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Asm.js Gets Faster

dzfoo Re:I hate theories like this. (289 comments)

What are you talking about? JavaScript must always necessarily be slower than native code due to its abstracted nature. If it needs an interpreter, or virtual machine, or any other intermediate process between the program code and the CPU, there will be overhead.

Having the CPU execute native code directly will always be faster.

Now, there's an argument to be made that a higher-level, more abstracted language makes people more productive, and by extension, program code more expressive. But this is a different trade-off and objective than building a high-performance application.

            -dZ.

about 8 months ago
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Asm.js Gets Faster

dzfoo Re:Back in the day (289 comments)

You're thinking of OLE (Object Linking & Embedding). COM (Component Object Model) was designed with distributed enterprise applications in mind, complete with a transaction coordinator and language-neutral'ish interfaces. It's the DLL paradigm taken to its natural position in the 7 circles of hell.

It was Microsoft's attempt to steal CORBA's thunder and nearly got away with it.

          -dZ.

about 8 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

dzfoo Re:Yeah, get rid of the Champion title (284 comments)

Our little Timmy has always received a ribbon. If he doesn't get one this time, it may affect his self-esteem. And while we're at it, since little Timmy is getting a ribbon, then they all should get one, lest they feel left out or less capable.

So, yes, ribbons.

about 9 months ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

dzfoo Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

When you say, "back in the day," when exactly do you mean? AltaVista was indeed a great service in the mid-to-late 1990s, until it succumbed to spam, porn, and advertisement corruption, like the rest of them.

        dZ.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

dzfoo Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

That's been a piece of revisionist history, propagated by Google itself during the mid '00s, as a branding tactic. Google was a mere geek's toy during its first couple of years.

People started switching because the other search engines were full of spam, porn, and advertisements, and along came Google with its PageRank algorithm, which proved very effective at the time.

People suffered through all other search engines' "portals" for years and would not have switched if the only thing Google had to offer was a "page free from clutter."

Of course, eventually Google turned into another advertisement-riddled, cluttered portal, full of spam and irrelevant junk. The more things change...

        dZ.

about a year ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

dzfoo Re:Light Room 101 (182 comments)

LOL! In Slashdot and Reddit, at least.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

dzfoo Re:Yes (618 comments)

Well, you can't switch arguments mid-way.

All those people that you claimed replaced their smartphones with tablets when they go to conferences, used to bring laptops before smartphones. Weren't you paying attention?

So it went from paper pads, to tablets, to smartphones, to tablets.

That means that at least some businesses did dump laptops in favor of smartphones for at least some functions.

I know you are trying to be all smarty-pants with your straw-man argument pointing out how tablets are not going to replace laptops completely, in every facet of business--but nobody is claiming that.

What some of us are saying is that, there are some functions for which laptops and desktop computers used to be regarded as the most appropriate tool, and now tablets are taking their place.

Not only that, but tablets are being put to some uses by businesses to which laptops or smartphones weren't even considered.

          -dZ.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

dzfoo Re:And... (618 comments)

The trick is providing something that is truly useful without cannibalizing Laptop/Desktop sales.

And therein lies the business problem: the use case for tablets overlaps and even extends beyond that of the traditional PC. Moreover, they seem to fulfill the promises of ease of use, portability, multimedia capabilities, and personal adaptability that PCs have been making for two decades now. As such, the tablet market appears to be bigger than the one for traditional PCs.

If a business insists in ignoring this to avoid the cannibalization of their current PC cash-cow, a competitor will come along and do it for them.

Oops! I guess they already have.

      dZ.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

dzfoo Re:So we've covered Robotron. Let's cover more. (618 comments)

You do know that the iPad supports Multi-Touch, right? You could use both thumbs at the same time. In fact, as someone already answered above, some games offer multiple buttons that when pressed performed different functions--exactly like games such as Defender used to do.

For more complex games such as first-person-shooters, it is not uncommon to have one side of the screen offer a "move" control and the other a "tilt head" control. It's even more versatile than that: some games even make the distinction between a press-and-slide (move) and a tap (fire). And it all works wherever your thumb happens to land.

Clearly you have not tried any of this or you would see how obvious and intuitive it can be, and clearly you have no imagination to even conceive its possibility.

So, go ahead and continue believing that iPads suck at anything other than watching cat videos. I don't think anybody would care too much that you are missing all the fun and cool stuff.

        dZ.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

dzfoo Re:Yes (618 comments)

You mean, the things they used to do on a smartphone that they previously used to do on a Laptop? Do you see how this is going?

about a year ago
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YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

dzfoo Re:Ads (189 comments)

You should pay more attention. They're there.

          -dZ.

about a year ago
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YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

dzfoo Re:Ads (189 comments)

Can AdBlock block the ads embedded in the video? I don't recall that function.

about a year ago
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YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

dzfoo Re:Ads (189 comments)

I think he meant it has nothing that anybody wants to pay to watch. It's popular right now because it's free, but cat videos may not pay the hosting service by themselves.

about a year ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

dzfoo Re:Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream? (533 comments)

Fanny packs in the mainstream? Not quite. Pocket protectors only "died out" among the nerd population--the mainstream never adopted them.

about a year ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

dzfoo Re:Too caught up on appearances (533 comments)

You should wear your fanny pack wit pride, and ignore what we say behind your back. Heck, put on camouflage cargo-pants and a pocket protector. We won't mind, really.

about a year ago
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Firefox OS Phone on Display at LinuxFest NorthWest (Video)

dzfoo Re:Tracking? (96 comments)

The Mozilla Foundation is desperately looking for new ways of acquiring revenue that does not depend on large grants by fickle corporations. Especially when their core competency is being made largely irrelevant by those grantors. Guess the fastest, most common--and apparently very easy to justify morally--way to monetize user access on the Web?

Come on, guess...

about a year ago

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Annual Carol vs. The World! Championship Underway

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  about 9 months ago

dzfoo (772245) writes "Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision® High Score Club have announced their second annual Christmas Carol vs. The World! high-score championship. Play the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents and submit your top score to the judges for a chance to win. The contest lasts for the entire month of December, and anyone can participate for prizes at all skill levels.

From the press release:

After the fantastic success of the high-score competition following the game's release in 2012, they have decided to turn it into an annual event. This year, the prizes include not only a specially designed custom edition of the game, but also commemorative merit badges and a first for any game competition: personalized mugs with hot-cocoa mix—a propos to a Christmas challenge during winter time.

More information about the contest is available at the official site."
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Intellivision's early Christmas celebration

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dzfoo writes "From the article: "Brand new Intellivision games have been pretty rare those past 20 or so years, but the holiday season of 2012 is bound to be different, as the venerable console has just had Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents released for its elegantly ageing self. The game seems to be a cute looking platformer starring Carol (heh), some maze-like caverns and an intriguing menagerie of baddies. Oh, and it does come with 8 whole levels and, uhm, seems pretty fun too."

They're also running a high-score championship during December. The grand prize is a one-of-a-kind, personalized edition of the game cartridge. And the ROM is now available for free!"

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A Retro Christmas High Score Championship Extravaganza!

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

dzfoo writes " Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision® High Score Club invite you to a very special edition of the High Score Championship: Carol vs. The WORLD! Play the Intellivision® game "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents" and help Carol Greenleaf save Christmas from the Evil Snowman. Rise to the top of the ranks of Santa's Elite Elf Squad and submit your top score to the judges. The person with the highest score received by the deadline of December 31st, 2012, wins a very special gift from Santa Claus himself! Plus, as if all that were not enough, Left Turn Only Productions is giving away the game to everyone! In keeping true to the Christmas spirit, and as a gesture of good will, they are offering the game in ROM format as a free download. To get your copy of the game ROM or for more information on the contest, please visit the official Carol vs. The World! Championship web site, or the Intellivision® High Score Club forum in the AtariAge site."
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Intellivision kept alive by hombrew devs

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

dzfoo writes "The old Intellivision games console from the 1980s is still around, kept alive by a small band of dedicated programmers that continue development for the platform.

Just this week, and in time for the Holidays, a new game was released called "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents." This and other games released in the past few years, come complete in box, with glossy manuals and even hand-controller overlays, and are every bit as authentic as the ones released by Mattel "back in the day."

The Christmas Carol game made its debut at the Classic Gaming Expo 2012 in Las Vegas this August, and has been praised by even the Blue Sky Rangers themselves.

Other notable releases for the platform are: D2K Arcade, a fantastic rendition of the classic Donkey Kong arcade game; and Minehunter, a very good puzzle game in the style of Minesweeper.

The Intellivision home-brew community is even working on ports of such classics as Cinemaware's Defender Of The Crown and Apogee's The Lost Caves Of Kroz.

All these games are being produced with the highest of quality, by a very passionate community. This community may be small, but it is dedicated and resilient."

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Intellivision home-brew scene alive and kicking

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

dzfoo writes "Move over, Atari and ColecoVision, the Intellivision home-brew scene is back in action! After more than a year in development, a new game for the Intellivision® system has been released. More than a "home-brew" game, Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is a labor of love, beautifully packaged in a "book" style box, complete with full-color glossy manual and retro-style cartridge shell. It is every bit as authentic as anything released "back in the day."

The game made its debut at the Classic Gaming Expo 2012 in Las Vegas this August, and has been praised by even the Blue Sky Rangers themselves.

Packed with whimsical charm and exciting arcade action, Christmas Carol offers fun for kids and adults alike, and is destined to become an instant classic!"

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Apple's ALAC is now open source

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dzfoo (772245) writes "We can now have lossless compression* in all our music files while maintaining our principles against proprietary lock-in: Apple Lossless Audio Codec is now open source!

* Or perhaps more accurately, we can now feel free of guilt about using ALAC, and less fearful of a future where its officially sanctioned support ends."

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.NET Reflector sold to Red Gate

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dzfoo (772245) writes ".NET Reflector, the powerful disassembly tool created by Lutz Roeder, has been ceded to Red Gate, a vendor of .NET developer tools. What does this mean for the future of this indispensable developer tool? According to Red Gate they will continue to provide .NET Reflector as a "free download", but there is no real indication of it's future availability as freeware from their comments on the sale."
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Babbage's Difference Engine hits Silicon Valley

dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dzfoo (772245) writes "The Register is announcing that a new replica of Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 is doing the rounds at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. From the article:

Silicon Valley got its first look at the true roots of the digital age this week, with the arrival of a five-ton calculator made from the designs of the Victorian-age mathematician and Londoner, Charles Babbage.
[...]
There on display, the completed device caught the eye of former Microsoft chief technical officer and millionaire, Nathan Myhrvold, who in 2002 commissioned a second difference engine of his own.
Only finished last month, the second difference engine replica will be on display at the Computer History Museum until May 2009. After that, it will be moved to Myhrvold's home in the Seattle area.
You can get a glimpse of the mechanical beauty of this contraption, along with an interesting historical account on its design and construction, at the Museum's page."

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dzfoo dzfoo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dzfoo (772245) writes "Someone has come up with an ingenious solution to Wikipedia's accuracy and piracy issues. Hint: it involves chickens. From the article:
I give you a new Wikipedia. A Wikipedia evolved, a Wikipedia that lives in the here in the real world. A Wikipedia that makes just one tiny concession to vandals, a concession for the greater good. I give you Wikipedia 2.0, otherwise known as Wikipedia: Every Topic In The Universe, Except Chickens (Dot Com).
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