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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Brand un-value (151 comments)

Challenge Everything!

yesterday
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Funny Timing (61 comments)

Well there is the circle pad pro for the old models, that at least allows the new controls on the old models. I hope some more games start using it because since I finishing metal gear solid 3 I only use mine because of the better grip.

about a week ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

Well that is all and good but IE does not support any of the new input types, the new minimum browser supported for most people is now IE9, which does have canvas and SVG, but is missing a bunch of stuff like input types and CSS gradients. IE9 is the new IE6 and is here to stay for many years.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Daniel Hoffmann Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

Battle.net predates steam but you could not buy games digitally through it, for a long time battle.net was an in-game only multiplayer matchmaking much like gamespy.

My point was: This exclusive platform bullshit is stupid and should stop, more competition is good. I am fine if ubisoft has its own content distribution system, as long as it is not the only way to access their games.

Steam takes 30% cut from sales, so why can't ubisoft provide a 30% discount on its games when bought directly through Uplay? And why my steam game needs to go through Uplay to launch? THAT is what is really stupid about this whole ubisoft fiasco.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Daniel Hoffmann Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

EA now only sells its titles through Origin
Valve only release its titles through Steam
Blizzard only release its titles through Battle.net

I would rather be able to choose my content distributor and have complete access to everything, but I know it is not feasible to have all games be released on all distributors. Those 3 guys up there used their established user-base to build their content distributions with exclusive games that only worked with their platforms. Ubisoft is trying to do the same. At one point you could buy EA games on Steam, but EA decided to have all the revenue for themselves. It is probably in Ubisoft plans to eventually stop publishing its games on Steam.

In this respect Ubisoft is not the devil (not any more than Valve) they are just incompetent AND late to the party.

Remember, competition is good, exclusives titles are not.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Daniel Hoffmann Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

Nobody ever got fired from buying Oracle

In all honesty the FOSS solutions at one time (~10 years or more ago) were not nearly as good as Oracle was, that created a snowball effect that people know Oracle, so they want to buy Oracle so the next guy who has to maintain it needs to know Oracle, so he wants to buy Oracle next time.

It is kind of the same thing that keeps Windows inertia still going, database setup, configuration and maintenance are pretty much completely different across all databases, even the SQL is different across them with each one providing their own proprietary extensions and supporting/not supporting different parts of the spec.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Computers are making everyone's life easier (212 comments)

I was thinking of going with the Unreal because of Oculus support and I heard good things about the development environment (unfortunately Unreal SDK does not support my platform of choice, Linux, but I can live with that). One thing that I am afraid of is building in C++, I do not have extensive C++ experience and I am afraid of missing the easy of use of untyped languages too much. I program mainly in Javascript these days, but I do a lot of coding in Java too and I find it very unpleasant.

Thanks for the sentiment though.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Oh here we go again... (212 comments)

Today a lot of work that used to be custom programming is now done by software packages that require consultants to configure the tool instead of programmers. All the system analyst work is still required, but not nearly as many programmers (you still need some to configure the tool to do stuff it can not do out of the box). In total these tools require less people to perform the same job, but the result is never really customized specifically to the client (you need to adapt many of the requirements to the tool).

Since most companies want the cheapest possible "good-enough" solution this is actually a lot better than custom programming an application that would be rushed into production.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Daniel Hoffmann Re:Computers are making everyone's life easier (212 comments)

Hey I want to drop by and thank you for your comment, it says everything I am going through right now, developing boring business apps and all that. I am in the process of going back to college to get a PhD working with AR and VR (maybe with the Unreal Engine) and hope I have the same experiences you had.

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Daniel Hoffmann Re:This is rich! (264 comments)

Selling a Big Mac to an American? I don't get the joke.

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Daniel Hoffmann Re:I have just one word for you (217 comments)

Boilerplate sometimes take the appearance of real code, for example Javascript has a .reduce function for Arrays while Java does not have the same for Lists. This actually happened to me while I was doing some UI vs Backend stuff, I had to find the smallest value in an array of objects in Javascript (and the analogue List of Maps in Java) Sure I could roll my own reduce function or find a generic library to provide it for me but I would probably only use it once, so my Javacript ended up using [].reduce while my Java used for(a : b). Plus the anonymous inner class that any List reduce function would pobably need in Java ( = 7).

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Daniel Hoffmann I have just one word for you (217 comments)

Boilerplate

The language that has the least boilerplate for your problem is usually the most pleasant to work with, which in turn increases productivity and quality, although this expressibility usually comes at the cost of performance and sometimes at the cost of correctness which can lead in reduced quality. Javascript literal objects and literal arrays for example makes it a joy to program compared to Java when you have to pass those Map>> around. 90% of the cases you need an anonymous inner class in Java could be handled just as well with less boilerplate code with a simple anonymous function in Javascript.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Daniel Hoffmann Re:The fact that lobbying is talked about so openl (485 comments)

Lobbying is not corruption in the legal sense, lobbying is corruption in the sense that people/corporations can push money down a politician throat to get the result they want.

about three weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

Daniel Hoffmann Re:This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

I don't known about you but I don't buy ubisoft and EA anymore precisely because of DRM and I am ok with non-intrusive DRM.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Daniel Hoffmann Machines too competent (583 comments)

In the Matrix back-story the war with the machines started because they were just way more competent than humans, they produced goods and services at almost zero cost, displacing pretty much all of the world workers. Their very existence threatened the economic balance of the nations, that big of a change happened way too fast for society to adapt. I believe that outcome is far more likely than the classic "computers are going to nuke everything!".

Also in the matrix the humans are the ones who nuked the planet (well actually nano-cloud robots to block the sun)

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Daniel Hoffmann CS is now associate with Engineering (608 comments)

In the old days CS was associated with Math and Physics which still have high (relatively) female enrollments, now it is associated with Engineering which I believe never had enrollment of females. I believe that this is the major reason for the declining.

disclaimer: I have no evidences whatsoever about what I am claiming.

about a month ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

Daniel Hoffmann Patches (77 comments)

Do they keep patches in sync with the Windows version? How long before I can no longer play with my Windows mates?

about a month ago

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