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Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by tysonedwards (#49138353) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era
Indies are porting to Linux because the idea of a Linux game means that they'll get some love that they wouldn't otherwise get. It's a market that is presently untapped as most big studios haven't yet come to care about Linux as a platform. They ship Linux, they get guaranteed press, ergo more sales.

Comment: Re: Holy shit! (Score 1) 80

Musculature shapes bone development. While very similar, the radius and ulna are not identical between two arms because people are not typically ambidextrious, and will naturally favor one over the other. Having a mirror is obviously a good place to start with, but not a great answer as the musculature will be slightly different lengths, strengths, and attachment ridges upon which they hang. Inferring what those differences should be and computing them is a non-trivial task. Having a known good sample that all are expected to participate in is a trivial task, comparitively as it can be completed during regularly scheduled physicals prior to deployment.

Comment: Re: Apropos of nothing... (Score 1) 215

by tysonedwards (#49013643) Attached to: Silk Road Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty After Federal Sting
Ergo "brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner in a public location". Whether a third party deems someone's open carrying of a firearm as being shown in a fashion that will be deemed threatening is up to the individual seeing said act. The comfort of the individual is entirely at issue here.

Comment: Re: Apropos of nothing... (Score 1) 215

by tysonedwards (#49013439) Attached to: Silk Road Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty After Federal Sting
Actually, most Post Offices are owned by private individuals and leased back to the Government for use. As such, the building itself is legally exempt of the Federal Building restrictions and regarded much the same as any other private establishment. There have in fact been court cases regarding this, especially those regarding people getting injured at the property and the actual owners being liable rather than the USPS, establishing precedent. Brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner in a public location or threatening a federal employee is another matter, and carries with it quite severe penalties though.

Comment: Re:Half way there (Score 0) 119

So, Apple's lifetime lobbying budget has been $2,264,655 dollars, and last year the amount spent was $91,900.

Intuit spent $820,422 last year on lobbying. As such, the implication that they're doing more than Apple is outright trolling. If you want a better examples to use instead:
Elliot Management (2014): $7,152,149
National Assn of Realtors (2014): $6,324,267
Renaissance Technologies (2014): $3,671,200
Goldman Sachs (2014): $3,026,286
Microsoft (2014): $2,131,252
Exxon Mobil (2014): $1,931,230
Google (2014): $1,647,952
DLA Piper (2014): $944,672
Chevron Corp (2014): $701,983
Facebook (2014): $484,644
Sony (2014): $337,377

Comment: Re:Good to see. (Score 5, Insightful) 103

by tysonedwards (#48998265) Attached to: Bipartisan Bill Would Mandate Warrant To Search Emails
The concern is that Emails while *intended* to be private by it's users, Emails are traditionally sent plaintext without any sort of envelope to prevent casual snooping while it changes hands across possibly dozens of devices that are designed explicitly to inspect said data for various purposes. Further, there is typically not signing employed to detect "tampering" or outright forgery on legitimate emails. Under the eyes of the law, there must be an expectation of privacy for privacy to exist. A plaintext, non-direct, persistent communication mechanism that relies on various other devices inspecting it at various levels of detail to determine whether it is suitable for delivery to the recipient doesn't technically qualify in the eyes of the law.

Emails are the post card of the digital age.

This proposed bill is designed to acknowledge that, sure, mail carriers *can* just read your mail while delivering it, it is after all right there next to the address, but we are going to be telling them that that is really, really bad, and if they do it that we won't like them one bit. The other piece here is that there is mail that has already been delivered, that resides on non-government servers. This proposed bill says that you can no longer have free reign to that data (they didn't, really as they needed to request it from companies who typically said "piss off", but for the sake of argument, let's say that they did), this bill says "get a warrant before asking".

Comment: !DX12 (Score 2) 66

by tysonedwards (#48948401) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed
What surprises me is that these manufacturers are advertising the cards as supporting DX12, yet at Microsoft's Press Conference, they said that these cards weren't going to support the *entire* DX12 spec... Sort of makes is generation of PC GPUs a "why bother" moment at best, or a deceptive marketing moment at worst.

Comment: Re: ...which is therefore not parallel (Score 3, Interesting) 226

by tysonedwards (#48945509) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe
Agreed, and it is an unusual concept to mull over hence the article. The vernacular used is theirs, throwing out that the multiverse isn't composed of mostly identical copies of our universe spawned via wave function collapses, or in another incarnation completely separate universes that are identical until a wave function collapse at which point there is a divergence, or any number of similar theories. It is a fascinating concept, and in and of itself does not preclude the possibilities of conventional "parallel" / "mirror" universes, it simply implies that out of any like universe, there may be trillions that are completely unlike ours in every sense of the word.

Comment: Re:Except inflation (Score 3, Interesting) 226

by tysonedwards (#48944423) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe
Except, it does... Inflation dictates the spatial dimensions occupied by the observable universe and distribution of matter within it. If said inflation occurred differently even in what could be described as the most insignificant value, than matter distribution could be dramatically different than what we see today in our observable universe. Different matter distributions == a universe in which said parallel universe which is inherently different than what we see around us.

However, at the same point it may as well be saying that within the multiverse where an infinite number of other universes exist, it is more plausible that there will be universes that are not like our own than there are those that are like our own as fundamental laws regarding the creation of said universes need not be identical, preventing the creation of sufficiently similar natural systems; ergo, the Goldilocks Principle.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 2) 135

by tysonedwards (#48926587) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"
Yes, there was... The key talking points of said article was how the barrier for entry in creating a successful title was in the six figures, and months of effort. No longer is App Development on Mobile with simple titles produced by a single person can be an overnight ticket to millionaire status as was the case with the early days with Trism and it's comrades.

However, the same can be said of the film industry, where successful releases requires teams of people and significant upfront investment, except usually with a zero or two added to the end of that figure and more people than a typical app or game.

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 3, Interesting) 307

by tysonedwards (#48924239) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
It is also worth noting here that there is more to this market equation than *just* Tablet vs. Smartphone. Since Q4 2013, Non-Windows Tablets have surpassed the PC (Windows, Mac, Linux, ...) Quarterly Sales Figures. When one factors in devices like the Microsoft Surface, the Fujitsu Stylistic, Motion Computing, and various other Windows-Only brands, said lead of Tablet PC Devices grows further at the expense of traditional Desktops and Laptops.

One doesn't need to crush Cell Phones or even continue exponential growth to be successful in what Jobs described as the "Post PC World" as Oremus writes in his article. Apple secured for themselves what is effectively 35% of a wholly new market over the past 5 years, where they've previously only been selling 5m PCs a quarter. Other manufacturers like Samsung and Asus too have managed to secure quite large cuts of this new market, as have various "crapgadget" manufacturers for what it's worth. (PCs too have crapgadget manufacturers, so that doesn't feel too much like a new development)

The fact of the matter is that pressure from Android and iOS has pushed Microsoft to take some very exciting risks as of late, and as such are now looking like they may again be a legitimate competitor in both landscapes that are being increasingly pressured by the likes of ChromeOS, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Thin Clients, People staying behind on old versions of Windows and the like.

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