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Submission + - Oz Firm To Offer Android-based iPad Rival ( 1

bennyboy64 writes: On the eve of the launch of the Apple iPad internationally, Australian PC manufacturer Pioneer has revealed plans to launch an Android-based competitor, reports ZDNet. Pioneer issued a release this week stating it would launch its DreamBook ePad 7. The company has billed the tablet as 'a revolutionary iPad-style mobile computer' at the Computex trade fair in Taiwan, which runs from the 1 to 5 June.

Comment Re:Hooray! (Score 2, Insightful) 457

It proved you're a moron. The Jungle demonstrated with clear examples from our own history
the need to prevent companies from running amok. The Gulag Archipelago is about what happens
when governments run amok. You have to be really quite dishonest (or stupid) to connect one
with the other.

It takes a really long slippery slope to turn a somewhat free market economy to a total command economy.

You could equally as well use Gulag as an excuse for anarchy in general rather than just anarchy for Robber Barons.

See how that works... someone will be coming over to harvest your organ momentarily.

Comment Re:Paradox? (Score 1) 238

The thing that is causing more and more of the PC gaming community to feel bitterly antagonistic is the continuing trend of "consolized" games being released for PC.

Ah. I could see how that could be frustrating. I played Oblivion on the PC first, and I thought the spell selection system was a bit bizarre (coming off of NWN as my last PC RPG before it). Later discovered it was because of console support. On the other hand, that's laziness on Bethesda's part more than anything. Dragon Age on PC has a more proper hotkey bar, for example. Developing for consoles doesn't prevent a company from doing the PC version right, they just sometimes lazily choose not to...

The PC is capable of a vastly better fps experience than the console is. Period.

Vastly better for whom? For everyone? Because having played both extensively, I can say that that isn't true, since it is not a vastly better fps experience for me. I'm sure it is for you, and I respect that.

And this is the sort of thing I'm getting at. The only reason there's a PC vs console argument among gamers at all is that we speak in absolutes. The quality of an experience is highly subjective, and a person isn't wrong for having more fun one way vs another.

It's easy for me to see both sides having been on both sides, and the PC players have some compelling points when they're talking about the merits of the system and not just blanketly calling people wrong for enjoying something.

Mouse and keyboard is unquestionably more precise and responsive. For the competitive gamer a strong case can be made that it's the way to go. On the other hand, the controller has rudimentary haptics to simulate kick, and a proper trigger you can pull. Having used both, the mouse feels more like I'm controlling a game and the controller feels more like I'm immersed in the situation. I think that for the more casual player who is interested in the experience more than the challenge, a strong case can be made for the controller (for the convenience of lounging back in your recliner without perching your mouse and keyboard awkwardly and precariously around you as well). If those perks don't particularly appeal to you, that's fine, you're clearly playing on the right platform, then.

However, none of that matters when the majority FPSs are developed with the limitations of consoles in mind (cover systems being a perfect case in point.)

Hmmm..... It's definitely the case that tilting a joystick is more natural for peaking out of cover than moving a mouse, though, fundamentally, I think cover mechanics serve a very worthwhile cross-platform purpose, specifically the idea that you can aim and shoot at enemies without exposing your whole body to fire. In realistic tactical shooters where you can't take much damage, it's important to have ways to reduce the risk of getting hit, and it improves the feeling of being a real life spec ops agent rather than a power suited space marine who could survive a tank round.

So the bitterness is a product of envy. Not of your systems, but of your popularity. Many PC gamers are feeling increasingly ignored by the mainstream gaming industry.

Hard for me to speak to that. PC gaming is still pretty popular last I heard, so if there really is an industry apathy toward PC development, I'd blame the industry and not console gamers. Maybe they figure that if they transition to consoles exclusively, their PC fans will follow them, and then they can develop in a magical fantasy land where piracy doesn't exist at all.....

Comment Re:No doubt, will equal GIMP (Score 1) 205

The new 2.5 blender will have a fully customizable UI. So all those Maya fans can have a maya like interface. Really when people say the hate the interface, what they really mean is that its not like last the 3d app i took the time to learn. And no 3d app is easy to learn.

However standardizing UI's is not a bad thing either. I just don't like the idea of standardizing and the expense of never improving things, or trying new ideas and work flows. A fully customizable UI is a good idea in that respect.

For the record, I don't know what all the fuss about Blenders UI is about. I have always found UI's in just about everything hard to get started with, but easy after a while, blender included. Intuitive does not mean what most UI standards and UI designers really think it means.

Comment Re:It's not the government's business... (Score 1) 134

cartels often use the power of government regulation to do the work for them. A cartel is very different from a monopoly and benefit from the distinction. They have influence above a monopoly precisely because there exists a few in cooperative competition. In the US you have cartels in cars, telecom, media, and pretty much every other totally screwed up market segment. All of them use the power of government to screw consumers and restrict competition.

Comment Re:Friendly people (Score 1) 319

Maybe you don't understand. Toddlers have racial biases

This is just another disingenious rationalisation of racism, I think. Toddlers are old enough to have picked up the biases of their parents, as amply demonstrated when they from time to time embarass their surrounding by airing in public the shameful views that they have picked up at home. This is not limited to racism in any way either.

It is by now a well-established fact that children learn from their parents very early on in life - some studies even suggest that they begin to learn some things before birth, which is not as absurd as it sounds; the womb is not as isolated from world as one might imagine, and certainly sounds, and even a low level of of light penetrates the body walls of the mother.

The social anxiety itself is not hardwired to skin colour or anything else in particular, only to familiarity. If a child grows up in an environment with other children from many different backgrounds, they will be quite familiar with that group and have no problems ignoring a superficial thing like skin colour or clothes. This is of course also what one would expect.

Comment ENCODERS IDOTS ! (Score 3, Insightful) 501

its all about the encoders !

google can quite easily make reference but until there is High quality encoders then its pretty pointless

making decoder plugins for IE and mac is actually pretty easy in comparison

hardware reference designes need to be seeded also to the likes of TI and STMicroelectronics before it will even start to be useful after all where do all the camera's now do mp4 come from...

its all about the encoders !


John Jones

Comment Re:Why C? (Score 1) 535

Yeah, before Java showed up it was a happy place. They had flowery meadows and rainbow skies, and rivers made of chocolate, where the programmers danced and laughed and played with gumdrop smiles.

But back in reality, even "good programmers" are going to run into crunch time in the vast number of projects and that bodes purely for well written and *secure* applications.

Comment Re:The wise user will wait (Score 4, Insightful) 355

Windows path: 300+107+196 = $603, if I'm adding correctly.

You're not. The first number should be about $50, because that's roughly what the OEM version of Windows comparable to the version of OS X that comes with a Mac is.

Further, you should be using Home Premium, not Ultimate, if you want more honest feature comparison.

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