Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
I played Dragon's Prophet for a while (a free to play MMO). While I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay I just got tired of fighting my own temptation to spend on the cash shop to advance quicker.
So no, as the article points out I have no purely rational reason for avoiding free-to-play games. That said, I have no purely rational reason for playing games in the first place, it's a choice I make purely on how a game environment resonates with my own subjective perception. A game that feels like a shady carnival with carnival barkers clamoring for the most cash they can drain from me just doesn't appeal to me. How "fair" that attitude is to game developers and publishers is, to me, quite irrelevant.
Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska
My brother and I use hammers for ranged attacks all the time. It's a clean kill in one hit if they don't have any power-ups.
Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention
It's called an air-bag.
Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code
So if I make a game from this and pay people to play it, will Epic cut me a check for 5% of what I'm paying the players?
Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
I agree. The US should hold back and let someone else get involved / invested first and then jump in later when that fails to cover it.
Lies Programmers Tell Themselves
Hold that thought for a second, my caddy is lagging behind.
Water Filtration With a Tree Branch
Take what? Take their money to the bank when their plastic funnels and tree-branch-filtration kits sell like hotcakes to the very folks hoping to, ahem, "stick" it to the man?
Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
Suppose a manager promises a customer that they can have all the last minute changes they asked for ahead of schedule and under-budget. When the engineers work on their own time to make the delivery, does the manager pay their uncompensated time from his own pocket?
Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'
Science makes none of these assumptions, you (and many others on both sides of the debate) make these assumptions of science. Science classifies knowledge into repeatable testable theories that can be used to make useful predictions. Science recognizes that there are limits to observation and in fact many theories characterize these limitations, the uncertainty principle is a good example of this.
It's all well and good to imagine what lies beyond human comprehension, but it belongs in the realm of musing and fantasy.
Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination
Killing an unarmed and fully secured captive has no place in a mature and civilized society. I call bullshit on any claim that the death penalty is a deterrent and somehow weighed in the minds of a person who decides to rape and kill a pregnant woman. The real aim of the death penalty is to satiate the rabid mob of townsfolk who would prefer take matters into their own hands with a rope and a tree. Heck, I'll even admit that I'd be among those first in line to get a piece of this guy if he had done this to someone I knew but that doesn't mean I don't hope that calmer minds would prevail. Even in this case it doesn't really bother me that this man suffered, but that he suffered in the name of name of supposed 'justice'.
Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
The backlit screen in the darkened theatre is tremendously obnoxious (at least to me) by itself. That said, they could easily have resolved the situation like adults.
A: Sir, could you please turn off your cell-phone.
B: Uh, it's just the previews, relax.
A: I know, but I find the light irritating.
B: I'm texting my kid, just give me a sec.
At which point A drops the matter and calmly summons a theatre employee if it continues into the feature.
Heck, even behaving like obstinate hormone-fueled adolescents and beating the crap out of each other would be better than what actually transpired.
People Become More Utilitarian When They Face Moral Dilemmas In Virtual Reality
Personally I'd be overwhelmed with curiosity with how the game physics would respond to situations the developers may not have considered. What happens if you rapidly cycle the train switch or switch it right as the train is passing over it? Perhaps you could get the train to derail and start to accordion thus clearing both sides of the tracks and destroying the train itself.
23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered
C is a very low level programming language. If you ever look at the assembly listing for a C program you will generally find that each line of code maps to a relatively short sequence of assembly instructions. This virtue of C is what makes it so attractive for its original (and continued) use as a tool for writing operating systems, OS drivers, embedded systems, or anything where the developer needs or desires fine control of exactly what operations will be performed. Adding bounds checks lessens that control and for many applications where C is an appropriate language choice, would have a very real performance impact.
That said, many C compilers, debuggers, and code analysis tools (such as cppcheck as mentioned in the summary) offer features to detect memory access violations (and other types of bugs) during development and testing but without adding permanent run-time checking to release builds.
"Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?
I tend to agree. One thing I find annoying is that in order to temporarily comment out the body of a conditional you have to add a "pass" line. The ability to add members to classes at runtime has also created some situations for me that were very confusing to troubleshoot.
Cheerios To Go GMO-Free
Nobody needs to kill themselves to control population, just not reproduce so much. You first? Sure. Who's next?
Many developed countries already have low or declining population growth so again; us first? Working on it. Who's next?
New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
School just teaches you what you need to memorize and later regurgitate on the paper to get credit. The after-school religious education programs are what teach you what you need to believe lest you disappoint friends, family, and community.
Been down that road, it just didn't click. On the plus side it sounds like the new Pope is letting everyone into Heaven these days so you don't really need to hedge your bets any more.
How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam
I think it's just a natural geek tendency to look for scenarios in real life that are even remotely related to one's favorite science fiction universe and then to fantasize about how one's favorite science fiction universe is finally becoming real. People who dream up headlines know that geeks will drool like Pavlov's dog over a science-fiction tie in reference. People have a tendency to conveniently forget that the reason advances in technology occasionally align to science fiction themes is that science fiction incorporates both real and hypothetical scientific theories in the first place.
Modern computer controlled weapon systems are far more similar to a guided missile or even a trip-wire mine than some "I, Robot"-esque machine with a hand-waved synthetic form of free-will. These systems do exactly two things: 1) match a pattern 2) deliver / activate a munition. It's no more relevant to get into a discussion over violations of the three laws of robotics of a trip-mine; the pattern matching of which consists simply of whomever / whatever snags the wire.
The appropriate use and legality of autonomous weapons systems is a serious and relevant discussion to have. Bringing Asimov into the mix reduces the discussion to intellectual masturbation.
Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code
That's not what Darinbob is saying. Both the declaration and the definition of the function take 4 parameters as mandated by the API he is writing to. In his particular instance, however, he does not care what the value the caller passes to one of the parameters. This is common with things like callback routines / event handlers. Often the callback API provides you with information that you don't need for your specific implementation.
I still recommend compiling clean with -Wall but it does mean that there will be times where code is already correct but you need to add something just to tell / trick the compiler into not emitting the warning.
Medical Radioactive Material Truck Stolen In Mexico
Irradiated food doesn't spoil but it can still go bad, usually around the time it starts making anti-Semitic slurs.
Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations
I'm not sure why someone would do that either but the way you talk about it perhaps they should make a movie about it. It would feature the heroic adventure of a person browsing and reserving a rental online then trekking to the climate controlled grocery store to pick up the disk from the kiosk along with their groceries.
[spoiler] In the climax of the movie our hero returns the movie the next day and purchases a soda and bag of pretzels from the adjacent vending machines to celebrate the $2 he just saved. [/spoiler]
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