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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

subanark Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

War bonds are an investment, but you could invest in more profitable areas. The war wasn't dire enough for a full volunteer tax, which might happen in a small community that is surviving some large scale disaster and would contribute whatever they can to help the community.

You might get more out of your tax contributions, but you don't get to choose which taxes you pay. Some of them probably don't help you at all.

about a month and a half ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

subanark Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

The problem with this statement is when others gain a significant advantage for you doing the things you state, but you don't.

E.g.

"If you want the roads fixed then you pay for it, don't increase my taxes"

It is pretty rare for a volunteer tax system to work in all but the most dire of situations (e.g. war bonds).If an issue is a top importance for you, then yes, maybe you can go all the way and help, but for the rest of us, all we can do is cheap stuff like talk.

about a month and a half ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

subanark Re:Another nail in the coffin... (183 comments)

To give an analogy: It is like saying that before you can read the latest x-men comic book you need to read all the ones going back to issue #1 decades ago. The comics back then are outdated, and all your friends are talking about the latest story arc. You want to see what all the hype is about... you don't want to invest a massive amount of time doing so.

about a month and a half ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

subanark Re:Another nail in the coffin... (183 comments)

The program with having people go though the leveling experience is that it is old content, with old design, and new player mechanics that causes it not to vibe that well. Even if someone hasn't played WoW, they don't want to do stuff that is 7 years old.

Cataclysm attempted to correct that by redoing the original part of the game, but ultimately it ended up being a so-so investment, as only new people and those who wanted to level alts got to do that content, and blazed though it quickly.

What is the easy way to get new people to new content, while letting older people feel like what they have isn't being thrown away? Free level boost to the new content. 1 per account. However, this causes an issue where under the current system someone can buy another copy of the game with the expansion, and transfer their characters to the new account. So they simply cut this "workaround" and provide a rather expensive way to do it that is a bit cheaper.

Take off your ruby colored glasses and face the fact that as much fun you had getting a group together that managed to do blood furnance early in BC expansion, you forget the hour you spent getting a group together that had to include a warlock to keep all those NPCs feared that would otherwise overwhelm you. You want hardcore -- easy, do mythic raids, the day the are available. See if you can full clear the raid in under a month and join the world top players in fame.

Oh, and there is no flying in the new expansion areas.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

subanark Re:In a just world Weev would have a 9mm headache (728 comments)

It is this kind of attitude that leads this behavior in the first place. Assuming you don't really mean "kill the bastard," but rather something more tame like "In a just world Weev would be laughed at his attempts to troll" I would still disagree with you. Vengeance is seldom a good answer. We can only hope that society will mature to the point where these antics are frowned upon, and end up having little effect.

Thank you for using GIFT, your opinion has been heard, filed, and will be forgotten.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

subanark You get what you pay for (106 comments)

It is $20,000. They aren't looking for the be all end all. It is just to shed some light on the problem and encourage development in this area. They aren't paying 20,000 to beat what they have. It is 20K for best in show, even if it isn't astounding.

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

subanark Re:Most animals? (481 comments)

Sure there is an evolutionary reason not to eat your own kind. It just isn't strong enough to justify doing so in some cases.

Eating your own kind is more likely to get you sick, as if your victim has a disease, it is easier for it to spread to the same species than to a different one. Targeting competition isn't that bad, as it is much less likely to be sick, while hunting your own kind to get food is not as good as you are more likely to get the weakest member of the group, which is more likely to be sick. Many animals will avoid eating an already found dead animal for this reason, and you especially want to avoid eating one that is of your species if you didn't know how it died.

about 3 months ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

subanark Re:Compiled Strongly-typed Languages -vs- Scripts (165 comments)

Writing tests for 100% code coverage takes a good amount of effort to do. If you don't do this, and use a weakly typed language then you risk not seeing the issue until that rare case that was programmed for is covered.

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

subanark Re:Dear Bungie... (155 comments)

Well rumor has it that Bungie bought what was complete of Titan, did some work, and released it as Destiny.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

subanark Re:"could help explain the origins of human confli (224 comments)

First, it is the "origin," not now. It gives us a what-if on human behavior.
Second, they can watch chimps do things to each other that would be considered an ethical violation if a study let humans act in a similar way.
Third, humans have been studied a lot, you have to be quite creative to get another ounce out of what is already in the literature. Chimps, not studied as much, so there are more opportunities to learn stuff.

about 3 months ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

subanark Re:Online only gives the illusion of accomplishmen (292 comments)

Then maybe this isn't directed at you. No need to defend yourself, but it is still true for a lot of people, even if they don't want to admit it. All I'm saying is that online only has an attraction to people, as it is a safeguard against cheating.

about 3 months ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

subanark Online only gives the illusion of accomplishment (292 comments)

The problem with non-online only games, is that you can't prove that you accomplished anything in it, since it is so much easier to cheat.

Yes, people can cheat in multiplayer games, but there is a sense that there is a limit to how much you can cheat, and you know that those that do cheat risk getting banned.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

subanark Re:How long until every stream links to Amazon? (61 comments)

>Bets on how long until that become a link straight to Amazon to buy said game, and how long until streamers become Amazon affiliates and start getting money for driving people to buy their games off Amazon?
For 1, it could easily happen. For 2, already happening. I see lots of streams put buy links to Amazon in their channel description.
IMDB (owned by Amazon) doesn't have buy links on their site from movies (at least none I could see), but it does have a stream on Amazon Prime.

>Because that's the only angle I can see Amazon having here: trying to get gamers to grab games off Amazon. (And they do sell digital game downloads, so they do compete with things like Steam.)
Buying games has a really small profit margin. Twitch allows Amazon to expand further into the gaming market itself. As for #2, you are right, but just to make things clear: a lot of games you buy from Amazon include a Steam key. Steam doesn't really use vendor lock in. You are free to generate an unlimited number of steam keys for your product at no cost, and sell those keys though any channel you want.

Disclaimer: I am an Amazon employee. Everything I said here is my own opinion, and guesswork. I do not work for the gaming division of Amazon, nor do I have insights into what they do.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

subanark Re:Even versions of Windows the good ones? (346 comments)

Windows 4: Windows NT
Windows 5: XP
Windows 6: Vista

Yes, I know that some versions of the non-NT kernal in 4.0 (Windows 95 - Windows ME) are good.

My original post is meant more of a joke than anything else. I've selectively chosen data points to validate my claim.

about 5 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

subanark Even versions of Windows the good ones? (346 comments)

So, basically it is:
Even versions: try out new stuff. See what people like, and what they don't
Odd versions: remove the stuff that people didn't like, polish everything else.

Windows 1 & 2: Too young, didn't use
Windows 3: Lots of people used this. A good UI over DOS
Windows 4: Noooooo... can't play my games :(
Windows 5: Yes... it works, its great, it gets attacked my malware, but I'll just reinstall
Windows 6: WTF is this shit. Sooo slow. And the "security enhancements" just suck to work around.
Windows 7: Well it isn't as slow anymore, and it isn't as vulnerable to malware.
Windows 8: Where's my start menu? Do you think I'm some kind of kid with this interface?
Windows 9: The future will be better tomorrow (quote from Dan Quayle).

about 5 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

subanark Let's reword this a bit... (86 comments)

Game X is coming out soon.
Company Y is going to sell the game.
In order to provide incentive, they mod the game to provide some extra content.
Since moding is expensive for Company Y to do, they outsource it to the makers of Game X who know the game better,

So, what is evil in this scenario (select all that apply)?
A. Company Y shouldn't bundle stuff it sells.
B. Game X makers should provide the mod kit to everyone.
C. Game X makers should prohibit their product from being bundled.
D. Company Y should sell any mod it makes as a standalone option.
E. Company Y shouldn't outsource the mod to game X makers.

Where is the evil here?

about 5 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

subanark Re:Huh? (465 comments)

Government is also slow on the technology pickup. The university back home still only keeps emails up to 1 year on their servers (citing space issues) and tells teachers and staff to archive emails if they want them longer. Typically, email hasn't been a "must keep a record of this" on the list of documents you save. The only reason they still have the computers that crashed is probably due to a requirement that they be properly disposed of to avoid leaking out sensitive data, and they just didn't get around to disposing of them.

Fine, sure 3 computers crashed, they were probably way out dated and many computer equipment isn't built to last. How many computers did they retrieve emails from? What percentage of these 3 is of the total?

about 6 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

subanark Re:US Government is Corrupt by Inspection (253 comments)

The proof is all about connecting things. It is like trying to prove that humans can walk on two legs using the general theory of relativity. You have models that work on the small scale, and those that work on a bigger scale. Proving even the simplest things that are normally done on the large scale is a quite difficult exercise, but it helps to add validity to the small scale model.

Attitudes like, "it's obvious" is what led to beliefs that the world is flat. And I'm pretty sure I can find some government of a primitive tribe that rules over less than 50 people that isn't "corrupt".

about 6 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

subanark Re:Game fairness (252 comments)

Yes, Starcraft II is already extensible modable, and supports multiplayer. The hacks that are being provided can already be done with the moding capabilities available. The only things these hacks are effectively doing is letting people use a mod and play against players who aren't using it, thus unfair play.

about 6 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

subanark Just treat it like China (370 comments)

Sometimes the simple solution is to remove more than what is required by law.

Someone makes (and can prove who they are) a request to be forgotten. Google will simply ban the search term and only show results that appear after the request is made, along with a notice that some hits were removed due to local laws. All the good with the bad will "vanish" from Google, and everyone will know that you are hiding something. Anyone who sees this will probably dig deeper and find other sites that record this information, and not all of them are in Europe.

about 7 months ago

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