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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

Fwipp Advice from a real game designer (80 comments)

Rather than asking the armchair gamers on Slashdot (myself included), read what some successful game designers say.

Here's Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: The Gathering, on game design 101: http://archive.wizards.com/Mag...

6 hours ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Fwipp Re:Pitiful (225 comments)

Cool story Ender.

yesterday
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Fwipp Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

okay yes but you see

I was telling a joke

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Fwipp Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

If you own millions in assets, I'm sure you've heard some advice to diversify, right? If you've got even half your assets outside the company, you've still got millions of dollars left.

Frankly, I don't care about a millionaire losing half their money because of their own stubbornness. They'll be fine.

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Fwipp Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

So, if we accept that a "slippery slope" argument is valid, that will lead to "all or nothing" arguments also being valid? :)

5 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

Fwipp Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

Huh, good point. I might actually try that nail polish, though, so it was a little useful for me. :)

about a week ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

Fwipp Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

I usually hate Bennet's long-winded posts, mainly because he thinks he knows what he's talking about, but manages to be rather wrong most of the time.

This post is more like a "Here's some cool stuff!" - and he's right, a lot of it is pretty cool. If you don't really read the words and just skim the links, it's a pretty good article.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Fwipp Re:Creating more victims (416 comments)

"crazy females"

Huh, I wonder why women don't like you. Probably because we're just addicted to bullying. It's like heroin for us, you know.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Fwipp Re:Creating more victims (416 comments)

I don't think it's unusual or undesirable for a university to have a code of ethics they follow, even if it differs from the "will of the people" as it manifests through an aggregate of individual actions.

I also don't think it's fascism for a private school to have, you know, a code of ethics - I don't really see how MIT is a nationalist authoritarian government.

I do like the subhuman bit though. I'm now imagining myself tunneling beneath the earth, erupting out to snatch and devour shitty dudes.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Fwipp Re:Creating more victims (416 comments)

It also sends a really clear message: "This behavior will not be tolerated." If sexual harassment causes your name and work to be disgraced - that's a pretty strong deterrent to people in academia.

So if you're considering the aggregate effect, you've also got to consider the aggregate improvement in the lives of students who now face less harassment and can learn in a less hostile environment.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Fwipp Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

Well, when your professor is sexually harassing you, it /does/ tend to diminish your experience of his lectures.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Fwipp Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Yeah, they're in cahoots. There are services out there that will contact you offering to magically drive up ad-clicks on your site (for a small fee, of course). I'm sure that some of the website owners think that they're driving actual users to the site, but... it's hard to imagine how anyone tech-savvy would not understand what they're doing.

Gotta spend money to make money, right? :b

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Fwipp Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

It also takes time & energy to, you know, develop, maintain, and generate content for a website.

There's more to the costs of a website than just "how much electricity does the server use"

about a week ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

Fwipp Re:One of the few games with incredible imaginatio (186 comments)

Stone Soup was the first roguelike I actually got into; and probably still the one I've sunk the most time into. Not remotely qualified to talk about whether or not it's good, but dang it's fun.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Fwipp Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

The containers aren't like full-fledged VMs - they're generally running only the processes they need. If you enter it & bring up top, you're quite likely to see 3 processes in there - one for top, one for your shell, and one for your actual app.

You're going to have a slightly larger footprint, yeah - I don't believe you can take advantage of shared libraries to reduce RAM usage (though... possibly in some cases. I'm not sure) - but it's much lighter than running a VM.

http://www.infoq.com/news/2014... if you want some more gory details.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Fwipp Re:This actually sounds pretty cool. (149 comments)

I mean, I'm a big fan of static linking, so that probably explains my enthusiasm for this. I haven't yet figured out how to statically-link an entire django project, though. :)

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Fwipp Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

Each container would contain all of the stuff it needs to run - in this case, Java + associated modules.

It simplifies stuff, because if one server requires Foo v1.11.4 but another needs Foo v1.10.8, neither server "sees" the other. You simply configure each container separately, without worrying what the other container's doing. When distributing the container, all you have to do is send out one image. If you want to run 12 containers on a host, that's cool. If you want to run only 1, that's fine too. And that same container will work just fine whether it's running on the server or the new kid's development laptop.

It's not an all-or-nothing approach, so you can choose if you want the database to live in a container of its own, on the host, in the app container, or somewhere distant.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Fwipp Re:20 years? (149 comments)

Two years ago's 20-years-ago would have been 1992? Unless leap years work very differently than I've been told...

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Fwipp Re:This actually sounds pretty cool. (149 comments)

Yeah, there's a lot of drama 'round there. Cynically, it makes sense for CoreOS to roll their own solution, as Docker continues to reach into CoreOS's core areas. On the other hand, the Rocket announcement certainly sounded nice and desirable.

Neither the Rocket announcement nor the Docker response made me feel like I was reading a technical appraisal of either technology. Too much politics for me to dig through, so I'll wait for smarter people than I to weigh in before making a decision.

about two weeks ago

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Chome OS tablet rumored to debut on Black Friday

Fwipp Fwipp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fwipp (1473271) writes "According to a source of the Download Squad, Google will be launching a Chrome OS tablet November 26th. Manufactured by HTC, the specs are rumored to include a 1280x720 display, 2GB of RAM, GPS and a webcam. Subsidized by a Verizon contract, it is expected to be substantially cheaper than other tablets — possibly even free."
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