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Comment: Re:You think? (Score 0) 374

You'll get nowhere with the average slashdotter, felrom, but thanks for trying. Few, if any of them, have even taken a course in economics. All they're capable of is spewing what they've been told by equally ignorant people.

They have no idea how business actually works. Hell, my guess is that none of them can even tell you the difference between "profit" and "profit margin"!

All they know is that corporation = evil, and that the most evil corporations are oil companies.

Comment: Gardeners appear to be against it (Score 2) 66

by reboot246 (#47355319) Attached to: The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden
I just read every post (up to this point), and it's the real gardeners who are opposed to the tech solutions.

That's not what gardening is about. You have to get out there and get your hands dirty to enjoy it. I was born with a "green thumb" and can grow almost anything, even plants that are supposed to be outside of my growing zone. But you gotta be out there with 'em to know what they need and when they need it. Too many people over-water, plant in the wrong place, or over-fertilize and then wonder what went wrong.

I even like my weeds. Many of them are edible!

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 1) 286

by reboot246 (#47337499) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant
Yes, sue them under Section 1983, Title 42 of the United States Code. Even individual officers can be sued for violating your rights. LEOs should think long and hard about violating a person's rights, because you can sue them for their money, belongings, house, retirement, whatever it takes to pay you when you win. And you may just win if you have the right lawyer.

In part Section 1983, Title 42 states -- any person who "under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State . . . subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States . . . to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law."

Comment: Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 1) 162

by reboot246 (#47328633) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
It may be innocent enough when it's just hospitals and doctors that are mining the data about you, but what happens when this country gets to a single-payer system? Then it's the government making the decisions and while a doctor or hospital can "advise" you about how you need to exercise and eat right, the government has the power to force you to do it.

Think about it seriously. Everything you do in life somehow can be a health or wellness issue. Like to skydive or race motorcycles or rock climb or target shoot or any number of other perfectly normal activities? Well, you may or may not be able to enjoy some of those in the future. It's all up to some un-elected bureaucrat to decide. Oh, and they will probably be an IRS employee; we know how caring they are and how careful they are with your data.

Comment: Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (Score 1) 208

by demachina (#47311531) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

Game engines already exist. People already develop content though you kind of need a working and enjoyable game first, with some content, before people will develop more content for it.

Who funded Linux development in the early days, answer, noone? Would need to be a volunteer effort to some extent.

Hopefully Carmack will be disillusioned with working for Facebook soon and do it for love of gaming and graphics programming.

Kickstarter is the obvious answer if you really want cash.

Comment: Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (Score 1) 208

by demachina (#47310923) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

There is a pretty obvious solution to the steep decline in modern games. Its the same solution that was found to over priced, proprietary, commerical operating systems.

We need an open source gaming system. Its probably the only escape from eternal damnation to over priced, poorly designed, crap games.

Some critical issues need to addressed up front for it to work.

For starters you need to settle on an open source gaming engine. Torque3D would be one possibility, people here could probably name others. It needs to be capable, open source and multi platform, with as few licensing restrictions as possible. You need high caliber game developers, like Carmack to emraced it and work on it, with someone like Linus holding it together.

You need to develop a small number of core games based on the essential archetypes, FPS, MMORPG, Space battle/trading, racing.

You need to create councils for each game selected from game developers and excellent players who set rules, direction, maintain order and hold the game economy together.

As always if a game/council fails to satisfy their constituencey a solution is a fork but you want to ACTIVELY discourage forking when it leads primarily to fragmentation and wasted resources. You want as much wood behind one arrow as possible.

Each game needs to actively support and leverage mods and user developed content. In fact that will be the primary source of content.

The core games need to be designed for extreme longevity, its the content that needs to constantly changing and growing.

Councils need to design intelligent tournament systems and leader boards that actually put the most skilled players at the top, where they belong, not the grinders, scammers and cheats.

I'm a long time gamer who no longer plays games, because the games I loved the most died at the hands of corporate greed and stupidity. In particular they died because decisions were made by executives who were for the most part not gamers and made decisions that were all wrong.

If I could, I would probably still be playing the original EQ, the original WoW and Battlefield 2, Karkand Infantry only.

Battlefield 2, Karkand Infantry only was, in my mind the pinnacle of PVP. If you had evenly matched teams, with evenly matched gear, fighting a battle decided by 1 point there was no better adrenaline rush and it never got old. The map never changed, the rules seldom changed, the thing that constantly changed was the people playing it, their skills, their tactics and strategy. Developing huge maps like PS3 where you can never find an even fight, or in game purchases that allow the fools with the most money to win, developing massively too dense graphics, that are way to expensive to develop, require to much graphics power to run and add no FUN to the game, and adding too many gimicky weapons and gear that cause nothing but unbalanced matches, are just some examples.

If I could have kept the original EQ or WoW and just added a never ended series of new dungeons, quests gear and battlegrounds I would probably still be playing them. The first rule is you NEVER raise the level cap, because as soon as you do the game turns in to a pointless treadmill. New dungeons, gear and PVP is all a game needs to stay fresh.

I'd still be playing BF2 if there were any servers left that didn't suck.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)