Does Data have a soul?
I believe the Lt Cmdr has wrestled with that question for years.
Does Data have a soul?
I believe the Lt Cmdr has wrestled with that question for years.
I don't understand why people are expected to buy more software on their phone then on their PC.
Because this is pretty much the only thing the anti-android crowd can complain about.
Its becoming harder and harder for them to hide how butthurt they are behind legitimate excuses because the legitimate excuses are disappearing rapidly. Whenever you see an article on the horrors of Android Fragmentation/Piracy/Profitability and so on you know it's going to be bullshit by someone who's upset that Android has become the dominant platform.
These renewed attacks are conveniently timed with Google's release of Google Work.
However, what people forget is that 95% of small app developers on IOS dont break even, it's still high 90's on Android but more break even due to lower start up costs. The idea that you make millions from an app is something Apple likes to perpetuate but in reality only 0.001% of devs make a significant amount of money. The way to make money as an application developer on Android or IOS (or Win Phone, can we call it WinPo?) is the same way as you do it on PC. You make applications for other people.
Everyone from banks to supermarkets to coffee shops want an application that they give to customers for free as it brings in business. Someone has to write these applications and dollars to doughnuts I'll bet that Tesco didn't write the Tesco app, they hired someone to do it for them. If you want to make money from Android or IOS, forget selling direct to consumers because chances are you wont make it.
There'll be forks, there'll be distros that die out but ultimately choice is good. Out of all the traditional Linux distributions eventually a status quo develops of some core popular ones. Over time they fall out of favour and the critical mass slowly moves to another. In the medium term maybe some fresh eyes and fresh thinking will solve some of the current issues that plague users now. Will they have vested interests? May they take things down a path that turns out ba? At times, probably but there's a fork for that
The only people afraid of Android "fragmentation" (those are sarcastic quotes) are the people who dont have an Android device and are desperately hoping for Android to fail for some reason, any reason.
On Android, most Android users don't pay for apps. Either because they can't (Google Wallet isn't universal)
Next time, just write "I know nothing about Android" because it'll waste less of our time.
You dont need Google Wallet to purchase apps on Google Play. You can do it with a normal credit card or the Google Play preload cards that are sitting next to the Itunes cards.
Google wallet is a completely different product, whilst it can be used on Google Play, it is not required.
So the Android business model is to sell ads and give the app away
And this ends up being more profitable. Especially over the long term.
Great Scott! It appears I've been leading a sheltered life thanks to AdBlock, Ghostery and the like. I did not expect that level of douchebaggery from them, though. Well, hope AdBlock is ready for this.
Yeah, it's like the HORROR the web looks like when you are working on an end user's PC and they only have Internet Exploder.
I guess there will be HTML5 blocker extensions soon.
And I'll use them. Why? I hate ads. To me there is NO SUCH THING as an acceptable ad. I will never surf without ad blockers running. And if you don't like it, take your site offline.
And now that its happened, I'm going to blow my own trumpet.
For all the people who bashed Flash and said HTML5 is our lord Geezus and Saviour, I hope you enjoy it because now that you've more or less killed flash all the things flash was being used for (I.E. annoying the living shit out of you with ads) is now in HTML5. The problem is, Flash was a plugin, you cold block it completely at that level and easily select the bits you wanted to play. Now with HTML5 the ads and annoying videos are part of the code so in order to block them you need to parse the code. This means advertisers can get even trickier in hiding ads as part of the content and ad blockers are going to have to wrestle with a higher number of false positives.
If you thought adwords was annoying, wait until you have adword videos in HTML5 (and if I've thought of it, you can bet that someone with less scruples has too). So you've killed flash and all the evil that was in flash is not moving to HTML 5 where it'll be easier to hide and harder to block. There's your victory, drink it in.
Huh. In the US, the conservative party IS the silly party.
They're the silly party everywhere.
However I believe even the Official Monster Raving Loony Party would refuse to accept homoeopaths.
Homeopathy works better the fewer people believe in it.
So what you're saying is if we dilute the belief in homoeopathy, it'll start working?
But the UK does seem to like there royals
I dont expect you to understand but, it's nice to have a leader you dont have to be disappointed in. Even if they're only a symbolic leader and haven't wielded any real power in 400 years.
Looks like 7334720 is just applying DRM "over the internet," using a portable computer. How can anyone be granted such wide patents?
The same way someone is granted a patent on using rounded corners or scrolling on a mobile device.
The patent system is horribly broken and now only works for money (you pay, you get patent).
A robot bartender in a commercial environment would either need to be able to follow all the same rules or be operated by someone that does.
A robot bartender will be programmed with a set of rules that will look very similar to the rules set out for human staff.
It will be the same with a robot carer. They will be programmed to the same parameters as a human carer would receive. So someone with chronic liver issues will be denied alcohol, someone who has mobility issues will be able to order the odd sherry.
People forget we already have a system of rules for decision making in place. The main reason they're flawed is because humans sometimes dont follow them (I.E. the man with chronic liver issues might persuade his carer to give him a sherry because it's his birthday).
The difference between a human and robot bartender is that when you've had a few too many the robot bartender can not be bargained with, reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop until you've been served a diet soda.
Sounds like Kryton from Red Dwarf.
No that's a head that looks like a freak formation of mashed potato.
This just in: Even in simplistic AAA games with bots, the AIs are better than human players, we have to dumb them down to keep the game fun.
Thats because 99% of AAA games are twitch games. No strategy involved, just reflexes. Games like COD, Halo, et al. really limit what the player can do and it really is the fastest mouse wins. So they have to limit the reaction time of the AI to what a human is capable of.
Now if you look at strategy games like Civ IV, you had to give the AI unfair advantages to put it on equal footing with human players. But turn based strategy games have a lot of fuzzy logic. So really an AI mastering COD is not news, we can have been able to build bots with superhuman reaction time since the 90's. Wake me when they can master a city building sim as well as a good human player.
Remember when Apple was forced to remove all porn apps from the App Store?
Probably because Apple banned it from day 1.
I do have to love the hypocrisy here. When Apple bans something, it's "curating" a "walled garden" but when google does it they're "censoring" your "right to free expression".
But not in the constitutional freedom of speech sense. Not sure why this is even news.
Because it's Google and anything that can be twisted into sounding like Google is Baaaaaad and Ebil is news.
For those familiar with Google, this wont really be a surprise and by RTFS they aren't banning nudity, they're removing obviously pornographic videos and pictures (so your 50 shades of grey fan fiction is safe).
As it's Google's site, it's Google's rules. If you dont like them you can start your own blogging platform for explicit material with blackjack and hookers (although I believe this is already called Pornhub).
In some places it is illegal to call yourself an engineer if you isn't really one (unlike software "engineers").
I can tell you aren't an engineer.
Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?