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Comment: Re:All that and water resistant, too (Score 1) 91

by Cederic (#46825501) Attached to: The $5,600 Tablet

Well, the first one died instantly.
The second one survived for four minutes, working underwater, then died.
The third one I managed to fish out before it died, dried it out and then it kept working. But then I dropped it in again and it died.
The fourth one died instantly, and I lost data that I hadn't backed up.
The fifth one I've been sensible and kept out of the fucking water.

Note that I've still spent less money and had a better user experience than buying the rugged version. Total weight is higher, but carried weight is less.

Not many people need seawater resistance on their devices.

Comment: Re:Easy answers (Score 1) 276

by Cederic (#46825387) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

7. What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time? Then your technology is not good enough to implement your vision and one or the other needs to change. See point 2.

The issue isn't whether you can work around the problem of large levels - you can, most MMOs have large open worlds which are one big level and seamlessly load them in the background.

One issue is how and whether you retain door state on the part of the level that isn't currently loaded, and making sure that this doesn't damage the gameplay.

Another issue is assuring that opening a door leads to instant visibility of whatever's behind it. When there are a lot of doors that's a lot of potential visibility and it's just inefficient to have it all loaded and available when the player is likely to ignore half the doors.

Comment: Re:recording laws (Score 1) 797

Surely not. If the recording was illegal then it was evidence of a crime and deleting it was illegal.

If the recording was not illegal then there was no crime and no need to delete it.

At no point was deleting it the correct action. The police broke the law. They should be prosecuted for it.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 797

Agreed. It is the convenience that makes guns so popular for when someone decides to go postal. They are readily available, and some might even say seductive. Something about a firearm also appeals to us, suggests all sorts of power at our fingertips.

Bombs have the appeal of the big destructive bang, but as you point out there is less certainty, and often more work involved than simply taking your dad's keys to his rifle locker. Poison seems to also be ruled out by the fact that it is too sneaky, doesn't make enough of a violent statement.

Comment: Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 5, Insightful) 325

by Cederic (#46732405) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

If you are a 90 year old Pearl Harbor veteran, you are a goddamn hero, no one denies that

I deny that. Unless you can offer some proof.

Hiding in a bomb shelter is not heroic. Sensible, but not heroic.
Manning your post in a ship under fire is not heroic. You get trained to do it, failing to stay at your post would be the thing worthy of a title, not merely 'doing your job'.

But maybe he pulled the charred corpse of his colleague from the AA gun chair, swung it round, shot down four Japanese fighter bombers, took three rounds in the chest but then stayed there shooting at torpedo bombers. That's heroic.

I guess we'll never know. But don't go pretending I have to accept that he's a hero, just because he managed not to die.

Comment: Re:It's time we own up to this one (Score 1) 149

by Bruce Perens (#46730395) Attached to: NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed
I think we need to take a serious look at the "many eyes" theory because of this. Apparently, there were no eyes on the part of parties that did not wish to exploit the bug for close to two years. And wasn't there just a professional audit by Red Hat that caught another bug, but not this one?

Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders. -- Gauss