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#4808568 David Braben's $25 PC

Posted by d000hg on 09 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Every new monitor for the last few years has an HDMI input. It's the universal connector now.

It took me about 8s to prove you wrong.

I think youll be shocked by the number of mobile phones you actually see in these places

In many countries, mobile phones are the phone network. They don't have landlines so mobiles are the only way to talk.

#4807300 David Braben's $25 PC

Posted by d000hg on 06 May 2011 - 04:01 AM


Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.

Pretty neat in my opinion.

#4805990 Osama Bin Laden is Dead.

Posted by d000hg on 03 May 2011 - 09:44 AM

So maybe this should clue you in on the fact that this is about more than just the assassination of some criminal. Maybe, just maybe, this was a slightly more complicated moment.

I doubt it, they were Americans. They were just cheering that in their simple world view, "the good guy beat the bad guy". Americans' relationship with terrorists is like that with communism a few decades back.

#4805543 Osama Bin Laden is Dead.

Posted by d000hg on 02 May 2011 - 11:04 AM

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Pictures like this do a great job of strengthening national stereotypes. Street-parties, waving flags and chanting "USA. USA. USA" because someone was assassinated. It's more weird than anything else.

#4794727 iPad2

Posted by d000hg on 05 April 2011 - 01:30 PM

I see tons of iPads around where I go. I personally think it's more of a status statement, or fashion accessory to most of them. "Look! I got an iPad and you don't!" "iPads are cool, so since I have one, I'm cool also!"

This is true. That doesn't mean to the discerning customer it isn't useful though. Posers also get fancy laptops.

Most of the people seem to have gotten along fine without it, and everything I see them doing with it they were also doing previously, just using other (less expensive) devices or objects.

Say the same for smartphones. Or in fact, cell-phones ten years ago, we all managed just fine without it. Or broadband and the expectation of always-on internet.

you're not cutting edge at all, since the edge of my 4 year old desktop can cut your unneeded iPad in two.

Are you really that dumb? Cutting edge doesn't mean faster than your PC. The Nokia 3210 was cutting edge once. Smartphones are not comparable power to a PC either. When your desktop PC can weigh the same as a paperback book, that argument makes sense.

Quick money lesson here: Don't look at an object and ask yourself, "Do I need that?", because you'll convince yourself that you do.
Instead, a year from now, as your going about your daily life, when you encounter a problem that the iPad would solve, ask yourself whether it's worth the investment.

Remember, it doesn't cost you $500. It costs a *minimum* of $500 for the *cheapest version*, which is WiFi only.

  • Want more than 16gb storage? Extra $100 to $200.
  • Want the 3G mobile one? Additional $130, plus the extra data costs on your phone bill ($480 over one year)
  • Ofcourse, now that you have one... you need apps for it right? Ofcourse you do! You want a popular device to look cool, so you need the popular apps that everyone's talking about. Another $200 in spontaneous buys over 1 year.
The sticker price is not the real cost of ownership. You are throwing away $1200 or more on something you absolutely 100% DO NOT NEED.

Is the iPad useful? Definitely. Do you need it? Absolutely not. So should you get one? No.

When did anyone say an iPad was anything except a luxury item? Is your logic nobody should buy things they don't need? I assume you don't have a flat-screen or a games console?

Instead of buying something that'll cost you $1200 over the next year, why don't you invest the money, to make you $1200 over the next year. Do you need more money? Yes. Having money is cool. Making/saving money? Now that's cutting edge and smart.

Indeed, then you can die rich.

Not to mention, an iPad is an excellent purchase as a developer, to make money by creating applications independently or by selling your time to another company.

#4788609 Best platform for motion-sensing games

Posted by d000hg on 21 March 2011 - 06:16 AM

You never played golk? You're missing out ;)

#4787286 You Know What I Wish?

Posted by d000hg on 17 March 2011 - 08:00 PM

People with such fragile egos shouldn't work in areas which rely so much on other people's subjective opinions. I don't see why you're so het up, over someone else's performance anyway.

#4787283 How many people have bailed on Gamedev.net?

Posted by d000hg on 17 March 2011 - 07:55 PM

I've pretty much bailed on Gamedev.Net

the theme changes over the last five or so years have steadily gone from bad to worse; this most recent version is eye-frying, information overload.

I also feel like I've lost touch with the community; like a lot of folks who were very active during 2000-2007 have moved on.

I'm holding on for a better black theme, better formatting of text; and much much less text-noise on all the pages.

I really don't get this attitude. A few changes to colors and layout and apparently the site can't be used. Goodness knows how people cope with all the websites which don't offer any user feedback on appearance, which is nearly all of them. Maybe such people only visit websites based on appearance rather than content?

#4786392 You Know What I Wish?

Posted by d000hg on 16 March 2011 - 01:47 AM

You know what I wish? That people would preview their posts and spot that they totally screwed up the HTML. Use that in your act.

The new forum software's "rich editor" occasionally mangles HTML code into posts after you hit the 'Add Reply' button.

yea, that's what happened to me, I hadn't written any html tags, they were placed themselves.

@d00gh again a hater falls on his face

Is it too much trouble to READ what you post? If labelling anyone who doesn't agree with you as a hater makes you feel better then go for it. I didn't even watch the clip though. I think your ego is too fragile to be involved in entertainment though.

#4785868 You Know What I Wish?

Posted by d000hg on 14 March 2011 - 07:47 PM

That guy isn't funny...not even if I was there. Guy: "I'm stoned, could you imagine being bolemic FOREVURR" Audience: "hehehehehe" Those weren't even real laughs. They were more like "wow this guy isn't funny but lemme make the best of this". Posted Image

<BR><BR>You know what I wish?<BR><BR>I wish haters would take the time to finish whatever it is they are hating on. I mean, Fl4sh, I guarntee if you watched the entire clip, you would have found that a) the people were actually very into the comedy, and B) there's a lot of other things you could have hated on. I do appreciate the thread bump though, high 5!

Nice of you to respect other peoples' opinions grim. I mean obviously comedy is not at all subjective and we're idiots if we don't agree with what you think is funny.

You know what I wish? That people would preview their posts and spot that they totally screwed up the HTML. Use that in your act.

#4757835 Looking for a music player liek WinAMP used to be

Posted by d000hg on 12 January 2011 - 11:56 AM

I've been using WA for as long as I can remember. However, as of late (read: a year or two) it has been becoming increasingly bloated and cumbersome. If/ when I feel like listening to music, I want to be able to do so in 3 seconds, not wait 10-20 seconds for a music player to initialize its slew of peripherals that hardly ever get used (I'm referring to the media library, streaming library, video and visualization support). I know some of these features can be disabled manually, but WA simply isn't what it used to be: a music player with a nice playlist .

If you find all the new features they've been making over the last decade are a problem, why not use an older version from when it was better?

Or use WMP, which boots in 3s for me.

#4757723 What Does Everyone Think About The New Site Layout?

Posted by d000hg on 12 January 2011 - 08:07 AM

Regarding the rating system: I've been voted down. Multiple times. A few times it fell awfully.

But what did I learn from that? I realized I was being an ass, and more importantly, unprofessional.

I often learned the hard way that I was wrong.

I'll agree when it comes to political/religion discussions, the rating system becomes unfair, but I just stay away from them. This is a technical forum after all, a few comments may go into the lounge but an actual debate isn't best handled in GD.Net

I learnt to shut my mouth when I don't know about something or my opinion isn't needed, and to only speak when I am required and I can add something of value to the topic. Surprisingly I saw how my rating went up.

GD's old rating system was fairly atypical... and most other forums I'm on don't descend into anarchy without it, even those with NO rating system. The fact most people here are not jerks is the main thing... didn't you find people telling you that you were an ass affected you?

Not to mention - the rating system caused massive complaints when it was added.

I know the personality comes from us, but I'm talking about the site. Now it looks like any other forums, but okay, it's just my opinion. I never liked forums so much because of their layout. Maybe I'll get used to this one.

GD didn't have a distinctive look because they wanted to be cool, it was because they wrote their own software and were stuck with it. It has stayed 'retro' because it was getting out-dated, not because they chose to BE retro.

The biggest problem I have with the current system is that there is no negative feedback ability to either a) make people correct their attitude

How about, you know, telling people you don't like what they've said rather than making a cowardly down-vote where they can't even see what they did wrong? PM them or write in the forum in a respectful way. If they are properly offensive, report to mods.

#4733454 Why can't regular 60hz screens do shutter 3d games?

Posted by d000hg on 15 November 2010 - 09:16 PM

Original post by Edtharan
Even though we only need 24fps to get a sense of movment

24fps is not a magic number. You get a "sense of movement" at 5fps, it's just really crappy.

#4378908 33 parameters for a function?! Seriously!?

Posted by d000hg on 10 January 2009 - 03:23 AM

Original post by samoth
Original post by MikeTacular
my boss recently had me make an API change [...]
He agreed but said "the guys" (dunno who they are... his management maybe?) like to use parameters and were pretty stiff about it. He said it was probably so it could work with legacy code and that "the guys" say objects cause portability issues.
Is this normal?
Yes. It is quite common that people who take decisions have no flipping clue what they are talking about. However, they are still the ones who decide.

This is where corporate branding and FUD have their base. It is what influencer marketing aims at too. Big companies have been successful selling inferior goods and services with that strategy for decades.

In other words, executives will rather spend 250,000 for something that works less efficient and has higher maintenance cost than something they could get for free or nearly so based on the fact that some guy they play golf with says it's what people use, or because it has a big name.

It looks like your boss has a great career as executive ahead. :-)
It's also common for technical people to think their bosses are stupid because they are less technically able than they are. This is logically ridiculous. Your boss has to manage people, organise schedules and budgets, keep clients happy etc, which all take time and require knowledge and skills. Only a very special person can do all that and still know as much as his development team. In fact even if he is a coder by trade, a good boss would be hiring coders who were better than him.
Expecting your boss to be at the same level as you on your specialty is unreasonable. Programmers need to learn not to feel superior to people who aren't great programmers, and how to communicate with less technical people.