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Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 1) 681

They won't undo it so much as they'll eventually roll the dice again and come up with another superfluous gyration of something that already works well enough. If not for the negative PR I'd have wagered the replacement for the ribbon would be something with Live Tiles. Perhaps a honeycomb arrangement of commands with your most frequently used commands automatically shared via social media.

Comment: Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (Score 1) 376

by Rhacman (#47207381) Attached to: Theater Chain Bans Google Glass
I wish, though that is the exact opposite of what the theatres want. Notice that before every movie they play some ad that includes the sound of someone pouring a soft drink? You can hate that it works, but you know that your mouth just started watering. The smell of buttered popcorn and the sounds of people eating may drive away a few, but it's money in the bank from the rest of the cud-chewing masses. The people who aren't buying the concessions are a much lower profit margin anyways. Just look at what it costs to make your own popcorn at home.

Comment: Re:Lolol (Score 1) 34

by Rhacman (#47198485) Attached to: Hack A Day Prize is a Trip To Space (Video)

The rational way to approach winning this prize would be to ask yourself if you'd buy a ticket to space if you had the cash value already in your savings account. If you'd spend your hard earned money on anything other than a brief flight "up real high" then take the cash equivalent.

Even if they cover the taxes that you'll be responsible for paying on the value of the flight, I'd rather be filling out tax forms knowing that some of that cash was still in the bank.

Comment: Not my cup of tea (Score 1) 181

by Rhacman (#46709385) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
I played Dragon's Prophet for a while (a free to play MMO). While I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay I just got tired of fighting my own temptation to spend on the cash shop to advance quicker.

So no, as the article points out I have no purely rational reason for avoiding free-to-play games. That said, I have no purely rational reason for playing games in the first place, it's a choice I make purely on how a game environment resonates with my own subjective perception. A game that feels like a shady carnival with carnival barkers clamoring for the most cash they can drain from me just doesn't appeal to me. How "fair" that attitude is to game developers and publishers is, to me, quite irrelevant.

Comment: What's good for the goose... (Score 1) 716

by Rhacman (#46223807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
Suppose a manager promises a customer that they can have all the last minute changes they asked for ahead of schedule and under-budget. When the engineers work on their own time to make the delivery, does the manager pay their uncompensated time from his own pocket?

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 458

by Rhacman (#46062073) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'
Science makes none of these assumptions, you (and many others on both sides of the debate) make these assumptions of science. Science classifies knowledge into repeatable testable theories that can be used to make useful predictions. Science recognizes that there are limits to observation and in fact many theories characterize these limitations, the uncertainty principle is a good example of this.

It's all well and good to imagine what lies beyond human comprehension, but it belongs in the realm of musing and fantasy.

Comment: Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (Score 3, Insightful) 1038

by Rhacman (#45992737) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Killing an unarmed and fully secured captive has no place in a mature and civilized society. I call bullshit on any claim that the death penalty is a deterrent and somehow weighed in the minds of a person who decides to rape and kill a pregnant woman. The real aim of the death penalty is to satiate the rabid mob of townsfolk who would prefer take matters into their own hands with a rope and a tree. Heck, I'll even admit that I'd be among those first in line to get a piece of this guy if he had done this to someone I knew but that doesn't mean I don't hope that calmer minds would prevail. Even in this case it doesn't really bother me that this man suffered, but that he suffered in the name of name of supposed 'justice'.

Assembly language experience is [important] for the maturity and understanding of how computers work that it provides. -- D. Gries