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This is one of those moments where I almost harmed myself hitting my head on a brick wall. This is a line posted by Nvidia's #BrianBurke . The person has a Twitter account and a listed Nvidia email, but no actual G+ account. Let me just run the quote here in bold:

Demanding source code access to all our cool technology is an attempt to deflect their performance issues. Giving away your IP, your source code, is uncommon for anyone in the industry, including middleware providers and game developers. Most of the time we optimize games based on binary builds, not source code.  

There is no way to get around this. Mr. Burke does not actually understand Open-Source licences. Opening up the source code to a compiled application, API, library, utility, or other programmable aspect of a software stack;  does not, I repeat DOES NOT,   in any way, also constitute the libre-distribution of the Intellectual Property attached to that source code. There are any number of open-source software stacks that are compatible with proprietorially licensed and patent-encumbered technologies.

In the same manner; opening up the source-code for review does not also automatically grant the rights to recompile the source-code and re-distribute. Licenses exist which enable a source-code to be made available while retaining the exclusive rights to commercial or non-commercial uses. Case in point would be the +Qt project.  

It also is, quite frankly, excessively common in the computing industry to release software under an Open-Source licence. 

It is far less common now for vendors to still hide active software behind proprietary licenses. 

Mr. Burke's statements now begs the following direct question:  Just where exactly did Nvidia's  Brian Burke get his information on Open Source licences? At first glance I'd be tempted to drop a one-liner suggesting Mr. Burke used an old Steve Ballmer directed Microsoft  "Get the Facts" brochure picked up at a WinHec. 

It is quite obvious that Mr. Burke did not talk to anybody at either the #FreeSoftwareFoundation , or the +Electronic Frontier Foundation, much less even glance through +Debian's #FreeSoftwareGuidelines  which in turn formed the basis for the #OpenSourceDefinition . Nor does it appear that Mr. Burke took anytime to talk to anybody within +The Linux Foundation or  #DigiaPLC ; much less #KDE  developers or +Apache Software Foundation;  all who have experience in managing or dealing with mixed-licensing applications that have proprietary roots with open-sourced code bases.

Given this sheer level of fundamental misunderstanding of how open-source licenses actually work; I am forced to ask the question over whether or Nvidia actually does understand the industries that they are participating in. If the statement from Mr. Burke is taken at face value, the answer is a clear no. 

What Mr. Burke claims is uncommon, is not. It is common, if not demanded from all vendors. What Mr. Burke claims Open-Source licenses do, they do not; or more precisely can be written in way so they do not function to those ends. 

If Mr. Burke was going out of his way to make Nvidia look like a laughing stock and fully explain exactly why I keep getting left off the journalist briefings... on that end... he did succeed. 
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... and then... almost as if proving the point I made here of who to talk about proprietary Intellectual Property's within Open_Source constraints... came a letter from the Debian Project Leader who name-checked some of the exact same entities I did over the inclusion of ZFS and Libdvdcss support in Debian Repositories: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/05/msg00004.html
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... the old Sega Daytona fan in me wants this so very badly... 
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Just checked and depending on region the latest #Impellitteri  album is available for streaming through #GooglePlayMusic . 
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It is being reported by a few sources, including +Michael Larabel, that +AMD is assembling a quote/unquote #TigerTeam  who will focus on #Catalyst  driver issues. The reason why this specific news is interesting is that the reports indicate this new Tiger Team could be the first time in #AMD 's ownership of the #ATi  properties that a solution-focused Driver Team has specifically included #Linux  issues in their scope of operations. 

My own advice to the AMD software engineers that have me circled is that they press their management to focus on #Dogfooding  the approach to Linux support. That means making sure AMD's own internal software engineers are internally running desktop Linux software stacks on AMD GPU's; including those based on X.org #Xserver , X.org #Wayland ,  +Canonical  #Mir , and  +Google  #Freon

That alone should help re-position AMD's software talents to better handle the rapidly changing graphics landscape in what is becoming a post Xserver software environment. 
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Looking for the press release now... #GungHoOnline  is bringing #GameArts   #GrandiaII  to +Steam.

The Twitter announcement does not specify whether or not #Windows  and #Linux  launches will be simultaneous. 
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Here is my Message to the +GOP and #KarlRove  

#RepealObamaCare  

#Now  
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Admitting that one made a mistake... and then rectifying it... undoes so much ill-will. Good Move +Qt. 
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I... started typing a response into +LG USA's original thread... and then... well... decided it was best if I didn't hijack their own promotional feed. The root of the problem here is that I'm just not sold on Huge Curved Displays as a viable long-term social sharing event. 

Fair enough, I don't actually have on of these huge curved displays hanging on my wall. My total hands-on experience has basically consisted of walking into a big retail chain and passing by other curved sets on display. The very... very... very first thought that pops into my head is that the sideline viewpoints are atrocious. There is a physical barrier to just where a person has to place themselves in reference to the display in order for a picture to coalesce into something that makes visual sense.  Which is perfectly fine if the display is set to feed that narrower field of view. 

As something to sit in the middle of the living room... I really question just exactly how well "Curved" panels are going to fair in an open market. 

As something to sit on a desk though... That is quite a different manner. I've got one of the QNIX Evo II's; admittedly now quite an older model without displayport support. With my recent eye issues... I keep getting reminded just how large the Evo II actually is. Trying to read a web-page in QHD resolution with a single working eye has been... a challenge. Curved panels on a desktop? Less having to physically move my head to get more screen real-estate? With thin bezels? I'm having flashbacks to the #MatroxParhelia  days and creating my own triple screen with 14" crt's. And that's a good thing mind you...

The other improvements to the display tech are also worth covering; both in respect to color refresh rates; and the much deeper color gamut. Going from my old Acer P243w's TN panel to the Evo II's PLS was almost as drastic as switching from 16bit color to 32bit color. While another jump in color gamut might not be as drastic; it's not something to be dismissed.  

I wish LG luck with their large curved displays... but really... I don't think that's where they'll see a lot of market traction. 
 
See why +Digital Trends calls our 4K #OLED “otherworldly.” bit.ly/DT_OLED
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AndroidTV is a real growth platform this year in SmartTVs and standalone systems. It does seem to present a more proprietary solution then traditional Android, but its still an enormous step up from the vendor specific proprietary solutions that really broke last years models.
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Still melting ears... and drum heads. 
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... This should have been the commercial for the US release +Nintendo​
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While I'm feeling a bit verbose tonight... and before I take eyedrops... #BenCarson  has opened up a quote/unquote #ExploratoryCommittee  to investigate a run at the office of #PresidentOfTheUnitedStates

Personally... I'd vote for him. I like a lot of what Dr. Carson says; and many of those that I stay in contact with in medical communities highly respect him.  Granted, in fairness, the US still does have a year and a half or so left of the last inexperienced politician to be elected into such a high political office. There are some valid concerns over whether or not Dr. Carson is, in fact, capable of Governing. 

Well, at the expense of taking one of the easiest and cheapest political shots in the history of political commentary: The current sitting US President has shown it is entirely possible to be inept, incompetent, and completely devoid of any Governing Capability; and still win 2 US Presidential Elections. 

To be blunt; I'm not worried about Dr. Carson's credentials for Governing. What I'd be worried about are Dr. Carson's credentials for leadership; and let's face it... one doesn't simply become the Co-Director of John Hopkins without leadership abilities. One simply doesn't manage a nigh-on 70 person medical team performing brain surgery... without leadership skills.  Dr. Carson has proven that he has the skills required to be an Excellent Leader; while performing some of the most mentally and physically demanding tasks imaginable. 

More to the point; at least maybe for me; is the idea of a US President who enters the office without Political Baggage. Somebody who; much like me; looks at the Political System from the outside and openly questions what good is it doing? 
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... #GNiE  

... #BloodyHell . I just got to a point in +AMD's webcast were CEO #LisaSu  stated... and I quote... "We Focused very, very, heavily on mobile"  

... There are still no #Android  devices with #AMD  inside.

... There still are no #Chromebook  devices with #AMD  inside.

... There still are no #Chromebox  devices with #AMD  inside.

... There hasn't been a single attempt by #AMD  to engage any non-Android tablet vendor with a #BobcatAPU  design.

... Focused on mobile?   REALLY?   

With not a single Design Win in the mobile segments that are selling?
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It's too late to invest in mobile chips IMO. The phone and tablet markets are already saturated.
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