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Comment: The game mechanics depend on the worst players (Score 1) 81

by UpnAtom (#48921779) Attached to: Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

The more one of your players dies, the stronger the other team gets. It often literally is that player's fault you lose.

I'm trying to get S2 to reduce that effect because it heavily limits the effect of your own play -- making it approach a game of chance, rather than skill.

Comment: 16-bit? (Score 1) 158

by UpnAtom (#48919419) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

From what I remember of what one of the Devs said, part of Opera's layout engine was 16-bit and this caused a lot of rendering issues which had to be hand-fixed.

Allegedly, it was too difficult to rewrite. Additionally, with Google et al writing new standards for the web, it was just too much work to use a non-Chrome rendering engine.

I like uh... Opera 27. I'm not keen on the Look & Feel of Vivaldi so far but if they can make it flexible enough to do want I want (or support Chromium extensions), I'll switch.

Comment: HDR is gamebreaking (Score 1) 141

by UpnAtom (#48790685) Attached to: 3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

I'm surprised people don't talk more about this. At least as worthy as 3D... and I love 3D.

It brings out far more detail, depth, dynamism and a lot of other Ds. Most importantly, it takes pictures that look more like how we see things.

Why don't pocket cameras have this?

Now it's occurred to me before that 3D ie two lenses can help with HDR and the software should be able to figure out both HDR and 3D from one lens doing short (dark) exposure and the other lens doing long (light) exposure.

The biggest flaws of phone cameras for me are lack of zoom and lack of image stabilisation. With the latter, there's no point having massive resolution because 80% of it will be camera shake.

And nothing beats the camera you have on you.

That's very true.

Comment: I think you've pinpointed a massive flaw here (Score 1) 351

by UpnAtom (#48665551) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I was hoping that the trilogy could be rescued by a fan-edit. But now I don't.

The Hobbit is completely devoid of suspense (haven't seen Part 3 and will wait for DVD). Compare with FotR:

Opening story with Sauron kicking ass.
The early scene where Frodo and the hobbits nearly get discovered by a Dark Rider. Probably the best scene of the trilogy, with visually-distorting magic and insects freaking out if you weren't convinced yet.
Weathertop, not one of the better scenes but still great.
Arwen rescuing Frodo. First deviation from book but probably made it a better film (unlike deviations in later 2 films).
Moria scenes: just amazing.

To be frank, FotR was vastly better than the subsequent two, which relied on large battles for thrills. I'm going to guess that Jackson had some help with FotR... and thank God. It's become one of the best films of all time.

Now the Hobbit had nothing like that, maybe because of child audience potential but also because of the other big flaw: none of the dwarves are convincing bar possibly Thorin. They don't look right and don't act great either.

Maybe keep the sections focussing on Bilbo, Gandalf, Radagast, Smaug, bits of Thorin and turn it into an hour long prelude to LotR. Yep, cut 80-90% of it.

Comment: Normalcy bias (Score 1) 177

by UpnAtom (#48642827) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

ie 'nothing that bad has ever happened before and therefore it's probably not happening to us'

There's another bias where you feel you emotionally can't take any more responsibility and thus just pray that the worst case scenario isn't happening. Not sure it's been studied yet.

Comment: Is this not a bit US-centric? (Score 1) 688

by UpnAtom (#48628715) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The UK has terrible economic problems but unemployment isn't particularly one of them. Wages have held up quite well considering how badly the economy was wrecked -- and rose up until 2008.

I'd suggest US wages are stagnant because of:
1. Job insecurity -- having to live off welfare in the US is a really scary proposition.
2. Stagnant minimum wage. Hasn't changed over 10 years and is lower than in the 1950s:

Naturally, the economic crisis has been a big factor too.

Comment: Keep making the first move (Score 1) 482

by UpnAtom (#48053837) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

But don't make it too easy for them. Basically, make them work for it. Everyone appreciates more what they can't have.

Really liked your comment, particularly the last line.

I've done online dating. And my friend has told me what gay male dating is like. I'm curious as to what women WLTM women online dating is like.

Comment: Trick question? (Score 1) 482

by UpnAtom (#48053799) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Note to women: if you dated and then married a guy who is charming and able to approach a strange woman (you) with self-confidence, do you really have any right to complain when he continues to exhibit those characteristics after you are married?

The answer of course is Yes. Even if being able to talk to women made you a playa, getting into a relationship and particularly marriage means you're not supposed to do that any more.

Comment: F2P means newcomers have to deal with toxicity (Score 1) 50

by UpnAtom (#48008417) Attached to: Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

Since new accounts can be made in minutes, there's very little disincentive for toxic players. Voice is much harder to police than text.

S2's new MOBA, Strife, even goes to the extent of banning both (an exception is made for friends and party).

You're right that prominent voice/text toggles are a big part of the solution.

Comment: Almost no comments on this? (Score 2) 590

by UpnAtom (#47988775) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Hundreds of comments questioning whether women are still second class citizens* and nobody comments on the apparent fact that SocialVEVO trolled the entire internet, terrorising both Emma Watson and threatening hundreds of thousands of other women involved in activism are still trolling us, having duped everyone from the BBC to /. a second time.

*They are, it's bloody obvious and you're an ignorant douche if you say otherwise.

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