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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Mikawo Re:Suckers (160 comments)

Most games are created to make money. People see what is selling and they just cobble together some crap to try and make some easy money. There are people who do it out of love, but those are definitely few and far between.

3 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Mikawo Re:bandwidth isn't the problem (428 comments)

All you need to do is pay some guy (maybe a kid from high school because this shit is not rocket science) ONCE and it would be substantially better than not configuring anything at all.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Mikawo Re:Mod AC parent up (354 comments)

Yes, putting his projects under GPL was not legal in the first place because it linked to non-GPL code, but he knows this. What he's trying to do is get the server code to be GPL'd to validate his license and until then he wants to stop the use of his code.

What I want to know is what happens to code that uses an invalid license and then is distributed. Does it default to an implied copyright the same way works released without licenses do? Or is that nullified when a license is chosen? What the hell happens exactly and what does it mean for third-party software that rely on that code?

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Mikawo Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

Curious. How is that a meme? Other than to refer to the actual Quinn controversy, I have never seen the term Quinnspiracy used in any noticeable capacity.

about a month and a half ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

There are games that want to push the limits of PC hardware and have all the fancy bells and whistles and if that's what you want, then those are the games you should get, but why do you expect every game to be that way? Why is it wrong to optimize for the lowest common denominator to, say, reach a wider audience? Not everything needs to be at the cutting edge. Just making the game fun is a worthwhile goal in itself.

about 4 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

Generally speaking, all instances of a given product from a manufacturer should not be significantly different in quality. Otherwise the value is not consistent and it would be unfair to price it all the same.

about 4 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

Well, the list price is the same no matter what platform. I think console gamers might get butthurt if they spent the same amount of money and on another platform the game looks a lot better. There is something to be said about delivering a somewhat consistent experience across different platforms. Getting that extra quality through a DLC doesn't seem all that unreasonable.

about 4 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Mikawo Re:Easy answers (305 comments)

I think you mean this thread is filled with experienced software developers that, all the time, thoroughly go through multiple case scenarios and determine which ones are necessary. This is shit you intuitively know if you work with any kind of software (game or not).

about 6 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Mikawo Re:Bottom Line: (358 comments)

Of all the companies that I've applied to (and I've applied to a lot), none really seemed to care about any work I've done. I have an application that has a couple hundred regular users (which I'd like to think is pretty damn good as far as obscure open source projects go) that I've been maintaining for the past year but this has not improved my prospects at all. I've also learned various technologies and started projects around them but all of it seems like an exercise in futility. The gross generalization that all you need is to have decent code samples to get a job seems like complete bullshit to me.

about 6 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

Mikawo Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (103 comments)

Many studies suggest that the better players don't typically "see" the bad moves. If you ask a good player who's analyzed a position for a few minutes about a bad move, they will require more time to answer questions about the bad move.

This happens everywhere. Not just games. If you get so used to doing things in a certain way, thinking outside that box becomes more difficult.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Mikawo Re:I don't care if he was supporting a bill to imp (1116 comments)

I have to agree. No matter how much of an asshole view a person has, they should be able to act on their belief within the law without being condemned for it. The thing that really gets me is that they took it to his employer. If you have a political problem, fight that problem on the political stage. Don't bring that crap to the workplace!

about 6 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Mikawo Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

Some things are bigger than ourselves. Actually, pretty much everything is.

about 7 months ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Mikawo Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

Obviously, it does affect the score. However, I was not talking about score. It is neutral in the sense that it does not convey an opinion.

about 10 months ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Mikawo Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

A "redundant" comment will get a pass because that mod is a waste of mod points. A person would more likely save mod points for an approval/disapproval rather than use them for something neutral like "redundant".

about 10 months ago
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Is 'Fair Use' Unfair To Humans?

Mikawo Re:Copyright itself is problematic for technology (259 comments)

I'm trying to think of where education went wrong such that it produces people like you that think effort should be rewarded.

Students should not expect a grade of A on a test just because they tried hard. They should expect it because they produced a sufficient amount of correct answers. Likewise, an amateur carpenter should not expect to be paid more for a birdhouse he constructed just because it required more effort than would have been exerted by a skilled carpenter. The worth should represent the results and not the effort it took to produce them.

It is a shame that it is common practice to add the weight of effort into the value of a product and nobody stops to think twice about it.

about a year ago
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Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Mikawo Re:I'm not a patent lawyer, but I can tell you thi (342 comments)

In a professional context, you should behave professionally or you're not very professional. This doesn't mean you should take everything lying down, but acting like a total ass is definitely not something you should do.

about a year and a half ago
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Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

Mikawo Re:No I would not. (610 comments)

I think you are blowing it out of proportion. Just because a person was tracked as a child doesn't mean they won't know how to think for themselves. Have you never questioned the decisions your parents made when they raised you? I have on many occasions. In fact, I feel some of those methods were wrong and I'm set on NOT using them. Maybe you should give people more credit?

Even if a kid is tracked, they'll still be exposed to different ideas simply by going to school and interacting with other people. As they get older, go to college, etc., they will still be able to form their own opinions and determine for themselves what is right and wrong regardless of what their parents thought.

about 2 years ago
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Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains

Mikawo Re:Logos? Maybe. Tastes? Yes. (322 comments)

WhatEVER kids eat at an early age, that's why they'll enjoy for the rest of their lives.

Not true. I used to be fed fish when I was a kid, but I practically hate it now. Putting any in my mouth makes me feel like vomitting.

about 2 years ago
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New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Even Worse Than SOPA

Mikawo Re:Surrender Monkeys (234 comments)

For pete's sake, people, we're the people who run the central nervous system of the world. How is it that we psych ourselves out over stuff like this? We should be able to mold the government like putty.

I want to believe this can happen, but simply spouting these ideals on /. will not magically get the needed support. There is real organizational work to be done; not just a post in a public forum.

Browsing /., I've seen plenty of people who are expressing unrest at the U.S. government taking away our freedoms and some even hint at wanting a revolution. There is no shortage of people who would like their voices heard. The problem is that these voices are fleeting. Like your post and perhaps like mine, people will read and think, "Yeah, I agree with that!" but then they will go on about their business without really connecting with our ideals. If people don't commit, ideals will simply exist as wishful thinking and we end up standing alone.

It's true that there is power in numbers, but to gain those numbers, there must be a way for people to commit. This is why real organizational work must be done. There needs to be a highly visible resource that people can join; a resource that acts as a platform that together we can use to fight for our freedoms.

Ideally, the platform would aggregate issues that threaten our freedoms and provide information about the appropriate actions to take for each issue. People who have joined and are committed to the cause know that they are not alone and that they can take actions that will actually be meaningful.

I'm aware of various sites/petitions that try to inform about threats to our freedoms and some do provide info about possible actions to take, but I found that not only do they typically have poor visibility (some sites I've only found by chance), but they mostly only address specific issues and not the problem as a whole (i.e. government thinking they can take our freedoms). Since the sites only address specific issues, people are forced to scour the web looking for any new issues and they must manage all of that activity themselves. Let's face it: for the average person, this represents too much work. It doesn't mean they don't care at all, but just that they have other priorities in their life (like making a living). Simplifying the time consuming process of independent research into a single resource is bound to create more awareness and also increase participation.

Until a platform comes along to rally the people together, expect the strength of the people to go to waste. People are getting angry but so long as they do not gather together, their voices will not be heard.

more than 2 years ago

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