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Comment Re:Seems reasonable enough (Score 1) 132

This kind of substitution happens all the time with manufacturing in countries outside of your own. Any one familiar with manufacturing in China, particular circuit boards, will know after the mistakes in the first run to always state in the manufacturing agreement "No Substitutions". Other wise you will get very subtle changes that while they look the same or perform the same are not what you spec'ed. The only other thing you can do is ask for the first 100 of the production run, not the engineering / sample run, to be shipped via air and the rest stays at the manufacture. This allows you to test will the rest is still being manufactured. For example we had a run of 1600 boards in China, we did not state no substitutions on the agreement. The engineering samples were perfect, the production run was not. Fortunately we had the first 100 sent via air express so that we could check them and it turned out the the serial connector had been replaced with one while functional the same was actually inverted and shorter then our design. Once the shroud was placed over the board in our units the cables could no longer connect to it. We managed to catch them half way through the second 100 and got them to correct the problem. These simple things would only come with experience and will not mitigate all your problems but does reduce some of your liabilities. They will know better the next time round.

ARM Hopes To Lure Microsoft Away From Intel 333

Steve Kerrison writes "With the explosion of netbooks now available, the line between PC and mobile phone is becoming much less distinct. ARM, one of the biggest companies behind CPU architectures for mobile phones (and other embedded systems), sees now as an opportunity to break out of mobiles and give Intel a run for its money. quizzes Bob Morris, ARM's director of mobile computing, on how it plans to achieve such a herculean task. Right now, ARM's pushing Android as the OS that's synonymous with the mobile Internet. But it's not simply going to ignore Microsoft: 'What if Microsoft offered a full version of Windows (as opposed to Windows Mobile or Windows CE) that used the ARM, rather than X86 (Intel and AMD) instruction set? Then it would be a straight hardware fight with Intel, in which ARM hopes its low power, low price processors will have an advantage.'"

The State of Game AI 88

Gamasutra has a summary written by Dan Kline of Crystal Dynamics for this year's Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE) Conference held at Stanford University. They discussed why AI capabilities have not scaled with CPU speed, balancing MMO economies and game mechanics, procedural dialogue, and many other topics. Kline also wrote in more detail about the conference at his blog. "... Rabin put forth his own challenge for the future: Despite all this, why is AI still allowed to suck? Because, in his view, sharp AI is just not required for many games, and game designers frequently don't get what AI can do. That was his challenge for this AIIDE — to show others the potential, and necessity, of game AI, to find the problems that designers are trying to tackle, and solve them."

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