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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dywolf Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (535 comments)

you have a dubious defintion of "doubt".

1. To be undecided or skeptical about: began to doubt some accepted doctrines.
2. To tend to disbelieve; distrust: doubts politicians when they make sweeping statements.
3. To regard as unlikely: I doubt that we'll arrive on time.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

dywolf Re:Answers: (276 comments)

bingo.

its like the difference between drawing a really cool airplane...
and actually designing the thing so it can function.

drawing a shape is easy.
drawing one that will fly, not really much harder (unless you get really carried away with cool factor stuff).
deciding where to route the miles of electrical wiring and plumbing, where to place the holes in the structural bulkheads for them pass through, how much space to leave between the inner skin and outer skin for them to be routed, where to place the systems the wiring/plumbing connects to, keeping everything balanced so the craft is stable, how much clearance around moving parts (like control or action rods) within the skin is required, where access panels should be located for maintenance, which panels need welded, which riveted, which screwed in, which are accessible....and this is just a short list focused on wiring and panel accessibility.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

dywolf Re:It's a solved problem (276 comments)

they arent looking for a solution to the door problem.

theyre using it to illustrate the kind of minutae and detail required for even an incosequential aspect of the game the most players arent even going to notice but simply take for granted.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

dywolf Re:Answers: (276 comments)

mod up

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

dywolf Re:Easy answers (276 comments)

we can go further: how much time and money and resources should we spend on a closet not even vital to the gameplay, or story, or that 99% of players wont even see or use? will players get tired of seeing the same bleach bottles that are inexplicably all over this world? ("boy, sure is a lot of Product X in this world"). is our goal a total open world (0% linear), or to essentially put the player on rails (100% linear)?

thats why they talk about feature creep, and design decisions and compromises.

its like the question in structural engineering of why we dont make buildings able to withstand X? because $$$. the more X you want to withstand, the more $$$ you require, usually with severe diminishing returns on the relations between $$$ and X.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

dywolf Re:Easy answers (276 comments)

note that I dont disagree with your opinion on arbitrary restrictions, and the door problem is mostly handled by the level designer, and how much work/effort he wants to put into the level (assuming the engine and computer can handle anything he creates).

but in your haste to answer the questions, you're making design decisions on just one minor facet of the game while assuming infinite resources, in terms of what the computer can handle, and in terms of what you can actually create, in terms of money you have to spend, in terms of time you have to deliver a product. all while ignoring the larger point: there's a door. it opens. ok, what's on the other side? a mop closet. ok, now we gotta add a mop closet to the game. what's in the closet? brooms. just brooms? a mop bucket. and a sink. does the sink turn on? can the player grab the items? how much interactivity does the engine handle? how finely detailed are the textures we're going to use? are they unique to this closet or are we reusing from elsewhere? how much space on the media will it take up? how far down the rabbit hole are we going?

that's the author's point: just because you have played games doesnt mean you grasp the complexities of actually creating and managing a project. its like saying you can design an airplane because you're a pilot.

yesterday
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

dywolf Re:False dilemma (450 comments)

Its an electric utility company.
Its job isnt to provide growth or investment income.
Its job is to fill the natural monpoly niche of providing power to the residents of a city.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

nevada has been trying to get more control of its federal lands for years.
this of course will be a big setback to those wishes.

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

it has nothing to do with sending water to another state.
there's not enough there to send, and no means to do so.

no bundy has not been there since before it was a state.
Bundy's claim dates to the 1880s.
The state because a state during hte Civil War, the 1860s.
the federal government has own the land in question since the 1840s, when it was a territory obtained from mexico.
the federal government is the one that's owned the land since before it was a state.

bundy himself used this land since long before the 90s. and he was more than happy to pay the fees back then. there was a condition imposed that he reduce the size of the herd he ran ON THAT PEICE OF LAND, but he was free to use other lands or his own for the displaced cattle.

it had nothing to do with water, its because the desert tortiose is endangered. whether cattle are harmful to it, i dont know, im not a biologist, but ultiamtely it doesnt matter, because the law is the law. if you dont like it, change it, petition it, etc. but you dont get to just ignore it, keep using land that is not and never has been yours, for free, and threaten violence over it.

and, no, nevada is not that liberal, i assure you. like most states, its purple, and in recent years has been leaning more and more red.

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

Basically nothing you said is true.
Dont comment on things you arent qualified to.

what overreach?
its federal land.
always has been.

Forcing unfavorable contract terms?
He's free to use his own land.
Or pay the (extremely reasonable) fees that every other rancher pays to use public lands.

It's pure property rights: the fed has em, Bundy does not. Bundy chose to ignore that, and has been running his cattle, at taxpayer expense (which is why the fees exist, to reduce the cost to the public) on public land.

it doesnt get any simpler.

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

no seriously? tell me. how stupid are you?
what facts are you going to ignore this time?
what lies will you use, pulled from your peanut brain to explain away things you clearly arent qualified to comment on?

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

Because he was part of the militia you idiot.
he come from Boise, Idaho, a long damn drive, specifically to join in the protest.
and those blogs HAVE relevance. they back up the "mainstream media" you lied about not properly using hte picture and corroborate their statements.

AND THAT PICTURE, AND ALL THE VIDEOS, AREN'T ON BUNDY'S LAND, so anything he may have said about carrying on his property is compeltely irrelevent. and he wasnt even the only one with a weapon sighted in.

you dont get to pick and choose your facts.
and you repeat the same tired myth about Al Sharpton.
And you repeat the lie that "someone" wants that land....ya someone does...his name is Bundy! and he's willing to ignore multiple court orders, property laws, and federal laws to get it. AND HE'S THE ONE WITH AN ARMY!!, asked for or not.

and the irs doesnt have a most wanted list ot my knowledge. but neither hte FBI nor the IRS are relevant to this.
It's BLM land. It's their responsibility to oversee it and enforce the policies. and they never had an army!

i say again: you are an extremely misinformed idiot, who cares not for facts or reality
seriously, just how fucking stupid are you?

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

to be clear, the picture specifically identifies one Eric Parker as the man holding the rifle sighted in.
The attribution of the picture is to Jim Urquhart at Reuters.

Just one of many that prove you wrong:

Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

And there are other photos of the same gentleman, on wingnut "freedom" blogs all clearly labeling him as a member of the militia, proudly proclaiming the he "was providing cover for the patriots".

I say again: You are an idiot.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

you're an idiot.
go away.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

interesting thing about facts is they dont require your belief.
no statement i made is untrue.
your lack of belief is irrelevant.

as i said, its very simple.

It's only if you listen to Faux news, particularly Mr Hannity who especially has been egging this on, is it possible for you have ANY questions as to the simplicity of the case, or Bundy's complete and total lack of veracity.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:No. (1613 comments)

classic "he disagrees with me, therefore he is wrong" fallacy.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re: Bundy (1613 comments)

You basically got every single thing wrong about the case.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

They've been peaceful the whole time, and did nothing more than provide a presence and protest. The only difference between them and Occupy $location is the presence of firearms - none of which were brandished by the protesters, let alone used in a threatening manner.

The pictures of militia men on bridges with scoped rifles sighted in and pointed at the BLM trucks would beg to differ.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dywolf Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

I'm from Nevada, since before this was even local news two decades ago.
I'm VERY familiar with this case.

This is exactly and precisely about freeloader grazing.

No one, NOT ONE PERSON from the feds threatened any violence or murder.
The ONLY ONES to do so are Bundy and his militia supporters.

You are wrong and nothing you have stated about it is factual.
It's that simple.
Go away liar.

about a week ago

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America's Internet is the Best, Europe's a failure, says Washington DC Expert

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 8 months ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the NBCC in Washington, D.C., has written that that America's Internet is the best in the world. "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms and the free market, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. "It's why America's Internet is faster than in leading Eurpean nations. The greatest Internet companies in the world — from Amazon to Facebook — are American companies. We should stick with the free-market system that's worked so well.""
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CEO of National Black Chamber of Congress says America's Internet is the Best

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 8 months ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Congress in Washington, D.C., wrote into The Oklahoman newspaper to rebut a previous letter to the editor decrying the stat of America's Internet. He tells tell us not to fear, that America's Internet is the best in the world. Apparently "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. The letter can be found here: http://newsok.com/free-market-system-worked-for-americas-internet/article/3879006"
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Writer extols crowd sourced crime solving...while ignoring it's failure

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Gary C. Kessler, a contributor to CNN Opinion, has written a piece in which he extols the virtues of crowdsourcing, and how it helped capture the Bostom bombers....except for that part where crowdsourcing failed to indentity the real suspects, and actually led to some false accusations. He then goes on to talk about the privacy issues involved in constant public surveillance. From the article: "The Boston Marathon bombing investigation made use of crowdsourcing to collect photos and video from cell phones and surveillance cameras at an unprecedented level. These pictures were made public a little more than 72 hours after the explosions and the second suspect was arrested 29 hours later.
[...]
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly offer citizens a right of privacy, although many court decisions certainly support such an ideal. Indeed, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is well known for his observation, 'The right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.'""

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, to shutdown

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "In a shocking and disturbing bit of news Hostess, unable to work out a new contract with its bakers who are striking, has filed for bankrupty and requested permission from the court to shutdown operations. The world's most perfect food in the upcoming apocalypse may disappear as the Twinkie supply dwindles."
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Electronic Arts pulls Bait and Switch with FIFA 13

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Electronic Arts has released FIFA 13. The problem? It's FIFA 12 with a new box. Same graphics, same modes, literally the same everything. Other than new socks for your players."
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Indian Superbug gene found in American cat

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected."
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