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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

ZackSchil Re:Here's an idea! (203 comments)

Heh, because so many AAA system sellers are deterred by the closed platform and DRM features. Slashdot readers are pretty out of touch I guess.

Opening the platform would keep it alive and pretty much just move low margin hardware without any software volume. If investors saw nintendo heading in that direction, they'd jump ship faster than they already are. If it even worked to keep the platform alive, it would be a pyrrhic victory at best.

about a month and a half ago

In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

ZackSchil Re:I don't understand big cities - off topic (427 comments)

Massive cities are, by all measures, more efficient than suburban life or rural life. Distribution of resources scales very, very well with population density. Trucking in and out food is orders of magnitude greener than producers sending out 1000 smaller trucks much farther across sprawling rural areas, then everyone trucking themselves around to the grocery store 10-20 minutes away. Wiring power to a 30 floor apartment building is much more efficient than stringing copper to an equal number of suburban homes. Heating a large building with a huge steam boiler, when divided out, is much more efficient than heating the equivalent in suburban homes with electricity, gas, or any theoretical technology! Thermodynamics are just plain working against you!

You seem to just be trolling for replies early in the article so I'm not going to waste time pulling up links. I'm sure others in the community have plenty handy. But if you are being earnest, just think about it for half a second. You might find the way of life unpleasant. That's ok. Many people do. It falls in and out of style over time. But come on, man.

about 4 months ago

30 Minutes Inside Valve's Prototype Virtual Reality Headset

ZackSchil Re:Familiarity counts? (59 comments)

Hasn't every major entertainment medium ever raised this concern? It hasn't happened yet and I doubt it ever will. I'm sure that people will not have any trouble separating reality from VR fantasy.

about 7 months ago

Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

ZackSchil CLA (279 comments)

Yes of course, the CLA. I have long hated CLAs. CLAs are a problem and someone should do something about the CLAs.

about 8 months ago

Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

ZackSchil Re:ditch windows? (304 comments)

Why not? Increasingly games are using standard APIs and getting multi-platform releases. They're not tied to an OS anymore. A Windows license is a huge, unnecessary expense for PC gamers. Gamers worship hardware and entertainment software, not operating systems. They're going to go with whatever has support for the hardware they have and the games they want to play. With Valve pushing Linux and GPU makers joining them, all the pieces are in place to dethrone Windows or at the very least drum up some competition.

about a year ago

Zynga Sues EA For 'Anti-competitive' Practices

ZackSchil Furiously scribbling notes (116 comments)

Ripping off games: BAAAAAAD

Just taking down some notes here for the zombie slashdot poster bot I've been writing.

about 2 years ago

Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube

ZackSchil Oh no. Please. Not Google+. (602 comments)

Is Google seriously trying to use the power of Google+ to twist people's arms on a real name policy? Google, you can't do that until the service is actually popular! My Google+ profile is just some bullshit I made to check out the service. I can delete it or fill it with fake info any time I want. It means nothing to me. If you insist on linking it to services I don't want it linked to, I'll just stop using the service I like less. Which is gonna be Google+!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

ZackSchil Re:That's nice and all... (396 comments)

The Mac OS X client has no compact view, no option to turn off the home screen, and there are ads that pop up from time to time. Lots of them are for Skype subscriptions but some are not. The main screen keeps trying to get me to link my Facebook account, I assume so it can spam my friends too. No thanks!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

ZackSchil That's nice and all... (396 comments)

Good to hear that Skype will be a bit less fly-by-night and will have better call performance. But for two years now, the interface has been getting progressively worse and Skype credits have been exchanging for fewer and fewer minutes. The current version has no compact buddy list, requires a subscription for multiparty video, has giant ads on a useless "home" screen, and wants me to issue facebook updates of some shit. I have never uninstalled anything so fast in my life.

Balance the traffic all you want, Microsoft. Skype is a sinking ship if you don't make it lighter, prettier, and cheaper.

more than 2 years ago

Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool

ZackSchil Re:Common knowledge? (188 comments)

Just as often, while writing documentation on code I just wrote, I've thrown up my hands, and thought "this is so ridiculous and embarrassing that I can't be associated with it", and I went back and re-wrote it to do it the right way. The act of documenting it revealed you left too much undone, or too many situations un-handled.

This is by far more common for me as well. I'll find myself describing some really brittle setup process or some common operation that seems to take a thousand steps, get embarrassed over how bad it is, and then go fix the code. More than once, I've written sophisticated automatic parameter selection code because it was easier than finishing the documentation I had started explaining to the user how to set up parameters properly.

about 2 years ago

TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

ZackSchil Re:Scare quotes (537 comments)

Have you considered that they might be regular quotes? Like the kind we used to use to indicate that the words enclosed were a precise transcription from another source?

more than 2 years ago

Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

ZackSchil Re:This (969 comments)

I got my numbers from wikipedia, but I mixed up nominal and PPP of a few, sorry.

more than 2 years ago

Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

ZackSchil Re:This (969 comments)

Per Capita GDP of...

Finland: $34,585
Denmark: $37,585
Sweden: $47,934

Norway: $84,443

more than 2 years ago

Best Language For Experimental GUI Demo Projects?

ZackSchil Re:OpenGL (278 comments)

This isn't true at all! It doesn't take "pages" of code to open a context and draw something, not even close. It is a poor choice though, since you're starting from absolutely nothing. You don't have a single resizable button control or any way to kern/reflow text for labels.

more than 2 years ago

San Francisco Enlists Bus Cameras For Traffic Law Enforcement

ZackSchil Re:N/A (151 comments)

Someone isn't ready for their closeup!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Faces Temporary iPhone, iPad Ban In Germany

ZackSchil Re:There's some saying... (193 comments)

Yes, Apple really made their bed by getting sued by Motorola in October 2010.

more than 2 years ago


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