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Comment: Re:I look forward to Minecraft with my son (Score 1) 166

by Ogive17 (#47947663) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
Just love it when people jump to extreme conclusions on /.

Coordination in a sense that he will need to learn what materials, and how many, are required to proceed.

I played soccer, football, baseball through high school and have since taken up golf and ice hockey as an adult. My son is going to have plenty of opportunities to play outside, especially since there is a pack of kids running around outside nearly every evening.. spring through fall. Next year my son will be with them.

And I plan on sitting next to my son and creating with him in game. If we can do it once a week for an hour or two, that will be a great way to spend some time with him.

Comment: Re:Pleasant? (Score 4, Interesting) 166

by Ogive17 (#47946483) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
Wow, where to start?

While a game was supposed to be nonviolent, plenty of Minecraft servers seem to have added functionality that allows direct fighting and ability to kill other players. Chat capabilities go unmonitored and "adult language" is widespread.

So do not let your child play, unsupervised, on these public servers. You cannot get to a server without specifically adding the server address (which you typically get by searching on the internet).

On a personal level, it annoys me that a game world with a level of 3d graphics and physics sophistication that was state of the art 20 years ago is extremely popular today, but I can see the draw of "retro" look and feel.

So graphics trumps gameplay for you? I still play my favorite NES/SNES games on an emulator because of how much fun they are, not what they look like.

Comment: I look forward to Minecraft with my son (Score 1) 166

by Ogive17 (#47946401) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
My son is still too young, only 1.5 years old.. but when he's around 3 I plan to let him start fiddling around on the computer, specifically with Minecraft.

It takes coordination, cooperation, critical thinking, and creativity to create in this game and I'm looking forward to having this be one of the activities we do together as he gets older. Of course I also cannot wait until he's old enough for legos.. I only wish I did not sell all of mine 20 years ago in a garage sale..

I watch some streamers on twitch, for the "pros" everything is automated for them as they have done it all so many times. I'm still a noob at the game since I don't have much free time to play but look forward to exploring the game more with my son.

Comment: Expanded thinking (Score 2) 391

by Ogive17 (#47919005) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Before someone gets their panties in a bunch, I am not suggesting that STEM grads have a lack of critical thinking.

The problem, and it's quite evident by the responses so far, is that many STEM grads think alike. Larger companies do not want liberal arts majors to become their lead programmers, they want them to be part of a team that accomplishes a goal together.

Cross functional, diverse work teams are very beneficial to most companies. I've been working with our IT group for the past year to get updates made to the system my group makes. The only guy in that group that had any decent communication skills (he was also a very good programmer) bailed 2 months ago. Now progress is at a standstill because they do not have the confidence to talk to the customer (which is me in this case).

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 1) 609

Define the basics. Seeds + Soil + Water + Sun = plant. Am I expected to know the composition of fertilizers or how much yield to expect per acre? I probably know a bit more than the average person because I'm in middle America and my dad's family use to farm.

I can tell you the difference between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine but that's because I work for an automotive company.

The OP's statement was a bit ridiculous... not knowing that a certain OS requires 15% of HDD space should disqualify someone from owning a computer? What an expert knows and qualifies as "general knowledge" is most likely not general knowledge to the average person.

Comment: Cost analysis (Score 4, Informative) 444

by Ogive17 (#47888865) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?
One of our production facilities installed two large windmills that supply roughly 10-15% of the power the plant uses. You would think this would lower the cost for purchased electricity, but it didn't.

The electric company raised the rates for our plant because the usage dropped enough that they entered a lower usage bracket which has a higher cost per KW/h. We actually pay MORE each month in electricity costs even though the plant purchases 10-15% less electricity..

Obviously they are negotiating the contract terms now (it may be done) but this is just one example of how the utilities have everyone by the balls. They are going to get their money, one way or another.

I'm sure for Tesla, it will be easier since they are starting from the beginning instead of doing a retrofit. However I hear similar stories from residential users. Most times people want to make the choice to use returnables but outside factors make it monetarily difficult to pursue.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 818

by Ogive17 (#47849155) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
I'm 5'8", legroom is not my problem. Seat width is my problem. I have broad shoulders. If I have to sit next to an adult, our shoulders will likely be rubbing unless one of us gives up the armrests and leans forward slightly.

Seat designers screwed up by using hip width and not shoulder width.

Comment: Re:For the cops that oppose (Score 1) 643

by Ogive17 (#47809957) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Those are some damn fine assessments you've done based on one "fuck off" comment.

I'm sure you'll go to town with my next comment but here goes.. The reason why most people hate cops is that they do not want to take responsibility for their own actions. "Stupid pig having to meet his quota of speeding tickets, nevermind that I was going 70mph in a 45." "How dare that cop arrest me for smoking pot in public!"

The entire point I was trying to make, before you basically assumed my dad has covered for a bad cop and therefor makes himself a bad guy, is that most cops just want to do their job and go home. Yes, there are some who seem hell bent on making everyone else's lives miserable by using laws to their advantage. Giving you a ticket for going 58 in a 55, as an example. My dad worked with a few like that.. simply being a jerk isn't illegal.

You also need to know that we're in a relatively rural part of the country, 100k or so people in the county. There is not much excitement or shennanigans.

You can think whatever you want. The first 25 years of my life, I grew up around many peace officers. Most of them you'd never guess they were cops if not for the standard issue mustaches. They worked to uphold the laws passed by the various levels of government.

I'm proud to be associated to my dad. You'd probably get along well with him, unless your only intent would be to antagonize.

Comment: Re:Do Everything Wrong Day (Score 0) 441

by Ogive17 (#47808055) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist
So, in other words, you want everyone to go back and act like it was in the 80's (well, except the real guns/ammo.. though I did get in trouble for bringing a transformer in that turned to a cap gun.. but all they did was take it away for the rest of the day and tell me not to bring it back).

Comment: For the cops that oppose (Score 2) 643

by Ogive17 (#47767635) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Just like everything else in this country, a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of us.

My dad is a retired cop, very honest guy (though maybe I'm a bit biased). Most of the guys on the force were genuine good guys, of course there was 1 or 2 jackass's that would do stupid shit.

If a chest cam is going to eliminate the contradictions between the cop and the suspect, so be it. A few thousand people died 13 years ago in a terrorist attack and now the rest of us who want to fly on a commercial aircraft are treated as potential terrorists.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.

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