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Comment: Paper and pencil (Score 1) 172

by Chess Piece Face (#33604846) Attached to: Teaching Game Development To Fine Arts Students?

Throwing programming at people with "little-to-none technical skills" is a bad idea period. Have them develop games or game concepts and then help them apply those to programming. Or take an existing classic game and describe the challenges of making it digital (such as card shuffling).

Comment: Re:Not just Google (Score 1) 543

by Chess Piece Face (#32657230) Attached to: At Google, You're Old and Gray At 40

--Communication without disturbing anyone nearby (on public transport, during lessons at school, in the office)

-There exists a mental technique called 'patience'. The huge downside to instant communication, and instant gratification from it, is that we fail to realize that half of our thoughts aren't important enough to actually send.

Not sure what patience has to do with not disturbing people. Regarding what is important enough to send, you appear to be viewing this technology as strictly for business purposes. Often the act of sending a text, regardless of content, fulfills the purpose of letting the other party know you are thinking of them. You know, being social.

Comment: Get it over with already! (Score 1) 457

by Chess Piece Face (#32353290) Attached to: Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

As others have pointed out, we in the area have been on alert for this forever. Nothing would be better than having it happen so we can put it in our past. It will be dealt with and then remembered nostalgically - we're in full-blown "remember Mt. St. Helens" anniversary mode right now.

Comment: Re:Yet another reason... (Score 2, Insightful) 457

by Chess Piece Face (#32352998) Attached to: Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Thanks for the link. Also worth noting:

First violation for illegal immigrants: $500 fine plus jail costs

First violation for employers of illegal immigrants: Fill out some paperwork

This should be the real outrage - employers creating the supply of illegal work are barely punished. We can throw as many people back over the border as we want, but nothing will change until the supply of jobs is cut off.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 647

by Chess Piece Face (#32284944) Attached to: Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

Your numbers logic is still crap. People drive every day, shoot much less often. Most auto fatalities are unintentional, reverse that for shooting deaths. The ratio of shooting deaths:guns fired is astronomically higher than auto deaths:miles driven.

Also, very few people own more than two cars whereas gun collectors are much more prevalent.

Comment: This is Qore all over again, again. (Score 1) 171

by Chess Piece Face (#32268798) Attached to: Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3

Yet another attempt to monetize as an afterthought. Expect several more links to "Premium PSN" to clog up the XMB alongside the multiple redundant store icons, non-hideable ticker, and forced-at-startup "What's New" button. Remember the first issue of Qore, with all the promoted extras which turned out to be one bad (and hidden!) Pong clone and access to exclusive game content that was not realized for several months? That is an idea of to expect here. My guess is that the giveaway games will be of the type that require followup, not-free DLC to be fully realized.

Comment: Private college debt crisis (Score 1) 1138

by Chess Piece Face (#32215020) Attached to: Too Many College Graduates?

"The average student debt load in 2008 was $23,200 -- a nearly $5,000 increase over five years."

This is fueled mainly by the boom in higher priced private colleges (University of Phoenix, etc.) and their shifty recruitment practices. Exactly in the same way that mortgages were being given to unqualified homeowners, there has been a huge rise in the numbers of students enrolling at colleges who will let anybody in the door. Recruiters are paid per enrollment in many cases. Frontline covered it recently:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/ (you can watch the show online here)

One of the standout statistics was the 10 percent of public university students are in default, while private colleges have a 44 percent default rate.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.