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Comment: Re:we want gameplay, not "imperfections in the ski (Score 1) 86

You are talking about a company that made two MMOs for aging console platforms on their way out: FFXI on PS2+hard drive and later X360, then FFXIV on PS3, though that time they wisely did it for PC first. Locking themselves into ecosystems is a way of life. Also, someone over there has a hard-on for flashy graphics as a priority over gameplay. All the graphics in the world didn't save them from having to literally re-make FFXIV after it flopped hard.

Comment: Re:Lesson Here (Score 2) 246

by Megane (#49599977) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power
Also, use the difference of the current time minus the start time, instead of computing the end time and using a simple less than/greater than comparison. This properly handles wraparounds, and only has a problem with differences more than half of the full range. (so don't keep comparing the time after it's ended!)

Comment: Re:CareerBuilder AND Monster are Job Spammers (Score 1) 225

by Megane (#49599871) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
Keyword leeches are the worst. I have (or at least had, not sure if I aged it out) some assembly language experience in my resume. One recruitard send me an offer for what I think was an IBM 360 assembly language job because of the way Assembler was used like a holy word in the description, and another time I got an offer for PC board assembly at the nearby university tech labs. Not that I couldn't have done that, and the pay was pretty good for what the work was, and the commute would have been great too, but I was already making $50+/hr as an embedded systems programmer.

Comment: Re:Partners in space (Score 1) 120

by Megane (#49577699) Attached to: Russian Cargo Mission To ISS Spinning Out of Control

OH BOY! A BASE ON THE MOON! Yeah, sure, maybe it would have happened by 2029 at the rate NASA works these days, have you seen how the Senate Launch System keeps missing its milestones? And what exact value is a base on the moon? A lot of scratchy moon dust to give everybody silicosis? Helium-three (giggle) for (hahaha) fusion power (giggle *SNORT*)?

An orbital space station is much more useful because we need to learn to do things in zero-gee (like, say for getting to Mars), and the moon ain't gonna do that.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by Megane (#49577317) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights
And then someone has to print some of those books on a regular basis. And then someone has to dispose of them when they expire. And the pilots probably carry regularly updated information for every airport in the countries they might fly in, whether they go to that airport or not.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 3, Interesting) 263

by Megane (#49577267) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

I think that's a likely cause. I doubt they're updating the app (executable) on a regular basis and pushing the update, when it's only the data that changes regularly. All it takes is one glitch in a weekly data update, and one bad switch statement to cause a program to crash.

Proper error handling is one of the most important things in keeping things running (especially in unattended systems), but one of the harder things to get right, because it's hard to test (as in QA) for every possible unexpected input. You have to get a bit paranoid with your coding, because garbage input really is out to get you.

Comment: Re:Won't be drinking it (Score 1) 629

by Megane (#49561539) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I actually started drinking Diet Coke years ago because of the aspartame. I had one too many cans of Coca-Cola that just tasted awful (this was in the Coke Classic era after the New Coke fiasco), and found that the aspartame in Diet Coke not only tasted better, but consistently better.

I think one of the reasons that regular Coca-Cola tasted bad may have been because I don't care much for drinking them really cold, and the HFCS was probably tasting bad when it wasn't chilled. Aspartame has its own problems (it's not shelf stable at neutral pH, but perfect at soda-water acidity), and to me it has a bitter "before-taste" (in contrast to saccharine's bitter after-taste) giving it a bite that I actually sort of like.

And I really do not like saccharine. I'm old enough to remember Diet Pepsi from the '80s. It was absolutely awful. And really, all this got started when cyclamates got a bad reputation. It's actually still banned in the US, due to a lack of motivation to remove the ban.

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