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Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant (Score 1) 180

by CrashNBrn (#47561031) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
Ah! verrrrrrry interesting :-)

For some reason makes me think of the classic Best of's iirc Dragon magazine prints, Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum (?).

Perhaps that review's distillation evokes the in-between-time of AD&D and 2E.

Possibly, taking the freedom of feats (when you get them), with the Conceptually and Spiritually, of the classes portrayed within those Dragon magazine pages (useful *Abilities* at specific levels), along with the mechanics that were in place prior to the atrocious Unearthed Arcana and awesome Oriental Adventures.

Comment: Re:5thed is irrelevant (Score 1) 180

by CrashNBrn (#47559839) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
That certainly sounds interesting (at least), although D&D 3E was (at its core) really good too in the beginning. Yet it didn't take long at all for the warts to spread like wildfire.

I really can't see them ditching "feats" - even Paizo's Pathfinder suffers from being saddled with "Feats & Specialty Classes".

I think the key difference between (3E+ Style) Feats & Specialty Classes vs the 2nd-Edition class splat-books boils down to RolePlaying. The former (feats et al) try and cover all possible actions/RP opportunites, whereas the 2E splat books provided settings, optional rules, specialties and additional mechanics --- and since it was limited by "Proficiencies" the whole shebang was (somewhat) kept in check. Feats&SC proved to be popular and took on a life of it's own and added a whole 'nother meta-game with yet another obfuscating layer of min-maxing --- things that other gaming systems build in from the beginning with reasonable limits via Quirks/Talents/Curses/Advantages/Disadvantages.

Comment: Re:Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (Score 1) 285

by CrashNBrn (#47512081) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
Mine was in '87, $5 to $6 / hr for selling bingo tickets. McDonalds pay was less iirc, $4 to $5 / hr. If you were less than 18, there was some loophole where Students could be paid ~3.50.
My decade may be off by 5 years, but that still doesn't change the end result by much ~20% (1.78 instead of 1.96).

There's an interesting chart kicking around that shows wealth distribution/incomes from the 1930's to 2010. There is a decided shift that occurs beginning in the 1970's, but it is much more pronounced from 1980 onwards.

Prior to the shift, the total is split in 5 pieces Top-20%, Next-20%, etc. Each group has nearly the same rate of increase (wealth/income). At some point in the last 30 years that growth - that can be neatly split into pieces falls apart. One has to split out the top 1% or 0.1% and THEN break the groups down into pieces to see the catastrophic effect this redistribution of wealth has had.

My explanation is poor, but along with other economic indicators, including the nearly frozen minimum wage rate, things are not looking all that great for the bulk of the populace in North America.

Comment: Re:Not about leaks (Score 1) 282

It's pretty much the same at Google. Contractors have to take 6 months to a year off after an employment term. It would seem any of the tech-sector companies that utilize contractors play the same song and dance.

Especially that last bit of the "elusive promise of a hire" - which just fucks the employee since they wont really be prepared for not having a job at the end of the choreographed BS.

Comment: Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (Score 2) 285

by CrashNBrn (#47503623) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
$35,000 was a decent Salary in 1980.
Lets inflate that 2% per year over 34 years. ( x 1.96)

Merely adjusted for inflation, that should be:
~$59,000 (from $30,000) to ~$69,000 (from $35,000)

$5/hr was also the median minimum wage for student-like jobs in 1980-85 (~10,500/yr). Over three decades later most States don't even have a minimum wage at $10 or above.

Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 1) 681

If the Ribbons in MS's various products were even remotely configurable/customizable, they wouldn't nearly be such an atrocity to me at least (maybe others?).

MS has almost always had customizable toolbars, floaty-undockable, multiple toolbars and drop down menu's that hide unused features.

Vs. the Ribbons: Hide/Display and can't change.

If you try and make a custom Ribbon, you can't accomplish the same layout due to placement and sizing restrictions.

Performing an action via Toolbar or Drop-Down menu, doesn't change your menus or interface. Whereas the Ribbon requires - changing to a "specialty" ribbon, finding said function on the ribbon, clicking, changing back to "Home".

Conceptually the ribbon is good, but when it's implementation comes with the complete removal of previous functionality it completely goes against the flexibility that we've become accustomed to over the years, and feels like a slap in the face.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 99

by CrashNBrn (#47310033) Attached to: Opera Releases a New Version For Linux
I wish I could still use Opera 12.x - I've run into far too many JavaScript problems. Go to any sitepoint article that has "disqus" comments, each Opera (sitepoint) tab will consume 12-20% of the CPU; other sites are worse than that.

Opera would of been much better off either replacing their JS engine, or Hooking up with FF to bring out a browser that is stable with lots of tabs, and still has a usable (non-lagged UI). FF is getting their with the multi-process Nightly.

I think if Mozilla would stop pulling options out of the browser, and leave the infrastructure in place (Add-On Bar, Status Bar options) without forcing users to recover removed features via Extensions they could very well be on track to be the best browser: both in terms of Stability (with heavy tab usage) and customization --- the new "Customize" option is a page out of Opera's playbook, and its pretty damned cool.

Comment: Re:8.1 !=Start Menu.. Why Win8 was doomed... (Score 1) 516

by CrashNBrn (#47150105) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
I think if I could of gotten drivers for my last PC upgrade, I might still be running Win2k. Windows 2000 was a Rock-Stable OS that I used from 2004-2010/2011. It didn't take that long to acclimate to Windows 7, so it was a worthy upgrade. Win8 is "ok", I really hate the control it has removed from the user - in so many small ways, along with hiding things - just to make it difficult.
e.g. After applying Win 8.1 update, you have to bounce around until you realize it *IS* possible to login without a fucking MSN/Hotmail/Live/whateverthehell login.
Or when you try to download and run an installer from IE... blocked outright, until you realize clicking on "details" will allow you a button to override that block.

Another poster mentioned discoverability and how Win8 basically shits all over that concept. On that I totally agree. Some things are just a complete pain in the ass.

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