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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Uh, okay? (374 comments)

It doesn't bode well for Linux that it is also not the year of the Windows Desktop or Apple Desktop. It is the year of the smart phone. The year of the desktop may never return. Desktops are better suited for developers and smart phones are better suited to consumers.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:DirectX is obsolete (134 comments)

What would make me actually like Windows would be if its operating system was virus resistant so I could download any .exe I wanted and have it run in a sandbox.

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:I don't like to hear about competition (227 comments)

I'm not skilled as an open source project manager or working on any open source project. So I'm afraid I don't know how that works. There's really not a lot of code that needs to be written either. There's only like a year of code or so, and then a year or so of play testing, tweaking, and features to add.

I mean if some of you guys wanted to collaborate with me because you think the idea sounds neet, leave me your reddit.com ids here or some way to contact you. Like I said in my original post, I could really use someone who knows how to communicate from JavaAS3(Flash) via sockets. But I can also use artists, and beta testers too.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:I don't like to hear about competition (227 comments)

I wasn't going turn based... But yes, the sessions are planned to be many hour events, but you don't need to play the whole thing. When you're not on, there's a small penalty in addition to custom AI taking over.

Touch pad is perfect for games where you make choices in drop down menus like a turn based strategy game, or a game like Final Fantasy. The touch pad generally fails for action oriented reflex/twitch video games as the controls aren't crisp.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:I don't like to hear about competition (227 comments)

I understand this. The project is mostly a hobby project that I may or may not be able to put time into because I'm already working on another project. So while I've made video games in the past, I'm not sure I'll actually finish this. I just don't want to dash anyone's hopes right now.

If the thing materializes better, I'd definitely like to have someone who knows marketing on board and how to make a successful kick starter. If you know anyone like that, let me know. I even have a use for a marketer now if they know how to get a quality match-3 game popular.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

GoodNewsJimDotCom I don't like to hear about competition (227 comments)

I too am working on a space civilization style simulator for Ipad/Android tablet.

My theory was that with all the fame of games like Clash of Clans, why not take competition one step further to games like Risk, Civilization, or Master of Orion?

Touch pad is perfect for those turn based games like that. They're just a bit more challenging to write since you need to write a custom active server since P2P would just invite hackers to ruin your day.

I could talk more on this project, but its so early in development that it isn't anything more than a hobby affair. I was thinking of taking my time on this one, sculpt it just right, and have good polish on it for 2-4 years out from now. One of the things slowing me down is that I can't seem to get Java to communicate with AS3 via sockets. So it is looking like I'll probably have to write my game server in C/C++ which will be a challenge without garbage collection, nice arrays, debugging, nice strings, an ide, and so forth.

about two weeks ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

GoodNewsJimDotCom I think Nintendo Wii was powerglove 2.0 (40 comments)

Say what you want about the gimmickness of a Wii controller, but they did the powerglove to what it should have been. Props to Nintendo for sticking to getting something to the finish. My favorite Nintendo controller so far has been the SNES controller. It might not have analog, but it was a cerebral interface unlike some controllers where you had to adjust your grip to get to different buttons.

about two weeks ago
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Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

GoodNewsJimDotCom This is what security firms do (124 comments)

They come in, test security via social engineering like if someone falls for phishing or whatnot. Then they educate based on what failed.

I interviewed with a firm once, and said,"Hey, maybe people don't even know they need your security product. How about sending phishing emails to all companies you might want to work for :P" He got a laugh and he said something like,"The window salesman doesn't go around throwing rocks through people's windows to stir up some business." I don't think the analogy is applicable, but my marketing suggestion was mostly a joke anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Not for me because (331 comments)

I've owned a computer long enough to know it works better when you're using less than 70% of your hard drive. After a certain point, the harddrive starts harder work to find places to write instead of nice continuous blocks. Now by all means, use 80% of your harddrive if you must, but try not to.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

GoodNewsJimDotCom Keep going... Free College to all with good grades (703 comments)

Scrap a bloated super jet program that isn't going to win us any war we're fighting today, and you can pay for all people's tuitions and student loans over a couple years.

And instead of bailing out banks, we could have paid off 70-90% of the mortgages directly.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Limit has been solved for some time (340 comments)

With that kind of attitude, you're not going to perfect your play. ;) A good poker player or algorithm doesn't really need to see the cards mucked to know what they were.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

GoodNewsJimDotCom Limit has been solved for some time (340 comments)

There's even casinos you an play against limit players.

The real "challenge" if you call it that is finding No Limit solved.

I could easily code a No limit bot which will make the right move maybe 80-90% of the time that puts reads on and everything.

But where's the fun in that? Online poker sites crack down on bots with captchas, so why do I want to lose my initial deposit. Anymore when I play no limit, I play it like it is solved. I get my money in correctly maybe 95% of the time. The fun part of poker is that once you know how to play, its simple. Its hard to learn how to play correctly, but it is easier than tic-tac-toe once you got a strategy down. And yes, I've turned $1 into $1000 over several thousand games, so I'm not just bsing. I'm just a lifelong gamer with a math statistician background who got interested with poker over about a decade.

The reason I don't just go and make a living over it is that I still have some moral hangups on making money and not producing anything for society. It is the same reason I didn't decide to be a pro-gamer, but instead wanted to make software games and useful aps for people to use.

The only thing a good NL bot could do in today's world is make bad players into geniuses like chess programs makes everyone online play like a Grand Master. And there's no good way to monetize this with piracy or I'd sell "near-perfect No limit poker bots" for 500$ a pop or something. Since there's no money to be had due to piracy, its the same reason good players don't write books on the best strategies, they can just play the game and make money. It's better to keep other poker players in the dark on the right moves instead of educating them. I only teach a select few how to play the game right, and normally they don't listen anyway :P Some day in the future everyone will be playing perfect NL Texas Holdem, and it will no longer be a game of skill, it will be gambling since everyone is playing the same style.

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

GoodNewsJimDotCom Flash is the best mobile language (242 comments)

Laugh all you want. Believe all the negative propaganda if you listen to everything people tell you. But Flash is incredible to produce Android,Ipad/iPhone aps. Its soooo easy compared with any language I ever used. If you know C/C++ or Java, you can pick up Flash in a week. It also ports to Web, and Windows/Linux/Mac without modifying code.

Flash gets a bad rap, but I've never been so impressed with a language for producing modern software. The only downside is that it can be slow, but you can generally render 1,000+ graphics on the screen before you notice any slowdown. It isn't meant for the leanest and meanest modern 3d games, but if you want to get into the ap stores, its one of the best roads. It is far superior than picking Android or IOS specific programming languages.

Now I typically get buried for saying this for some reason. I'm not sure if people are bent out of shape because they hate Flash or if the Flash developers don't want their well kept secret to get out.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

GoodNewsJimDotCom Lucky Charms is a health food! (224 comments)

The marketing bots are out of control and use science in ways it wasn't meant to be. All a marketing bot needs to do is look at one scientific fact anywhere that says something remotely positive about their product and voila, advertising angle. I seriously saw Lucky Charms marketed as a health food once because the oat pieces are made of oats which are known to be good for the heart. Science is supposed to be unbiased, but the results are being used in wrong ways. You can say something good about anything. "Why not try toxic waste for a facial cream? It will give your skin a healthy glow."

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (840 comments)

It isn't hard to get a virus on Windows. Many people can get a virus in their first week of owning a product. Going out and buying a 300$ product every week is not cost feasible. In fact there's probably a correlation between how gullible a person is for falling for Internet virus scams and their ineptitude for reinstalling windows... Call it the noob factor.

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (840 comments)

Conclusion: Everyone has different skill sets.
PS: I always think it'd be cool if they designed a car for the car heads to work on, but it'd be like that episode of the Simpsons where Homer bankrupts the company because people would get hurt working on the car, and then sue because the car was designed to be worked on. Every year it seems like cars get harder and harder to work on by a non professional mechanic.

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

GoodNewsJimDotCom And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (840 comments)

I see so many people who go: Hurr, Durr, my computer has a virus, I guess I'll just store it or throw it away.

Generally it isn't hard to reinstall an OS. It is a pain, but it isn't hard. And if you get sick of it, install Linux because almost no viruses target Linux.

My dad knows how to fix cars because he grew up in a world of no computers and cars were cool to get into then. I can't fix cars because I got involves in programming and video games.

Am I really supposed to be fiddling with fixing a blender? That sounds near suicidal for someone who isn't trained in it. And how cheap blenders are, there probably isn't a lot of market for a blender repair man either.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

GoodNewsJimDotCom Telecommute for the win, the future is now. (294 comments)

Little guys like Indie video game companies can't afford studios. They make video games with an artist in one state, and a programmer in another state. The teams can get big, but they get successful software done. Telecommuting saves people tens of grand a year, and I'd take a job for 20-30 grand less a year if I could telecommute. That's the price of gas, time to commute and big time savings on housing. Meetings are even more productive than in face meetings because you both share computers with things like gotomeeting or join.me. You get communication via voice, and can share copy/paste buffers and write code together which is productive unlike face to face meetings where no actual code normally gets done.

Don't criticize telecommuting if you haven't done it yet. I know it is different(and people are afraid of change), but it is superior in many ways.

about a month ago
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FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

GoodNewsJimDotCom Pretty much all the people want net neutrality (81 comments)

I'm not sure of an issue that has such unanimous approval as net neutrality.

Only a few vested greedy people who want legalized extortion websites for more money don't want them to be classified as utilities.

It should be interesting if even under the spot light of all the eyes of people that they willingly do the wrong thing.

about a month ago

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Microsoft takes down NOIP claiming cybercrime

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about 7 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 7 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 3 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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