"Can an email server hold more than 1000 accounts?"
Oh, you Microsoft jokers...
"Can an email server hold more than 1000 accounts?"
Oh, you Microsoft jokers...
Hates Steam for DRM. Recommends Origin. Hahahahaha....
And after 8 hours of downloading, downloading patches, downloading more patches and then constantly downloading over 8Gb for one game that I never got installed (freebie with an indie bundle) I gave up. Never seen such a shoddy, bitty interface and download structure (not to mention speed).
I have several big games on Origin that I've redeemed from bundles, etc. and I honestly don't care enough to install it again.
Just about every platform ever made has supplied people with a dev kit which, almost universally, contains some kind of emulator.
How the hell do you write a launch title, for instance, when the console only exists in prototype versions?
They are expensive, complex, powerful, and - many of them - are just PC-based emulation environments with some custom hardware to interface with controllers, cartridges, etc.
There's nothing new in emulating anything. People were doing it back in the days of PC-based NES development kits. Almost certainly, the devkits for the new consoles are out there now, PC-based, very hard to get hold of, very expensive, and very well protected so you can't just pirate them and give everyone a free console.
But the way the world of console gaming is heading (SteamBox etc.), it may not matter for much longer anyway.
There is nothing more to "emulation" than pretending to be another type of machine. And if you made the machine, the only advantage you have is that you know what the hardware is supposed to do. If you didn't make the machine, it's the REVERSE-ENGINEERING that's complex and difficult and takes years, not the emulation.
I don't see how giving either side of a transaction the ability to back out really fixes anything.
All that will happen is that fraud will shift to ordering products/services, and then withholding the Bitcoin that is "in escrow". Seller gets screwed and buyer gets free stuff.
There is no way to have a mutual, simultaneous exchange of goods/services/payment that doesn't allow fraud on at least one side. If there was, we'd have been using it decades ago.
All the Bitcoin "contract" does is introduce a trusted intermediary, for the most part, or limit goods exchange to those that can be sent via the Bitcoin blockchain. That doesn't solve any problem we can't already solve with such a trusted intermediary. (And who's going to be a trusted intermediary that the seller will adhere blindly to their opinion, and who would need to be able to prove reasonably that you DID or DID NOT receive the product that was sent? Answer: Nobody.)
And most of the Bitcoin exchanges that went under, it was either fraud on the part of the exchange (who presumably would require a trusted intermediary - but who, except another exchange?) or outright stupidity/negligence in their storing of their own bitcoin wallets and associated security.
Bitcoin solves a few problems and helps a lot of others. But it's far from being usable in any kind of fraud prevention like you suggest.
Don't be stupid. Don't trade with people likely to scam you. Don't expect to ever go through your life and not get scammed. If we could stop scamming just with a protocol, we'd have done it back in the dark ages.
My rule for SSD hasn't changed since their invention.
Give me an SSD within the same power-of-ten size as a hard drive for the same cost and we'll talk.
Seriously. Give me a 1Tb SSD for the cost of the cheapest XTb hard drive and I'll buy it. But if hard drives get to 10Tb in that time, guess what happens? You then have to give me a 10Tb drive for the same price.
I thought that 1Tb SSD's would be with us already. The technology is out there, it just needs scaling up. We can buy them but they are STUPID prices, sometimes more than buying, say, 10x100Gb SSD's that ALL use the same chips and boards as the 1Tb SSD.
I was hoping for this Christmas but that's not going to happen either. If you want to wait until next year, guess what, the requirements go up again.
Stop pissing about with HDD technologies and just start selling SSD's of sensible prices en masse. Every time I hear the word "platters" now it pisses me off. I was hoping to be rid of them by now, not handing them more crutches.
Sorry, but you describe a useful function. Whether it's relevant any more or not is neither here nor there. If I invent a way to make a clockwork mechanism work more efficiently, that's still an invention, still patentable. And, as Trevor Bayliss shows, still something that should be protected by patents even if it's "old hat".
The real crux of the matter is whether FAT is "obvious to one skilled in the art" which is a much, much, much more relevant and important test of patentability. Fact is, it pretty much is. If you're a filesystem designer and you're handed FAT and told to make it store long file names, FAT LFN's are pretty much one of a million ways to do them - and not even a particularly effective or perfect one.
Lacking such "inventiveness", and being just something that anyone with half a brain could come up with, AND being in a jurisdiction where software patents shouldn't be allowed by the EU courts anyway, that's what means it should be invalidated. By the same token, BTW, Trevor Bayliss would also fail. What he did wasn't invention, just quite a smart combination of two existing technologies. But at least it was a physical invention and not a way to get Linux-based vendors (e.g. TomTom) to pay Microsoft money for Windows-only inventions.
I just get a page of junk.
Direct Android compatibility.
What smartphone / tablet type has the greatest marketshare again?
If you can't cross-compile a game to a Linux binary, then you're not really programming properly. Game authoring tools are for apps, and if your app-maker can't make apps for Android, iPad, etc. just as easily as having a plugin, then you've most likely exhausted its capabilities long ago.
Any sort of big-name title, the worry is more about the underlying engine, e.g. DirectX vs OpenGL, etc. than anything to do with just pressing a button and out pops a binary.
If you can manage to write a Windows game and then a Mac port or an Android app of it, then chances are you can target any platform you like as easily as anything. If you didn't, the problem isn't lack of tools to do so.
Likely to be pushed out of sight by the Elite:Dangerous kick starter that was successful earlier this year, which has David Braben working on it.
As yet, it's all pretty pictures and talk, but they got Â£2m just from the kickstarter. Star Citizen, in comparison, is something I'd never heard of until you linked it - and seems to have been running for longer.
(P.S. $2.5m stretch goals to add "an additional flyable ship"?)
Not that I'm knocking either - hell, I probably want both - but it's going to be a struggle and neither are going to be ready for YEARS.
I found out about a search engine (back in the days when the best you had was a "web directory" that some guy hand-maintained) because my brother was talking to the guys who were writing it at the time on open newsgroups. It was unheard of and still just a uni project back then, turned out to be quite huge, and we used it for years until something better came along (which we heard by word-of-mouth from friends, not a banner-ad or shill-piece).
It's true what you say.
Did the cop know or reasonably suspect that a theft was being committed? Yes.
Is he required to know exactly the local electricity rates, the rate of the consumption of the car, the time it was plugged it down to the nearest second, the cable losses, and the discount that the school gets on electricity supply before he can make an arrest? No.
And if you read the article, he didn't - he made a report, the arrest came when the facts came to light.
If a kid runs out of a shop chased by security with an armful of things, the cop doesn't need to itemise what he has and whether it reaches a certain figure. You arrest, then you investigate, which is the purpose of the arrest, and then if necessary you "escalate" the arrest to a formal charge.
Being arrested means NOTHING except detaining you on reasonable suspicion of a crime until it can be ascertained whether a crime has been committed or not.
Fact is, he didn't arrest him, that came later when they checked facts. And he can arrest him because he has more than a reasonable suspicion that he took something (a product or service) that didn't belong to him, without permission, and with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of it. MORE THAN reasonable. In that he could see him doing it first-hand and query him about it and get an admission ("Yeah, but it's only 5c!" is basically an admission that you did it if you have anywhere near a half-decent lawyer on the other side).
What part of this confuses you? He was arrested, after much consultation, for a crime he admits doing, that a policeman caught him doing, which the school did not give permission for him to do, petty though it is.
You know what? I bet if he'd asked the school and even said "Here's ten cents for the school charity, can I just plug in my car outside for a minute so I can get home?" they'd have told the police that it was authorised and there'd be no issue.
Do you have a warning sign on your external electrical sockets at home (e.g. in the garden?)
Do you have a warning sign on your garden sprinklers?
Do you have a warning sign on the bulb in your porch?
No. It's not yours, don't take it. Ask first, and 99.9% of the time if it's reasonable it'll be a Yes. And if it's ever a No, then you really DON'T want to have been doing it to that person's house anyway as they'd probably have you arrested if you were caught no matter what (i.e. they said No for a reason, or they said No because they never want you to do that and they'd kick up a fuss if they ever found our you did).
I put a padlock on things FOR ME. To stop deliberate theft that would inconvenience me. Just because something doesn't have a sign or a lock does NOT mean you can just walk up and use/take it (take, for example, someone putting a "Help Yourself" sign on my car, and then someone takes it - that's still theft!)
And no matter what the case, if you just asked first, it wouldn't have been a problem.
So, he admits theft. He had intention and permanently deprived a school of something that was theirs and they were required to pay for, and which they had not authorised.
I don't care if it was 5c or $500, he did something he shouldn't have. And the repercussions of his actions may have been greater - I work in schools and I can't leave trailing leads on the ground, I have to be careful not to overload circuits that are sometimes not even capable of providing the local 13A maximum without fusing things (but yet checked regularly and are legal). And he plugged it in and walked off, so there's no telling what might have happened - electrical fire, overloaded the circuit and cut off the alarm or some other important system, etc. and it's possible nobody would have known until he returned to his car.
Sorry, but you just can't do this. Try doing it in someone's house. I have an external socket on my house for powering garden tools - see what happens if you try to plug your car into it for even a microsecond. I guarantee you that it won't be worth your while. I have a lock on mine, but I have little reason to - using it without my express permission is theft whether it has a lock on or not.
You can whine as much as you want - as with anything, if you wouldn't have done it if the policeman was just standing right there watching you do it, there's a reason for that. You knew it was wrong and thought that nobody would mind and you'd just get away with it.
And you know what the biggest bitch of the whole story is? In any school I've ever worked in, if you'd just asked the caretaker / a school representative if you could do it first (like all our PTA and parents do when they want to do something on school premises, even outside of school hours or when they've paid for the hall inside), they'd probably have just said Yes. Hell, they'll put the extension leads out for you and make sure it's safe and using a safe socket and that the leads can't be tripped over if you ask nicely.
It pisses me off that people think that just because "it's only a few cents" (or only "a couple of mph", or "only for a minute"), that excuses that they knew it was wrong and deliberately chose to do it anyway.
If you wouldn't have done it at a random stranger's house, why would you do it at your children's school without asking?
Make a good product, make a good customer out of your customers, and you don't have to pay people to advertise it.
Probably spent more on Steam than I have on my last few PC's combined. And my first purchase took nearly a year after they shut WON down, and I only created the account to carry on playing CS 1.6 online.
Fact is, make a good enough product and treat your customers well and you don't have to buy ANYONE, they'll give you a positive review and backing all of their own accord.
"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"