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Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

NoSleepDemon Re:Strap a tablet to your head... (69 comments)

Darn! The one time a Slashdot article could benefit from the wisdom of a good Chiropractor!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

NoSleepDemon Holy living fuck (736 comments)

I'm going to get rated down for this but fuck it. What the fuck is up with this site? Who thought THIS would be a good question to ask? Isn't it blindingly obvious that progress bars lie because in almost all cases the task at hand cannot be accurately measured? Could the submitter not have googled this? It's stories like this one that make me not want to know what other humans are doing with their lives. Better to just pretend they're not completely fucking brain dead.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Fileshare Service Riddled With Security Holes

NoSleepDemon Re:Isn't Some of this Stuff Sort of Nitpicking? (151 comments)

One likes to be ridden while high, the other likes to ride while high, and the third is just a skank.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Shouldn't Design Games Through Analytics

NoSleepDemon Re:I don't recall noticing this... (134 comments)

Oops I meant the final class balance patch before they added the 40 point talents, as those blew absolute chunks.

about a year and a half ago
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Why You Shouldn't Design Games Through Analytics

NoSleepDemon Re:I don't recall noticing this... (134 comments)

Almost all my friends left due to class homogenization and the general compression / "dumbing down" of stuff to do. I personally began to doubt the direction of the game when they added recuperate to the Rogue skill tree - they needed a way to stop Rogues from going down in fights that didn't involve lots of escape skills (because those would be 'un-fun' to their enemies) so what did they do? They added a blanket x% heal every couple of seconds. Bloody terrible. I didn't even get to 85 in Cata. In my opinion they had class balance pretty much perfect in the final patch right before Burning Crusade, then we saw how broken class stats became passed 60 (e.g. MASSSSIVE health ramp up) and they've been literally chasing that problem ever since.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon AutoRip — 14 Years Late

NoSleepDemon Re:I didn't want the CD anyway (215 comments)

Because they're cheap and cheerful, and the record companies need something to stock HMV with.

about a year and a half ago
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College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

NoSleepDemon Re:Then why didn't that happen with notebooks? (150 comments)

The first part there chimes with my point - exporting your slides from PowerPoint to html would give you the worst of both worlds. I once tried exporting some notes to html and PowerPoint made a complete mess of them and didn't even use the entirety of the horizontal screen space. The notes didn't even require images, it was just some text. Ouch.

about a year and a half ago
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College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

NoSleepDemon Re:Then why didn't that happen with notebooks? (150 comments)

What relevance does exporting from PowerPoint to html have with what I have said? The argument is producing your presentation in html vs producing it in PowerPoint. If you exported your slides to html you would satisfy neither my argument that PowerPoint is a more efficient and exact method of creating presentations, nor the GP's argument that you ought to build your slides in html and avoid design atrocities committed by typical PowerPoint presentations.

about a year and a half ago
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College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

NoSleepDemon Re:Then why didn't that happen with notebooks? (150 comments)

Sure you do, it's another way of conveying information. For instance, how many people would rather see a map as plain text vs an image of the map itself? What about a graph plotting statistics that show progression? Maybe you want to show a screenshot or photograph of something significant, again text won't do. There are plenty of frivolous things that images aren't required for, like clipart to "pretty" (ha) up a presentation, but the reverse is also true.

about a year and a half ago
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College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

NoSleepDemon Re:Then why didn't that happen with notebooks? (150 comments)

"The issue you have with HTML versus powerpoint means you're doing it wrong in the first place, not that HTML is the issue."

I take exception to this, you see I believe in making something clean, simple and *precise*. If I have an image being rendered somewhere, I want it to render there and ONLY there, and I want it to be precisely positioned.

Perhaps you don't care about the layout of your work, but I do. And just because I do, doesn't mean that I spend more time on the look of a presentation than on its content. In fact, I'd rather NOT spend forever and a day making sure my presentation looks right, which is exactly why I'd choose PowerPoint over making a website, because I don't HAVE to test it at different resolutions on different browsers to make sure it'll function correctly, I can design it once and be done with it! I'm not arguing that PowerPoint isn't capable of funnelling the user into some God awful design choices regarding their presentation layout and its information, but it sure as shit is faster at creating something visually accurate than building a site in html5. That is, unless you want to do something beyond the (admittedly strict) limits of PowerPoint such as complex animation. But then you'd be spending more time on the visual look than on the content itself, which you seem to be against.

about a year and a half ago
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College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

NoSleepDemon Re:Then why didn't that happen with notebooks? (150 comments)

Being worried about the exact spot a graphic is in means you give two shits about how your presentation looks. It's a presentation, so like, visuals are sort of key. Who can stand to look at a PRESENTATION that has graphics all offset by a couple of pixels and nasty borders showing through. I suppose if you have no fucking clue of how to visually convey an idea then having your graphics appear differently depending upon the browser you're running won't make you neurotic with rage. PowerPoint isn't exactly exceptional at letting the designer loose with their ideas, but for God's sake it's faster and more accurate than plopping together a nasty web-site that won't even look right half the time, especially if you're showing it on a projector with a different aspect ratio to what the site was designed in.

about a year and a half ago
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Julian Assange: "Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted"

NoSleepDemon Re:Attention whore talks economies of scale 101! (325 comments)

I think we ought to introduce classes in school that focus specifically on online security, seeing as so much of our lives are now spent online and archived in The Cloud. Mind you, this might be horseshit as for all I know they already exist.

about 2 years ago
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Julian Assange: "Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted"

NoSleepDemon Re:Attention whore talks economies of scale 101! (325 comments)

Your parents may not understand how to use that technology, but they understand its implications as they saw the world change as it became widely used. Children and teenagers growing up around this stuff though that just take it for granted? They don't have a fucking clue.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Loses AV-Test Certificate

NoSleepDemon Re:Defective product. (185 comments)

You know the dodgiest thing about Mcaffee? The moment your PC dies, it uninstalls itself and does a runner, so you'll never even know if it was the app that did the killing!

about 2 years ago
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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

NoSleepDemon Re:Why cloud? (79 comments)

Is it Albania?

about 2 years ago
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It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

NoSleepDemon Re:not hype/trends followers (441 comments)

Yes, yes it would. In my defence I didn't get enough sleep today...

about 2 years ago
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It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

NoSleepDemon Re:not hype/trends followers (441 comments)

Perhaps he meant knowing not to use the inverse of the return of a string comparison function, because that would always evaluate every character in the string before returning

about 2 years ago
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The Shumway Open SWF Runtime Project

NoSleepDemon Re:Sounds great, would prefer ActionScript / Flex (99 comments)

That's the problem though - Adobe couldn't exactly dump all those "developers" still using AS2, so they kept backwards compatibility. I'd wager a lot of AS3 "developers" are of the same calibre as AS2 "developers" - that is, artists who have diversified a little into scripting but don't really have a good understanding of programming or optimisation. The end result is as you said, loads of flash applications that murder your machine when they run. Also it took Adobe till Flash CS5.5 to make an IDE even remotely conducive to an efficient workflow.

about 2 years ago
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David Braben Kickstarts an Elite Reboot

NoSleepDemon Re:Going to have a hard time topping modern remake (173 comments)

I can't comment about Eve, but I played all of the X games all the way up to Terran Conflict and I have to say, Egosoft have one HUGE weakness: Writing a halfway decent story. I dare any of you to look up the X3 Reunion original intro cutscene on youtube. Who in their right mind would have an alien race named the Kh'aak and then have an announcer with a pseudo American accent pronounce it? The Kh'aak invasion is unstoppable! Yeah.

The trouble with space simulations is that there just aren't many of them, the genre never really took off the way FPS games or RTS games did. This means that while there are some good games out there, they all have their problems.

Braben doesn't have anything to worry about in terms of competition imo, he can blow them away.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Loses Trademark Claim Against iFone in Mexico

NoSleepDemon Re:Didn't Do The Research (192 comments)

Consider yourself lucky that you're even still alive, I heard she convinced some poor geek from Toronto to take out seven of those ex's!

about 2 years ago

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Legendary Pictures & Mass Effect Movie

NoSleepDemon NoSleepDemon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NoSleepDemon (1521253) writes "Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to make a Mass Effect movie. [ http://www.geekosystem.com/mass-effect-movie/ ] I have a feeling that this movie will be either utterly awesome or a monumental disaster, hopefully with releases such as Batman Begins and The Watchmen under their belt, Legendary Pictures' effort will not be a disappointment."
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Ask Slashdot: Application Developer & Immigrat

NoSleepDemon NoSleepDemon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NoSleepDemon (1521253) writes "Two years ago I immigrated to Canada as a Teaching Assistant to an MSc degree in Computer Games Technology. After two years of working at the University, I'd help put together a games studio, helped a team of students get the opportunity to travel to a games competition in Scotland, and held many community events involving gaming including competitions, LAN parties and even participation in the Global Game Jam — a 48 hour games design competition held globally.

Upon my contract ending this August, I was not offered the position again, as one of the students I had helped through his degree applied for it, and being a Canadian citizen, he got my job. C'est la vie, as they say.

Now I'm unemployed, and my wife is not able to support the both of us on her meager wage. The irony is that there are many companies in this city who would like to employ me, but getting the paperwork sorted out to employ me legally is apparently all but impossible, due to the geographical location of my birth (Croydon, England). My application developer skills include Flash, Flex, C++, C#, DirectX, OpenGL and ASP .Net. I'm also able to teach, but not at a University level as I only have a BSc Hons degree. My question to Slashdot is, have any of you readers been in this situation? What is my best option to gain employment here as a programmer? For instance, would it be legal for me to freelance as a consultant? Would I be able to start a consulting business here? Are there websites that exist that connect developers around the world with companies looking to outsource small projects? I'm rather stumped at the whole situation, and as my wife is Canadian, we have started to go through various immigration processes to get me an open work permit, however all of this takes a long, long time, and our savings will not carry us that far.

Any advice, or sharing of similar situations from Slashdot would be extremely helpful!"

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