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Comment: Re:DLC (Score 1) 215

by Mikawo (#47278389) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

There are games that want to push the limits of PC hardware and have all the fancy bells and whistles and if that's what you want, then those are the games you should get, but why do you expect every game to be that way? Why is it wrong to optimize for the lowest common denominator to, say, reach a wider audience? Not everything needs to be at the cutting edge. Just making the game fun is a worthwhile goal in itself.

Comment: Re:DLC (Score 1) 215

by Mikawo (#47268385) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Well, the list price is the same no matter what platform. I think console gamers might get butthurt if they spent the same amount of money and on another platform the game looks a lot better. There is something to be said about delivering a somewhat consistent experience across different platforms. Getting that extra quality through a DLC doesn't seem all that unreasonable.

Comment: Re:Bottom Line: (Score 2) 358

by Mikawo (#46808541) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Of all the companies that I've applied to (and I've applied to a lot), none really seemed to care about any work I've done. I have an application that has a couple hundred regular users (which I'd like to think is pretty damn good as far as obscure open source projects go) that I've been maintaining for the past year but this has not improved my prospects at all. I've also learned various technologies and started projects around them but all of it seems like an exercise in futility. The gross generalization that all you need is to have decent code samples to get a job seems like complete bullshit to me.

Comment: Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (Score 1) 103

by Mikawo (#46766389) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24

Many studies suggest that the better players don't typically "see" the bad moves. If you ask a good player who's analyzed a position for a few minutes about a bad move, they will require more time to answer questions about the bad move.

This happens everywhere. Not just games. If you get so used to doing things in a certain way, thinking outside that box becomes more difficult.

Comment: Re:I don't care if he was supporting a bill to imp (Score 1) 1116

by Mikawo (#46702381) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I have to agree. No matter how much of an asshole view a person has, they should be able to act on their belief within the law without being condemned for it. The thing that really gets me is that they took it to his employer. If you have a political problem, fight that problem on the political stage. Don't bring that crap to the workplace!

Comment: Re:Copyright itself is problematic for technology (Score 1) 259

by Mikawo (#44502765) Attached to: Is 'Fair Use' Unfair To Humans?

I'm trying to think of where education went wrong such that it produces people like you that think effort should be rewarded.

Students should not expect a grade of A on a test just because they tried hard. They should expect it because they produced a sufficient amount of correct answers. Likewise, an amateur carpenter should not expect to be paid more for a birdhouse he constructed just because it required more effort than would have been exerted by a skilled carpenter. The worth should represent the results and not the effort it took to produce them.

It is a shame that it is common practice to add the weight of effort into the value of a product and nobody stops to think twice about it.

Comment: Re:No I would not. (Score 1) 610

by Mikawo (#41761029) Attached to: Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

I think you are blowing it out of proportion. Just because a person was tracked as a child doesn't mean they won't know how to think for themselves. Have you never questioned the decisions your parents made when they raised you? I have on many occasions. In fact, I feel some of those methods were wrong and I'm set on NOT using them. Maybe you should give people more credit?

Even if a kid is tracked, they'll still be exposed to different ideas simply by going to school and interacting with other people. As they get older, go to college, etc., they will still be able to form their own opinions and determine for themselves what is right and wrong regardless of what their parents thought.

"You don't go out and kick a mad dog. If you have a mad dog with rabies, you take a gun and shoot him." -- Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, about Muammar Kadhafy

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