The problem is that all anti-cheat software is essentially DRM and running DRM on am open platform like a PC is inherently problematic.
The problem is that all anti-cheat software is essentially DRM and running DRM on am open platform like a PC is inherently problematic.
And why is it that you are owed free content?
And why is it that this content shouldn't be free? It seems to me that the spreading of the spirit of international cooperation and friendly competition should have as few barriers as possible.
I've never cared about the Olympics but I could easily see an argument that access to the Olympic games is a citizen's right. However I am enough of a realist to recognize that money quickly comes into the argument. Organizing the games, advertising, etc costs a lot of money and that the majority of that comes from selling the broadcast rights to different companies. But the price that NBC paid for the rights is tiny compared to the USA Federal budget. The USA could pay the license rights, broadcast the content, and probably break even while still providing access to every citizen.
Then the content would be "free".
My current complaints:
1. Fixed width and a lot of wasted space. I browse with a window width of 1200 on a PC. The comments end up being around 400 pixels wide, that is a lot of wasted horizontal space. On a tablet I can understand having a dead area around the edges of the screen to help avoid accidental touches but on a PC it's wasteful. Also that side bar is completely worthless once someone has scrolled below it yet it still takes up the screen real estate.
2. The side bar can't be customized. On the classic site I can add/remove different widgets for things that I care about. I realize that the web has moved on since those widgets were first designed so I can understand changing them. But that doesn't mean that I want to have widgets that I actively ignore, I haven't cared about the slashdot poll in years and that's not going to change; also I don't care about what was on the site 10 years ago this day.
3. The comments seem to have bugs. On the main site there are 7 replies to this comment's parent while on the beta site there are only 2 replies. What happened to the other comments? It seems that the only the first 2 comments by date are displayed meaning some +5 comments aren't being displayed which brings the average of the entire comment system down by a significant amount.
4. Make a dedicated forum/thread/story/etc where you engage with community about the new site. Currently people are complaining in the comments of every article because that's the only place they feel like they can vent. Make a dedicated area to talk about the new site design and where the designers explain their design decisions. I know that showing people how the sausage is made is scary and that it will invite a lot of criticism but it also can create a lot of trust.
As several people have pointed out Amazon appears to be applying the correct sales tax. The fact that the resident of NJ doesn't understand his own sales tax demonstrates how complex sales tax can be. Every state, county, and city can have their own sales tax laws which have to all be correctly applied based upon arbitrary characteristics. A state can have a tax rate of 4% with an additional 3% for prepared foods and then a city in that state could have a 2% tax on sugary treats. What counts as a prepared food or sugary treat? That will vary just as much and may not even follow common sense, tomatoes have even been legally defined as vegetables for tax reasons.
A national sales tax could make a lot things a lot simpler but would force states to relinquish a lot of power as every business that could use the national sales tax instead of the local taxes would. States with high sales tax would see a large revenue drop while residents of states without a sales tax would be penalized. I could see brick and mortar stores jumping through hoops to selectively use the lower tax rate, if the local tax rate is higher then the national one they'd "order" the item for the customer and then "deliver" it from the backroom.
The best solution I can see is if the federal government runs a sales tax database that every retailer can query. The retailer submits the location, price, item, and some relevant descriptors: "luxury", "food", "service", "book" and the API spits back what the sales tax should be for the item. It's then beholden to the states to keep their relevant data updated. The states would be limited in how creative their sales taxes could be as the software would need to support it but the states wouldn't need to cede power to the federal government.
They have a video camera that takes frames faster than light can travel, so they have the technology. Problem is it requires the subject to be ungodly bright.
No. No they don't. They have a "camera" with a very fast shutter speed. Then they take millions of pictures of different laser pulses and stitch them together to create an animation that mimics a single laser pulse.
I know that the comments on youtube are pretty poor and that most people rarely read articles but this is a really cool video and if you can't be bothered to understand what you're looking at then I feel sorry for you.
Try out the comments section before making a judgement.
Slashdot does comments better then 99.99% of the sites out there and while this upgrade may have the same back end the graphical representation of the parent/child/sibling/etc is horrible. It seems that whitespace is the only indication of a parent/child relationship and I can't quickly determine who is responding to what. Following a thread of conversation is gone.
There are some pretty interesting points raised in the case that I think should be addressed. I'm on google's side, the service that google provides me is worth their database about my habits. That's my choice and I knew it going in, even Microsoft advertises that Google does this. But privacy policies, EULAs and such have become stupidly complex. An average user can't be expected to read those tedious documents and I doubt if more then 1% fully read any of the contracts they click to accept. FTFA: "that a reasonable Gmail user who read the Privacy Policies would not have necessarily understood that her emails...". I can see this as a way to require human readable EULAs and privacy policies instead of the pages and pages of legalese that currently exist.
There's also the question of who "owns" the data in an email. If someone sends me an email, do they still own it and am I restricted in how I handle that email according to their wishes? Should they be informed that I'm saving the email on a server or that I've printed out a copy or that I run it through a spam filter? Most engineers would agree that I can do whatever I want to the email as that copy of the data is mine to use as I wish but IP lawyers can argue that I don't have the intellectual property rights to use the data except by whatever rights the owner has granted me.
I'm really hoping that this case can be appealed and finally set some precedence to some of the crazy shenanigans.
What you're complaining about is the inability to find the projects that are interesting to you and I have the same complaint about kickstarter. Several times I've heard about a project that didn't reach it's funding goal I would have loved to have backed but for whatever reason I didn't discover it until it was too late.
Every digital marketplace has this problem to some extent. The good ones seem to have a good recommendation engine like amazon and netflix or they're heavily curated like steam and Xbox Arcade. Then there are places like kickstarter and iOS where they highlight the best 40 or so and let the rest remain obscure.
Discover-ability is a real problem that is only going to get worse as digital markets get more popular and larger. And I'm guessing that any company that can solve that problem will be the next tech service monopoly.
I have hope for Hulu simply because it can fill a niche that is very under-served. Netflix provides a back catalog but rarely has current content. iTunes provides current content but at a premium. Amazon seems to be attempting to copy both Netflix and iTunes. If I want to watch current content without paying a few dollars my only options are Hulu, torrent sites, and broadcast TV/cable.
The sad thing is this particular invasion of privacy would save the most lives. If every self driving car recorded traffic violations of other cars and sent them to the local precinct for verification people would start driving safer real fast.
Running a light: that's a ticket.
Changing lanes without signaling: that's a ticket.
Running a stop sign: that's a ticket.
Cutting someone off: that's a ticket.
Not yielding to a cross walk: that's a ticket.
My issues with the H-1B visa program is that it doesn't fix any of the problems that it tries to address and probably creates new issues.
The basic problem H-1B visa tries to address: "There are not enough mediocre engineers for our current business needs." The H-1B visa brings in some temporary employees to fix the short term shortage. But when the visa expires they go home and the company has to hire a new H-1B employee to replace him (remember there is a shortage of qualified applicants) and probably has increased their need of mediocre engineers during the past few years. There is no incentive for the company to fix the problem but instead to just apply the H-1B bandaid to it.
If the company hiring a H-1B visa holder was forced to train workers that would take over the position then the H-1B visa program would probably be rarely used and only when there was an actual need. Or if the company could only use H-1B visa employees/contractors every 2 years out of 5 so that they knew that they were ineligible for the H-1B bandaid when the current employees leave. Or even make the visa permanent, the visa holder isn't forced to leave the country and is free to find other employers whenever they wish; broader immigration issues this would fix the short term problem by just importing more people.
Here's a simpler one:
"Alice, you're under oath, please list all laws that you have broken." If Alice says "I broke no laws" then if there's evidence of Alice speeding 1 mile over the limit or jaywalking last week then suddenly she has a worse punishment for a minor infraction. Or Alice could confess to all laws that she has broken and getting whatever punishment that she is "owed". It's a catch-22.
Or here's another one:
Police are going door to door asking everyone if they committed X crime. "Hey, Bob here didn't say he didn't do it. That must mean he did it!" Since asking the question of someone's guilt doesn't provide any evidence then the police are forced to actually collect evidence and find the guilty party. This also protects innocent people from being harassed without cause.
The problem isn't the concept of DRM but how DRM has been applied. In general DRM has become so complicated that it's all thorny edge cases with one bug free area that represents the test environment.
The DRM implementation should be so simple that people know when they're crossing the line, think of it as a "No Trespassing" sign. Something that people are aware of but don't intrude upon them or interfere with their business. And if it does happen to interfere then there is a clear path for removing the problem.
People that are willing to pirate material won't be stymied by whatever DRM is applied and the more problems that the DRM introduces the more people will turn to piracy to avoid the DRM issues. Tell the artists to focus on the customers and not the pirates. The better you serve your customers the better they'll treat you, everything else is just noise.
I think you're missing some context, the reason that the booths were light was because the booths are there as an introduction to the company or a quick faq. There were meeting rooms set aside to do real business across the street (in the room that held the expo floor last year) not to mention all the hotel conference room meetings that traditionally happen. Hitting up a big platform owner's booth and striking up a deal is pretty rare, generally your business people call their business people and schedule a meeting away from the noise of the convention and then talk about what ever needs discussing.
And while there was a large advertising, cloud (database & server), and analytics contingent there was also the usual motion capture vendors (real time, facial, etc), middleware (AI, procedural textures, procedural cities, particle editors), content out-sourcers (animations, audio, 2D animation, cut scenes) and a few engines (unity, havok, corona, marmalade, etc). I had to make several passes over the show floor before I felt confident that I hadn't missed anything interesting. It's easy to tune out the booths that were just there to accept resumes or representing schools, the harder part is to notice the booth that just happens to be next to something interesting. Every time I walked by the oculus rift booth my attention was drawn to the video of people playing hawken instead of what ever booth happened to be adjacent to the oculus rift's booth.
And a note on the relative evil of comments; bad or not, well placed comments have saved me an awful lot of time when taking on maintenance of code bases in the past
Indeed. I would rather have too many comments, to the point that some are not needed, than too few, and remain confused.
And I would rather have no comments than comments that are incorrect or misleading which cause me to become confused.