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Comment Re:Pleasant surprise (Score 1) 200

I think there's more at work here than simply China wanting to mitigate climate change. A long with signalling that Beijing intends to champion free trade, it's my view that China is basically saying "America is about to abrogate its role as a world leader, so we're going to step into the breach." I'm not criticizing China's stances on global warming and international trade, quite the opposite in fact, but I'm not too sure I like the idea of the autocrats in Beijing replacing Washington DC as the focal point of international relations, but then again, maybe some are right and the 21st century is China's century. Not so great for democracy, that's what I'm most concerned about.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 1) 200

What does climate from 4 billion years ago have to do with anything? In fact, what does climate from even 100,000 years ago have to do with anything? Human civilization has evolved within fairly narrow climactic constraints. It did not arise in the Carboniferous epoch, nor did it evolve in Paleolithic. So what exactly is your point?

Comment Re:Almost identical architectures (Score 2) 109

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:IAPs (Score 1) 152

I thought Apple was only renting space to developers [], and got a fixed percentage from them. Isn't setting/raising prices something developer's should decide to do? Or are things somehow different in the UK?

Basically, when you sell something in any of Apple's stores, you choose a price tier in your default currency, and prices in other currencies are based on that price combined with the current exchange rates. For example, if I create a book right now, and specify tier 10 everywhere, that's $9.99 in USD, or $13.99 in CAD. If the Canadian dollar increases relative to the dollar, in a year, tier 10 could be $9.99 in the U.S. and $12.99 in CAD. In theory, the amount paid will always be approximately equal to $9.99 in USD.

To add further complexity, Apple provides some alternate price tiers that let you charge lower prices in developing countries, and for books, even lets you set per-country price tiers, IIRC, which could distort pricing even further... but that's a side discussion. :-)

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 1) 152

A better measure is the Big Mac Index []. A McDonalds Big Mac contains more commodities, and a significant portion of the price is in the service sector. In the UK, the average price of a Big Mac is 2.99UKP. In America, it is $4.79. So the fair market conversion should be about 0.62. So the pound is currently undervalued against the dollar, and Apple is screwing the Brits.

That's silly. The Big Mac in the UK is likely made with British beef, British bread, British lettuce, British tomatoes, etc. Expecting the same exchange rate is completely unrealistic when you're talking about buying goods that are made outside the EU.

Mind you, I'm not saying the 1:1 conversion rate that Apple is using isn't Apple's way of giving the middle finger to the UK for Brexit, nor am I saying that I agree with it, but the rate ought to be set based on roughly the average conversion rate over the past few months or so, and that rate isn't anywhere near 0.62:1. Realistically, looking at recent trends, a 0.82:1 rate is probably pretty reasonable. Add to that Apple's usual safety margin, and I'd expect more like 0.85:1.

Comment Re:I just have one simple question. (Score 2) 440

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) 440

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) 440

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) 440

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:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 4, Interesting) 152

There are a lot of people in the US and Britain who seem keen to minimize Brexit's effects, to the point where they seem unwilling to admit that because Brexit hasn't even happened yet (Article 50 hasn't even been activated yet, for goodness sake), the idea that the more dire predictions can be just dismissed seems pretty unsupportable.

My assumption is that Theresa May, for political reasons, is going to allow this uncertainty to do a certain amount of calculated damage to British economy. This will serve to finally undermine the "Bastards" in her party, and allow her to negotiate at least some access to the Common Market, which will inevitably entail some degree of freedom of movement for EU citizens. But first she needs to make sure Boris Johnson's reputation is ruined.

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