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Comment Indie Gold (Score 1) 85

I play almost all indie games and, yes, I do buy through the humble bundle. I like early access and seeing what a game will become. I have ran into four or five really bad purchases where the reviews showed them as stellar, but the game was absolute garbage. This is a real problem for steam users and while I think the implementation might be a bit off (might make more sense to give a heavier weight to purchased copies rather than discount gift keys altogether because indie bundle and all), the idea that they care shows they're moving in the right direction.

Comment Good guy Nintendo (Score 1) 192

I realize there's the enlightened self-interest in play here, but this is really a kind move on Nintendo's part.

1) There's a huge increase in valuation for their company.
Nintendo employees (especially VP and C-level) could make a lot of money off of this fact. Ultimately, that money is coming from a bunch of investors because these guys get paid in stock and stock options.

2) The investors made the wrong investment, so they'd either lose or gain money based on a false premise.
So, Nintendo is being the nice guys here by setting them straight. Their execs could've just cashed all their stock options right now and ran. Instead, they issue a statement helping to set these investors straight before they lose any more. It saves Nintendo's reputation as a long-term investment, but they also built a good will with investors.

3) Nintendo didn't need to do this
They have the cash reserves to essentially self-fund all their projects. They could've burnt through good will in the short term and made a ton of money, but they didn't. They aren't in need of investment capital and haven't been for 20+ years.

Good on you Nintendo for being an outstanding corporate citizen.

Submission + - FCC votes along party lines to regulate entire Internet

jbdigriz writes: In a stunning power grab, the FCC has extended Title II, not just to the loosely and flexibly defined "broadband" market, but to the Internet as a whole, wired and wireless, including even interconnects, making ISPs common carriers of telecom services, with the possible exception of dial-up providers (dunno, haven't seen the order yet). The commission voted also to override state law in NC and TN to remove restrictions on community broadband. Ars Technica has more info here. Lawyers, start filing. I'm sure the upshot will not be enshrinement of incumbents, of course. Or "openness" as defined by Fairness Committees of "Stake Holders." Right, suckers.

Submission + - FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

Just Some Guy writes: After years of argument and record-breaking citizen participation, the FCC voted along party lines to enact regulations (hypothetically) limiting carriers' ability to slow down their competitors' traffic. While a full analysis of the regulations isn't available yet, initial signs are very promising.

Said carriers have already deployed their press releases.

Submission + - The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

jones_supa writes: This is a response to the following question from David Albert:

My mental model of CPUs is stuck in the 1980s: basically boxes that do arithmetic, logic, bit twiddling and shifting, and loading and storing things in memory. I’m vaguely aware of various newer developments like vector instructions (SIMD) and the idea that newer CPUs have support for virtualization (though I have no idea what that means in practice).

An article by Dan Luu answers this question and provides a good overview of various cool tricks modern CPUs can perform. The slightly older presentation Compiler++ by Jim Radigan also gives some insight on how C++ translates to modern instruction sets.

Comment Let down (Score 1) 41

Went and read the article (hey, someone on slashdot had to put up the $15). Anyway, at the end they had participants see if they could correctly guess the shape, and about 90% of them could. The haptic field produced here is no where near strong enough to stop or hinder hand movement. I imagine that the closest sensation to this in real life would be running your hand under a balloon and feeling the shape by how your hand hairs respond.

Submission + - Intel Invests Billions in Mobile Ambitions (

itwbennett writes: The allure of mobile devices has led Intel to take some uncharacteristic moves, partnering with Chinese companies to build some smartphone and tablet chips, and relying on third parties to manufacture those chips. Intel is betting the partnerships will accelerate its business in China, where smartphone shipments are booming. But the company wants to regain complete control over manufacturing, and on Thursday said it was investing $1.6 billion over 15 years in a China plant for mobile chip development and manufacturing.

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