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Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 148

by blackraven14250 (#47441869) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

But there is still an upper cap defined by energy requirements, and apparently we have actually hit that cap thousands of years ago already, and then bounced back slightly.

Ah, but there's a difference now compared to then. We have the ability, at least in the developed world, to push again past the old cap, which originally existed in a natural environment. Who knows if the modern environment would actually select for higher intelligence in practice to do it, but the possibility is there with modern resources.

Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 244

Google is also written in to the summary, specifically mentioning how the French want them to pay sites they list in their search results. That seems like a terrible idea, considering having a search result exist on Google is essentially a free advertisement for your site...

Comment: Re:Double edge sword. (Score 1) 73

by blackraven14250 (#47438409) Attached to: Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"
That's a distinction with tons of teeth. It's not just microtransactions - everything about Zynga-style "games" is designed to make you play more while heavily incentivizing you to pay, while normal games provide a challenge. Zynga games don't contain nearly any challenges since that discourages players, they're button-pressing for the sake of button pressing. That's one reason why King is taking over Zynga's former spot as that upcoming new free game giant - they're providing games that are legitimately challenging, and adding the incentives for players to pay. Part of the reason for that is that the games they pick to add these psychological influences to already have a high degree of randomization that they use to their advantage, and they did mash up the formula on them by adding modified game modes, but that's going on a tangent. Back to your point about the way levels are designed, that's also part of the strategy to get people to pay - you can't see the forest for the (intentionally singular) tree.

Comment: Re:Double edge sword. (Score 1) 73

TinyTower and DreamHeights are very different than Theme Hotel and SimTower. Two of these "games" (aka psychological manipulators) are designed to get you to buy inapp purchases, the other two are actual games. I do see your point with them though, since in each pair, one is a copy of the other AFAIK (I've never seen DreamHeights). Just don't group them.

Comment: Re:Time to abolish patents (Score 1) 73

It looks like you could join, even as a startup. The form is available online. My concern is actually how it handles transfers within the network - they're unencumbered by the license granting provisions, which seems to indicate that if this becomes widespread, it could become a tool used against startups later on, or be useless against patent trolls if they're too accepting of new companies. It doesn't seem like it's bad for startups now, given the ease of joining.

Comment: Re:What a crazy situation (Score 1) 148

You missed my point, and provided an example that does not prove the AC's point even if your reading was correct. Rephrased, I was saying "anyone who has ever defined 'first world' in either of these two widely-accepted ways does not call the US a third world country", not "anyone who has ever used the term 'first world' would consider the US to be one" as you seem to have read it. Beyond that, even if your reading was correct, the other definitions you use all still place the US as a first world country.

Comment: Re: Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (Score 1) 578

by blackraven14250 (#47385445) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
You don't need to stop if they're on the curb, but you're entirely liable if they do enter the crosswalk while you approach. You said it yourself - "If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk *for whatever reason*, you must stop and let them finish". Effectively, pedestrians always have the right of way.

Comment: Re:Well, this sounds brilliant... (Score 1) 104

While it probably wouldn't catch on in the vast majority of places, I could see a few smaller/newer companies doing that. It'd look pretty damn cool too having all sorts of colors through a cube farm, and make it feel much less like it's actually a cube farm, both for the workers and visitors.

Comment: Re:What a crazy situation (Score 2) 148

Anyone who has ever defined the term "first world" as either "NATO-aligned countries" or "countries with post-industrial economies". The only people who call the US a "third world country" are people who are using incorrect terminology to describe the issues the US faces.

Comment: Re:sensors (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by blackraven14250 (#47343049) Attached to: How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level
I don't usually use earbuds except to work out, but I have a $20 pair of Sony earbuds that sound better than Apple's. It's absurd that the article doesn't mention a single thing about sound quality, and goes into how easily the cords tangle and body sensors like those are the things people care about. You need to get sound quality right before you can even think about all the other ancillary shit to try and sell more of them.

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