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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Molt Re:Dry Counties? (463 comments)

I think you misread slightly, they said it was like 'dry counties' not 'dry countries' - as in a county in a US state where alcohol is prohibited, and which will often border another county in the same state where alcohol is freely available.

2 days ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Molt Why either/or? (257 comments)

Why does the answer have to be either 'taxi' or 'bus' when it's possible to combine the two and have a sensible multi-drop scheme? This would need a decent number of users (Higher than that needed to sustain a local bus company, I'd guess), but would manage to combine the two nicely, and with computerised routing of vehicles should be practical.

Like a taxi you book from where you are, and it'll come to collect you there and drop you off at your requested destination. Unlike a taxi though there could be others riding already, and the vehicle may divert to make pick ups/drop offs on the way within reason.

The result is something which is similar to a less direct taxi, but will be a a lot cheaper as it's multi-occupant and will have passengers almost continually, similar to a bus. It also means that there are less vehicles on the road as each one is carrying more people, and this reduction would actually improve as the service became more popular- it's easier to have efficient routes when there are more options available. Vehicles would likely range from large cars to small buses, things small enough to get through residential areas (I'm in the UK where getting something the size of a full bus down a side street would be impressive) but large enough to carry a few small groups of people.

If you want to keep the 'bus' mentality too then have scheduled pick-ups over the most-used routes, so 'There will be a vehicle arriving at Easterly School every ten minutes traveling to the city center, and arriving forty minutes later'. This may also do other pickups and drop-offs on the way but will arrive more or less when it says unless there are problems.

about three weeks ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Molt Re:Mods anyone? (227 comments)

Some are a pain, most aren't.

A lot of titles have nice (often 3rd party) mod managers now which'll download mods, keep them updated, and allow you to selectively disable them- all from a simple GUI. When I recently replayed Skyrim I spent about an hour or so browsing through all of the mods on Nexus, and installing those that look interesting, and in my mind it made the game a lot more fun.

I admit there were a couple that were slightly broken in odds ways, such as a custom weapon which was heavily overpowered, but it didn't take much effort to just turn them off again.

about a month ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

Molt Easy DroneShield countermeasure (138 comments)

"These are not the drones you are looking for.."

about 3 months ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

Molt Re:Football Manager (39 comments)

That game wasn't part of the same series, as made clear at the start of the Football Manager writeup. The CM/FM series only had text descriptions of matches to start with and there were a lot of traditionalists who complained when they announced there were to be graphics added.

about 4 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Molt Re:So the Chinese have created a free market econo (131 comments)

If they're taking money for it and selling it openly to the public then it's been released, it doesn't matter that the technology is labelled as being 'for development'. Were they to restricting sale to people who qualified as a developer in some way then maybe, but as it is most of these are finding their way into the hands of people who use them to play HL2, another couple of games, and then take up some space in the wardrobe.

Dev companies won't care too much, they'll take the $120 hit on a device if it's something they're going to make a lot more from. Getting the paperwork sorted to buy them may be more hassle, but most will do it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Molt Re:Unreal 4 (254 comments)

Agreed. Writing a game is something that one enthusiastic developer can at least sensibly aspire to in their spare time, trying to build a game on top of a custom engine is something else entirely- the amount of rendering code, tools, integration, and other side tasks just pile up too quickly.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Molt Re:Choose another language (254 comments)

A lot of the mobile games are written using Unity which allows C# to be used on all platforms, from mobile, through PC, and even consoles if you have the dev license for them.

The only issue with Unity is if you need the Pro version be ready to pay some serious money, but for a lot of mobile games the Indie/Free version is fine.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Molt Re:C# MMO (254 comments)

Microsoft are no longer actively developing XNA, and haven't been for quite some time now. Better to go with something which is going to support the systems which will be available when your development's finished.

about 6 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Molt Re:A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

The use of the word drone to describe these is correct.

The Oxford English Dictionary includes the definition for a Drone as 'A pilotless aircraft or missile directed by remote control', a use that dates back at least to 1946 ("The Navy's drones will be..led—by radio control, of course—to a landing field at Roi."). There's no definition listed for a completely autonomous unit.

about 6 months ago
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SteamBoy Machine Team Promises a Portable Console for Valve's Steam Games

Molt Re:That's nice. (75 comments)

Been using Steam since shortly after HL2 was released, and the few minor problems I've had with it have been sorted out quickly. Sorry your friend's had problems but personally it's my preferred way to buy games now.

about 6 months ago
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Open-Source Hardware For Neuroscience

Molt Re:medical devices directive (41 comments)

When a paper is published it should include the methodology used to gather the results, and if that includes a lot of untested and uncertified pieces of kit then it's going to cast serious doubts as to the validity of the findings. Have they actually found something of significance, or are they just prodding round some experimental error which wouldn't be there if they used tried and tested setups? It'll be fine for teaching, and that will help it to gain some credibility, but for a lot of research it's going to take a long time to gain acceptance without a large testing and certification budget behind it.

about 6 months ago
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This 360-Degree, 4K Video Camera isn't Getting Kickstarted (Video)

Molt Re:Use case? (61 comments)

Some 360 degree cameras will be great for VR, but this one wouldn't. The vertical field of view isn't that great and it'd just appear as a loop round you rather than actually giving you the experience of being there.

Something like the Bubl camera would work a lot better, there you almost have a full spherical capture so the user can look up and down.

about 7 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

Molt Re:People still use Perl? (126 comments)

People still use C? Really?

about 7 months ago
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Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

Molt Not sure Sony are going to do much with this (46 comments)

I think this'll collapse unless Sony decide to open it to PC and maybe other consoles. It's not something that is general-use enough to bundle it with every console they sell, and there's not been a truly successful aftermarket add-on for a console as game manufacturers don't include support for them.

I was supporting Oculus until the FB buyout, and then I looked to Sony as maybe they'd treat this as a general display device rather than a PS4-exclusive (You can plug an XBox into a Sony Bravia), but now I'm just hoping Valve wake up and Do Stuff with a few of Gabe's millions.

about 7 months ago
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Book Review: Extending Bootstrap

Molt Re:LESS? that's a new one (27 comments)

LESS is a CSS pre-processor, adding useful things such as variables and extensions to the syntax without breaking things as it compiles down to vanilla CSS at the end. http://lesscss.org/

about 7 months ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Molt Re:It's a niche (143 comments)

As Carl Sagan said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe".

about 8 months ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Molt It can become mainstream, but not quite yet (143 comments)

Over the last few years 3d printing has come on dramatically, it's great for rapid prototyping.

Unfortunately though the average home user doesn't really have much need for rapid prototyping, and most of the things which come out of current 3d printers just don't look polished enough to appeal. They're still very rough looking, more the type of thing which'd come out of a Christmas cracker than the type of thing most people would want as decor.

In terms of software I don't think a more user-friendly 3d editor will help too much. I view 3d product design as similar to writing software, you can make it more accessible but most people are just going to be interested in the library of things other people have developed. Make a library of designs which the average person (not the average current 3d printer owner, they're more enthusiast) will find interesting, attractive, and useful and maybe you'll break the mainstream- until then it's the realm of the tinkerer and the hacker. Most people don't need or want a print out of the Stanford rabbit.

I'm not saying this isn't of interest or use, I may have pledged for one myself if I didn't find paying the import duties to the UK to be so painful (Anyone want to Kickstart a business importing other business' Kickstarters?), but it's still just another 3d printer. I don't think it's the type of thing I'd be recommending to my parents and neighbours though, I just don't think they'd want to deal with the hassles that 3d printers currently bring in exchange for the benefits. How much 3d printing do most people actually need?

What I do see as becoming more popular is the shared printer. People at home make orders for larger and well-finished 3d objects selected from a catalogue and printed on a very nice printer, and they either post them or make them available for collection at central points. I know businesses like Shapeways do this already but the price isn't right for most people yet, it needs to be the case where printing a vase isn't that much more expensive than buying one, and printing a piece to fix your plumbing should be easily affordable.

about 8 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Molt Re:Why would a kid want to program something in VB (226 comments)

Do you really expect any company to donate 'rival' equipment to schools? What I would really rather see MS do is to not cancel development of things such as XNA Game Studio, or at to give more support to other freely-available game engines. Game development is something that kids do enjoy. Make it easy for them to quickly and easily write games using proper programming languages, run them on their own devices, and share them with friends, and you stand a chance of actually getting a programmer out of the other side.

about 8 months ago

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