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Comment: Re:Sounds great! (Score 1) 59

by Gliscameria (#49189181) Attached to: New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood
I bought it and can't stand it. I quit halfway through the second mission. Too many silly scripted events and weird key combinations, plus the controls in general feel floaty - which wouldn't be a huge deal if timing and precision weren't an issue. Does it get better after the intro missions? If the rest of the game has this Prince of Persia feel I can't imagine getting through it.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 375

by Gliscameria (#49188971) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles
These aren't fusion reactors, and there's no reason with modern technology to have meltdowns that spray debris all over the place... and you don't build them in heavily populated areas to begin with. We've got Palo Verde way out there as a precaution. This is all over reaction. You're way more likely to die from radiation from the extra fun bits in coal than from an actual nuclear disaster.

Comment: Re:So when do we get to SEE these rules? (Score 1) 631

by Gliscameria (#49142559) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
I just really want to know if there is anything in there about "offensive content" or "national security". I could imagine this being a power grab to censor the internet and strip encryption. They have been pretty hot lately about encryption and all the sudden this happens... I'm paranoid.

Comment: Re:"It's hard, so we won't do it" (Score 1) 347

by Gliscameria (#49142503) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates
We're not talking about accuracy or track records, we're talking about providing an estimate. These organizations estimate and project constantly, and they are wrong a lot, but it works overall. It gives some structure and a goal for the project. Sales projections are clearly worse, pure voodoo, but we still do them, because they work somehow. At the very least, these estimates come from someone charged with knowing a lot about the subject, so it's a good idea to clue everyone else in on what you think the timeline could be.

Comment: Re:Miracle Worker (Score 1) 347

by Gliscameria (#49142369) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates
Our rule for new projects was x2 for a best case scenario and then raised an order of magnitude(hour-day-week-month-year). For example - If everything goes well this job should take 1 day of continuous work - so we estimate in our hellhole of a reality it will be done in 2 weeks. It was surprisingly accurate.

Comment: Re:"It's hard, so we won't do it" (Score 2) 347

by Gliscameria (#49142211) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates
Thanks, I was beginning to think that software developers were completely dissociated from the rest of the world. Writing the software isn't the only part of the business. Marketing and sales are going to have to know about when things are done so they know when to have everything ready, and that's not even getting into the financial and executive parts of things. Not to mention you are basically saying that you have no idea how much the project is going to cost. Really, if you can't at least provide an estimate then it's either not your job to do so or you need to find a new job.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

I agree, but they didn't have the internet,GPS or traceable payments way back when either. I'm not saying that Uber is doing it right, but I can envision how you could by using these new tools. If in order to be a part of this system you have a background check, your bank account linked, pick up and drop off information logged, and your GPS constantly logged while active - along with a passenger feedback system - it's going to be awfully difficult to provide bad service, charge too much and then murder your passengers on a regular basis.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

That's crazy. I understand the point of licenses, but I would like the option to use a non-licensed service. Maybe I don't care if my barber has a license, but I really want to make sure my electrician does. Maybe I'm broke and running around to job interviews and I'm willing to use an 'unlicensed' daycare because it's cheaper and I've heard good things about it. If I want to be a dummy and used an unlicensed dentist that should be my choice. Naturally you'd have to scale up the legal repercussions on both sides though.

Comment: Re:I actually have some sympathy for the utilities (Score 1) 372

by Gliscameria (#49129945) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
It does not make sense for solar. It would make sense to have a set fee for solar. Why? The price you pay without solar is based on the power being generated somewhere most likely very far away and then transported to your house. Now, with home generation, you are selling directly to your neighbor. There is very little loss and very little infrastructure required. The solar producers should have to pay some form of set fee to maintain the infrastructure, but charging them by the KWh is an unnecessary disincentive to participate. A lot of this is the cost of having a monopoly. You can't just start a neighborhood power distribution company, and if you tried 'sharing' your electricity with your neighbors I imagine you'd have unhappy officials stopping by.

Comment: Why it doesn't make sense (Score 1) 372

by Gliscameria (#49129777) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
You should not have to pay transport costs for the power you produce, because that power doesn't have to run back to the power plant and then back out. Most likely your neighbors are using that power, and the power loss is minimal. I could see a few dollars charge for general upkeep, but it shouldn't a percentage of what you produce because that is irrelevant. I could see adding some cost for additional data infrastructure so that panels can talk to the plant and the plant can potentially throttle panels to even out demand swings, but there's got to be a better solution.

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