For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad
You can't run interpreted code on iStuff.
IOS SDK TOS 3.3.2
"3.3.2 An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any
means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other
frameworks, other APIs or otherwise. No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in
an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple's Published APIs and builtin interpreter(s)."
Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam
I call it a scam just because they call it 3D when it's just stereoscopy.
Wake me up when we have hologram projections.
Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?
Actually, producing a angry birds clone in modern languages like objective C/C#/java is pretty possible if you have the grunt of the work (physics engine) already available, and are enthusiastic about the project. I mean I hit my keyboard for about 3 hours in visual studio and got the basics for a x-wing type 3D fighter using a gyro for controls. Pretty much everything you need is already present in the libraries, you just need to connect it together.
Linux Patent Protection Network Lures Facebook, HP
Sony Computer Entertainment America.
eg: The guys who sue everyone when it's not to their liking. You want them to have a whole portfolio of patents used in Linux? That's like asking an alcoholic to take care of a bar while the owner is going on some random quest.
DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD
Actually, while the pixel processor might be slow, it has 12 MB of very very fast EDRAM. This allows you to do render-to-textures (and thus, post processing) with very little load on the GPU. This makes a lot of effects very cheap (time-wise) and you can pull off a lot of nice things with that.
DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD
Only XBLA and indie games run in managed C# using XNA, since Microsoft wants some sort of protection against running full unsigned code on the device (which makes the xbox the only console that hasn't been completly rooted).
Also, AMD can suck it. The reason for PC games to look the same as the console versions is not the fact that developers hate directx or opengl apis, it's the fact that it takes a buttload of work to make content in higher resolutions for PC only. Content budgets are already sky-high, and making higher res textures, models and shaders just for PC isn't financially viable for a platform that has such a high percentage of piracy.
tl;dr: Content creation for games takes a lot of resources, and developers really don't want to make everything in higher resolutions. They don't care if there is an API in the way, you don't need direct access to the video hardware anyways, and most stuff is already accessible to make hacks like carmacks reverse technique for shadowing.
AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs
My dualcore atom boots windows xp faster then my core2duo. The thing is brilliantly fast at doing simple parralel stuff like starting up a gazillion services or something. For HD playback, might I suggest CoreAVC, which gives me sort-of 1080p capabilities (it still chokes on high bitrate mkv's though).
I'm thinking of buying a new low cost, low power and low noise HTPC with HDMI and such, and this amd fusion thing is looking very attractive. It's either that or another Atom with an ION chipset, which is discontinued and will suck ass in the future. Atleast these boards have a pci-express slot.
Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?
SGU was pretty fun to watch, but now that I've seen most of SG-1 and atlantis, the appeal suddenly dropped.
They shouldn't have marked it as a stargate show, but as a new franchise, and everybody would be happy for it.
Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers
My S60 3ed (Nokia E71) allows me to install everything I want without code signing (bought simlock free, and not from a carrier so maybe it is some option they have to enable?) . It has this nifty little option in the settings that allow unsigned code to be run.
You need to sign it yourself using some 3rd party to get rid of the constant "Do you want app x to access your y)" notifications though, but unsigned apps can use them, if the users gives it permission every time (and if you code your application right, only on startup).
MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet
No, copyright is about getting paid for your ideas.
Without copyright, there wouldn't be a commercial software, movie or music industry.
I can think of both worlds being allright (free software land sounds great, and we've seen from FOSS that people can make things happen, but on the other hand, I get paid for doing what I like (program stuff), and couldn't think of working on something else.), but it's gone a bit too far with all the piracy lawsuits and patent wars and such.
Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?
That's not law, it's a directive. Countries in the EU are not forced to follow it, but are encouraged to do so.
For example, here in Dutchlantis, you are allowed to make copies of copyrighted work for own use, and are allowed to download said copies from the internet, while not breaching copyright. Using usenet or rapidshare to download movies, music and books is perfectly legal here. Uploading (or distributing) however is not.
I think that is what he meant by absurd copyright laws (YOU BREAK LAWS FOR DOWNLOADING A SONG), and you wouldn't download a car if the law is reasonable like that. He just used the wrong bit of the law to make his case.
App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?
So I have to call winamp an 'uti' now? (pronounced, uhtee)
Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society
So people who believe in other things than/disregard natural selection will win at natural selection?
That is some majestic trolling there.
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
At least give me a stripped down version for slow computers!
Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology
You wouldn't download a plane...
Kinect Hack Builds 3D Maps of the Real World
That's just a knee-jerk reaction from the legal department.
MS Employee 1: Hey have you heard? They hacked the kinect to do some cool stuff.
MS Employee 2: Sweet
Lawyer 1: HACKED? THEY ARE HACKING OUR SYSTEMS, SUE SUE SUE.
Laywer 2: S&D tube one: fire!
Once they all got the memo that the hardware guys built the thing to be toyed around with (and seeing the hardware in the thing, they make some profit on it, selling it for $150, add that to the fact that it only has authentication for use with the xbox, and outputs unencrypted data), they issued the statement that they were allright with it.
Cool thing about the Kinect is that it gives developers a platform, combining thinking power. Everybody can hook up a couple of cameras and some leds to a computer, but now this 3D sensing thing has a standard and everyone works with the same thing, pretty much like when they were hacking away with the wii-motes, which Nintendo didn't object to either (and sold them some wiimotes, with no harm done to the system itself). Microsoft just tries it that way, and I hope that more companies follow suit. It's out hardware damnit, I want to do with it as I please!
I'm thinking of buying one for myself just to toy with it, but can't really justify the price just yet though :/
Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar
Also, most eee's sport a multi-touchpad (atleast my 901 does), you just scroll with two fingers (if you install the correct drivers, don't go with the ones from the ASUS site).
Microsoft To Disable Windows Phone 7 Unlocking
Yeah, you need a subscription for 100$ a year for xbox development, but that's in a sandboxed (managed) environment, and you get around 1/3rd of the Xbox' CPU power (while you have full access to the graphics hardware).
As a student, you can get both subscriptions for free through the Dreamspark program, and I've been devving away on the xbox for a year, and now for a month on my phone with having paid 0 dollars to Microsoft (even got the phone for free from them specifically to develop on the thing).
Also, a single subscription to the developers thing gives you the ability to unlock 3 phones, and that will last as long as your subscription lasts.
Intel To Integrate DirectX 11 In Ivy Bridge Chips
Well you can forget buying a videocard with a HDMI/DVI output then (HDCP = DRM enforcement). Same with DVD's or Blurays, or pretty much all games for that matter.
Also, enjoy your shiny DirectX 9 games, since both Vista and Windows 7 have a protected path for DRM video files.
Then again, hardware based DRM is useless if nobody uses it, since the content has to be tailored to that platform. Just get your video from somewhere else, with the protection stripped :).
Samsung Develops Power-Sipping DDR4 Memory
My Nokia E71 (And I guess the E72 too) can run for about a week with moderate browsing, and about 4 days if you use it to listen to music, browse the web all day and use wifi. I also think it qualifies as a smartphone since it can run 3rd party apps, has GPS and can browse the internets.
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