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On Independence for Scotland:

soccerisgod Re:So influence is the most important? (190 comments)

Joining the EU doesn't automatically mean joining the Euro zone. Of course that is another interesting and unsolved problem: currency.


Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

soccerisgod Example of how not to do it (54 comments)

Let's hope this doesn't derail itself the same way the Yocto Project did. Yocto is massively company-sponsored and IMHO it's a sad joke. It's a huge, bloated cancer of a build system that is neither usable nor understandable.

3 days ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

soccerisgod Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (291 comments)

Maybe I'm dating myself here

Not like anyone else will...

Sorry, couldn't resist ;) Classic line from Dilbert

4 days ago

NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

soccerisgod Re:Say what now? (110 comments)

I wish everyone would just move to soylentnews, much better editing over there.

Why? Are you so bored you have to come whine here if you have a better place? I don't get it.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

soccerisgod Re:Le sigh.... (167 comments)

It's still completely blind, as far as possible effects are concerned. It's just orders of magnitude faster. Not sure that's a good thing.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

soccerisgod Re:Does Learning Mechanical Engineering Outweigh . (546 comments)

Maybe the problem is the definition of 'code'. Is is just cobbling together bytes that seem as if they want to fit together, trying to fit the round piece in the square hole until you realize that may be the wrong way to do things? Or is it the same as programming, which should involve a plan and design and a deeper understanding of the problem and possible solutions? 'Code' certainly sounds a lot more like "I hacked together something and it even works!" than 'programming'....

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

soccerisgod It depends on the actual person (546 comments)

Just my $0.02:

I've met all kinds: self-taught (for the most part what I am), university educated with varying levels of degree and anything in between. I've seen lots of people with high level degrees who were totally useless as soon as actual code was involved, but I've also met the other kind, highly intelligent people with degrees that at the same time were able and especially willing to use what they had to craft superb code.

If you want to learn to program and do actual work instead of just meditating about computing theory or fiddling with database concepts, you will. In the end, you must want to learn it, you must be interested, and you have to be a practical girl or boy, interested in getting into the thick of it and getting your hands 'dirty'.

IMHO, whether you get a degree or not has nothing to do with that.

about two weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

soccerisgod Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Uber must be okay with what they're doing because hey, someone somewhere might have done something illegal. Maybe. Because hey, there's anecdotal evidence, probably.

Nice strawman you got there.

about two weeks ago

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

soccerisgod Re:For a country so good at engineering... (212 comments)

An engineer doesn't say "can't be done" (unless the laws of physics would be broken) - the real answer is "There are problems X, Y and Z that require research and development."

So, right now, we have a pipe dream. [...] Anyone who truly believes these can replace everything else is living in a fantasy world.

See the irony? :)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

soccerisgod Re:Don't know where to begin (382 comments)

CRPG: Planescape: Torment

QFT. That game is just awesome incarnate.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

soccerisgod Re:Old-school is best (382 comments)

Doom (it's classic, but it is hard to play these days after having gotten used to being able to look and move up and down)

Try one of these. You'll be surprised what you can get out of that old game :)

about three weeks ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

soccerisgod Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

The EU is working pretty well? Where? When? How? All I see is a means for governments to get laws (or binding directives, same shit different pile) passed on the EU level that they'd never get through their own legislature, at least not without friction. This way, they'll shamelessly deny ever having known about this and blame everything on the EU, the unfathomable hydra of beaurocracy. I guess in that respect, it works. For some.

about 1 month ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

soccerisgod Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

If someone is hell-bent on writing shitty, unreadable code, it doesn't matter what language they're writing it in. Sure, C++ will give you a few extra tools to commit crimes with, but just using C's preprocessor, you can so massively obfuscate your code so as to make it entirely incomprehensible even without malicious templates and impishly overloaded operators. Is any of that the fault of the language, or are you just blaming it for offering many powerful tools? And have you ever tried debugging or understanding a messy java project with 5000 files that does little more than a properly written C++ project with 20 files? I have. The language doens't matter. In conclusion: blame idiotic programmers, not their tools.

about a month ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

soccerisgod Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

Or they could ask those crazy guys from Finland. Their CGI in such movies as Star Wreck and Iron Sky looks pretty damn convincing, and as I understand it, their budget was pretty small, compared to the result. And for the former, they actually did B5 CGI...

about a month ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

soccerisgod Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

Even after all those years I still hear the voices of the actors in my head as I read that. That's true love 3

about a month ago

Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

soccerisgod Re:But but but but the whole POINT ... (140 comments)

An alternative to restoring the bundle is for each user of the "big party line" to "recognize the voice" of those who can give it instructions - and have a list of what instructions each can give it. I won't go into details, but there is ample room for design here. An interloper would be reduced to trying to "mimic the voice" of a talker with enough authority to command the action, or DOSing by "shouting over" legitimate commands.

Not with CAN. CAN has no concept of a sender address. It is thus impossible to determine where a CAN telegram originated.

about a month and a half ago

The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:Science vs. Policy (278 comments)

My argument was nnot about whether particular climate models are accurate or not. It was about whether the study of climate qualifies as a science.

about 2 months ago

The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:Science vs. Policy (278 comments)

Your understanding of what does and doesn't constitute science is flawed. Science has to be falsifiable, meaning it has to be theoretically possible to prove that a set of theories is wrong if it is wrong. It doesn't and never had to be feasable or possible with current technology.

about 2 months ago



soccerisgod soccerisgod writes  |  more than 7 years ago

soccerisgod (585710) writes "After previously forcing ReplacementDocs to take down manuals for their games (some of which can be downloaded free of charge from their own website) games maker Bethesda Softworks is now threatening legal action against Glutton Creeper Games who are currently working on a Fallout-based pen & paper RPG. Glutton Creeper Games claims to have a valid contract with Interplay, while Bethesda Softworks claims that "Interplay never had the rights to license a Pen and Paper to GCG under their license of Fallout from 2004 before the purchase of the IP, and makes claims against GCG that it may damage the Fallout brand and forecoming Fallout 3 release by linking the two."

Is our friendly neighbourhood games company turning into the next EA?"


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