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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

allcoolnameswheretak Re:It's getting hotter still! (630 comments)

Well, let me tell you that this does not mean global warming isn't happening, and in fact, it makes perfect sense that this should be happening.
When you have ice breaking off due to global warming, that ice will slide off its base and drift into the ocean, thereby increasing the water surface that is covered with ice.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

allcoolnameswheretak Worthy investment (368 comments)

Microsoft
Minecraft

Both start with MI and end in FT. Both are 9 characters long. Further lexical analysis shows that the mismatched infix "croso" and "necra" strings contain the common substring "cr", leaving "oso" and "nea" after the 2nd reduction. Osonea will be the next game developed by Mojang under Microsofts stewardship. It will make 2.5 billion dollars. Earning Microsoft immediate return on investment of 25%.
qed

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

allcoolnameswheretak Re:No. (368 comments)

Given 2 billion dollars for Mojang, I would have sold. No question about it.

But it does make Notch's indignant reaction to Facebook buying out Occulus look even sillier now.

about two weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

allcoolnameswheretak Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Maybe the companies you've worked for sucked. I always book 40 hour weeks, because I can't be bothered to keep exact record of when I arrived at work, when I left for lunch, when I returned from lunch, and when I went home. Most of the time during normal operation I work less, closer to 7h than 8h days. But when necessity demands it, I've worked 12h days for weeks, and still only booked 40h at the end of the week. The important thing to me is getting the job done, and I consider the money I receive by booking 40h the cost to have me do that, whether it actually takes more or less time is irrelevant.
On average, I think I work less than the 40h weeks I always book. But I do my job well, I have a reputation, and nobody questions me.
I think it's more honest. I want to be payed for the quality of my work and not for the time I hang around in an office. It would be easy to hang around until the hours sum up, but I would be wasting my time and fooling my employer into thinking I'm actually doing something during that time. Sometimes I've completed the task for the day in 6 hours of concentrated work, and I'm not in the mood or mind to start something new. I pack my things and leave.
Nobody has ever raised an issue with my work hours so far, probably because I'm very good at what I do. And if somebody ever did, I'd probably get a new job. I don't want to compromise on how I do my job, and if I go, it's mostly their loss, not mine.

about three weeks ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

allcoolnameswheretak Re:yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (109 comments)

Thanks for one of those rare, massively informative and to the point posts.

If you consider that zero-g is an environment that is utterly alien to us, which we have zero adaptation for, I'm actually surprised how relatively well homo sapiens is able to cope with it.

If you compare it to other alien environments, like too much or too little pressure, too much or too little Oxygen, too cold or too hot... usually these great differences from our natural environment are very quick to kill us.

about a month ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Proves point (140 comments)

The satellites were brought up by Russian Soyuz rockets.

I'm sure this mishap has nothing to do with EU sanctions against Russia and the crisis in the Ukraine.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

allcoolnameswheretak Re:liability coverage is needed (341 comments)

September has 30 days.
So that "immediately prior" to October 1st, should probably be September 30th.
Not September 29th.
Just sayin.

about a month ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Get rid of the distractions (116 comments)

There will always be non-avoidable bugs

That's what I was thinking. Some bugs are practically impossible to avoid, because it is almost impossible for a single programmer to have the entirety of a software system in his head, with all possible cases and side effects. Without complete knowledge of a system it's impossible to know the perfect solutions.
At some point it's up to testing and quality control to take responsibility and weight off the programmers shoulders.

about a month and a half ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Are you sure we are talking about the same game when we speak HL2?

about a month and a half ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Wow. Do you play all your games like that? You must have raced through the game, blasting everything in your path. I realize that official speedruns of HL2 are probably way faster than 3hrs, but it still must have been a hectic run through the game.

I like to be sneaky, explore the environments, enjoy the views, smell the roses and listen to the stuff the NPC's have to say before moving on.

about a month and a half ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

HL2 is true to its name. It took me about 16 hours to complete HL2. About 8h to complete Episode 1, and about 4h to complete Episode 2.

about a month and a half ago
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European Rosetta Space Craft About To Rendezvous With Comet

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why aren't space pictures better? (62 comments)

It's like the difference between silently swearing at the idiot in the car right in front of you and honking in a traffic jam at some idiot a mile away.

about a month and a half ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

Then there is a growing number of Americans who are prejudiced about blacks/democrats/liberals, take your pick, or have -no idea- about history, politics and governing. In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for. Better than most of your clueless American public deserves.

about 2 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:I don't blame them for being mad. (219 comments)

Yes, and? What's your point? The US and Germany are allies, it makes sense to share intelligence with allies. What doesn't make as much sense and undermines trust is spying on the administration and institutions of your allies.

about 2 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why (219 comments)

This is especially true for Germany, to a lesser extent Spain and France. Not true at all for Italy.
Italians love waving their flag around and displaying it on clothing, almost as much as Americans.

about 2 months ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

allcoolnameswheretak Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

I really like DF and have had quite a few memorable moments in both fortress and adventure mode. But the interface is outrageous. Using three (at least) different sets of keys to scroll through a selection, depending on context, is madenning, especially when starting out. I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Braben and Bell (285 comments)

8 galaxies and 255 stars aren't so impressive if you consider it was generated by procedural generation. Procedural generation can be a very powerful, impressive tool, but in the case of Elite, creating some generic star systems is really not a big deal. If you want to see incredible precedural generation, look at "KKrieger".

What was really impressive was one of the sequels, Frontier: Elite. This game was really ahead of its time, as it contained not just star systems, but real planets you could land on, seamlessly, with cities, some vegetation, atmosphere, clouds... simply amazing. The ability to fly through the depths of space and landing on a realistic planet without a loading screen has been a long time coming since then. The only other game that implements this, as far as I know, is a comparatively recent indie title "Evochron Mercenary"

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Best game programmer (285 comments)

Rage didn't crash a single time for me, and I didn't have any of the video driver issues some people where complaining about. I remember it being a fantastic, open shooter with some of the best AI and NPC animations I have ever seen, plus entertaining vehicle combat. And it ran fluidly on my old GTX275 card.

Anyway, JC deserves alot of credit for Doom and Quake alone, which were simply mind blowing, earth shattering games at the time.

about 2 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

allcoolnameswheretak Re:One question (225 comments)

Oh, you don't have to go all the way to OPEC. The domestic oil industry is influential enough.

This is great news! If the oil industry is pressuring the US gov to wind down involvement in ITER, it probably means that they are beginning to be afraid it might actually yield promising results!

about 3 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

allcoolnameswheretak The glass is half full! (191 comments)

70% of Americans are ready for the next generation of technology!

about 3 months ago

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91% of Germans would vote Obama

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  about 2 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "While the presidential candidates are running a tight, head to head race in the U.S., the federal election is a non-contest in Germany. According to a recent poll by ARD DeutschlandTREND, a program by the main German public TV station that analyzes current and future trends in Germany, 91% of Germans would vote for Obama (German) if given the choice- up 4 percent since last months poll.

How do you explain this stark disparity between U.S. and European opinion on who is the better man for the job?"

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Where is the weak dollar?

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "How is it that even though the Euro is about to hit the 1.5 U.S. Dollar mark, prices on videogames and other U.S. products in Europe seem to be translated from Dollars to Euros 1 to 1? Compare the price for Halo 3 for example on Amazon.de and the same product on Amazon.com the prices being 59.99$ and 59.45 EUR respectively. What is this? How can this price be considering the US $ — Euro exchange rate? Are europeans being ripped off?"
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allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "Based on a comment made by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, it seems that UMG counterbalances "having to discount" pop music by charging high prices for records of bands that have a "true fanbase".

Quote from nin.com:

As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind: * The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US). By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy." So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off."

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