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Comment Re:Rookie mistake number one (Score 1) 229

Microservices have some legitimate criticisms; it seems like you should only embark on that quest if you really know what you're doing and it's the best solution to your specific problem. It might be useful for expanding a monolith which is out of control, or for performance/language reasons in some cases, but building a whole system from microservices looks like it would be needlessly complicated once you delved in.

Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 3, Insightful) 204

Perhaps, but imagine for a moment that you're an LGBT (or otherwise marginalised) teen living in a fairly hostile community. You'd want to reach out and communicate with people who could empathise, but wouldn't want to reveal your identity lest it lead to retribution. Not requiring a real name would allow them to reach out in a safer manner on that particular platform.

That isn't just restricted to LGBT people, either. Anyone with a condition or history who wanted to communicate about it without linking it to them in a way family/friends/employers might find out about could benefit from a lack of real name requirements. Bullies would benefit too, however, so it's a double edged sword.

Comment Re:So what is the answer? (Score 2) 155

It probably depends. If you're wheelchair bound and are unable to move into a vehicle unassisted you're already utilising wheelchair taxis, not normal taxis, so it probably wouldn't apply in those situations. Refusing to have a guide dog in the car is problematic though, as they're permitted pretty much everywhere and are quite well trained. It's not unreasonable to require drivers to take a guide dog if a blind person hails a taxi, unless they're allergic, so why should ridesharing services be permitted to do so?

In cases where it doesn't require much, if anything other than an attitude change, to support disabled people, it's more or less a no brainer. In other cases, if it should depend on the circumstances. If a person can't change the thing about them that's causing the issue (e.g. in this case, their disability) then requiring businesses to make reasonable changes to accommodate them is perfectly ethical. They're still human, and should be given the best chance to lead a normal life if they desire it.

Comment Re:Anyone figure out why (Score 3, Insightful) 102

Sony probably backed it to give them another edge over the Xbox One. It's an odd decision, however, given RPG remakes don't tend to happen.

I'll be interested to see if they can live up to the expectations we've developed over time. Upon replaying them I discovered that a large part of the depth of PSX and earlier Final Fantasy games was filling in the blanks – particularly when it came to personalities. Without voice acting you can come up with a completely different person depending on how you read them, which leads to different people having dissimilar experiences. With latter FF games they've been inserting a lot of voice acting, which I found very off-putting (it's not exactly A-list stuff, and I find that the personalities they project are strained).

I found Leigh and Kirk's FF7 Letters to be an interesting nostalgia trip. Kirk had been in the industry for a while before playing FF7, having been exposed to its legend on many an occasion, and exchanged letters with Leigh whilst he experienced it for the first time. There's a lot of things my mind skipped over as a kid; always ignored Tifa, for example, when I could have interpreted her in an entirely different and more mature way. It's interesting.

It'll be cool to see, regardless; re-imaginings are often fun ways of looking deeper into a story.

Comment Re:one down, about a dozen to go. (Score 1) 851

I'd be more concerned about the cigarette companies using countries to lodge World Trade Organisation complaints or suing you under old treaties than about people growing their own tobacco (not that doing so would be easy with current war-on-drugs surveillance technology); they're still trying to get Australia to reverse its widely-praised plain packaging laws.

Comment Re:Sick and tired of the political correctness (Score 1) 185

That "study" is ridiculously flawed; they couldn't find a real paper arguing their point (noted in the article), so they invented a unrealistic scenario and used that. Nobody sane hires based entirely upon a piece of paper without meeting the person beforehand. It's absurd. They asked faculty members (not the people who would actually hire) to pick between two identical on-paper only people without being able to acquire more information or meet them in an interview setting, so of course they're going to decide between them based on superficial reasons. That is not evidence of discrimination in hiring processes, it's evidence of a flame-bait article.

It may be that women can be privileged in hiring scenarios (for affirmative action or other reasons), but you'll need to provide an actual scientific study that argues that.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 830

It's not like you lose precision by using celsius, you just get fractional values; the resolution is the same, provided you aren't rounding to whole numbers for some reason. It might be a win with non-digital thermometers, but you'd probably be using a digital one to measure something that might be life threatening.

Comment Re:Fears of abuse are overblown (Score 1) 126

Technically torrenting the game you haven't purchased to achieve the same end result is illegal (copyright infringement), whereas buying then requesting a refund is not. That's not much difference to some people, but for many it opens possibilities that didn't exist before.

Comment Re:No multiplayer? No competition (Score 2) 108

Presumably adding a standard way for mods to integrate with Minecraft at this stage would result in significant problems–enough to make the prospect unappealing. My understanding is that Mojang doesn't provide the source for Minecraft officially–it must be decompiled, which presumably results in uncommented code–so all mods are written to override various methods (which aren't stable, hence why each version breaks heaps of them). A bunch of mods are written to run via another mod, such as Forge, which makes them easier to write, but many are not.

Introducing a standard API for accessing Minecraft would probably require some extensive refactoring, which would break most mods. That happens all the time, so they'll deal with it. Rewriting mods to take advantage of the API would be a lot more time consuming however, and depending on how extensive/performant it is the API might not be sufficient to replicate all existing mods (i.e. they might not use said API). Long-term it'd be a win to develop most mods against a stable API, but getting there would be an interesting task.

They'll probably just delay all that stuff until they create a Minecraft 2, which I'd guess is inevitable now that they have a parent company with shareholders.

Comment Re:And here I am about to ditch Chrome... (Score 1) 102

There's an extension for Chrome called The Great Suspender which purports to free up resources by automatically suspending tabs when inactive for a period of time (unless they're on a whitelisted domain). It greys out the tab text/icon, unloads the page and replaces it with a "click to reload" dialogue; it basically just redirects to: chrome-extension://klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg/suspended.html#uri=ORIGINAL_URL_HERE, so you'd have to remember to whitelist inactive forms and such. It doesn't reload the original pages when you start chrome until you explicitly click the reload button, too, so it helps with restarting the browser a bit faster.

Still no way to get tree style tabs in chrome, though. I miss those.

Comment Re:Probably a more useful metric than social netwo (Score 1) 102

If the domain is then or works; the latter is probably less confusing if you have to verbally dictate it to someone (unless you just spam business cards everywhere). So saying "john at john smith dot com" is clearer than "hello at john smith dot com", because verbally saying hello mid sentence is unusual.

You can forward gmail emails to another address pretty easily, and even reply to those emails from that email address or from your primary one. It's easy to set up in Google Apps with your own domain, and probably just as simple on other hosting services (which you'll presumably use).

Comment Re: Yes, but because (Score 1) 189

Now, that artist's income from marketing their work directly may not have been 'doing well' in an overall sense, but the relative payout from working with a commercial label and independent publishing certainly qualifies, for the return on their work, as 'doing well', even if it's not of itself enough to support a 'well off' lifestyle.

You are possibly discounting the popularity gained by the artist through the label's marketing efforts; a random person starting to sell music online without a prior history of some level of marketing would probably experience a significantly different response.

Comment Re:Yeah sure (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Disney makes only one thing : homogenised culture to be consumed around the world. It's the McDonalds of films. Insipid to the very core.

Remarkably, not everyone on this planet wants to spend all of their movie-viewing time on art-house pieces with complicated themes; sometimes you just want to be exposed to a universe that hadn't existed previously in your imagination, whether it's a reworking of an old story or not. Same as a good chunk of the population doesn't mind some McDonalds every now and then; sometimes you just want a cheap burger.

Comment Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 4, Insightful) 500

Term limits for Congress? Absurd. Cutting taxes? What could he be thinking?

Term limits aren't necessarily a good thing, as they're going to encourage politicians to look for places to be employed once they're finished with their term (as a primary focus for the entire term). They also reinforce short-term thinking, as the individual politicians won't need to deal with the fallout of their decisions if they have no chance to be re-elected. Finally, the networking and experience required to get anything done in any political environment takes quite a while to build up – if you replace people at too high a rate they'll never reach the efficiency stage, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on your views.

Most simple solutions are horribly flawed, which is often the main reason they haven't been employed previously. Cutting taxes isn't likely to help much with paying off the 21 trillion dollar debt, for example, unless new taxes on richer people are introduced.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe