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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

shadowrat Re:Why is this even an issue? (279 comments)

If the game design document says "All doors should be openable, provided the door is unlocked, the player has the key or the player is willing to take a reputation hit by breaking and entering", then your job as a game developer is to implement doors as specified in the game design document.

If the game design document says "Doors are graphic inserts for effect only", then your job as a game developer is to implement the doors as specified in the game design document.

If the game design document doesn't say how to handle doors before people start building the game, then the game design document is incomplete.

Incomplete game design documents, like incomplete architect blueprints, lead to stupid things like what you get by googling "architecture fails".

Where did the game design document come from though?


'The Door Problem' of Game Design

shadowrat Re:What door problem? (279 comments)

You're the kind of guy who plays chess and gets really angry that a bishop can capture a knight, aren't you?

i don't have have room to worry about that, i'm consumed with rage over the guys in the front line who can't move backwards!


Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

shadowrat Re:Marketing... (66 comments)

and/or sensationalism... a 13000 image set a whole population does not make. It's probably just better than the existing algorithms somewhat.

I doubt my internal facial recognition distinguishes between 13000 people. And worse, as damning as it sounds, it really starts to fail when dealing with people of certain races that i just didn't get much exposure to as a kid.


Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

shadowrat testing the waters (194 comments)

Wow! there's a surprising number of comments along the lines of: "eh, i'd pay a couple more bucks a month.." I expected a more negative response from this cynical audience. (even though, that's pretty much echoing my sentiments)

They aren't even saying they are going to raise the cost for existing subscribers, but now they know that we would probably just go ahead and pay it. I'm thinking this is mostly just to get a feel for what consumers would be willing to pay without freaking out.

2 days ago

Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

shadowrat why not just have a baby earlier? (336 comments)

I'm in my 40s now (and male for perspective), but when i was in high school, i had it drilled into my head that having a baby in your late teens / early 20s was one of the worst mistakes you could possibly make.

Well, here i am 20 years later and now i feel like it would be an even bigger mistake to have a kid. I've got to keep active in my middle age. my regular exercise schedule is staving off the onset of old age. I'm pretty sure that as soon as i get a kid, BAM! i'm 10 years older and thats a virtual age of 50s. Plus, kids are super expensive. Sure, i've got a good health plan, but babies would still be a huge expense and i've got retirement to save for. When i was 20, i was so much less financially responsible, i never would have noticed a kid sucking my money away.

Looking back, i think it would have been far better to have had a kid at 20. Really, my college education was a waste. At that age i lacked any sort of focus or purpose. i think i probably needed a kid to give me something to work for. I've met enough people my age who had their kids early on and went on to have successful careers and awesome families that i'm starting to think our society has it's priorities backwards when it comes to the right time to start a family. It's far better to do that stuff when you are 18 and 20 and think you can overcome anything.

2 days ago

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

shadowrat Re:One word: FUD (270 comments)

i guess the assumption is that it's half a million people on critical life support, or otherwise relying on some contraption to keep them alive. It's certainly exaggerated, but i could see an emp crashing planes. Sure, it's not going to cause the wings to stop providing lift, but I'm pretty sure airliners have no mechanical connection between the input and the control surfaces.

I guess it could cause your car to shut down. it might start back up again, but i don't have faith in my fellow motorists abilities to all handle their cars shutting off en route.

3 days ago

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

shadowrat Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

I read other articles that said the scientists basically found a correlation between heavy populations of biting flies and intensely stripped zebras. All they have is some statistical analysis that says these populations overlap. They [the scientists] then say that this is intriguing and someone should figure out if the stripes actually protect the zebras.

that's fine. it's good science. It's the journalists that are claiming, that flies have an aversion to striped surfaces.

For all we know, the heavy fly populations could be because flies tend to really like landing on stripped hosts so the flies are heaviest where the zebras are.

about three weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

shadowrat Yeah! Rats! Better than you think! (135 comments)

Maybe now the prejudice will end and rats can finally get some respect!

about three weeks ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

shadowrat Re:Fine! (397 comments)

Then law enforcement using drones should be illegal too.

yeah! and while we're just trying to get some pork passed with this bill lifeguards shouldn't be allowed to warn swimmers of sharks and my construction company gets a $5 million grant!

about a month ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

shadowrat Re:Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

As long as there are limits on how many animals you're allowed to kill in a season, should it really matter how you went about tracking and killing said animal?

That was my first thought too. I suspect that the limits are based on a reasonable expectation of how many animals people are going to kill while walking around and just looking for them unassisted. When the DNR gives out permits to kill 500 moose, it's probably done with the assumption that only 45% of those hunters will succeed. Now, if it was suddenly way easier for the hunters to find the moose, the DNR might have severely overestimated how many permits they could safely give out. It's easier to simply ban the use of drones for scouting out game than to recalibrate your culling numbers with data based on how drones affect success.

It's also probably in the state's interest to keep hunting reasonably difficult. if they start giving out only half the number of permits because people are just going to kill 2x as many moose with their technology, suddenly, there aren't as many reasons for tourists to come in for that activity.

about a month ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

shadowrat Re:both (246 comments)

but i didn't have to type it. i can edit it, but the site prefills it for me.

about a month ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

shadowrat both (246 comments)

wtf. i actually didn't hate beta until i tried to post this snide remark. but now i have to enter a subject for my replies? seriously, wtf?

about a month ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

shadowrat Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

No, start protecting your privacy.

You do not have to allow then to do it.


And, self promotion (baby steps, but working):


sure. it works now because these computer vision algorithms are crude. I, and most people, would have little problem identifying those people. It's only a matter of time before a system is sophisticated enough to recognize that's a dude with some paint on his face and a silly hairstyle.

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

shadowrat Re:Some people are pathetic. (710 comments)

i've got to agree. My wife and sisters-in-law are all big into hooping. Here's what happens when they go someplace and put on shows or something: The girls hoop and a bunch of people stand around and watch.

Then the girls in the audience try it, but the guys just lean on the wall and watch only. It's not really sexist. It's the same thing that happens whenever there's a dance floor. Dudes don't like to get out on the dance floor. It's not leering. It's just dudes uncomfortably wishing they could loosen up.

sometimes i will go out and hoop as well. just to prove that a guy can rock a hoop. then there's a bunch of dudes watching a guy hoop. still doesn't seem sexist.

about a month ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

shadowrat Re:sshh! (250 comments)

i'm moving to San Francisco from DC in July. Well, more likely i'll find a place around berkley. SF is pretty ridiculously expensive even by DC standards. I hope i don't start coming across as pompous as this posting though. It's always seemed like the ideal place for me to live. I don't know if it's for everyone though. I'd like to think that when i post about how awesome it is, it's with the assumption that it's awesome for me personally. It's not simply the best place in the history of the world.

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

shadowrat Re:Shill (545 comments)

The amount of water consumed by a bovine is only to some extent wasted, the majority ends up as urine that completes the cycle of returning nutrients to the land where the grazing occurs.

I'd wager that 100% of the water consumed by a bovine returns to the environment.

about a month and a half ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

shadowrat Re:Personal Details (276 comments)

Technically witches had significant power in salem, so it was probably best to just out people suspected of witchcraft before anyone could exploit that power.

about a month and a half ago


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