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Comment: Patches are a Problem. (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by MnemonicMan (#43886455) Attached to: Will Your Video Game Collection Appreciate Over Time?
Take a 360. You put in the disc which may contain horrible game-breaking bugs and the first thing it does is connect to Xbox Live and get the newest patch for that game. Now, twenty years out.. What will perform the Xbox Live function so that you aren't left with a collection of buggy games?
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Copyright Terms. (Score 1) 129

by MnemonicMan (#42177069) Attached to: Orphaned Works and the Requirement To Preserve Metadata
Copyright terms are a farce. The emperor has no clothes. It's completely distorted for how long the terms are. What should they be? 20 years for video, audio, and written works. 10 years for software as that changes so fast.

If I'm ever brought before a judge for the contents of my hard-drive I'll plead guilty to everything within the above given terms and no contest for everything older.

Comment: Re:Snowcrash provides prior art (Score 1) 89

by MnemonicMan (#42074959) Attached to: Microsoft Granted Patent For Augmented Reality Glasses
Snow Crash was written in 1992. For an even earlier conception, see Earth which was written in 1990.

These novels provide protection over the general idea of "augmented reality" but however, they do not provide protection for the specific implementations as those will likely be very complex assemblages of various technologies that are much more involved than just a general idea.

Comment: Re:The obvious is completely missed.. (Score 1) 60

by MnemonicMan (#41964625) Attached to: Emscripten Compiler Gets Optimizations, Now Self-Hosting
Remember, machine language is just another language except it is one tailored to processors. So, I should have said "and/or" instead of just "or" in the parent post. For operating systems, the APIs can be high-level thunked so you could do something like translate DirectX calls on Windows 7 to an equivalent library on an ARM Linux machine. The program code is recompiled but the libraries the program code calls are native to the destination device. DirectX is also just another "hardware feature." You can thunk DirectX in exactly the same way you would thunk a VGA card. The recompiler doesn't care - all that matters is that the calls from recompiled code go to equivalents, no matter how high or low level those may be.

Comment: Uplift (Score 2) 487

by MnemonicMan (#41737667) Attached to: Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?
See: The Uplift Series.

If drugs and/or surgical modification was both safe and effective? Sign me up. I'd love to sit down with a C++11 book, flip through the pages fast in half an hour and then be an expert programmer. Spare me the - admit it - religiously inspired dogma. I want to be better, stronger, faster, and while I'm at it please remove that bummer of a failure condition called "death" too.

Comment: Re:Honest Question (Score 1) 946

by MnemonicMan (#41626919) Attached to: Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF
I am typing this on a machine which has Intel x4500 graphics. I bought it about 2 weeks ago, and I can certainly support your point: I went looking for Intel graphics because for everything besides Poulsbo they are the graphics to have on Linux. 2D and 3D acceleration is fine, Compiz works fine. Intel graphics are great for Linux. Intel graphics are not great for gaming. That is why just to my right, currently powered down, is a Windows machine with an AMD Radeon 6870 in it.

Comment: They dream themselves your master. (Score 5, Interesting) 150

by MnemonicMan (#41617273) Attached to: Australian Government Censors Draft Snooping Laws
"As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

Comment: Intel Processor ID Number (Score 1) 178

by MnemonicMan (#41531953) Attached to: Graphics Cards: the Future of Online Authentication?
As covered on Slashdot, waaay back: Intel proposed a unique identifier for every processor. However, once the proposal went public then "mark of the beast" and other interests got it canned. This article is simply attempting to replicate, badly, what Intel proposed to do in a clean manner.

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