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'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

Azarael Re:I'm sitting this one out (836 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you should have more than two choices for your vote. Sure voting independent has it's pitfalls, but choosing not to vote will not change anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

Azarael Re:And then the umpire probably calls you out (212 comments)

I thought that too, but wikipedia and other online sources say that this only applies when a defensive player is attempting to make a play on the runner. At that point the runner must proceed on the most direct path to the base, without deviating by more than 3ft, otherwise the runner is called out.

Online references aside, this makes a lot of sense thinking of the baseball that I've played and watched on tv.

more than 4 years ago
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Better Development Through Competition?

Azarael And then what? (251 comments)

And who is to decide which programmers work is better? Hey wait..

Next you'll have to have another competition between two managerial candidates to see who does a better job of judging the programmers' work.

Gimmickry is not going to solve the issues that we have in software development. You can probably only count on two hands the number of true 'one size fits all' solutions and this isn't one of them.

more than 3 years ago
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Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

Azarael And What Recourse Do Players Have? (479 comments)

Seriously, how often is it the case that machines pay out *LESS* than they are meant to. We'll never know and I don't anyone in the industry is looking very hard to find out. Code and electronics aren't perfect, but that isn't the player's fault. Perhaps players cannot be paid out in full in all cases, but the awarded prize shouldn't be miniscule.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

Azarael Re:The fun is in the simplicity (322 comments)

I'd like to point out though, that just because a game has simple rules, doesn't mean it isn't very complicated to play. Look at how long it too for someone to completely 'solve' the game of checkers (using a computer).

more than 4 years ago
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Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

Azarael Re:Might be particularly applicable to Java (252 comments)

And how does this situation differ other than the fact that the alloc/free operations are done local to the JVM instead of making system calls? The fact that the JVM is doing the work doesn't magically make memory management easier.

The other thing that I'm skeptical about is that the article seems to be contradicted by a more recent paper by the author that they are referencing (see Zorn http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=582419.582421). In the newer paper, Zorn et al. say that custom allocators are less efficient than a modern general purpose allocator.

more than 4 years ago
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AU Mobile Operator Optus Blocking Paid Android Apps

Azarael Re:Different from Canada? (102 comments)

I think that Rogers just had HTC remove the paid app functionality from the phone, and surprise surprise, Rogers has their own paid market instead (which is useless). I'm considering reinstalling the OS to turn my Dream into a regular Google phone.

about 5 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

Azarael Re:So, the question is... (773 comments)

I don't think that's accurate, the info online indicates that cuban wasn't the sole owner of Broadcast.com (which was a company making money), and the transaction was for Yahoo stock rather than cash see http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-completes-Broadcast.com-acquisition/2100-1023_3-228762.html/. If he's still got $2bn after the dotbomb, then that's not bad. Call the guy an idiot mouth piece, but his financial skill isn't that bad.

more than 5 years ago
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Synthetic Sebum Makes Slippery Sailboats

Azarael Next Up.. (128 comments)

Genetically engineered whales with a built in cargo hold. You just have to train them well, and take advantage of their natural migration patterns..

more than 5 years ago
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Hitler's Stealth Fighter

Azarael Re:Best Photos (582 comments)

But one German tank could shoot down ten Russian ones. So the count alone is not the point.

Don't see the Russians short. Their tanks may not have been as technically advanced as the Germans' were, but they were designed for the terrain where the battles were taking place (snow, cold, mud pits) and they were easier to repair and manufacture. I think that if we looked at what happened in these battles, you wouldn't see the lopsided a result you're claiming.

more than 5 years ago
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Intel Receives Record Fine By the EU

Azarael Re:From the horse's mouth (469 comments)

Certainly true, but in this case practically *Every* business is the exclusive supplier.

more than 5 years ago
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Managing Humans

Azarael Re:what? (87 comments)

For those of you who find the wording of the review slimy, keep in mind that almost all of the material in the book is on rand's website. Also, the book is over a year old by now, so it seems odd that it would be advertised now. Anyway, the book is a decent read if books are your thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Relational Database Doomed?

Azarael No (344 comments)

It isn't up for debate that tupple stores are a very useful tool. That being said, they aren't a silver bullet for *ALL* data storage situations. For types of data that are inherently tabular, I really doubt that 40 years of RDBMS development will be trumped by a tuple store. When you move to hierarchical data though, things are reversed.

more than 5 years ago
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Larger iPod Touch In Apple's Future?

Azarael Re:7 or 9 inch iPhones (197 comments)

They already do through iTunes, there just aren't a ton of them yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

Azarael Re:Mod parent down (507 comments)

Not true, I watched a review online and read the critique on Wired.

more than 5 years ago
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Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

Azarael Re:If you can't fail, why bother playing? (507 comments)

So were the original X-Wing and Tie Fighter games. Either way, you can make a great game but at the end of the day there has to be a hook to keep you engaged. You can do this with a really compelling story or just fun game play. I just think that making it so it's harder to die doesn't really tackle the real problem i.e. hitting the sweet-spot difficulty wise, or coming up with something new or fun.

more than 5 years ago
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Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

Azarael If you can't fail, why bother playing? (507 comments)

I haven't played the game, but that said, how much of the heart of great games was the thrill of just squeaking by? If you know that there isn't any way to loose, what you're left with is a empty shell. Nice to look at, and shows you some neat tricks, but nothing else later. Putting training wheels on a game isn't the future, it's just a gimmick to try and make a bland game that offends no one, and doesn't really try to solve the problem of playability. My 2c.

more than 5 years ago

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