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Comment Penalise the honest, then steal their data! (Score 1) 418

While like everyone I think DRM sucks, I do understand that piracy is still a bigish issue, but what I don't get why they inconvenience people that legitimately purchase a game, when the DRM is the first thing that is removed from any version on pirate-bay.

So the message they are trying to send is; "get a hacked version if you want to play off-line"? A bold move for what is traditionally a single-player(offline) game.

I jest though, the real reason I play Battlefield3(only EA game I play) on a ancient(by comparison) console instead of my PC, I wouldn't let Origin near my system with a ten foot stick! Not with those T's&C's; My data is MY data!

And the cheating... Punkbuster: the definition of irony...

The pricing is a bit hard to swallow too; your only getting a licence to access the game, rather than legally owning the game(i.e. no right to lend to friends).
It's a shame, I would have like to played the new SimCity; spoze I'll have to wait for Valve to buy EA, can't be long now...

Comment Your privacy is bad for their profit... (Score 1) 195

As to the question, "Did the rules change?", I hope your kidding... It's name was DHS.

A major company concludes that the political climate for peace is bad for business, solution, change politics.
A government, in bed with company, see's privacy(and free speech) as a barrier to their vision of change, so when the opportunity presents it's self, why not kill two birds with one stone.

Shock & awe or smoke & mirrors, for right or wrong, we will be suffering from the ramification to privacy, personal liberty's and an apparent justification for mistrust for years to come, convenient for anyone with a vested interest, but how pervasive are we going to allow it to become?

Dose the justification remain, was the response appropriate(or justified), are those who made the decisions accountable, was it legal, the outcome positive and is the new framework being exploited; how long will we allow the specters of the past haunt us?

Are we citizens or subjects(of company)?

Comment Re:Right (Score 1) 416

I was considering that, the R&D dept., but what would be the point, there's nothing to reverse engineer, it's all off the shelf, and both company use the same hardware(Both are intel/arm).

Apart from the fact that you can't run the same software on both, the only difference is the UI, and there's not much difference there either.

The biggest difference between the two company's is that one exclusively targets the consumer market(post-pc), and the other is still making the transition away from relevance.

But as for what the title eluded, any Microsoft employee using apple products personal, is just asking to be let go!
If a marketing campaign can get them, how could they be trusted with sensitive information...

Comment The end of history(Our Orwellian Future)? (Score 1) 288

One thing history has in common with the printed edition(but not with the online), it doesn't change...

2010 might be the end of a static-snapshot of history; now history can be reinterpreted to the end of time...

While it's important to re-analyse history, we have to be careful not to re-colour that interpretation(with modern ideals); have you ever read an old edition? The historical interpretation and context is almost as important as the events themselves.
It tells us about what our society was like, how we reacted to the events that have led up to it, and gives us a reference point to appreciate how much we've changed.

Are we one step closer to an Orwellian future?

Comment How about draw distance? (Score 1) 331

Just look at any PC version of a game compared to a console, its like night and day...

There is a lot of fancy lighting and shadows that just can't be done(on consoles), but the big difference is draw distance and at what distance each item degrade to a low-rez version.

And that not even starting on the rez differences. e.g. I use 3x24" in portrait, 3600x1920 make a huge difference over 1920x1080, and games on consoles don't render at native rez anyway, not even close. i.e. Halo 3/ODST ran at 640p(on the xbox 360).

As long as money can be made consoles will be released; the only question is will your phone be better and cheaper, and make more money?
Most hi-end phones next year will have 1080p displays...

Comment Here is a question or three for you all (Score 1) 441

Do you think RIAA would stop seeking a SOPA/PIPA style solution if everyone stopped illegally downloading music and video?

How long would it take RIAA to run out of money for "legal bullying", if everyone stopped buying music and other media(as a protest)?

If a SOPA/PIPA style bill dose eventually get through, will it stop people from finding a new way to download music?
And if all the illegal down-loaders move on, will the ineffective and draconian censorship of the Internet be removed?

The problem with such bills is that they are so susceptible to abuse and manipulation, and ultimately, do not address the actual problem, just a symptom; at the end of the day stealing is already a crime, and law enforcement agency's around the world already have the power to shut-down counterfeiting operations, and do on a regular basis, we don't need "special laws" allowing proper due process and oversight to be circumvented.

Comment It wasn't the code, so much as how it worked... (Score 1) 182

Back before the Internet(can't find a ref.), in the late 80's, there was an excellent robo-trading system, that was eventually sold to a number of trading houses. The system worked very well for the company that developed the system, but after many versions of the system where competing against each other it all fell apart, resulting in a mini-crash... Laws where passed, and lessons learned.

By the mid 2000, all these lessons where no longer remembered, and the laws updated to reflect this convent amnesia, but the nature of dynamic system has not changed, and any company that profits from these systems, almost exclusively use programmers who understand this concept...

As a programmer that has lots of experience with agents and complex dynamic systems, I can tell you that for these systems to work they all have to be individual, otherwise they "feedback" on each other, and don't preform as expected.
Not to mention that they can be easily exploited when you know the internal decision making processes within them.

Goldman Sachs is only concerned about protecting it's advantage; individual and unknown code/heuristics being there advantage...
Personally I'm surprised they(GS) would ever let one of there programmers go, especially one that has worked on a system still in use.

If GS's analysis of there liabilities, in relation to there employees, is so far out of kilter, you've got to wonder about their broader investment decisions too...
Still, it's good to see the white-wash isn't sticking.

Comment Climate Change is a red herring... (Score 1) 1367

This whole issue of climate change seems to be a red herring to distract from the real issue; Pollution and air quality.

The fact is that it's very hard to prove a proposition where we don't understand the domain; we cant even predict the weather for next week!
Based on our observations and a bit of common sense though, it's not hard to see that something is awry, even if we can't prove it, yet.

It will probably take another 50 years to prove the science; are we really going to just wait and see?
Or just move the pollution generating industry to another country, out of sight, out of mind; Problem on earth is, everywhere is downwind eventually, and those "other" countries, have essentially non-existent pollution laws.

One thing that we should all be concerned about is air quality, funny thing is, its really easy to prove, and an excellent basis for defining our global environmental policy; so why are we so fascinated by the irrelevance issue of climate change, when the real and tangible issue of air quality is starting us directly in the face.

Comment Nothing is free! (Score 1) 523

As an app producer, I see it breaking down like this:

-If you don't pay for an app, you have to assume that the producer will find other revenue streams, like "in app ads", or selling your "usage patterns".
-If you do pay for an app, you can usually assume that they don't violate your privacy...
-Or its a free, "sponsored production", like an app for your bank, or telco; not exactly free, as your already paying for it...
But in any instance, always check what "permissions" the app requires. i.e. Internet, location and/or contacts access, but dose not seem to need it...

Generally, I don't mind paying, say, up to the price of a burger, or a beer, for a basic app, and up to the price of a movie for something "cool", but usually stay away from free app, unless its from a respectable company. Personally, I value my privacy...

At the end of the day, if I put my time into producing something like an app, I will want to be reimbursed; after-all, why do you go to work?

Comment The appropriate use of metrics (Score 1) 203

If a company needs metrics to evaluate their employs, then the company is barely functioning, on a communication, collaboration and management levels; interpersonal knowledge and cohesive employees always produce better results than a company that is myopically focused on the numbers.

Metrics should only be used to make projections about reimplementation of a project, i.e. highest level if estimation, but having said that, if the person responsible for that estimation, cannot make it off the top of their heads(relies on metrics alone), then the company has bigger problems...

Where a metric makes developers competitive, to the point where they are working against each other, rather than together, the metric is actually damaging the project; how many of us have worked on a project like that?

Any good metric requires each objective to be weighted based on size and difficulty, factored by the experience of the resource with the domain and code-base, a lot of hard work, but if the initial estimations are inaccurate or deliberately favour certain resources, it collapse like the house of cards that it is...

My advice take metrics with a grain of salt, especially on the macro level; its rare for the keystone developer to be the best performing in the eyes of the metric...

Comment The de-revolution of the GUI (Score 1) 1040

All GUI should, need to evolve, but some the recent attempts seem more like a de-evolution to me...

Netbooks, touch-screens and noob-users are an important part of the 'new' ecosystem, but these new approaches are only suitable for a small portion of the user base, and limits the core power-uses, and have no place in major distros.

The dream of having Linux on netbooks everywhere shouldn't be at the expense of the power-user.

If you want a unix based system that's easy to use and ticks the other boxes, get a Android or a iPxx device if you must. Linux doesn't need to go there; evolution is more importance than revolution...

I hate to say it but win8 and the metro interface is the right way to do it, easy on top, with the power interface below, both ends of the user spectrum catered for... But personally I think I'll disable metro, if I can...

Comment Reinventing the wheel? (Score 1) 35

Nice work, but this is hardly the first of its kind...

A friend of a friend invented this concept while working at the CSIRO(those guys that invented the good wi-fi), in Australia.
He was even on a local show called "The New Inventers" where he showed it off, about 4 years ago, for the record.

This JPL model is definitely bigger, and badder, but NASA/JPL could have saved millions of dollars if they had a good look around every once in a while, or didn't fall asleep in front of the TV...

Credit where credit is dew. http://www.eoc.csiro.au/vsis/lidhome.htm

Comment Re:For the record... (Score 1) 572

Bill Gates was a trust fund baby. His dad was a wealthy business lawyer, and Bill used those contacts to get in with IBM. Didn't you ever wonder how a fresh faced nerd boy made it with the big leagues?

Almost right...
His mom worked at IBM; you've got to imagine that that must have opened a few doors, but at the end of the day, you've sill got to deliver... ...small chuckle...

Don't forget, William is also well-educated, ambitious and a formidable programmer.
He obviously had/has a taste for money, but I bet his family's previous wealth has been eclipsed by what he has achieved since.

Every big company was once a small one, with a few good ideas; it was all of us that made him/them rich!

As for the general discussion; Should we really be outraged about human nature, especially in this day and age? Coffee... Smell... Wake-Up... ...all that.

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