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Comment: Blackouts are from the idiots guide to marketting. (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48030097) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Okay, our team is unpopular, how we going to fix this?

I know boss, lets prevent people from watching the games.

But won't that mean we'll have less fans in the long run?

No, we figure our team is just going to lose and we don't want anyone to see it .

Genius! Black out the game!

Comment: Econ 101 (Score 1) 473

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48024639) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
If energy is cheaper from another source, your energy company is going to have competition and not rake in crazy profits.

Things will absolutely go crazy the moment some company makes a cheap hybrid plugin electric car. Up until now you can get like 100,000 free miles of gasoline for what you'll save by not buying one. Once there is an economical reason to get one, everyone will want one. They'll use grid electricity at first, but then realize the benefit of having solar panels at their homes, and people will be buying solar arrays. This boom will all be triggered when one of these hybrid plugin cars or maybe even Tesla makes a chap electric car.

Think about the craziness of how even stores being unable to do their promotional deals. All the poor people with more time than money will simply drive from store to store and shop instead of telling themselves,"There's no point in shopping around because I'll lose more in gas money than I'll save."

Comment: I caught mastery of programming after 22 years. (Score 1) 187

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48023649) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
I'm not exactly sure how many hours it took or when it clicked, but after programming video games for 22 years, I finally can code anything I want very rapidly. While I can't grant you all the insight into how I do software architecture, I found one really cool method. If you design your memory structure(data structures) first, all your methods should write themselves. When I started coding games, it was the hardest thing I ever did mentally, way harder than even physics when they do rocket science. But now the only mental challenge I have when coding is thinking,"Is anyone even going to want to play this when I'm done? Is it worth putting time in if I get nothing back?"

It's been discussed before that the ap stores are like lotteries where you input time, and then hope to win money. It is very discouraging, but when I think about it, I can't do anything quite as well as code, so isn't time where I'm not coding wasting my skill? So this code warrior rides on.

Comment: I like Turbine, and I expected a new MMORPG (Score 1) 50

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48007603) Attached to: Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story
MOBAs are easier to make yes, but to attract a player base, you need to be special, have flair, and a little luck. I think Turbine should have just made a new MMORPG as they're skilled at to play it safe. Can you really make a MOBA attractive when there's only like a dozen or two DC characters to select from, and you still have to unlock a majority of them? To me, it seems like Turbine is attacking the MOBA scene like it knows what it is doing, but they probably don't. I'd like to be kindly surprised as I'm a Turbine fan, but their mainstay is good quality MMORPGS

With Blizzard doubling down on WOW and cancelling their MMORPG, there's no MMORPGS on the horizon that I know about that could be any good. I wish Turbine would make Asheron's Call 3 and not even consider it being a WOW killer. Just go through the motions, make a successful and big MMORPG with modern graphics, and you're going to get a player base as Turbine.

I bet Turbine would be a great place to work at, but none of their projects seem interesting right now. If they have deep pockets, they should be making more games than just a single game.

Comment: It all comes down to bias. (Score 1) 794

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47967131) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything
Science done in a vacuum means they have no point to prove going into the study. Corporately sponsored science means you need to find something positive for your sponsors product or they're not going to keep funding you. It doesn't matter how minor it is positive, as long as something positive, you're fine. I once saw Lucky Charms marketed as a health food because of the oat pieces. Oats are good for your heart, so by extension they said Lucky Charms is a health food. Its like saying,"Nuclear waste is good for your face because it gives it that healthy glow."

Even if they don't sponsor the science, the marketteers can scan science articles for the most minor thing that is good about their product and they go,"Science proves our product is superior!"

I'm all for science, but the way it is used now is disingenuous. Every day you hear about a new "super" food that will reduce your cancer risk.

Comment: How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun dun (Score 0) 71

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47932725) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco
How long until companies realize they can save 15,000-30,000 on paying their software engineers that telecommute. It is silly to require a programmer to be on site anyway. You gain some extra time out of him each day because he doesn't have to commute, and less distractions mean you get more productivity. If you don't trust your coders to do work, just set up a version control repository and make sure some stuff is done each day.

Comment: The sad truth is that robots will likely kill (Score 1) 165

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47919795) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics
I hate to say it but the first AI controlled robots will know their environment and be able to interact with it.

They'll get goals from their owner in natural language format.

The thing is, the easiest application to task them with will be war. It is almost harder to design AI that is unable to kill than to develop AI itself.

Comment: I'll tell you something I love in AS3/AIR (Score 1) 729

You can call objects with "this" as one of the parameters you pass.
Then the class can then save it to a global to the class variable.
Then that class has the ability to call functions in your main class :)
I discovered this because Eclipse for AS3(Flashbuilder) has a bug if you go over 25,000ish lines that it slows down your typing.
I started making separate classes which were just a place to put methods.
Since a lot of people are coding with AIR for Android/iOS, I'm sure someone will love using this.

Comment: I wish there was a way to disable images onTwitter (Score 1) 81

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47831985) Attached to: Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute
I did my best and modified my adblock to shut down Twitpic, but sometimes images from other hosts come through :(

I quit Facebook in part because my a few certain friends were posting stupid memes and clouding my timeline.

Most Twitpics are meme pix, and the rest are mostly shock pix. Neither of these do I want to see. Twitter should go the extra mile and have a way to disable images altogether.

Comment: Re:Traditional wet shaving (Score 1) 635

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47789875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Ever since I watched Predator, I just dry shaved. Then razors got kerazy expensive. Then I discovered the Norelco Saturday Night Special electric razor. For 20$, you get many years worth of shaves if you only use it once every month or so. I probably save 1.2 billion dollars a year using this and not minding a trim beard.

Comment: I don't mind old graphics, I mind 10,000 FPS (Score 2) 167

My modern card turns on the high gear fans when I play... Asheron's Call 1. I just got it because it is my favorite MMORPG and there are no monthly fees anymore, just a one time fee of 10$. I don't know how to play with my driver software because I'd assume you could frame cap it. If anyone still remembers when Starcraft 2 came out, lots of people's cards fried because they were doing way over 60 FPS, and Blizzard needed to patch.

There's no reasons modern cards should engage into all out maximized FPS mode on old games. I also don't like the extra heat in the summer. I'm thinking of playing some AC1 in a few months when it gets colder. There's no reason AC1 should crank much heat at all, but I guess I just don't know how to turn my graphics card from going all out on an older game.

Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 1) 257

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47732387) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model
The government who is supposed to regulate isn't going to change things for the better. If anything they'll make things worse since they're bought off by the corporations.

For a long time the idiots would say,"Well who cares if the corporations buy off the government? The corporations need the people to survive so they act in the people's best interest."

Comment: Can a little guy publish successful PNP RPG today? (Score 1) 203

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#47709427) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
Hello, I wrote a cool PNP RPG back when I was a teenager, and I played it with my friends in highschool for years. I wanted to make money on it, so I tried to make the world's first MMORPG in 1992, but quit when Ultima Online came out in like 98 or 99. Much later I realized, a live game master RPG genre could take off with a game master network and even paid game masters. So I made The problem I encountered is that I could get a group of people to play online. My online system isn't terribad, but it still needs debugged more.

I was thinking of dusting off my old books, solidifying the lore in a way that is solid, and then publishing the RPG. The problem I have is: How would I make any money at all on this? If I made any amount of money on it, I could spend my days making new adventures and polishing the online gaming engine. It is a good game, but I have no idea how to monetize it. Can a little guy make it today?

My only tactic would be to finish the rules, and then charge people 0.50-1$/hr to play the game with me as a live game master with my online game master network. Anyone have a better idea? The game was called Intergalactic Bounty Hunter.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"