You have it backwards. It's been a long time since Apple fanbois have come out to defend Apple with anywhere near the zeal MS fanbois attack them with. It's getting a little weird at this point, guys. Look at all the posts here, I see a ton of people talking shit about Apple and everyone who uses them, and then like one post stating some basic facts that suggest Oculus just dropped cross-platform support altogether for other reasons. Or does Linux only run on potatoes?
Don't get me wrong, it's been a decade since I purchased an Apple computer for my home, but MS users go after Apple users non-stop as if their livelihoods depend on it, and nobody seems to notice the Apple crowd decided to sit in smug silence years ago. They laugh at you for making fun of them choosing a brand, when in fact they chose something they like and you're the one judging based on a brand name you think is cool or uncool. Seriously, the joke's not on the Apple users anymore.
As for the Rift not running on Apple computers, does anyone really care? When I was primarily using Apple computers, it was largely because I wasn't gaming. I still use them for work but we all accepted years ago that Windows is the most convenient gaming platform. Sure, you can get as much power out of a Mac and Luckey is just being a dick here, but it is generally less convenient. Real story here: Palmer Luckey is atleast as much of a judgemental dick as anyone you'll meet on the street today.
The AG office suspects that customers who are paying a premium fee for higher internet speeds could be experiencing a disruption to their service due to technical issues brought about by business disputes in these interconnection deals.
It doesn't sound like he's talking about his average speeds. It sounds like he's talking about the targeted throttling of services. For example, I am a Comcast subscriber with an HBO subscription that I pay for through Comcast. As a part of my HBO subscription, I gain access to HBO Go. I have a PS4 HBO Go application. Every time I have tried it, it has failed to work, at all. This is a known issue, and in response to customer complaints Comcast has openly stated that it is a business decision, not a technical one. So, I pay Comcast for something, and they don't allow me to use it.
Sadly, I don't live in New York and Comcast doesn't appear to be a target of these letters. I can't actually speak to the practices of other ISPs as I'm not their customer, but both the article and summary make it pretty clear this isn't a matter of "guaranteed bandwidth." I haven't seen the words written in the article, but this is a net neutrality issue.
For someone who knows that -- without a doubt -- they will upgrade to whatever new iPhone comes out in a year's time, and they're confident that they'd definitely take out Apple Care, it amounts to a saving of a few dollars over two years.
This is just another pointless article by a hater, he doesn't even agree with himself. It's bait, and not even good bait, he throws a few numbers out there but doesn't show us any actual cost comparison between using the upgrade program Apple offers and, say, paying full retail or taking advantage of other upgrade programs offered by the service providers. Indeed, he even states that you can save money using the program while complaining that you're just sending more to Apple. There's no substance to the article, no facts to back up all of his complaining about the bad upgrade deal. He's probably just sour he's already in a contract and can't dump his outdated phone to take advantage of the new program. This article is just one of the many new additions to the pointless Apple hate on the internet we'll be seeing now that they've announced another upgrade to their mobile product line.
Just a quick disclaimer, since a bunch of you will no doubt label me a fanboy, I use Apple AND Android products, they both have different advantages and disadvantages. I find myself defending Apple products most often though because for some reason there's this strange hate towards them from people who don't use them, as if we should all be that worried about what phone other people are using...
This is especially interesting given the way the consortium addresses the issue of different symbols representing the same character in different parts of East Asia. From http://unicode.org/faq/han_cjk...:
Q: If the character shapes are different in different parts of East Asia, why were the characters unified?
A: The Unicode Standard is designed to encode characters, not glyphs. Even where there are substantial variations in the standard way of writing a character from locale to locale, if the fundamental identity of the character is not in question, then a single character is encoded in Unicode.
Characters, not glyphs. So emoji are characters, while various Asian writing styles are glyphs, I guess. And a couple lines further down in the same answer...
There are occasional instances of unified characters whose typical Chinese glyph and typical Japanese glyph are distinct enough that the Chinese glyph will be unfamiliar to the typical Japanese reader, e.g., U+76F4. To prevent legibility problems for Japanese readers, it is advisable to use a Japanese-style font when presenting Unihan text to Japanese readers.
So if you're Japanese and want to see Japanese characters, you're told to use a Japanese font. But, you'll never be forced to choose between a male and female dancing emoji, you deserve to have BOTH in your character set. Why are emoji more important to Unicode than the Japanese language?
AR > VR for LARPing. I've been raving about everything AR, specifically the Hololens, could mean for LARPing to my friends since I saw that promo video a year or two ago back, even more now with the recent E3 presentation. VR would be crap for actual LARPing, I wouldn't want to rely on my VR display while running through the woods, there's no way every obstacle would be represented in the simulation. However, an augmented reality lens that could make the NPCs look like monsters while we fight, add spell effects to packets, make foam swords look like metal...
I like the idea of AR better than VR because VR's purpose is to separate you entirely from the reality around you. While VR could make for some really cool video games, they'll still just be video games. The setup in the video appears to be an attempt to combine the two, and it does look like a bunch of fun, but what they're doing is only possible after designing a 3D environment that accurately represents the physical room their players will walk around in, and then it's filled only with virtual enemies. Don't get me wrong, The Void just made it onto my to-do list, it might even be one of my vacation stops next year if they open when they plan to and Utah doesn't turn me off too much. But I'll be much more excited when the games have you working with/against other players, and even more when I can spend whole weekends defending Shadowfane from beasts.
Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.