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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

maweki you can't just (210 comments)

You can't just compare the Xbox one with a PC of the same price on horsepower when the Xbox one is sold at a loss, making its money back on licences.

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

maweki Not sure about that (285 comments)

I think I have to contest that. Last semester I got straight As in both "Principles of programming languages" as well as "Algorithm Engineering".

about three weeks ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

maweki Re:Is something being casually elided here? (431 comments)

In the original German article it's "reading through writing" and the posted article is an absolute mess that shows the lack of editorial oversight on slashdot, again.

about 4 months ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

maweki My experience as one of the "tested" pupils (431 comments)

I went to primary school in Germany from 1996 on and I was in one of those classes that learned "Reading by Writing" (I explained above that the referenced article gets the German original article the wrong way around).

The way it basically works is, that you get a phonetics-alphabet and learn just the sounds and then you write them down in the way you think is right. My class was, in direct comparison to the class that learned traditionally, on average half a grade better in writing and reading by year 4. But my class had only eleven pupils and our teacher had the chance to explain errors and nuances. Usually, classes nowadays are more than double the size.
I am sure that, without proper guidance, many mistakes can be made. The primary thing my parents loved was, that I was able to read stuff the first day I came home from school with my phonetics-alphabet. I could read my children-books from day one. We didn't start with the letter "e" or "o" and only short words. This gave me a real thirst for books and I read "Robinson Crusoe" in second grade.

about 4 months ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

maweki They mean reading through writing (431 comments)

In the original article they talk about "reading through writing". The other way around would be traditional, with the help of a Fibel (hornbook?) that's being *read*.

about 4 months ago
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Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

maweki You can't complain (109 comments)

I've long held the opinion that developers aren't allowed to complain about the quality of open source software. Now rich people aren't allowed to as well? Fine by me.

about 9 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

maweki has Oracle Seen their own documentation? (394 comments)

I have had a university database course last year using the multimedia-extensions of OracleDB. This could as well habe been undocumented. Sure, the sql-part is quite straightforward but the mm-extensions are a bloody mess.

about 9 months ago
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The Last GUADEC?

maweki I just started working on gnome (376 comments)

I just became the maintainer of a small games project in gnome and I have to say, the lack of (wo)manpower really shows. There are other projects that have many hundreds of untriaged bugs (most of them unconfirmed. We're not talking about unfixed here). There are only a handful of people doing really cool stuff and about nobody doing the menial labour of just making builds stable or working with one-off-contributors who sent in patches on their own.
But all in all I don't believe gnome's development cycle is unsustainable in the foreseeable future, even with shrinking interest in the desktop as a whole.

1 year,7 days
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UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

maweki Re:Wisdom of the paranoid ages (193 comments)

It's all part of the conspiracy. They're taking our tinfoil precisely to prevent us from defending ourselves from the alien hive-mind.

about a year ago
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Vulnerability Found In Skyrim, Fallout, Other Bethesda Games

maweki Re:Elder Scrolls online is not coded by Bethesda (179 comments)

No. The link I posted explains that they licensed the HeroEngine but will not use it.
"We started ZeniMax Online from scratch, with no employees and no technology. We had to build everything ourselves. It takes a long time to write game engines, especially MMO engines, which are inherently more complicated than typical single-player ones. So, we decided to license the HeroEngine to give us a headstart. It was a useful tool for us to use to prototype areas and game design concepts, and it provided us the ability to get art into the game that was visible, so we could work on the game’s art style."
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/05/25/why-the-elder-scrolls-online-isn-39-t-using-heroengine.aspx
Or as the title of the article says: "Why The Elder Scrolls Online Isn't Using HeroEngine"

about a year ago
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Vulnerability Found In Skyrim, Fallout, Other Bethesda Games

maweki Elder Scrolls online is not coded by Bethesda (179 comments)

"One thing I am looking forward to is the newest Elder Scrolls game by Bethesda – The Elder Scrolls Online. This online capability might just make remote exploitation of my 0day feasible. Why? If the same vulnerability is present in Morrowind released in 2002 is still present in Skyrim (released 2012), the odds are in my favor that the same vulnerability will be in the latest game release."
Odds are, Zenimax, the company actually developing The Elder Scrolls Online, is using a different engine than Skyrim.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/05/25/why-the-elder-scrolls-online-isn-39-t-using-heroengine.aspx
"We started ZeniMax Online from scratch [...]. It takes a long time to write game engines, especially MMO engines, which are inherently more complicated than typical single-player ones."

about a year ago
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How Close Is Iran, Really, To Nuclear Weapons

maweki Re:Al Jazeera *was* (299 comments)

"who's funding them"
Qatar. And their feud with Assad possibly dictates the Syria coverage. But there's no other money in the game. It's one family funding the operation from their oil-wealth. Not a plethora of commercial interests like Fox "News"

about a year and a half ago
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How Close Is Iran, Really, To Nuclear Weapons

maweki Re:Define what "close" means (299 comments)

Given the religious views of Iran's populous and the amount of Arabs in Israel and Palestine I would hazard the guess that Iran would abstain from contaminating the sacred sites of Islam in Jerusalem with nuclear fallout.

about a year and a half ago
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How Close Is Iran, Really, To Nuclear Weapons

maweki Re:The IAEA has no actual evidence (299 comments)

Al Jazeera English is one of the most respected and most neutral networks in the world. Yeah, they are biased about Qatar and Syria (everybody knows that). But Al Gore didn't sell his TV Station to a Jihadist Network. It is a well respected organization that has guests like Neil de Grasse Thyson or Gary Johnson (which are not known for supporting Anti-Americanism).

about a year and a half ago
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How Close Is Iran, Really, To Nuclear Weapons

maweki The IAEA has no actual evidence (299 comments)

Last year in an IAEA report they said that iran doesn't refine its uranium to weapon's grade but to a metallic form that can be used in reactors but can not be refined further. Now Aljazeera writes: The IAEA's report showed "no evidence of diversion of material and nuclear activities towards military purposes,"
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/2013221224353882956.html

It seems that the IAEA has in all their reports strong indications that the nuclear program is peaceful. So IAEA officials have been denied access to military installations which are not covered by the Nuclear non proliferation treaty. And even then, Iran has allowed inspections at a later date even though the IAEA has no right to do so (it wouldn't have in any other nation as well).
I have the distinct feeling that western media is very biased. But it was with Iraq's WMDs (or lack thereof) as well.

about a year and a half ago
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Lessons From the Papal Conclave About Election Security

maweki I don't get it (183 comments)

So even in one of the oldest and most conservative institutions in the world, the black guy's votes carry as much weight as the white guys' and they aren't repressed in any way and can post their ballot in a timely fashion?

about a year and a half ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

maweki Non-news for Germans (123 comments)

Since this is now the 7th member of the ruling coalition that has been stripped of his or her title (beginning with defence minister Von Guttenberg), something like that seems like non-news to Germans like me.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Disease Found In NFL Players

maweki I have the alternative (271 comments)

Maybe we should all just start playing sarcastaball. That will be much safer.

about a year and a half ago

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