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Comment: Missing the point (Score 1) 276

by KalvinB (#46826375) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

The parents point is that all doors need to behave the same way. If one door can be locked, they all can be locked. The question is not "can a door be locked" but "should this door be locked so the player has to find a key?" If a player can block one door, they all need to be blockable. There should not be two doors that look identical but one will swing through a player, and the other will be blocked by the player.

It's about consistency of behavior. If one door behaves differently than another door then it needs to look different. If a door cannot be locked, then it shouldn't have a key hole. Any door with a keyhole should have a key somewhere in the level and it should be able to be locked and unlocked with that key. The only question is the starting state of the door and how many copies of the key there are.

It's not really a hard concept. It's about consistency of behavior.

Comment: Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (Score 1) 407

by KalvinB (#46826231) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Go ahead.

The whole point of the ruling is recognizing that an "anonymous" tip isn't really anonymous to the police. They can track down who made the call. They have the call recorded. So if you decide to file false reports against people, there are laws for that.

This was a no-brainer ruling that police are allowed to act on anonymous information. And if in the process of acting on a tip they deem worth putting resources on they find other things you're doing wrong, they have every right to act on that as well.

The cops had no idea this guy was hauling drugs. They pursued the information because they thought the information was worth putting resources into.

It's up to the cops to decide if they're going to risk the cost and embarrassment of following up a tip without getting some identifying information about the tipster.

Comment: Re:electric golf carts (Score 1) 204

Also keep in mind that net or gross wasn't mentioned, and in reporter-speak '4 tons' could be anything from 3-5.

The only weight that is valid when talking about vehicle weight is the curb weight. Anything else is just jerking off. Of course, this is modern journalism we're talking about...

Comment: Re:Mass transit (Score 1) 384

by bmajik (#46817763) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

once they HAVE a car, they will use it because it is simply faster and more convenient than mass transit can ever be.

It's interesting that you believe that mass transit necessarily is slower and less convenient for people, yet still want it any way.

Why do you hate people?

I understand that time is the one asset that is truly finite for all of us, and indeed, we never know how much of it we have left.

Who will say, on their deathbed, "I'm glad I spent an hour a day riding a bus" ?

Busses are a poor form of mass transit because they usually take the same roads that private cars do. A bus will never be faster than a private car unless you factor in the car's time to find a parking spot, and the city in question is terribly congested.

Subways, or any other transit system that is disjoint from the road system, can be MUCH faster than a private car. And I've chosen to use them even when I had a private car available to me.

People will and should use mass transit when it makes their life better -- when it saves them time and lets them do more fulfilling things with their life.

In places like Munich, Germany, it is possible to get most places in the city via very fast u-bahn lines. We lived there for about 2 weeks and didn't have a car. When we did have to go somewhere that u-bahn didn't reach, dealing with the bus system was jarringly bad in comparison. Suddenly we had to become aware of times, schedules, etc.

The Ubahn system is great because it's difficult to get on the wrong train, and you don't need to memorize a schedule... the next train will always be coming in a few moments.

When we toured Germany outside of Munich later on, we had a hired car, but we did not take it into urban core areas (like Berlin). We would park at a free park and-ride on the outside of town -- which were ajoined to s-bahn lines. Then we would take the s-bahn line to the hauptbanhof (centrail rail station) at the city core, and from there we'd take ubahn lines as appropriate to our various destinations.

For areas with high urban density, disjoint mass transit (like subways) is a great option, and having a personal car in the city core is usually a liability because parking it is so frustrating, and ultimately, expensive in terms of dollars and human time.

I love driving and have many days of race track time to my credit. I also built my own RV out of an old school bus and we take long family trips in it. In my family, we like driving and private cars.

However, when there is advantageous public transit available to me, I use it.

It is possible to build transit systems that work with the reality of how people live instead of some central planners idea of how she wishes people lived. Good systems can and will prosper.

Systems that don't improve the lives of their users should simply disappear so that better choices can come about.

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 191

by drinkypoo (#46814349) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

The oldest Leaf is like 3.5 years old now. How could you possibly know that the suspension will require a rebuild before the battery goes?

They didn't just pull this battery chemistry out of their assholes, you know. And the suspension isn't based on new principles either, which is my point. They know that rubber bushings will fail. They also know that polyurethane bushings won't (unless subjected to the kind of abuse that would certainly obliterate a rubber bush) and that's why they don't use them. And by "they" I mean automakers, not Nissan.

The cars are designed to be cheap to build, easy to put together, difficult to service (small and inexpensive changes would make service vastly easier on most vehicles) and guaranteed to disintegrate. Cars are just made to fail, and they're made that way on purpose. We have better designs and/or materials for pretty much everything which does typically fail, which simply aren't used. EPDM breather hoses crack and fail, silicone will last damned near forever anywhere but on the sleeve directly connected to my turbocharger. There's a plastic coolant tube between the engine block an the oil cooler on the A8, about two inches long, which always breaks. There's just no reason for it not to be made of Aluminum. Thousand dollar service job to have the oil cooler pulled out. None of this is by accident.

Personally I'm hoping by the time my leaf lease is up, there will be a Tesla model that has the same sort of affordability, as they do not have a dealership network to try and support with these sort of shenanigans.

No, but you do have to pay your yearly contract fee to Tesla if you want to maintain your warranty.

Comment: Re:I am confused on this issue (Score 1) 307

Now, what if Joe Smith from Arkansas is sitting right next to OBL building IEDs?

You've caught him red-handed. You have plenty of evidence to show that he was in fact actively aiding the enemy. Take a picture before you shoot him, for fuck's sake. Indeed, your gun should do that automatically. What fucking year is it?

Now, lose OBL and it's just Joe the Terrorist from Arkansas in an Al Qaeda camp?

Well, how do you know it's an Al Qaeda camp? Seems like while all this intelligence-gathering has been going on, you could engage in some legal process.

It's supposed to be difficult and expensive to kill people. Ideally, you come up with some other solution to your problems. You're supposed to think, hmm, war is hell, so I don't want to actually come to that pass. How can I avoid getting there? Instead, it has become due process is expensive, so how can I avoid it?

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 307

Bullshit. The so-called "drug problem" is 99% caused by prohibition itself [citation needed].

As an anonymous coward, there is no "you", and so "you" don't get to ask for citations, because you don't exist. You do, however, get to provide your own citations which contradict any and all of their points, and then it's up to them to provide citations which contradict theirs. Simply saying "citation needed" when you don't even have the courage of convictions needed to associate your demand with an identity is, for lack of a more accurate term, a complete bitch move.

Comment: Re:No answer will be given (Score 2) 307

My guy? Who said Obama is my guy? I am only pointing out that people who are up in arms about what he is doing were, for the most part, completely silent when Bush did it.

Well, I for one was vocal about Bush, and I was vocal about his father, and I am vocal about Obama. I'm just not as vocal as some of these guys.

What I'm frankly tired of is people who act like the president is the problem. He's just one little piece of the problem. Just one man. He reads from the script like everyone else.

Comment: Re:Who cares what PETA says (Score 1) 204

Frankly, I am surprised they garner as much attention as they do.

They had to resort to taking advantage of naive young women and locking them naked in cages on public streetcorners to remain relevant, so I consider them to be broadly considered to be a lunatic fringe group. Slashdot just likes to mention PETA because froth.

Comment: Re:Animal rights? (Score 1) 204

Funnily, they send the horses to the slaughter in mexico which has zero standards on how the horse are to be treated.

Or they're slaughtered by Mexicans living right here in the US of A. They seem to be willing to mob up and buy property together. We've got several such settlements in my neighborhood. All clean and orderly, no problems. The biggest messes and the most visits from code enforcement are from/to an old entitled white guy who's the scion of one of the old families here.

Comment: Re:Animal rights? (Score 2) 204

Depends on the company. I know of a few companies that take horses whose owners can no longer afford to own them, and train those to pull carriages (so they already have a second lease on life). At the end of their service, they're put out to pasture at a petting/riding farm.

This definitely isn't how all carriage businesses work, but a growing number do.

That's only because economic recovery is a dirty lie, and there's simply free horses available. There was a veritable torrent of free horses a couple years back. I live in the country, so I see these things... And there's still no shortage of free horses.

Comment: Re:Animal cruelty? (Score 1) 204

Most activists hate PETA for the same reason you do, but don't think that there aren't plenty of farm sanctuaries out there that would skip a beat to take care of one of these animals.

In fact, there aren't. All the ones that wanted one already got one in the great horse apocalypse. It's still going on to a degree now, but it's not like it was at its peak a couple years ago when I drove past a trailer store and they had their sign configured to say "FREE HORSE WITH EVERY TRAILER". Some idiots still think their horse shits gold and that they will recoup their investment, but in general you can still get horses for free if you're not too picky.

However, there's lots of immigrants who don't have the same cultural compunctions about eating horse meat that we do, so a lot of those free horses are not going to loving homes. Welcoming, yes. Loving, not so much.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.