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?
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.
top Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute
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.
top Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
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$, you get many years worth of shaves if you only use it once every month or so. I probably save 1.2 billion dollars a year using this and not minding a trim beard.
top Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles
My modern card turns on the high gear fans when I play... Asheron's Call 1. I just got it because it is my favorite MMORPG and there are no monthly fees anymore, just a one time fee of 10$. 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.
top Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys
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.
top When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
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."
top Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
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.
top Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development
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 a month and a half ago
top Auralux Release For Browsers Shows Emscripten Is Reaching Indie Devs
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 and a half ago
top Patents That Kill
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 and a half ago
top Patents That Kill
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 and a half ago
top Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
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.
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