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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'.

Comment: Re:Texting during the *previews* (Score 1) 1431

by Rhacman (#45954319) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
The backlit screen in the darkened theatre is tremendously obnoxious (at least to me) by itself. That said, they could easily have resolved the situation like adults.

A: Sir, could you please turn off your cell-phone.
B: Uh, it's just the previews, relax.
A: I know, but I find the light irritating.
B: Fine.
B: I'm texting my kid, just give me a sec.
At which point A drops the matter and calmly summons a theatre employee if it continues into the feature.

Heck, even behaving like obstinate hormone-fueled adolescents and beating the crap out of each other would be better than what actually transpired.

Comment: Re:Measurement of utility (Score 2) 146

Personally I'd be overwhelmed with curiosity with how the game physics would respond to situations the developers may not have considered. What happens if you rapidly cycle the train switch or switch it right as the train is passing over it? Perhaps you could get the train to derail and start to accordion thus clearing both sides of the tracks and destroying the train itself.

Comment: Re:Many eyes... (Score 1) 213

by Rhacman (#45900423) Attached to: 23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered
C is a very low level programming language. If you ever look at the assembly listing for a C program you will generally find that each line of code maps to a relatively short sequence of assembly instructions. This virtue of C is what makes it so attractive for its original (and continued) use as a tool for writing operating systems, OS drivers, embedded systems, or anything where the developer needs or desires fine control of exactly what operations will be performed. Adding bounds checks lessens that control and for many applications where C is an appropriate language choice, would have a very real performance impact.

That said, many C compilers, debuggers, and code analysis tools (such as cppcheck as mentioned in the summary) offer features to detect memory access violations (and other types of bugs) during development and testing but without adding permanent run-time checking to release builds.

Comment: Re:GMOs feed over a billion people (Score 4, Informative) 419

by Rhacman (#45862331) Attached to: Cheerios To Go GMO-Free
Nobody needs to kill themselves to control population, just not reproduce so much. You first? Sure. Who's next?

Many developed countries already have low or declining population growth so again; us first? Working on it. Who's next?

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau