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Re: Took long enough!
IIRC Fury3 PREDATES DirectX and didn't rely on it. It used (IMBW) the Photex engine that was also used in the DOS/32 game Terminal Velocity and rendered via GDI, the same way the Windows port of Pitfall worked (it also predated DirectX).
Re: Smart move
LTE is designed to use assorted frequencies. LTE frequencies are laid out in assorted bands. Verizon uses bands XII and XIII, AT&T uses band XVII. All of them are in the 700MHz range. There is also one unallocated band there being held by the FCC. Sprint's LTE has bands XXV and XXVI, which diverge (XXV is around 1.9GHz while XXVI is above the EU bands in the high 800MHz range). One other US carrier (Clearwire) has an allocation in Band XLI at around 2.5GHz. The EU has allocations on Band XX, at the 800MHz range., and at band XXXVIII, at around 2.6GHz.
Re: The 12%
Well, given the conditions of the phone market today, I wouldn't put it beyond AT&T to provide discounts to existing 2G customers. They can get nice economical 3G phones cheap (and there are increasing numbers of cheap 3G models out there now) or perhaps be tempted into a contracted 4G (up to them, but there are more options than you think because of the maturity of the market). And then there's the outside market. One nice thing about AT&T is they they actually use the same 3G frequencies that tend to be used internationally, so outsider 3G phones (like the venerable Nokia N95 I still own but have in mothballs) have a good chance of working. And given that the sunset isn't due to be complete for five years, I would dare say there will be even more cheap phones by then.
Re: Hang on a mo...
Not that much when you consider there are a total of TEN jurors. IOW, the potential corruption only covers a minority of the jurors, and I haven't heard anything concerning alternates. Since this is a civil case, only a majority is necessary to find in favor of one or the other (it's in criminal cases where the unanimity rule applies).
Re: Better FPS? Why didn't you say so. Shut up and take my money....
"What is wrong with windows having an app marketplace? Why isn't he making the same comments about Apple App store? The fact of the matter whether you like it or not is that this isn't about making things better, he has a serious vendetta against MS all of a sudden."
The fact Apple allows the use of Steam and its internal Store on Macs indicates that Apple is a bit lenient on this matter when it comes to desktop devices (the same cannot be said of its iDevices--it's the App Store or bust). There's also the fact that Mac penetration isn't so large as to affect things too badly should Apple decide to close that avenue.
The worry is that the Windows Marketplace may become the ONLY store in Windows 8, and since Windows is the by-far dominant OS in the desktop market, and the bulk of Steam's revenue comes from Windows customers, the worry is that Valve may lose their place as the games broker. Sure they could sell their games through the Windows Marketplace, but that means paying Microsoft a cut when they were the ones TAKING the cut before. It's competition in their bread-and-butter market. ANY business that sees competition in their primary market is going to start beating war drums--their future is at stake, after all.
Re: Technical question, why does FPS > 60 matter?
Polys per second is a bad measurement, too, because there are different kinds of polys. Are they flat-shaded, Goraud-shaded, texture-mapped with bilinear, trilinear, or anisotropic filtering? Does the texture have a shader program attached to introduce normal mapping? And so on.
FPS is the best metric you have because you can set all the graphical details to the same levels, run them in the same machine, and you can then compare how well each software stack can handle the common load.
Re: greed greed greed
"When bots are used in FPS games online its called cheating."
Not all bots in games are bad. If they're used as player substitutes, they can help add elements to the game, though their results can be rather mixed. Still, in some instances bot players (recognized as such) are welcomed.
Now, in terms of aimbots, speedhacks, and so on, yes, THAT's cheating.
He's talking about coding a NEW game. Why prefer DirectX? Well, one reason is a pretty tight support community and the fact that, until recently, DirectX was more than just graphics. It also had a robust sound (DirectSound) and networking (DirectPlay)library: things the Linux community had to build up as well to a common base (remember the OSS and ALSA days?). Nowadays, if you're basing your game on one of the veteran engines (like Unreal), then DirectX support isn't that big an issue--but then, neither is OpenGL, as the veteran engines tend to keep a foot in BOTH camps.
Re: Linux on a stick
The common thread with most of these "communal" Linux projects is that money isn't directly involved. They agree on a common structure and then proceed to work on different things (like getting their money in buiness and support arenas). In commercial software sales, money is involved—by default. And when money gets involved, someone has to be the broker, as there are legal and (in international transactions) compatibility issues to iron out.
Perhaps if you can spell out for me how one can build a decentralized Linux marketplace where any developer or publisher can offer their work for sale, have a failsafe means of receiving money in assorted means (including means that don't involve credit checks or bank accounts), across international borders, without having to operate their own store (as that would be a burden to the little guys) and without use of a common broker (Valve acts as a broker in the Steam network), in detail, then perhaps I can agree.
Re: No shock here
That's probably because your title is forced into pure DX9 mode, as WINE doesn't support DX10 and up (last I checked). Without the extra graphical demands placed by DX10, your game runs a bit smoother but with less attention to detail.
The trouble is that the phone makers DON'T CARE. And Google probably can't dictate terms to them since the phone makers counter they're already on razor-thin margins. Force them into an upgrade regime, and the numbers will probably tell them to start pulling out.
The trouble is that customer support is one of the most irksome costs in a business, as that's one of the aspects that requires real people (and plenty of them) and sophisticated equipment to handle properly. Those costs eat into the bottom line, allowing other competitors (with lower priorities to support) to squeeze you out of the market. So the end result is that you're gonna have a hard time finding a firm with good customer support since those firms' products will be so much more expensive that no one wants to buy them. IOW, everyone wants good support but no one is willing to pay up for it.
Re: This is what Desktop Linux has needed for a decade!
It certainly sounds promising, and this would be the one thing I'd need to convince me to migrate over to something like Xubuntu (sorry, Shuttleworth, but I'll stick to something a little less demanding than Unity, thank you). But while all this research sounds great, it's all focused on Source games while the Steam library is currently composed of a motherload of games: most of which weren't made by Valve, and many of which are probably more finely-build for Windows than usual (which is why the Mac lineup isn't so terrific, either). If Valve wants to convince me to switch, they'll need to show a compatibility migration path that'll let most of the games cross over with no worse than minor hiccups. THAT will be the hard part, guaranteed.
Re: Linux on a stick
Question is, who would maintain such a store? You can't cloud source it or leave it open-ended as a marketplace is essentially a walled garden, and gardens need caretakers or people will bash down the walls. Microsoft and Apple can work this way since they write their OS's and are therefore caretakers by default. In certain distros like Ubuntu there may be an incentive to provide a market-like approach within their own ecosystem, but it wouldn't be universal as others like Red Hat would have their own interests. I don't think you'd be able to get them to agree on a universal approach since in that respect, they're competing against each other.
The only company with a likelihood of making a marketplace that would be acceptable by the majority of the Linux community would be an outsider like Valve.
Re: I thought this would have been common knowledge?
Don't think that really matters as the game itself IIRC doesn't even support DirectX 10. This is an engine limitation IIRC as Source was originally written all the way back for Half-Life 2, and while it's been extended significantly over the years, making a jump to DX10 takes more than just an extension because of the different interface.
Re: I thought this would have been common knowledge?
I think the attitude changed around the time of Vista, when DirectX 10 started pushing more sophisticated features like Geometry Shaders and Shader Model 4, not to mention streamlined their approach, that Microsoft got a gaming boost, as they could properly claim things OpenGL couldn't do. This was due in no small part to asking the big boys at the time (ATI and nVidia) what they figured was best to add and then focusing on that. As the card makers had input, turnaround was quick. Plus, at the time, OpenGL development floundered for a bit because of controversy and poor direction, and it took a little longer than usual to catch up. If OpenGL really wants to retake the throne, they'll need to steal a march on Microsoft and have 5.0 present a new useful feature before Microsoft presents it in DX 12. If THEY can call the shots rather than Microsoft, then they'll really be in control again.
Re: Collapsing reality
It works like this. In your initial blind choice, your odds are 2:1 against you (two zonks, one prize). No matter which curtain you pick, Monty opens one of the bad ones (you are statistically certain to miss one bad curtain). Here's the rub. If you stick with your original pick, you're sticking with your 2:1 odds of missing, whereas by switching, you essentially ABANDON your original choice and make a NEW choice: this time one that's even money and better odds. Just for grins (I was in college in the time), I had my TI-92 run through a simulation of whole bunch of the scenarios just to see. The simulations bear out the research: keeping is 2:1 odds, switching is even money. You are better off switching.
That's because the two of you are solving two different problems. You're trying to figure out how many people would it take to make it at least even money that any two people in the room have the same birthday. It can't be two--the odds there are ~365:1 (pray one of them doesn't have February 29th).
The person going for 367 is trying to solve the problem of "How many people would you need to be CERTAIN at least two people have the same birthday?"
Juries can still be inadvertently tampered. Hallways, courtrooms, and sequestrations are not completely soundproof, and when big news hits, people will tend to gossip about it. The end result? Samsung dropps a bombshell on the media, it gets plastered on all the night newscasts, people hear it, the Tweets fly, and there is talk of it EVERYWHERE. Odds are with a media blitz big enough, loose lips will end up in the jury's ear somehow.
This is a CIVIL case. So while Samsung is still the Defendant, Apple in this case is the PLAINTIFF. And in a civil case, it's not unheard-of for the Defendant to COUNTERSUE the Plaintiff if they feel the plaintiff is in the wrong. Therefore, in a civil case, the standards of evidence are more even than in a criminal hearing. BOTH sides can present evidence and BOTH sides need time to examine the other's evidence and prepare arguments against it.
Re: The chance of being killed by a shark...
In case anyone here isn't familiar with those two problems, let me throw up the quick-and-dirty version of them.
Birthday Problem: In a room full of people, what are the odds of ANY TWO having the same birthday?
Monty Hall Problem: 3 curtains: 1 prize, 2 Zonks. You pick one. Monty reveals one of the ones you didn't pick (a Zonk) and gives you a chance to switch over to the other unopened curtain. Are you better off KEEPING or SWITCHING?
Re: Think of the cheeeeldren
Yes, because few things send parents into a panic more than a threat to their children. It's instinct.
Re: No it wont...
That's nothing. You also have the ol' college-age buddy buying it for you while you wait in the car. Clerk never sees the underage kid, sees a legal adult with ID, can't balk at the purchase.
Re: School I work at took another approach.
But what happened when a student complained that their essay or term paper got wiped out (and thus they failed the class) because of a hash collision? Was there a procedure for false positives?
What'll be the future?
Controller brain caps, that's what. Take motion out of the controller equation entirely and allow us to perform actions simply by thinking about them. And unlike the tongue controller, there is genuine research into this as it is nearly the only option available to the severely paralyzed (like Stephen Hawking) who are barely able to move themselves.
Thing is, not all the software developers like or want to use the Microsoft Installer system. The end result is that Windows has a harder time tracking those applications. Furthermore, a huge chunk of applications are either pre-MSI or use old versions that only include installation information with no information on how to gracefully update stuff. End result is that updating is a crapshoot. Look at Java. Until very recently, the recommendation was that you manually uninstall your current version before you installed a new one since versions couldn't detect each other and as a result tended to contend.
Re: Two things are missing from auto update
Social engineering could trick the user into a rollback. Also, the rollback may involve one type of exploit but the real meat and potatoes requires something covered by the patch that needs to be rolled back.
"As has been said before access to our choice of media on the medium we want at the speed and times we want them is possible (torrents etc.), so why not legitimately with out having to pay unreasonable costs (sorry but £5 for a a single series episode to me is unreasonable comparing it against channel subscriptions)."
This is PRECISELY the problem. The music industry wants to force us to double-dip, triple-dip, or whatever. As they say in economics, there's no business like REPEAT business: rentals and leases, over sales, viewing fees, etc. This isn't just with media but with real-world products, too: the operative term is "planned obsolescence". Sure, you can sell a vacuum cleaner that lasts for 100 years, but once everyone buys your vacuum, what do you do in the meantime, hmm? Also in healthcare; you'll never see a cure come out of a purely private pharmaceutical firm, for the same reasons.
Re: "moved on from the early movie dramas"
Then you have V for Vendetta and Watchmen, both based on serious, thrilling graphic novels. But as others have said, when you have 1 million intellectuals who will plunk down $50 for serious content vs. 10 million sheep willing to pay $10 each for the latest drivel which costs less to produce than the serious stuff, guess who wins.
Re: Two things are missing from auto update
"Second - the ability to roll back to a previous version - particularly when the update is a style change and/or broken."
Trouble is a lot of updates are necessarily one-way, to plug security holes. Otherwise, a malware could force a rollback and exploit the hole.
Can you say "Single Point of Failure"?
Or in this case, "single point of HAXXX?" All a malware would have to do is hijack the list (which must be in the clear at some point to be useable) and you can booby-trap the sap's applications with trojaned versions. This has hit Android as well with "bait-and-switch" updates where the initial version is clean so as to get past Google's scrutiny but then, once it's all clear, release the update that has the actual payload.
There's just some areas there security and ease of use can't meet because Joe Q. Public doesn't like checkpoints, but they're the only way to filter out the Joes from the Mals.
Doesn't sound too scary.
Forking under certain controlled circumstances works as long as the fork and and the trunk keep in touch. IIRC that's how the ext4 filesystem was eventually developed: as a fork of ext3 so as to keep ext3 stable while working on new filesystem ideas. The new ideas worked, so they were made into the new trunk as ext4.
Re: Chips in Spaaaaace
The phase changes are supposed to occur at temperatures of at least 600 degrees Celsius, but in very tight spaces which limits the amount of power needed. Cold environments would only slow down the process while an environment would have to get pretty damn hot to cross into PCM's operating range.
Re: If you can reproduce it doesn't that mean you know it???
That's the "plausible deniability" premise behind hidden partitions. You use a normal partition that has only embarrassing information which you'd give under coercion while at the same time keeping hidden in the same place the real goods.
Thing is, if the hose-users are aware of the possibility, they'll just keep rubber-hosing you to reveal ALL the secrets or hint that they know of the existence of a panic code---which can mean something very permanent to you if they suspect you're using that one instead of the real one.
The big problem with security at this time is the problem of establishing necessary trust between Bob and Alice when neither have a history of trust (because they've never met before). It's a problem that goes both to physics and psychology and is therefore one of the "hard" problems of security.
Re: Tried eBay once, never again.
No, that's just ONE type of auction (the common English auction). There are others. For example, in a sealed-bid auction, everyone only gets one (secret) bid which no one but the seller sees. eBay and other auction websites simply use a variant on the Vickrey auction.
Re: The problem is PayPal itself.
eBay stopped taking money orders after miscreants discovered a way to FAKE them.
Re: Something doesn't compute
Just for now. The target as the article notes is phones which usually have ratios along this line at the low end. They note that versions without either the RAM or the PCM will also be available. This is just the first mass rollout, and we can expect different capacities later on.
Re: So what if they are stockpiling?
I believe some of the most notorious examples of conscript labor (ex. Angola Prison and the southern Chain Gangs), which tended to involve minority populations, caused public outcry and resulted in prison reform that prevents American prisons from taking the bottom road.
Re: It will always amaze me.
Who's going to budget the overhaul? The USPTO is notoriously under-budgeted and under-staffed.
But what if the patent involved wasn't part of the original agreement: a "submarine" patent that is essentially essential to the standard but not formally recognized as a SEP?
Re: positive feedback
But the negative feedback of sunlight reflection and refraction tends to exceed the positive feedback of absorption and radiation. Thus why cloudy days are statistically cooler than sunny ones. Would increased global temperatures result in more sunlight-reflecting clouds? As of present, it's just a hypothesis but one that can be used to blunt the alarmists.
Put the "Natural" back in, and you've fixed it: Locations Of Outstanding Natural Stupidity.
"Hmmm, maybe that's why so many places are banning plastic bags at the grocer."
Actually, the main reason is pollution. These bags don't decay easily yet are very light and airy. A stray breeze can pick one up from just about anywhere, even from inside a container, and carry it hither and thither--perhaps into a wildlife area or another environmentally-sensitive spot where it interferes with plants and potentially harms animals.
If they don't ban the bags outright (most that do are in tourist areas or near said sensitive areas), they force retailers to charge for each bag by a tax: the proceeds normally used to clean up the messes produced by these bags.
Re: Having been rear-ended by people texting ...
Um...just move 100m out of range and try again. Is it really that difficult to get out of range of a spot jammer?
Re: So let me get this straight.
Perhaps that's why we're seeing an increasing amount of patent "submarining": hiding the fact they actually have patents for an essential part of a standard until after the standard is formalized: thus avoiding having to license the patent under FRAND terms and being off the hook by simply saying, "No one asked US if we had patents related to that part of the standard."
I would think a solution would be to hold all parties who agree to the standard powerless to sue if it is found they have a "submarine patent". But then companies may just not agree to the standard, leading to more fragmentation again. It's a hard problem to solve.
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