Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion
A couple things:
- As someone else mentioned, Twitch Turbo users simply removes adds for the viewer, but does NOT affect the channel operator's ad revenue. Users get the "Turbo" icon in chat
- Channel subscribers get access to subscriber emotes in chat (usable across all of Twitch) in addition to the subscriber icon for that channel, and sub-only chat (if applicable - generally only streamers that have very high simultaneous viewers enable this, to keep chat usable for subscribers).
- "Transcodes", i.e. quality options of low/medium/high in addition to "Source", can become available when a channel reaches a certain threshold of simultaneous viewers. While having partnership can mean the streamer always has them, it is NOT required for transcodes to become available.
AMD's Radeon R9 290 Delivers 290X Performance For $150 Less
If they tested all the cards in the same case, then they did nothing wrong in their testing. Maybe it wouldn't be 57dB for the 290 in another PC case, but it would be lower for all the other cards too. Perhaps it wouldn't necessarily be a linear drop across all the cards, but you can't simply say their choice of case invalidates their findings that this card is REALLY loud compared to other cards. Plenty of people will own cases with "horrible acoustic profile[s]".
Facebook Hacks Points To Much Bigger Threat For Mobile Developers
In the next several years, it might be weird to _still_ have a Facebook account. Just like an AOL email, myspace account...
I left FB in 2009 and haven't looked back.
Mozilla To Support H.264
You wrote all those paragraphs without sufficiently addressing tablets, e.g. IPad, which has far more in common with "mobile platforms" than desktops (at least, Apple's does, though Windows 8 is a different beast, time will tell).
Needless to say, there's a convergence appearing, and the distinction between desktop and mobile may virtually disappear in time. Your efficiency arguments make logical sense from a techie perspective but are not necessarily pragmatic for the broader population. I think your analysis is much more in line with the present and past, but not really a vision of the future. In fact, the suggestion that desktops will "always be the best value and experience at home" comes off to me as rather myopic.
As the parent reply suggested, your piece is very close to satire. You are blinded by your own workflow and think that people 'tire of 15" ' laptop screens and such. But that's just you projecting your own preferences on the broader public, and it's exactly the kind of thinking that stifles creativity. I realize I'm coming off a bit harsh here - but it's clear from your posts that you are thinking in a bubble.
G5 vs. x86 and Mac OS X vs. Linux
Darwin vs. Linux on PPC!! This is a more useful comparison, IMHO, than Linux on a P4 and/or AMD vs. Darwin. Then you can better gauge the kernel latencies, etc.
Are there any differences in Mac OS X Server's kernel? The article concludes Mac OS X is ok for Desktop use, but not for server use.
I found this article disappointing.