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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

ctid Re: wrong (254 comments)

"None of the major engines use it."

Unity uses C#.

about 2 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

ctid Re:Only ONE day??? (230 comments)

Two days? TWO? We would submit our cards and then wait for the lesson THE NEXT WEEK to find out if the program had compiled. To be fair, it did encourage one to try be a very, very careful programmer. The rest of you are all whippersnappers by the way.

about 4 months ago
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Godot Game Engine Released Under MIT License

ctid Re:Unitiy is "the" benchmark? (73 comments)

What on earth is a "pure IDE based engine"? And what do you mean by "hashed job Java code"? Unity has Unityscript (which is like Javascript) and Boo (which is a little like Python), but I'd guess that most games are written in C#. And what does the language matter anyway?

about 7 months ago
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Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million

ctid Re:What's in it for me? (50 comments)

I don't know the price but if it's more, your decision to buy from this charity is based on how much spare cash you have. Capitalism has been kind to lots of people so they might want to go for it. You shouldn't sweat it if you prefer not to. It's a charity; you donate if you want to and can afford to. If not, buy your stuff elsewhere.

about 8 months ago
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US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

ctid Re:American infrastructure is old and decrepit (293 comments)

How could this post be modded Informative? The only information it contains is that the author of the post is an idiot. Europe was not "utterly destroyed". It's not just one country. Countries were affected differently, depending on where they were with respect to the fighting. We've already heard from Swiss and Swedish readers who live in countries that have working infrastructure despite the fact that they were not "utterly destroyed" in WWII. I didn't reply to this post before because I assumed that the poster was just trolling and that it would get moderated down as soon as a someone with mod points saw it. I'm replying now because it has somehow been moderated up.

1 year,4 days
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OmniCam360 Camera Cluster Lets You Choose the Viewing Angle

ctid Re:Yeah, right... (66 comments)

I don't think the word "better" really applies, because not everyone is interested in the same thing. Some people want to see the game and nothing but the game. Other people want to look at the crowd. Others want to replay over and over controversial or exciting moments. Some people want to watch one player specifically, while others would prefer a much wider angle so as to be able to see the pattern of play developing. Some people like to see the facial expressions of the players.

It's not a competition and there is not one "best" way. If there is a choice of ten views of the game, there will be some people who like each and every one.

1 year,21 days
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A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School

ctid Re:office compatibility is the big part of useing (283 comments)

It's best to read the article before posting. I have provided the crucial paragraph below:

Once we decided to go ahead, a special newsletter was sent out to all parents. We probably had less than half a dozen who disagreed, maintaining that learning Office was a more useful skill. Whilst I accept their views, I would argue that an 11 year old student starting with us in September 2014 will probably not reach the job market until 2024 or there about. What will Office 2024 look like? Your guess is as good as mine, but good basic skills and a logical and analytical way of dealing with computers will be good for a lifetime.

1 year,28 days
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A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School

ctid Re:Well that's weird (283 comments)

I have yet to see anyone provide evidence that LibreOffice is significantly better than MS Office in any way other being able to run Linux (which doesn't matter because most people use Windows/OS X) and that it's free (which is beneficial, but as far as schools are concerned most of them have Microsoft agreements so it's a sunk cost).

I have quoted the critical section of the article below:

Once we decided to go ahead, a special newsletter was sent out to all parents. We probably had less than half a dozen who disagreed, maintaining that learning Office was a more useful skill. Whilst I accept their views, I would argue that an 11 year old student starting with us in September 2014 will probably not reach the job market until 2024 or there about. What will Office 2024 look like? Your guess is as good as mine, but good basic skills and a logical and analytical way of dealing with computers will be good for a lifetime.

To an extent, Microsoft has harmed itself by constantly tweaking the interface to Word and also the big change between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Nobody forced them to make these changes, but they did it anyway, presumably in order to maintain their lucrative upgrade cycle. But it's pointless to claim that young students "need" to learn Windows or MS Office, because what they will look like by the time the students are in employment is anybody's guess. This is also true of the Linux distributions too, but if the emphasis is therefore on learning the skills, rather than how to operate a particular package, why not go for a cheaper option?

1 year,28 days
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Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

ctid Re:App revenue (419 comments)

What a peculiar way to look at things! Why would gamasutra care one way or the other?

about a year ago
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Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

ctid Re:App revenue (419 comments)

There are several more data points in this article. Android game revenues do not appear to be ahead of iOS game revenues, but there have been several articles at Gamasutra that suggest that the gap is nowhere near as much as expected.

about a year ago
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Volvo's Electric Roads Concept Points To Battery-Free EV Future

ctid Re:ridiculously stupid (216 comments)

You most certainly are ridiculously stupid! Try reading the article before calling ideas "stupid". The idea may well not work out but not for the reasons that you cite. Try reading the article and then thinking for a bit and then commenting. Then people won't think you are an idiot.

about a year ago
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Project Envisions Modular Aircraft That Double as Train Cars

ctid Re:Not realistic. (146 comments)

What definition of "realistic" are you using? I would guess a journey between London and Rome is hundreds, if not thousands, of times more common than a journey between Tulsa and Naples.

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

ctid Re:May have... (323 comments)

Of course you can see the article. Just click on "Full Text (PDF)" on the right hand side.

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

ctid Re:So basically (509 comments)

No you didn't. You skim-read the summary and then posted something that showed that you hadn't read the article.

What this company did was to play a joke on people who downloaded their game from a torrent. The author deliberately seeded a broken copy and then laughed (and invited us all to laugh) at the idiots who made posts on the forum because they kept being "defeated" by piracy in the broken game that they had pirated. He then even took the trouble to write an article explaining what he did, why he did it and (I guess) to try to drum up some publicity for his game. It was a very funny joke, a couple of morons obligingly fell for the joke and everyone who is a grown-up finds it very entertaining. With any luck, this outfit will make a little bit of money out of this stunt. I'm going to buy a copy as a thank-you for giving me a good laugh.

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

ctid Re:So basically (509 comments)

You really need to read the article.

about a year ago
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Changing the Ratio of Women In Tech: How Etsy Did It

ctid Re:It's to bad (546 comments)

When I started in computing (this is in the mid 1980s), the majority of programmers that I worked with were female. This was an old-fashioned mini-computer based department in an industrial environment.

about a year ago
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Margaret Thatcher Dies At 87

ctid Re:GoodBye Maggie (539 comments)

dead people were in the streets

No they weren't. The winter of discontent was bad, but there really was never any situation where dead people were left to lie around in the streets.

about a year ago
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DOS Emulation Arrives For the Raspberry Pi

ctid Re:What about DosBOX ? (189 comments)

You should have bought one of those then!

about a year and a half ago
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DOS Emulation Arrives For the Raspberry Pi

ctid Re:What about DosBOX ? (189 comments)

You can get a perfectly good little Linux running computer for $50 and you're whining about it? The Raspberry Pi Foundation was set up with the goal of getting more children to do programming at home and in school. That is their purpose. The board is as cheap as it is partly because Broadcom are supporting the initiative. I don't know what you mean by "the device doesn't work right". Of course it works right. Hundreds of thousands of people are using them.

about a year and a half ago

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ctid ctid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ctid (449118) writes "The BBC is reporting that at the midnight opening of the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street in London, Sony gave the first 100 queueing gamers free £2500 televisions and free taxi rides home. Some people had been queueing for 36 hours and apparently didn't react at first when they heard the news. Interestingly, the article says that the number of gamers seemed small compared to previous launches and they quote a Sony executive who claims that consumers know that there are lots of PS3s in stock, so they're not rushing out to buy one immediately."

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