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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

GoodNewsJimDotCom Laugh at me, but Flash is still relevant (228 comments)

With Flash you can make: Destop/Web/Android phone+tablet/ios phone+tablet all in the same code!

Flash is a lot like C/C++ and Java, except it allows you to a couple things easier.

I think of all the languages though, Java has to be the winner. It has about the power of C/C++, except you don't need to dot the is and cross the ts. Java is superior to C/C++ in strings, garbage collection and arrays. For most projects you'd take code that has less bugs in it and develops faster than code that executes a slight % faster.

6 hours ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

GoodNewsJimDotCom This is what childish bullies do when caught. (199 comments)

No, they were bullying us!

It makes no sense to people who know the situation, but maybe for a split second they can confuse someone who doesn't know the situation.

4 days ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Comic Book Guy (701 comments)

Ooh, your powers of deduction are exceptional. I can't allow you to waste them here when there are so many crimes going unsolved at this very moment.

Go, go, for the good of the city.

about a week ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:D&D influenced me and my game design HEAVIL (127 comments)

Thank you for that:

I made my own RPG influenced off D&D. Intergalactic Bounty Hunter (needs a webpage)

I had a dodge and an armor. Damage reduction is 1/2 your armor plus a roll of 1d(That 1/2 your armor number). Armor stops low damaging things for the most part only takes the edge off harder hitting stuff.

My weapons would be sorted between lots of rapid hitting small damage, or "armor piercing" high damage hits

Sometimes a lot of rapid damage deals a total higher damage than an armor piercer if someone isn't wearing armor.

It modeled pretty well until I did bad approximations for spraying an AK47 full clip at a tank... if the tank rolled low, and the AK47 rolled a high damage, and a high % of bullets hit, the tank style robot would take massive damage. The over all system was really good and the atmosphere was kinda like Futurama before its time... The game was heavily influenced by Spaceballs: What if warp drive did get really cheap all of a sudden and could be strapped onto any vehicle? You'd have stuff like airtight Winnebegos flying around space. Actually I've been thinking of my next step for my game design/programming career... maybe fine tuning this system and releasing it to the public might be good.

about two weeks ago
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Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

GoodNewsJimDotCom There are modern day fruit tree efforts too (71 comments)

Since fruit trees can bear annually without any specific farming, they're an okay food source supplement in places war torn, or recovering from deforestation

I have a tweet I do on twitter daily: Go #green & help the #poor @foodforthepoor Plant fruit trees in #Haiti http://www.foodforthepoor.org/...

about two weeks ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Hijacking (113 comments)

They're 100% scam artists. They just send snail mail "bills" to everyone who registers a domain. They expect people to fall for it and I'm sure many people do which is why they can afford the postage stamps and keep sending them out.

about two weeks ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

GoodNewsJimDotCom D&D influenced me and my game design HEAVILY (127 comments)

I was raised on Choose your Own adventure books bought at a thrift store. Then I got the Red Box when I was 12. I got all the boxes then. Later I got original AD&D from a friend.

Dungeons and Dragons got some things right, but I argue against some parts of their system such as armor. Their armor means you dodge more, but if you get hit, it is full damage. A better system makes armor reduce damage, and agility+dodge skill avoid attacks. There's no ways to overstate D&D's affects on modern games.

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

GoodNewsJimDotCom That's nothing, I found something even worse (154 comments)

From my Crystalfighter blog

May 2nd, 2014: I just thought of a killer game with Occulus Rift. Imagine outerspace sports. Imagine one where if you extend your legs or arms out full, they have thrust. The thrust can propel you around, or push the ball around. You'd have to be in a sphere(suspended in a harness) which rotated around instead of the standard treadmill design. So this installation would only be good for amusement parks and... arcades(heh)? The downside of this game is that people will get HYPER sick. You got 3d vision of Occulus, and you're spun around by your waist. I don't even know if it is possible to suspend someone from their waist and spin them in 360x360 angles. There would be 2 variations of this game. One would be a plain ball. The other one might be a ball which is charged with a + or -. And people would have positive on one side of them and negative on the other. I didn't think it fully out... I do think your hand thrust could be weaker than your leg thrust. So the standard move will be to stretch out like superman, your arms in front and your legs in back, so you push the ball forward with your forward thrust. Another standard move will be to put your arms and legs straight in front of you to thrust in reverse. Or both legs behind you and arms behind you to get super forward thrust. I think starting out, people will just have trouble stabalizing themselves, so there should be an autostabalization "friction" that can be applied to new players, and slowly taken off the more skill the teams have.

about two weeks ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Virtual currencies? (121 comments)

I never really got into Bitcoin, but now I have an urge to acquire lots of Dogecoin to make taxday more fun. Such paperwork. So doge. Such write off. Much deductions.

Get a letter from the IRS: Bad Shibe, don't try and doge taxes.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Only way I'd wear a smart watch (381 comments)

Is if it came with a red LED display and looked cheaply made. The people who wear watches anymore seem to be,"Hey look at how much money I have." so looking like you're going in the opposite direction would be art as fashion... if it didn't cost a lot of money. So maybe I'm thinking it is time to go invest in a 1$ LED watch off ebay to be a smart ass. Oh even better would be to leave it blinking 12:00 all day.

about two weeks ago
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What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Outside of Valve I don't think many developers. (86 comments)

It is called throwing spaghetti to the wall to try and see what sticks. If you find people like a certain mechanic, you make a game around it. Another excuse is there are a bigger casual audience than ever, so the simplification of video games keeps getting more and more real. These start up companies barely have enough resources to put together anything. Just look at the Flash games on web portals. A lot of Flash games on web portals aren't as good as games you played in the NES. And there really isn't much money in free to play with advertisments unless your game goes viral, get a million plays, then you're looking at a couple grand anyway.

about three weeks ago
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What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Game industry alumni (86 comments)

It is really hard to do it all on your own without a studio. The analogy is trying to out compete Coca-Cola with your own brand of similar soda. Just because your formula is good doesn't mean you get success. There are other factors. First you need to get the overhead to even produce the soda. Then you need to marketing so people know your cola exists.

There's not a whole lot of money in it for amateurs compared to how much work goes into them. There's also a degree of luck involved. I think the people who made Angry Birds had made 40 some other games before getting success. Of course they just stole the idea from Crush the Castle with cutesy graphics. Candy Crush did about the same thing. They stole someone else's games directly, then sued the guy who made the game before them.

The only reason I'd suggest anyone get into video game making is that you love video games so much. I decided to be a video game programmer/designer back in 1987 when I played most of the NES/C64/Atari/Arcade games. I was bored because I played all the games that existed and wanted to make better games. I just felt the future was a MMORPG, multiplayer online and lots of action oriented RPG. Of course they didn't call them MMORPGS back then, they were just online RPGs games with a lot of players. People talked about these things because of what Quantum Link was doing.

I've been making games since 1992, and have very limited success mostly because I tended to get too ambitious when I first started. Here is a game I published just 2 weeks ago. Throne and Crown No one beat this game yet even though its only about 10 hours long. My next games I'm making with the idea that I'm making them out of a love for a game I'll enjoy over trying to script a game other people might. So I'm going to probably take the good engine from TAC and then make it similar to Angband except action oriented. Also I have some cell phone games I'm toying with making, but they're a long way off.

about three weeks ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:It's Microsoft's fault (113 comments)

Microsoft should have looked at the emergency of the web in 1998 and went,"Okay, we need to actually try to be secure." They could have made it so you had to boot to a special mode to install drivers or have a program boot on start up. In addition programs should not be able to share data out of their own directory unless they went to a special shared data section of the harddrive, or in memory. This isn't all that would need to be done, but it would go a long way to making the OS virus resistant. The coolest thing would be the ability to download .exe from the Internet and run without worrying of a virus hosing your computer. The way Windows is today, it still isn't Internet ready.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:So post the info here. (401 comments)

If you have jobs, we're all ears. A lot of us are unemployed yet highly capable software engineers. Do you have an email to send my resume?

about three weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

GoodNewsJimDotCom What if you're a Russian prankster? (206 comments)

All a guy who wants to stir up trouble would need to do is to put their own personal details on a forum. Then they could call the authorities and go,"Look, on Joe USA's forum is my personal details".

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:I think there's a lot of open road here. (33 comments)

The whole thing to remember about God is that he wants us to love and be good to each other. If everyone on the planet loved each other, we'd have no wars.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

GoodNewsJimDotCom I think there's a lot of open road here. (33 comments)

They say if you could design a biobot that identifies cells as one type or the other, you could design custom antibodies, or even something that targets cancer.

The road is a long road though. First you need some sort of standard cell that won't be owned by the body's immune response, and apparently these guys use stuff from your own body? Then you need to figure a way to put some computing in it. Then you need to program its receptors to detect what it interacts with. You need to make enough of them to be useful in the body. And if there is a bug in your code, you could really hose someone over. The code for the system might not even involve electronics but custom mini biological computing proteins.

At least this is what I understand the state of affairs is. The goal is a good goal, but it seems there's a long long road before you can get to anything useful for general medical purposes.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

GoodNewsJimDotCom My video game's cloud storage got hosed (495 comments)

My game got released on Kongregate on June 30th, 2014, and less than a day later, NOIP got hijacked by Microsoft.com. I knew the environment is bad for the little guy, but I didn't expect Microsoft to hose my game within a day of release.

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Some things I've noticed (305 comments)

Depending on what policy a politician wants to push he can cite either traditional economics or Keynesian economics as part of his speel to push a bill. Economists are conflicting in their advice. Sure you can make a real good case for aiming for a surplus because that is good for the nation in the long run. But a lot of politicians are in it for their own personal gain in the short run. They'll borrow from the debt, have a spending party that feels good for a short run, but put the nation in a worse state for the long run. It is unsustainable and only benefits the elite who get crony deals.

Also scientists are supposed to be pretty unbiased, but the marketing people who use their unbiased data will take it out of context. A marketing person can tell you to put radioactive waste on your face because science has said it gives you a radiant glow. You think I joke, but I saw Lucky Charms touted as a health food on tv some years ago because a science study said oats are good for the heart and Lucky Charms has oat pieces. On top of that, it's not hard think there are times where scientists also get pressure from the corporation funding their science to give them the results they want. Just like economists might get pressure too.

about a month ago

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Microsoft takes down NOIP claiming cybercrime

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about a month ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "Hello,

I just released a game yesterday that used NOIP and today people can't use the cloud saves because Microsoft took down NOIP.

Cybercrime on Microsoft windows wouldn't be a problem if Microsoft just designed their Operating System to be virus resistant.

From what I can tell, Microsoft acted without a court order."
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Slashdot reader just finished a video game: Throne and Crown

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about a month ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "You can play a free video game: Throne and Crown HERE
I spent 4 years on the engine, and 1 year on this game. Explore around a bunch. A weakness of the game is that people aren't finding the early zones easily. I overestimated how much people would be jazzed up about general exploration. The game just got published today. I hope you enjoy it. ,Jim"

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Hyperdemocracy anyone?

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "Hyperdemocracy is a system where all the citizens of the country vote for the decisions of the country instead of having elected officials. Can someone make a site with encryption and security that could confirm users as unique citizens? Or is this impossible to do? I think if you made a site like this, you could make it go live, and use it to track to make sure Congress is doing what the people want. Finally in an unstable world as we have today, this hyperdemocracy might even be adopted by new regimes."

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