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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

wjh31 Fallout 3 has the answer (305 comments)

I believe fallout 3 handled the issue of too many doors and not enough resources to program a room on the other side quite nicely as demonstrated in this clip (possible NSFW) http://youtu.be/WGKs9-VLgsQ?t=...

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

wjh31 Re:Cost (138 comments)

if you do lunch for say $2 each, then you could get 6 million lunches, which covers about a third of all the poor children in the us for one meal for one day. (http://www.npc.umich.edu/poverty/)

about 8 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

wjh31 Re:Please (947 comments)

Judging by the image results on searching his name, Andy Pruitt does wear a helmet. Of course a helmet doesn't prevent injuries to the hip (in fact may increase them by risk normalisation) but what additional injuries may have been prevented by wearing the helmet.

about a year ago
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Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

wjh31 Use in driving tests? (233 comments)

I dont know about other countries, but in the UK maneuvers such as reverse and parallel parking can be part of the test, i wonder what the stance is if you have a car capable of doing it for you in the test? Maybe not too common now, but in the future... For that matter how about self driving cars in general, at what point do you stop needing a license in order to 'operate' it one operation becomes merely telling it where to go.

about a year ago
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LG Announces Mass Production of Flexible OLED Phone Displays

wjh31 Re:What is the point of this? (123 comments)

I think the OP was taking issue with the flexibility, not the OLED. If the screen is to be flexible, this only becomes useful if everything else it's attached to is also flexible, in this case the glass protective screen, but actually also the electronic circuits it is to be attached to. If flexible screens can become mass produced so they are cheap enough to ship to consumers, then we may start to see some of the stuff that has been shown off as concept for years, e.g a fold up (http://static.ibnlive.in.com/pix/slideshow/01-2013/samsungs-shows-off/10-samsung-fexible-screen-youm.jpg) or roll up (http://static.ibnlive.in.com/pix/slideshow/01-2013/samsungs-shows-off/13-samsung-fexible-screen-youm.jpg) screen

Personally i see the fold up being realistic as it is essentially based on the clam shell that has been popular in the past, whereas the roll up screen would require the electronics be fit into a different, potentially smaller package as well has having the issue of supporting the screen while extended

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

wjh31 Will they allow the reverse? (182 comments)

To be able to have the choice of OS on your device is a good thing, maybe you like the S3 but like windows OS. or you like the nokia lumia hardware but prefer andoid. Now its never going to be allowed to happen with iphone/iOS but choice of OS on other devices can only be a good thing

about a year ago
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New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

wjh31 Re:more torch then rifle (143 comments)

If the light was circularly polarized, would that cover rifling for you?

1 year,1 day
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Meet a Group of Aspiring Mars Colonists

wjh31 Re:Let's let them. (130 comments)

if you look at the introductory video on the mars one website, it seems the intention is to fund the project through 'media'. The mars colony will essentially become an unending series of big brother

about a year ago
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

wjh31 Re:I'll save you some reading (438 comments)

disappointingly, none of the pledge levels allow you to put forward a projectile and a target.

about a year ago
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

wjh31 Very skeptical (438 comments)

Ill wait and see how well it works in kerbal space program before buying into it.

about a year ago
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Improving the Fedora Boot Experience

wjh31 Re:Why? (109 comments)

If you are so keen on uptime to reboot only twice a year then you should be particularly interested in boot time, shortening the boot time could push you from 3 nines to 4!

about a year and a half ago
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Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

wjh31 antibioticas for viral = bad (240 comments)

im all for giving a placebo to people where appropriate, they have been shown to be a powerful cure-all. However using antibiotics to treat a viral infection is only going to hasten antibiotic immunity, sure a doctor should know better than that.

Also, does this mean that pharmacists keep a stock of placebos?

about a year and a half ago
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Upgrading Software From 350 Million Miles Away

wjh31 it can fly? (228 comments)

maybe im missing something, but unless this update is going to make it sprout wings, why does it need flight software when it's already landed

more than 2 years ago
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An Olympic Games For Enhanced Athletes?

wjh31 On a related note... (245 comments)

I've wondered what F1 would be like without all the restrictions. Modifying humans to this extreme is probably going to have unforeseen consequences in the long term. However with F1, if you were to take out the human element and have AI or remote control, you needn't worry about human safety and could lift all sorts of restrictions, allowing R+D budgets to be spent on whole new automotive areas.

more than 2 years ago
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The Problem With Metacritic

wjh31 Just use a bell curve (131 comments)

sounds in principle like a fairly simple solution. Put together a separate histogram of the scores by each reviewer. From this you can estimate what an average score really is and how many standard deviations an individual score is above or below. The meta-score then becomes the average number of sigma's the game is above or below the various averages. If necessary this score can be sanitised to something easier to read for those less familiar with Gaussian statistics

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches International Campaign For Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

wjh31 Re:I'll be impressed when... (804 comments)

scrap that, wrong thread, ignore me

more than 2 years ago

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