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Comment: Re:Oh Canada! (Score 1) 268

by liquidsin (#47941055) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Much of Canada is already quite easily habitable, it's just that there's nothing there to draw people to it. For a simple example take a look at Alberta. Looking at 2011 numbers the population of the province is 3.6 million, with about two-thirds of that living in Calgary and Edmonton. There's a LOT of wide open land that could easily be filled up with people and their stuff. If you had ten million people and some start-up capital you could build a metropolis somewhere between Calgary and the Montana border with easy access to roads, rails, farmland, water, etc. For reference, New York City has an area about 15 sq. mi. smaller than Calgary and roughly eight times the population.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 2) 302

by liquidsin (#47935825) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

McDonald's has NFC enabled Interac handsets in their drive-thru. I wave my wallet at a machine for coffee a couple times a day. It's really more uncommon for me to find a vendor/retailer who *doesn't* have the NFC terminals these days. Back on topic, does this mean the new iPhones won't be able to use their NFC for anything besides payments? I quite like touching the backs of two NFC enabled android phones together to send links, contacts, photos, etc.

Comment: You're missing the point! (Score 3, Funny) 382

by Weaselmancer (#47780901) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

I MUST OWN THEM ALL HRRRGRRBLLL DIGITAL HOARDING

*ahem*

Sorry about that. I tend to get a little foamy when I digitally hoard. Anyways, counter to your point it's fun (for me, YMMV of course) to have as many as you can get. Sometimes I'll fire up MAME and simply pick out old games at random. Some I remember, some I never have seen before. It's like being an archaeologist in your own past. I'll do the same thing with C64 archives and Amiga archives (look for Amiga Tosec). Scores of Atari 2600 games. All the video discs for Daphne (the videodisc game emulator). Dragon's Lair, anyone?

It's a wish come true for younger-me. I used to mow lawns just to save up and get an Atari cartridge. Now I can download Stella and inside of ten minutes have ALL of them. Fun! And yes, someday I will make a MAME cabinet. Oh yes. It will be glorious.

So basically TL;DR it's really fun to poke around with. And really, with the price of storage these days you can store the entire library of an entire genre on a few blu ray discs. A 3 Tb hard drive is about $100 at NewEgg. Why not have them?

Comment: Re:No sovereign immunity (Score 1) 534

I've never been involved in a SWAT raid but my understanding from TV and movies is that they have to identify themselves when they enter. Are they identifying themselves as police or as private security? If it's the former, can they be charged with impersonating police officers? And if it's the latter can they be charged with break and enter? I feel like the castle doctrine/"stand your ground" law would absolve you of guilt if someone busted through your door yelling "PRIVATE SECURITY CORPORATION" and you shot them in the face...

Comment: Coding for kids (Score 1) 254

by Weaselmancer (#47294057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

My six year old son spends a lot of time on this learning-to-code site. I think his kindergarten teacher introduced him to it. It's probably the best thing I've ever seen for teaching kids coding.

Click on a starter project. Click the green flag to run the program. Click "See Inside" to look at the code in their editor. It's visual, easy to read, and quite elegant.

It really is a completely fantastic site. Brilliantly done.

scratch.mit.edu

Comment: The very best book for C#? (Score 2) 254

by Weaselmancer (#47286733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Google.

I'm 100% serious. I learned C# that way and wound up writing the application code for a product that sells for about 5 million a year.

Here is your task, since you're interested in making games. Make a game of pong in C#. Use Google to look up how to do it. Start with a hello world program. Then make a program with a form. Then figure out how to paint to it. Keep going.

At the end of the pong game you'll know enough to be dangerous. Good luck!

Comment: May I direct your attention to this? (Score 1) 284

by Weaselmancer (#47251039) Attached to: Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

The other Microsoft story, on the exact same page as Bill Gates telling you not to pursue money at all costs, and instead focus on making the world a better place?

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

Right. We acquired all these patents to crush competition and make the phone market a monoculture. To make the world a better place.

Comment: Notice something about that article? (Score 4, Insightful) 362

by Weaselmancer (#47021195) Attached to: Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

Some quotes from the article:

According to Bloomberg, Gundlach has suggested the Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO get out of the car-making business, and concentrate fully on developing batteries for use in other vehicles.

In contrast to those traders though, Gundlach says he'd much rather buy Tesla shares than invest in a company like Twitter--and is much more concerned about the "killer" return speculative investors could get from Tesla becoming a battery-only business.

He sees Tesla as a better investment than technology companies like Twitter, whose shares recently dropped to their lowest point yet, less than a sixth the price of Tesla shares.

This article has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with maximizing third party investments. This is exactly what's wrong with the world right here, in a nutshell. Here we have an honest-to-goodness NEW thing. The Tesla car company. Finally a viable alternative to gasoline cars. The future. Less carbon emissions. Something to help the world. It's a beautiful vision.

So of course some day trading jackass wants to strip the future of that vision so he can get a better return on his stocks. To hell with the future, money is involved!

Makes me sick.

Comment: Gigantic children! (Score 1) 216

by Weaselmancer (#46988925) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

Why do you need a half ton truck to drop 3 kids off at school? If you like driving trucks, fine. But don't make up nonsense justifications. You don't need that kind of tonnage just to haul children.

Unless they are gigantic, of course. Honestly the first image that popped into my mind when you made your post was that you had three children the size of gigantic granite boulders and you offload them like gravel. While "Like A Rock" is playing in the background.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.

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