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Comment: 30+ Years of Coding (Score 1) 365

by ToxicBanjo (#43585745) Attached to: Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

I fall into the old fart 'get off my lawn!' camp. I'm in my 40s and have been doing dev since I started 6502 Assembler on my C-64 way way back in the day.

To be honest I find the opposite of this article to be true... this old dog has no problem learning new tricks. I'm writing my best code now, and every day I get better. I can draw on decades of experience and use that to quickly assimilate new languages, data formats, communication protocols... bring it on! I feel quite confident in my ability to learn most new languages in relatively short time because I've seen the same functionality done so many times in other languages I know how the code should flow. That to me is a tremendous asset.

Comment: Re:Oh noes... (Score 1) 211

by ToxicBanjo (#43416343) Attached to: Iranians, Russians, and Chinese Hackers Are After You, Says Lawmaker

The real problem is normal users that do not really know what is happening on their computers and really do not care. It always brings me back to images of windows users with 20 different toolbars loaded in to IE.

Maybe they were just toolbar collectors? There must be some reason for their psychosis.

Comment: Re:Not sure... (Score 1) 511

by ToxicBanjo (#43111219) Attached to: In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks <em>SimCity</em> Download
The original COD and UT99 games worked wonderfully right out of the box. Can't say the same for other games, the Battlefield series for example. BF2 was 8 months before it was reliable. BF3... well let's just not even go there.

EA pushes product out long before it is actually ready to go out. Some releases I wouldn't even qualify as alpha let alone beta or release versions yet the fanboys still spend their $59.95 with each new title popped out of the EA uterus. Then spend the next 6 months trolling the forums bitching about patches.

Comment: Re:A bit of advice for our friends to the North (Score 2) 292

by ToxicBanjo (#42117303) Attached to: Canada Prepares For Crackdown On BitTorrent Movie Pirates

The current Conservative government is already bowing (hugely) to corporate interests. And they are actively crushing anything or anyone who gets in their way.

This is a government who:

  • - Closed down science research projects in pristine waterways where big oil wants to run pipelines.
  • - Told scientists that they can't say anything to the media unless it is cleared by their 'handlers'.
  • - Refuses to provide adequate care for wounded vets.
  • - Refuses to let the budget officer look at the whole budget!!
  • - Railed against omnibus bills for years then put forth a massive budget omnibus bill that included hundreds of changes to non-budgetary items
  • - When other MPs tried to have a vote on those changes they stone walled and with their majority voted down ever single discussion. Didn't even try to look at anything on its merits and many Conservative MPs admitted they didn't even read the bill!
  • - Campaigned on making government smaller but now have the largest cabinet in history.
  • - Said they'd never run a deficit, now we have the largest deficit ever.
  • - Voter fraud!
  • - 50 Million siphoned from the G20 security budget to one MPs riding to buy gazebos and repave some of the streets. Not a single person involved with the G20 ever stepped into the riding.
  • - Spent 2 million to make a fake lake for a SINGLE G20 photo op when one the most beautiful lake regions in the world was not far away.

In short, this is the most fascist, opaque, anti-democratic, spend happy, bunch of pathological liars for a government in Canadian history. I mean, when Canadians are talking about revolution you know something is seriously f'd up.

Comment: Re:Sounds like they're got inside access (Score 1) 353

by ToxicBanjo (#36362076) Attached to: Daily Sony Hacking Occurs On Schedule

Terrorists only win when we let them win. The over-reaction of the world governments has made terrorism a viable way to affect change. When in reality the damage and death toll they usually cause is far less than the number of deaths caused by enjoying our freedoms, ie. driving your car.

I grew up overseas on a military base and bomb scares were somewhat regular. I learned very early on that these people are cowards, and cowards are not to be pandered too, they are not to be validated by changing our way of life. As soon as we do that they have won.

Comment: Re:vote with your money (Score 1) 258

How about how they treat their base? PC gamers made IW what is and they turn around and stab us in the back. Over 1 billion in sales... could have been 2 billion easy if they had of done the PC side correctly. They are so short sighted. Now it's the most pirated game in history and their con was that IWnet will lessen piracy and cheating... laughable. Fuck IW and Activision, I'll never buy another product from either of them.

Comment: Re:First, make a good video game (Score 1) 523

by ToxicBanjo (#30560340) Attached to: Religion in Video Games

I just played the PS3 demo of Dante's Inferno, available on PSN and releasing Feb 9th 2010... awesome demo... I highly recommend checking it out if you like button mashers like God of War.

I think religious overtones in the game scripts would and do work well so long as the story is compelling. More often than not the conflict between good and evil is what drives a game's story and religion is certainly filled with lots of that. So the opportunity is there to find great stories to use as an influence... I just don't want to be preached to.

Comment: Question for those in the "know" (Score 1) 541

by ToxicBanjo (#27854195) Attached to: Star Trek's Warp Drive Not Impossible

IANA-Particle Physicist || Theoretical Astrophysicist.

I am however fascinated by space and the science (albeit the layman's view) behind our understanding of it. One thing I have read about is the expansion energy that seems to be pushing the universe apart. If this energy can be found and quantified how plausible is it to create a negative effect, or localized contraction of space, to facilitate a new type of travel?

I don't claim to understand the amount of energy needed but seeing as this energy is dark and pretty much everywhere maybe we don't need black hole-esque power to achieve warping space.

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -- C.N. Parkinson