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Comment: Re:How long until every stream links to Amazon? (Score 1) 59

by subanark (#47756599) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

>Bets on how long until that become a link straight to Amazon to buy said game, and how long until streamers become Amazon affiliates and start getting money for driving people to buy their games off Amazon?
For 1, it could easily happen. For 2, already happening. I see lots of streams put buy links to Amazon in their channel description.
IMDB (owned by Amazon) doesn't have buy links on their site from movies (at least none I could see), but it does have a stream on Amazon Prime.

>Because that's the only angle I can see Amazon having here: trying to get gamers to grab games off Amazon. (And they do sell digital game downloads, so they do compete with things like Steam.)
Buying games has a really small profit margin. Twitch allows Amazon to expand further into the gaming market itself. As for #2, you are right, but just to make things clear: a lot of games you buy from Amazon include a Steam key. Steam doesn't really use vendor lock in. You are free to generate an unlimited number of steam keys for your product at no cost, and sell those keys though any channel you want.

Disclaimer: I am an Amazon employee. Everything I said here is my own opinion, and guesswork. I do not work for the gaming division of Amazon, nor do I have insights into what they do.

Comment: Even versions of Windows the good ones? (Score 0) 346

by subanark (#47451339) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

So, basically it is:
Even versions: try out new stuff. See what people like, and what they don't
Odd versions: remove the stuff that people didn't like, polish everything else.

Windows 1 & 2: Too young, didn't use
Windows 3: Lots of people used this. A good UI over DOS
Windows 4: Noooooo... can't play my games :(
Windows 5: Yes... it works, its great, it gets attacked my malware, but I'll just reinstall
Windows 6: WTF is this shit. Sooo slow. And the "security enhancements" just suck to work around.
Windows 7: Well it isn't as slow anymore, and it isn't as vulnerable to malware.
Windows 8: Where's my start menu? Do you think I'm some kind of kid with this interface?
Windows 9: The future will be better tomorrow (quote from Dan Quayle).

Comment: Let's reword this a bit... (Score 1) 86

Game X is coming out soon.
Company Y is going to sell the game.
In order to provide incentive, they mod the game to provide some extra content.
Since moding is expensive for Company Y to do, they outsource it to the makers of Game X who know the game better,

So, what is evil in this scenario (select all that apply)?
A. Company Y shouldn't bundle stuff it sells.
B. Game X makers should provide the mod kit to everyone.
C. Game X makers should prohibit their product from being bundled.
D. Company Y should sell any mod it makes as a standalone option.
E. Company Y shouldn't outsource the mod to game X makers.

Where is the evil here?

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 3, Insightful) 465

by subanark (#47259415) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Government is also slow on the technology pickup. The university back home still only keeps emails up to 1 year on their servers (citing space issues) and tells teachers and staff to archive emails if they want them longer. Typically, email hasn't been a "must keep a record of this" on the list of documents you save. The only reason they still have the computers that crashed is probably due to a requirement that they be properly disposed of to avoid leaking out sensitive data, and they just didn't get around to disposing of them.

Fine, sure 3 computers crashed, they were probably way out dated and many computer equipment isn't built to last. How many computers did they retrieve emails from? What percentage of these 3 is of the total?

Comment: Re:US Government is Corrupt by Inspection (Score 2) 253

by subanark (#47195691) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

The proof is all about connecting things. It is like trying to prove that humans can walk on two legs using the general theory of relativity. You have models that work on the small scale, and those that work on a bigger scale. Proving even the simplest things that are normally done on the large scale is a quite difficult exercise, but it helps to add validity to the small scale model.

Attitudes like, "it's obvious" is what led to beliefs that the world is flat. And I'm pretty sure I can find some government of a primitive tribe that rules over less than 50 people that isn't "corrupt".

Comment: Re:Game fairness (Score 1) 252

by subanark (#47061017) Attached to: Blizzard Sues <em>Starcraft II</em> Cheat Creators

Yes, Starcraft II is already extensible modable, and supports multiplayer. The hacks that are being provided can already be done with the moding capabilities available. The only things these hacks are effectively doing is letting people use a mod and play against players who aren't using it, thus unfair play.

Comment: Just treat it like China (Score 1) 370

Sometimes the simple solution is to remove more than what is required by law.

Someone makes (and can prove who they are) a request to be forgotten. Google will simply ban the search term and only show results that appear after the request is made, along with a notice that some hits were removed due to local laws. All the good with the bad will "vanish" from Google, and everyone will know that you are hiding something. Anyone who sees this will probably dig deeper and find other sites that record this information, and not all of them are in Europe.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

1. You illustrate a problem with the current prison system: It is hell to live in. I see an ideal society where prison simply a safeguard to ensure that someone is no longer able to continue doing harm to society.
2. Although I could see a possibility of using capitol punishment as a way to save money, society frowns upon attempting to put a price on someone's head so openly.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 1) 71

by subanark (#46545917) Attached to: Pine Tree Has Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

One, that map is incomplete. Second, there are plenty of facilities, even if not as numerous, that can do other sequencing. As long as the assembly techniques support combining multiple sequencing technologies together, you should in order to call upon each's strength.

For example, look at the All Paths assembler that recommends adding in a touch of PacBio to connect scaffolds together.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 1) 71

by subanark (#46542687) Attached to: Pine Tree Has Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

Well they do have a draft genome, not a "complete" one. A complete genome is really hard to generate, and doesn't really gain you a whole lot for all your effort for more complex organisms. Also, its not fair to compare cancer research, as they already have one of the best genomes sequenced to refer too, the human genome. Creating a new genome, de novo, is hard, and 63x is a good start, but not nearly enough.

Also, why did they just use Illumina? Yes it's nice they had multiple paired end ranges, but Illumina is typically only short reads of around 100bp. Generally, throwing in some PacBio sequences helps with the scaffolding process with their long reads. You don't need much either, less than 1x is fine.

Also, it looks like they did do some transcription work, but I didn't see anything in the paper detailing what areas of the tissue they took samples from. Hopefully this is well documented so that appropriate expression analysis can be done, instead of simply relying on existing database gene information to determine traits.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

There really isn't a good argument for execution in today's society. The small number of people who under our current justice system whom meet the bar for such punishment don't make up a significant amount of our resources to imprison. Even if you could qualify someone as beyond redemption, the day might come where they would be found innocent, or our laws would change such that the act they committed wouldn't have merited death.

The time and place for the death penalty is either when a society doesn't have the resources to safely imprison a dangerous individual, or when the number of people who qualify for execution is large enough to be a drain on society. When this happens, it is time to reevaluate what qualifies a "person" over an animal.

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