaction and fucking up their satnav network just to test a laser, or they tried to move the thing and it ripped itself apart?

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Humans are the most deadly predators that the planet has ever had. Killing stuff is what we're really really good at. Making weapons is something we're really really good at.

Actually, making tools and organizing labor is we're really good at. I personally have never killed anything larger than a bug in my life; I suspect a lot of other people haven't either. I've never had to, because there have always been other people who are willing to do those unpleasant tasks for me, in exchange for modest amounts of money.

Granted, I could learn those skills (and others) if I had to, but it would probably take me some days or weeks before I got good at it. It's not clear I would survive long enough to learn them.

So yes, humanity is the most deadly predator the planet has ever had. Any particular human being, OTOH, most likely is not -- we're more likely to be the most effective C++ programmer the planet has ever had, or the best Fedex deliveryman, or some other not-so-helpful-during-the-zombie-apocalypse skill.

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 2) 187

by squiggleslash (#49164735) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I think terms like theft are a little over the top when we're talking about intentionally linking a device to a third party's download service, especially when that third party is delivering a service that barely impacts you in any negative way whatsoever.

Honestly, I'm still baffled so many people were upset about getting a few album from a popular, well respected, rock band, simply because it found its way directly onto people's devices. It's not as if it woke you up at 3am and started playing it!

Comment: Re:Deja vu all over again (Score 4, Interesting) 86

There wasn't really a legacy software advantage for x86 in the Mac arena either. In fact, of the three major tablet OSes, one actually does have a bit of a legacy software advantage if run over x86. I'll go into that in a moment but first:

As far as performance goes, I got an HP Stream 8 a few months ago. It's running Windows 8.1 and has a recent Atom in it, but obviously not a top-of-the-line thing because it's a really cheap tablet, despite supporting 3G. And I have to say I have no complaints whatsoever about performance. It's running everything I throw at it at a decent speed.

Now I'd admit, mentally I'm comparing it to Android. The fastest Android device I've used was a Galaxy Nexus, and the Stream is easily smoother and more responsive than that. It may well be the difference is, in part, Windows and Metro - I get the impression Google really doesn't understand the importance of UI responsiveness. But the truth is with the Stream I really, really, have no complaints relating to speed.

Back on x86 legacy advantages: The other issue I'd raise is that there are quite a few "tablet operating systems" that are languishing in "Not Android" land that might well do well if more hardware comes out supporting x86. The stuff Ubuntu and GNOME are trying to make work might, for example, end up turning into something very, very, powerful if they can get the UIs fixed and if a surfeit of x86 tablets comes out.

Comment: Re:What's lacking is a plot and characters (Score 1) 214

by mrchaotica (#49164047) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

that doesn't mean it's lacking in good plot and characters

You've got to be joking. Abrams' Kirk is criminally incompetent (even in the first movie, before your "Khan wanted him to screw up" rationalization could apply). The plots of both movies have holes big enough to drive a planet through, let alone a starship. (For example, WTF is the point of starships anymore, since they can apparently just beam across the galaxy now?!)

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