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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Chatsubo Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

I wonder whether kids starting to PC game now even know that once-upon-a-time games worked decently out the box. Whether they ever contemplate the possibility of a game working on the first day...

Is that even something they've ever seen before? I've been to the BF forums and from what I saw the answer is "No". There are plenty of fanboys in there who defend EA/DICE in this regard. Since, you know: "We *all* know games always have problems at release".

about a month ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Chatsubo Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

I wasn't going to post in this thread because honestly I believe topics like this are lose-lose. But then I read this and.... logic like this not only illustrates that exact point, but it also burns my neurons: if geeks agree, they're agreeing to being rapists. If they don't agree, they're just defending their misogyny (and hence are rapists). Glad to see this isn't a witch-hunt...

about 2 months ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

Chatsubo Re:"Just had"? (129 comments)

The burst was created en route about 6000 years ago: So actually it never happened.

(Please don't mod insightful)

about 2 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Chatsubo Delayed. (435 comments)

In production software you don't always have the luxury of being able to switch to the latest and greatest in an instant.

In the case of C++(and others) as things change you have to update compilers, this often(read: always) means stricter requirements as the compilers improve (IOW: Newer compilers catch potential problems in your code better than older ones, and moan about it more). When you have a system of millions of lines of C++, this means you have to dedicate manpower (which you probably need somewhere else) to fixing all these "new" issues before you can upgrade all your compilers. This is good, but you can't always dedicate 100% of your time to it. Aside: For our stuff we turn warnings-as-errors on always, which maybe makes this task more difficult than it is for others, but we get to catch bad code a lot quicker.

My team only recently got to the point where all our stuff was in a state that we could start using the newer compilers and hence, standard. But we've been chomping at the bit to use C++11 for a long time. So yes, I do care. And yes, I think it's much better now.

Why do we care?
For one, lambda's make our lives, and code readability, SO much better. Especially when using the std algorithms.
We will definitely be utilising variadic templates in our shop as we tend to be template meta-programming heavy. We avoid re-work like a plague.
Personally I'm glad to see the new initialiser lists because we also stress TDD and nothing sucks more than not being able to set up test data easily and have it be readable. Almost always requires some instrumentation first.

about 3 months ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

Chatsubo Re:VR again? (202 comments)

> it tends to make people dizzy, because the inner ear doesn't agree with what you see

I won't claim this will work for all people, but motion sickness is something you can overcome by just getting used to it. During my initial stages of pilot training I hadn't flown that much in light aircraft and got airsick 2-3 times just flying normally, but I got used to it rapidly and ended up not even getting sick when doing spins, loops (not during training, obv.), etc.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Chatsubo Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

While I agree this person seems... misguided, I do see a point in this.

Currently we "rehabilitate" people by putting them in a cage with a whole bunch of other sociopaths for decades and expect them to emerge as productive members of society. In doing so, we already are cruel by removing a substantial part of their lives from them (and probably get them raped, psychologically and physically abused, etc). They can never get that time back, no matter how productive they emerge, no matter how sorry they are, no matter that they'll never do it again, or that they've already been punished by being completely removed from normal society for an extended period of time. That life "time" is gone forever.

I'd actually be behind a concept similar to this GIVEN that the drugs don't put them in a state of agony, paranoia, hallucination, etc. (you know, stuff normally associated with the drugs she's talking about). Or in the case of a virtual world: If the person could live in some kind of prison-like world, still study, interact with others (hopefully non-sociopaths), etc....

Basically serve out their sentence without losing that much of their actual life. Then maybe this is a more humane thing to do. It certainly helps in the case where someone receives "8 life sentences", to make that sentence more severe than just one. My only concern: Could you really rehabilitate someone who has done something so bad as to receive a punishment that harsh? A THOUSAND years?! Isn't part of the point to remove lost causes like that from society? What you're essentially doing in that case is shortening the time-frame that we are all safe from these people.

about 4 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Chatsubo Re:Developing Countries (280 comments)

Look at it like "free" SMS. You can SMS anyone on your contact list and they can all SMS you.

Moreover, marketing companies and people you never met can SMS you as well.

WhatsApp doesn't allow that, so in a way it's just cheaper (for us), with better (not perfect) checks against unsolicited messages than traditional SMS.

about 4 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Chatsubo Re:Developing Countries (280 comments)

Agreed, we pay for each SMS, and BBM got us hooked on near-limitless chatting for cents, but was platform exclusive. With whatsapp no such problem.

But also:
Sending media/voice-notes is much slicker than MMS.
WhatsApp is a central place I can contact 99% of my contacts, they're not spread accross bbm/facebook/msn/hangouts/jabber/skype/blah blah blah. Around here, everyone has whatsapp, including my mom, dad, and grandfather... they have none of the others above.
With this kind of penetration and ease-of-use, group chats are a doddle. I'm on a friend-group that has been going for years.

Most importantly though:
I don't have to "add" people via some other means, invite them, know their username/bbm code/etc. This imho is what makes WhatsApp so pervasive (at least around here). If you add a number to your phone, you get the whatsapp user for free. No muss, no fuss. Yes I could use some other IM thing, persuade a lot of friends to use it too, but my contact list would be a fraction of what it is right now in WA, because I'd have to take the effort to "re-add" everyone that I already have saved in my phone.

about 5 months ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

Chatsubo Re:Damn poop detector is going off again (510 comments)

"Yes your honour, but have you considered that by arresting me for killing peadophiles you're actually helping the peadophiles? You should set me free immediately so I can carry on breaking the law.... for the children".

about 9 months ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

Chatsubo Re:Facts please. (548 comments)

> Rape, incest ...

So... no more bibles then.

about 9 months ago
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The Changing Face of Software Development

Chatsubo Re:In my Experience (173 comments)

Hah! And Dr. Dobb's thinks developers are "detail oriented" and "logical" and "very literal". I think this thread is a convincing counter-point.

about 10 months ago
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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

Chatsubo Re: Foreign Language learning (299 comments)

Kids should really be taught both. TFA states that IF a school has to choose, the case can be made for programming over foreign languages. But IMHO that is by no means the ideal.

I grew up in a dual-medium environment: Some of my earliest memories are of playing with English kids and learning their language (I'm Afrikaans). I was also taught to program quite early, basically as I started to learn how to read (6 or 7 years old). I've managed to do both quite successfully. As one can hopefully confirm by reading this post or the fact that I'm a software developer. Often when I'm programming I can "switch languages" in my head: I can think in a foreign language while writing code in a programming language. I've also played multiple instruments throughout my adolescent and adult life.

Thus I see no reason for this to be an either-or situation. As TFA states: At that age the brain is like a sponge.

about 10 months ago
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John Scalzi's Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel

Chatsubo Sci-Fi? (112 comments)

So, I may be living under a rock or something, or maybe it's because I don't really dig Game Of Thrones, or I'm horribly misinformed about the Hugo awards...

But how is Game of Thrones Sci-Fi?

about a year ago
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City of Johannesburg Leaks Personal Bills Online, Threatens Flaw Finder

Chatsubo Re:attention-seeking (46 comments)

There are no bugs, just undocumented features.

about a year ago
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City of Johannesburg Leaks Personal Bills Online, Threatens Flaw Finder

Chatsubo Re:attention-seeking (46 comments)

Years ago I stumbled a hideous flaw in a clients website after being asked to retrieve a file from it: Directory listings turned on and folders filled with customer accounts, details, histories, etc.

Luckily I had read enough Slashdot to understand I shouldn't just bang an email out to them explaining that I'd just perused thousands of customer files by simply chopping the filename off. No, instead I reported to my superiors and warned them to let the CEO himself "gently" suggest this little oversight to the other company and keep my name out of it. So it was, and nothing nefarious came of it.

As IT pro's we must understand that what sounds trivial to us sounds like (car analogy ahead) this to a customer:
"Oh hey, that lock on your garage is useless, I mean I picked it in like 5 seconds. Then I unlocked your car too, and started it, and drove it around the block. Just wanted to let you know you should be more careful".

It is not like that, but it sounds like that. S'all I'm sayin.

about a year ago
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With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

Chatsubo Re:Counter-campaign (311 comments)

This just in: A new "study" shows correlation between small penis size and whale meat consumption! When compared to the rest of the world, the japanese have the highest intake of whale meat AND the smallest penises! Coincidence? We think not! Stop eating whale meat today and prevent further package shrinkage before it's too late!

(Hey correlation vs. causation gets flouted so much in the press we might as well use it for good)

about a year ago
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NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

Chatsubo Re:This is stupid. (368 comments)

Honest question: If it works on a small scale couldn't we just build lots of them all in one location? We already have the distribution network.

That would give you economies of scale in maintenance on production, but you'd still sit with the maintenance of the distribution network, which you could perhaps eliminate if you rather sell individual units. I can also imagine that companies would not mind shifting the burden of maintenance cost onto the individual, even if it is more expensive overall. In fact maybe _because_ it's more expensive overall.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask James Randi About Investigating the Truth

Chatsubo Re:Waste of a life (386 comments)

Only if you fail 100% of the time. Idiocy is not necessarily a permanent state: if you can convince just a section of the idiot population that they're being idiots, you're already winning.

Note that I don't mean idiot as in "low intelligence", often smart people believe stupid things because they've never encountered the counter-argument. They're _being_ idiots but aren't actually idiots. When you show them a solid argument, the lights do go on.

about a year and a half ago

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Particle accelerator uncovers hidden paintings

Chatsubo Chatsubo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chatsubo (807023) writes "Paintings that were painted over by Vincent Van Gogh are being uncovered by science, From the article: 'Dik and Janssens used high-intensity X-rays from a particle accelerator in Hamburg, Germany to compile a two-dimensional map of the metallic atoms on the painting beneath "Patch of Grass," which is part of the large Van Gogh collection in the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands. Knowing that mercury atoms were part of a red pigment and the antimony atoms were part of a yellow pigment, they were able to chart those colors in the underlying image.'"
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