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Comment Additional Info (Score 4, Informative) 166

It has a 1280x720 6.2" capacitive touchscreen, and the battery will last ~3 hours when running typical games. Zelda is coming out on launch, 3/3, and same day on Wii U. It has 32GB internal storage, and the two SKUs differ only by joy-con color scheme. The storage is expandable by microSDXC cards, presumably eshop games can be directly installed onto them like the 3ds (unlike the Wii U.)
More detailed hardware specs (RAM?) have yet to be revealed, though. I'm particularly curious if it's more graphically powerful than the Wii U.

Comment Panasonic? Good (Score 0) 201

Headlines from the future:
"Today, Tesla's 'Gigafactory' battery production plant caught fire and then exploded. An initial investigation has traced it to the section of the plant utilized by Samsung to produce its batteries. An engineer has been quoted saying that the sector overheated due to being packed wall-to-wall to capacity; as little as 0.1mm air gap between the equipment and the walls could've prevented this catastrophe, but Samsung allowed 0mm."

Comment Rise of the Machines (Score 1) 139

There was some question of if it was a fluke against Sedol, now it's confirmed that machine has bested man at Go. First Chess, now Go. I'm wondering where the goalposts will be moved to now.

I can imagine some kind of Turing test where a woman converses with two suitors, and has to choose which to go on a date with; one is a man, the other a machine (cue the jokes). Lines of dialogue used to have to be pre-programmed, but with all the deep learning that modern AI can do, with access to project gutenberg/wikipedia/etc. it can certainly adlib believable and consistent dialogue. Traditional Turing tests tend to be 'won' by machines when the human is too much of a jerk, or when the machine is indistinguishable from a developmentally-challenged human; have a suave man (e.g. amateur standup comedian) competing against a machine that can't get away with pretending to be an idiot, and you'll have a more intriguing competition.

Next step: make an AI that can automatically shut down trolls and fools with citations and deconstructions of illogical statements, and deploy it on every forum and comment section. Please.

Comment Analysis (Score 5, Interesting) 99

Looking at the list, half of the Platinum earners are RPGs and strategy games, with 3 shooters. Of the Gold earners, 9/12 are shooters. Of the Silver earners, 6/16 are strategy/simulation games. Throughout, many of the highest earners are zombie-themed, open-world, or survival sandbox games. There are 1, 2, 2, and 3 free-to-play games in the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories respectively. Yes, the highest-earning f2p game is Dota2.
This suggests that niche titles (RPGs, simulation/strategy titles) are some of the best-sellers on PC, as these genres have traditionally been under-served on consoles (think Diablo 1 on PSX compared to Baldur's Gate, rather than a consolified RPG like Witcher 3).

Comment Mario Run Maker (Score 1) 46

A special version of their Mario Maker title could be ported to mobile pretty easily, that creates "Mario Run"-type levels. There are some Kirby spinoff games that are fully stylus-controlled, those could work on mobile ok. I suspect Pikmin would work great with touch controls. A simplified Zelda with "Infinity Blade"-style combat controls could work, although it would probably have watered-down exploration elements; they might be too protective of the IP to risk it. An "Epona Run" or similar minigame, perhaps might come instead.

Comment Drones vs. Autonomous Trucks (Score 1) 42

I wonder, in the end, which will win out: flying drones going from a warehouse to a retail shopper's domicile, or self-driving delivery trucks (eventually manned by unloading robots that can carry your package to your door)?

Sure, they could be combined, with trucks loaded with package-bearing drones that take off from the truck as it nears the package's destination. I wonder how the time/fuel efficiency works out, with the different ways of doing that. I imagine companies are doing simulations on that already. Prediction: direct drone delivery is most efficient for customers within X miles of a distribution center, truck is most efficient in rural areas, drone-laden truck most efficient in suburbs/cities outside of direct drone range.

Comment Re:And so it starts... (Score 1) 414

Technically, if a monopoly is forced to sell at a non-optimal point on the price/response curve simply because the cheaper point would be selling at a loss, lowered costs could allow them to sell at that lower point. There would need to be a compelling reason (antitrust laws, marketing etc.) why they cannot sell at the higher point, however.

Comment Education (Score 5, Interesting) 414

Luckily all the high-school dropouts flipping burgers can just go to college and get a degree in liberal arts. Problem solved! They've lived so frugally over the years they surely must have enough money saved up to pay for that plus kids/rent while unemployed.
Oh wait, no, maybe the solution is raising minimum wage? Oh, that'll accelerate automation you say? Hmm.

Institutional unemployment is best paid for institutionally (free education) or else the problems will be paid institutionally anyway (crime, poverty, social welfare programs.) I knew someone who never went to high school because her broke parents were too poor to afford the $50/year fee; if that fee were waived, that $200 would've paid for itself many times over in reduced social welfare costs.

As an increasing number of people are shuffled into a decreasing number of jobs, it'll lead to wage depression. Higher productivity will lower costs of goods and services to offset this somewhat, but lowered job security and making more people unemployable is a more serious price paid. The only winners here are those who own the means of production. Publicly available replicators or central planning are potential solutions. Nationalized real estate + basic income could work as well.

Comment Re:Why is this the case? (Score 5, Interesting) 72

Flash is a pileup of every problem you mention and more. A vector animation plugin had a scripting language (ActionScript) tacked on top of it, and there are multiple versions of this language, each with its own legacy bugs, and newer versions of the plugin support older versions of ActionScript (so that old Flash files won't break). When I coded in it circa 2003, ActionScript was incredibly buggy, with many functions malfunctioning or being completely broken; it's safe to say that few to no parameters were being sanity-checked or sanitized. It was created in the ActiveX era where "rush it out the door before the competitors can" was at the top of the priority list, and anyone expressing concern for security was handed a pink slip and laughed out the door. New features were being added all the time at top speed and who has time to make it secure?
By the time ActiveX got tamped down on in the XP SP2 days, it became more clear how bad Flash (and Java) was in the security department, but I imagine many of the original coders had left, likely with little to no code documentation so it was effectively unmaintainable. Putting out fires of perceived insecurity by fixing publicly found vulnerabilities was the actual security goal then, with little proactive finding of vulnerabilities. Macromedia only made money from their Flash authoring software, not the plugin itself, and there were eventually free/cheaper programs that let you create or at least maintain Flash content, so the money for securing the plugin was never there.
Thankfully Chrome is leading the charge in killing it off for good. Nearly everything it does is done better (and more securely) by another technology now.

Comment Even Ron Wyden Fell For It (Score 2) 360

Russian propaganda is an excuse and diversion to prevent people from realizing that this is a new effort of the US government to create and disseminate propaganda to the American public, fully backed by the law. The line "2017 intelligence authorization bill calling for new executive branch efforts" sounds a lot to me like "President Trump will have this new propaganda tool at his disposal to hoodwink US residents even further than they already have been by every source already."
It also smacks of a return to the Cold War anti-USSR propaganda spouted by every source. I can't help but feel a "wag the dog" situation is unfolding, with a growing Russian bogeyman to distract us from our growing domestic problems.

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