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Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows

planetoid "Up to the minute" but seemingly less accurate (397 comments)

The + operator used to be reliable on Google, including ONLY pages that HAD THE TWO OR THREE GODDAMN WORDS I'M LOOKING FOR.

Now, it seems to ignore the + operator, and just gives me "here's a page with this word, here's a page with that word, here's a page that only had two out of the five words you wanted".

Shitty, Google.

more than 2 years ago
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RealNetworks Sues Dutch Webmaster Over Hyperlink To Freeware

planetoid Re:"competing freeware program" (297 comments)

This isn't GameFAQs or Fark, you can say "fuck" here like an adult.

more than 3 years ago
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Released

planetoid Re:I hope so (138 comments)

If Duke Nukem Forever ripped off Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem Forever would have had good level design.

more than 3 years ago
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Released

planetoid Re:fucking. win. (138 comments)

As a left-handed-mouser I'm disappointed the engine can't tell the difference between up/down/left/right/insert/delete/pgup/pgdn on the arrow-columns of my keyboard vs. the equivalents on the numpad. So I can't map everything onto those keys for actions as I do in Source games, thus I have to take my hand off the mouse to do certain functions. But I play in the dark, so I don't always hit the correct key when I do that.

I hope Eidos patches this.

more than 3 years ago
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Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter

planetoid Hurrr, durrr (250 comments)

Stop building those things so fucking close to the roads, maybe?

more than 4 years ago
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How To Behave At a Software Company?

planetoid Pretty simple. (842 comments)

Just be personable and don't be a pain in the ass. Be someone who can disagree without being cantankerous or uppity about it.

It's really that simple.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

planetoid Re:How to get an entry level job (441 comments)

And at least 7 years experience working with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

more than 4 years ago
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8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

planetoid Re:Silver lining? (265 comments)

Do you want to pick up a mint from the pawn shop storekeeper's dish? You can, with the Genie's Treats DLC for the low, low price of $9.99 plus tax!

more than 4 years ago
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Blender 3D Incredible Machines

planetoid Actually (57 comments)

This article's title, the mentioning of the book's name... just gave me an idea... finally an idea...

I wonder... I bet it's possible... to make a Rube Goldberg machine in Blender and literally let its physics handle all the stuff that should be handled by physics in such a device. Holy crap, I finally have an idea of something interesting to keep myself occupied, instead of sitting at the Blender menus with nothing but blank noise in my brain for the "What should I make?" department.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video

planetoid Re:And for reference, Nintendo's Policy (189 comments)

If that were true, they couldn't release it on the VC in Japan, either -- which they did. The Beatles' creations aren't copyrighted and trademarked in only the US and Europe, after all. It's one of Nintendo's bullshit excuses, much like their reason for not including Peach as a playable character in NSMB Wii ("the hardware isn't powerful enough to render her dress").

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video

planetoid Re:And for reference, Nintendo's Policy (189 comments)

Nintendo is famous for bringing back to life its popular characters for its newer systems, for example, Mario and Donkey Kong have enjoyed their adventures on all Nintendo platforms

WHAT ABOUT EARTHBOUND?

more than 4 years ago
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German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

planetoid Re:agreement (859 comments)

Yeah... we may have agreements, but the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land in the U.S. Good luck with that lawsuit, Germany, go join those litigious Brazilians who were butthurt over a Simpsons episode.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

planetoid What's the point? (512 comments)

"It was intended as a somewhat non-commercial language in the tradition of logic programming languages". "Non-commercial"? What's the point of making a programming language if you don't intend it to be used by anyone who's actually serious about using it for actual, practical, real-world purposes? Get out of computer science if you're going to be an angry bitter tree hugger, you should be teaching basket weaving courses in a liberal arts ashtray-college if you're going to be that profoundly worthless to society.

more than 4 years ago
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Yahoo Offered Lap Dances At Hack Event

planetoid Apologize for what? (572 comments)

Apologize for a perfectly moral act between consenting adults? I'm not sure I follow. There's nothing to apologize for.

more than 4 years ago
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Device Protects Day Traders From Emotional Trading

planetoid Hmmmmmm... (260 comments)

I wonder if it would be allowed to use this in a chess tournament.

about 5 years ago
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When Do You Fire a Headhunter?

planetoid Re:First phone screen is to screen for liars. (344 comments)

Why does strong experience in any given language matter, anyway? All any interviewer should care about is if the applicant understands the fundamentals that are common to most computer languages -- data structures, good algorithm design practices, yada yada yada. Any programmer who has a strong grasp of those concepts can learn any language in a matter of days or, worst case, within two weeks at most.

about 5 years ago
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Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

planetoid Re:Replica guns (746 comments)

http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=%2B%22toy+gun%22+%2B%22zero+tolerance%22+%2Bsuspended

more than 5 years ago
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US Supercomputer Uses Flash Storage Drives

planetoid Flash wear-and-tear (72 comments)

So I gather flash storage technology is a lot less prone to "write failures after 'x' amount of write operations" than it was 5 or 10 years ago?

This is one of the reasons I don't trust solid state drives. Sure, I've had my fair share of crashes for traditional platter drives in my life, but if you have a program that writes thousands of times to the media every hour... what's the lifespan going to be on that flash storage?

I haven't been paying attention to tech news -- maybe some clever inventor improved flash to not have this problem anymore and nobody told me?

more than 5 years ago
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Game Over For Sony and Open Source?

planetoid Even then it was limited (364 comments)

Didn't Yellow Dog Linux and its utilities limit the hardware the user could and couldn't access if he wanted to develop? I think that said something about Sony's commitment to basic user freedoms long before this happened.

more than 5 years ago
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While Coding, How Often Do You Refer To Language Docs?

planetoid Not a habitual programmer (303 comments)

My primary interest changes focus every few months. I'll work on a program in my free time for 2, 3, maybe 4 months. Then when my brain has had enough and I feel overloaded from coding, I shelve the project and jump on a completely unrelated hobby for the next 2, 3, or maybe 4 months after that. Then, whenever I feel like it, pick up where I left off, whenever that may be.

But by then I tend to be forgetful of those things I didn't use as often, or things I don't pay much mind to. I focus my mental concentration on the underlying structure and design of my software I'm writing, not the language itself. So if I need to remember something specific about a given syntactic situation, I'll actually first try to find code I've already written in the past where I did that certain thing and use that as my "documentation". For example, right now, I can tell you I forget *exactly* what to do in C++ to specify a class's function to be virtual, because I haven't touched C++ in at least a year (Common LISP has stolen my time and attention over the last year)... I think just something like <i>void foo () = 0;</i>, or maybe I could be slightly "off". So I'll usually consult documentation or old code if the "compile a tiny Hello Worldish program that does this and see if the compiler gives me errors about my syntax" approach fails.

Nothing wrong with forgetting small details, even if it's forgetting many of them, and I really don't see how this makes you any less of a programmer. As I said, I focus my concentration and thoughts on the program's structure and design, and pretty much just remember only the basic necessities for the actual language I'm doing something in.

more than 5 years ago

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