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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

iamacat Subscription and small catalog don't go together (34 comments)

I would consider buying a bundle outright, but I don't see for whom this is going to make sense. The whole point of Netflix is that you can continuously watch new movies and don't have to buy many from other sources. Here I will only like a portion of already small catalog and will still need to keep buying non-EA games. This kind of offering should really be done by Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft with games from many publishers.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

iamacat Resell/donate (206 comments)

Since you don't have a specific use for these servers, it's best to find someone who does. This could be a godsend for another small company that will be able to start it's services immediately rather than waiting for presumably more expensive new servers to arrive.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

iamacat Re:Paid updates? (275 comments)

Do you prefer the current situation of no updates or low quality updates? That $30 will save you $400 if you are happy with your phone for another year.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

iamacat Re:It is HARD to support non-shipping devices (275 comments)

They also have a much more limited number of devices, less 3rd party hardware and continued app/music/movies/books income stream from old hardware. One result is better support, but beware of trade offs.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

iamacat Paid updates? (275 comments)

Would you pay $29.99 to update your device to a new version of iOS or Android? If so, I am sure you would get much better/longer support - more in line with Windows updates on existing hardware than current mobile status quo. But if most people figure they would rather get a new device as soon as their mobile contract is up for renewal every two years, why should device manufacturers care about support anything beyond this time?

In truth, contract subsidizes are not good for users by hiding the total cost they end up paying for their device. Most WOULD be better of paying for a higher quality OS update to make their $800 phone last 3-4 years instead of 2. We should also include full environmental cost of mining and recycling toxic elements of modern electronics into the device price. If someone can make these last longer rather than creating more pollution, they should have a solid incentive to do so.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

iamacat It is HARD to support non-shipping devices (275 comments)

If you plan to support new code base on old devices at all, development of a large project will result in hundreds of decision points where you can either have more features and faster or easier to maintain code on shipping hardware or better performance on discontinued devices. Just how much effort would YOU spend in the later, especially with a hard deadline coming up?

A new OS is also likely to create new demands on device drivers. How much support are you going to get from the manufacturers after they have discontinued the hardware, got out of an entire area of business or simply went belly up? Anyone who has a working knowledge of the chipset could already have left the company or be engaged on other pressing projects.

I think the most realistic solution is to release all available and legally unconstrained knowledge about the platform to community so that they can provide solutions like CyanogenMod as long as there is sufficient interest. In the meantime, try to treat free updates to discontinued hardware as a glass half full. The vendor has spent millions of dollars developing, testing and certifying it, with no commercial gains for itself besides reputation.

2 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

iamacat Re:Teachers perspective... (223 comments)

I am glad your high school has money for a Photoshop license for each student and an IT stuff to fix and remove malware from all their Windows laptops. For most, it will be more realistic to have a lab with Photoshop and in the meantime focus on students being able to do some web research and type up a paper.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

iamacat Right tool for right job? (223 comments)

I can not imagine homework is very practical without keyboard or trackpad. Chromebooks are also easy to pass along to next kid or share without privacy issues, and if they break down, like things in kids' hands often do, replacement is exceptionally cheap. Tablets for web browsing, visual tasks like photo editing, and casual games, laptops for heavy duty typing and bigger screen/multi application workflows.

5 days ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

iamacat Android? (81 comments)

That would be a much bigger install base, including users in developing countries that missed these games first time around and could use inexpensive ones from GOG. Most games could be controlled with a single row of soft keys at the bottom of the screen.

5 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

iamacat See the writing on the wall (353 comments)

Physical media is going away and Netflix is focused on improving streaming business. Expect mailing service to deteriorate and eventually go away. Realistically the future is pirate bay, but I can imagine especially scrupulous individuals setting up a non-profit DVD trading service.

about a week ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

iamacat Re:It's not as important as we think it is. (300 comments)

Business only will be eaten for lunch by web applications and cloud services and there are other well established companies in that space.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

iamacat Wait until someone gets a hold of the ribbon (244 comments)

Good for retro spy movies, bad for actual security. Stick with open software+hardware solution like BeagleBoard. I am sure Russia and any developed European country is capable of creating their own ARM SoC from ground up if needed.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

iamacat Chain effect (300 comments)

One has to be careful about demoralizing effect of these huge layoffs. Employees you most want to stay will perceive the company as a thinking ship and quit or start slacking off in disgust. A company like Microsoft has enough money in the bank to go through a slower and more transparent process. Offer everyone who is performing well a six month contract and a chance to find a permanent position in the meantime. Above all, explain to remaining employees exactly what is it that they gain for sticking around. Raises? Stock grants? New perks?

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

iamacat Jealousy talking (265 comments)

Everyone will be free to visit - like Manhattan or San Francisco or countless other desirable places in the world. Most will not be able to afford to live there - again like all of these places. Cost of housing will probably subsidize construction that couldn't sustain itself just on visitors. By all signs, they are trying to keep out desert heat and not their own people. If I lived in this kind of climate, I would love a place to cool down for a couple of hours. I think people just feel jealous that we don't make this kind of projects in United States.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

iamacat Re:Java, Python, Lisp... (180 comments)

Wrong! Once you invoke WebGL, you are relying on GPU much more than CPU. For comparison, try plain 2D WEBP decoding in pure Javascript.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

iamacat Re:Depends on Microsoft (180 comments)

More like the dinosaur in the room. Nobody cares about IE anymore. If Chrome, Safari and Firefox adopt a standard, it's a done deal.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

iamacat Java, Python, Lisp... (180 comments)

There should be no languages for "web development", only languages for quality development, with web being application delivery mechanism. Current dichotomy leads to loss of features and quality that was taken for granted decades ago.

I should be able to tell a webmail site to cache all e-mails locally and then have full access to attachments and instant full body search while offline. This requires multithreading, fast access to large binary files, precompilation and static typing for performance. Javascript is just not going to cut it. Maybe Dart would be allright, but good luck getting experienced developers and ready to use software packages. This particular task likely needs a full blown database.

Developers should be able to choose a language based on the problem they are trying to solve, not how the application will be delivered to the user.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

iamacat Horrible inefficency (86 comments)

Use a speech recognition engine or any available subtitles to automatically classify movies based on language and keywords. THEN have humans review challenging segments of text and, when necessary, video. May not be as fun, but much more efficient than purely manual process.

about three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

iamacat Re:Finally! (284 comments)

It's called marriage.

about three weeks ago

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ExtJS is trying to back down on LGPL

iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iamacat (583406) writes "For years, ExtJS was dual licensed under commercial license and LGPL. Now they decided to switch to GPL or commercial in an attempt to cash in on their popularity by pushing LGPL users into their commercial license. This is their right as code's owners. The catch? Jack Slocum of ExtJS is now claiming that their product was never licensed under LGPL and is threatening to sue people who redistribute old versions as such. That despite the previous license stating "Ext is also licensed under the terms of the Open Source LGPL 3.0 license". The author of a related project, gwt-ext, speaks out."
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iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamacat writes "Jack Valenti died shortly after a stroke after leading MPAA for nearly four decades. His obituary describes him as "a showman, a gentleman, an orator and a passionate champion of this country, its movies and the enduring freedoms that made both so important to this world". Let's all mark the April 26 as a day to mourn passing of a great gentleman who lobbied so hard for our freedoms."

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