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There will never be holodecks if everyone spends all their time and effort on obtaining millions of spurious patents for the basic technology behind it and the miniscule details in its implementation.
All tech is going to suffer because of the "ownership of concept" patent issues.
Implementation ideas alone were never patentable, until recently. You had to have something concrete and functional, and things like "putting curved corners on a device that is to he stored in trouser pockets" would never have even come close to getting a patent; it's just common sense, it's not something where you can say "I came up with something no-one had ever thought of, and made plans for a functional device".
Can you imagine the world we would live in now, if the pioneers of Physics, Mathematics, chemistry, and biology had gone the same route as the "I make minor changes to computer code and the shape of plastic shells" idiots of today?
So don't expect your descendants to live in the world of Star Trek, because it can't evolve from the world we live in now.
That's not to say that it doesn't shoot them in the foot, sometimes -- I much prefer Android's new "swipe left-to-right anywhere on the screen to unlock" to the slidery-unlockery gizmo, so, by protecting their "ingenious new invention" (a switch that does nothing but switch between On and Off), apple has ended up with a worse interface.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I got a hands on opportunity with the Wii U a while back, and I think it has a pretty good chance. I think this time Nintendo managed to hit both the hardcore and casual gamers: they have the hardware to play some serious titles (beyond a glitch in the demo, Batman Arkham City felt just like the PC version, with a few conveniences from the touch screen, nothing too gimmicky) and the flexibility of the Wii for casual games (it is compatible with Wii controllers for starters). All together I'd say it's a pretty solid contender, though it may have difficulty when Sony and Microsoft make their next generation, but how far away is that? And, if they get out this much sooner, they could get a leg up in snatching up developers and customers.
Now, personally I think the console wars are hilarious, when you can just get a PC and upgrade it piecewise cheaper than buying a new console every few years, plus it does so much more...but even then I'm actually considering getting a Wii U, there are some games on it I would definitely like to play (biggest one for me right now is Pikmin 3, I love that series).
I really want a Wii U, just for Super Smash Bros. 4 (The in-process title).
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
What is that ugly thing with the screen on it that I will never use? I've managed to play every game console that has come out with my one good hand (even Wii with nunchuck), but this one looks impossible for me.
Here's a great one I just got. Skip to the bottom and check out his name:
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION UNIT
IN AFFILIATION WITH WORLD BANK.
Permanent Mission of ENGLAND to the United Nations
351 East 52nd Street,
New York, NY 10022
Our Ref: UN/TH/066147/2012
RE: RELEASE OF FUND.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS has agreed to compensate them with the sum of £750.000.00 GBP each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hands of scammers.
This includes every foreign contractor; Inheritance, Loan and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, these have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Mr Billy Foster who is in charge of your payment through our paying centre in Europe as he is our representative in England, contact him immediately for more information on how to get your compensation of US$750.000.00 payment from the United Nations.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name, telephone number and your correct home address, Contact Mr Billy Foster immediately for your compensation payments.
Person to Contact: Mr. Billy Foster
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation funds don’t neglect this I advice you.
United Nations, Making the world a better place.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
Pretty much know that if somebody tells you they have lots of money for you, it is a scam. Love the ones where a supposedly beautiful russian woman cantacts you and wants to come to the US. Before you know it she is asking for lots of money
Once. The pictures were lovely, but it was tooooo good to be true. Never sent any money. Not that dumb. Got one from a friend once that was supposedly stuck in Europe and needed money. It just seemed too strange since they contacted me and I had not known in Europe.
I'm going to learn Python but it seems very pessimistic here in my country. Almost the employers in my country don't need Python programmers. They have positions for C#, Java, C++, PHP (and many other popular scripting languages...) programmers but not a one for Python programmers.
What should I do now?
I think I have to get rid of becoming a Python programmers and go for C#, Java ...
Ah, what about in your country? Is Python going to be obsolete?
Knowing a language at intermediate level is OK but at higher or advanced level, it would spend your life. And I think to know a language is not enough to work with it, should be expert in it to work well. Thanks!
You might be looking at the wrong type of employer.
What business domain are you trying to break into? Banking probably won't touch python, but something with 3D modeling likely will. The business domain usually has a big effect on the types of languages used.
I'm not sure but I just searched for job online and there was no result showing any job for Python programmers. I wonder why Python is good for 3D modeling? Do you mean I can program 3D games with Python? Why not using Java which I know is the best for 3D programming. Thanks!