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Comment: I already stopped buying BF3 and BF4 (Score 1) 208

by Barryke (#47314641) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

For me, BF2 already was on the edge of decency.

I already stopped buying BF3 and BF4, this is why:
- I dont want DLC forced on me. I want to buy it once for 40 bucks and play it forever.
- I dont want to earn better weapons. I want to play it at once, not being able to blame losing on that opponents superior riffle.
- I dont want to have to buy a new computer. I want to play it for 40 bucks.
- I dont want to pay 60 bucks. I want to play it for 40 bucks.

Sadly there are not much vehicle centered first person war games. I dont really appreciate the infantry city maps that BF centers on.

Comment: Re: nissan or mazda? (Score 1) 137

by Barryke (#47252797) Attached to: BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

Mazda also stated the mission to first invest in improving the Gasoline engine, as there is much to be gained in effeciency and performance.
The SkyActive engines sport a higher compression than Formula 1 cars ever had (!) which is insane.

I agree with that Mazda mission, but do hope they go all-in for an Electric+Hydrogen engine rather soon than later. To bad this article only mentions Nissan, not Mazda. :(

Comment: Burner phone with local SIM, and forget 4G (Score 1) 259

by Barryke (#47162863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Dont bother with 4G, and you'll find plenty of multiband phones.

First off, consider buying a burner phone and sell it afterwards. Put a local SIM card in the device, so it can call local numbers cheaper. Lots of advantages here.

Second, if you do insist on one phone to rull them all, please do forget about 4G. Even with 4G coverage you wont exceed 3G speeds without looking for a very specific (unrealistic) scenario. Unless she wants to broadcast live video from her phone in HD, ofcourse.

Comment: Re: Article summary doesn't match article content (Score 1) 103

by Barryke (#46917373) Attached to: ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

> You're missing the whole point of /. which is discussion. Just like a call in talk radio show, the source material doesn't need to be entirely accurate, objective, timely, thorough or any other standards you'd expect of real news. It's just entertainment.

A sad truth.

Comment: Re:Also business and gov't accounts (Score 1) 67

by Barryke (#46888579) Attached to: Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

Indeed, so it seems. Media says so, but i did not see this news outed officially by Google yet.

I read this at
which cited
but that lacks source, i for one did not find the original Google statement regarding business anywhere.

If true, i guess the gmail PGP they considered made it impossible to scan the emails anyway, so they might as well make a big deal out of it. First education ofcourse, it'll simplify that lawsuit and all.

Comment: comprehensible opportunities == limit options (Score 1) 278

by Barryke (#46887367) Attached to: The Ways Programming Is Hard

Git is remarkable in that way in fitting into current practices of using hierarchical files changed by desktop tools. Still, it misses a lot as far as references to data items that can be exchanged globally (needing longer hashes), or dealing with large binary files (constantly rechecking stuff, but with workarounds), or dealing with rapid collaboration by several people such as to create shared drawings. But it is still awesome as far as it goes.

To that i say "To facilitate comprehensible opportunities, you have to limit options.".
This goes for game level design, the Apple ecosystem, jigsaw puzzles for toddlers, and the kind of focus that i only see in broke entrepreneurs that reboot their career.

Comment: Citation needed. (Score 1) 278

by Barryke (#46887257) Attached to: The Ways Programming Is Hard

The main story is an interesting opinion piece.
But further down he represents facts that i dont believe. Citation needed.

Tell me more about the "two lines of code that parse two lines of embedded comments in the code to read the Mayan numbers representing the individual ASCII characters that make up the magazine title, rendered in 90-degree rotated ASCII art." program. I cant find it on the internet.

Comment: Suspense of disbelief (Score 2) 169

by Barryke (#46852145) Attached to: Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

Theres arcade games like hoops around a cone, but for games that require me to invest more than the few minutes of screentime i give them, i need something to help me keep the suspension of belief. This is where a story that keeps me interested is required.

But there are exceptions. The story may be cheesy, like C&C:Red Alert 2 where its just mechanism to explain the next mission. So either the story is informative, or the story is required to keep me interested.

Comment: Units converted in celcius and metric (Score 5, Informative) 239

For those outside of Lybia, USA, and Burma:

"at 6 km the temperature experienced by a stowaway would be -25C, at 9,1 km it would be -45 in the wheel well — and at 12,2 km, the mercury plunges to a deadly -65C (PDF). "

20,000 feet = 6km
40,000 feet = 12,2km
-13F = -25C
-85F = -65C

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