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Comment Re:Scorpio (Score 1) 125

This got me thinking about a conversation I had with a colleague last week.

We were talking about emulation and how the underlying design of systems, which chips are used, makes that emulation difficult. It seems consoles at first had off-the-shelf chips that were put to a new and interesting use (NES/Master System era). As the generations went on, the chips got more specialized (XB360/PS3 era), but did not veer too far from the established general-purpose PC architectures. After all, the xbox series used custom x86 chips with a special instruction set and odd behaviors, and the PS3 used a powerPC derived chip. Now both the PS4 and XB1 are using x86, a more general-purpose chip.

Which direction are the going to go next? Are we going to see a media/gaming optimized x86 series of chips? Or are we going the way of Sony/MS branded Steam machines with custom OS's?

I think the former would be a more fun experiment. X86 has that whole backwards compatibility and bolted-on instructions baggage it's been carrying around for years. Maybe between Sony, MS and (maybe) Nintendo, they can prune out some of the unnecessary crap and make the chips feel faster.

Comment Re:Why is that useful? (Score 1) 189

You're on to something here... getting developers with a Linux mindset enticed by Linux on Windowscould aide in migration of scientific development and server maintenance toward the Windows way of doing things. Alternatively, it could make those Windows developers move to Linux and then code porting could be minimal, lowering the barrier for Linux ports of things, such as games.

Makes me wonder if MS is slowly giving up on Windows and providing a transition to a Linux-based system. Maybe in a few years we'll have the Apple-Unix crowd bickering with the Windows-Linux crowd about which OS is superior.

Comment Re:Are the rest collectors? (Score 4, Interesting) 62

Seems you don't have a collector's mindset.

Two easy counter-examples, Cheetahmen II and Action 52 for the NES. The cartridges were both unlicensed and "run-of-the-mill" products in that they were among the crappy NES titles of the time. Action-52 contains lots of crappy games that certainly wouldn't be worth the initial asking price for the cartridge. Today you can have one for ~$240, making it the 25th most expensive NES item. Cheetahmen II wasn't mass produced and only 1500 copies exist, but that can go for $1000.

Still not enough? Here's another list of random crap that's worth a lot today. The Super Soaker Monster XL sold for $500.

I couldn't find a list of things that have been recalled that are now collectible, but I seem to remember a baseball card with a profanity hidden on it being recalled/reprinted and the original is worth a hell of a lot more.

Comment Re:Calm Down (Score 1) 285

The whole point of these contracts is to boost the small PhD tech startups.

They are called "Small Business Innovative Research" for a reason. A Phase 1 contract lasts exactly 1 year and is funded at $100k to produce a strong concept (hopefully a breadboard-level prototype). It's enough to keep a few people busy part-time. I've seen 4-8 out for the same topic go to different companies to then compete for a Phase 2, which is typically higher funded, another year, limited to 1 or 2 businesses and the result is a prototype that has been field tested. After Phase 2 the government has ownership of the research, but the company has rights to (mass) produce for either the gov or public.

Some stuff our troops use today came from SBIR contracts. Why pay Raytheon hundreds of millions for one year when you can pay a smaller company $100k to focus on something great?

Comment Re: I'd listen to more of my purchased music... (Score 1) 180

I have an iPhone 6s and refuse to use iTunes on my Windows desktop. For all my media management I use MediaMonkey. I have a large music collection (something like 2 weeks of music now) and MM works amazingly well and allows me to sync to android or iphone. The only downside is you do have to have iTunes installed to get the USB drivers installed. I just disabled iTunes auto-start and auto-manage and haven't looked back.

For older iphones, you may be able to get away with Amarok, Clementine, or MusicBee, though I haven't tried those with my phone.

Comment Re:We don't know either (Score 2) 261

I agree with everything said here and want to add something else:

Give some serious thought to what it is you really enjoy doing and find a job that best matches that.

I wanted to get into game design and development, it's what I spent a majority of my undergrad and masters taking classes for. I then realized that the game industry is insanely competitive and can be feast-or-famine with the bringing in of temp labor for the 3-6 months of crunch time before a release. Add in the "death march" of 60+ hour weeks and that grass doesn't look so green. I happened to fall into a job within a modelling and simulation group doing "serious gaming". While it didn't have the glamour of being the next Call of Duty (or even a gamepad anywhere in the building), it was still very close to my interests and with that job I was able to keep learning and work on some very interesting projects with great people. Plus, I was able to date and spend time doing what I want to do because I was limited to 40 hours a week.

Oh, and keep your eyes open for doorways to success and work on that professional network. Every single one of my jobs (except my current one) has been due to someone knowing me and looking for my skill set. It's not who you know, it's who knows you.

Comment Re:You're misapplying Sun Tzu (Score 1) 350

Sun Tsu's art of war dictates that a general must publicly execute one of his men so the others fall in line.

... Hold the executive(s) responsible personally. Pierce the corporate veil and go after them directly for ordering non-compliance.

So what I'm hearing is public execution of CEO's. Seems a bit barbaric, but I bet it would get companies to shape up.

Comment Re:I'm sure there's a reason... (Score 1) 192

Be careful with your comparisons, today's TV's have more differences than just number of pixels... hence the whole "HDR" bandwagon these days, which is all about setting a standard for color space for TV's that is comparable between manufacturers. The real "Wow" factor is not resolution, it's color reproduction and speed.

The resolution of the human eye is measured in arc seconds, not pixels. Someone with 20/20 vision cannot differentiate 1080p from a higher resolution 50" T.V. when seated 6 feet away. That's the same as roughly 15" for a 24 inch 1080p monitor. So, unless you're sitting really close, or you just have a simply massive screen, those extra pixels are pretty useless.

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