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Comment: Don't see why not. (Score 2) 290

by blackicye (#47087429) Attached to: Should We Eat Invasive Species?

If they're palatable and economically harvestable, they're prime candidates for om nom nom nom.

The Chinese have a saying that roughly translates to: "If it swims, crawls or flies and its backbone faces the Sun, it's edible."

Lots of invertebrates and crustaceans that don't meet that criteria also still make it to the table. Heh.

Comment: Re:Relax (Score 1) 466

Since it sounds like you have to refactor everything this developer writes or hold their hand while writing it, maybe it would be faster for you to skip those steps and just figure out what code they are about to write and implement it yourself. Then, when they are about half way through coding, mention to your boss (preferable with the developer in question present for dramatic effect) that "Oh, I see Glen[n] is writing the Foserbaum module - I wrote that for amusement a couple days ago and tested it, should I just go ahead and check it in?".


Eventually Glen[n] will either quit or transfer out of humiliation or will get fired.

This is how thing would theoretically work in a perfect world. The reality is more likely that the codebase will devolve into an unmaintainable mess at which point you're either left to pick up the pieces, or look for a new job.

Comment: Re:Ghostery (Score 1) 219

by blackicye (#46916959) Attached to: Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

However, the problem with these types of tools is they frequently break some type of (needed) functionality on the site.

These sites are not going to like the way that users are going to work around this; by visiting other sites.

There is so little unique content being generated now, that will just go to other sites with more progressive privacy policies, or disable the app grudgingly if we're feeling lazy or can't find the content elsewhere, and hold it against them for all eternity.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. (Score 1) 134

by blackicye (#46618635) Attached to: Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. He's going to have annoyed a lot of dodgy characters who want their money back. I think he'll be looking over his shoulder for the rest of of his life.

At least he can rest easy knowing that they no longer have bitcoins to hire hitmen with. ;)

Comment: Re:well that was new... (Score 1) 75

by blackicye (#46618605) Attached to: <em>Ultima Online</em> Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

Actually, a lot of people *like* to enjoy the universe of their choosing without some douche who's spent half a lifetime grinding up to maximum constantly coming around and squashing players they're not involved with just to screw with them. Halo isn't for everyone. I prefer the games where you can flip PvP on and off.

This was one of the things that was interesting about the PvP in Ultima online (and many MUDs) as well, full corpse looting was enabled.

It was pretty hilarious because all the good items were hoarded in players houses (which were prone to break-ins from either exploits or owners getting killed with their keys on them,) and most of the players went about their exploring wearing disposable junk.

Comment: Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (Score 5, Insightful) 440

by blackicye (#46617269) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

I say; boycott Costco peanut butter. Take multiple jars of it to the checkout counter, but then set them aside and say you aren't buying them.

Please don't do this Costco will not be affected by it, you'll just be inconveniencing and aggravating the staff who will have to restock them.

Comment: Re:Strategic move to compete (Score 2) 535

by blackicye (#46579529) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

2 billion seems like a lot of money to sink into a gaming headset....Think more about where you could go from where the product is now, and think that other companies are doing that is similar.

What I don't understand is why they don't just develop a better product from scratch for $2B. They could also easily poach Carmack if they wanted.

Comment: Re:Dumb move... (Score 0) 107

by blackicye (#46578455) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

don't think anyone cares if they drop this. People aren't going to hear about this platform for the first time and say "wait, I have a sneaking suspicion that previously I'd have been able to play a free sample of all games, not just some games, and that makes me less likely to want to play games on it".

I don't think anyone really cares about the Ouya. The one person I know who owns one got it from the kickstarter and hasn't unpacked it from the shipping box yet.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre