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Comment: Newer apps expect beefier hardware (Score 1) 232

by tepples (#48946845) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

iPhone 4s was a $600 phone. Now you can get a much better device for under $50.

A $50 phone doesn't help if the current versions of applications don't run well on a $50 phone. Sure, applications from roughly the iPhone 4s era would have run well, but these applications have since been replaced with newer versions that expect beefier hardware to be available. (See Wirth's law.)

Comment: Contra for Xbox Live Arcade (Score 1) 273

by tepples (#48941033) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

And if a game is exclusive on another platform doesn't that mean it's not on Microsoft's.

I had trouble understanding what you meant by this because the question-inverted word order doesn't appear to match the lack of a question mark. Did you mean "that doesn't mean..." or "doesn't that mean...?" So I'll try to reply to both interpretations:

Does being initially exclusive to Microsoft's platform (Windows) disqualify a game for a later release on Microsoft's other platform (Xbox One) once the game's developer eventually qualifies for the ID@Xbox program? If so, why should it?

The 1987 video game Contra by Konami was originally exclusive to a non-Microsoft arcade platform. In 1988 it was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, another non-Microsoft platform. Yet it got a port to Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360 in 2006. Did it get a pass because of the 1989 port to MSX2, a Japanese platform that shipped with Microsoft BASIC?

Comment: Monthly cap (Score 1) 298

by tepples (#48940871) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

the cost of my iPad 2 3G service is $15 a month.

How many MB per month is that? If unlimited, then where do you live? And how many MB per hour does RDP or VNC to the EC2 or Azure holding your IDE use?

On top of that, if you I've in an urban centre, you're probably well covered by WiFi anyway.

In my experience, Wi-Fi handoffs are not rapid enough for use while a passenger in a bus or other vehicle.

Comment: Re:Sticker shock of a new computer (Score 1) 298

by tepples (#48940837) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

A lot of parents are more willing to drive their children around during bus outages than to provide cellular Internet access for their children to do programming homework while visiting somewhere that lacks usable Wi-Fi. Besides, how ought an iPad+keyboard+cloud+cellular user to back up the data stored in his cloud services account in case his cloud service provider goes down? A PC user can just plug in a USB flash drive.

Comment: Or divide it into Californias (Score 1) 469

Find me a predefined region that's approximately 450k km^2 and you might have the answer.

California is one. The Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) is another. So is the Dakotas (North Dakota and South Dakota). And there are plenty of other Sweden-sized tri-state areas.

Comment: Video search != video hosting (Score 1) 273

by tepples (#48937257) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Heck, Microsoft doesn't even have a compelling YouTube alternative!

whaa? is a total pornucopia.

It's not the same thing. Bing Videos is a search engine, analogous to the Google Videos search engine. YouTube also offers hosting for videos uploaded by users. And in fact, for one random category I just viewed in Bing Videos two minutes ago, a large number of the videos were hosted on YouTube. Bing Videos is to Google Videos as what is to YouTube?

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981