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Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

LandoCalrizzian NEWS FLASH!!! EA doesn't make games (369 comments)

EA doesn't make games and they aren't a game developer. EA is a corporation that monetizes an interactive, visual art experience. NOW IN 3D! They haven't made games since the 16-bit Sega days. As a corporation, they don't read forums, they don't read reviews. EA listens to stockholders, focus groups and quartely reports. They only hear the sound of a product not meeting quarterly projections. Trolling them on reddit does no good because they don't have a soul and they only believe in franchises that bring in fat stacks of money. Hopefully they don't infect the rest of the industry so some other company doesn't figure out a way to legalize gold farming by making a game where the only incentive to keep playing is to farm loot so you can sell it for real money on an auction house...

about a year and a half ago
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Are Gaming Studios the Most Innovative Tech Companies Out There?

LandoCalrizzian Re:Ummm... (103 comments)

No. At least not the big boys. Unless you call invasive DRM, sequel after sequel and shooter after shooter innovative.

Agreed. Big studio are innovative at making money. Indie devs make money by being innovative.

about a year and a half ago
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Learn Linux the Hard Way

LandoCalrizzian Re:Linux shouldn't be hard, geek elitism has to go (185 comments)

You are combining high level and low level usage when my comment tries to separate the two. If you want to use "Linux" then you pick a distribution and learn how to use the menus to run applications, learn how to use the file manager to access files (which has been simplifed to Documents, Desktop, Pictures) and finally learn how to use a gui package manager to keep it updated (Updates available...blah..blah...click yes to install). If you want to learn "Linux" then you pick a shell and learn how to use it, you pick a scripting language and learn how to use it, you pick a desktop/window manager and learn how to customize it, download source code and learn how to compile it.... That is hard work so you have to put in the effort. BadCarAnalogy: The masses learn the bare minimum to drive safely on the road then they pick a car based on color, speed/gas mileage and "OOH Look Shinies". A mechanic/engineer needs to know about thermodynamics or how gas-air mixtures behave under pressure. I don't need to know the cubic square feet of a hemi engine block but I do need to know which car has the easiest onscreen display to play music and get directions (not Ford Sync). Now if I want to pimp my ride then I'm going to learn how the car works so I can bend it to my will. The masses don't learn Linux, hackers and programmers do.

about 2 years ago
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Learn Linux the Hard Way

LandoCalrizzian Re:Linux shouldn't be hard, geek elitism has to go (185 comments)

While I agree with your post I think you are combining two extremes of Linux. "Linux Distributions" should be easy but Learning Linux should be hard. The masses should be able to choose a distribution that easy and will work out of the box (ala RHEL, Ubuntu, Linux Mint...). Learning Linux itself (kernels, command line, compiling from source, customize it to your liking) will never and shouldn't be easy because of the sheer amount of information. While condescending elitism has no place in any subject, I don't think something as open and complex as Linux will ever be easy. The masses should expect that web browsing, word processing, email and the occassional light game of solitaire should be easy. Hackers should expect to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and occassionally fubar the system. As far as documentation and tutorials... Good Luck getting programmers to write something outside of comments.

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us

LandoCalrizzian Re:Raspberry PI isn't Android, iOS or Windows Phon (170 comments)

The Raspberry Pi isn't an Arduino either. It's not "embedded".

The whole point of the Pi is that it's a fully-fledged standalone system (once you add keyboard/monitor/mouse) - but cheap and robust.

The idea is that a schoolkid -- even one from a family that's not wealthy - can have a Raspberry Pi of their own do mess with as they please. Depending on the distro, it boots to a GUI, you can go straight into an IDE, and if you screw anything up it's easy to start again from scratch.

You are correct that the PI itself isn't a true embedded system like the Arduino but the site references Adafruit. Adafruit's whole business model is based around the maker community and they have step by step tutorials for embedded programming w/ the PI.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us

LandoCalrizzian Raspberry PI isn't Android, iOS or Windows Phone 8 (170 comments)

The article states "Currently [Adafruit] are working on how to make the Raspberry Pi, the $25 one board computer, easier to use. The problem is that currently it all works with Linux which not every potential user knows or wants to learn just to be able to program the device.".

That one statement takes away from a good article about the Raspberry PI Web IDE. If you're going to learn to "program the device" which I"m assuming means embedded systems then why wouldn't you learn Linux. If you aren't using the gpio outputs to work with hardware then you might as well use the cheaper alternative of your own computer and a bootable usb stick with a distro of your choice. The Raspberry PI is relatively new so stay away if you don't want to get your hands dirty. If you want to stick to software then learn to program with a mobile OS.

tl;dr - startx

more than 2 years ago
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EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans To Charge $70 For New Games

LandoCalrizzian Re:My 16 bit games cost 50 bucks (323 comments)

Of all the examples you listed, how many of those ~$80 can you still play 20 years later after the studio is gone or no longer supporting the game? The way EA is setting up Origin, you are just renting the games and they only guarantee access for 2years in the Origin TOS. With DLC and in game ads, they are overcharging for the game.

more than 2 years ago
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How Huffington Post's Clever Traffic-Generation Machine Works

LandoCalrizzian Re:I don't know how this is clever (165 comments)

Exactly Correct. The use of sensationalist headlines is the reason Fox News claims to be "Fair & Balanced", Sara Palin can get away with "Death Panels" and CNN trolls it's viewer by re-writing headlines to see which SEO wording gets the most hits. The truth is boring and tedious get used to it and you'll be better for it.

more than 2 years ago
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Why eBook DRM Has To Go

LandoCalrizzian Re:"increased goodwill from users"? (299 comments)

I just got on the e-reader bandwagon last Christmas and I can say that I have only purchased one book because I don't want to be locked in to B&N (yes I know it's hackable) if they can't withstand the Amazon/Tablet onslaught. I have 2 bookshelves full of books and choose to checkout library e-books instead of purchasing them. I'd gladly pay for an e-book if a) it is cheaper than the hard copy AND b) I could read it on any device at anytime without an internet connection long after [insert controlling entity] is gone. DRM is and always will be a short term gain because in the long run it will cost you more to maintain it.

more than 2 years ago
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Paramount Claims Louis CK "Didn't Monetize"

LandoCalrizzian Re:Monetize (288 comments)

FIXED: Paramount Claims Louis CK "Didn't Sodomize"

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Administration Places $200 Million Bet On Big Data

LandoCalrizzian Re:Doesn't this bother anyone? (72 comments)

I'm black, and I think that even if Obama is "my nigga", he cannot be trusted, and he betrayed most of those who voted for him with all his false promises.

I intend to vote against "my nigga" next time.

I guess you can call me an Uncle Tom, but I'd rather be called that than be called a sucker or an idiot.

Posting as AC and talking about trust is an irony in itself. Anyone naive enough to think that the President can drastically change the way a nation works in 4 years is a sucker and an idiot. Government is slow to work and slow to react because it is run by a committee of people who have their own agenda that doesn't always align with the President's agenda. It doesn't matter who is in office, if the kids can't play nice then nothing gets done. Let's set the record straight, a President has the least control on how a nation is run, the body of Congress has most of the power. If you want one man to run the country move to Syria. If you want change, you should be more selective of your Congressional representatives instead of only paying attention to 2 people for ~6 months every 4 years.

more than 2 years ago
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In Your Face, Critics! Red Hat Passes $1 Billion In Revenue

LandoCalrizzian Re:And now, for the rest of the story... (227 comments)

How about quotes from the same era about Linux on the desktop? Or quotes from every year since about how this year will be the long heralded Year Of Linux on the desktop?

It started as media hype but this is the era of mobile computing and I would say that Linux has done extremely well in that market. Apple is still #1, Android is #2 but Microsoft is 4th when there is a huge gap between 2nd and 3rd. Android is still a consolation prize until they can start running neck and neck with the iPad and when that happens, you'll have more PR hype asking "Is this the year the [mainstream] desktop dies?" It's all part of the plan for Linux world dominance. Bow down to your root overlords!

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

LandoCalrizzian Re:Supply & Demand for an digital copy (507 comments)

I don't see where you get "free" from my post. If Photoshop version X was already developed and sitting on the shelf of some store at $99.99 and they raised the price because the lead designer decided to join a monastery, you're OK with Adobe increasing the price of existing software on the shelf to $120 when it's at $99.99. If they create Photoshop Version X+1 then there is a cost associated with developing that version and hence the increased price.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

LandoCalrizzian Supply & Demand for an digital copy (507 comments)

I'm not an economist and I was fortunate enough to stay in computer science and not transfer to business school so please explain how increased demand for a good that is digital results in increased supply. There is no added cost for Sony to reproduce the digital album once it's on iTunes so why is it acceptable to increase the price of an existing song (or any song)? Isn't this a prime example of price gouging? If the demand for a product increases suddenly and it costs you more to produce additional products then by all means raise the price. If the product is collecting dust on the shelf and in response to some external factor you blantantly scratch out the old price and add texa$ to it then that makes you a greedy @$$hole.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

LandoCalrizzian Re:I don't understand you people (406 comments)

If my cellular data speed is realistically able to hit 7mb/sec at that very moment then my past usage should have no bearing on my current speed. If you're going to knock me for data usage take away unlimited data plans. If you're going to knock me for my data speed then add speed packages. If you're going to knock me for my data and speed usage, then I'll switch to Verizon, Sprint,...[insert carrier C who will do the same thing without regulation].

more than 2 years ago
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Introversion and Solitude Increase Productivity

LandoCalrizzian Re:Not sure about this one. (214 comments)

I completely agree with this article for the simple fact that I am one of these people. My job requires me to interact with many different types of people on a daily basis. While it has greatly improved my ability to socialize and engage others, I still don't feel like I'm at the top of my game. It's only after everyone leaves work for the day that I can actually put on my headphones and get in the zone but it's so late in the day that I'm usually too tired to stay later or the wife is calling for dinner. TLDR: Spolsky test good. Interaction with people bad.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Takes the Stand In WordPerfect Trial

LandoCalrizzian Re:Wordperfect did one thing every program should (472 comments)

Show codes.

When you ran into trouble with the way your document was displaying, you could hit show codes and edit the paired tags (a lot like HTML).

No program should ever hide your data so that you cannot directly edit it when the "interpretive" parts of the program guess incorrectly about what you want.

The first and foremost abuse of this is web-based comment fields with little mini-GUIs to help you format your text. When the system "guesses" the wrong bullet point, or line spacing, etc. you can fix the problem in three seconds with a show codes option.

Sadly, many programs and web sites do not do this. They think it's too complicated for their users. While this may be true of the 90%, it's not true for the rest, and they're slowing us down with the simpleton interface.

Grrr.

I agree with you that Reveal Codes is a extremely helpful feature that is or should be standard on almost all current WordProcessing software. As someone who supports the 90% and 10% of WordPerfect Reveal Codes users, I can safely assume that this feature was not born out of innovation but necessity. I've been "fortunate" to support users using WordPerfect since WP8 and it is a notoriously buggy program that has trouble handling WP codes present in documents from older versions hence the birth of reveal codes. At best Reveal Codes is a great feature to find a bad code present in page 2 that crashes a document whenever you scroll past page 9 but that doesn't mean that it wasn't a "hack" created by the programmers that made it into production as a feature.

about 3 years ago
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How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

LandoCalrizzian Re:Passion Isn't Really Externally Acquired or Pli (516 comments)

I can't "give" you passion. I'm not Martin Luther King Jr. and this isn't about Human Rights. Passion comes from within and if it's not there, I can't trigger you to release it. If all it required for passion was to saunter up to a counter and say "One passion, please" then we'd all be theoretical physicists musing over our all night analysis of LHC data whilst having tea with Stephen Hawking right now. Sorry to be so crass about it but all I can do is tell you what got the ball rolling inside of me to make computers do exactly what I bid them to and how that makes me feel at the end of the day. To tell you to go home and read Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug and then implement a Hidden Markov Model that learns on Bach Chorales in LISP is unlikely to do you any good. Me, on the other hand, that shit turned me from a hay bailing idiot farmhand into a programmer.

Since the submitter "used to enjoy writing code" then nothing has to be created from scratch. I honestly believe that you can get passion from other people(see Motivational Speakers). If you trully believed in something at one point in time then there is always someone or something that can reignite that passion if you look hard enough. I lost motivation to write code for awhile because I am surrounded by people who couldn't care less about computers in general. I find that listening to other passionate people really motivates me to do something and motivated friends stoke the fire of competition. I love watching Linus talk about topics he's passionate about because his energy is contagious (or obnoxious if you love cvs/svn/[insert linux scheduler here]). Ted Talks are good too.

about 3 years ago
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Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

LandoCalrizzian Re:Nerds can socialize...IRL??? (351 comments)

My friends and I talk about starcraft WITH our lady friends. Why would someone be with a lady friend that can't talk to about their hobbies?

A girlfriend is more motivated to do things that a wife won't. I chose to fight for the status quo in "other areas of interest".

more than 3 years ago
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Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

LandoCalrizzian Re:Nerds can socialize...IRL??? (351 comments)

There are more people during StarCraft matches than in normal time. Just as there are more people during football matches than in normal time. How would that imply that StarCraft fans go to the bar less often than football fans?

From TFA:

But for sports-bar owners, "Starcraft" viewers represent a key new source of revenue from a demographic—self-described geeks—they hadn't attracted before.

My friends and I always talk Starcraft while at a bar (at the expense of our lady-friend's attention). Now we can do it under the banner of supporting local business.

more than 3 years ago

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