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Comment: Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 2) 38

by enjar (#49360887) Attached to: IBM and OpenPower Could Mean a Fight With Intel For Chinese Server Market

Yep. In my career, I've seen the rise and fall of RISC (on both Windows and *NIX), Apple's transition between several chip families, Sun's Sparc chips and even Intel trying to out-Intel with Itanium. You get hit with major roadblocks as well as death by a thousand cuts. It's extremely difficult to get it working in the first place, and then ongoing maintenance is no small feat, either.

I wonder if the Chinese government is "strongly favoring home grown solutions" with an ongoing infusion of funding, to do they just pay it lip service? China is a huge emerging market that plenty of vendors are trying to sell into, if they are really serious about this, it could actually provide the catalyst to make the ports happen. But no demand in the marketplace means little incentive for anything to happen.

Comment: Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 1) 38

by enjar (#49360723) Attached to: IBM and OpenPower Could Mean a Fight With Intel For Chinese Server Market

Sure, you can put out a chip, but without a software stack of common applications (and operating systems) that you actually run on that stack, it's just something that consumes electricity.

So who is going to fund the porting effort of all the tools, libraries, etc? Anyone who thinks you just grab source code and recompile on a new platform has probably never tried it. It's a pile of work.

Comment: iTunes drove me to Android in the first place (Score 4, Interesting) 147

by enjar (#49290895) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

I got sick and tired of dealing with iTunes and its many failures and switched to Android. My wife still has an iDevice and regularly gripes when they change the interface, move stuff around for no reason and otherwise make the design "better".

My Android phone has no idea about my home PC because it doesn't have to. I don't see iTunes going anywhere, no way in hell I'm going back to the iOS ecosystem. I'm not likely to get another Samsung phone, which is what I have now -- I'll likely just go for the Nexus so I can skip the bloatware.

Comment: "Trojan Horse"? Really? (Score 1) 107

Software (or Greeks) that show up with something that appears to be one thing on the outside but carries an unpleasant surprise on the inside = a "Trojan horse"

A company adding features (including additional platforms), and doing so with advertised, promoted, supported and approved apps that say exactly what they are doing on an $APP_STORE is just a company trying to draw in new customers, and there's nothing nefarious about it.

Comment: Please make the controllers game agnostic (Score 1) 163

by enjar (#49149559) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I recall having a great time with these types of games with friends. They were kind of like karaoke without the singing part. The later editions with more options for setting difficultly per player (IIRC) made it even more fun since you could have some people who were more experienced being given more of a challenge while a newbie or less coordinated person could play at a lower difficulty level and still have fun.

The room full of crap that sat around was not fantastic, though. We live in a smaller house at one point, had the drum setup and a couple guitars. The drums were hard to store, got in the way and just sucked except when you were using them.

I'd probably be interested in picking up something like this if I could get a controller that would work with any arbitrary game, as I'm going to guess that there are going to be fun songs on both games. My kids always loved the guitars and they got some appreciation for non-kid music since the track selections were pretty decent. I'd also appreciate if they would bring the songs from earlier games forward, too.

In terms of being agnostic, it would be nice to bring your fake guitar to your friend's house and play whatever they had, irrespective of if it were Rock Band/Guitar Hero or Playstation/XBox. I'd bet overall they could move more copies rather than try and keep it siloed. I'd hope Activision would see at least part of that with their success with Skylanders -- you don't have skylanders for each platform, you can take them to your friend's house and play on any console.

Comment: Not a place where competing is a winning strategy (Score 1) 186

by enjar (#49115813) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

What black magic happens when I use my credit card? Damned if I know. Magic happens, money comes out of my account and I get stuff. I don't care what incantation is encoded in the stripe, which manufacturer made the card reading machine or what communications technology is behind the scenes. It doesn't matter, because the business taking my money wants my money and I want the stuff.

Similarly, when I plug something into the wall I don't care who made the plug and the wires that provide the power. I don't even care where the power comes from. I just expect it to power up what I plugged into it.

If I can just wave my phone at something and money gets exchanged, then fine. But if I need to know too much about it, I'm just going to use my credit card or cash.

Evidently in other parts of the world they are exchanging money in rural villages with text messages on low-end dumb phones. Why must the first world get vendor lock-in bullshit to exchange money using a phone?

Comment: Apple - $3B on crappy headphones. $19B on WhatsApp (Score 0) 55

by enjar (#48620843) Attached to: The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

Apple bought out Beats for $3B and change. They make middling, overpriced headphones that come in a variety of colors. Facebook dropped $19B on an app that sends messages. Facebook dropped $1B on a company that makes Polaroids on your smartphone.

$2B of investments into multiple companies that are working on a technology platform that provides methods for sifting though vast amounts of certain types of business data, running on low-cost, commodity hardware and backed by an open source project seems positively rational in comparison. I recall similar "hype" regarding companies like RedHat, who were working to commercialize Open Source projects. Sure, some of them are going to eventually fold or shut down (or get bought out), but that's part of the risk of investing. I'd imagine that one of them will become successful at offering a very saleable product that is successful.

Hadoop is only on v2, and still has unpolished bits and weirdness. But there's a burgeoning collection of add-ons and tools, and there are plenty of people who are using it successfully in production. I recall other open source projects that went through similar growing pains and weirdness, but eventually matured very nicely.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by enjar (#48609431) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

The article mentions that the house was in rural Washington. It's entirely possible that the neighbor's house was quite a distance away. My in-laws live in rural western New York on 10 acres of land. They are largely surrounded by farms and forest. It's very common for people to be out shooting guns, especially in hunting season. It's not unusual to hear guns going off, or see people in hunting attire walking along the road or in a field with a firearm. I've also lived in the southern and western US and similar behavior happens there.

I live in a suburban area of Massachusetts now, and this would NOT be common here at all, since the population density here is considerably higher than a rural area, to the point hunting is not allowed in the town limits because there is no place in town where you would be far enough from a dwelling to discharge a firearm safely. There are some shooting ranges in the town but they are very self-contained. If I would go closer to the city of Boston things just get more densely packed, and people would not be shooting guns for entertainment in public.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by enjar (#48609319) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

The cop in in a car is a little more obvious than a camera mounted on a pole. Depending on the size of the equipment (think: GoPro that's a small enough to hold in your hand), it could be effectively invisible, especially when compared against a Crown Vic with police markings, lights and a siren. Since it's evidently a rural location, even a unmarked car parked on the side of the road for a month would be rather obvious.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.