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Comment Re:UO, EQ, WoW and now (Score 2) 75

The main problem I think is, there's only so many times you can take parcel x to somedude y in the next zone and have it feel like a new and interesting experience. I agree that it would take something like VR to make it fresh again. What I don't understand though is why so many MMOs follow the exact same formula instead of trying something unique.

Comment Re:Paywall (Score 1) 154

We can and do build tools that make simple tasks simple for more people, but let's not let most people loose on the infrastructure of our technical civilization or force the professionals to use only tools designed for amateurs.

We should try to make complex things easy with better tools. We should not discourage people from attempting to program by making it more complex than it needs to be. The part about "forcing professionals to use only tools designed for amateurs" is a non sequitur. Nobody is "forcing" professionals to use amateur tools.

I think Stroustrup's main problem is he doesn't know how to make the complex simple but rather than simply admit this he lashes out at the entire concept.

"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." -Steve Jobs

Comment Re:Wrong questions (Score 1) 296

The primary requirement for a program is correctness.

Not necessarily. For many programs "good enough now" beats "completely correct when I no longer care about the result". For instance, many games cut corners when rendering graphics in order to increase speed. Does it really matter that a shadow is off by a couple of pixels if the alternative means the game will not run on a laptop at playable speeds?

Comment Re:smart people, including Bill Gates (Score 1) 367

The real problem is that the leisure society we all dream about isn't compatible with 7+ billion people. Why? Because the earth is too small to account for all resources exploitation necessary to perform these luxury automations.

Malthusian Nonsense. You could fit the entire world's population in New Zealand.

Comment The Logic Gene (Score 1) 425

Programming is bimodal in the following way: People who think logically and people who don't. Among those who think logically there is a variation of skill from average to great. Among those who don't think logically there a a variation of skill from ineffective to destructive.

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year