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Internet/ Culture/ Software
Shatner and Wheaton to Narrate the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Video
NASA needs more press... everyone is too busy looking at cat pictures... So, Wheaton and Shatner have narrated the Curiosity video... now watch it spread:
Also, Broadcasting the Mission from TIMES SQUARE!
Windows 8 NOW
available online OCT 26th... Store open now:
The PC Gaming World Against Windows 8:
First, what is MS doing? Are they closing their platform? They have not directly said anything yet...
- Windows 8 is taking a page from Apple and Google. They are creating their own app store.
- They will keep 30% of the revenue on any transaction occurring through their platform but will reduce the fee to 20% after $25,000 in sales
Notch says: "If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for Indie games and competition in general," he said. "If we can keep open platforms around, there's going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love."
Gabe says: I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space
Rob Pardo of Blizzard replied to Gabe in a tweet: "Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either."
On the flip side... Richard Stallman (GNU Founder) had some things to say about Steam on Linux:
Legal & Policy
Verizon can no longer charge for tethering
Homeland Security issuing DMCA takedowns on YT to stifle speech
Apple VS Samsung
RANT:30 - Suing Each Other Over Rectangles, Wedge Shaped Devices, and Electronic Lists
Kevin Packingham, Samsung's Chief Product Officer, says when asked about design patents:
"In terms of patents, we have a made lot of contributions in the design space as well. I would say the patents we’re struggling with — where there’s a lot of discussion and litigation right now — are around these very broad design patents like a rectangle. For us, it’s unreasonable that we’re fighting over rectangles, that that’s being considered as an infringement, which is why we’re defending ourselves... ... we have design patents as well, but they’re not as simple as the rectangle. And so that’s where I think you see a little bit of this challenge. In some cases, for most of us in the industry, it’s defying common sense. We’re all scratching our heads and saying, “How is this possible that we’re actually having an industry-level debate and trying to stifle competition?” Consumers want rectangles and we’re fighting over whether you can deliver a product in the shape of a rectangle.
Logically, as an engineering and manufacturing company, it makes more sense to focus on the things that are really relevant and we think are truly intellectual property. They are truly unique, and have come intrinsically out of the investments we made in R&D. A rectangle did not come out of R&D investment that we’ve made. Some of our products happen to be in the shape of a rectangle, but I wouldn’t consider that to be an art or a science that we’ve created."
Patents on software and design are there to protect a company's investment... in R&D, etc. Not to stifle innovation and disrupt the competition.
Judge calls the lawsuits 'Ridiculous,' 'Silly,' 'Arrogant'
Valve Blocks Class Action Lawsuits
Gaming - Intelligent PC vs Console debate... VS MAKS!
OUYA getting FF3:
Bethesda taking over Stalker?
The Contest: Apple is suing everyone. Tim Cook even said, "Why should we do all the work and let everyone else benefit from it..." as if they invented the rectangle... or the touch screen... or gorilla glass... or sleek style.
Tell me what they have created on their own. Name one thing. The first person to come up with one thing that they have totally created on their own (since Woz left) will win a SteelSeries Kana gaming mouse.