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Comment Re:Almost identical architectures (Score 2) 94

It's not circular logic - ports of AAA products won't be designed for ARM because the current AAA products aren't designed for ARM. New AAA products won't be designed for ARM, because ARM doesn't have a history of AAA products that you can point to to demonstrate to the money people that AAA titles are worth it on ARM

a ton of major gaming products designed for ARM - the DS, 3DS, and PS Vita are all ARM based.

Handhelds. Not AAA domain.

Most major gaming engines support both: Unreal, Gamebryo, Blitztech, CryEngine, etc

You really overestimate the "write once, run everywhere" nature of game engines.

ut of every generation of consoles to date, this seems like the one for which porting will be the easiest - support for porting between ARM and x86 is certainly at a much more mature state than porting between PowerPC (Xbox 360) and Cell (PS3), for example.

It will be the easiest... because all AAA titles will be ported from XBox (x86) to PS4 (x86) to PC (x86). All indie games will be published across all platforms that they can push to.

Comment Re:I just have one simple question. (Score 2) 335

For all of this spectacle, all the attention paid to the actors and pawns in this charade--Assange, Manning, Snowden, Obama, the US government, Sweden, UK--what has ever come of the actual substance of these disclosures? Has no one bothered to ask who should be held accountable for the lives of those journalists shot down in Iraq? Has no one lifted a finger to ensure that the NSA does not continue to violate the US Constitution?

Yes, things have changed. The NSA program you object to was ended by Congress. Things changed. You're the one who doesn't even grok that Manning's and Snowden's were totally different in level of classification; subject matter (foreign only vs. foreign and domestic); outcomes in terms of damage to national security; really anything that goes beyond 'released government secrets.' And frankly, criminal justice and clemency are important concepts worthy of discussion all on their own.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 1) 335

There is a difference between a pardon and commutation. Manning certainly will not be able to live the same life as though Mannig were pardoned. There are still restrictions placed on a person whose sentence was commuted. Whether those differences are significant enough is up to debate.

Assange only specified clemency, which is satisfied by commutation. Hell, he only specified clemency, which would technically have been satisfied by commutation to 34 years and 364 days.

Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 335

So, the difference between pardon and commutation is not a technicality, it is very real.

Very true, but Assange only specified clemency, which refers to either. It was paraphrased as "pardon" by people who don't know the difference.

As a sidenote, a felony does not make someone unable to run for office, although in some states they will be unable to vote for themselves on the ballot. I think that commutation was the reasonable course of action for Manning.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 335

The commitment to accept extradition to the U.S. was based on Ms Manning being released immediately,

This folks, is what we call a technicality.

No, it's called goalpost shifting and acting in bad faith. Two reasons: 1st, a release in 120 days is immediate (those days are to begin a transition to post-prision life, not punishment). 2nd, and far more relevant to this "technicality" claim, Assange never specified what type of clemency was required for him to surrender. As he phrased the offer, Obama could meet his conditions of clemency by knocking a single day off Manning's sentence.

Look, I'm not surprised that Assange backed out - whatever you feel about him he doesn't have a great record of making and keeping commitments.

Comment Re:INVESTMENT Banks (Score 2) 108

Both can be true. I have no doubt that there are elite groups within the government who could track me with a satellite 24/7 or have me die of natural causes within hours of the order being given. I also have no doubt there are many people who are less competent. But then again, only 10% of any organization is competent, so...

Comment Re:INVESTMENT Banks (Score 1) 108

Where's the harm in having too big to fail entities with little/no regulation keep track of all their information in a blockchain. It's not like there's a possibility of a disagreement about who owns that $1billion asset. Oh well, too big to fail, the taxpayers should just buy an additional copy of that asset so they each have one.

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