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Comment: Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 176

by Wraithlyn (#47804333) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Love or hate Apple, they're good at simple. There's no way they're going to make people do a full unlock and locate an app for NFC payments, it'll be integrated right into the OS and in all likelihood be disgustingly convenient.

I imagine something like, you'll have activated NFC from your slide-up tray... then probably just swipe your phone near the merchant terminal, slide to accept an alert box, and then thumbprint to confirm the transaction.

Comment: Re:various card games (Score 1) 377

by Wraithlyn (#47778187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

We play 5-6 player Catan all the time and don't find the extra build phase slows anything down at all.

When the dice are passed to the next player, anybody who wants to build something just says "Buying X at the end of your turn" and that's that. In the extremely rare case of a conflict, you just resolve the builds clockwise from the current player. There's no need to stop and ask each player in turn "are you building anything?", which is the only way I can imagine it "bogging things down".

If anything, it speeds things up considerably (you can get new towns/cities out that much faster which immediately improves your income position, and it really cuts down on people needing to discard half their hand on a 7).

Comment: Re:Definition of Irony (Score 1) 243

by Wraithlyn (#47754387) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Ha, it goes even deeper... I seem to recall the original version of my post read more as an explanation of why you were wrong, and was tending towards a snarky ending... before I realized what I too was doing. Hence the concise, neutral presentation of facts I posted instead. ;)

Because the sad truth is that while poorly phrased (intelligence itself as you correctly noted is not the liability, but "flaunting" it can be), the OP has a valid point too... schoolyard social stigma against "brainy" kids can cause them to hide their intelligence or not use it. It doesn't have to be about know-it-alls putting other people down... it can be about the shy kid afraid to raise his hand in class.

Comment: Definition of Irony (Score 5, Funny) 243

by Wraithlyn (#47737073) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Trying to tell other people they are wrong all the time is a liability. Telling people, "I am smarter than you, so you are wrong" is a liability [...] If you're so smart, you should have figured this out by now.

You literally just did this with your own post. You told the parent he was wrong, and then implied it was because he wasn't smart enough.

Comment: Re:Quite simply... (Score 5, Insightful) 548

OK, I'll bite. :)

In a Perfect World, tabs would indeed be superior to spaces. No question.

But in the Real World, tabs and spaces inevitably get mixed together as multiple people touch a project, and then indentation gets messed up.

Standardizing on spaces helps mitigate this, as everyone sees the exact same thing regardless of editor (whereas tab spacing typically depends on local editor settings). And any editor should be able to "use spaces for tabs" so there is no actual impact on developer effort.

Comment: Re:Very subjective (Score 3) 382

by Wraithlyn (#47695809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless

It wouldn't be worthless, it would have pros and cons like everything else.

Cons: Easier to identify and take action against dissenters (as you stated above).

Pros: Easier to identify astroturfers/shills.

It cuts both ways.

I really worry, long-term, about the "paid/fake poster" problem. Especially as bots/AI will continue to advance, it will only get worse. How long until genuine human commentary on the internet is drowned-out/polluted by "sponsored viewpoints"?

Comment: Re:Reboot when updated... (Score 1) 426

You have it completely backwards. Microsoft's bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows is what CAUSED the anti-trust lawsuits.

The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. --United States v. Microsoft Corp.

Comment: INTENSE shit! (Score 4, Interesting) 67

My friend and I were playing around with his DK2 last night. We fired up Half-Life 2 (and later Half-Life 1 Source).

That big room with all the crates hanging from the ceiling that you have to jump your way across? That was just about the most intense gaming experience I've ever had. The vertigo feels completely real and you feel actual panic if you fall.

My friend fell down that elevator shaft in "Unforseen Consequences" and his brain just about melted. An hour later, his real-world balance was still fucked up and he had to go to bed.

They need higher-res, but other than that the illusion is pretty damn convincing. You completely forget that the screen is redrawing itself based on your head movements... it just feels like you're looking around inside a virtual space. (To the point that when the head-tracking effect pauses, like on loading screens, it feels BIZARRE)

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 1) 457

by Wraithlyn (#47680899) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

You know I'm not a fan of abandoning anonymity, but I think there is a place online for "verified identify" for certain venues.

Wouldn't it be nice if say, when visiting say an online newspaper's comments section, you had a choice between "Verified posters discussion" and "Anonymous free-for-all"?

I think anonymous speech should always be a protected form of expression, but it cuts both ways. It's becoming (or became a long time ago) a real issue with paid astroturfers/shills polluting online discourse, but right now there is simply no way to to be sure.

"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." -- Peter De Vries