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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

readthemall Re:MUD begat UO begat EQ begat WOW begat ??? (523 comments)

That is still almost an order of magnitude more than any paid MMO I've heard of.

FTFY

Free-to-play MMOs can be bigger, MapleStory had a combined total of 39 million user accounts worldwide: Maple story

about a year ago
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Who Killed the Netbook?

readthemall Re:I don't get it (398 comments)

Exactly, every time I go to a shop at least 1/3 of the portable computers sold are netbooks. With prices about half of the cheapest 14"+ laptops they are very good choice in a poor European country, and perhaps in many other parts of the world. And unlike spartphones, netbooks are real computers that can be actively used for many hours both for creating and consuming content.

more than 3 years ago
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Dual-Core CPU Opens Door To 1080p On Smartphones

readthemall Re:Obligatory XKCD (314 comments)

True, both about the comic and the corresponding forum thread. When it comes to imaging (video/photo), most geeks fall in the "Equipment Measurbator" and "Online Expert" categories, as defined in The Seven Levels of Photographers.

more than 3 years ago
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Dual-Core CPU Opens Door To 1080p On Smartphones

readthemall Re:Enlighten me please (314 comments)

And on the other side, shrinking the die size has limitations, in the same way like increasing the clock rate. You cannot do these things forever, Intel knows this very well when it comes to clock rates.

more than 3 years ago
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Dual-Core CPU Opens Door To 1080p On Smartphones

readthemall Re:Enlighten me please (314 comments)

Yes, and add to this the battery that would be needed to power the dual-core processor ... Such batteries exist and are used widely in video and photo cameras, they just are big and not suitable for the slim smartphones.

I wonder when will come the day when we wold discuss a super-giga-mega-powered phone and somebody will say "imagine a Beowulf cluster of these".

more than 3 years ago
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DocBook 5

readthemall DocBook DITA (68 comments)

DocBook is being used for what HTML was originally intended - technical publications.

True, DocBook is used mainly for technical publications. Not true, HTML was intended for implementing the hypertext (that's why HT is part of the name) and not specifically for technical publications.

Why not just use HTML? It even supports pictures!

Because DocBook provides much more meaningful elements for technical publications than HTML. Because DocBook is intended mainly for documents published on paper, while HTML is intended for Web pages displayed in a browser. There is a reason why nobody uses HTML for technical publications.

The real question must be, why use DocBook when we already have DITA? While both formats are designed specifically for technical publications, DITA is superior.

more than 3 years ago
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Game Industry Vets On DRM

readthemall Re:Unavoidable (372 comments)

Another example of such game is Maple Story. Combined total of over 100 million subscriber/user accounts in all of its versions, free to play. You can purchase with money haircuts and other stuff that makes you look better. You can purchase also purchase items that make playing a bit easier. None of the purchased items is a weapon or armor - these are only available in the game. Sounds fair.

Considering they have started in 2003 and are still in the game, it seems they are profitable. The only downside is that you cannot play offline.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

readthemall Re:Oblig XKCD (709 comments)

Add also Terry Prattchet to the list.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

readthemall Re:Get use to it ! (709 comments)

Yes, we humans are social animals. What you describe - talking about football, making personal phone calls, gossiping, taking long lunches, or browsing the Internet - is normal.

On the other hand, if it takes hours of time every day, you are at the wrong place. Large companies have this tendency to become a place where such people gather and get their salaries for doing almost nothing. Stay there for a while - until you get a year spent in a large software and hardware company to have it on your resume - and then leave at first opportunity. You will surely find a place where people have more serious attitude to their job, and you will find it is better to work with them.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

readthemall Re:They will NEVER adapt to the new world (300 comments)

Dude, I agree with you about the marketing. Fortunately, there are independent films - try watching something that appeared on the Sundance film festival.

Back to the original discussion, here's what the OP stated:

you don't NEED a big studio full of gear to record a song anymore, you can do it in your garage with a PC, some software and some microphones to record with

That is correct. $500 for computer + $500 for audio hw/sw + $1000 for instruments should be enough for a decent recording. It is not much at all. Provided you have the skill to use it you can make a good recording. Good enough to be published in Internet or burned on CD. So the OP is right when it comes to production cost for music.

Let's try to do this with a film. The cheap way is to go digital. Few thousand for a camera. Few thousand for lenses. Few thousand for computer powerful enough to edit the movie. Or you want the real stuff and will shoot film. Cameras are more expensive, and you need to buy and develop film. Wait, what about the lightning - you need it both for film and digital? A few thousand more. Just production costs. Compare this to the sums needed for making a song in your garage and you will understand why making your own movie - at least one that looks good - is not for everyone.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

readthemall Re:They will NEVER adapt to the new world (300 comments)

And with more sensitive recording equipment, you need less light in an absolute sense, so you need less expensive lights too.

Digital is more sensitive than film since when? Just go to a theater, watch a movie shot with digital camera and than one shot on film, and see the difference. It is visible with naked eyes, and digital is not a winner (excluding animation).

But in the end it is not the equipment that makes the film interesting, that is only a diversion for us geeks with less then stellar soft skills. The acting and the script contribute a lot more then the equipment.

You are right, just offtopic. The parent post was all about (the price of) equipment needed to make a song a movie, and not about the skill to make them good.

more than 4 years ago
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Pieces of stamped mail I sent in 2009:

readthemall Re:Missing Option: (297 comments)

While sitting in your basement, you might enjoy reading Going Postal.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

readthemall Re:They will NEVER adapt to the new world (300 comments)

With digital cameras (and DSLRs shooting video) the cost is coming down, that's true. And when it comes in quality, it's like apples and oranges. Film is just better - it is a technology developed more than 100 years. Compared to film, digital is a toy. You think guys in Hollywood don't know their job and prefer film to digital just because they are lazy?

And I don't even want to start about the lightning - you need it no matter of what camera you use. For shooting friends on a picnic in bright shiny day you may get OK results with digital handycam. To shoot a dark scene so that it looks like "in the movies" you need serious lightning, for serious money.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

readthemall Re:They will NEVER adapt to the new world (300 comments)

With the new world order eliminating the huge production costs (you don't NEED a big studio full of gear to record a song anymore, you can do it in your garage with a PC, some software and some microphones to record with) and distribution costs (you can distribute your songs either for free or for pay online very easily without a middleman), you dont need the big dinosaurs anymore and they are doing everything they can to stop it from happening.

If it is about the music, you are right. When it comes to movies, it is not that simple. Good film cameras, films, lenses, and lightning are expensive, and cannot be substituted with handheld digital cameras.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

readthemall Re:Good example of piracy versus robbery (300 comments)

And the original meaning of piracy is also taking someone else's belongings, just using ships in the sea. That is, robbery. People like Drake and Morgan did this, among many other.

What today *AA call "piracy" is just copying. They know they would look stupid if they want money for copying, and that's why they call it "piracy". Welcome our newspeak overlords ...

more than 4 years ago

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Former CEO of SAP named as new CEO of HP

readthemall readthemall writes  |  more than 3 years ago

readthemall (1531267) writes "Hewlett-Packard named Leo Apotheker as chief executive and president. Apotheker, who resigned as CEO of SAP in February, replaces Mark Hurd, who resigned as HP chief in early August after a sexual harassment probe uncovered subterfuge with company expenses. Apotheker, who spent more than 20 years at SAP, was also named to the HP board of directors.

Having CEO with background at a company who is a main competitor of Oracle, it would be interesting to see what would be the future relations between HP and Oracle, who in turn hired the former CEO of HP."

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Open source as the equivalent of piracy

readthemall readthemall writes  |  more than 4 years ago

readthemall (1531267) writes "The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), an umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its "Special 301 watchlist" because they use open source software."
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The structure of the HIV genome is decoded

readthemall readthemall writes  |  more than 4 years ago

readthemall (1531267) writes "A new article in the Nature journal reports that scientists have succeeded to reveal the architecture and secondary structure of an entire HIV-1 RNA genome. The HIV-1 virus is the main cause of AIDS in humans. This allows to understand how the virus operates, and can potentially accelerate the development of drug treatments."
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Symbian Foundation releases open-source package

readthemall readthemall writes  |  about 5 years ago

readthemall (1531267) writes "The Symbian Foundation has released its first open-source software package, the first step in the organisation's plan to eventually open source the entire Symbian mobile operating system. The foundation was set up by in June 2008 to oversee the development of the Symbian OS as an open-source platform, licensed under the Eclipse Public Licence (EPL). The OS had previously been developed as proprietary software by the Symbian Foundation.

On Wednesday, Symbian made available its first package covered by the EPL, the OS Security Package, according to Symbian developer Craig Heath.

"The OS Security Package source code is now available under the EPL, and it is the very first package to be officially moved from the closed Symbian Foundation License (SFL) to... the EPL," Heath wrote in a blog post.

For more information, see First open-source Symbian software released."

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