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Comment Re:includes $1 million worth of memorabilia.. plus (Score 1) 158

a lot of over priced electronics, custom furnishings, wood work, etc.. the essential (albeit high end) components to view hdtv/dvd/bd probably cost 75-100k, tops. not that impressive, just some rich fuck with money to burn. sorry.

Not really, high end components can easily top out at $100K each.

A Trinnov processor, for example, 32 channels can easily run $50K for the unit itself. They make 16 channel versions that average around $20K. This is the processor only, (This is measured in channels - your 7.1 audio is 8 channels, for example, so 32 channels give you standard 7.1 channels plus 24 additional environmental channels for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X processing.)

Then you need 32+ amps for all those channels, which can range from hundreds to thousands each. Let's say another $16K ($500/channel). Then there's the speakers, which can easily be thousands to several hundred dollars each.

And that's just audio, nothing fancy, just high end equipment, which if you estimate it out will probably be about $150K or so. A good screen and projector, can top $100K easily - using proper digital theatre projectors, not dinky little ones you find everywhere.

The players are cheap - trivially so - maybe $5K if you fully outfit yourself with a high end Blu-Ray player ($1K), dozens of other sources and a matrix switcher that goes every which way.

Then there's the huge labor cost - aligning and setting up, and even more importantly, integration. Creston and other integrators are expensive, so it's probably a quarter million for the equipment and installer to get it all hooked together and working as one cohesive unit.

Wonder if the IMAX personal home theatre ($400K) includes options for Atmos and DTS:X processing when you're not using IMAX...

Comment Re:ridiculous (Score 1) 78

For most "developers" it is cheaper than selling it themselves.

They don't need a web site, customer data, credit card processing, a sales rep, customer service, an accountant etc. p.p.

30% only sounds much if you never have run your own company and have no clue how much that costs.

Also: subscription based in app purchases got reduced to 10% fee half a year ago.

Not to mention having to maintain a customer database so customers can get their product over and over again or download updates, and maintaining that database against hordes of people trying to extract information from it.

And then also the whole business of users not having to make yet ANOTHER account for their product...

And all the necessary security updates - I'm sure most developers would love to spend 30% of their day just maintaining their website over say, developing code.

Comment Re:Can someone explain the appeal of this game? (Score 1) 78

Virtual geocaching.

That's what it really is - a game of virtual geocaching.

And geocaching has had steady performance for a long time now.

Pokemon has also had it out for a long time now. And let's not forget while it seems boring now, that's just because they don't have the server farm to handle it yet. Japan and China have yet to be connected, mostly because there just aren't enough servers out there yet.

Once Niantic has finally activated the game world wide, then you're going to see content improvements. And all sorts of other stuff - if it's a fad, Ingress shows it has staying power, and this is with a powerful brand. No doubt there will be special events with The Pokemon Company and Niantic for game launches and stuff as well.

Apple makes some money - perhaps that's why they're cutting rates. But the biggest winners would be companies like Dell who supply the backend infrastructure (or are busy doing so - Japan is being flooded with servers so when it opens it will hopefully be a lot less rough).

Comment Re:Slashdot should condone piracy (Score 4, Insightful) 66

Why not? Everyone should condone "piracy." Piracy enriches our lives and our culture. Copying brings us more of the things we love. The only thing that shouldn't be condoned is using smear words like "piracy" to refer to a basic decent act of human behavior.

So why not encourage GPL violators ("pirates" too)? Instead we seem to cheer whenever we find a GPL violator.

Yes, violating the GPL is copyright infringement, aka piracy. (You don't have to agree to the GPL, but if you don't, it falls back to the "All Rights Reserved" copyright. So if you're distributing binaries without source you're violating basic copyright law).

You really cannot have it both ways - if you want to encourage piracy, then you encourage people (and companies) to violate the GPL by extension.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

These always struck me as a fad waiting to die, but I'm not trying to be the usual Slashdot curmudgeon, so I'll ask: what are the killer features of a smart watch?

The best my buddy could come up with who bought an Android one was some mumbling about how its more socially acceptable to glance at texts on your wrist, than to take your phone out.

Easy, you don't need to use two hands to see your texts or make phone calls.

In certain markets, bigger is better, so people are buying gigantic phones that are impossible for them to use. It's too big for their hands. or more practically, they can't put it anywhere because it's also too big for their pockets, so they stuff them in purses and such. But putting your phone there makes it terribly inconvenient when you want to read your texts or send texts.

Hence a smart watch - they bought a phone they couldn't use so they now buy an accessory to make their phone usable.

And yes, for others, FOMO (fear of missing out) is also a big thing - every time their phone dings they get an anxiety attack wanting to know what they're missing out. Given many social gatherings are now of the "don't touch your phone" (where the person who reaches for their phone first has to pay), well...

Comment Re:Special Version (Score 4, Informative) 112

Could Microsoft make a special version of Windows 10 to comply with French or even EU regulators?

Of course they can.

There already are special versions of Windows available - there's the "K" ones, which are specially made for Korea (not sure what it entails), and there's the "N" ones which lack media player (earlier Europe ruling).

All Microsoft needs to do is modify the N build to exclude data collection or ask for user permission to collect data.

You can see these builds when you make a Windows 10 image and click Advanced.

Comment Re:And yet nothing of value was gained. (Score 0) 108

And a fuck load of them at that. Also it's good to see groups of kids out and about walking and riding places rather than just loitering around with "nothing to do".

It seems the same to me. Before they loitered about with their eyes glued to their phone screens. Today they're loitering about with their eyes glued to their phone screen. Granted, at pokestops it's usually much more loiterers, but they all are still glued to their phone screens, like a bunch of zombies.

Reminds me of the cartoons where everyone texts each other even though they're sitting down at the same table.

I guess the difference is some people are getting some fresh air and a few others are getting some exercise. But it looks a lot like a zombie scene, to be honest.

Comment Re:When will VideoCards peak? (Score 1) 88

We had a good run From 1995-1998 with the SVGA cards that did 1024x768 with 32bit color. Then that 3D acceleration came out and buying a good video card became much more difficult.
With Displays going up to 4k we should be getting to a point where increase of resolution will not matter, And 3d performance on those displays should be quick enough.
While Mores law is in effect our bodies are not adapting as fast as the technology, so there should be a point where the Video from a computer will meet a threshold where playing such upgrade games isn't going to be important.

Much like how we don't talk much about Sound cards.

Not for a long while yet.

Modern video cards can barely sustain 60fps at 4K - and usually only with simplified geometry. Given the state of PC graphics today, there will be plenty that can bog down even a top end video card. And VR demanding higher framerates is not easy yet either.

Sound cards peaked ages ago because what they did was simple - 44.1kHz 16 bit audio is relatively trivial - the DACs are cheap and plentiful and signal wise, it's pretty slow. And processing on the CPU got quick enough that accelerators helped very little - by the time you got the accelerator loaded

Modern video cards can't drive 8 million pixels at 60 fps rock-steady, and with more complex models and environments, they will bog down as well.

Comment Re:No issues here. (Score 1) 48

That depends on the attack. If it's a bunch of machines running ping, I'll agree with you. But more recently larger DDoS can be quite sophisticated relying on amplification or reflection attacks using bugs or unintended consequences of design in certain protocols. But if it doesn't fit your world view we should all adjust our language accordingly right?

Yeah, but a modern DDoS is almost never using neat tricks or vulnerabilities in protocols. In fact, pingflooding is almost never done because it's too simple to block.

A modern DDoS comprises of a botnet of infected computers. Those computers are set up to imitate the service protocol and then rapidly do it. This way the servers are pegged trying to handle bogus requests while legitimate users are blocked out. And since the traffic is the same, it's really hard to filter the DDoS traffic from the legitimate traffic because they look identical.

Comment Re:Nice website (Score 1) 41

Not to mention the retro attitude towards Shareware, which was novel back in the day but is now more-or-less how most commercial software is distributed. As a former Shareware author myself, which morphed into a more commercial version, the vitriol is puzzling, especially in this day and age.

People back then were used to buying software as if it were a physical good: you got a book, media such as floppies or a CD, and perhaps a box to put it all in. But by golly if that same software was something you could download alongside items that were free, then it damned well better not cost anything either! How dare an author try to recoup development costs, at the same time they give a potential customer the ability to actually try out the software before committing to buying it?! The nerve of those guys!

This seems to have evolved into folks who think that all software should be available at no cost, economics be damned, and those who appreciate that there is a FOSS option alongside a more traditional business model (with a much improved distribution system)

But I digress. It was just striking to see the old school hate posted on the site. I guess it is a blast from the past in more ways than one...

Funny enough, I remember those days. I also remember Mac users were probably the biggest enthusiasts of shareware - so much so that it remained a viable business model well beyond the demoware/crippleware era on PCs.

It seemed Mac users embraced it heavily that the honor system remained viable (i.e., you had the full thing...). I don't know the reason behind it - did Mac users have very little software so anytime someone released anything, they opened their wallets?

Of course, I also remember it on the PC side where if it said shareware, you looked for cracks and keygens to activate. Of course, the PC BBSes I dialed into were treasure troves of copyright infringement with the latest games and applications often posted within days of release. Shareware releases were always interesting on those - for the shareware version would get posted, then immediately below it, the full version. And even the serial numbers and such. Perhaps the rarest of all was the BBS that DIDN'T have pirated software on it - it was just...expected.

There were two that had Mac stuff. One was run by the Mac user's group, the other was a primarily PC BBS but allowed Mac uploads in a separate file area

Still, the attitudes was quite distinct.

Comment Re:Glad to see it's bipartisan (Score 1) 212

What do you think would Clinton "shake up?" She is the epitome of the status-quo!

You're making the hugely wild assumption that Trump cannot win.

As Brexit and other votes have shown, this is blatantly false. Even though logic dictates that Trump probably shouldn't be POTUS for many reasons, the electorate is composed of humans and not Vulcans, and emotions often overrule logic.

First, Trump's campaign is less about logical things, and just getting the soundbite in. He's probably more in tune with what people who vote want than Clinton, who may have a larger voter base, but is more fickle.

Second, your ballot for POTUS is not just "Trump" or "Clinton", but "Third party", "Too disgusted" and "too lazy". The latter two are really short hand for "I'm not going to vote". Clinton is vulnerable to this - she may have more voters, but if her campaign fails to get votes out, then there's a good chance she can lose.

She's got a sizable lead, voters may simply decide to be lazy - she's going to win anyways, so their non-vote won't be missed. Or voters may be disgusted by Trump that they're not going to vote as a protest. Or Clinton's scandals make voters not want to vote for Trump, but also not vote for Clinton either.

Counting Trump out is probably the worst thing you can say. Even if he's only 30% against Clinton's 60%, that's not an entirely insurmountable barrier - if we count out voters for Clinton who won't vote because of reasons mentioned above, the gap narrows significantly.

Comment Re:Popular for the moment (Score 1) 174

Updates may keep it alive. If there is a reward for exploring new places, you can bet people will take out the game to see new stuff when they travel to new places. Currently though, the landmarks can be reused every 5 minutes. The game has a ton of "borrowed" content, it just has to capitalize on it.

So what about their previous game, Ingress? That seems to still be going strong.

So yes, content updates are key, but there's so much content available AND all the experience in Ingress that could be applied to Pokemon Go that could keep it going for a few years still.

The key is to release new content just when people start to get bored - too early and slower players may feel overwhelmed that new stuff is coming too fast, too slow and faster players get bored and you can potentially lose them.

The Pokemon Company I'm sure did their research into Niantic and Ingress to see if they could make a lasting Pokemon mobile game.

The real question is what happens in a year's time - for mobile stuff, a year seems to be whether it will last or fizzle out (see Angry Birds - it was wildly popular when it came out and then faded away).

Comment Re:Time to Short Google (Alphabet) Stock (Score 1) 44

Apple (in the 90's)

And soon too - Apple's spaceship campus is set to open either end of this year or mid 2017...

Though I've always wanted to know what Apple would do with their existing 1 Infinite Loop address. (So-called because their new Cray supercomputer is so fast, it can run an infinite loop in under 60 seconds). The other thing was, Apple used the Cray to design Macs, while Cray used Macs to manage the Cray - you interacted with the Mac running in front of the Cray.

Comment Re:South Park episode (Score 1) 195

The alternative I prefer is to change the law so the entire EULA is invalid if any part of it "steps over the line". Of course, the success of this strategy would depend on the quality of the definition of "step over the line".

Actually, that is the law in a few places. It's why the EULA states that you may have more legal rights than granted, and affected portion is invalidated, but just that one part. If it wasn't, lawyers and everyday life would get WAY more complex. As in having to enter your postal code or zip code and then having an appropriate EULA generated. Or as you have right now a bunch of "If you live in ..." type clauses, leading to #ifdef hell.

Oh yeah, lawyers would love such a law because it means having to write tons of different EULAs, based on location...And even more lawyer time in court cases when someone misrepresents their location to try to invalidate a EULA.

Comment Re:The day wasn't the best choice. (Score 2) 129

I am sure they carefully chose the day.

After all, they probably know better than anybody what the spending habits are for their customers.

Perhaps they purposely chose the lowest volume day of the month (or even year) and figured they would A) increase sales numbers for that day and B) generate buzz (free/cheap advertising)

Likely. Another reason is with Prime 2 day shipping, the day you order is counted as "day 0", which means if you order after 3pm or so, "day 0" is actually Wednesday.

I suspect Tuesday was picked because with Wednesday being day 0, everyone will be getting their stuff by Friday in time for the weekend.

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