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Comment Hades 2026 (Score 1) 244

Last Week Tonight Winter Olympics 2022

The ending here is not one of his best, but the two bits with Brian Williams are priceless. The other good bit: 7000 pages of host-nation demands.

Apart from the women's hockey finals, I can hardly recall the last minute of Olympic coverage I've watched in ten years, just because I hate IOC with the burning intensity of a thousand suns.

You might think I'm exaggerating, but consider that it's only one sun per seven pages of arrogance from geriatric gargoyles that even the French don't want.

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Yeah its called "crap hardware that made it prohibitively expensive if not downright impossible to port" which is exactly what will kill this turkey as well.

Look here is what you and Big N just don't seem to be grasping, its a hell of a lot different now than it was during the days of the classic consoles, games are INSANELY expensive to produce now and every penny you have to spend above initial development could mean the difference between profit and loss. Now lets look at the competition....you have X86 Xbox, X86 Playstation, and X86 PC....what do they have in common? Oh yeah X86! Thanks to two of the big three consoles being X86 a dev house only has to make one game and then do some minor tweaks to release for all 3 platforms.

But if this is legit what you will have is 3 platforms you can release on with coding your game in X86 versus only 1 console if you port to Nintendo and if that wasn't enough if TFS is to be believed its gonna be underpowered to boot which means they'd basically have to start from scratch and code specifically for this thing.....companies simply aren't gonna do that, not when there are so many PS4, XB1, and PC players that they can sell to.

And this isn't even addressing the rotten elephant in the room which is the consoles today are already being pushed to the limits which is why we are about to get Xbox Scorpio and Sony Neo....and you expect to have devs code a version of the game for a system that isn't even as powerful as what they are coding on now when they are already having to use every trick in the book just to get their monster titles to run?

When the wii U came out you had game dev after game dev saying "our game engine won't run on that" and ignoring it and mark my words, the same will be true here. this will sell strictly to the most hardcore of fanboys who will buy anything a new Mario or Zelda comes out on but as we saw with the Wii U there just isn't enough of them to make a console viable, but the ONLY way you'll see a GTA or CoD or Dark Souls on this thing is if its a crap smartphone game using the name.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 157

Yeah if this is true Nintendo is gonna be as dead as Sega in the console market. I mean FFS didn't they learn anything with the Wii U? Console players want the same big titles the other guys get and they sure as shit aren't gonna get that when Console I and II are running AMD octocores and your console is nothing more than a smartphone.

I may not have a horse in this race but I've always had a soft spot for classic gaming so I really hope this isn't so, but ever since the Wii became a hit based on a gimmick Nintendo just seems to have lost their way. I mean who is gonna pay $300 for a console that will end up just like the Wii U and have nothing to play on it but first party titles because the other 2 consoles are running such a different architecture porting is all but impossible? What do they think people are gonna shell out for yet another device to play Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on?

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 2) 599

Oh? Please tell me how a bunch of people doing the same speed creates a dangerous situation.

For the record I agree unless you're overtaking don't be in the lane.

Oh, that's an easy one.

When people who speed can't pass they get irrationally angry and start to do dangerous things, like tailgating, swerving, and suddenly accelerating/braking.

So you see, it's really your fault for making them SO DANGED ANGRY because they can't speed and pass people at that particular instant.

:P

Submission + - Subscribers Pay 61 Cents/Hour of Cable, But Only 20 Cents/Hour of Netflix (allflicks.net)

An anonymous reader writes: The folks at AllFlicks decided to crunch some numbers to determine just how much more expensive cable is than Netflix. They answered the question: how much does Netflix cost per hour of content viewed, and how does that compare with cable's figures? AllFlicks reports: "We know from Netflix’s own numbers that Netflix’s more than 75 million users stream 125 million hours of content every day. So that’s (roughly) 100 minutes per user, per day. Using the price of Netflix’s most popular plan ($9.99) and a 30-day month, we can say that the average user is paying about 0.33 cents per minute of content, or 20 cents an hour. Not bad! But what about cable? Well, Nielsen tells us that the average American adult cable subscriber watches 2,260 minutes of TV per week (including timeshifted TV). That’s equivalent to 5.38 hours per day, or 161.43 hours per 30-day month. Thanks to Leichtman Research, we know that the average American pays $99.10 per month for cable TV. That means that subscribers are paying a whopping 61.4 cents per hour to watch cable TV – more than three times as much as users pay per hour of Netflix!"

Comment Re:Welcome to 2014 (Score 1) 53

Punch bug!

X just released the most advanced Y yesterday.

We used to play this game in the seventies where if you were the first person to spot a VW Beetle, you got to punch the person beside you in the side of their arm.

The CMOS transistor was invented in the year of my birth (I guess I'm dating myself) and had a good fifty year run, now officially ended with even the IEEE is publishing articles pronouncing "the industry roadmap is dead, Jim". For pretty much the whole of that time, whatever was announced yesterday was pretty much guaranteed to leapfrog any product announced six months prior. Of course, this was always accompanied by the fanfare of snivellers announcing that Red (or Green) was back in the saddle, on top of the world, once again.

Now we're at the top of the CMOS maturity curve, where the old leapfrog game is no longer the dominant paradigm. Anyone determining fitness of purpose by some aggregated synthetic benchmark is not long for this world, as an employed person. Take Nvidia, for example, which benchmarks at 0 fps after you drill out the binary blob. How much else does that synthetic benchmark not capture?

One wonders, too, how the future trolls will continue to employ themselves. Having to preface your post with an explanation of a cultural meme from the 1970s will likely take some starch out of the activity.

What's an old troll supposed to do, as this grand old steamship empties out? After younger and more vigorous trolls have established themselves on Twitter or—gasp—Snapchat?

Old Man Billy Goatee probably sticks around and fires up that old-timey radio normally reserved for sending S-O-S calls in distant corners of the world where time stands still, to tap out in Morse code "X just released the most advanced Y yesterday", hoping against nostalgic hope that some isolated South Pacific islander loses his shit, and spends an entire week jamming every ham channel available with irrepressible indignant outrage.

Here's another thing. Period costumes are pricey to maintain. They need to be dry-cleaned regularly, or soon they begin to smell.

Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 1, Flamebait) 370

Uhhhh you DO know there are ways to get updates other than WU, yes? That many of those make it beyond trivial to refuse the spyware updates (and if I'm not mistaken AutoPatcher doesn't include them in the first place) so that we can have Win 7/8/8.1 completely spyware free?

I have dealt with Win 10 on more PCs at the shop than I care to mention and I can say with confidence...Windows 10 is a giant piece of shit. Its buggy as fuck, its updates are more unstable than running a Linux alpha build, hell I had forgotten what BSODs even looked like until Win 10 and its "sad face of suckiness". And the new "features"? Its either designed to give MSFT more datamining or fricking more cellphone style crap. Hey MSFT? If I wanted a cellphone I'd use my smartphone, which just FYI runs Android because unlike your mobile OS it actually has apps..

There is NOTHING about the new OS that makes it worth leaving Win 7/8/8.1, hell even Windows 8 had at least one reason, which was it made a good UI for HTPCs, but 10? It sucks your bandwidth, spies on you, gives you zero control over the OS, and for what? So I can give MSFT more data on me? Fuck you MSFT, you want my data PAY ME, I'm not giving up an OS I paid $110 for so you can make free money shoving ads down my throat using MY bandwidth onto MY desktop and snatching MY data..fuck off.

Comment Re:how about conference with relevant languages (Score 1) 86

niche and egghead languages aren't how the world at large does things. Of those languages in summary, Java is used. Perl used to be but Larry has been doing wonderful job of letting it die and few would choose that for new infrastructure. the rest are fads

No, no, and no.

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
        — Edsger W. Dijkstra

I've never 100% agreed with this quote. A big chunk of computer science is about building better telescopes; and so it is with astronomy, too, that a not-insignificant part involves building better computers.

However, the real currency of the world is ideas.

Innovative computer languages express ideas about how the discipline of programming might be made better. People who study computer languages do so to prioritise ideas over mere skills, not without good motivation.

There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.
                — Peter Drucker

This sentiment motivated one of the all time best ideas in computer science.

The real hero of programming is the one who writes negative code.
                — Douglas McIlroy

Unfortunately, we could have learned this lesson centuries sooner, but for some narcissistic revisionism.

If I have seen further, it is by standing on giant moraines of revolutions discarded.
                — Isaac Newton (first draft)

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the boulders of giants.
                — Isaac Newton (second draft)

Larry's glacial pace may yet reshape the landscape in a profound way. Perhaps Camelia is the moulder of giants. Time will tell.

Comment Re:In other words, Moore's law will continue (Score 1) 129

And Moore's law has never been about performance.

I don't get the selective pedantry, here. There never was a Moore's "law" about the scaling of transistors over time. Pedantically, it probably should be called Moore's prescient, off-hand, transistor-scaling extrapolation. What ultimately came to be termed "Moore's law" never had a particularly strong basis in what Moore actually said.

Even then, The Moore Attribution (thank you, Mr Ludlum) behaved in practice more like Moore's Moneylust Mandate (this was all about performance). Hey, everyone, let's all draw a straight line, then conga dance our way into the penthouse suite!

For the last ten years or so, we've all been hearing a lot of: oh, no, we actually made it under the pole again—as we always do—any perception to the contrary is probably due to the diffraction limit of human vision.

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