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Comment: Re:Render farm? (Score 1) 150

Actually I like to point to Star Citizen. The cinematic and trailers for that game are at the same level of graphical fidelity than the highest in game settings. The issue is that, first you probably can't afford the system that renders this smoothly, second the game absolutely feels differently. Game play is restricted by the input space and thus is almost always clunky; the more realistic the graphics, the more jarring the disconnect feels.

Comment: Re: Andrew "bunnie" Huang argues that Moore's Law (Score 1) 101

by rioki (#49476677) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

I don't know, switching from aluminium and titanium to composite materials is, such as carbon fibers is a real big deal in aviation. But this is something that you don't see and thus don't recognize. Would you know that the A350 and 787 are almost entirely made of plastic?

I agree that Moore's Law is slowing, but i doubt that we will see a slowdown in innovation. We have already seen a shift from more powerful to smaller and more energy efficient. The number of applications that need raw power are getting less and less and move into the realm of "good enough". Even in data centers you are start to see power improvement as we can do the same thing with less hardware and power consumption.

I think the next big hurdle will be network connectivity. More bandwidth, less latency.

Comment: Re:Physics (Score 1) 108

by rioki (#49468375) Attached to: The International Space Station (Finally) Gets an Espresso Machine

I would not consider 70 - 80C (158-176 F) "close to boiling point". The remainder is correct, an espresso machine works primarily on pressure. That is why it makes RRRRR Pffff sound when the presure valve releases.

(Didn't the Italians already bring a converted nespresso machine to the ISS?)

Comment: Re:Nice, so where's the processor to match? (Score 1) 152

by rioki (#49468323) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display

I think the comment for VR headsets is spot on. Granted there are more smartphones than VR headsets, but on smartphones few will be ready to take the price hike the display will cause. I think they are targeting high end smart phones and VR headsets. Basically for people with too much disposable income...

Comment: Re:More false information (Score 1) 104

by rioki (#49437409) Attached to: Biometrics Are Making Espionage Harder

I don't know about you, but the Texas' DMV has my right thumb print. Granted that one is 15 years old, but more biometrics are collected than you think; especially in the US. Maybe THAT is the problem, US spooks can't operate properly because the US collected key biometrics and now other countries have the data. Other countries don't have the problem, since they did not collect the data in the first place...

Comment: Re:First, manhole covers are not always round (Score 1) 185

by rioki (#49436407) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

But the battery of questions I got where nearly as useless to real work, even though they where actual programming questions. When I interviewed with Google I had around 7 years of work experience designing and implementing software for industrial automation with some focus on compiler constitution. Almost all questions where CS 101 questions, like "How do you implement quicksort?". Although basic knowledge of fundamental algorithms is required for the the work, actual problems are almost always of architectural nature or "we need a solution yesterday".

The fact that some Google recruiter was showed interest in me was nice and the entire experience was enlightening, but I was not very impressed with the entire process. Their offices sure are nicer than the one I am currently sitting in...

Comment: Re:If you don't control it it's compromised. (Score 5, Interesting) 86

by rioki (#49427457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Serious Is Hacking In Mobile Games?

I would simply take the same approach you should take with PC games. If it's single player, don't bother. You are wasting resources, resources you can use to make your game just a little more awesome. (more awesome == more sales) Wit multiplayer games, the key point is the server. The server should not trust clients and use heuristics to detect suspicious behavior. Then give administrators the means to moderate their users. (Or a vote system.) Bad behavior is a real issue with multiplayer games, but that is not limited to cheating.

But since we are talking about mobile games; are users cheating you on the premium currency? Treat is like any other piracy, ignore it and try to win users by making the cooler more awesome game. Maybe communicate that you are an independent developer and need the money to make games.

+ - Unitary Software Patent challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court->

Submitted by zoobab
zoobab writes: The Unitary Patent for Europe is being challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court. One of the plaintiffs, Benjamin Henrion, is a fifteen-year campaigner against software patents in Europe. He says: "The Unitary Patent is the third major attempt to legalize software patents in Europe. The captive European Patent Court will become the Eastern District of Texas when it comes to software patent disputes in Europe. As happened in America, the concentration of power will force up legal costs, punish small European companies, and benefit large patent holders."
Link to Original Source

+ - Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped from Google Products

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: A couple weeks ago, Google contacted the CNNIC (China's CA) to alert them of a problem regarding the delegated power of issuing fraudulent certificates for domains (in fact this came to light after fraudulent certificates were issued for Google's domains). Following this, Google decided to remove the CNNIC Root and EV CA as trusted CAs in its Chrome browser and all Google products. Today, the CNNIC responded to Google: "1. The decision that Google has made is unacceptable and unintelligible to CNNIC, and meanwhile CNNIC sincerely urge that Google would take users’ rights and interests into full consideration. 2. For the users that CNNIC has already issued the certificates to, we guarantee that your lawful rights and interests will not be affected." Mozilla is waiting to formulate a plan.

Comment: Re:How can foreigners be charged under US law? (Score 3, Interesting) 144

by rioki (#49390233) Attached to: Obama Authorizes Penalties For Foreign Cyber Attackers

Although I will concede that jurisdiction is a muddled concept with IT systems, but the following is true: They attack and/or penetrate IT systems that are located on US soil. Under international conventions, this is a crime. This is no different that when I throw a rock across the US/Canada border and damage your car, did the crime happen in the US or Canada? But even in China and North Korea there are laws against damaging IT systems and I am quite sure that they don't have exclusions for US IT systems. Now either they are private citizens and thus it is a criminal act and they are criminals or this is a government sanctioned act and they are soldiers and this is an act of war (i.e. not a crime).

Comment: Re:Russians (Score 1) 144

by rioki (#49390203) Attached to: Obama Authorizes Penalties For Foreign Cyber Attackers

In the case of the Ukraine, the US could probably care less. Neither the populace, note the leading casts cared about it. There is little to gain for the US, no use to squabble about one military port in the Black Sea. (Big deal to the Russians.) But the Europeans saw the situation differently and pressured the US to put their wight behind it. The primary reason for Russia's actions was Ukraine's move closer to the EU and NATO, which directly threatened their precious Black Sea port. (No use to "own" a port that will be overrun/destroyed within the first minutes of fighting.)

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