Slashdot: News for Nerds


Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

Caboosian Re:To Everyone... (655 comments)

So cheer up, all you WoW players. Your WoW-filled lives aren't any worse than a guy who has millions of dollars and bangs supermodels!


more than 4 years ago

At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

Caboosian Re:US Centric website? (1233 comments)

"This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane."

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

Caboosian Does it really matter? (452 comments)

They're never going to be released in my lifetime anyways...

more than 4 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

Caboosian Re:I think we're on the wrong track (1120 comments)

I think what we should be looking for is games that had a great idea but went off in the wrong direction. Where the original idea was novel, stunning, the foundation of a truely great game, but the game itself was lacking in some way.

If you didn't type that with Freelancer in your mind, I'm stunned.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

Caboosian Re:Let's see what ubisoft's successful games are.. (377 comments)

<p>Really? You couldn't do 3 seconds of research? Aside from essentially the entire Tom Clancy catalog of games (which is easily one of the most valuable IPs in the game industry), Ubisoft owns Assassin's Creed (potentially huge IP), Brothers In Arms (pretty big IP), and Beyond Good & Evil (great game, "meh" IP). When you combine those IPs (that's not all of them, but that's what 3 seconds of research got me) with your previously mentioned FarCry IP and Prince of Persia IPs, maybe you'll begin to realize that Ubisoft, as a developer, is still one of the top-tier powerhouses in the industry, right alongside Blizzard and Valve.</p>

<p>That's just as a developer, too; as a publisher, they rival Microsoft Game Studios, EA, Activision Blizzard, Valve, and Bethesda (amongst others). Simply put, Ubisoft is a monster, and is one of the biggest players in the industry - I'm pretty sure that their CEO isn't fooling those stockholders.</p>

<p>*Sigh*. Sometimes I wish there was a -1, Misinformed mod. </p>

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

Caboosian New anti-piracy tool, eh? (377 comments)

Here's your best anti-piracy tool: Drop the price on new PC games to $40, and ffs, stop treating your customers like thieves.

about 5 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

Caboosian Re:Poor Title (829 comments)

I know, replying to myself is bad form, but someone wanna explain to myself why that quote didn't work? Also, I fail for immediately approving that preview.

about 5 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

Caboosian Re:Poor Title (829 comments)

<quote><p>This isn't starcraft. There are other things to spend money on besides weapons.</p></quote>

Supply depots?

about 5 years ago

Pirate Bay Announces Sale to Swedish Company For $7.8 Million

Caboosian When the going gets tough... (406 comments)

The tough sell out. As would I. That fine's gotta get paid somehow.

about 5 years ago

Wolfram Alpha Rekindles Campus Math Tool Debate

Caboosian Oh man (339 comments)

I just don't know if I can deal with all this math-debating.

more than 5 years ago

Crysis 2 Confirmed For Multiple Platforms

Caboosian Maybe this time (61 comments)

They'll actually put out a game instead of a fucking tech demo. The first game was pretty awful.

more than 5 years ago

Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November

Caboosian This sucks (231 comments)

What the hell happened to the continued post-release support of L4D? TF2's community has been growing steadily thanks to the fantastic updates being constantly released for it - yet L4D's map editor isn't even out yet? Simply put, this is a grab for money - they're cutting the legs out from under L4D, and releasing what quite simply should be free updates. I mean, honestly, this isn't even that much new content - the gameplay is exactly the same, the graphics are just barely better, and the setting, well, kind of sucks.

As far as I'm concerned, Valve just got downgraded from premium status in my book. This game is a mistake.

more than 5 years ago

On the Expectation of Value From Inexpensive Games

Caboosian Re:just anecdotaly... (102 comments)

I play games I buy much more than games I pirate simply because I can actually use the multiplayer component, which both extends the joy of the game, and often prevents me from blowing straight through the singleplayer.

more than 5 years ago

Company Claims EEG Scans Can Help Identify ADHD

Caboosian Re:get rid of shitty teachers (373 comments)

Anecdotally, a community college professor in my area (who holds a PhD) was fired because his classes were "too interactive", and he allowed students to "ask too many questions". To me, it sounds like he was doing his job: Helping the students learn.

This reminds me of one of the best teachers I ever had in high school. My finance teacher had one policy with his students; if you ask a question, he will answer it to the best of his abilities. He barely planned anything for each day - just a quick run through of some finance topic. Honestly, each topic would probably take no more than 20-30 minutes. However, since he answered every, and I mean every, question he was asked, that topic would form the basis of a conversation with our teacher that was fun, laid back, and extremely educational. We probably had 4 tests in that class, and almost no gradable work, yet I feel I learned more in that class (that was considered to be a "blowoff") than I learned in my very work heavy psychology class. I hear the administration is cracking down on him - he needs to produce "results". I always thought his results were knowledgeable students. Now I know better.

more than 5 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gameplay Footage Leaked

Caboosian Re:This may be overly optimistic, but... (189 comments)

Given the fact that this game has been one of the most famous vapourware titles for over a decade, could this simply be a marketing stunt leading up to it's release?

Why don't you ask the now-former 3D Realms employees?

more than 5 years ago

Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development

Caboosian Re:Well - Joe Dumbass will object (753 comments)

If you thought monopoly internet was bad, just wait until you see completely unregulated monopoly roads and monopoly utilities. Oh man, I hope you really know what you're wishing for.

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010

Caboosian Re:Great! (254 comments)

They failed only in that they did not respect one of the primary laws of RPGs; if it has stats, it can be defeated.

Rather than actually flooding that room with the 'radiated' property, which interacts with with, as many have noted, your rad resistance and what not, they should have created a new property; 'deadly radiation' or something. Upon entering the room, your radcounter should have been overridden to 'off the scale,' and here's the important part, regardless of radresistance or any other perk, skill, equipment, or anything. Your POV should have fallen instantly to the floor, and you should have had only the ability to crawl slowly to the keyboard. Your hands should have appeared in front of you, with a crawling animation, with the skin visibly cooking, peeling, sloughing off. This should also have acted as a timer for how long you have to actually get to the damn keyboard. It should have been possible to die on the way there (maybe it is at the moment, but I don't think so.)

Couple things. Firstly, while going into the room does make your rad counter go apeshit, its the ensuing explosion that kills you - not the radiation itself. That's not really that big of a deal, and it was stupid of them to do it like that... so non-Fallout, but I digress.

Secondly, with regards to your crawling idea, I very much so like it, however, its pretty foreign to the rest of the game. At no point is your control ever taken from you; its a conscious decision made by Bethesda. It really makes you feel as if you are the person in the game, not just the camera or what have you. It really limits Bethesda in some areas - conversations, for instance, all invariably suck (aside from the dialogue, which is often humorous, or realistic, etc.) as they are so rigid. Mass Effect, for instance, I feel did a much better job with their conversations - however, it's pretty clear that that's Shephard talking there, not YOU. So to remove the players control, and their sense of that person in the game being them, would probably never happen and would probably feel very forced.

That's not to say there aren't much better ways to have done it. Just wanted to point out a couple of things.

more than 5 years ago

Does Professional Gaming Have a Future?

Caboosian Re:Gaming is a poor spectator 'sport'... (116 comments)

Why? Because gaming, especially at the highest levels, is way more fun when you are actually playing. Gaming, to me, is all about the adrenaline rush that you get when you're storming a base, or grabbing quad damage, or fighting back to win a round when it's 1v3. Spectating, to me, is for losers. Spectating is what I did back in high school when I lost a round of Street Fighter II and had to sit and wait for my turn in a rotation of friends.

Football is boring to spectate. Why? Because football, especially at the highest levels, is way more fun when you are actually playing. Football, to me, is all about the adrenaline rush when you make that 3rd and long pass, or the breakaway run, or the clutch sack. Spectating, to me, is for benchwarmers. Spectating is what I did back in high school when I wasn't the biggest or fastest and had to sit and wait until we were up by 21 in the fourth quarter.

more than 5 years ago



Best Way to Start Programming?

Caboosian Caboosian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Caboosian (1096069) writes "Recently, I've become interested in programming. I have friends and family who are programmers, and when I ask what the best way to break into programming is, they all recommend various languages and tell me to Google for a tutorial. Despite many attempts at starting into Python, Java, or recently C#, I am yet to understand even the very basics of coding. Online tutorials are confusing, and my high school doesn't offer any sort of programming class. Am I just incompetent? Am I just finding bad tutorials? Or is there a different, better way to begin coding?"


Caboosian has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account