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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

Gamer_2k4 Re:Average SD article containing TM unclear ABR in (293 comments)

My university gave me the equivalent of 2 years of credits (officially starting me as a junior) for the 6 AP tests I passed. But my BS still took 4 years.

What kind of college only requires three classes per year? My understanding (as someone who has received college credit for AP tests and subsequently graduated) is that a single AP test takes the place of a single class - usually three or four credit hours. You were a junior with only 24 credit hours to your name?

about 3 months ago
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Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

Gamer_2k4 Re:Almost there (171 comments)

You don't need to clean it, no one's going to steal it, and if you forget it or lose it, you're only out a dollar. People are paying for convenience, as they always do.

about 5 months ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Gamer_2k4 Re:Lies (452 comments)

"I don't think anyone will smell this fart."

I love that this one is modded "Informative."

about 6 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

Gamer_2k4 Re:Interview ending question (692 comments)

"Do you have any weaknesses?" "Yes, I hate stupid interview questions"

I think I actually found a decent answer to this question. "I value stability so much that it sometimes acts against my best interests. For example, if I hadn't been laid off from my last job, I would've preferred to stay there as long as possible, even if it meant not looking for better jobs. The stability of an existing salaried position was too attractive to voluntarily let go."

Paraphrased, "Yeah, my weakness is that if you hire me, I'd like to work here until I die." Hey, I got the job.

about 8 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

Gamer_2k4 Re:Seriously? (216 comments)

Right. Because none of us know that movies like totally aren't real and shit.

I don't think the Romans cared about the "realness" of the games; that is, they didn't watch the gladiators because they personally wanted those people dead. If you're far enough removed emotionally from the participants (which the Romans certainly were), being at the Colosseum for them was like being at the movies for us.

about 9 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

Gamer_2k4 Re:Horse, meet water (381 comments)

Shareholders have purchased a part in a company because they support its vision and actions. The people that "own" the government, on the other hand, have no choice in being taxed, and half of them are always going to be against what the government decides to do.

I guarantee you that if a company went against the wishes of half its shareholders, you'd hear about it.

about 10 months ago
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Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time

Gamer_2k4 Re:Get back to me when... (114 comments)

When researchers build a rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock robot. Then I'll be impressed.

Why? It's just two more hand shapes, and the robot doesn't even need to use lizard or Spock (both rock and scissors beat lizard, and paper beats Spock).

about a year ago
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Sci-Fi Author Timothy Zahn Is Creating a Video Game

Gamer_2k4 Just show me the finished game. (116 comments)

a major focus is going to be on making sure that each alien race is as fully-realized as possible, and that the interactions with the other aliens are realistic: talking to one alien race will be different than talking to another, and the choices you make in the game will have side effects and the computer players will remember them — and treat you differently because of them.

In concept this sounds great. In practice, it's probably just going to be a series of sliders that influences how likely a race is to trade with or attack you.

Claims like this are almost always underwhelming in the final product. Heck, I challenge anyone to name ONE game that has a decent, realistic morality system. If we can't even get Good/Bad right, what odds does this game have?

1 year,17 days
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Thoughts From Readers on Replacing Google Reader

Gamer_2k4 Re:iGoogle (50 comments)

With iGoogle shutting down in November as well, it's getting overlooked by all this talk of Google Reader. I've been using iGoogle since '04, and it coming to an abrupt end is unfortunate.

That said, it looks like Netvibes will import your iGoogle settings directly and supports the same interface. I'm going to sign up and try it out.

I switched to Netvibes as soon as I heard iGoogle was shutting down. It's doing the job perfectly, and I've never looked back.

about a year ago
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How To Block the NSA From Your Friends List

Gamer_2k4 Re:Network externalities (224 comments)

This is why Google+ is such a failure. No one uses it because no one else uses it.

Spoken like a true ignoramus. G+ has 500 million users, nearly half of what Facebook does. It's also only been around for two years, while Facebook has been around for eight. Given its age and the fact that it's had to find its place in a market already dominated by a similar product, I'd say Google+ is a smashing success.

about a year ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

Gamer_2k4 Re:The important word is "should" (237 comments)

But most Americans prefer things very simple. They think the moon is a planet and full of resources while an asteroid is a ball of sand like you see at the beach.

I don't think most Americans believe that at all. I think it just boils down to what you said in your second sentence - putting humans on the moon is way sexier. WE want to be the ones doing the exploring, not some computerized device.

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

Gamer_2k4 Re:bollocks (678 comments)

What do so many Americans have such fear/hatred of Socialism?

Because we like to think we deserve to use the money we earn in the way we choose.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Gamer_2k4 Just One (363 comments)

I still get a copy of Popular Science in the mail every month. There's some good stuff in there.

about a year and a half ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

Gamer_2k4 Re:If you wanted to know about humans, (450 comments)

Have you been paying attention to recent world events? You know, like the failed US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of billions of dollars of state-of-the-art military equipment and they still couldn't win a fight with people who had little more than small arms. And those people are strangers to us. Fighting other Americans would be even harder because of divided loyalties within the ranks of government troops.

Failed?

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox Originator: "Stupid, Stupid Xbox!!"

Gamer_2k4 Re:Primary Problem? (245 comments)

It's the interface. It sucks. I bought a machine to game on, not one to sell me other crap. Two years ago when they changed to pre metro I boxed up the x-box and games and gave it to my nephews.

X-Box is doomed. Simply because it's not about gaming, but all about sales.

How much of your XBox time did you spend in the menu, and how much did you spend in the games?

I'm guessing the ratio is heavily, HEAVILY weighted toward the latter. Your argument is absolutely ridiculous.

about a year and a half ago
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Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design

Gamer_2k4 Re:Treason (813 comments)

This sort of behavior from elected officials should be considered treason.

It is severely hurting the future of our country and making the next generation more ignorant.

They should be removed from office and any position of power of influence over others.

They speak for the people they represent; that is, they're doing EXACTLY THEIR JOBS.

If you have an issue with the legislation itself, that's one thing, but remember that elected officials are supposed to be the voice of their constituents. Don't call it treasonous when the elected actually do their job.

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

Gamer_2k4 Re:offtopic... (450 comments)

but isn't it sad that violence and gore is more acceptable than sex? Show a beheading in one of Tarantino's movie is ok, but show a penis on the screen and it's x-rated?

How is it sad? We all know that no one is going to kill anyone from watching a movie, so it's okay to be desensitized to violence. However, almost everyone is going to have sex at some point, and being desensitized to that would be terrible.

I'm glad people don't walk around naked, because I want nudity to be special.

about a year and a half ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

Gamer_2k4 Re:$3600 ship (398 comments)

Incidentally, estimated losses for the entire battle (which included *three* titans lost before it was all over, all on the side the guy who misjumped) is over 700 billion ISK. That's about *$25,000*, kiddies.

$25,000 for 3,000 players?

So each participant lost, on average, 8-9 bucks. Not exactly a mindblowing number there.

about a year and a half ago
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First Known 'Social Chromosome' Found

Gamer_2k4 Re:Strong Sports Affiliations? (42 comments)

Inherited, you say? This might go a long way to explaining why certain families are very invested in sports (especially supporting national sports teams), where other families don't really care about it. I think we all know that one family where everyone loves football, even though they all have different teams ... or, if you're part of that family, then it might go a long way to explaining why no one outside your family is nearly passionate enough about football.

Nature versus nurture. This is an example of nurture.

about a year and a half ago
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The Science of Game Strategy

Gamer_2k4 Re:What about Magic? (136 comments)

If you draw nothing but lands, you're screwed. Get no lands, you're screwed.

This, without exception, is my biggest problem with Magic. No matter how good you are or how good your deck is, it's realistically very possible to be completely screwed out of a game by the random nature of your deck.

That's probably the reason I'm such a fan of Dominion. It's a card game where strategy is truly the only difference between winners and losers. Add in its low cost of entry and high replayability, and you got a game that's (in my opinion) much better made than Magic.

about a year and a half ago

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