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Comment Personally (Score 1) 731

I'd move into a house that allowed my wife & kids to have more property for horses & horse related stuff
I'd put in a food forest, silvo pasture & raise some cows, & more pigs.
I'd put in a nice shop, wood working, metal working, laser cutter, cnc, 3d printer or 2. that way I could get back into wood working & just play doing stuff

I'd probably also take a really long trip (30-60 days) with my family to see the US,
I'd spend more time with my kids camping, fishing, horseback riding, etc.

Then possibly go walkabout when their older.

Comment Even better: Let recruiters PAY you to find a job! (Score 1) 2

The whole thing is a sales pitch for a new site called June where you get paid to listen to pitches from recruiters trying to fill positions. With the extra perk of trying to build some Uber-like accountability into the process.

But this might be a good sales pitch. Too bad they didn't pay me to read it. But I'm guardedly optimistic, might actually pay attention to them once they get the thing launched.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 492

Can we stop saying AGW already? People who don't know what you're talking about certainly won't know what you're referring to, and I can never remember what the "A" means.

Just call it Global Warming already, don't be lazy if you think it's really important. It's more important to get the message across than use a vague acronym.

Comment Re:Long time *NIXer considering switching to Windo (Score 1) 193

I sure hope so. I've always been a big Microsoft fan, .NET developer, Apple hater. But I upgrade my laptop from Win7 to Win10, then saw all the privacy invading stuff set by default, and converted back to Win7. Very disappointed in the current direction of Microsoft.

Math

Using Math To Tune a Video Game's Economy 96

An anonymous reader writes: When the shipping deadline was approaching for The Witcher 3, designer Matthew Steinke knew there was a big part of the game still missing: its economy. A game's economy is one of the things that can make or break immersion — you want collection and rewards to feel progressive and meaningful. Making items too expensive gives the game a grindy feel, while making them too cheap makes progression trivial. At the Game Developers Conference underway in Germany, Steinke explained his solution.

"Steinke created a formula that calculated attributes like how much damage, defense, or healing that each item provided, and he placed them into an overall combat rating could be used to rank other items in the system. ... Steinke set about blending the sub-categories into nine generalized categories, allowing him to determine the final weighting for damage and the range of prices for each item. To test if it all worked, he used polynomial least squares (a form of mathematical statistics) to chart each category's price progression. The resultant curve (pictured below) showed the rate at which spending was increasing as the quality of each item approached the category's ceiling value."

Comment Re:Technical superiority means very little (Score 1) 279

" It may be related to their hiring process, though - it narrows the personality types that will work at Google in an extreme way."

Exactly, they are getting a basic clone mentality going on there. I took a look at applying there once and after a few minutes it was like "Nope, I got better things to do with my life"

Comment Seems like a good OS, but requires you to give up (Score 3, Interesting) 485

your constitutional right to a trial. They make you agree to binding arbitration instead. (Section 10 of the EULA).

That one really burns me. It's pretty unAmerican to say "Give up a constitutional right or you can't use our product." (Was that there before?)

How can this be legal? There's got to be a way around that. I have no intentions of ever suing Microsoft, but this rubs me the wrong way. What's next, you have to give up your right to freedom of speech?

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