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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

slart42 Re:These folks need drugs. (131 comments)

Replying to myself: My Google skills mislead me, that wikipedia link referred to the Republic of China (Taiwan), not mainland China (which does seem to have capital punishment on drug trafficking, no idea how commonly it is applied).

about 2 months ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

slart42 Re:These folks need drugs. (131 comments)

In all seriousness, is this what happens when you make drugs punishable by the death penalty?

I don't think so. Actually, drugs seem to be very easy to come by in China (At least that was my impression in Beijing earlier this year).

While the death penalty for drug trade exists on paper, according to wikipedia, it has not been applied in over a decade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 2 months ago
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A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

slart42 Re:Control vs. Prosperity (119 comments)

Tell me, if the exact same thing is true of capitalism, then why is it that all of the self identified capitalist societies have the highest education rates, highest literacy rates, and highest standards of living for everybody overall?

"Education rates" and "Standards of living" or somewhat subjective and thus hard to compare (though I guess what you say is true for many countries, with notable exceptions). "Literacy rates" are hard comparable numbers, and looking at that Cuba is not doing bad:

Literacy in Cuba 99.8%
Literacy in US 99%

Source: CIA World fact book: https://www.cia.gov/library/pu...

about 7 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

slart42 Re:Honking is different overseas (267 comments)

While it is very true that horn usage has very different cultural implications around the world, characterizing every country outside of the US as "overseas" is a wrong over-generalisation. Most northern-european countries have a very similar interpretation of the horn as you described in the US (minus the part why people get out to kick your ass, usually).

about 7 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

slart42 Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

You could by them in the real world (and they did fit the socket) - and they were of course nothing else then relabeled ordinary light bulbs. It was an attempt to both challenge and ridicule the law banning light bulbs in the EU. Well, it did not hold up in court, so you can no longer buy them in the real world, but they actually used to sell them on that site.

about 9 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

slart42 Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

Ha, You could buy heatballs instead - They are little radiators which conveniently fit into your lightbulb sockets, and are 90% energy efficient (the remaining 10% of the energy is wasted as light) : http://heatball.de/en/

about 9 months ago
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First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights

slart42 Re:If it's for the 1%, why advertise it? (241 comments)

If it's for the 1%, why advertise it?

At the other comment points out, this is for the 0.001%.

But, generally you advertise such products to a wider audience, because why would the 1% (or 0.001%) buy stuff like this if the rest of the world couldn't tell how expensive it is? How big would the appeal of a Rolex watch be, if nobody else could tell that it's not some random no-name watch bough from a market selling chinese junk products (which, ironically, most "Rolexes" are).

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

slart42 Re: What does the job entail? (189 comments)

After reading several comments that game industry jobs are all sweatshop work, I thought I might share my (different) experience. I work at Unity, so not exactly a games company, but game industry anyways. I've been here for quite a few years no and have always been (and I still am) very happy about my work. While everybody has done overtime work to get urgent fixes done at some time or other, this is not the rule, and we are far from the working conditions in many places described here. The development team has a great culture, we get to work on exciting stuff, and we get plenty of opportunities to try out things which interest us -- as a rule, similar to Google's "20% time", we have FAFF (fridays are for fun) to work on pet projects, as well as regular Hack Weeks, were the whole dev team is brought in to one location to form teams to try new ideas. It's fun.

If you're interested, check out http://unity3d.com/jobs/ - but then, I guess your chances of being hired for an engineering position when fresh out of colleges are somewhat slim, unless you have done some really awesome stuff besides your education. But that will not be any different in any of the other larger companies in the industry.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

slart42 Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (443 comments)

Germany as well here -- I don't think this "global" release was actually global. Somebody proof me wrong, but I could not find a legal way to watch or download the new episode in my country yet (while watching it illegally is, as always, trivial and free). Maybe "global" as in "all major markets in which where TV shows are by default watched in english" (instead of those countries where you have to wait a year for them to release a badly synchronized version to be able to legally get an original language version).

about a year ago
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Length of Applause Not Tied To Quality of Presentation

slart42 Re:You can start people clapping really easily (138 comments)

Similar experience from my teens:

In my school the principal had all 1500 students gathered in the gym to give some sort of boring speech. In between the students would clap, which I found stupid, because I thought he was talking bullshit. So me and two friends decided to make fun of it, and started clapping in odd places. To our surprise it caught on really well, and quickly everyone joined in - probably some because they got the prank, and others out of reflex. In any case, the situation quickly became hilarious with everyone in the audience clapping as soon as the principal would open his mouth to speak - at some point he started screaming "Stop clapping" - which was of course replied to with a big applause.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

slart42 Re:touchscreen laptops are AWESOME! (359 comments)

You know what you do when you get smudges on your screen? YOU WIPE THEM! just like your behind when there is excrement in it.. no big deal - we do it daily

Wait, so you liken using a touchscreen laptop to taking a dump? I'm not sold.

about a year ago
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How Unity3D Became a Game-Development Beast

slart42 Re:And Unity Still Sucks (115 comments)

I agree. It's been over a decade and it's still in a shitty state. The only reason to use it is (was) reach. It seems that Unreal, which performs better and is tooled better, has the same reach. If you make one of the thousands of shitty games that this "article" refers to, then you'd even make less than the $50k/yr limit, making unreal's UDK free.

But then, if you make shitty games making less then UDKs $50k/yr limit, you likely wouldn't succeed in shipping your game at all without Unity. Unity does make game development very accessible and allows many people to make games (some of them shitty, but also many great ones), without needing to understand all the details of the tech. That won't stop you from using that understanding to make much more pushing games if you can.

about a year ago
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One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?

slart42 Re:And that is the problem with bitcoin (239 comments)

Google for places that accept bitcoins. The trade is simply non-existent. Places that reached the news have stopped accepting them and the remaining online shops are the ones you would normally stay a million miles away from. Shady doesn't even begin to describe them.

The argument of bitcoins not having any value because they are not being used for anything but speculation comes up every time bitcoins are discussed. I don't think it's true any more. Underground market places for drugs and other goods which require untraceable money transactions are thriving, and driving a lot of people into buying bitcoins to actually use them for trading, who don't care about speculation or anything. Are those sites shady? Yes. That does not make them any less real. If a large part of the worlds drug trade will use bitcoins for their transactions in the future, that would be a much more stable economy backing this currency than many goverment-backed currencies can claim.

about a year ago
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TPB now hosted in North Korea

slart42 traceroute thepiratebay.se (3 comments)

Seems to be true.

traceroute thepiratebay.se gives me:

[...]
19 175.45.177.217 (175.45.177.217) 772.472 ms * 854.100 ms

http://ip-lookup.net/index.php?ip=175.45.177.217

role: STAR JOINT VENTURE CO LTD - network administrat
address: Ryugyong-dong Potong-gang District
country: KP
mnt-by: MAINT-STAR-KP
changed: hm-changed@apnic.net 20091214
source: APNIC

about a year and a half ago
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Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

slart42 Re:Flash and plugin sounds (155 comments)

I remember this being discussed on the FF bugzilla years ago. It was seen as a very good idea, but the issue was (at least then) that most audio is played by Flash applets which the browser can't control, thus making it useless in most scenarios. I wonder how Chrome tackles the issue of plugin content playing audio.

Chrome uses it's own build of the flash plugin, which is not using the NPAPI plugin API, but Google's own Pepper API, which has support for Audio built into the API - and thus will handle playback of the audio through the browser, so the browser has full knowlegde and control of the audio.

about a year and a half ago
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Colleges Help Students Fix Their Online Indiscretions

slart42 Re:Positive? (189 comments)

So long as potential employers are judging you, you would do well to play the game and act like the most professional and dull person in the world. Unless you enjoy going back to your parents and begging to be allowed to live in the basement again.

While this is sadly true for many people, it really depends on your bargaining position. If you are good at what you do and do something which is in good demand -- meaning that you are in a position where you can be somewhat picky about which jobs you take, then this may not matter at all. If I was to be dismissed for a job I applied for on the base of some online pictures of me drinking, then that picture would have likely served a good purpose, as I probably wouldn't have liked working at that place anyways.

about a year and a half ago
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Unity 4 Adds Linux Support

slart42 Re:How much effort is needed by the developer now? (150 comments)

Porting is a lot more than graphics. If you can change to Linux audio/keyboard/mouse support or screen/viewport configurations by the click of a button, I want that button.

Get Unity 4 when it comes out, and you will have that button. Unity abstracts all of what you listed, so you won't have to deal with any of it when developing games in Unity.

more than 2 years ago
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Unity 4 Adds Linux Support

slart42 Re:Article is misleading. (150 comments)

But Unity (the game engine) is actually just called "Unity", and not "Unity3d". The latter is commonly used to refer to it, because the website is unity3d.com, but the product is simply called "Unity", so the headline is correct in that sense. I guess it could have been more explicit by mentioning the words game engine in the title, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Unity 4 Adds Linux Support

slart42 Re:How much effort is needed by the developer now? (150 comments)

Unity on Linux will be a native Linux binary. For games designed to run on desktop systems, the porting "effort" should be no more then clicking a button -- unless you use custom C++ libraries. All the game logic in Unity is implemented in mono bytecode, and the graphics already use OpenGL on OSX (you generally don't need to write platform specific shaders in Unity, as shaders are cross compiled to the target platform).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?

slart42 Re:Everything you have now had a price. (559 comments)

In any case, if I were you... and I'm not... I would find a field in which you are challenged and valued. Obviously don't go working for demons, but possibly tone down your standards to something a bit more practical. You are not living in a world of saints. We're simply people. We're not entirely good or bad. We simply are. Try to accept that without holding people to unreasonable standards.

The question is, however, what are "reasonable standards"? Where do you draw the line? And this is very hard to tell because the lines are always blurry. The submitter said he does not want to work for the defense industry and you argue that defense is net positive. The thing is, it's hard to tell, and totally pov. Is working for a weapons smuggler selling weapons to Taliban fighters ethical? If you believe that the Taliban are the good side, then probably. Is doing software consulting as a contractor for any western army ethical? Equally if you believe that they are the good side, then probably. But what if you're not sure which side is the good side - or if you doubt that there is such a thing as the "good side" at all? And even if you are sure about that, there are plenty of areas which are more blurred. What if you work for a for profit company building weapons, and selling to anyone they can legally sell to (and then still profiting from money trickling through from illegal sales through weapon smuggling)? Which of these is ethical? I find it very hard to tell for myself, which is why I'd rather opt not to make these decisions, and prefer to stay out of that industry altogether (which turns out not to be as easy as it sounds - I work in game development, and these days there is a very big market in selling game tech the defense industries for simulation purposes).

more than 2 years ago

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Block major labels off the internet

slart42 slart42 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

slart42 (694765) writes "Bust all major labels is a campaign to block web site access to anyone accessing the internet from computers belonging to major record labels. The site provides a script to embed into your web site/blog/whatever, which displays a message (analogue to the error message users see when trying to access youtube videos from countries where the record industry does not want you to see the content) and blocks access when viewing the site from an IP address belonging to a list of record labels or industry associations. With enough people using this, it could make a pretty strong message."
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Portal on iPhone

slart42 slart42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

slart42 (694765) writes "After yesterday's story on ASCII Portal, today, touchArcade posted a video showing a port of portal to the iPhone. It is not clear who created this, or if it has any chance of being released (with or without legal blessing from Valve), but it certainly is an impressive tech demo of what can be done on an iPhone and with the Unity game engine."
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T-Mobile sells unlocked iPhones in Germany

slart42 slart42 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slart42 (694765) writes "Following up Tuesday's story, in which Vodaphone brought T-Mobile to court for selling iPhones in Germany without an option to buy them without an expensive two-year contract, T-Mobile has now announced (german Spiegel article) the sale of unlocked iPhones for a "bargain" price of only 999 Euros. Getting your hands on one of these might provide some insight on how to "properly" unlock an iPhone, which won't be relocked with the next firmware update from Apple."
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