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Comment Re:I don't get it... but maybe I'm not supposed to (Score 1) 89

Your numbers are crap. Yes, the Wii outsold basically everything, it was a huge hit. It was also TEN YEARS AGO. Yes the DS/3DS sell great, no doubt. But in the current home console space Nintendo are failing spectacularly.

According to Nintendo themselves, the Wii U has sold 13.4 million units worldwide. Sony and Microsoft don't publish hard numbers, but most estimates have the Xbox One at around 25 million and PS4 at around 49 million. Or a total "not Nintendo" of 74 million. This is despite the Wii U launching a full year earlier than the Xbox One and PS4.

Comment Re:Can only be played on Apple products (Score 2) 78

Everyone wants to own both the distribution channel and the content being sold over that channel. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu...

They all want their own programming so that going to a different store means losing access to content. If Apple's content does appear on Netflix, you can be sure of two things: (1) it'll be old episodes and (2) their programs will include melodramatic, never-ending story arcs.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 465

The problem is that nobody goes after manufacturers that violate the GPL. If Google were to put their money where their mouth is, they should pursue ALL the manufacturers that refuse to release the GPL code to their Android software.

Here are some of the big GPL violators: Amlogic MINIX Samsung HTC ...

What would that accomplish? The only thing that you could get is whatever kernel modifications they've made. Do you really think there's a lot of really innovative kernel work being done by those players? And, AFAIK, they do publish the kernel changes to comply with the GPL. Samsung and HTC do, anyway. I'm not sure about the smaller ones.

The rest of Android is under the Apache2 license, so OEMs have no obligation to publish their changes. Not even to Google.

Comment Vocational training for young kids is a waste. (Score 5, Insightful) 193

Who knows what jobs will be available in twenty years, between AI and offshoring? Coding doesn't look like a sure thing at all.

If you are going to focus on a skill, focus on ones that serve in that kind of future environment: being able to pick up on human context and nuance; to decode, no just the literal level of communication, but implicit levels of communication. Because even if AI and foreigners take our coding jobs, somebody is going to have to lay out specifications, and that take imagination and subtlety.

And you know what would be really, really good for developing those kinds of skills? Reading and discussing books.

Comment Re:Making America great again (Score 2) 128

What do people mean when they say "make America great again"?

I think most of those people actually mean "I want the world to revert back to how it was X years ago". With X depending on personal experiences.

Of course, that's impossible.

Very true. And I think what Trump is thinking of when he says it is the greatness of the captains of industry, like Rockefeller, Sinclair, Carnegie, etc., with himself and his friends in the leading roles.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 2) 465

Remember the original PC was "open" because IBM were forced to under anti trust law.

That's not true. There was no anti-trust ruling against IBM related to the PC (though when they created the PC they were already operating under the terms of a consent decree related to anti-trust prosecution for actions in the mainframe space), and the PC's openness was really a result of Compaq's careful cleanroom reverse engineering of the BIOS, rather than any legal constraints on IBM. The previous anti-trust action against IBM probably did have the effect of making them more circumspect about trying to control the PC, but that was less of a factor than Compaq's work.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 465

Boy, I was wrong :-( Android we all hoped would be a GNU OS with all rooted phones and terminals and hacks back in 2009 when we read about it. Nope. Is it too late and why won't Google be more open?

Android is open, rootable and hackable. Most OEMs make phones that are locked down, but Google's Nexus and Pixel line have unlockable bootloaders (note, however, that Verizon required the Pixels to be locked down; buy from Google for the open version), and full source code to the OS is available, including build toolchains. There are binary blobs for firmware (as is the case for lots of PC hardware, too), and Google's own apps are closed source, but the operating system is absolutely open and hackable. There's also no cost for writing your own apps, and nothing requiring you to use Google's "walled garden", the Play store. In fact there are other play stores out there, and you can download and install individual apps.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 2) 268

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Wilson You can refuse a presidential pardon and still be convicted.

The precise Supreme Court ruling is kind of interesting. The holding was that a judge cannot recognize a pardon unless it has been introduced into the court. The mere fact that a judge knows the pardon was granted isn't enough; someone has to actually bring it up in court. So, you can be prosecuted even if you've been pardoned, but all you have to do is to say "Hey judge, I've been pardoned" (more or less) and the judge will dismiss the case (with prejudice, I'd expect). But if you refuse to bring it up, the trial and sentencing go forward as normal. Unless the prosecution brings it up, but that would be dumb.

Of course, in most cases if you've been pardoned and haven't rejected the pardon, the prosecutor won't even bother trying to prosecute you because he knows you have a get-out-of-jail-free card. But in theory he could try to prosecute anyway... until the defense files a motion to dismiss.

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