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Comment Re:Heads-up Texas Holdem (Score 1) 151

You have never done any game development, it's obvious.

The step from single-player game to multiplayer game is not a simple upgrade, it's a complete shift in everything. It requires a completely different approach, not a refined version of the same approach.

In any non-trivial multiplayer game, the interactions between all the players matter, and the complexity of those is subject to combinatorial explosion. Poker being a relatively low-interaction game will not make this as bad as some others, but beating one person and beating a table of people is not the same system with a little more cycles, it quite possibly requires a different approach altogether.

It will be interesting to see the jump happen, but it is a jump, not a step.

AI beating humans at a game is merely a beta test. The real application will feed unending greed, which will never die.

Greed is a game.

Comment Re:AT&T U-verse Central Illinois (Score 1) 111

Why would that approach guarantee that your speed is consistently high, and why would a no-cap method be limited only to "ultra-cheap" ISPs?

Giving everyone a 1TB cap doesn't prevent congestion,

True enough, but you've reversed what I said to try to create a straw man.

Yes, applying a cap doesn't in itself prevent congestion, but what I said was the opposite way around. If ISPs sell a service at a price below the wholesale cost (because the market is driven - at least in this country - very much by "cheap, cheap, cheap") then they need to find some way to make a profit. To begin with they applied caps (whilst pretending they weren't doing), but as that's now become politically unacceptable to the mass market what they do instead is to vastly oversell their capacity, at the same time claiming, "We'll never slow you down". Then when your connection does get very slow, they say it's not them but other users and you shouldn't be so selfish.

I choose to pay a realistic price for my bandwidth, from an ISP who is perfectly clear that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, and accept that they do properly provision their capacity (which is why my link stays fast) but that I can't use more than I've paid for. Doubtless they do still oversell - although not nearly to the same degree as the cheap, cheap, cheap merchants do - because there's no way I'm going to use 1TB in a month (typical usage for our house, with a game-obsessed son is about 250G) and they don't oversell enough to affect my connection speed.

You have to accept that there need to be limits somewhere.

Comment Re: The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 165

You'll find that's common for kids and retirees.

Kids and retirees really don't matter much in the computing market. It's the business/enterprise customers that make MS a ton of money.

What I've been seeing for years is 90% Apple, 5% Windows, 5% Ubuntu.

Where do you live? I've never seen anything like that. I did phone-interview with some very small company a couple years ago that said they used Macs, but that's the only one I've ever even heard of, except for that article I read about IBM. Before that, I worked at one place where engineers could basically choose whatever laptop they wanted to use, and a few of them got Macs. but it wasn't a standard. "The norm"? Things must have really changed in the last few years if that's really the case, because I haven't even heard of such a thing (except for IBM again), let alone seen it. The norm I've seen, for many many years, is dockable business laptops: Thinkpads, Latitudes, and whatever POS that HP is making these days. The government currently uses HP AFAICT. Of course, those are all running Windows. I've never even heard of a company of any size running Ubuntu, except within a VM for devs that need it.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 165

Exactly!!! I'm not sure why they even try, except for two ideas: 1) they're hoping to get lucky and find another extremely profitable cash cow somewhere, with the reasoning that if they throw enough shit at the wall something will stick, and/or 2) their executives would get really bored if they just pared themselves back to a minimal staff and collected licensing fees, so they might as well keep busy doing something.

Besides, you have to be realistic: if they really did eliminate all their developers, their product would before long have security holes found which would make it nearly impossible for their customers to keep using them, no matter how much they wanted to, so they at least have to keep on top of that stuff. It's not completely impossible for businesses to dump MS, it's just more trouble than they want to go to at this point in time, so they don't, so as long as the MS-ware works, sorta, they'll keep using it.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 63

Mozilla's actual inclusion report is confusing. First it says "58% of people in the world can't afford an Internet connection." Then it contrasts the same number "57.8% of the world’s population cannot afford broadband Internet service" with "39.5% of the world’s population cannot afford Internet on their phone or mobile device". My best guess, based on the wording of the Affordability Report that Mozilla's inclusion report cites, is that "broadband" means "either wired service at home or cellular service", not service in a library, restaurant, or Internet café.

Comment Re:A problem without a good solution. (Score 2) 241

Unless you're Red Hat and can sell support contracts, or unless you're Google and you can use it to prop up your ad platform and app store, where's the money in developing free software? Case in point: What's the "free and open source" counterpart to, say, Animal Crossing or Smash Bros.?

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