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Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by jedidiah (#49140913) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Meanwhile, there is this PC platform that wiped out all of it's other bespoke competitors probably before you even touched your first computer. PCs are MUCH more diverse than Android phones. But if you started whining about "fragmentation" to PC developers they would look at you like you grew a second head.

Comment: Re:The state is easy to see. (Score 1, Troll) 129

by jedidiah (#49139487) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

What do "desktop users" even want? Do they even have any real desires or do they just mindlessly take whatever is force fed to them by a Microsoft dominated OEM channel?

These are the same "desktop users" that turned their noses up at MacOS in favor of DOS.

The idea that Linux "lost the desktop" is assinine. It was never there to take. It was owned by DOS from day one. Quality of the product accounts for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

By Lemming-centric market metrics, even MacOS is a failure.

Thankfully most other markets are not quite as broken and I am not stuck eating dirt. Only in the computing market is the notion of not wanting to eat dirt seen as extreme or subversive.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by jedidiah (#49138257) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

This Linux gaming renaissance is most likely a side effect of how every other gaming platform besides Windows uses "something else". That something else is Linux compatible. That reduces the distance between Linux and what has already been ported to.

Android, MacOS, even the PS4 and Wii's are intermediate steps towards Linux.

It's no great surprise that the most interesting ports for Linux are being done by a MacOS porting house.

Beyond the big titles, Linux is a significant part of the market. The indies were already porting to Linux because of this.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 5, Insightful) 58

by jedidiah (#49132261) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

While the NUCs are overkill for HTPC duty, the PIs are also not sufficiently there either. A PI just has problems keeping up with the user interface (XBMC).

Something like a Chromebox is the sweet spot. Decent enough GPU for video decoding and a CPU that's not ridiculously anemic.

Comment: Re:Companies ask for it (Score 3, Insightful) 185

by jedidiah (#49128279) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

Better yet, if people are re-inventing your work why do you even think you should be granted ownership of it? Chances are that you contributed nothing to the state of the art. You didn't publish anything that's actually useful. Patents are rubbish as documentation. So if that's all you've contributed to the world, then you didn't contribute anything really.

The fact that ANYONE could "re-invent" your stuff means the patent should be tossed.

Patents are evil that way. They allow patent holders to claim ownership of the work of others. It's legalized theft.

Comment: Re:Canadians (Score 2) 175

by jedidiah (#49119841) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

I don't have to "imagine" anything. I have seen it firsthand. I have seen the no-talent schmucks from India used as scab labor and I have seen the overqualified and highly talented types from 1st world countries. Both were underpaid and in a vulnerable position.

Talent worth importing is talent worth importing with full status and no strings attached.

Comment: Re:I have an H1-B employee (Score 5, Informative) 175

by jedidiah (#49119791) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

No. The H1B debate is about creating an easy to exploit underclass. Even the "talented types" get abused by corporations. Corporations get a free pass to rape pillage and plunder because that's just (Ayn Rand) trendy these days.

Corporations want people that are easy to exploit. People with full legal status are harder to abuse. They also have higher expecations and higher overhead.

Comment: Re:What about urban sprawl in the ancient times? (Score 1) 81

Well, the idea of taking at least one day off every 7 is a pretty old one. I am sure it's not limited to one particular nation state or culture.

It's a pleasant fantasy that you can drive labor indefinitely but the physical universe (and human bodies) has finite limits.

Comment: Re:Too Much or Too Little? Economically? (Score 1) 303

by jedidiah (#49112153) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

The problem with the argument is that it tries to distort the situation and ignores any useful discussion of the market value of the item in question.

What is the single value of an impression? How does that relate to the value of a single broadcast? How does that relate to the value of a single?

Most of these headlines are loud whining that depend on general innumeracy.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 668

by jedidiah (#49111769) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Plus I think Nye is committing the usual fallacy of conflating the equivalent of being familiar with the lastest Papal Bull with "knowing science". This is more about being able to repeat the current appeal to authority fad than it is actual science.

All of the current talking heads seem to replicate that fallacy.

Optimization hinders evolution.