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Comment: Re:By the same logic (Score 1) 316

You don't have to let a program run forever to determine if it will halt or not. There are other things you can do, like check the state at every state to see if it is identical to a previous state. If so, then you're in an infinite loop. There are other things you can do to prove that a loop will never terminate, but they get more complex.

It is a staggeringly complex problem for a more general case, and you can come up with a handful of specially designed programs that will always break it, but for the vast majority of cases it is solvable.

That's why it seems weird to me that you would immediately ditch the entire concept just because there's one crazy hack program out there that could break it, and only if you've specifically crafted your testing program so that it will fail in that case.

Comment: Re:By the same logic (Score 1) 316

To be fair, the Halting Problem has always confused me because the counterexample to it is highly contrived and it seems like you could reword the problem slightly to avoid the issue. I assume that the description I got in school was incomplete and that it's really the tip of the iceberg of some enormous mathematical model that may or may not be applicable to real life.

Comment: Re:Bill Rejected with Bi-Partisan agreeemnt (Score 0) 428

by jandrese (#48417431) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Failure to pass this bill means we'll get another chance.

You are quite the comedian. You could have brought the House down with that one. This bill is dead for at least 2 years now, why would a Republican majority Congress bring it up? The only way this bill is going to come back is as an extension of the PATRIOT act that allows for greater surveillance of anybody who makes less than $1 billion per year.

This is the same bullshit they tried to use to kill the ACA, and nobody bought it back then either.

Comment: Re:Bought merely for single player... (Score 1) 468

by jandrese (#48412587) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
Another thing that dies with DRM systems like this is the mod community. When you have to worry about "cheating" because you intend to make money by keeping features locked behind micropayments, then you can't allow people to mod the game. The first thing they're going to do is install a "free money" button to bypass those micropayment barriers.

But a vibrant mod community can utterly transform a game. There have been two orders of magnitude more code written to mod Minecraft than is in the base game. Kerbal Space Program would just be a toy without many of the mods (which were eventually incorperated into the game). Have you seen what people can do in Skyrim these days? Elite is not going to have any of that because they can't afford to threaten their micropayment income.

Comment: Re:Shattered (Score 1) 468

by jandrese (#48412491) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
If a dude totally lies to you and one of the defining features that made you excited for the game (no goddamn online only DRM bullshit) is pulled then yeah, I'm not going to buy anything from the guy again. Not unless he really really works hard to prove that he learned his lesson the first time somehow. What is the point of crowdfunding if you're going to be beholden to publisher's whims anyway?

Comment: Re:Li-Ion batteries aren't good for this role (Score 2) 41

by jandrese (#48388105) Attached to: Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power
I got a Lenovo laptop awhile back and it noticed that I keep it plugged in most of the time. It sets itself to keep the battery between 70-80% charged in this state. I thought it was a really cool feature, although it does take a little getting used to. "Why is my battery low? Oh right, battery saving mode."

Comment: Re:Or perhaps Sony's gimmick could be "first" (Score 1) 130

by jandrese (#48386509) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue
That undercuts the existing deals in the Movie division, which is why it won't happen. People spend a lot of movie to get media a few weeks before other competitors, you can't just have the company create a competitor and then give them preferential access. There is a huge complex web of relationships with every release. If this were an easy problem every studio would already have their own version of Netflix for their own releases, but such a service would necessarily be slower, more expensive, and more DRM encumbered than the existing channels to avoid undercutting their existing partners. The middlemen demand their cut.

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