I never claimed that WINE was an emulator, but that doesn't mean its codebase couldn't be used as a starting point for an Xbox One emulator. The whole OS doesn't need to be emulated necessarily, just the parts of the OS that the software hooks into. Then again, if the emulator is high-level enough then the actual OS itself could run on it, though this would be a copyright nightmare but nothing new for emulators (BIOS files for PSX, Dreamcast, etc. being prime examples).
Well, if something partially emulates a system but isn't 100% accurate, what do we call it if not an emulator?
License authentication is largely irrelevant, an emulator would just ignore any licensing flags and play content indiscriminately. As for MP, that is a different issue and one faced by all platforms, but it's not inconceivable for emulators to be able to form their own network.
The 360 can already play networked content outside of Live, it was little more than disabling a ping limit for local multiplayer. Not quite as elegant as a fully-fledged Xbox Live replacement but a start.
The original Xbox has the same problem as the new Xbox, and the newer Xbox. They all run Windows. The OS was derived from Windows 2000 and then carried forward from Xbox to Xbox, presumably receiving regular infusions from the Windows codebase along the way.
One of the first questions I get when someone hears I work on Xbox is "So, what operating system do you guys use? Windows 2000, right?" I am honestly not sure where the Win2K misperception comes from, but Xbox runs a custom operating system built from the ground up.
That said, I'm sure the Xbone is closer to Windows than the 360's OS was.
Preservation? The work that went into building emulators of old has meant that we can now play SNES games et all on modern hardware - such as Android tablets. I have no idea what the computing landscape will look like in 10 or 20 years time but it'd be nice to be able to play today's games on whatever hardware I own at the time without having to dust off the PS4 or whatever.
Not the whole OS, just certain API calls. This gen will be much more complicated, but the process will remain the same.
I wouldn't be surprised if the emulators start borrowing code from WINE and ReactOS to get the job done.
You are low. You need to also include Homeland Security, parts of the FBI that do surveillance and para-military operations [i.e. HRT], as well, in my opinion, the VA. This number is discussed often. For example here. Additionally, it does not include any "black" off budget operations, including a big part of the NSA and CIA budgets, perhaps $50B. You simply can't look at only the defense industry.
The fact that it is declining in terms of GDP percentage doesn't mean that defense is shrinking, it means it's not growing as fast the overall budget or the economy. Which is to say, it's still growing in real dollars in most years.
Thanks for correct on Medical GDP. I apparently have not updated that number in my head since the last 1990's. Healthcare is another huge topic.
The bottom line is that it is ridiculous to think that the US would go to war based on the advocacy of any single company, or even the defense industry.
And this is because it's not the single biggest sector in the US economy? It is a huge boondoggle, with millions flowing through the government to private industries. And it's highly political. The defense industry has outsized influence.
The problem is that you were a small part of an evil system. You didn't create it, you didn't make it, and you weren't responsible for it.
I mean it's not an unfair criticism. They are doing the job that the Administration asked of them.
The problem is that not enough people resigned. That is how you show the world you are unhappy. From the top to bottom, when Pres. Obama or anyone else asked them to do something that was illegal, or lied about it during routine oversight, there should have been waves of resignations. Waves.
When the order goes out to do something illegal, or without appropriate authority, then it should be met with cold silence and the sound of thousands of keyboards typing out letters of resignations.
c.f. - yes, but not all of those operations would be illegal. There are all sorts of intelligence gathering operations that are perfectly legal that states conduct against each other all the time.
And the same is true for the other direction, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) spying on U.S. politicians is illegal in the U.S..
Not necessarily. If the BND is using open sources, and having it's official diplomats observe and report what they see, they aren't doing anything illegal at all. Instead, that is the privilege of a soveign state credential for diplomacy in the United States (and all civilized states).
The US is breaking the law by intercepting communications. As far as you know the BND is not doing so. For example, imagine the response in the US if it was revealed that BND was listening to Michelle Obama and Barrack Obama's personal phone calls. There is a non-zero chance that we would nuke Berlin.
The truth is you don't know what the national security state is costing us. It's too secret to disclose.
But the broad strokes are that it has direct budged and non-budgeted costs in the range of $1T a year. On top of those expenditures are the revenues that are generated by selling weapons systems overseas. In some years that's tens of billions more. That's on an economy of ~$15 trillion. So that's on the order of 6.5% of the entire economy is directly involved in this sector.
That is not small. It is not tiny. There are few sectors that are as big and probably none that are bigger. The entire auto sector - manufacturing, sales, advertising, exports, imports, repair shops, parts shops, the whole supply line, shipping, trucking, etc is 5-6%. The entire healthcare sector including every doctor, every nurse, every insurance agency, R&D, the drug industry, every drug store, all the drugs, the pharmacy items in the drug store, that entire supply chain, heavy medical equipment, home health care, hospice, hospitals, hospital construction, medical tourism, advertising, medical lawsuits, lab services, medical schools and everything else lightly related to the medical business is about 11% of GDP.
Put it this way. If the national security industry was it's own country, based on GDP, it would be the 15th biggest in the world. Bigger than all of the entire South Korean economy, put together.
I don't get the hurt. Why is it sad but true? Apple puts the time and resources into doing it right, and it is a sad thing?
A not-so-small subset of the Slashdot crowd don't like the direction that Apple, driven by actually understanding the needs of the average customer, are moving general computing.
They seem to dislike it even more when Apple can charge a premium and millions will more than happily pay it to escape (what they perceive as) the mundane and bizarre decisions fostered on them by decades of techies who never really understood or listened to what the largest segment of the customer base actually wanted - or didn't want to think about.
like Iceland and the US Pacific Northwest, that use hydropower. Water flowing through a turbine really isn't causing much environmental damage
Except that the hydropower that is used this way cannot be transported to other regions and displace coal power. Now for an isolated island like Iceland, transporting is not an option, but I guess for the US Pacific Northwest it may be.
I saw the posters at my kids school and I am was unconvinced this is a good idea.
Programming / coding is a lot of things, and it's different to a lot of people. But the idea of teaching it by discussing game design really strikes me as a bad idea, for a lot of reasons:
1. Game design is inherently difficult. I mean, it's an art and science, and it is multi-discipline. After an hour, or ten hours, or whatever, you aren't going to have a lot to show for your efforts. Games designed and built by large teams of skilled programmers often fail to complete. Even a simple game requires substantial
2. Most programmers are not going to be doing game development. Or even game development. It's like trying to educate you on medicine by bringing in a surgeon to talk about remote micro-surgery. Sure, you could be the 1/100th of all doctors who are involved in that field. But chances are if you become a doctor it will be a GP.
3. The goal of getting more kids into programming, I would imagine, is to get kids to become programmers to do useful things. Games are a nice slice of entertainment, but in the big picture, except for the individuals, no one is really better off because of a new game being developed. If we as a country/specifies/whatever want more programmers, it should be to be more productive, to have a better economy, etc. We don't want/need more programmers for the next Candy Crush. That's a side benefit. Not a purpose.