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Comment: Re:Finding cool stuff (Score 2) 373

by JMJimmy (#47781129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

http://www.trueachievements.co... as this thread illustrates, one person's gem is another's turd. Or the reverse http://www.trueachievements.co...

It's not over-thinking it, it's just basic common sense. A decade or so ago when I worked at a video store I had a massive following (turned out to be 50% of the business) because I recognized the simple fact that when someone asks for a recommendation, they don't want what you thought was good, they wanted what they think is good. Customer who comes in and loves b grade horrors isn't going to like Downton Abby, but they'll love Eight Legged Freaks. Games are no different. I can swear up and down that Bioshock, System Shock 2, and Masters of Orion 2 are some of the best games ever made - but if the person prefers RPGs they're not going to agree with me.

Not saying don't ask these types of questions but if you're going to ask the community about this sort of thing be more specific as overly broad questions serve no one but those seeking to argue.

Comment: Re:vote to close -primarily opinion based (Score 1) 373

by JMJimmy (#47777897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Community is one thing but unfocused questions like these are just flame-bait.

What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers

What's the audience? D&D is an awesome must have game for a very specific audience and they might enjoy W40k but neither will work for most audiences.

What's the intelligence level? Even the "average" audience can very widely in what they like based on the level of discourse among those participating. Balderdash is phenomenal when played by a room full of intellectuals but falls flat among a group who are always making up stuff because no one in the group ever knows the real definition.

Are there kids involved? Does it need to be "friendly" enough as to be random? Are video games appropriate or will there be some who won't get the controllers? Men, women, or mixed? Active or passive? Is there a goal beyond just playing (ie: get to know you games or team building or whatever)? Intention to get drunk?

The point is these types of questions are far too ambiguous and impossible to answer so they become "I like X" "X sucks Y is so much better" "Screw X and Y they don't hold a candle to Z". Only the original poster knows the specifics so X,Y, & Z might be great in their own situation but for the OP are not even remotely appropriate.

"Must have" games: Deck of cards x2 including jokers. Beyond that its anyone's guess. Console/computer specific: Mario cart & Super Smash Brothers. (this is coming from a non-nintendo gamer)

Comment: Re:inb4 (Score 2) 200

by JMJimmy (#47682919) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

That's NOT what its all about. It's primarily an executive function disorder. Every aspect of day to day life, including the "pleasurable" aspects are affected. ADHD-H the hyperactivity is to increase blood flow to the brain to allow the communication to occur between the problem solving centres of the brain and the executive function. The attention and emotion centres border the executive area and so, depending on the person, they'll end up distracted or they'll become emotional/stressed.

If what you said was even remotely true then that wouldn't explain ADHD-C/ADHD-I (about 30% of diagnoses) ADHD-I can cause you to focus so intently on what you're doing and be unable to switch (be cause the executive function is screwed up) so you'll sit there doing the same thing and plow through. Doesn't matter how boring or how intensely rewarding it is. I'm just coming down off a 37 hour episode of the most mind numbingly inane research that got me zero reward and set me back. I'll take me 48 hours to recover minimum before I can get back to being productive (hopefully). It's great when I spend that time doing something productive like coding but can ruin a week.

Worst part is, I can't control when it happens or what triggers it because things like self discipline and control are regulated by the executive function centre.

Comment: Re:inb4 (Score 1) 200

by JMJimmy (#47680739) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

It is. ADD and ADHD are fake "disorders" invented by doctors and pharmaceutical companies to get kids addicted to their drugs and make lifelong customers.

  When I was a kid, nobody had ADD/ADHD because it hadn't been fabricated yet.

You were born prior to 1775? Must suck stepping on your balls so much.

Comment: Re:I don't know what they're talking about (Score 4, Informative) 200

by JMJimmy (#47680673) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

They need to be specific, this applies to ADHD-H. This does not apply to ADHD-I and is questionable with ADHD-C. I have ADHD-I and I have the problem that my eyes get sore from hyperfocusing to the extent that my body forgets to blink.

Besides, they already have a definitive diagnosis. A brain scan. Aside from the very obvious differences in brain wave patterns, the structure of the brain is physically different. ADHD-H will show the centre of the brain growing at an accelerated rate compared to the other areas of the brain. ADHD-I will show under development of the frontal and/or temporal lobes and a noted size difference in the rear of the brain (something on the right side rear is smaller)... I'm totally not awake so all the appropriate terms and thoughts in general aren't coming to me...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?... --this lecture talks about it... it's split into a bunch of random pieces so I don't know which one the ADHD-I brain portion is in... that or there's a 3 hour video with it all (I think it's the same lecture)

Comment: Re: Money pit (Score 1) 322

by JMJimmy (#47670001) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

LOL - you're absolutely right. I just did a quick Google search for the Las Lajas river to see where it was and every search I did kept coming up with that image. My bad. Las Lajas section wouldn't be too bad then. The Brito end of it might trash a nice beach at most. My point stands overall though.

Comment: Re:Hi, it looks like you are writing difficult cod (Score 3, Informative) 116

by JMJimmy (#47644219) Attached to: Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Honestly, I find my buggiest code is the easiest crap that I'm just not paying attention to. The moment I have a solid challenge my interest peaks and getting it singing perfectly is the only acceptable end result. It may take a few tries but it's what I thrive on. I'm my least productive and most careless on the routine pointless tasks.

Comment: Re:Money pit (Score 1) 322

by JMJimmy (#47628119) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Somebody didn't read the article:

  "However, there are doubts around the world about the Nicaragua Canal project, mainly focusing on its engineering difficulty and funding during the construction phase and the economic viability after completion."

I said it would be comparatively cheaper. Panama Canal cost about $59/cubic metre excavated. Nicaragua Canal will be $10/cubic metre excavated if the estimates hold.

Comment: Re:Money pit (Score 1) 322

by JMJimmy (#47623949) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Panama didn't have the benefit of the massive machines available now. It will likely be much cheaper compartitively.

What I find interesting is the complete disregard for some amazing sites. Las Lajas River has this: http://www.beautifulplacesguid... three of the four proposed routes for the 3rd section head through a national reserve. The shortest route of course splits the reserve in half. http://www3.varesenews.it/imma...

Comment: Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

Another question to ask is, why was someone at google looking at someone's personal email account?

I suspect they weren't. They probably have an agreement with the police where their image matching algorithms are used to compare known child porn images against images sent to/from gmail and as they crawl the web.

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