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Comment: My favorite one: (Score 1) 223

by argStyopa (#46821801) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

What happens when alleged game designers (and/or producers, etc) get bogged down arguing about the minutiae of the actions/responses of doors, to the point that it takes more than 30 seconds to resolve 'challenging' questions like: Do all players need to be able to operate the door? Does it lock behind a player? Must they all see the door open/closed? Can the door be optional DLC?"?

Answer, you shouldn't be surprised that your project can't meet its deadlines or budget.

Comment: Hahahahahah (Score 1) 160

by argStyopa (#46817165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

People can't be bothered to take moderate, reasonable precautions with their own LIFE-PRESERVING behaviors, you think that they're going to be motivated to change their behaviors because some tech has to fart around with their laptop for 3 days re-imaging it?

Seriously, people need to stop assuming that humans aren't just hairless primates with a knack for tools and language.

Comment: Re:Missing definition (Score 1) 293

by argStyopa (#46816241) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

"You think my boss works? Of course not. He comes in when he pleases maybe 4 or 5 hours a day. Takes whatever day off he pleases. Takes multiple vacations per year for one or two weeks at a time. "
Typical bitching from the cheap seats.

I run a business. I'm THERE maybe 4-5 hours a day...because I can work from my home when I get up at 6 am, eat breakfast while I do emails until a lull at perhaps 9-10 (when Europe stops working) and THEN waste minimal time commuting since the wage-drones have all gotten off the road. Then I'm out at 3pm, to go pick up the kids (since my wife works), home, and doing emails/work until probably 7pm.
Oh yeah, and when I have a pissed off customer or emergency? They call me at 9pm, 11pm, 3 am - not the fucking desk-drones who don't answer before 8 or after 5. When the government raises healthcare requirement or there are tax issues, it's *me* laying awake at night, agonizing over how we can cut corners to keep production running, and not lay anyone off, despite costs suddenly climbing 20% in a year. I'm the one sitting at a 6th grade band concert (if I'm able to go) sweating mentally over balance sheets and payroll, not chugging beers at Bennigans with my poor oppressed comrades.
I "get" to travel all over the world, because that's where my customers are. Which means I've missed all the important 'firsts' of my kids, and make enough to allow my wife to be part-time and be the true parent. I'll remember how awesome I have it next time I'm driving some shitty rental car in the rain at 2am because my flight was late, trying to navigate the Escher-like streets of urban NJ trying to find a hotel so I can get up at 6 to *hopefully* have enough time to cover the emergency emails overnight, to make it to customer meetings at 0730.

Oh, and if wage-drone makes a mistake, it might cost us a few $00 or at worst couple $000 on a transaction. I make a mistake? It could cost the company 00's of 000's and the whole branch closes, costing me and worse, 16 of those poor buggers their jobs.

Look, I'm not going to lie; it's hella better to be doing this making $150k than to be slaving away in some shitty clerk job as a $30k wage-slave. But just because he doesn't break a sweat in front of you doesn't mean your boss isn't working.

Comment: Re:Stupid? (Score 1) 202

Animal rights activists release 000's of animals into the wild, regardless that none are actually adapted or can cope, quickly being killed by traffic or predators.

Rarely are they sensible about what are rather complicated moral issues. Humans are omnivores, and are natural meat eaters. If eating some 'higher' creature that is the result of "millions of years of evolution" is inherently cruel, isn't eating corn pretty much the same thing? Worse, because with corn not only are you eating the product of millions of years of evolution - you're eating their BABIES.
Furthermore, I don't understand the problem vegans have with EGGS. These are - to the chicken, when unfertilized - essentially WASTE, and incredibly nutritious.

Anyway, ask yourself this: if one mourns the millions of dead animals slain to satisfy the meat many pigs or cows would there ever have been, if we couldn't eat them? I'd wager 99%+ of them would never have existed, but for their tastiness.

Now this has made me hungry, brb burger.

Comment: Setting aside the whole "EMP" thing... (Score 2) 270

...whether Cold War-flavored (so very 1980s) or terrorist-flavored (so very 9/11), wouldn't these relatively straightforward precautions LIKEWISE buffer us against the effects of the sorts of solar activity that randomly seems to popup every 100 years or so?

It seems that as our society becomes more and more DEPENDENT on the interwebs, we'd want to invest a little to protect that.
(Then again, one might assume that because our entire economy runs on the roadways, we'd want to invest in them too...)

Yet the Republicans are too wedded to utter prohibition on taxation, and the Democrats are too busy taking the tax revenues we do get and pouring great gobs of cash onto various interest groups for either of them give a shit about the ACTUAL public weal.

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with hole size (Score 1) 397

by argStyopa (#46805091) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Honestly, it's probably the opposite now.

As the game in the US has lost much of its elitist, exclusionary atmosphere and the ACLU has stormed the membership barricades, the white, old-money folks are no longer willing to pay ridiculous membership fees to belong to exclusive-clubs-that-are-no-longer-really-exclusive-in-any-way.

Congratulations PGA: you wanted to 'democratize' and 'universalize' golf.
Now you have a crapton of Happy Gilmores on the course, the people who used to play are no longer interested in your 'country clubs'.

It's a little old thing called supply and demand. Unfortunately for you, not all demand is equal. Is it better to have 200 shlubs whacking away with a $100 set of wal-mart clubs every weekend, or to have 20 millionaires who'll be interested in bringing their wealthy friends there, pay ridiculous green fees without batting an eye, and even donate $000's for the new water hazard near the 14th green to 'liven things up a little'?

Comment: Re:Administrative politics (Score 0) 250

by argStyopa (#46804051) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

You don't think there's a larger agenda here?

White House counterterrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco gave a speech this week in which she urged parents to watch their children for signs of "confrontational" behavior which could be an indication of them becoming terrorists.
During the speech at at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday night, Monaco, who replaced John Brennan last year in overseeing the executive branch's homeland-security activities, said that parents need to be suspicious of "sudden personality changes in their children at home."
"What kinds of behaviors are we talking about?â she asked. "For the most part, they're not related directly to plotting attacks. They're more subtle. For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at homeâ"becoming confrontational."

Comment: I'm no engineer, but (Score 1) 182

by argStyopa (#46797515) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper least according to the summary, wasn't this a little histrionic?

"Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years." In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse."

No, the "lack of a tuned mass damper" was already presupposing that the POWER was out. The power doesn't go out in NYC all that often, and even if it did...Would it have been impossible to have, I dunno, 5 backup diesel generators tested in rotation every day to provide emergency power to the tuned mass damper in the event of a coincidental power outage AND storm?

Comment: I think AGW is largely a scam (Score 0) 348

by argStyopa (#46789975) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

...but I agree with the interpretation of the law.

IANAL, but if there is indeed an exemption section to the VA FOIA that states:
"Data, records or information of a proprietary nature produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of public institutions of higher learningâ¦in the conduct of or as a result of study or research on medical, scientific, technical or scholarly issuesâ¦where such data, records or information has not been publicly released, published, copyrighted or patented." ...then pretty clearly this data is very specifically exactly that, exempt from the FOIA.

*PERSONALLY* if the research was funded by public funds, I find such an exemption execrable, but it's the law and its authors that are at fault, nor Mann at all.

PS and tangential to the point of the OP: Slashdot, it's fucking 2014. Perhaps we could invest in modern posting tech that lets us paste things like biased quotes without getting crap codes like âoe ?
Or maybe convert all postings to monotype courier, so we're reminded that slashdot's still only a handsbreath above a BBS?

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy abounds (Score 1) 812

by argStyopa (#46782167) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

To the Left, yes.

My favorite question to Democrats is: Quick, tell me 5 things that George W Bush said that were commendable.

I can easily find 5 banal positive things that Obama, or Kerry, or Clinton said that I agree with, despite disagreeing with them politically. I don't find them evil, just ignorant or misprioritizing things, so it's simple to find basic human statements I agree with.

If you can't find 5 positive things to say about your opponent, you're a zealot, and any discussion you enter is a waste of time.

Comment: Re:Gentrification? (Score 2) 359

by argStyopa (#46765835) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

I'll use Thomas Sowell's example: People like to live by water, on a shore.
There is only X shoreline.
There are two ways to apportion that shoreline.
1) money: let people buy and sell it, or
2) you can divide it up, and give a piece to everyone; of course, this results in uselessly small pieces (and you have to forbid transfers or you end up with #1), complications with inheritance (is it heritable? How do you deal with death? Marriage?)

The problem with #1 is that as the resource is finite, the prices will become very, very high.

San Francisco is a wonderful location but is extraordinarily geographically constrained. Which do you want: a dictatorship that controls everything and allocates places to people according to what they think is fair today, or a "free" market where prices skyrocket to their value and prevent any but the super-wealthy from living there?
You can't have both, as I suspect that the inefficiencies of trying to chart a middle course make it the worst possible choice.

Comment: Hypocrisy abounds (Score 1) 812

by argStyopa (#46765771) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

What's so hilarious is that to most of the commenters here, the Koch Brothers exemplify the absolute evil in the system whilst (and simultaneously) George Soros is merely 'doing the right thing' and 'helping people speak truth to power'.

One party is clearly the party of business, and business wields a lot of money. Hell, one whole tv network is dedicated to pushing their views.

The other party has draped themselves in the flag of victimhood, somehow managing to portray themselves as the oppressed when they a) are the majority, b) spent 57%(!) more in the last presidential election. They have a much smaller media network overtly supporting them, but 8-9/10 of general journalists sympathize and vote with this party.

In my view, BOTH parties are corrupt, nepotistic heads of the same beast. The idea that you support one side or the other is a Hobson's choice that keeps us running around the wheel, generating funds.

Next time someone from "the other party" pisses you off, think for a second if they weren't prompted to it by rabble rousers on their side SPECIFICALLY to make you angry. Ask any stage magician or pickpocket: controlling your attention is 90% of the trick.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau