His music will be made available via an API powered by Musopen so anyone can come up with ways to explore and present Chopin's life."
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While shoving a mouse around and typing does not seem like significant exercise, I think there's a bigger energy expenditure in interactive thought. Zoning out at the television does not engage many areas of the brain, but chatting with friends or deciding where to browse next takes a bit more power. Brain activity burns calories. I've personally noticed that my head warms up more when I'm thinking, especially if the work or play is cerebral or there's a time pressure involved. It would be very cool to see a study on just how different these tasks are, with brain activity monitored objectively.
Agreed, but the life and death wasn't the point. Regulation was the point. Over-regulation sucks. The question is whether the fact of regulation is reasonable.
You've indicated that life and death obviously merit regulation. And you've said that distraction might be just cause.
Banning screens is regulation. Maybe it is over-regulation. So what would be reasonable?
Maybe you should do a bit of research before you try calling other people's comments bullshit
How is this any different from the requirements for developing for the XBox, Sony Playstation/PSP, or the Wii/Gameboy?
I don't know much about Sony or Wii, but with respect to XBox at least, you can develop for it using XNA - and it doesn't come with such a restrictive license agreement.
Then also, for gaming consoles, the model of restricted SDK and publishing has been a de facto standard for a while now, for better or worse. With smartphones, though, only Apple is trying to lock things down - everyone else on the market has been open, and remains so.
as I don't live there, I don't have to either.
I guess this will mean this islander nation is more of an islaneder by now. any UK person I'll meet, I can be sure they conceded in having their genitals exposed to some underpaid 'security' asshole
what a bunch of perverts...
If you are referring to ATI's proprietary driver, then I'll have to agree with you. I've never been fond of ATI's own proprietary drivers for Windows or *nix, though they have improved greatly over the years. I especially hate the fact that ATI feels it necessary to advertise their own products, inside their drivers. And I'm not talking about "advertising" for the hardware you already have. Add-on TV tuners, latest Radeon cards, etc., have all been advertised within their drivers. No thanks ATI.
Honestly, I still prefer NVIDIA's drivers for their stability and reliability. I have worked extensively with NVIDIA hardware over the past few years in a professional field, utilizing GP-GPU and CUDA. They may not currently have the fastest hardware at the moment, but it works well. And their drivers are solid. I'm not saying NVIDIA's drivers are perfect, they are not, but they generally work well and I have had few issues over the years. I still believe ATI's drivers are a weak point for their hardware, which is currently very good. The UI for the CCC is also poorly designed and looks amateur-ish, imho.
Today, I'd much rather have a solid, closed-source binary driver that "just works", than a much less functional OSS one for ideological reasons. Let's see what happens over the next few years.... it could be interesting.
Indeed - it's interesting that the 2005 bombing didn't AFAICR get used as an excuse for more draconian laws. But a failed attempt in another country has resulted in the UK bringing new measures in.
Terrorists will always find a way to get explosives on planes if they feel they need to.
Why bother? Thanks to security theatre, they can now simply blow themselves up in the scanner queue, which will kill the hundred or so people packed in there, will probably shut down the entire airport, and will cause the government to rape us even harder than before.
Given the choice between having to support 350 clients on IE8 with auto patching via WSUS, etc - or Firefox/Chrome by relying on 350 PCs to go off and get their own updates whenever the user feels like it - I choose IE8 as the corporate standard.
If Machiavelli were a programmer, he'd have worked for AT&T.