Without a driver's license, how does one get to and from work on a Sunday, when public transportation has the day off?
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Althouh $100 is not much
To put it in perspective: This one-time $100 fee is less than the annually recurring fees of registering a domain, leasing a VPS for web hosting, buying an organization-validated TLS certificate, buying an organization-validated Authenticode certificate, and buying an Apple developer ID if you want to target OS X. And it's probably far less than what your studio pays its accountant every year, let alone programmers and artists.
Even so, jurisdictions differ in how they define "silence", what constitutes "self-incrimination", or in the consequences at trial of having remained silent.
But does it include "compilation and installation" on the end user's machines, or only on developer hardware available only to a select few? The latter interpretation leads to the Tivoization loophole in the GPLv2. GPLv3 tightened this by defining "Installation Information", its counterpart to GPLv2's "scripts used to control [...] installation", to require that execution be possible "in that User Product" if the work is designed for a consumer platform.
The controversial part, as I understand it, is the difference in interpretation of a license's conditions. For example, the difference between an "aggregation" and a "combined work" in the GPLv2 confused at least one Slashdot user.
You're assuming that he's alluding to the fifth amendment, the Miranda warning is just a notification of it
Exactly. Each country phrases its notification of rights of the accused differently. For example, the police caution in Great Britain begins "You do not have to say anything." Use of a particular country's wording alludes to the statutory and case law regarding the rights of the accused in that country. For example, the police caution used in England and Wales since 1994 includes "it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court", a concept of guilt by omission that doesn't apply in the States. This difference was a plot point in an episode of the first season of Life on Mars, if the trope page about the British caution is to be believed.
My consumer choices do not require your approval.
I never meant to imply that they did. If I did end up implying so, please help me figure out where so that I can learn not to do so again. I'm only trying to understand how consoles are ideal for your use case with the intent of figuring out how to make other platforms less bad. Or is wanting to know what makes a platform good itself an "entitled attitude"?
Just to deal with fiddly and horrible, the second you have to think about a file system or running processes or system configurations, you've blown it as far as UX for games go. So there's fiddly and horrible for you.
If you're moving saved games from one console hard drive or memory card to another, or freeing up GBs on a console's hard drive for a downloadable game or for a disc game's mandatory install, that's a file system. And as for "system configurations", some console makers' naming conventions don't make this easy either: "DS" vs. "3DS" vs. "2DS" vs. "New 3DS", or "Xbox" vs. "Xbox One".
I doubt a PC can match the idle power consumption
Anyone know how much power a PC uses in suspend?
You have the right to remain silent.
In which countries? And to what extent in each country? This incident occurred in Canada, and the notice you're alluding to is the "Miranda warning", which is in use in a country other than Canada.
I have yet to see one that shows the keyboard as a graphic in the way I've seen some games show the controller, as a graphic or technical drawing with clearly defined labels.
Good point. I worked on a game back in 1999 whose key bindings configuration screen showed the current bindings on top of a generic keyboard. Will players be confused if I show a generic keyboard, such as a Unicomp Model M, instead of the specific keyboard model connected to the system?
Another problem is that controllers for PCs are highly varied. Except for Xbox 360 controllers, you can't predict how the controller's buttons are laid out to display a diagram without either A. restricting yourself to Xbox 360 controllers (which use the XInput API) or B. buying hundreds of controllers, building a massive VID/PID database, and including this database with each copy of the game. So all you can display is something like "controller 1 axis 2 +" or "controller 1 button 3". How have other PC game developers solved this?
Oddly enough, not even Xbox or Playstation is mentioned.
Only a few hand-picked developers are allowed to buy devkits for Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo platforms in the first place. They demonstrate this ability by producing and selling a few PC games first to establish "relevant video game industry experience" (source: WarioWorld.com) and through other means. If your organization has the money to become a licensed developer of console games, then it is more likely to have the money for a traditional engine license.
PC games aren't going away because I bought a PlayStation or a Wii U or an XBox.
You by yourself won't cause PC games to go away. But if enough other gamers abandon PC for consoles, even more major game studios will consider the PC unprofitable.
All I'm trying to do is explain why anyone would buy a console and what the upsides are.
In that case, does this page sum up something close to your position?
I want a box that plugs into the TV and plays games with out being fiddly, loud, power sucking and horrible.
Integrated graphics have become adequate, and I don't see how a PC with integrated graphics is especially "loud" or "power sucking" compared to a PS3, 360, PS4, or Xbox One. I may be willing to grant you "fiddly" and "horrible" if you can explain them.
Even a dual-core scores fine in the "does it run emulators" column that damnbunni's post mentioned.
Just to make sure I understand you correctly:
the fact that on first run it loaded to a "Press Start" screen felt like sloppy QA
In other words, make sure key labels are correct for the current key bindings, and not hardcoded to the names of Xbox 360 controller buttons. Also make options in on-screen menus clickable with the mouse.
clearly explaining why the keys are where they are by default
How could such an explanation be done correctly?
PC users are typically sitting closer to smaller higher resolution screens whereas console users are typically sitting further back, looking at larger, lower resolution displays.
In other words, Steam Big Picture is atypical. And what's the difference between a 1080p HDTV and a 1080p desktop PC monitor, or between a 720p HDTV and a 720p laptop monitor?
Appliances that play games and only play games have a place in the market because some people just want to play games and not have to fiddle with shit to make it work.
Let me know when these dedicated gaming appliances support community-developed game mods.
MIME types have both standard types defined, plus a defined process for vendor extensions. Yes, via IANA.
The RFCs specifying what is needed before an IANA "designated expert" will accept a new Internet Media Type are a lot of documentation for a new programmer to read and understand, and my attempts to search the web for easier-to-digest introductory information from third parties weren't very fruitful. There's also a week's turnaround for this designated expert to make a decision. And if, say, the development of a new video game produces 20 different internal asset data formats used by the game and by its modding tools, would the designated expert appreciate having to review the registration of each of these formats as an Internet Media Type? I think I'm misunderstanding something very fundamental, and I know there's much I don't know.
Thirdly file types which have no additional requirements for registration, yet unambiguous are easy, by simply prefixing them with an already registered domain (usually reversed). e.g. com.google.whateverthefuckgooglewanttocalltheirnewfiletype.
Or io.github.some_username.some_projectname.some_type, right? I can get behind that in theory. But it'll take a lot of reengineering of container formats such as file systems and archives. Does FAT32, the default file system for removable storage media 32 GB or smaller such as USB flash drives and SDHC cards, support attributes such as content type? Wikipedia says FAT32 does not support extended attributes. Does exFAT, the default file system for larger removable storage media such as SDXC cards? Wikipedia does not say one way or the other. And Zip, a very common archive format, currently doesn't fully support extended attributes either and won't until Info-ZIP Zip 3.1 comes out.