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Facebook Is Down

Chess Piece Face Re:Why is this news? (448 comments)

"Don't forget sites where many of their users only login through Facebook Connect."

Sorry but I forget those sites on purpose. Facebook failed me, and any site that will only acknowledge me as a Facebook user is similarly ignored.

about 4 years ago

Teaching Game Development To Fine Arts Students?

Chess Piece Face Paper and pencil (172 comments)

Throwing programming at people with "little-to-none technical skills" is a bad idea period. Have them develop games or game concepts and then help them apply those to programming. Or take an existing classic game and describe the challenges of making it digital (such as card shuffling).

more than 4 years ago

At Google, You're Old and Gray At 40

Chess Piece Face Re:Not just Google (543 comments)

--Communication without disturbing anyone nearby (on public transport, during lessons at school, in the office)

-There exists a mental technique called 'patience'. The huge downside to instant communication, and instant gratification from it, is that we fail to realize that half of our thoughts aren't important enough to actually send.

Not sure what patience has to do with not disturbing people. Regarding what is important enough to send, you appear to be viewing this technology as strictly for business purposes. Often the act of sending a text, regardless of content, fulfills the purpose of letting the other party know you are thinking of them. You know, being social.

more than 4 years ago

X Prize Foundation Wants AI Physician On Every Smartphone

Chess Piece Face Oblig. Idiocracy (245 comments)

"This one goes in your ear, this one goes in your mouth, and this one goes in your butt. No, wait..."

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

Chess Piece Face Re:There is a reason... (466 comments)

"taste more like the number 2 brand"

You have to try the shitty soup!

more than 4 years ago

What Gamers Have In Common With Top Athletes

Chess Piece Face "very mentally intensive activity"... (201 comments)

Apples and oranges. Video games rarely if ever require me to find a creative solution to a problem. Likewise my job never requires me to be in constant twitch mode ready to shoot anything that moves. Two different parts of the brain.

more than 4 years ago

Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Chess Piece Face Get it over with already! (457 comments)

As others have pointed out, we in the area have been on alert for this forever. Nothing would be better than having it happen so we can put it in our past. It will be dealt with and then remembered nostalgically - we're in full-blown "remember Mt. St. Helens" anniversary mode right now.

more than 4 years ago

Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Chess Piece Face Re:Yet another reason... (457 comments)

Thanks for the link. Also worth noting:

First violation for illegal immigrants: $500 fine plus jail costs

First violation for employers of illegal immigrants: Fill out some paperwork

This should be the real outrage - employers creating the supply of illegal work are barely punished. We can throw as many people back over the border as we want, but nothing will change until the supply of jobs is cut off.

more than 4 years ago

Neuromancer Movie In Your Future?

Chess Piece Face Re:Splice? (239 comments)

1. Unless you live in Hong Kong.

2. Adrien Brody was on Ferguson last night talking about taking his parents to the premiere and forgetting that he *spoiler* has sex with the creature.

more than 4 years ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

Chess Piece Face Re:So... (647 comments)

Your numbers logic is still crap. People drive every day, shoot much less often. Most auto fatalities are unintentional, reverse that for shooting deaths. The ratio of shooting deaths:guns fired is astronomically higher than auto deaths:miles driven.

Also, very few people own more than two cars whereas gun collectors are much more prevalent.

more than 4 years ago

Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3

Chess Piece Face This is Qore all over again, again. (171 comments)

Yet another attempt to monetize as an afterthought. Expect several more links to "Premium PSN" to clog up the XMB alongside the multiple redundant store icons, non-hideable ticker, and forced-at-startup "What's New" button. Remember the first issue of Qore, with all the promoted extras which turned out to be one bad (and hidden!) Pong clone and access to exclusive game content that was not realized for several months? That is an idea of to expect here. My guess is that the giveaway games will be of the type that require followup, not-free DLC to be fully realized.

more than 4 years ago

Too Many College Graduates?

Chess Piece Face Private college debt crisis (1138 comments)

"The average student debt load in 2008 was $23,200 -- a nearly $5,000 increase over five years."

This is fueled mainly by the boom in higher priced private colleges (University of Phoenix, etc.) and their shifty recruitment practices. Exactly in the same way that mortgages were being given to unqualified homeowners, there has been a huge rise in the numbers of students enrolling at colleges who will let anybody in the door. Recruiters are paid per enrollment in many cases. Frontline covered it recently: (you can watch the show online here)

One of the standout statistics was the 10 percent of public university students are in default, while private colleges have a 44 percent default rate.

more than 4 years ago

Armstrong, Cernan Testify Against Obama Space Plan

Chess Piece Face Re:So... (411 comments)

Proof of concept. The ultimate goal is to put man on other planets, and the best way to get there is to put man on other planets. It is cyclical that in order to convince people to do something we must first do that thing, but that is how the human brain works.

more than 4 years ago

Arizona Backs Off Its Speed Camera Program

Chess Piece Face Re:no way back (513 comments)

"at least some of the U.S. still values their freedom"

Freedom to... break the law by speeding? Or did you mean privacy... on a publicly owned roadway? Being in your privately owned car does not change the fact that you are on public property and _everybody_ has the freedom to take your picture. You are also not invisible, so please get your finger out of your nose.

I don't understand the difference between a store camera catching a shoplifter who is then punished by the government or a roadside camera catching a speeder who then is punished the same way. Would you have all the cameras in the banks removed? Of course not. When I ride the bus or light rail I know there are cameras on board and that's fine by me because I've seen criminals brought to justice as a result.

Being an observant passenger/pedestrian also shows me that owning a car turns a lot of people in to assholes with a raging sense of entitlement. Being in a car with those people is even worse. I've discovered that most road rage is self-inflicted anger that the rest of the world isn't driving the way they want them to. Cars make people selfish and stressed out. Take down all the cameras and drivers will find something else to lash out at.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

Chess Piece Face Contextual commands ruin games (400 comments)

Think of all of the electricity wasted being forced wade through in-game tutorials. Getting rid of those and putting the info in a (preferably recycled paper) manual would be much greener while also improving gameplay. Nothing destroys the fantasy faster than when an NPC instructs you, via your character, to execute some button sequence. And it's even worse on replays when you are repeating pointless missions in order to learn something you already know.

Oblig. old man rant - Think about what it is doing to the youngsters' ability to read a book and then use that knowledge, rather than being conditioned to respond to prompts.

more than 4 years ago

Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

Chess Piece Face Re:Find a new site (660 comments)

When posters on various sites tried to turn everything into a rant against Obama, I stopped reading comments...

more than 3 years ago


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