Microsoft tends to license or indemnify OEMs paying them a royalty for Windows. Like for instance, Google is currently suing Microsoft for patent infringements in Windows, but not HP or Nokia because Microsoft indemnifies their use of Windows (takes all the legal liability from them). Google does not do this for Android. So it's possible Android OEMs are also paying a bunch of other random companies for patent rights that they wouldn't have to if they just used Windows.
I agree that Microsoft needs to make a persistent investment and demonstrate that it doesn't turn this into abandonware. But at least when it's open-source others can pick up the slack if it's worth it. Unlike some other frameworks.
Doing game development? Can you share any details? :)
The thing that confuse me more about this isn't that it is FOSS, but that they explicitly name drop Android support. To be fair they might not have an option but to support Android and iOS if they actually want this to be used for real games. Interesting too is since the job posting implies this is a new team it might be years before we hear about this again.
I used to have prime and dumped it, will not pay for any more of that...
why: the videos were ok but the "Prime SHipping" was the WORST stuff ever.
most packages were shipped via a company called "Laser Ship" what a name, more like "weak flashlight with duck tape" shipping.
the company used contract drivers to drop off packages in cars the drivers owned , not marked, no company uniform, and they were supposed to deliver no later than 8pm but tended to be dropping off at 9 or 10 pm. and a lot of folks have complained to amazon and asked to stop using them. lost packages seem to also be common with them and when I called the laser ship phone number the lady on the phone did not even try hard to make them sound good, she admitted they had problems.
if that is the kind of contractors they will use then I do *NOT* want them flying drones around crashing into homes and stuff.
They very recently started shipping packages to me with LaserShip. I agree with you 100%. Never had any problems with UPS or USPS in the hundreds of packages they've sent me. Yet the last two packages from LaserShit where fucked up. First package was delayed by a week and came back looking like it was in a war zone. Second package never came at all.
So it reminded me of this thread and I did little more research. I'm not considering giving them the benefit of the doubt when you read the reviews. There are apparently huge threads on Amazon's forum about this company being horrible and yet they still use them.
I'm guessing you have more experience with this, but do you know if any eCom sites like Amazon that don't use LaserShip?
I can't get mad at this. It's so ridiculous it's just hilarious.
The reason this is possible was before 1995, it was possible to BS the patent office indefinitely (the patent office can not outright reject a patent, only ask you to correct it) so that you can ensure your patent was granted at the most opportune time (ie. when you can sue the most people). A lot of people got rich using this technique back in the day. Now, it is impossible to submarine a patent because after a certain amount of time the application becomes public, even if it wasn't granted yet. Also, there is a hard limit of 20 years after file date for patent validity (sans drug patents).
None of this applies retroactively to pre-1995 patents, of course. :P So submarine patents are still popping up every now and then. An interesting doomsday scenario would be a sub patent from the 1940s on something broad like "any method involving digital computation" get granted today. It looks like this guys patent might be an approximation of that.
The interesting thing about submarine patents is that you wouldn't even know about their existence until you are already committing patent infringement. According to the law, it would be totally legitimate and the whole tech industry would get sued to the ground for a metric ton of money. :)
We might see this kind of thing happen decades to come because there is really no time limit to how long a submarine patent can be played. Hell, there could be patents pending from the 1800s that we don't know about!
Yes charlie, it's confirmed. Google, lead by Kurzweil, is actively working to hit the technological singularity.Feb 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM
I love that movie. :)
What is it about the body that is so special that humanity cannot escape it? I am not disagreeing with you per se, especially given that it hasn't, but wondering what your underlying beliefs, reasoning and facts are in this regard, to proclaim its impossibility.
Some evidence suggests that it takes much more compute power to simulate the brain than hitherto thought - but that probably only has to do with whether the simulation runs in slow motion or not - just play back the tape in high-speed.
Of course any simulated brain would have to have sensory input to interact and do anything interesting in the world - although clearly humans can function without without all senses intact and divert "compute power" to remaining senses once one is lost or impaired.
Until very recently, the algorithms to train deep ANN architectures (inspired by the architecture of the brain) in any meaningful way didn't even exist. There has been a lot of very fundamental advances lately in this area, like in the last year or two even. Although the training process of these neural networks remains extremely computationally expensive. But, the limiting factor to AI is beginning to be more of a hardware problem then a software problem. That's exciting.
Agreed. You don't need really aggressive unit testing for all of your code (although it never hurts), but for security critical code like SSL certificate verification, Apple is big enough that it really ought to have full-time security developers whose full-time job is to write unit-tests to cover every edge-case, not just developers writing some unit tests in between developing product code, or ordinary off-the-street java developers doing a code-review every once in a while.
Microsoft doesn't settle for crappy reviews of security functions. Why should Apple?
People with the skills to meaningfully unit test this kind of code are both (1) rare, and (2) expensive. So why would they bother? Apple doesn't have a bad reputation for security it needs to correct (yet).
Yes charlie, it's confirmed. Google, lead by Kurzweil, is actively working to hit the technological singularity.Feb 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM
"Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It's F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means."
Yeah I've been to his lectures in person. His equation implies that intelligence is directly related to preferring state transitions that maximize causal entropy. He got some pretty impressive practical results and it seems entirely plausible, but I've have not investigated for myself.