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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

bami Re:I beg to differ, sir (340 comments)

You can't run interpreted code on iStuff.


"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)."

about a year ago

Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam

bami Re:I have to nitpcik TFA: (394 comments)

I call it a scam just because they call it 3D when it's just stereoscopy.

Wake me up when we have hologram projections.

more than 3 years ago

Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?

bami Re:Profit dollars are what matters. (343 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Linux Patent Protection Network Lures Facebook, HP

bami Re:Irony (106 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD

bami Re:Lowest common denominator is Intel's Graphics M (323 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD

bami Re:Yeah right (323 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs

bami Re:Wow, Biased Summary Much? (93 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

bami Re:Wrestling now (742 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

bami Re:Nokia (248 comments)

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).

more than 3 years ago

MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

bami Re:I think it's time (468 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?

bami Re:NL had Bono Act before US (227 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

bami Re:Pedantry and Nothing More (353 comments)

So I have to call winamp an 'uti' now? (pronounced, uhtee)

more than 3 years ago

Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society

bami Re:Religiosity gene? (729 comments)

So people who believe in other things than/disregard natural selection will win at natural selection?

That is some majestic trolling there.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

bami Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)


Chrome handled v2 with a bit of difficulty on an Atom processor (but once all the javascript garbage was loaded and parsed, worked), but now it's all slow, unscrollable and weird.

At least give me a stripped down version for slow computers!

more than 3 years ago

Kinect Hack Builds 3D Maps of the Real World

bami Re:Wow (70 comments)

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
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 :/

about 4 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

bami Re:Status Bar??? (537 comments)

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).

about 4 years ago

Microsoft To Disable Windows Phone 7 Unlocking

bami Re:What about the law that says you have the right (237 comments)

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.

about 4 years ago

Intel To Integrate DirectX 11 In Ivy Bridge Chips

bami Re:also includes DRM ? (199 comments)

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 :).

about 4 years ago

Samsung Develops Power-Sipping DDR4 Memory

bami Re:Good news (152 comments)

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.

about 4 years ago


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