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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

GoodNewsJimDotCom Thankfully we don't have Bill Gates lobbying (523 comments)

He'd let us know 640kb/s is enough for anyone.

Korea is now getting 8000 Mb/S, which is like 200x faster than 4mb/s.

I thought we were supposed to be a first world country. Why can't we compete with Korea?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

GoodNewsJimDotCom I'll tell you something I love in AS3/AIR (724 comments)

You can call objects with "this" as one of the parameters you pass.
Then the class can then save it to a global to the class variable.
Then that class has the ability to call functions in your main class :)
I discovered this because Eclipse for AS3(Flashbuilder) has a bug if you go over 25,000ish lines that it slows down your typing.
I started making separate classes which were just a place to put methods.
Since a lot of people are coding with AIR for Android/iOS, I'm sure someone will love using this.

about two weeks ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

GoodNewsJimDotCom I wish there was a way to disable images onTwitter (81 comments)

I did my best and modified my adblock to shut down Twitpic, but sometimes images from other hosts come through :(

I quit Facebook in part because my a few certain friends were posting stupid memes and clouding my timeline.

Most Twitpics are meme pix, and the rest are mostly shock pix. Neither of these do I want to see. Twitter should go the extra mile and have a way to disable images altogether.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Traditional wet shaving (635 comments)

Ever since I watched Predator, I just dry shaved. Then razors got kerazy expensive. Then I discovered the Norelco Saturday Night Special electric razor. For 20$, you get many years worth of shaves if you only use it once every month or so. I probably save 1.2 billion dollars a year using this and not minding a trim beard.

about two weeks ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

GoodNewsJimDotCom I don't mind old graphics, I mind 10,000 FPS (167 comments)

My modern card turns on the high gear fans when I play... Asheron's Call 1. I just got it because it is my favorite MMORPG and there are no monthly fees anymore, just a one time fee of 10$. I don't know how to play with my driver software because I'd assume you could frame cap it. If anyone still remembers when Starcraft 2 came out, lots of people's cards fried because they were doing way over 60 FPS, and Blizzard needed to patch.

There's no reasons modern cards should engage into all out maximized FPS mode on old games. I also don't like the extra heat in the summer. I'm thinking of playing some AC1 in a few months when it gets colder. There's no reason AC1 should crank much heat at all, but I guess I just don't know how to turn my graphics card from going all out on an older game.

about three weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

GoodNewsJimDotCom What about gambling, does that count? (276 comments)

I once interviewed for a job in Boston. They said they'd pay my plane trip and rental car and that they were a video gaming company. I take the trip out there, find out they do slot machines and then they didn't pay my car or plane fee.

about three weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

The government who is supposed to regulate isn't going to change things for the better. If anything they'll make things worse since they're bought off by the corporations.

For a long time the idiots would say,"Well who cares if the corporations buy off the government? The corporations need the people to survive so they act in the people's best interest."

about three weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

GoodNewsJimDotCom Can a little guy publish successful PNP RPG today? (203 comments)

Hello, I wrote a cool PNP RPG back when I was a teenager, and I played it with my friends in highschool for years. I wanted to make money on it, so I tried to make the world's first MMORPG in 1992, but quit when Ultima Online came out in like 98 or 99. Much later I realized, a live game master RPG genre could take off with a game master network and even paid game masters. So I made www.abcrpg.com. The problem I encountered is that I could get a group of people to play online. My online system isn't terribad, but it still needs debugged more.

I was thinking of dusting off my old books, solidifying the lore in a way that is solid, and then publishing the RPG. The problem I have is: How would I make any money at all on this? If I made any amount of money on it, I could spend my days making new adventures and polishing the online gaming engine. It is a good game, but I have no idea how to monetize it. Can a little guy make it today?

My only tactic would be to finish the rules, and then charge people 0.50-1$/hr to play the game with me as a live game master with my online game master network. Anyone have a better idea? The game was called Intergalactic Bounty Hunter.

about a month ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

GoodNewsJimDotCom I have a true question. (127 comments)

Lets say I know how to make quality games in OpenGL already. Is there a reason for me to pick up Unity or UnrealEngine? To me, it seems like they don't have all the possible features having access to the raw data at the lowest level gives... Including really cutting edge networking techniques. I know all the jobs are looking for Unity developers, but it feels like I won't have as much control over the details. Should I spend a few months and learn Unity, or should I be content with getting things done at a lower level?

I've been tossing the idea in my head for an Xwing vs TieFighter(like) MOBA in my mind, and it wouldn't be out of the scope of what I could do in 2-3 years.

about 1 month ago
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Auralux Release For Browsers Shows Emscripten Is Reaching Indie Devs

GoodNewsJimDotCom Would this work for CrystalSpace 3d? (44 comments)

Just curious if this would work for CrystalSpace 3d. I have experience with that engine, and I've been considering making an Xwing vs TieFighter MOBA.

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

I guess I didn't complete my thought:

Patents have gotten so out of hand that many patents for obvious things have been granted. Anyone who writes any software typically trips over dozens of obvious patents. And corporations collect thousands of obvious patents so they have the right to sue anyone they please.

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Well for great feats of man, more investment is required. Could Pixar have been kickstarted for ToyStory 1? I think they went to great lengths because there was more money to be made.

I agree there should be a limit on copyrights, but it shouldn't be much more than 10 years. At this time, people can use your characters and such, but guess what, after 10 years of the public enjoying something, it is a part of their life too.

Finally, everyone remember radio? Radio was invented way before it was it actually became reality. Why? Because everyone had patents on different parts of the radio and they didn't want to collaborate. I hear it wasn't until around WWI that the government stepped in to be able to use it for the military.

Anyone who thinks patents help the little guy haven't seen troll lawsuits smack little guys senseless. Anyone who thinks patents help the little guy haven't seen big corporations crush their competitors they perceive as a threat.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

I agree. Don't take away summer vacation. Smart kids can use it to educate themselves independently. And all of us citizens of Earth need to educate ourselves over our entire lives. This whole "Done at secondary education" stuff doesn't fly anymore now that we can study on the Internet.

about a month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:As has been said before (105 comments)

We just need to make some super smart mice that can altruistically rule over us and lots of our problems will be solved.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Dr. Andy Chun Answers Your Questions About Artificial Intelligence

GoodNewsJimDotCom AI is no longer something hard to think of (33 comments)

In the 80s, you had movies like Tron where a learning algorithm goes rogue, or people talking about the model of the brain, but those don't give you a clear path to making AI. All you need are sensors to translate the world to a 3d imagination space like a video game. Once the AI knows its environment, it can do tasks inside it. AI isn't hard to think of. Here is my AI page. It shouldn't be hard to read.

about a month ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:The market is getting tighter and tighter (203 comments)

1: I'm not complaining about the analog inputs on the N64, but more the "lets stick a trigger under neath the whole thing". Look at Wii games like Donkey Kong Country or New Super Mario Bros, and you'll be holding the joystick one way playing the game fine, but then have to shake the controller for another input which could simply have been another button. It disjoints your game play like having to switch from 2 handed keyboard to mouse and back on some web games.

2:I think calling when we're talking of quality reflex games that are fun to play, Battletoads doesn't really make my list for a game to be remembered. There are actually a lot of quality relfex games for the NES era such as The Legend of Zelda 1&2, SuperMario Bros, Contra, etc etc. Calling reflex games bad by nature by picking out one that isn't an example of a good one is disingenuous.

3:I think you simply misunderstood me: Cerebral has another definition than "Brain to computer interface", it means it feels good to your brain. Tasks that map well to the brain with low frustration are cerebral. I'm sure you've heard this before as a brain researcher. When I say link your brain, I'm talking NES/SNES or PS3/XBOX360 controllers, but some game developers should take the pressure off to map every last button to a unique action. Sometimes having less buttons and actions to select from puts the user in more of a comfortable box to play from with limited choices. Not every game would benefit from limited number of actions, but some would.

about a month and a half ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

GoodNewsJimDotCom Continued (dodging Slashdot filter) (203 comments)

Again, I'll say it that I think Nintendo would have a lot of success in Android/iOS/PC markets just making games and controllers. I mean what they could do easily is have their old games available on Android/iOS/PC through some sort of official emulator instead of the underground doing it. Then they could use Steam and people could buy old Nintendo games for whatever discounted price they wanted to sell them for. People living today can't get all those old games easily unless they go the illegal rom route, and not everyone feels it is right to use ROMs they didn't pay for. Sure some don't care, and I have nothing against piracy, but some do. I bet there would be a bunch of money in either: A: releasing those old games on other platforms, or B: Lowering the price drastically on the WiiU on those old games so they're not 30$, but maybe 1$. If people knew they could buy a WiiU and a ton of old games on the cheap, they would be buying the WiiU.

So yes, if I was CEO of Nintendo, I'd have as many old games to buy on WiiU for as cheap as possible: like 30-90 cents. If your WiiU system had such legacy dominance that people could know they had all the old games, more people would be buying WiiU. I bet they'd fly off the shelves. Then once having paid the overhead of having the system, they'd buy more premium games. It is time to stop pretending pirates aren't out there, and competing with them for your legacy software. Every sale of legacy software is one more than you'd have otherwise. Not every 12 year old has been around for the past 30 years or has parents who have been video gamers. You start giving kids the ability to play video game history on the cheap, and your system will be loved.

In fact I'd make it a selling point of every Nintendo system from here on out to provide an online network to buy legacy titles at the appropriate price point. There's a point where you don't want to sell the last generations titles which are still around for too cheap, but the general concept to allow legacy titles to be purchased on future Nintendo systems, and this could be a way Nintendo not only dodges today's storm, but sures up an unsinkable ship moving forward. It would be almost similar to a homebrew Steam store... Nintendo could even swing license deals with people who made old games to get them on there.

about a month and a half ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

GoodNewsJimDotCom The market is getting tighter and tighter (203 comments)

Between old games still being there for us to play, new free to play web games, playerbases condensing into specific multiplayer games, and the extra power XBOX and PS4 go, Nintendo can only offer us sequels to popular games they had. Cell phones and Tablets are huge competitors to Nintendo too. I think Nintendo could pull out a win by stop gimmicking it up with their controller. Better yet, they could make the defacto standard controller designed for cell phone/Tablets and continue to make software.

I know a lot of people had fun on the N64,gamecube,wii, and WiiU, but the last game system I took serious that Nintendo made was the Snes. It was the last game system which controller wasn't a gimmick, and before PC games became generally better in terms of content. Now don't get me wrong, there were a couple games there after SNES that I know are popular, but I didn't get into. I always thought the idea of console gaming was focused on the controller to be action reflex oriented, and hidden buttons underneath the controller, or motion sensors just distract. The best games link your brain with pure cerebral responses to what happens in the game. If your controller requires 200 extra milliseconds just to engage the button, or you can't hit all the buttons with any hand configuration, you screwed up as a game controller designer. The games should be the toys, not the gimmick controllers.

about a month and a half ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

GoodNewsJimDotCom Laugh at me, but Flash is still relevant (315 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.

about a month and a half 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. (200 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.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft takes down NOIP claiming cybercrime

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about 2 months 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 3 months 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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