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Comment: It's a Scam (Score 1) 256 256

They want your application fees.

Brown: $75
Stanford: $90
Harvard: $75

If they all make applying FREE then I would believe that they're doing it for the betterment of the student body, and not their budget. Source:

Comment: Re:Solution: Tax gas more. (Score 1) 1139 1139

Aaand if you live in a rural area that won't see a train (or likely any other regular means of public transportation) for the next 200 years then yeah, taxing something MORE that you have no choice but to use seems like a great plan.

If trains are more valuable and easier to use than driving then people will use them. But that can only come with an equal coverage of street transportation through trams and bus systems. Otherwise people will be screwed once they use a long distance train to get to their destination.

Comment: Microtransactions... Good Until People Wise Up (Score 1) 83 83

Microtransactions have spawned an entire group of gamers who find nearly as much fun from paying the game for free and going to insane lengths to get something for nothing than they do from just playing the game.

Other people might pay $10 or $20, then realize what they've done and quit the game in disgust, especially as game executives get more greedy and obvious with their requests for money.

Either way there's a limited pool of people who are paying and that pool is shrinking fast. I personally wouldn't invest in a microtransaction funded game as there's better opportunities that exist for long term growth.

Comment: Re:Why I Respect Jagex (Score 1) 422 422

Don't get me wrong, if I started a company that grew to be as successful as, say, playdom, I would totally sell out. BUT I would sell the business entirely, quit my position and totally distance myself emotionally from that business.

Then I would take my share of selling out and start another business making different games likely, but I wouldn't try to convince myself that after selling out I had any significant influence over the direction of my business anymore, simply because it wouldn't be my business.

Comment: Why I Respect Jagex (Score 1) 422 422

I'm a very very long time player of RuneScape. Many scoff when that game's name comes up, but there are few, if any, other games that offer such a widely varied array of activities and freedom of play.

Why do I love that game so much? Their style of game creation has always been one focus, to make a game that they would want to play. That's how RuneScape was born, and it became a literal overnight sensation. That's why their profits are so low per player compared to other games in the industry. They don't care about profit, they care about fun.

I started playing RS as a teenager, I went to college to study language because I thought it would be useful, but now I'm switching to computer science. Why? Because I've played a game for the past five years that two men built not to make money, but because they wanted it to be fun. I'm currently building a series of tools for RS players to give me the skills to create my own games that fill yawningly empty gaps in the gaming industry. I want to do what jagex did and build something fun.

If other game development studios would realize that it's about the gamer having fun and not about the executives making big bucks then they would be a lot happier with their work.

Comment: Re:EOL XP already... (Score 2, Informative) 458 458

I bought a new laptop with some apprehension knowing how attached I was to XP, but the new laptop came only with 7.

I now use the windows 7 laptop exclusively. Saying that "7 is getting there" is just being hardheaded OR showing ignorance due to having not used 7 for a significant period of time.

That being said, I use vista on my work computer (not my choice) and you're right. Vista doesn't count.

Comment: Speaking from my Personal Interests... (Score 1) 398 398

Do what your personal interests are.

In my case it would be one of two things.

1) Breeding fish varieties for either food or profit.

I don't know if you're familiar with aquaculture, but a hardy fish that's easy to raise AND tastes good would have massive profit potential. On the fun side of things, think of the value of a guppy that looks the same as your normal guppy, but has much greater disease resistance or faster growth or more reliable color breeding or whatever. If you can tell ANY business owner that you can increase their profits substantially then you'll perk ears.

2) Computer science/programming.

Especially with artificial intelligence or studying swarm behaviors you can go a long way with just your home computer. For a low cost you can also set up your own cluster for larger scale computing.

Then there's always computer security research...

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker