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Comment: Re:I don't like to hear about competition (Score 1) 226

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48862949) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
I'm not skilled as an open source project manager or working on any open source project. So I'm afraid I don't know how that works. There's really not a lot of code that needs to be written either. There's only like a year of code or so, and then a year or so of play testing, tweaking, and features to add.

I mean if some of you guys wanted to collaborate with me because you think the idea sounds neet, leave me your reddit.com ids here or some way to contact you. Like I said in my original post, I could really use someone who knows how to communicate from JavaAS3(Flash) via sockets. But I can also use artists, and beta testers too.

Comment: Re:I don't like to hear about competition (Score 1) 226

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48853415) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
I wasn't going turn based... But yes, the sessions are planned to be many hour events, but you don't need to play the whole thing. When you're not on, there's a small penalty in addition to custom AI taking over.

Touch pad is perfect for games where you make choices in drop down menus like a turn based strategy game, or a game like Final Fantasy. The touch pad generally fails for action oriented reflex/twitch video games as the controls aren't crisp.

Comment: Re:I don't like to hear about competition (Score 1) 226

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48853199) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
I understand this. The project is mostly a hobby project that I may or may not be able to put time into because I'm already working on another project. So while I've made video games in the past, I'm not sure I'll actually finish this. I just don't want to dash anyone's hopes right now.

If the thing materializes better, I'd definitely like to have someone who knows marketing on board and how to make a successful kick starter. If you know anyone like that, let me know. I even have a use for a marketer now if they know how to get a quality match-3 game popular.

Comment: I don't like to hear about competition (Score 2) 226

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48852985) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
I too am working on a space civilization style simulator for Ipad/Android tablet.

My theory was that with all the fame of games like Clash of Clans, why not take competition one step further to games like Risk, Civilization, or Master of Orion?

Touch pad is perfect for those turn based games like that. They're just a bit more challenging to write since you need to write a custom active server since P2P would just invite hackers to ruin your day.

I could talk more on this project, but its so early in development that it isn't anything more than a hobby affair. I was thinking of taking my time on this one, sculpt it just right, and have good polish on it for 2-4 years out from now. One of the things slowing me down is that I can't seem to get Java to communicate with AS3 via sockets. So it is looking like I'll probably have to write my game server in C/C++ which will be a challenge without garbage collection, nice arrays, debugging, nice strings, an ide, and so forth.

Comment: I think Nintendo Wii was powerglove 2.0 (Score 3, Insightful) 40

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48846947) Attached to: Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'
Say what you want about the gimmickness of a Wii controller, but they did the powerglove to what it should have been. Props to Nintendo for sticking to getting something to the finish. My favorite Nintendo controller so far has been the SNES controller. It might not have analog, but it was a cerebral interface unlike some controllers where you had to adjust your grip to get to different buttons.

Comment: This is what security firms do (Score 2) 124

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48799617) Attached to: Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?
They come in, test security via social engineering like if someone falls for phishing or whatnot. Then they educate based on what failed.

I interviewed with a firm once, and said,"Hey, maybe people don't even know they need your security product. How about sending phishing emails to all companies you might want to work for :P" He got a laugh and he said something like,"The window salesman doesn't go around throwing rocks through people's windows to stir up some business." I don't think the analogy is applicable, but my marketing suggestion was mostly a joke anyway.

Comment: Not for me because (Score 2) 331

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48789047) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?
I've owned a computer long enough to know it works better when you're using less than 70% of your hard drive. After a certain point, the harddrive starts harder work to find places to write instead of nice continuous blocks. Now by all means, use 80% of your harddrive if you must, but try not to.

Comment: Keep going... Free College to all with good grades (Score 5, Interesting) 703

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48771521) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
Scrap a bloated super jet program that isn't going to win us any war we're fighting today, and you can pay for all people's tuitions and student loans over a couple years.

And instead of bailing out banks, we could have paid off 70-90% of the mortgages directly.

Comment: Limit has been solved for some time (Score 0) 340

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48770427) Attached to: Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player
There's even casinos you an play against limit players.

The real "challenge" if you call it that is finding No Limit solved.

I could easily code a No limit bot which will make the right move maybe 80-90% of the time that puts reads on and everything.

But where's the fun in that? Online poker sites crack down on bots with captchas, so why do I want to lose my initial deposit. Anymore when I play no limit, I play it like it is solved. I get my money in correctly maybe 95% of the time. The fun part of poker is that once you know how to play, its simple. Its hard to learn how to play correctly, but it is easier than tic-tac-toe once you got a strategy down. And yes, I've turned $1 into $1000 over several thousand games, so I'm not just bsing. I'm just a lifelong gamer with a math statistician background who got interested with poker over about a decade.

The reason I don't just go and make a living over it is that I still have some moral hangups on making money and not producing anything for society. It is the same reason I didn't decide to be a pro-gamer, but instead wanted to make software games and useful aps for people to use.

The only thing a good NL bot could do in today's world is make bad players into geniuses like chess programs makes everyone online play like a Grand Master. And there's no good way to monetize this with piracy or I'd sell "near-perfect No limit poker bots" for 500$ a pop or something. Since there's no money to be had due to piracy, its the same reason good players don't write books on the best strategies, they can just play the game and make money. It's better to keep other poker players in the dark on the right moves instead of educating them. I only teach a select few how to play the game right, and normally they don't listen anyway :P Some day in the future everyone will be playing perfect NL Texas Holdem, and it will no longer be a game of skill, it will be gambling since everyone is playing the same style.

Comment: Flash is the best mobile language (Score 1) 242

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48751905) Attached to: Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay
Laugh all you want. Believe all the negative propaganda if you listen to everything people tell you. But Flash is incredible to produce Android,Ipad/iPhone aps. Its soooo easy compared with any language I ever used. If you know C/C++ or Java, you can pick up Flash in a week. It also ports to Web, and Windows/Linux/Mac without modifying code.

Flash gets a bad rap, but I've never been so impressed with a language for producing modern software. The only downside is that it can be slow, but you can generally render 1,000+ graphics on the screen before you notice any slowdown. It isn't meant for the leanest and meanest modern 3d games, but if you want to get into the ap stores, its one of the best roads. It is far superior than picking Android or IOS specific programming languages.

Now I typically get buried for saying this for some reason. I'm not sure if people are bent out of shape because they hate Flash or if the Flash developers don't want their well kept secret to get out.

Comment: Lucky Charms is a health food! (Score 2) 224

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48742881) Attached to: Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You
The marketing bots are out of control and use science in ways it wasn't meant to be. All a marketing bot needs to do is look at one scientific fact anywhere that says something remotely positive about their product and voila, advertising angle. I seriously saw Lucky Charms marketed as a health food once because the oat pieces are made of oats which are known to be good for the heart. Science is supposed to be unbiased, but the results are being used in wrong ways. You can say something good about anything. "Why not try toxic waste for a facial cream? It will give your skin a healthy glow."

Comment: Re:And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (Score 1) 840

It isn't hard to get a virus on Windows. Many people can get a virus in their first week of owning a product. Going out and buying a 300$ product every week is not cost feasible. In fact there's probably a correlation between how gullible a person is for falling for Internet virus scams and their ineptitude for reinstalling windows... Call it the noob factor.

Comment: Re:And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (Score 1) 840

Conclusion: Everyone has different skill sets.
PS: I always think it'd be cool if they designed a car for the car heads to work on, but it'd be like that episode of the Simpsons where Homer bankrupts the company because people would get hurt working on the car, and then sue because the car was designed to be worked on. Every year it seems like cars get harder and harder to work on by a non professional mechanic.

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