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Mario 64 Remake Receives a DMCA Complaint From Nintendo 73

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-fun-allowed dept.
jones_supa writes: Well, we saw this one coming. Just a couple of days after computer science student Erik Roystan Ross released a free recreation of the first level of Nintendo's 1996 Super Mario 64, Nintendo filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint. It was sent to the content distribution network CloudFlare and the complaint asked to immediately disable public access to the page hosting the remade game. CloudFlare forwarded the complaint to the person hosting Ross' game, after which the hosting provider (a friend of Ross) had to take the game down. Nintendo also sent Ross takedown notices for his downloadable desktop versions of the Bob-Omb Battlefield. Nintendo is famously protective of its copyright, taking issue even with "Let's Play" videos posted on YouTube and threatening to shut down live-streamed Super Smash Bros tournaments."

Comment: Re:Hopefully this gows (Score 1) 166

by Plumpaquatsch (#49372923) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Turbo engines were complex machines whose layout limited the ground effect 'tunnels' under the car. They were an emerging technology and so they were difficult and expensive to develop and build and make reliable. It was mostly manufacturer-supported teams, such as Renault, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo which took that route. In contrast, the cheap, reliable and narrow Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, still used by most teams more than a decade after its introduction, lent itself well to highly efficient ground effect aerodynamics.

So which of the two technologies is found in more production cars today?

Comment: Re:How to make a small fortune in auto racing (Score 2) 166

by Plumpaquatsch (#49372331) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

Have you ever been to an auto race? I would not describe the typical crowd as "rich people".

Then you have clearly not been to a Formula One race. With NASCAR you are quite correct.

But that is just the spectators.

You are confusing the people visiting the pits with the spectators. Does this look "rich" to you?

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

Cars are very complex machines that can have loads of things go amiss with them without rendering them undrivable, and can have loads of other things go wrong while in operation. You're correct that it's safe to assume everything will be recorded, but I expect equipment failures will plague first-generation autonomous cars once they're old and the tolerances have loosened up. Steering, tires, brakes, suspension alignment, all things that will lead the computer astray as it's attempting to self-drive.

If the computer still works, it will realize that the parts don't operate at full capacity anymore, and will drive to account for that - including refusing to drive when it can't do it safely. Including when self-analysis shows itself isn't working anymore. Just like cars today will stop or only allow driving at low speed when they detect a problem.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

Welcome to a world with lawyers and liability laws.Someone is always to blame.

And, as I said, you can bet your ass Google et al are going to try to make sure it's you and not them.

So? Don't drive a Google car then.

Even if that means you'l be in at least 10 times as many accidents where you are at fault as a consequence.

Comment: Re:Show me 1 independently publicly tested autonom (Score 1) 177

Oh, sorry, I forgot to add "successful". These are very interesting research challenges, but nowt here about succeeding on an actual real-world road.

The next culmination point was achieved in 1995, when Dickmanns re-engineered autonomous S-Class Mercedes-Benz took a 1000 mile trip from Munich in Bavaria to Copenhagen in Denmark and back, using saccadic computer vision and transputers to react in real time. The robot achieved speeds exceeding 175 km/h on the German Autobahn, with a mean time between human interventions of 9 km. In traffic it executed manoeuvres to pass other cars. Despite being a research system without emphasis on long distance reliability, it drove up to 158 km without any human intervention.

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 1) 204

by Plumpaquatsch (#49335951) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Using a USB hub is like distributing a garden hose to many nozzles. When you turn them all on, the spray from each one slows to a trickle.

In the case of of USB 3, the trickle would burst your USB 2 hoses, and fill several mass storage hoses. Wasn't that the point of USB 3? Or were all the USB fanboys lying?


Developers and the Fear of Apple 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the think-different-except-about-us dept.
An anonymous reader writes: UI designer Eli Schiff has posted an article about the "climate of fear" surrounding Apple in the software development community. He points out how developers who express criticism in an informal setting often recant when their words are being recorded, and how even moderate public criticism is often prefaced by flattery and endorsements.

Beyond that, the industry has learned that they can't rely on Apple's walled garden to make a profit. The opaque app review process, the race to the bottom on pricing, and Apple's resistance to curation of the App Store are driving "independent app developers into larger organizations and venture-backed startups." Apple is also known to cut contact with developers if they release for Android first. The "climate of fear" even affects journalists, who face not only stonewalling from Apple after negative reporting, but also a brigade of Apple fans and even other journalists trying to paint them as anti-Apple.

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 1) 204

by Plumpaquatsch (#49334323) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

This is why I am a PC. Not a Mac (paraphrased in the commercials)

When something goes obsolete I replace.

In 2013 I got my first SSD in my 2010 AMD phenom II. Then a dual SSD in raid. Then an i7 4770k. Then a another SSD raid. New video card and last a new workstation class computer.

With a mac it is soldered on. Throw away and buy anew.

Yeah, buying everything but the case, floppy (I bet you still have a floppy) and the big, inefficient power supply new makes for such a cheaper buy.

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.