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Comment Piracy Vessel (prevailing theories) (Score 5, Interesting) 104

Shortly after the NES Classic was released, people found out it was easily hacked, and released tools that allowed you to expand the 30 bundled games to over 300 unlicensed ROMs. It all fit neatly into their UI and everything (from what I saw.) I've heard it surmised many times on the Internet (and that makes it true) that they weren't interested in shipping their own 'Kodi Box' equivalent.

However... there's also the stories of 'how to build your own NES classic' using a Raspberry PI or equivalent, including adding all the ROMS you want. Supposedly it's cheaper than the NES Classic as well. The only thing you don't get is the nostalgic (tiny) little box and the cute ( short tailed) controllers.

You could ask, 'why don't they decide to own that market, and just write off the 30 vs 300 as irrelevant?' (They'd already picked the best 30.) At least then they'd get their mark-up. (Whatever that was.)

Comment Re:This is bullcrap (Score 4, Insightful) 522

The Courts (and Law Enforcement) have gotten really lazy, and it's confusing to me why they don't see it.

During the San Bernardino iPhone stuff and other such stories, there were so many 'seemingly intelligent' people saying how encryption shouldn't be allowed because it made law enforcement difficult. Since when has it been easy? Wearing gloves makes it hard to pickup fingerprints. Should you outlaw gloves as well? However, these people are saying, "You should be forced to live in a way that makes it simple for us to track you all the time." "Papers Please!"*

Two statements:
"As more and more people are using encryption these days it's much more difficult for us to obtain evidence." - legitimate
"As it impedes our abilities to gather evidence encryption in consumer devices should be restricted or should include a law enforcement backdoor." - completely not legitimate

*(Actually with the 'papers please' that's more about proving you're allowed to be there, rather than checking to see if you shouldn't be there. So it really doesn't apply to the situation.)

Comment Competitive Play over the Internet... (Score 1) 262 a joke. (For the record, I'm just fine with the 'allow all extra peripherals by default'.)

Your controller choice is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other factors and exploits that can happen over the 'untameable' Internet that controller choice is lost in the crowd.

If you're that worried about 'competitive gaming' then you should do it like all competitive sports. In person, supervised, with referees making sure you're following the rules.

Comment Municipal Broadband (was Re:Still better) (Score 2) 292

That's what I noticed as conspicuously absent. Not only that he specifically mentioned paying the 'private sector' to do it.

If he really cared about Americans, then it wouldn't matter who was building this out...just that it was getting built out. If the municipality can beat the private sector to market...then they win, and the 'Americans' win.

People don't vote to fund 'public broadband' initiatives if they feel they are being fairly and adequately served by the private Telcos.

Comment Relationship between TouchBar and Monitor (Score 1) 97

Can any Mac users tell me how the TouchBar interacts with a monitor? I can't figure out how those could possibly be related in a way that unplugging the monitor would change anything with the TouchBar?

Is it a volume thing? Does audio go through that same connection and you adjust the volume of the monitor through TouchBar controls?

Or is it actually just triggering generic unrelated instabilities in the TouchBar as the computer switches between 'have a monitor' / 'don't have a monitor' modes?

Comment Re:18:9 (Score 1) 132

From the article:

The 18:9 ratio will provide users with greater immersion than previous displays and allow consumers to multitask by using the dual-screen feature. The display ratio has evolved from 4:3, 3:2, 5:3, 16:9 and 17:9, reflecting demand for larger displays to consume multimedia content.

It makes my head hurt.

Comment With every project. (Score 3, Interesting) 331

Or at least it's the project that determines the language.

I use half a dozen different languages every day. You can double that if you look over the past year. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a programming language and "what's new and cool" rarely is one of them.

The two biggest factors are 'what is the execution environment?' and 'what are the interface requirements?' Basically, 'who is going to run it' and 'what does it have to talk to?' (and they are closely related)

Next comes 'what are the related/currently existing projects already written in?' It's rare that you want to rebuild the whole thing. (Although sometimes that's exactly what you want to do.)

After that, I'll look at the available libraries and tools, but for the most part everything worth using is adequate in those areas.

Finally, if it makes it that far, I'll pick something I'm familiar with, just the make the whole project faster and less work.

Overall, it's been quite a few years since the 'language' of the project was something I even worried about. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Comment University Computer Lab (Score 1) 351

I first downloaded Doom shareware in the University Computer lab. People started crowding around me to see what I was doing. Then I figured out the multiplayer, and I started setting it up on all the other computers in the lab. "My first LAN party." That kind of networked multiplayer wasn't something that normal people were used to in 1994. Doom took over the computer lab the rest of the year.

I had a roommate was was addicted to it. He would stay out at the lab until 3 or 4 every night just playing Doom.

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