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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Iftekhar25 Rest in peace (1613 comments)

A relatively short life, in modern terms, but one full of activity. Rest in peace, Steve.

more than 3 years ago

Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

Iftekhar25 Re:On the subject of games (200 comments)

I agree, rushes and cheese are perfectly legitimate strategies. Supremely annoying, but legitimate. :-)

more than 4 years ago

Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

Iftekhar25 Re:On the subject of games (200 comments)

Well, to be fair there's a lot more to SC2 than just build-orders. :-) Build orders are mainly concerned with the "macro" aspect of SC2 gameplay, which is base management and economy, and they're also relevant only in the opening. Everything past the 7 or 8-minute mark is beyond build orders. Good micro (unit-level manipulation of movement and actions), harassment of workers, and timed expansions all kick in after that point, and those become the difference between winning a game and losing a game.

Also, there is an element of "good practices" in SC2. Rushes, especially "all-in" rushes (referred to by TFA) are generally considered bad practice. Beating your opponent every time is cool, but this is usually indicative of a game imbalance that Blizzard will probably patch at some point down the line, at which point you'll rapidly fall in the leagues as you lose to high-level players clued in on countering that or who simply have the good practices to beat it (like early scouting, etc.).

The other (more important) factor is that a gamer specializing in an all-in rush deteriorates his/her gameplay, because he won't have the variety to compensate for a failure of that rush. A rush usually means a sacrifice of something or the other (the tight game-mechanics of an SC2 opening means there's always an opportunity cost; to get that extra army, your economy suffers, or to get those extra resource-collectors, your army will be smaller). All-in rushes, and rushes in general sacrifice some thing or the other which a good opponent can exploit if he/she manages to push back the rush. Someone over-playing one tactic will lack the skills to compensate for its failure, so varying one's game by mastering different build-orders and plays is the better way to do this (if slower).

more than 4 years ago

Android Fork Brings Froyo To 12 Smartphones

Iftekhar25 Enchantments? (193 comments)

This fork includes enchantments to many of the built-in apps [...]

Enchantments? iOS doesn't have that. Android rules.

more than 4 years ago

Developers Expect iOS and MacOS To Merge

Iftekhar25 Stupid Flamebait Topic... (436 comments)

This is a stupid, flamebait, troll's topic. "iOS and OS X will merge, THEREFORE... all apps will be solely distributed by Apple in a walled garden."

Where's the logical connection there? How do you get from one to another? Why not conclude that since iOS and OS X will merge, the app distribution model will completely open up like on OS X? Mac OS X doesn't even have an activation key, for goodness sake. Apple is the patron of many an open source project, including WebKit which is the most prolific rendering engine on mobile devices. No, no, the geek outrage on /. is reserved for the App Store.

If anything, Apple has shown itself to be responsive to the market. From opening up the SDK, to multitasking, to a host of other issues, they wear their ignorance on their sleeve and they have shown themselves to be responsive, and when the market speaks, Apple will, I believe, listen.

If it doesn't, it will fade away into obscurity like many tech companies before it. Sheesh.

This topic (and most of the ensuing Apple-hating group think on slashdot) is sheer bullshit. I got karma to burn, make my day.

more than 4 years ago

Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page

Iftekhar25 Re:I'm a Muslim... (677 comments)

I agree with you on that but it's during these times that Muslims least want to be identified as such. Muslims watch the same news you do and we have a pretty good idea what's going through the average person's mind. And it's not your fault either, that's the admission: if I was not a Muslim I'd be pretty mad at Muslims too (in fact even as a Muslim I'm fairly annoyed).

And so the moderates are kind of, I feel from personal experience, in limbo. Now is the worst possible time I can imagine to have to admit being even remotely associated with people I deeply disagree with and, in fact, have very little in common with.

It's really a weird spot to be in. They're a half a world away, I disagree with them (and honestly kind of dislike them), but somehow I need to dissociate myself from them.

It's an unenviable position to be in for any reasonable person, Muslim or not. All reasonable dialogue is drowned out by shouts of exclusion from both sides. The best time to talk is usually after the full-throated yelling has ended, and is best demonstrated by actions rather than words.

These things really set back that long term, grassroots dialogue back. Depressing.

more than 4 years ago

Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page

Iftekhar25 I'm a Muslim... (677 comments)

And even if I am offended (which I reserve the right to be), I don't think any of this should be happening (i.e., censorship). There has been defamatory material on the prophet for centuries, and in fact were around even during his time. This is nothing new; anyone as prominent as him had to have grown pretty thick skin to get anything done.

His followers 14 centuries on, however, can't seem to follow in his footsteps even half as much as they claim they do.

Every time something like this comes up, I try to dig a hole and disappear best I can. Yet another dysfunctional government like Bangladesh or Pakistan come up with a way to do their magical rabble-rousing and distract from the real issues at hand: economic development, education, and healthcare. All of which they are failing *miserably* at.

This is all *political*. Almost all Muslims (both in the "West" and in the "East") have no beef with anyone or anything, and just want to go ahead living their lives. These idiots in government, who can't even ensure their citizens get basic utilities like garbage collection and electricity, are spending their energy on some drawings, which is perverse on multiple levels.

The minority here is basically speaking for the majority. And honestly... the majority (like me) are looking to dig their own holes as well. We don't want to stick our heads out because we don't want the confrontation. This isn't something we particularly care about. I honest to goodness don't want to argue about the merits and demerits of my faith with some of the slashdotters on here, who are convinced that Muslims "don't belong."

But someone's gotta say it. Most of us are not like this. Most of us just want to get on with our lives. Please don't let the vocal minority dominate the debate. This is political distraction tactics and has little or nothing to do with free speech, Facebook, or the prophet.

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard On August 28

Iftekhar25 Re:several interesting issues (647 comments)

Oh, really?! I was waiting for Snow Leopard so I could make the jump from Tiger in one go, and then it sounded like you couldn't do that!

Are you sure this is possible? Because their marketing certainly seems to strongly *suggest* that it's not. They're saying, and I quote:

Snow Leopard Upgrade Requirements

Snow Leopard requires an Intel-based Mac. Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard users, buy the upgrade. Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger users, buy the Mac Box Set.

Find out which upgrade is right for you.

Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard): Upgrade your Mac by purchasing Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger): Upgrade by purchasing the Mac Box Set, which includes Snow Leopard, iLife â(TM)09, and iWork â(TM)09.

I'm thinking, "what would Apple do," and it might be possible they'll block upgrades from v10.4, so I might have to back up all my data, clear my hard-drive and do a clean install.

What's your take on that?

And I'm not doing this just because I'm cheap, but because I already purchased iWork '09, and I don't want to pay for it again.

more than 5 years ago

Most Companies Won't Deploy Windows 7 — Survey

Iftekhar25 Re:Talk about a misleading title (429 comments)

Mod parent up.

This survey means absolutely nothing. It was taken before Microsoft announced a release date, and that means it's no longer relevant.

Considering that, the number is quite strong.

Windows 7 has a lot of mindshare as "Microsoft [finally] gets it right."

I don't mind burning some karma here, but you gotta call it like you see it.

more than 5 years ago

Bay Area To Install Electric Vehicle Grid

Iftekhar25 Re:Wrong again (388 comments)


I was in San Francisco earlier this year and I couldn't help but notice how crumbling the BART network really was. The ticketing system was inefficient, the trains weren't maintained with, and it seemed like people really didn't use it all that much.

Mass rapid and alternate modes of transport are really neglected. At my hotel, I asked if there was supermarket nearby, they're like, yeah, there's one a couple of miles that way. I'm like great, I'll just walk it, it's not that far. They're like, if you don't have a vehicle we don't suggest you go there on foot, there's a thoroughfare you have to go by that doesn't have sidewalk and it wouldn't be safe. I was astounded. If there is the convenience of having facilities nearby, what's the point in making them inaccessible by anything other than by car?

more than 6 years ago

Firefox 2 and Gecko 1.8 End of Life

Iftekhar25 Re:Thunderbird (138 comments)

I use Thunderbird a lot, but I can't say I really like it. I, too, hope it doesn't get ignored though. Goodness knows it needs a lot of work. It's the only real open source competitor to Outlook, barring Evolution perhaps (unless someone here can recommend me to a good open source POP client?), but Mozilla has a tremendous amount of goodwill from people from its Firefox endeavours, so it's better-poised to dethrone Outlook.

But in all honesty, Thunderbird is one of those pieces of software that makes me breathe a sigh of relief when I go back to Outlook. Outlook is light-years ahead of anything Thunderbird has come out with.

I sincerely hope Thunderbird 3 proves me wrong.

more than 6 years ago

Michael Crichton Dead At 66

Iftekhar25 Re:RIP Mr. Crichton (388 comments)

I kinda liked Sphere (the movie), it had Samuel L. Jackson in it, but I was a kid at the time, and I loved Star Trek at the time too.

I read his Jurassic Park, and quite enjoyed it.

This was sudden and unexpected. He sounds like a really nice person from what people are saying about him.

Rest in peace, Mr. Crichton.

more than 6 years ago



Tech Sector Slow to Hire

Iftekhar25 Iftekhar25 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Iftekhar25 (802052) writes "The New York Times has a frontpage article about soaring unemployment rates for IT in the US (6 percent) despite a tech sector that is thirsting for engineering talent. It reads: '[Many] high-tech companies large and small say they are struggling to find highly skilled engineering talent in the United States. "We are firing up our college recruiting program, enduring all manner of humiliation to try to fill these jobs," said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, an online brokerage agency for buying and selling homes that is based in Seattle and San Francisco. "I do think we're still chasing them, not the other way around."'"
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Apple App Store Anti-Competitive Behavior

Iftekhar25 Iftekhar25 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Iftekhar25 (802052) writes "Wil Shipley from Delicious Monster, one of the foremost "small" third party developers in the Mac ecosystem, and a strong proponent of the Mac platform, has spoken out about the recent controversy surrounding Apple's anti-competitive behavior. He writes: "I have to be clear: it simply will not stand for Apple to prevent applications on the iPhone from competing with Apple's own applications. Besides chasing away all decent developers, besides hurting their customers by stifling competition and innovation, besides it simply being evil, it will, shortly, be illegal. This kind of behavior is illegal when you hit a certain point in market saturation for your product; Microsoft was slapped for it constantly in the late '80s. If the iPhone is the success Apple thinks it will be, they will find themselves the target of a huge class-action lawsuit.""

10,000-year-old Graves Found in "Green" Sa

Iftekhar25 Iftekhar25 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Iftekhar25 writes "Paleontologist Paul Sereno set off in the southern Sahara in the Niger looking for dinosaur bones, but stumbled upon a settlement that was previously occupied by humans repeatedly over 10,000 years, during the times when the Earth's rotation and climate conditions allowed for a "green" Sahara. The first full report on the finds were published in the online journal PLoS One, and in the September issue of the National Geographic (LA Times article). Among the remarkable finds of the tall, muscular, fish-eating Kiffians and the slender pastoralist Tenerians, was the grave of a young woman, the pollen beneath her suggesting she was buried on a bed of flowers, beside two children, their hands intertwined with hers in a timeless embrace."

Q&A with Bill Gates

Iftekhar25 Iftekhar25 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Iftekhar25 (802052) writes "USAToday has published a short interview with soon-to-be-philanthropist Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the upgraded Zune. Questions fielded included his response to criticism Microsoft faces on becoming bureaucratic and political. From the article: 'We were founded on believing in the magic of software. We've managed in terms of hiring people and having development tools and research groups that keep pushing the frontiers for us. We've become the pre-eminent software company. It really speaks to how powerful our original vision was that software has become the center of experiences like listening to music, sharing music, watching TV, playing video games. It all connects through the magic of software.'"

Apple Platform Lock-Ins: A 3rd Party Dev's Opinion

Iftekhar25 Iftekhar25 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Iftekhar writes "Wil Shipley, of Delicious Monster fame, has written a very candid essay on what he perceives as Apple's growing trend toward platform lock-ins. He writes: 'Why is the iPhone locked to a single carrier, so I can't travel internationally with it? There's really only one viable reason: Apple wanted a share of the carrier's profits, which meant giving AT&T an exclusive deal. Which meant, we get screwed so Apple can make more money. It's that simple. [...] As Apple gets more and more of its revenue from non-Mac devices, they are also getting more and more of their revenue from devices that simply exclude third parties. Consumers suffer from this. We suffer from increased prices and decreased competition and innovation. We suffer so Apple can make a few more bucks, when Apple is clearly not hurting for money.'"


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