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Comment: Posts to Newsfeed (Score 2) 50

Samzenpus' shit-stirring title: "Top Publishers To Post News Stories Directly To Facebook Timelines"

First line of the article: "... which posts news items directly to a user’s newsfeed."

The use of "timeline" suggests these articles will be auto-posted to people's walls, which is not the case and would seriously annoy most people. Currently there is a side box of trending articles - this change, while still mildly annoying, will simply put the articles in your news stream where it is less easy to ignore.

Comment: Re:Nothing learned? (Score 1) 86

by TranquilVoid (#49435349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Serious Is Hacking In Mobile Games?

Yes, all the fighting calculations are done on the server. The client doesn't get to do the dice roll for how much damage a swing of their golden mace did. However the client will do their own temporary calculations as to whether the mace can swing (target is in range, last swing is complete etc.) and update the graphics to start showing the swing. Generally the server will return with the damage, or whether it was a miss/block, before the graphical swing is complete, and the client can therefore show the result in real time.

If the server comes back and says, no, your opponent had just moved out of range then the client has to stop it and it looks a bit jerky. A similar thing happens for movement. The client will move your character instantly, but ultimately the server will sync and tell the client the real position. I believe in some games you can take advantage of the server erring on the side of client smoothness (by tolerating lag and therefore giving a little trust to the client) and get your client to cheat by running a few percent faster.

Comment: Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 3) 892

Spot on. How about calling it the ability to negotiate well or successfully? For a whole bunch of reasons, men on average are more inclined to sell themselves and their abilities. If Reddit is too naive to see past this or they truly have a problem with aggressive/bullying negotiators then they need to become tougher negotiators themselves or stop hiring aggressive people.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by TranquilVoid (#49298853) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"Getting the money out of politics" means reducing the influence of business and lobby groups. It may be true that increased advertising needs equates to more overall money being used, but certainly getting the 80% of uninterested voters involved will radically dilute the sway of the aforementioned groups.

I would also question the notion of that 80% being uninterested. The poor tend to be sceptical about changing their situation and don't see the point of voting. The young are less organised. For sure many non-voters are uninterested, but that doesn't mean that, were they forced to vote, they would not make somewhat informed choices that were in their own interests.


Comment: Re:An old fashioned jester. (Score 1) 277

by TranquilVoid (#49036441) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

we have similar act here in Oz

I assume you're talking about Micallef, but I think there's a difference. Mad As Hell shows no obvious political leaning, it's more deconstructionist/Python humour than political satire, it just happens to use political news as its basis.

A closer show would be the now defunct The Roast.

Comment: Re:Large? (Score 1) 233

by TranquilVoid (#48995801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?

You must be joking (I half suspect you are), that's 1000 lines of code per day. The mythical man month figure is 10 lines. Of course it depends on the language and the domain area, and whether you're hacking or following a depressive production line like Agile, but the larger a project becomes the more time you spend on the inter-relationships to keep it well-architected, and the less lines you can add.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by TranquilVoid (#48986461) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

However, if you do burn stuff on, soak it overnight in water with plenty of bio laundry detergent

Nice tip. I find in most situations it's easier to deglaze immediately with tap water. You get the added benefit that you can use all that flavour (straight into the stew, or a sauce if you're cooking a steak).

Comment: Re:"equal treatment" (Score 1) 779

by TranquilVoid (#48965301) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

Liberals are for equal outcomes, not equal opportunities. Conservatives are for equal treatment.

In truth both conservatives and liberals want a balance of equal outcomes and equal opportunities, they just disagree on where that balance is.

For example, wheelchair-bound people have the same opportunity to ascend a set of stairs as their able-bodied counterparts, but most voters agree we should focus more on equal outcome in this case.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

Then ultra conservatives gained power and killed it because it was Labor's idea.

A couple of points to be fair. First, it's polemical to call the LNP ultra conservatives. Second, the National Broadband Network would have been Australia's largest ever infrastructure project, all undertaken without a cost-benefit analysis (primary use = entertainment) and committed to during a financial crisis at the end of a boom. The conservatives would never have pushed this even if it were there own idea. We seem to have a cycle of Labor overspending and the LNP overcutting.

Uptake on the part of the NBN they did manage to build has been terrible because they started work in high-unemployment areas to create jobs, then found that those areas couldn't afford to pay extra for high-speed internet, go figure :) We'll need new broadband infrastructure eventually, I just hope it is done with more planning to keep the leeches out.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson