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Comment: Re:Play for free? (Score 1) 218

by loubs001 (#33117262) Attached to: NAMCO Takes Down Student <em>Pac-man</em> Project
I bet NAMCO would have loved to sue them. With Google's big fat wallets they're a mouthwatering target for lawyers. They'd probably win too. Imagine the settlement theyd get for all the millions and millions of people that played it. But no, There's no way Google would have made that without permission. They're not stupid. I expect they paid NAMCO a hefty sum for the right to make that. It shows how Google is willing to spend serious cash purely to show off how awesome they are. For all the great publicity it got them, I'd say it was well worth the investment.

Comment: Re:Why design the VM that way? (Score 5, Informative) 397

by loubs001 (#33063198) Attached to: Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse
One reason... security. Prevents a unstable application from growing out of control, causing the whole system to start paging which with a GC becomes a diaster, dragging the whole system to a hault makign it unresponsive. So you set a heap size to "more than you'll ever need" so that it aborts if something goes wrong. There are technical advantages too. But still... I agree. The fixed heap limits are more of a pain than a benifit, especially when the default setting for the client JVM was 64MB until recently because it handnt been changed since around 1997.

Comment: Oracle Responded Well (Score 5, Informative) 397

by loubs001 (#33063148) Attached to: Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse
To Oracle's credit, when Eclipse dev's reported the issue (http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=6969236) Oracle immediately reverted the change within 2 days (http://hg.openjdk.java.net/hsx/hsx17/baseline/annotate/1771222afd14/make/hotspot_distro). They could have argued that it was Eclipse's fault for depending on the value in the first place and that rebranding their VM is something they should be allowed to do. But they put the best interest of other applications first. Still, it raises an issue that no one has really bothered with before. There are many Hostpot "vendor specific" options that are very commonly used. Almost every large application would configure heap sizes. There should be a standardized mechanism to define these options and thus avoid these very problems.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-careful-they-cheat dept.
Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.
Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the super-mario-takedown dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"
Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment: SIMD... is it the right way to go? (Score 1) 196

by loubs001 (#27456485) Attached to: Larrabee ISA Revealed
Im skeptical about the future of SIMD and even instruction level parallelism in general for massively parallel processors. The problem with this is that in order to get maximum utiliasation of all of the ALUs in the processor, you have to fill the entire vector with data that you can perform the SAME operation on. This means its up to the programmer or compiler to write highly vectorizable code. If you cant fill these huge 512-bit vectors, arithmetic units are going to be idle. nvidia realised this years ago, and so since the G80 their architectures have been scalar. Without vectors you can run alot more scalar threads while keeping ALL the units busy all the time. Win Win. I'll need some serious convincing if I'm to believe Intel is a real threat to nvidia in this space, especially for GPGPU.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note 659

Posted by timothy
from the too-insane-to-ignore-forever dept.
theodp writes "Remember Mr. Microphone? If you thought music couldn't get worse, think again. Perhaps with the help of R&D tax credits, Microsoft Research has spawned Songsmith, software that automatically creates a tinny, childish background track for your singing. And as bad as the pseudo-infomercial was, the use of the product in the wild is likely to be even scarier, as evidenced by these Songsmith'ed remakes of music by The Beatles, The Police, and The Notorious B.I.G.."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Bill Gates' Plan to Destroy Music

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theodp writes "Remember Mr. Microphone? If you thought music couldn't get worse, think again. Perhaps with the help of R&D tax credits, Microsoft Research has spawned Songsmith, software that automatically creates a tinny, childish background track for your singing. And as bad as the pseudo-infomercial was, the use of the product in the wild is likely to be even scarier, as evidenced by these Songsmith'ed remakes of music by The Beatles, The Police, and The Notorious B.I.G."

Comment: Re:Java???? (Score 1) 216

by loubs001 (#23565127) Attached to: Scalable Nonblocking Data Structures
Because as the article says, Java has a well defined and correctly implemented memory model that provides certain essential guarentees about ordering and memory consistency when dealing with high levels of concurrency. C++ does not (in its current form) have any well specified memory model, making his techniques impractical, if not impossible, since the behaviour is unpredictable. To acheive concurrent data structures in C++, the only way to do it safely, correctly and in a portable way, is to use locks. For this reason, you can expect to get much better performance in highly concurrent environments with Java with than you would get with C++.

The next version of C++ in development, is trying to provide such a memory model, based on Javas.

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