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Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long

Huckabees Re:AAA games? (342 comments)

Ack Ack gunner is only a AA game though.

more than 2 years ago

34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

Huckabees Re:Are there even 4G phones yet? (306 comments)

I've always thought that the concept of "3G" and "4G" are generalized terms to begin with that lump various generations of cellular technologies together into easier ot digest generations.

Current networks labeled as "4G" such as Verizon's LTE network are definitely a sufficient improvement enough to warrant being labeled as a new generation I think. Trying out any of the LTE enabled devices in their store should convince anyone of this without looking at the technical specifications.

more than 3 years ago

Don't Fly If You Just Had Surgery!

Huckabees Re:Ma'am (453 comments)

Chest bombs would be highly impractical. They'd attract too much... attention.

more than 3 years ago

3D Chocolate Printer

Huckabees Cake Accessories (91 comments)

Oh great now I have to wear 3D glasses while eating my cake too?

more than 3 years ago

Silver Pen Allows For Hand-Written Circuits

Huckabees Re:Not slashdot too! (161 comments)

It's got what circuit boards crave!

more than 3 years ago

TSA Has 95-Year-Old Remove Her Diaper For Screening

Huckabees Re:PROFILED (582 comments)

You're close to a good point raised by another person in the replies, that another hijacking attack is unlikely to occur with all the new safeguards, but you're supporting your argument with all the incorrect reasons.

The primary culprit that allowed such events to occur was a policy of cooperating with hijackers. That policy had been tested and proven effective dozens upon dozens of times before to counter act plane hijackings. The problem wasn't that the airlines were "trying to save a buck" by not reinforcing their doors or that "the patrons weren't all packing some sort of weapon" it was the very simply policy of cooperation. I mean heck a couple guys with box cutters stand no match against a mob of people - whether they're packing knives or not.

Now the correct people (air marshals, pilots, flight crew, etc) are trained to deal with situations like these. That's why it won't happen again.

more than 3 years ago

Violent Games Credited With Reducing Crime Levels

Huckabees Re:Fuck you guys, someone has to say it (209 comments)

All of these things are common sense factors that would come with a drop in violent crime. The article isn't saying the violent games are the single determining factor but that the rise in violent games has been followed with a drop in violent crime. It's just correlation but it's a correlation that damages the common argument against violent games - that they cause violence in people.

It could be that all those factors are outweighing violent games but the correlation from TFA would seem to suggest that at the worst playing a violent game is probably a negligible factor in determining if you will be a violent criminal. I think that's all they're trying to say.

more than 3 years ago

Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

Huckabees Re:Offshoring. (527 comments)

Get off my lawn!

I should think the accessibility of technology today has encouraged students to become interested in software and computer science in general. And it's easier now than ever to write your own applications for various gadgets you own - especially something that's android or ios based. The hobby development hasn't gone away - it just moved to a different platform.

I mean I can't tell you how impressed with myself I was when I made some random junk in flash back in the day having not grown up with DOS based systems and IRC chat and I went on to a career in software dev. And it was playing other people's games that got me into doing that

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

Huckabees Re:Translation of meaning: (282 comments)

Of course Chrome - what I assume to be in your mind the "geek's choice" does everything you raged about in your post. Bugs, pointless versioning, etc.

But it's okay because they're the new kid on the block. Until a new browser comes along that is. Then Google can be the evil company producing a terrible browser that only luddites and non-geeks use.

more than 3 years ago

Old Worm Digs New Dirt At Pentagon

Huckabees Re:Ratcheting the fear for the masses (26 comments)

Why do you bother putting your milk in the fridge when it is inevitable that it will expire? Same concept.

more than 3 years ago

Gran Turismo Gamer Takes Second In Class In World-Renowned Race

Huckabees Re:Shock! (105 comments)

I heard Kobe Bryant learned all he knows about basketball from the Wii. "So realistic."

more than 3 years ago

Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

Huckabees Re:for a lot of people college IS a waste of time. (949 comments)

Extraordinary people will be extraordinary regardless of college. For the rest of us there's a framed piece of paper to get our foot in the door and have a few beers while we're at it.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U

Huckabees Re:My hands hurt... (330 comments)

Lest we not forget the Sony "boomerang" controller that originally debuted with the PS3 concept design. I'm sure some users gave that positive reviews to be paraded around like it was.

That design was vehemently debated between fanboys for months before Sony finally announced it was just going to use basically the same controller design from the PS2. Considering this console isn't going to launch until late next year (and let's face it with a launch window like what they gave we'll probably see it sometime in 2013) I would hardly be surprised to see the same thing happen.

more than 3 years ago

Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

Huckabees Re:Japan Solves Aging Population Problem! (242 comments)

Prime Minister voluntarily steps down in eight months after taking office for failing to meet campaign promises as is tradition in Japan.

more than 3 years ago

PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets

Huckabees The Difference Is Government Funding (395 comments)

Games like Homefront or other similar games that has a sort of "USA vs them" feel to it is not an appropriate comparison for the game discussed by the article. These games are designed, developed, sold, and used independently of the US government.

The better comparison would be to America's Army per the article's suggestion. In these games the enemy combatants are generic pseudo middle eastern/central asian insurgents and terror groups. People who are universally decided by security council nations and most of the world to be "the bad guys". You aren't able to fight virtual simulations of a real life standing army as these articles suggest a facilitate of the US army is depicted.

Naturally this is going on the article's suggestion as I have not played or watched extensive footage of the game in question.

more than 3 years ago

Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

Huckabees Re:Simple (235 comments)

I'm not so sure I agree with this. Valve games have typically prospered extremely well on the PC with or without updates. The original Team Fortress was still being played by a good number of people right up to the release of Team Fortress 2. Counterstrike1.6 is still a popular game despite the success of Counterstrike: Source. Team Fortress 2 was a quality multiplayer experience and I would have expected it would have still had a strong playerbase to today - though the updates certainly don't hurt.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Science Enrollment Up 10% Last Fall

Huckabees Re:How many are actually studying computer science (173 comments)

A computer science degree is about the method of thinking. I know multiple non CS majors who program just fine every day at my job but when a discussion begins about the finer points of efficiency (which all development projects grapple with at some point or another) these people become suddenly quiet.

You may not need to write a intensive proof as to why an algorithm is efficient/inefficient in your career but being able to look at one and just tell whether or not it's an efficient solution (by leveraging the theory taught you) is important. Additionally completing a CS degree typically should say that a person is capable of learning multiple technologies and languages usually with little to no help as most CS programs will stop teaching practical development after the first year and focus on theory - leaving students to learn the practical aspect themselves. This is a huge pro on the old pro con list when comparing two potential employees.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Science Enrollment Up 10% Last Fall

Huckabees Re:No respect, work holidays, no dating prospects (173 comments)

I'd say the best senior management for technical projects are the ones who were writing code 10-20 years ago. Someone who majored in business will never fully understand the intricacies of development. I have seen many a project in my company go askew with project managers who thought they could just foist deadlines on their team ignoring developer estimates of how long they would like to take to develop a system.

The result? The good developers quit and you're left with a serious brain drain and cruddy product. But hey at least you finished on schedule.

Also going from a technical career to senior management would put you at the high ends of both compensation curves and lets face it - the vast majority of senior management functions are learned through experience not a degree.

more than 3 years ago

Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?

Huckabees Re:How about learning some statistics? (332 comments)

Did you go to college with a widely accredited Computer Science program? I was under the impression that Discrete Math, Mid-level Calculus, Linear Algebra, and a course in Algorithmic Analysis and proofs were standard fare for a Computer Science undergrad. At least that's how it was in my school.

Some colleges gear themselves far more towards practical knowledge for working professionals looking to change their career paths. I could see someone easily coming out of one of these degree programs with a CS degree without any advanced math but these students typically aren't on the path for a life in academia.

more than 3 years ago


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