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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

noric start him with game frameworks/sandboxes (704 comments)

I saw no posts modded "5, Informative", so I thought I'd take a crack at it. - software designed to disguise programming as storytelling. Aimed at young children and women, not really suitable for the 14-year-old-boy types.

He likes games, so start him onto games. Most first year computer science students at my university think they want to develop games. They figure out differently by about year 3. Start with Unreal Engine 2, or something like that, and let him build small levels for Quake/Doom/etc. There is a fair amount of programming-like scripting that goes into level generation.

more than 3 years ago

Heroes of Newerth Open Beta About To Start

noric Re:DotA legacy (118 comments)

I have played hundreds of games of WC3 dota, a thousand games of heroes of newerth, and I have to say your perspective resembles that of other noobs who misunderstand the game. Particularly, this statement is just plain wrong:

HoN and DotA on high levels means standing around behind your opponents reach and shooting your own minions, games just drag on and on since no one dares make a move or they will lose what little cash they have scrambled together.

The more you play the hon, the more aggressive it gets.

more than 4 years ago

Heroes of Newerth Open Beta About To Start

noric heroes of newerth great for linux (118 comments)

I received my heroes of newerth beta key last July, and have been playing regularly ever since. I have played hundreds of games on both the windows and linux clients. The linux client works great and I suggest you try this game out :-).

more than 4 years ago

Uniforms For the Help Desk?

noric distinction doesn't require clothing (837 comments)

A uniform in an IT company, where business casual is the norm, is insulting. If they want you to appear distinct, issue badges, or neon lanyards, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Mafiosi Go To the Mattresses vs. Zynga

noric Re:Zynga (102 comments)

Yes, daily active users is a proxy for revenue. Furthermore, 11% decline in revenue is >= 11% decline in profit, right? This certainly has Zynga's attention. This is an interesting example of a company pissing off their customers in an extremely lubricated market.

Note that Zynga was never particularly concerned with the quality of their gameplay.

more than 4 years ago

Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop

noric backups. (929 comments)

I didn't read TFA too closely, and I appreciate all of the political hilarity above, but isn't the real lesson here back up your data? The guy was wailing about how he almost lost years of work.

more than 4 years ago

Google Unveils URL Shortening Service

noric it's a feature, stupid (242 comments)

The summary paints 'publicly display aggregate and non-personally identifiable statistics about particular shortened links' in a negative light, but this is actually a feature of

' is the only URL shortener that also helps your content get discovered! Every URL exposes your content to StumbleUpon's nearly 8 million users!'. Yes well now it isn't the only one :p.

Google does some bad shit, but I'm getting a little tired of people pretending they are clever because they 'out' google for doing some nefarious value-adding or reasonable activity.

Article on hacker news yesterday:
'If Microsoft had Google’s market share in search, is there any doubt that they’d be systematically demoting or even banning their competitors in the search results? Demoting someone in Google is a virtual death sentence, and yet not only has Google never been accused of using this vast power, the idea itself is almost unimaginable.'

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Fined In India For Using "Money Power" Against Pirates

noric Re:Very Poor Taste (204 comments)

Was using the term "rapped" in the summary of the article necessary? It gets rather old watching the word used so flippantly. Good Job bhagwad, you just surpassed Kdawson as the worse /. editor.


yeah! good editors should detect spelling mistakes, but I still may have been unnecessary to say microsoft was raped by a judge ;)

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Find Home In Amazon EC2 Cloud

noric the interesting thing is autoscaling and billing (89 comments)

The interesting thing about this case, to me, is that Amazon's lawful customer will receive a bill in the mail for hacker usage charges.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Find Home In Amazon EC2 Cloud

noric Re:If anything... (89 comments)

EC2 instances will run Windows.

more than 4 years ago

America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years

noric Re:How much does a missile cost? (192 comments)

You're modded Insightful, but your comment is unfortunately off topic. The Japanese were a credible threat, Pearl Harbor was a preliminary strike, to be followed by like, a real war, and the WW2 and modern day political climates are completely different. For one thing, the Axis really was the biggest threat to the quality of life of the average citizen, hardly a claim any terrorist can back up with data. Although I guess these days there is data to suggest that a single terrorist attack really can affect average quality of life :/.

more than 4 years ago

Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials

noric Re:Obvious (?) question (425 comments)

very interesting point.. who knew the secret to weight loss might be a fitness drug ;)

more than 4 years ago

Canada Supreme Court Broadens Internet "Luring" Offense

noric Re:So Wait... (596 comments)

I thought we were too. /tear

more than 4 years ago

Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer

noric Re:A new name for this? (586 comments)

I think that's a great term. I opened up Wikipedia to start an article on it, and meant to quote you, however it seems one needs an account to create articles these days :P. You should put it in Wikipedia; you probably stumbled on something big. There's a huge money in software that could ruin a Senator's career. Just think... Frameware, a term first coined by Monoman in 2009, .... go write the article =D

more than 4 years ago

Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer

noric Re:This guy was lucky. (586 comments)

Very interesting!

more than 4 years ago

Reporting To Executives

noric Remember your audience (301 comments)

Be cognizant of the fact that while the executives can translate actionable data into... action... they are often unable to figure out the information the data is conveying. Remember your audience. Instead of a latency chart, you might explain that 99% of customers (devices, etc) wait no longer than 10 seconds. Other great points above are: ask the executives, and agree on a mission statement. Is your job just to keep the computers running, or to lower capital costs? Do you take ownership of investigating possible hardware upgrades and new technologies?

more than 4 years ago

Alan Turing Apology Campaign Grows

noric no praise for Turing (653 comments)

Slashdot is pathetic sometimes. I scrolled through a few hundred posts, and not one of them read something like, "That Turing guy, he was a cool dude. Sucks he got owned."

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 Released

noric does it leave my harddrive alone (212 comments)

I remember hearing that Firefox 3.5 takes ages to load, because it reads a whole chunk of your HD. I didn't upgrade. Does 3.6 do that?

more than 4 years ago

Entropy Problems For Linux In the Cloud

noric evidence that cloud is a fad? (179 comments)

I'd like some evidence that cloud computing is a fad. Tens of thousands of companies, in dozens of industries, do not list "computing hardware, availability, and capacity management" as a core competency, making them prime cloud customers.

more than 4 years ago

What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?

noric marketing (506 comments)

I worked in the games industry, at a company that transitioned from desktop to console games. I believe wholeheartedly that graphics get so much love because, relative to other features, they have extremely high financial ROI.

about 5 years ago


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