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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 423

by tlhIngan (#47906051) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Just what I need in a firearm. One more area that can fail epically. Also yet another battery to carry and eventually run out of.

Call me crazy but none of my firearms accidentally go off.

I understand there may be times when the use of gun to harm another human is necessary.

However, there are perfectly normal situations where you own a gun and this technology is perfectly acceptable.

There's a rather large contingent who really only use a gun for recreation. Perhaps they hunt. Or shoot targets (paper, clay. metal, whatever). They don't need a gun for constant companionship or ready access, they just have it for fun.

Perhaps after a day at the range or after bagging some animals, they head to the bar. Well, the gun's not put away, and there's a risk of your vehicle being broken into (actually quite common in the city). Well, it's one more thing that would make it worthless to someone and one less gun for druggies shooting at random people or whatever people do with stolen guns.

Yes, some people want it for protection. Others want it because they look cool (there's more than a few people who buy an AR and load it up with optics and grips and other accessories, only for it to sit on the shelf because they never have any intention of shooting it - just that it looked cool in Call of Duty and they wanted it).

Guns are versatile - there's lots of uses for them. In places where they're regulated, well, you often don't need one for protection but can often own one for recreational purposes.

So having the option makes sense - if you're going out to use it, you charge up the batteries and be done with it.

(Off-topic - why is it the real gun nuts take offense when they evacuate and leave guns out in the open, unguarded in an unlocked house often visible from the street, and the police come around and put it away for safe-keeping? I mean, is it somehow more offensive that the police are holding the guns for you (with a promise to return them) than if some random stranger decided to go and rob you? Perhaps it's less offensive if they were "stolen" by the police? The guns were right there waiting to be stolen, after all. Anyone else could've done it had the police not swept the area for items people may leave behind that are valuable)

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1, Interesting) 153

by SuperKendall (#47903291) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

I've kept a number of different iPhones in pockets with keys for years, zero scratches. I've not seen an iPhone screen witch scratches (cracks if it's dropped, yes, but not scratches).

Also, they HAVE used Gorilla Glass. In fact I'd imagine the newer ones ALSO use Gorilla Glass, they just aren't saying that (which they did not in the past also).

Comment: Re:That title needs work, for one thing (Score 1) 83

by tlhIngan (#47900717) Attached to: Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

Don't forget they fired their award winning composer who'd been with them since Marathon (?) days & treated him bad while doing so - made me wonder what was going on over there at the executive level (and add a bit of apprehension for this game's release - which turned out to be warranted).

The problem is Activision. That's the problem with Activision - they are all about the money, and even Kottick's admitted to it. And they've already forced Bungie's hand - it's presumed Activision put pressure on Bungie's board to fire Marty. He's been there since the beginning I believe - one of the founding members.

Unfortunately, Marty had the last laugh. First, the courts awarded him unpaid overtime and vacation accrued ($30K, plus another $30K for being idiots for not just giving it to him, and $40k in attorney's cost). And in the past couple of weeks, the courts also re-awarded him Bungie Founder's Shares, that Bungie tried to illegal take from him.

Well, the courts ruled that according to the terms of issuance, yes, Marty is due all his shares (even ones that weren't issued yet), undiluted. The argument that he left was invalid since the only way the shares could get cancelled was if he voluntarily left. Since he was forced out, he's still due all shares. And Bungie even protested saying Marty would use his shares to screw up the business because he holds powerful shares as an ex-employee forced out. The judge disregarded that reason basically stating that Bungie made the bed.

So $100K and powerful shares because Activision didn't want him. (Probably because he cost a lot of money and with Paul McCartney's special track). And Marty's not obliged to sell those shares, either. So he technically still has a say.

Bungie's following the path of Blizzard - from great gaming company to hollowed out shell coasting on a name.

Hell, Bungie/Activision made a super classic mistake - they didn't let game reviewers have a go in advance. The cynical response (and history has shown it to be true) is that it's because the game is so bad, they can at least count on a few early sales before reviews basically end up killing sales. They tried to couch it in terms of "we want everyone to evaluate it on the full content with real players" but that rings hollow - the easiest way to do that is to recruit a bunch of beta players for a special play session for reviewers.

Ars Technica wasn't kind to it either. Their same-day early review showed a lack of content (though they were kind in saying "the servers worked". Their later review calls it "Rent it" saying there's not enough content for whatever-kind-of-game-it-is.

Somehow, after taking 4 years to do it (2010 - Halo Reach), to release this disappointment means that Bungie probably had a few ideas for a Halo MMO like game in the background, then used that. And tons of committee meetings later, well, you have this as everyone tried to get their say in the game. Resulting in something no one is quite sure what it is.

Hell, I suppose the final insult is when Activision reported "shipped" numbers. Well, at least they got a bunch of money from Sony for exclusives.

Comment: Not so in IOS (Score 1) 199

by SuperKendall (#47895675) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

You can't offload anything onto the GPU. Only certain specific types of things, and certain math.

It's not very specific, it's pretty broad. The Accellerate framework includes quite a lot of stuff...

We could offload more still if OpenCL was on iOS (which contrary to another post I jet put up, it is not quite yet - it's just lurking under the public API surface).

Comment: Not GCD (Score 1) 199

by SuperKendall (#47895649) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Apple's done a lot of work with Grand Central Dispatch (is that the right technology?)

GCD helps manage tasks across multiple cores pretty well.

The GPU leverage though, is handled either by writing OpenCL code, or normal code that uses the Accellerate framework to do a variety of math, which internally hits the GPU when it makes sense.

OpenCL is kind of involved to get into but it's often very easy to fix up the math in heavier calculations to use Accellerate.

Comment: Re:I doubt your doubt (Score 1) 216

by SuperKendall (#47893301) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

And they do need the hype - they have a large portion of customers who are more likely to be repeat customers if they're gently pushed to upgrade instead of waiting.

You misunderstand, they don't need the hype not because hype is not useful, but because there is already boatloads of it. The amount of hype from "iPhone Plus sold out" is minuscule compared to already existing hype from all other vectors; it adds zero to the push to upgrade compared to months of relentless news about the iPhone 6 beforehand.

Comment: Re:How much would the rebate be? (Score 1) 407

by tlhIngan (#47892709) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

No, you don't get a free version, you don't get the media. You wipe it you've lost it. Not too mention the OEM version runs about $100. So no it's not free. Moron.

Except it is almost free because software vendors pay computer vendors money to bundle in their software. Basically a company like Dell or HP go to Symantec and McAfee and ask them how much do they want in on their new PC. Highest bidder gets installed. repeat this several times and the cost of Windows is recovered.

Windows OEM to you and me may be $100, but Dell/Sony/Acer/HP/etc are not paying that - they're paying far less. Add in the bundled crapware subsidy and it can pay for the hardware too.

Comment: I doubt your doubt (Score 1) 216

by SuperKendall (#47892089) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Only an idiot holds back physical inventory when they can sell it easily.

Apple doesn't need more press or hype; it already has those. They simply sell as many units as they can make.

If your "theory" is correct, then why do shipping times gradually get longer as more orders are made? If your "theory" is correct, why would the 6Plus ship a week after the 6 even for the earliest adopters?

Whatever happened to the belief that the simplest answer is usually true...

Comment: Apple servers were fine.. (Score 1) 216

by SuperKendall (#47891073) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

The Apple Store app started working well before the website did, say 30 minutes after the supposed launch...

The early parts of selection worked fine, it was when you chose a carrier that things timed out.

Once the website came up (about two and a half hours late) it was pretty speedy.

So it was something around the carrier gateway that was the issue.

The interesting aspect of that, was that people had no issue ordering from carriers directly that supported it (Verizon and AT&T were the two I knew people ordered from shortly after midnight Pacific)

Comment: Re:I just want the new Nexus. (Score 5, Insightful) 216

by tlhIngan (#47891023) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

The only real feature of note was Apple Pay, which might finally make NFC payments take off in the US. It's been a technology that should have hit it big a couple of years ago, but has never seen much consumer buy-in for some reason.

Because no one unified around it. You have credit cards and phones and all that, and the phones were all fragmented into using Google Wallet or other custom thing so it was impossible to actually use.

Effectively, Google thought "If you build it, they will come" and everyone basically gave a collective "meh" and promptly did their own thing.

What Apple did was try to be a de-facto standard. Apple made deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express (which probably covers the vast majority of credit card charges out there). Apple made deals with big retailers people used. So in the end, Apple has, upon launch, the support of the vast majority of credit card payment companies, and big companies that most people shop at.

Plus, Apple has money on their side - the people who buy Apple products tend to be ones who have money, and are the kind of people who do spend it. Android users tend to be more tight-asses (given the vast majority of them are free phones that their carrier gave away), so are in generaly seen as a "lesser valued" market.

So you have companies agreeing to Apple because they know Apple customers generally have money. As a side effect, it means the technology being promoted gets widely distributed so everyone else benefits as well.

Comment: Re:How much would the rebate be? (Score 1) 407

by tlhIngan (#47890901) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

What does MS sell their OEM OS for anyway? Probably not that much. No one will likely bother.

Roughly $10-50 or so. It's hard to pinpoint an exact figure because the bundled software often pays for that stuff. So the refund you get is often far less because they have to take out the software that subsidized the cost of the PC. It's one reason why Linux PCs often cost more.

Anyhow, you can still bundle in Windows on the hard drive and all that, and separate out the software as a line item. If you choose to pay for Windows, you get a card with a unlock key on it. You boot the PC, enter the key, and it boots up with everything.

If you choose to not pay for software, you just click "I did not buy software" and it erases the hard drive.

Comment: Re:What is wrong with people? (Score 1) 207

by tlhIngan (#47890797) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

You'd think people wouldn't get taken in by those Nigerian 419 scams as well, but they keep falling for requests to send money to make money.

You would think they'd stop before they'd send away $25,000 or more, but...

I can understand elderly folks falling for the "Hi I'm your grandson stuck in the middle of nowhere" scams, but the people who traditionally fall for the 419s know they don't have grandkids, and typically middle-aged people.

I guess greed blinds.

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