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Comment Re:My Fingers Have An Alternative... (Score 2) 412

Steam on Linux is not the only thing that will be a problem for Microsoft :

1) many people didn't upgrade to Windows 10... and it's not now that upgrade is not free anymore that they'll do it... Including people who did the upgrade then downgraded because of the issues with Windows 10. These people keeping old versions of windows will keep a good game performance and that can ba used against Microsoft to prove their malicious intent

2) Steam is also present on the MacOS/X platform... Although PC are the most present systems, there are many people under MacOS/X, thanks to (because of) the iPhone/iPad/iPod and iTunes. Microsoft is not the single player anymore OS-wise

3) WINE is getting better and better and you see more and more games/apps fully playable under it... including Steam and some Steam games.

4) Steam on Linux as a "device" (steamboxes). Their presence is small but they are one more alternative

5) of course, as you pointed out, Steam on Linux, which is getting more and more games...

Now, it's time that the game developpers start to embrace cross-platform technology like OpenGL/Vulkan, OpenAL, SDL, ... and to see competitors like Sony and Nintendo also support them... this would result in a "support every platform without using the DirectX system or support Microsoft only using DirectX"... with a good push from the two console giants, this would put the nail in the Microsoft coffin as they'd end up with only a very few exclusive and rather buggy support for the rest (unless they also embrace fully these technologies).

Microsoft tried to stop WebGL because it was a subset of OpenGL and was relying on OpenGL, a technology they tried to put away... And OpenGL is also coming back as OpenGL ES for iPhone/Android... So having good OpenGL skills is clearly not stupid...

Comment Re:Germany + DMCA = ? (Score 1) 250

Basically : if the people from that German company don't go to USA, if they don't own anything in USA and if they don't use an US financial company (including Paypal), Blizzard can't do anything...

They can't force that in a californian court, they'd have to go to a German court and have the case judged against german laws... which don't include DCMA...

All that they can get in USA is a "by default" judgement which could not be enforced... hard luck...

Comment Some possible uses (Score 2) 171

I can see a lot of possible uses...

- easy HUD in cars : windshield but also on the external mirrors (augmented reality) for example...
- at supermarkets, on fridge doors
- on semi-transparent windows next to doors to show who is on the other side of the door while letting light get through when it's off ...

basically, on see-through windows for Augmented Reality, on windows (normal or semi-transparent) to let light though when device is off, on mirror or windows where if the device is off you need full mirror/window functionnality (like car mirrors), on glasses, ...

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

Looks like you never used any Android device before...

There is a clear priority on all these "back" behaviours... and it's very consistent...

What you're saying can be compared to someone complaining that "ESC" key may close a dialog box, may cancel some edition in a form, ... in a desktop app.

Basically, if the keyboard is "on", back will make it disappear. Then, if you've a modal dialog open, it'll close it... Then, if you've some menu open, it'll close it, then it'll be closing non-modals and at last, go to previous screen...

Comment Useless and biased study (Score -1, Redundant) 434

When you use these, it's AFTER CLEANING THE HANDS... so most germs are already killed.

The point in using airblades instead of standard "warm air" driers is that the "warm air drier" make the remaining germs multiply thank to the heat...

The most hygienic system is the one use paper towel, no warm air => no germ multiplication and no "wind" to spead them... But they bring up other problems : paper (need to create it which requires wood and water) and waste (used paper).

Dyson air blades usually perform better than other thanks to very powerful blades which allow to dry your hand quickly without bringing to much air and making bacteries multiply.

So, basically, they wanted to prove that air blades were a bad idea and created some stupid process far away from the reality (dipping hands in germs without cleaning them)

Comment Re:Go Turing Test (Score 2) 109

In fact, Lee Sedol was quite surprised by some unconventionnal moves from Alphago...

My bet is that these moves will be analysed and bring down some "don't do" rules, a little like when Go Seigen played successfully a 13-13 move as 3rd move on a cross-fuseki.

I think that AlphaGo will make Human Go make great progress by shaking down some (bad) implicit rules... I think that a rematch in a few years would be quite interresting...

Comment Re:the market kindof already did that (Score 1) 401

Samsung PHONES are already using micro-USB for years... Only their tablets may still be using some proprietary connector (mine is several years old so I can't say about current tablets)

You may add the HP Prime calculator, the Raspberry Pi, The BeagleBoxBlack and other which also use micro-USB

Comment Re: Govt mandated? (Score 2) 401

They sold a billion units... with 2 or 3 different connectors...

in comparison to several billion product sold by all other PLUS pther devices which also decided to standardize on micro-USB (like HP Prime calculator, some bank card reader for e-banking, raspberry pi and other (Bannana pi, Beagle Bone, ...) and so on...

Apple is the outsider, not a standard...

Comment Re:Conversion Error (Score 1) 243

Programming is not about luck...

And a $3 arduino is as easy to program than a $25 one... that is much easier than for example PIC or AVR with "raw" C compiler.

Want to interface a small 2x16 LCD ? some servos ? some stepper ? some temperature captor ? there are libraries that make it a piece of cake... Much easier than programming PIC/AVR in ASM or C (without arduino libraries)... 8-9 years old kids can do it !!!

And if you use mBlock, even a 6 years old kid can program an Arduino (I use mBlock which is Scratch based to teach programming to my 6yrs old son)

so, yes, Arduino is much easier to program.

Comment Re:Conversion Error (Score 1) 243

And do you REALLY need a whole full fledged OS for a device that will be limited to ONE task and will do most of it's I/O through direct GPIO control ?

OS is about
- memory management
- task management
- device (peripherals) management

So, except if you plan to use this to generate a video signal, this is clearly a big overhead...

Some will say "I plan to use it as a media center"... except that for a media center, it's better to have some USB input (usbdisks) and network... back to regular Raspberries...

Remain the retro-gaming emulation... using HDMI as Composite don't have the Audio pins... hence more expensive screens (as the low-cost one are Composite only...). The extra cost for a full-fledged Raspberry becoming small...

Don't misinterpret what I say : I find that the Raspberry Pi 1/2 are great devices (and own several of these)... I'm just saying that this specific one is not a good one... looks like it was rushed out without enough planning...

- costs minimized... most connectors removed... but kept the micro-USB connector for the power in instead of having 2 pins (or solder pads) which would have led to same footprint but lower cost and allowing more options
- Composite VGA signal present... but not the sound signals (which would only have been two more solderpads)
- Several GPIO went unused when removing the network support... but they were not made available (as an header extension)

This was created for use-cases that are often better solved with other (cheaper) devices...

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 1) 243

It looks like you don't know PICs and AVRs... 18F2550/18F4550 for example include USB hardware support... As do Mega 32U4 and other on AVR side.

SD support is nothing more than SPI and is supported by all these microcontroller

Remains the video output... but this strongly restrict the usecases where you'd need such a device... And most low-cost monitors (less than 20$, 4.5" go as low as 12$ on Aliexpress and other) DON'T support HDMI anyway..

Pi1 and Pi2 don't need USB Hub, have regular USB connectors (not micro-USB) and have onboard network so these extra costs don't apply...

Many people tend to forget that there are many devices beside Raspberries and Arduinos...

Comment Re:Conversion Error (Score 4, Informative) 243

Arduino has some advantages :

- cheaper (nano/pro clones are at less than 3$)
- lower power consumption
- both digital AND ANALOG pins
- exists in both 3v3 AND 5V (which is hobbyist friendlier)
- easier to begin computing (good libraries support, no need for that awful langage (IMHO) that is Python, we even have ardublock or mblock to make native visual (scratch-like) programming)

For connected projects, ESP8266 may be the way to go... lots of flash space, decent number of I/O and still cost lower than RaspZero.

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