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Atlas Takes Heat For Melting Glacier Claim

sacridias Does it even matter (429 comments)

Ok,
Side A) Extreme environmentalists claiming the world is ending.
Side B) Extreme ostriches burying their heads in the sand.
As technology advances the dates move out. We are impacting our world, and as a result the world is changing. Cheetahs are on the brink of extinction because over a millennium of human based damage. Now we are finding ways to hopefully save the populations.
Wolves decimated to isolated parts of the world, now we are reintroducing them.
Trees and forests blemished and killed because of man made causes of various reasons. Yes, while it is still happening today, many are starting to do something about it.
No matter what side you are on, if you have half a brain you cannot claim we are not affecting the world. That being said, I don't believe throwing money around like morons is going to actually do anything.
This is also not the first instance of this, the superfund meant to clean up toxic wastes from the past was spent on lawyers pointing fingers at each other saying who is doing what instead of solving the problems.
Solutions are not going to take place in the realm of politics debates, it needs to be resolved with improving technology via modest tax incentives that reduce environmental (Not just carbon) impact and grants to companies that can make green technology cheaper and cleaner.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Games Worth Complaining About?

sacridias Re:I call bullshit. (287 comments)

Not just your opinion, it is shared by me at least and a few others.
Content wise I prefer the older RPGs because they tend to be more pro-active.
I love a game that has so much in it I could never complete every little detail
I prefer the older exploration over the newer story line RPG games
Hell with Fallout 3, fallout 2 was kick-ass, I loved that game, and still do. You had choices, configured your character, could attack almost anyone
Daggerfall was vast, and mostly random, it rocked hard when it came out, I played it about a year ago, and outside of really bad graphics and dynamics, it was still fun
Elder scroll games have shrunk since, and gotten simpler over time, I would prefer a modernized daggerfall over anything made today.
Think of a complex and ever changing world that RPGs can utilize, instead of focusing on narrowing the storyline like Final Fantasy 13 does, expand it, make it dynamic and colorful. We have the ability to make massive worlds, figure out complex economics or even monster threats. we should utilize these capacities.
Some games I find good enough to play still, I am not saying games today totally blow, but they could be sooo much more.
Take Minecraft, bad graphics, simple idea, vastly popular, not because they focused on what people are complaining about, but because they made a game that would be fun for them to play and allowed mods.
Never Winter Nights (Both) are good because you could do a variety of different things in several means and they allow mods.

The most important thing for game designers to stop doing is changing.
When you have a hit like Mass Effect 1, don't change it, Mass Effect 2 sucks in comparison because they changed everything. It is far cheaper, faster, and better to enhance graphics, fix bugs, create a new story line, maybe add some depth or new things, but don't take away from the game, or you risk taking away what made it a hit in the first place.
Note: I will not be buying Mass Effect 3 until it hits the bargain basement prices.

more than 3 years ago
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App Piracy is Hurting Android Developers

sacridias Piracy is a false flag (3 comments)

With Apple you have very limited development, so strict that most developers don't make anything at all because they don't even get listed.
Android on the other hand has a more open policy, where lots of crappy developers try to make money and fail. So it is comparing apples to oranges, if you look at the top apps in both sections I am more than willing to bet they are on par with each other.
Android does have one more downfall, if you make a good app, odds are someone will make another app that is as good and FREE. Iphone apps are rarely free in comparison to the android apps. Hmm the open source community more willing to share their apps with the world.

more than 3 years ago
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Is This the End of Righthaven?

sacridias Dibs on the wheel (71 comments)

I see a whole new breed of patent trolls appearing out of the new laws.
I would be more than willing to bet the basic wheel is not patented (though more complex ones are surely under protection).
I am just waiting for the new troll type to emerge that takes existing technology without patents and files a patent, then sues for infringement
Since I am sure this is a novel concept, I call dibs on the wheel, I did not invent it, but I am sure no one has patented it, if so I am sure I can patent shoe laces, or the button up shirt.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart

sacridias Re:Short Circuit Evaluation (250 comments)

Exactly. The fact they have no idea what I am saying is what gets me past them and into the interview with someone that knows what I mean. I used this trick on several "new" platforms/languages over the years. Basically it sets you apart from those not witty enough to put something like that on their resume, so when HR submits a stack of only 2 or 3 developers that met the requirements, you are among them.
After that point it is usually about talking to someone that knows the difference, and understands what OOP is and how it relates to Java. At that point you can flatter them with the years of C++, C, C64 Basic that you have.

more than 3 years ago
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Defunct Satellite To Fall From the Sky

sacridias Toilet Seat Girl (168 comments)

Not sure how many are fans of dead like me, but the simple fact that she got nailed by a toilet seat comes to mind with this story.
Just be careful not to get hit, as you will be nicknamed toilet seat girl/boy for the remainder of your unlife.

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate

sacridias If large corperations benefit, we all pay (368 comments)

Patents were designed to protect the little guy, not cater to the huge mega corporations that are now using them to fight wars. If you could not afford to mass produce something inventive you could still make it and profit from your efforts.
Things have gone from bad to another form of bad. Now the little guy that just does know his way around a patent office could start the process and get trumped by the highly efficient corporations who see their work, finishes and patents key parts before they can find who to even call to patent their product. Thus the little guy does all of the work, and the big corporation swoops in and takes all of the benefits.
I don't have a clean solution, right now there is almost nothing protecting the little guys and it fades both as a result of new policies and advanced technology. The only real hope is open patent systems, shorter patents should also be implemented while we are at it.
No matter how many idiotic republicans waiving their false promises, corporations are bad for economic growth, anyone that looks through historical economic records could easily see this, look at the baby boomer era, when ma and pa shops flourished.
If we want to get the economy back on track, we need to focus on the small to mid sized companies and make patents, taxes, and benefits help them instead of mega corporations making billions, if not, we may as well wait for the collapse and rebuild phase of our civilization.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart

sacridias Re:Any DART jobs listed yet? (250 comments)

Solution: 10 Years experience with Java and other Object oriented languages.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Carriers Impose Handicaps On Smartphones

sacridias Re:Wilfully drain batteries? (174 comments)

To get you to buy extended accessories like extended battery, chargers, etc...

more than 3 years ago
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Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

sacridias Re:Here's an idea. (252 comments)

Serious Issue, I don't and already have photos from my childhood that friends or family upload. It is impossible to not be in a photo these days. It just takes one or two photos and your lost.

We live in a world of technology, the government uses it to control the masses, the masses use it to socialize. The criminals use it to detect the government using it against them. Reality is as technology progresses towards the future things will become harder to get away with. Undercover cops are committing fraud of sorts.

There are many negative effects of technology, it will cause social issues, economic issues, and new crimes and tools for criminals. When a street corner drug dealer can snap a shot of a potential buyer and use the app "Cop or not" before showing his stash, we are left with a limitation. We have to decide do we combat this by making the apps illegal to have or perhaps we add 1000s of cameras to the city streets (CCTv), perhaps again we go 1984 and have cameras in every house, then allow a bill like the patriot act to get the feeds of every phone camera, home security camera, phone conversation, or whatever the gestapo wants.

The only real solution, legalize drugs under a controlled environment. It is easier for high school kids to get pot, but if it was regulated instead of illegal it would make it more difficult. We could use the tax money to invest in better technology to deal with the real crimes.

So, In Plain Sight is going to have to create a show now where someone gets tagged on facebook so the criminals all of the sudden know where their target is.

more than 3 years ago
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What HP's TouchPad Fire Sale Teaches iPad Rivals

sacridias iPad developers vs. Android (312 comments)

Seriously this is about the stupidest argument ever heard. Android already can compete with iPad, what are they trying to say. iPad does not have a huge incomprehensible market, they have devout worshipers that purchase as soon as their products come out. Android people are a bit pickier when it comes to buying something, they actually take time to evaluate the products instead of the hipsters who buy a label. There are plenty of apps, games, and utilities for Android tablets, and plenty of well selling tablets out there making a decent profit.
Apple is not the future of mobile technology, in fact Android sells are surpassing them more and more each day. Apple is resorting to lawsuits to slow the competition because they are afraid of loosing. The only competition Amazon has to worry about is other Android makers, because the die hard iPad people are Steve Job worshipers or people that believe articles like these.
I work in a marketing company, the sales team and executives like iPhones and iPads. Most everyone else uses Android with a few people using iPad/iPhones. Yes people near the art industry have been using apple for decades and a few hipsters love Apple, but everyone else is starting to shift away.

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

sacridias Re:WHAT!?!?!?! (637 comments)

My favorite games are epic. I think Red Dawn is a bad example. Perhaps they should look at Fallout and see how many people completed Fallout 3 and Fallout: Vegas, not to mention the expansions they released for it. The problem is Redemption is a GTA clone with a new face, basically it still has a lot of the things GTA had. While it was entertaining, it was not a true RPG.

I think the biggest problem is they are trying to classify things based on a handful of games, I would love to see their research process and data. I would expect it to show different niches or be very limited.

My personal view: There are several epic games I did not complete, including the last final fantasy, most GTA games (I completed red dawn), Darkness falls, alone in the dark, and a few others. Either they got to button pushy, to hard for casual play (Meaning I don't want to play them unless I am in the mood), or they were to preparative.

Of all of those games the only one I will buy a sequel to is GTA (I have fun racing around town even if I get stuck on a quest and frustrated at times). If they shorten up the world I will be less inclined to buy it, it is not the quest that makes it fun, but the quest. In fact all GTA games, the best was the LA one because it was more than just about the questing, you had to take over territories, much funner than just storyline questing.

Of the games I completed: Fallout, Redemption, Dragon Age (Too short), Mass Effect, Oblivion. I bought all of the sequels or would. Dragon Age II and Mass Effect II on the other hand changed the play so much, they took away what made the games fun, I will not buy the third installment. Mass Effect 2 was also too short, so I won't buy 3. BTW, I have completed Oblivion dozens of times, it is way to short and it is huge. In fact I would pay extra for some of these games if they kept the worlds large and packed.

more than 3 years ago
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World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers

sacridias Re:It feels old and already seen (413 comments)

Not sure why it remained so popular, I personally thought it was the same game as Evercrack or even DAOC. They had nothing new or original above these other games. In fact, I thought DAOC was 100 times better. I lost interest after it took me a month to level up because I was being pwnd by high levels and had to PVE to level up, not that I dislike PVP, just hate taking years to get good enough (level wise) that I have any chance to PVP. The "Grinding" in other words really sucks.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU

sacridias Re:Bad for everyone (181 comments)

I find Apple a funny little company.
A few years ago, maybe a couple of decades, they were nobody, on their way out. Microsoft gets hit with a lawsuit and gives Apple life again.
Perhaps it is time Apple gets smacked. I think all other cellular makers need to hit Apple with a join lawsuit as a message to stop. Perhaps if they get everyone to nail Apple to the wall their lawyers will be so busy trying to defend they will stop attacking one company after another.
Apple Competitors, stop waiting for your turn, unite to push Apple on the ropes. The governments shouldn't have to be involved, there are plenty of people to fight together, stop Apple, form alliances long enough to kill the sue happy giant.
Sure they have lots of money now, but after they get nailed with a series of lawsuits from everyone they compete with, they will be hard pressed to pay anyone but the lawyers. Enough law suits against them at the same time ensures they are less able to focus on one victim at a time, the army of evil lawyers you hire will outnumber the evil lawyers they hire, and while lawyers are the only winners here, they will think twice before they try suing the next person.

more than 3 years ago
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Macs More Vulnerable Than Windows For Enterprise

sacridias Re:NNNGGGHYAAA!!!! (281 comments)

Mac is a evil pathetic dogmatic corporation. Mac BAD, Microsoft BAD. I also hate mate because they bastardized the greatest OS ever, Free BSD. Mac needs to stop child labor and labor camps associated with their company, and stop suing people because they are jealous of their success. They are a bunch of cry babies that need to be put down.

more than 3 years ago
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S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake

sacridias Fix it or loose it (1040 comments)

We the people need to create a new demand from politicians. Meet the claims you present, the demands we want, fix this country or we will kick you out. We the people are responsible to keep the government in check, we need to fire congress and get a new group of people in there, fire the president, the senate, the house. California needs to fire there state senate and governor. We need to have a zero torrence for lies and empty promises. In the real world if some company said they would do X if you hired them you expect X. If you don't get it you ask for a refund, fire them or otherwise. If my job let me do nothing I promised and keep my salary, I would be spending my days programming games and posting comments on slash dot. (Oh wait, I work for the government?)... All politicians should post a commitment of goods. Think of how quickly they would change if we replaced them on failure to live up to their commitment. It does not matter what the laws say, it does not matter what they claim, it does not matter, we the people have the right to change things either by demanding change through peaceful discussion, peaceful activation, or violent revolution. If the government is corrupt we the people are supposed to overthrow it. I do not believe in violence, so I say we pick a day say 6 months down the road, and set a task to the government to have us back on track or we strike. If 50 million people skipped 1 day of work, the government would have to wake up and do their job, that says we are not going to take any more. Once should be enough for 20 years of politicians doing what they are supposed to, but if not, we can strike until they step down and allow new people in that will fix it. Who is with me?

more than 3 years ago
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Are Google's Best Days Behind It?

sacridias Re:Same old nonsense. (283 comments)

Google this: most popular search engine You will note: Google has held 70% over the past few years. Unwaivering, unfaltering. People Google stuff, end of argument. Apple and Google, Apple: Hipster based client base. Child Labor. pro controlling the masses. Likes to sue everyone. Needed a MS bailout. Upgrade means we removed a bunch of features that made it worth while and increased the costs, but we did add some new images for your background. Apple has a limited client base, and many people that will never use it. Google: Solid tech, strong following. Never bailed out of anything, bailing others out. Gets statistics off users (oh no, how evil), but fights for open web rights. Upgrading means lots of new features, stability fixes, and still absolutely free. Google actually supports the open source community. Google is no longer just a proper noun. A large percentage of the world (except China and Russia (oh no)) use it daily and that is just their search engine. 100 Years from now they will not say: Hey apple that!! But they may just say hey google that! Android is becoming more popular than iPhone. Android apps can be developed on a MAC computer, Linux Computer, and even Windows Computer. Iphone apps can be developed on a MAC, though it does not directly support others (Third party tools are required for non mac development, meaning slower access to newer technologies). Iphone's dictatorship reflects that of the company, and while many people will follow sheepishly, as options they desire are readily available elsewhere but blocked or limited by Apple, they will move away. Reality Trying to compare google to apple is like comparing apples to pictures of oranges. They are vastly different companies, and while I present Apple as very negative and google as more positive the truth doesn't matter how your portray the companies, the way the operate are so different that you cannot look at 1 to see how the other will flourish or fail. I for one predict Apple failing in the future, but it is because I hope they do, not because they will. These articles are basically the same thing, the author wants them to fail, if nothing more than a story about how goliath was slain.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

sacridias Re:Simple (318 comments)

So, ghost writers and other professionals have a problem with posting their real names, but they are ok? Can we force all government employees to wear a badge indicating their real full name? Officer Bob Johnson, you live on Elm Street right? Are you sure you want to give me that ticket? No more anonymous has long reaching results outside of computers, information gives you power. Lets stop hiding our votes, then we can validate the counts by identifying who voted for whom. We don't need to keep that a secret, what is the worst that could happen? Jenny, how stupid are you voting for ...... We don't need to have a private life, in fact, I think we should all be forced to stop wearing clothes, and change all walls into glass walls so everyone can see what and who everyone else is doing. Think of how we could stop pedophiles this way.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Blocks Sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Australia

sacridias Stupid Patents (316 comments)

Now we really need to kill these stupid patents. People stop buying apple, send them a message, tell them they are pathetic as a company and we just will not accept it anymore. Seriously, patents are the new way to destroy the economy, kill small business, and play games at high level. Every large corporation is suing a different one, so many bs patents exist that I could not compete if I wanted to. It has gotten ridiculous. People are dying because medical patents are being fought over, now you have big corporate loosers crying over pennies.

more than 3 years ago
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Swede Arrested For Building Nuclear Reactor

sacridias Re:Lesson learned (410 comments)

If nothing else go to your friends house and browse the laws on line. Better, use your friends cell to make the call.

more than 3 years ago

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