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As long as DirectX continues to be pushed by Microsoft, a unified set of API's will never exist, so I don't understand why I codifed Apple "Core Physics" API would be useless. Maybe I'm misunderstanding something, but I've read several articles about the problems with transitioning games from Windows OS X has been often times because of the middleware involved, primarily physics engines for 3D games. If companies aren't willling/able to license the corresponding Mac...
It seemed perfectly illogical when I wrote it. Although on a serious note, it would be pretty cool for an OS to have a built in physics model API. It might even help get more games written for the Mac when the developers knew they had a free, universally available physics engine. Core Physics. It could be useful in more than just games. All programs involving drawing and animation could benefit from its inclusion at the OS level.
Maybe if they're going to mess with the icons, they should give them 3D properties as well, like distortion points and effects so that for example as a folder's contents grow, the folder icon expands like a balloon. And they give them material properties like defining the icon as metal, wood, or furry. Apple could then update your desktop based on the local weather conditions. If it's snowing in your area, all your icons start gathering a coating of snow as the day...
Is it just me or does it seem pretty asinine that you this concept can be patented? Stripping away the technical jargon, it comes down to "multiple sized objects on screen simultaneously." Hardly a revolutionary concept.
And after that, they could give a sneak peak at an upcoming project called SkyNet which was originally set to be released August 4th, 1997 but was delayed to unforseen "setbacks."
I know what was said, but what are the real logistics of music publishing? Take Depeche Mode. The EMI Group website lists them as one of their artists. Looking on iTunes and one of their CD's, they are published in the U.S. by Reprise Records which is a Warner Music Group Company. Does EMI have the ability to release those tracks without DRM or would that fall under the control of Warner Music Group which strongly advocates DRM? It seems to me (I'm no expert on music...
Pioneer sells car CD players that can play AAC files from CD's. They tend to be on the higher end of the price scale though. I'm sure there are other brands but that is the one that I can speak of off the top of my head.
Not to sound cynical, but I wonder which of the bands in that Wikipedia list might be excluded from going DRM-free because of licensing or what have you? And to continue in my slightly cynical line of thought, how long now before see a headline that reads "Universal buys EMI, Shuts Down DRM Free Experiment?" With that said, this might get me to actually start buying music from the iTunes Store (or at least EMI artists) coupled with the Complete My Album feature. Maybe if...
I would say the problem with iTunes DRM is its totally locked-in nature. It only plays on Apple's iTunes, Apple's iPod, Apple's AppleTV...and it will only play on authorized computers or synced iPods. If I take that file to someone else's computer, it's pretty useless. You can't really say that about DVD's. Sony's DVDs play just fine in my Pioneer DVD player. I take that disc and put in someone else's player and it has no issue playing. If I don't like the features...
I think the assumption is that the vast majority of people looking to buy a computer aren't considering a Mac. Thus a certain portion is considering it and making the switch, but the rest don't know or don't care what a Mac is. If someond did a survey at the local Walmart and asked people the question, "What is a Mac?" how many would answer that it was a computer versus how many would say they thought it was a McDonald's sandwich? As much as it would be nice to believe...
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