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Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 4, Informative) 241

by Sibko (#46741381) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Today, the PC market isn't really about pushing hardware. Remember Crysis? It sold nothing,

In the first couple weeks, Crysis sold ~90,000 copies. The developers were vocally disappointed by this, and immediately blamed the large amount of piracy of the game for poor sales, Crysis then went on and sold ~1 million copies in the following two months, and is presently sitting somewhere around 3 million copies sold.

Which means Crysis is now #33 in the list of "best selling PC games of all time".

That is not "selling nothing".

Comment: Re:how many Glassholes will get mugged? (Score 1) 156

by Stickerboy (#46741163) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

And I cannot wait to see people who kick the shift out of glassholes facing legal consequences for thinking that they somehow have a right to enforce what they believe on others through violence.

And honestly, you may be waiting a while! For there are surely legal consequences for such things, but the police and judges are human and tend to view unexciting assault and battery cases as exactly that.

I mean, seriously, how many people as a percentage actually serve jail time for bar fights? Not many, and there are some serious injuries from those. And let's not forget extenuation - if Peter gets up in the face of the elderly mother of Paul and starts screaming at her for road rage and Paul punches his lights out, Paul may be congratulated by the arresting police officer after he's let off with probation. If Paul claims Peter was harassing him with his Glassholeness Sarah Slocum-style, Paul likely walks with community service.

And let's not forget, the police only have so much manpower and funding. Hell, they can't even muster up enough time here at my hometown to shut down any of the massage parlors for blatant sex trafficking of illegal immigrants. Robberies may take a while to investigate. Do you think police officers, who most likely already view Glassholes in a dim light, are going to be spending much time about finding out who Random Guy A was who punched the Glasshole recording him at a local bar?

Comment: Re:And there was much rejoicing (Score 1) 156

by Stickerboy (#46741061) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

And how about we quit acting like this is the end of privacy and not CCTVs or the NSA.

That's weird. I didn't realize because X and Y are worse on a continuum of bad things, it means Z is somehow A-OK!

I hate the NSA and it's intrusions. I hate CCTV and the casual police state. Oh, and I hate Google Glass and its commercialization of the surveillance state.

See? Is that so hard?

Comment: Psychohistory (Score 1) 136

by Sibko (#46732881) Attached to: Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts
This story actually really interested me - On its face, the idea of a website that does these things: Poses user-submitted predictive questions, with user profiles so you can track the most successful predictors, and probably some sort of range voting system for the actual voting process, seems like a really swell idea.

Unfortunately, I've not nearly the technical skills or capability to jump into making a website that aggregates questions, votes, user statistics, graphs, profiles and so on. I went ahead and did the next best thing I could think of: http://psychohis7ory.blogspot....

Comment: Re:Warning Shot (Score 2) 148

by Stickerboy (#46652019) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Where have you been for the past couple of decades? The US has gotten more blatant in it's actions. It is these very overt actions, without significant outcry from other countries, that is leading the other Big Powers to feel confident in making overt moves as well.

It will be interesting times ahead. The US used to get away with so much of it's foreign policy because of the mythic aura of the American-Dream that made it so palatable to poor developing countries.

No, the US used to get away with so much of it's foreign policy because the idea of foreign aid and economic trade with America made it very palatable to poor developing countries. See how everyone is starting to bend over backward to China as it begins to assert its economic weight.

With the recent constant revelations of just how hypocritical the US is, and the fact they're running out of countries that they haven't fucked over, they're losing their carefully built image and status as "policer-of-the-free-world".

What rock have *you* been living under for the last 100 years? Have you been paying any attention at all to US foreign policy in Latin America and the Middle East for, I don't know, the last century? Has there been a time when the US hasn't acted exactly as it has? Has there been one significant change in dipping their toes in other countries' affairs? The only change, ever, has been international press coverage of events. People interested in foreign policy have always seen the US for exactly what it is - it's just until 20 years ago there was a Soviet Union and a Warsaw Pact that made the US much more endearing.

It'll be fun to see just how far the bullies will go now that they realize there is no functional deterrent to their actions.

...unless you take out their gps...

Which is exactly as far as they would have gone before! Do you think bullshit brush wars are a new thing? Or that developed countries with strong militaries intervening in neighboring countries with weak ones is new, either? Wake up. The only international law worth a damn is the international law that's enforced at the point of a gun.

Comment: Re:Nice but pointless for me (Score 4, Insightful) 377

by Sibko (#46499639) Attached to: Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With <em>Titanfall</em>

I tried it with Battlefield the last Battlefield game and it was such a trainwreck I uninstalled it and tossed the game in the trash before ever getting to play it. It went something like this:

Buy the physical media ( dvd ) install game. Try to play, find out you have to install Steam, cuss, install Steam, register and do all the BS required. Try to play, find out there is a multi GB PATCH to install before I can play, cuss some more, start download ( which takes HOURS coming from their servers ) finally get it all downloaded, try to play, discover my browser opens up instead of the game...

About the only thing Steam doesn't require here, is a plugin for your browser.
Sorry, I just feel like pointing out the slag that other distribution systems seem to get when Steam does the exact same thing, or is worse. It reminds me of the kind of love Apple used to and still does get.

Comment: To summarize (Score 4, Insightful) 64

by Stickerboy (#46469331) Attached to: <em>Wildstar</em> To Launch On June 3

This is a game where you're constantly presented with a legion of things to do, numbers to increase, boxes to tick, things to collect, factions to impress, points to earn, monsters air-dropped in to battle without warning and/or preferably all of the above simultaneously.

So this is the most job-like game on the internet?? Awesome! Sign me up.

Less facetiously, I didn't think the answer to the common complaint of, "We're sick of killing 10 generic monsters to collect 5 generic trophies to advance a quest" was, "Here's more stuff to grind!"

Comment: Somewhat tangential (Score 3) 64

by Stickerboy (#46435117) Attached to: Genomic Medicine, Finally

There have been some successes along the way, like genetic tests for warfarin dosage, but for the most part our gains in understanding of basic biology haven't been matched by clinical advances.

If you're spending thousands of dollars for genetic testing for a $4 a month drug like warfarin, you're doing it way wrong. It's like the proverbial million dollar cure for the common cold. You could either use one of the newer warfarin alternatives with more consistent pharmacokinetic profiles at a higher price or use the old tried-and-true trial and error dosing.

Either way, you're still doing weekly to monthly lab testing for warfarin dosing. And your warfarin effectiveness (or bleeding risk) is still going to be thrown way off if you vary your diet significantly or start new medications.

A much better example of genomic medicine payoff would be targeting therapies to specific cancer types, like the EGFR receptor mutations in some varieties of lung cancer.

Comment: Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (Score 1) 888

by Sibko (#46246571) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
>People only work for monetary reward and nothing else.
>If people had all the food and housing they needed, they would just waste away doing nothing their entire life

Can we please kill this meme already?

We have never been motivated solely by monetary greed. People, especially bright and creative people, work to test and improve themselves and their skills.
Wealth stops being a concern for people once they're making over $70,000 a year.

Those people who 'sit and do nothing' at home, _don't_. It's a fantasy in your mind. They're creating things with others, socializing, being HUMAN. Our worth is NOT dependent on how much money we make someone else, or ourselves.

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Comment: Re:Hire them at companies without experience (Score 1) 545

by Stickerboy (#46161871) Attached to: Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

You realize the Scientific American article that you point to backs up the OP's point? Let me quote the article summary directly:

"whereas female brains are more connected between hemispheres to combine analytical and intuitive thinking"

So, women are supposedly more wired to perform analytical and intuitive thinking? And what is coding and software engineering, exactly? It's certainly not a showcase for men's supposedly superior motor skills!

I don't believe many parents (there are a few) who directly point their children away from STEM. But I know a lot of parents and family and friends who indulge all day in Disney Princesses and makeover parties and introduce their peers to the wonders of staying connected all day to social media.

It's not malignant, but there is a social bias present. It may not have been in your immediate family, but taken as an aggregate, social pressure does steer little girls' interests away from STEM. And interests often turn into exploration for careers.

Comment: Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (Score 1) 1034

by Stickerboy (#46026395) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

No one told him there was an issue and he'd been doing it for months. I would have at least expected a manager to ask him politely at first. What makes his glasses any different from a regular cell phone? Aside from the fact that he also requires them to see and they're actually on his face instead of in his hand.

Hey, guess what? Just because you get away with going 100 mph on the highway for the first few months doesn't mean you get to avoid the speeding ticket when the cop does pull you over later.

"Well, gee, officer, I've been doing this for months now, and no one's bothered to stop me before!! It must be OK then, right?"

As an object lesson in expected social etiquette, you should hold up your cell phone the next time you're in a movie theater (preferably on opening night), leave it pointed at the screen with the camera/camcorder app on without actually taking pictures, and see what happens.

You guys need to get over the word "apologists", frankly it makes you sound like your parroting some right and/or left wing extremest political view. I've mostly gotten in the habit of as soon as I read that word I shutdown and ignore everything else as been completely off base and out side of normal reality. Actually I just had a good laugh because after typing all that I read your user name (reality impaired).

Fine, how about this? I'm not the original poster, but I'll amend what he said. It boggles the mind that an idiot wore a wearable videocamera to a movie theater and pointed it at the screen, and some people are beyond themselves that the idiot got into trouble for it. There, no need for the word "apologist".

Comment: Re:That doesn't seem right. (Score 1) 628

by Stickerboy (#46017667) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Is there anything more arbitrary than the line drawn between "human" and "animal"?

Is there anything more arbitrary than the line drawn between "animal" and "plant"?

See, I can do this too!

Drawing a line between humans and everything else is easy. Are you a member of homo sapiens, or not?

Comment: Re:unfortunately, they will all drive slowly (Score 1) 937

by Stickerboy (#45927185) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Because of the legalities, the automated cars will drive like grandmas.

Quite possibly true...but it's also quite possible that they would still reduce average trip time.
perfect merges at all on-ramps.

I rarely encounter an on-ramp slow-down that wasn't due to multiple lanes of busy traffic converging into a single lane, as opposed to panicky driver hitting the brakes too much. 2 flows merging into a single flow of the same size will result in a slowdown, no matter how perfect the computers are at scheduling.

No need for stop lights / signs.

Yes, because nothing else, like pedestrians, needs a traffic break to cross the street, ever.

Automatic routing of traffic to use the most optimal routes based on current volumes.

I don't think "optimal" means what you think it means. If every car can read the traffic and select routes, there will be no "optimal" route, since traffic will be evenly congested everywhere. It may be faster than taking Highway 555 now at rush hour, but all your shortcuts of taking little traveled street X or trying to save on time by using a more roundabout route will disappear.

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.