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Comment Re:Give consumers more privacy? (Score 4, Informative) 147

Or take away their ability to block tracking as they can currently do with cookies?

That's the basic idea. CNET covered this a few days ago. "The AdID would be transmitted to advertisers and ad networks that have agreed to basic guidelines, giving consumers more privacy and control over how they browse the Web,"

Expect meaningless, easy to evade "basic guidelines", like TrustE.

Comment Re:Not really notable at all (Score 1) 214

That presumably helped getting (relatively NDA free, no less!) access to the part. Again, I have no idea what Intel says if you want to buy less than a tray worth of anything (much less get detailed assistance/permission, they certainly weren't shy about squishing Nvidia on QPI chipsets...); but the position on the rPI is that (while it is sincerely cheap, and the vendor has no obvious conflicts of interest in selling as many of the things as they can, as uncrippled as they can), it barely matters whether the Gerbers are open or not when the core SoC is practically a special favor from Broadcom.

Intel's availability situation is clearly better for socketed parts (since, even if they won't talk in units of less than a thousand, resellers abound who do whatever they want); but I don't know what the story is for things like chipsets and BGA parts. My personal interest is less in the freedom of the board (since the economics of DIY vs. some pacific-rim slave factory will always be dubious); but the firmware. Intel have, in contrast to their generally good position on graphics, been kind of dicks compared to AMD in terms of Coreboot vs. UEFI+whatever proprietary features Intel has dreamed up these days. An Intel-supported, enough-UEFI-to-actually-be-useful, board would be real news(yeah, Intel has 'Tianocore', which is the OSS implementation of all the boring parts of UEFI; but the good shit, of the sort actually required to do a coreboot port or a fully-open UEFI build, has been lacking for all but the most antique of their gear).

Comment More pre, less post, or "just add actors". (Score 2) 79

Post-production work can be cut with this approach, but it means more pre-production work. The background art and animation produced in pre-production has to be good enough for final output.

Take a look at Before VFX, which shows how little of what appears on screen today exists in the real world. The latest Star Trek was almost all green-screen, of course. But movies which don't seem to be "effects movies", like The Great Gatsby, were done that way. If no actor touches it, it's probably CG.

Now to get rid of the actors...

Comment There is no real IP problem with 3D printing (Score 3, Insightful) 347

This keeps coming up on Slashdot, and it's mostly a non-issue. The only reason it's an issue now is that hobbyist 3D printers are so crappy that they're used mostly to produce copies of game and movie related decorative items.

If you use one to make a dashboard knob for a '57 Chevy, there's no IP issue. Design patents are only for 14 years. You can't copyright a functional part, and most functional parts aren't original enough for a utility patent. There's a robust third-party auto parts industry because of this.

When 3D printing in metal really gets going, it's going to be a Joe Sixpack thing. The same people who own welders will own 3D printers. If you do not presently own at least one power tool, you will probably not have a 3D printer.

Comment Re: Could not replicate (as many others can't) (Score 1) 135

Yeah, I went looking that setting pretty quickly because you're absolutely right - it went from "interesting" to "meh" to "how the heck do I disable that?" over the course of a couple hours.

It perhaps works better with their own wallpapers, but I use my own photos and it got annoying pretty quick.

Comment They ran through $500K and no prototype? (Score 1, Interesting) 124

This is pathetic. They blew through $500K and they don't even have a demo. Reading through their stuff, it seems like all they really intended to do was a standard fighting game with a sword-like controller and better fighting mechanics. Nothing indicates that you'd feel a blow when you hit something, or when you got hit. A Kinect can do that. Even the old-model Kinect.

There's some handwaving about force feedback, but nothing about how to actually do it. It's not impossible, and you can do better than just putting a buzzer or vibrator in the sword. It would be amusing to put a gyro in a gimbal inside the sword. Normally, with the gimbals unlocked, the sword swings freely, but when you get a "hit", the gimbal clutches lock and you feel your wrist wrenched as the sword will no longer rotate.

And why the hell do they have a Tesla coil driving a Jacobs ladder in their video?

Comment Re:Not really notable at all (Score 1) 214

I don't know if Intel would be any different; but my understanding is that the 'openness' complaints about the Pi have something to do with the fact that BCM usually won't even spit on you without an NDA and an order for a zillion trays of parts, so it's nigh-impossible to recreate the system without either a massive minimum order quantity or a special relationship with them.

As you say, production costs, for things like multilayer boards, tend to make having the PCB layout files less practically relevant to most; but you can at least buy small quantity PCB fabrication, though it'll cost you.

Comment Re: Open? (Score 3, Informative) 214

But oddly stupid since Intel have open drivers for their own GPUs

It's an ugly story. In their quest to hit lower TDPs a few years back, Intel puked out a bunch of Atoms that are based on SGX540(maybe 545, I forget, doesn't matter from a driver standpoint) GPUs licensed from PowerVR. The 'GMA500', 'GMA600', 'GMA3600', and 'GMA3650' are all of this cursed race. Any of the other GMAs are Intel GPUs, which do indeed have decent drivers.

I have no idea why they went with the horribly shit Atoms for their 'open' board; but they did.

Comment Re:GMA 600? Last years Atom? $200?!? (Score 3, Interesting) 214

The one thing that might prove interesting is that it is allegedly fullly open (aside from the PowerVR GPU drivers) which (assuming Intel isn't lying or using "'Open' as in a block of magic numbers" definitions, this board, although based on UEFI, might actually be the first Intel product in quite a while to be well documented enough to be a Coreboot/LinuxBIOS target. Even better, it might provide insight into some other products using the same chipsets.

Comment Re:GMA 600? Last years Atom? $200?!? (Score 1) 214

Why is this thing priced like a modern board when it has all out of date components on it? Wake me up when they do the Bay Trail version or slash $100 off of the asking price.

The GMA600 is a real shit sandwich (Oh, sure, I really really want to fuck around with a PowerVR SGX545 and it's utterly shit proprietary driver on my 'open' dev board); but $200 is a steal by the standards of x86 boards designed for embedded purposes (I suspect that there are a bunch of PC/104-format users looking enviously at this board right now, and wondering why Intel didn't answer their prayers instead).

Now, given the prices of Intel's own faster, better, comes-with-case, consumer offerings (their 'Next Unit of Computing' boxes being a good example), this is a poor consumer offering; but it's pretty damn cheap by the standards of similar products.

Comment Re:Could not replicate (as many others can't) (Score 2) 135

Works for me on a regular 4. You cannot launch new apps but previoulsy opened apps that are running are accessible.

When I tried it (on an iPhone 5), it does seem - as in the demo video - the apps have to have been opened very recently.

This seems to be related to how iOS 7 handles multitasking. I wonder if disabling background updating of apps would fix it? Later yesterday (after I played around trying to replicate this bug) I disabled background updating, mainly to try to address the poor battery life suckage iOS 7 seems to have introduced on my phone...

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