top Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone
Standardize your joystick API so us devs can make joystick games on ipad/iPhone. Joystick games on Android tablets is just taking off now, and might be a small portion of the market, but the people who do it like it. Anyone can see a touch screen is no way to play a reflex action game, the controls just aren't there.
top Favorite clickbait hook?
I always find myself rushing to read the comments as to why the claims aren't possible, the experiments were done wrong, why it isn't incredible, or of course if the new science sounds legit.
top Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly
Realistically we should be making a new Nuclear Power utility every 20-40 years just to keep up to date with our technologies. More realistically: People are guaranteed to have health problems with coal furnaces, but only a chance that people get hurt by nuclear.
top Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days
I'm not bald and old is relative but "Good News, everyone!"
top Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
Except for the fact that it is the best language to develop for mobile.
Its a very easy language to write in compared to C/C++, and it ports to Android/iOS/Web/Desktop(Linux/Mac/Windows).
The people in the know are writing cell phone/tablet aps in Adobe AIR now
Its actually quicker, more efficient, and you get more done in it than if you tried to code natively in Android or iOS.
Flash developers really have an unfair advantage to developing aps :) But you guys just keep saying its dying.
top The flying car I'd like in my garage first:
That design at least has one believable thing going for it,"It needs to be light weight."
top Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science
You sound like you're just taunting the next Dr. Evil. "Oh, sure you're a seismologist, but you couldn't actually cause earthquakes to bring cities to their knees. You just don't have it in you." That's the type of talk that encourages super villians. We should be encouraging people to be super heroes. Sure you don't get hired for a real job, but thats okay, just keep working for humanity. That's the type of talk we should be doing.
top Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science
Lots of STEM talent, not enough STEM jobs.
top Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests
They probably sent Twitter a bunch of letters, but Twitter objected at the 141rst one.
top Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages
I've bought like 3 products from Belkin, everyone of them had catastrophic failure. To me, Belkin is synonymous with failure.
My favorite brand is Logitech. Their stuff is cheap, high quality and lasts.
top MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell
Well at first it was better than perfect. He was actually getting 150% energy from the sun converted into electricity. He was actually creating energy, but he looked at the ramifications of having too much energy on Earth and figured heating the atmosphere wouldn't fly with environmentalists. And the people who read his scientific paper wouldn't take him serious if was claiming that his device created energy. So he cut back some features and now its only perfect so it pleases everyone.
top FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Okay, our team is unpopular, how we going to fix this?
I know boss, lets prevent people from watching the games.
But won't that mean we'll have less fans in the long run?
No, we figure our team is just going to lose and we don't want anyone to see it .
Genius! Black out the game!
top Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
If energy is cheaper from another source, your energy company is going to have competition and not rake in crazy profits.
Things will absolutely go crazy the moment some company makes a cheap hybrid plugin electric car. Up until now you can get like 100,000 free miles of gasoline for what you'll save by not buying one. Once there is an economical reason to get one, everyone will want one. They'll use grid electricity at first, but then realize the benefit of having solar panels at their homes, and people will be buying solar arrays. This boom will all be triggered when one of these hybrid plugin cars or maybe even Tesla makes a chap electric car.
Think about the craziness of how even stores being unable to do their promotional deals. All the poor people with more time than money will simply drive from store to store and shop instead of telling themselves,"There's no point in shopping around because I'll lose more in gas money than I'll save."
top New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
I'm not exactly sure how many hours it took or when it clicked, but after programming video games for 22 years, I finally can code anything I want very rapidly. While I can't grant you all the insight into how I do software architecture, I found one really cool method. If you design your memory structure(data structures) first, all your methods should write themselves. When I started coding games, it was the hardest thing I ever did mentally, way harder than even physics when they do rocket science. But now the only mental challenge I have when coding is thinking,"Is anyone even going to want to play this when I'm done? Is it worth putting time in if I get nothing back?"
It's been discussed before that the ap stores are like lotteries where you input time, and then hope to win money. It is very discouraging, but when I think about it, I can't do anything quite as well as code, so isn't time where I'm not coding wasting my skill? So this code warrior rides on.
top Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story
MOBAs are easier to make yes, but to attract a player base, you need to be special, have flair, and a little luck. I think Turbine should have just made a new MMORPG as they're skilled at to play it safe. Can you really make a MOBA attractive when there's only like a dozen or two DC characters to select from, and you still have to unlock a majority of them? To me, it seems like Turbine is attacking the MOBA scene like it knows what it is doing, but they probably don't. I'd like to be kindly surprised as I'm a Turbine fan, but their mainstay is good quality MMORPGS
With Blizzard doubling down on WOW and cancelling their MMORPG, there's no MMORPGS on the horizon that I know about that could be any good. I wish Turbine would make Asheron's Call 3 and not even consider it being a WOW killer. Just go through the motions, make a successful and big MMORPG with modern graphics, and you're going to get a player base as Turbine.
I bet Turbine would be a great place to work at, but none of their projects seem interesting right now. If they have deep pockets, they should be making more games than just a single game.
top How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
Science done in a vacuum means they have no point to prove going into the study. Corporately sponsored science means you need to find something positive for your sponsors product or they're not going to keep funding you. It doesn't matter how minor it is positive, as long as something positive, you're fine. I once saw Lucky Charms marketed as a health food because of the oat pieces. Oats are good for your heart, so by extension they said Lucky Charms is a health food. Its like saying,"Nuclear waste is good for your face because it gives it that healthy glow."
Even if they don't sponsor the science, the marketteers can scan science articles for the most minor thing that is good about their product and they go,"Science proves our product is superior!"
I'm all for science, but the way it is used now is disingenuous. Every day you hear about a new "super" food that will reduce your cancer risk.
top Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco
How long until companies realize they can save 15,000-30,000 on paying their software engineers that telecommute. It is silly to require a programmer to be on site anyway. You gain some extra time out of him each day because he doesn't have to commute, and less distractions mean you get more productivity. If you don't trust your coders to do work, just set up a version control repository and make sure some stuff is done each day.
top Developing the First Law of Robotics
I hate to say it but the first AI controlled robots will know their environment and be able to interact with it.
They'll get goals from their owner in natural language format.
The thing is, the easiest application to task them with will be war. It is almost harder to design AI that is unable to kill than to develop AI itself.
top AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
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 month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?
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 a month and a half ago
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