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Comment Re:Oh just like Sword of Fargoal? (Score 3, Informative) 77

That, and many others. Procedural generation is not new.

I did enjoy the article, though. It was well written, well illustrated and fun to read. I have recently written some 2D game code that was generating a different kind of dungeon (not rectangular rooms, more organic / cave like environment. That was a fun project.

An article doesn't have to be about the cutting edge latest smart phone to be interesting. (I admit to have very little interest in smart phone news. I might read some articles when the time comes to buy a new handset...)

Comment Modularity (Score 3, Interesting) 80

QT is modular. This allows them to add features (you call it bloat, but I don't think it means what you think it means), and then it is up to application developers to pick and choose the modules that they want or need.

The demand for more features is omnipresent, and software developers can either choose to fulfil them one way or another, or lose their market share to someone else who does.

Comment Re:Web support (Score 2) 80

Using web technologies to embed rich content into your application is not unheard of. The Steam client comes to mind as an obvious example: most of their UI lives in a webkit container. We do it at the company I work for, because it allows us to release new client and server versions separately. (We have a good reason to do that, not going into details.)

The alternative is either to launch an external browser and display your application's content there, which is cumbersome and then you end up having to test your application with all the browsers in the world to make sure it's compatible. Yet another alternative is to use a non-webbased rich content widget; in this case you are likely to end up with something inferior AND with a smaller pool of experienced developers to hire from.

Comment Re:Just what I wanted for xmas time, more bloat. (Score 1) 237

You are making entirely valid, but irrelevant points. I've done all the things you mention. I didn't go into it because it is mostly irrelevant to the discussion at hand. I guess the only thing I disagree on is the "over" part of "oversimplification".

Oh. And thank you for not mentioning legacy Internet Explorers, I do appreciate that. :)

Comment Re:Just what I wanted for xmas time, more bloat. (Score 5, Insightful) 237

This is the way the world is going right now. HTML5 and JavaScript have become the new, universal runtime that everyone is trying to use to build their applications. It is extremely compelling too: you don't need to worry about deployment, supporting older versions, operating systems, etc. This, however, requires browsers to do a lot more than they did before. Sound and video input is just the tip of it. There's also the canvas, WebGL, WebSocket, tons of new CSS features.

Firefox can either choose to keep up with new features or lose 90% of its share to Chrome. I'm actually happy they going forward because part of HTML5's appeal is that it is multi-vendor and is not solely controlled by a corporation like Google or Apple. Yes, it is "bloat", as in, lots of new features that you personally might not be using today. But someday you, or your friend will come across a site that uses one of these new features and if the site says "Sorry, you are using a backwards browser, please try Chrome instead", we both know what will happen. (You of course will scoff and close the site, but 10 other people will switch for every lean browser snob out there.)

Point is, browsers are evolving. Deal with it.

Comment Re:Piracy as people think about it is an invention (Score 4, Insightful) 246

Is it just me, or does the word "offer" in the article title sound biased?

"Piracy forces upon heavy metal a new business model" might be closer to the truth. At this point the fact is that the music industry must adjust its practices and find revenues outside the sale of physical media. They can turn to live tours, merchandise or whatever else, but calling this an "offer" is just as much a misnomer as "piracy".

Comment Re:Free Speech (Score 1) 170

OK, let's go with the car analogy.

You step out of your car, leaving your keys in the ignition. Someone comes up to you and tells you that the area is crawling with pychotic people, and there is a likelihood that one of them will be taking your car and hitting someone with it. You say it's not your problem and you leave the keys anyway. It is my understanding that Spamhaus is suggesting that you should be fined for that. We can argue that makes sense or not, but can we please agree that this is not about free speech?

Comment Re:Free Speech (Score 1) 170

I would prefer a non-car analogy please. It's been a while since the last good one.

In any case, if the event you described did happen, I would feel VERY bad about it, and would be very careful not to leave the keys in the car again. If one of my servers was hijacked to do bad things, be it DDOS or spamming, I would feel bad about that also.

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