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Comment: Re:I beg to differ, sir (Score 4, Informative) 340

by bami (#44723407) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

You can't run interpreted code on iStuff.

IOS SDK TOS 3.3.2

"3.3.2 An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any
means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other
frameworks, other APIs or otherwise. No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in
an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple's Published APIs and builtin interpreter(s)."

Comment: Re:Profit dollars are what matters. (Score 1) 343

by bami (#35907352) Attached to: Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?

Actually, producing a angry birds clone in modern languages like objective C/C#/java is pretty possible if you have the grunt of the work (physics engine) already available, and are enthusiastic about the project. I mean I hit my keyboard for about 3 hours in visual studio and got the basics for a x-wing type 3D fighter using a gyro for controls. Pretty much everything you need is already present in the libraries, you just need to connect it together.

Comment: Re:Lowest common denominator is Intel's Graphics M (Score 1) 323

by bami (#35542540) Attached to: DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD

Actually, while the pixel processor might be slow, it has 12 MB of very very fast EDRAM. This allows you to do render-to-textures (and thus, post processing) with very little load on the GPU. This makes a lot of effects very cheap (time-wise) and you can pull off a lot of nice things with that.

Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 1) 323

by bami (#35542514) Attached to: DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD

Only XBLA and indie games run in managed C# using XNA, since Microsoft wants some sort of protection against running full unsigned code on the device (which makes the xbox the only console that hasn't been completly rooted).

Also, AMD can suck it. The reason for PC games to look the same as the console versions is not the fact that developers hate directx or opengl apis, it's the fact that it takes a buttload of work to make content in higher resolutions for PC only. Content budgets are already sky-high, and making higher res textures, models and shaders just for PC isn't financially viable for a platform that has such a high percentage of piracy.

tl;dr: Content creation for games takes a lot of resources, and developers really don't want to make everything in higher resolutions. They don't care if there is an API in the way, you don't need direct access to the video hardware anyways, and most stuff is already accessible to make hacks like carmacks reverse technique for shadowing.

Comment: Re:Wow, Biased Summary Much? (Score 1) 93

by bami (#35322508) Attached to: AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs

My dualcore atom boots windows xp faster then my core2duo. The thing is brilliantly fast at doing simple parralel stuff like starting up a gazillion services or something. For HD playback, might I suggest CoreAVC, which gives me sort-of 1080p capabilities (it still chokes on high bitrate mkv's though).

I'm thinking of buying a new low cost, low power and low noise HTPC with HDMI and such, and this amd fusion thing is looking very attractive. It's either that or another Atom with an ION chipset, which is discontinued and will suck ass in the future. Atleast these boards have a pci-express slot.

Comment: Re:Nokia (Score 1) 248

by bami (#35186646) Attached to: Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

My S60 3ed (Nokia E71) allows me to install everything I want without code signing (bought simlock free, and not from a carrier so maybe it is some option they have to enable?) . It has this nifty little option in the settings that allow unsigned code to be run.

You need to sign it yourself using some 3rd party to get rid of the constant "Do you want app x to access your y)" notifications though, but unsigned apps can use them, if the users gives it permission every time (and if you code your application right, only on startup).

Comment: Re:I think it's time (Score 1) 468

by bami (#35155088) Attached to: MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

No, copyright is about getting paid for your ideas.

Without copyright, there wouldn't be a commercial software, movie or music industry.

I can think of both worlds being allright (free software land sounds great, and we've seen from FOSS that people can make things happen, but on the other hand, I get paid for doing what I like (program stuff), and couldn't think of working on something else.), but it's gone a bit too far with all the piracy lawsuits and patent wars and such.

Comment: Re:NL had Bono Act before US (Score 1) 227

by bami (#35121748) Attached to: Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?

That's not law, it's a directive. Countries in the EU are not forced to follow it, but are encouraged to do so.

For example, here in Dutchlantis, you are allowed to make copies of copyrighted work for own use, and are allowed to download said copies from the internet, while not breaching copyright. Using usenet or rapidshare to download movies, music and books is perfectly legal here. Uploading (or distributing) however is not.

I think that is what he meant by absurd copyright laws (YOU BREAK LAWS FOR DOWNLOADING A SONG), and you wouldn't download a car if the law is reasonable like that. He just used the wrong bit of the law to make his case.

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