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Comment: Re:What where they copying? (Score 1) 77

by UnknownSoldier (#47979337) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

I left shortly after the first expansion. I briefly checked out the Panda expansion and left again. You summed it up perfectly!

> Seemed like they painted an I-WIN button over the grind button.

With the removal of lockpicking, and dumbing down poisons they really nerfed the whole feel of Rogues, etc.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 2) 149

by houghi (#47978869) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Most of us are completely confused as to how spending tax dollars to subsidize TV shows and movies that nobody watches actually helps Canadian culture.

If Lost Girl is something you subsidize, please increase your taxes. Or Continuum.

Almost as good as the New Zealand show This is not my life.

Comment: Re:I'm happy about it (Score 1) 77

by tlhIngan (#47978467) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

No, you can thank Robert "the packaged goods" Kotick that sacrificed fun at the altar of profit.

That's what I said. He's into milking. Make as much money as possible. Hell, he's the main reason why Xbone and PS4 games in Canada cost $70 rather than $60.

Welp, since there's no PC version of and mine won't be playing it.

Well, there's a lot of talk about it. And if there's money to be made releasing it for PC, you can bet it'll come out. Even if it's a completely crappy port and they charge $70 for it (ever notice how PC games cost as much as console games nowadays?), if they can make a buck, they'll do it.

Though, given the middling reviews, I'm glad I decided to hold off the purchase.

they're not waiting long: DLCs will be about before the end of the year. Extra-cost DLCs.

3 months is ages for DLC. I'm guessing it's to build up the audience - don't scare 'em away too much by presenting them with $40 of DLCs they may "need" to get. After 3 months, you'll get the Christmas rush and then you can generate post-Christmas buzz with the DLC and slap newcomers with plenty of extra-cost catch-up DLC.

Remember, this is the era of day-1 DLC.

Comment: Re:I'm happy about it (Score 1) 77

by jandrese (#47977713) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO
SC2 was basically made to give competitive Starcraft players something to spend their money on. It worked really hard not to rock the boat with that crowd, but if you're not part of that crowd then all it offers is some well crafted single player missions for you to play through and then put away. You don't really have a hope of competing online against guys who have been playing since 1998.

Comment: Re:I'm happy about it (Score 1) 77

by tlhIngan (#47977513) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Everything blizzard has done that's been online only has just completely disinterested me. I miss their games that were designed to be games, rather than continuous profit centers.

Thank Activision for that - Kottick is all about profit and milking. Even SC2 had milk opportunities linked to the online DRM.

Destiny right now is surprising in how little is being milked - you'd expect it to have tons of day 1 DLC to milk more money out of you, but so far not yet. (I'm guessing the smart move is wait for it to be established first and then start milking gamers? May make sense since it's possible to put off a lot of people if they feel they need to pay $10 more after buying their shiny new $70 game).

Comment: the core problem (Score 1) 112

by epine (#47977469) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

The core problem is not Google+ (pustulent imposition that it was) but that Google does not provide clean answers about anything it does. Google's motto has long ceased being "don't be evil" and morphed into "that's for us to know, and users to divine".

My view is that happiness in life is directly proportional to eliminating all forms of "X behind a curtain" where X is man, woman, beast, tyrant, saint, priest, missionary, Smallpox vector, committee, club, association, organization, governmental body, natural, supernatural, mythical, legendary, or outright fabrication.

Google as presently configured is not a conduit of happiness in this world.

Comment: Re: Read Slashdot (Score 1) 325

by jedidiah (#47977379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Nope. If it's not in an area relevant to the kinds of jobs he's been applying for, that PhD might as well be in philosophy. Most employers are cheapskate dirt bags. They're already trying to undercut you with outsourcing and H1-Bs. You need to demonstrate that you're going to be valuable to them and a good value.

Having an overpriced degree undermines that. They don't care about your extra brownie points. They certainly don't want to pay extra for them.

There is also such a thing as being overqualified.

The whole "they resent my brilliance" attitude is a clear manifestation of this.

Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 1) 325

by MobyDisk (#47976753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Do experienced devs even know this? I've programmed in several languages and I could never give a list of functions on demand.

Just to be clear: The summary says they didn't ask for function names. It says they asked the names of some of the most commonly used classes in the language.

Ultimately it depends on what the person claims to know. This seems like is a decent question if the C++ programmer claims to know the STL. One can't code any language for long without knowing it's standard containers. Plus, anyone with a CS degree should know that any modern language will need an array, a linked list, a queue, and an associative set. If you just guess "array, list, queue, set" you'd be half way toward the answer.

Comment: Re:Corporate taxes (Score 1, Flamebait) 233

If you are whining about US taxation rates you are clearly a poser that has never had any actual experience with this stuff. The US tax code specifically panders to corporations. The nominal rates are a pure fiction to distract ignorant RV dwelling GOP supporters.

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