12 posts • joined Wednesday 14th September 2011 11:49 GMT
I was there yesterday and found it hilarious that a few minutes before News International's CIO came on (and referred the the company as NI the whole time) everyone was asked to turn their phones off.
idd reg fail. Been using Chrome on my Note since ICS was released for it.
While I certainly wouldn't defend Instagram's ridiculous $1bn valuation, I should point out that although a company might not be making profit, nor would ever make profit in its current form; that doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't value in the company.
Nor does it mean that the company isn't an attractive takeover target.
A larger or more established company can make use of technology or a customer base in a way that the original developer cannot exploit to make profit.
This is perfectly enshrined in capitalism.
Instagram weren't bought out by a pension fund or investment group looking to garner long term profits from the company, they were bought by a large existing social networking player with ridiculous amounts of cash lying around whose only long term profitability lies in innovation (think how myspace didn't innovate/improvie/evolve quickly enough and died out inversely fast).
Though the price tag is off, I think Instagram itself is a good acquisition for FB.
I personally suspect that those cracks are caused by tidal forces from the Earth's gravity acting on different densities of material on the moon. Given what we know about how the moon formed, it doesn't have enough dense radioactive material to have a hot core after 4 billion years, nor does the Earth apply sufficient tidal energy to directly cause volcanism (think Io). I'm going to expect this to be debunked pretty soon.
I strongly take offence to the wording of that canned statement from Game. It implies that pastebin is responsible for the leak, rather than the user who posted it. Right when the anti-SOPA movement is about as well, very poor.
I also have done this as part of a university computer vision course in 2006, and Apple gets a patent on it based on work done in 2010?
Sometimes it just appears that the American patent system is rather protectionist. Which, as any economist will tell you, is a self-defeating mechanism.
I remember this one fondly, 4 CD's and an option to do a full install, which, due to each area being stored as a massive bitmap, was (iirc) 2.2Gb. a HUGE amount for 1998! And let's not forget the 4xCD-ROM drives that we had back then, doing a full install on this baby took a few hours!
Great fun though, I always remember the map with the basilisks being the most frustrating :)
Can't Believe it
Haven't heard from this game in ages, but after playing SC:3 (not StarCraft newbies) on a demo disk from Computer Shopper in the mid 90's i actually pre-ordered it and then subsequently found that the game came bundled with the original Star Control and SC:2 with it as well!
SC:3 had some amazing real-time resource gathering and colony management.
After running through the game a few times I was finally compelled to play SC:2 and 1 and oh my god, they simply blew me away.
Simply one of my favourite gaming experiences of my early gaming career.