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Comment: Re:Inflation, slow Internet, skill, slow PC (Score 1) 162

by tepples (#49569229) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

In northeast Indiana, Super NES games typically went for $60 new, and PlayStation games were $50 because the disc was cheaper to replicate. Those who stuck with Nintendo saw a price cut between the Nintendo 64 ($60-$70) and the GameCube ($50) and then another price hike with the Wii U ($60). If you're looking for reliable sources to add to (say) a Wikipedia article, you can put something like super nes game msrp into a search engine and find things like "Why 1990s SNES Games Were so Damn Expensive" by Luke Plunkett.

Comment: Re:Inflation, slow Internet, skill, slow PC (Score 1) 162

by tepples (#49569155) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

In the Super NES era, you likely had to share a monitor with other members of the family who wanted to watch broadcast or cable television. Because you got only about an hour per day with the TV, those same 10 to 12 hours stretched over several days. Besides, it was common to repeat those 10 to 12 hours for a better overall score. This is how speedrunners got good enough to complete all 101 goals in Donkey Kong Country in 50 minutes (source: YouTube).

Comment: definition of 'open' (Score 1) 46

by lkcl (#49567339) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

Microsoft has an "Open License" which allows you to look at Windows NT source code. it's "open", yes? pay them $USD 1m per year, you get an "open" look at the source code of Windows NT. but if you ever dare to use it, talk about it, or do ANYTHING other than *read* it.... they will sue the fuck out of you.

bottom line: can we PLEASE stop using the word "open" in context with these types of stupid, stupid proprietary arrangements? it really isn't helping.

there are plenty of *LIBRE* licensed implementations of MIPS out there: many people have pointed that out (in comments i can see above this one), they're on http://opencores.org/ - there are at least eight MIPS core implementations that i can see, there, possibly the best one (most complete) is this: http://opencores.org/project,m... which has a 5-stage pipeline and a harvard architecture.

so please, stop using the word "open" to refer to proprietary, restricted and patented material.

Comment: Re:Inflation, slow Internet, skill, slow PC (Score 1) 162

by tepples (#49566547) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

A much better analogy would be watching other people play board games.

In certain circles, chess and poker have become spectator sports.

Also, we're talking "let's plays" here. There's no "skilled play" involved. It's an idiot with a camera playing a game poorly while making dumb jokes. It's dumb, it's pointless, and it's copyright infringement. Just ask Nintendo.

This is why e-sports won't take off, as the publisher has power to shut down any league competing with the publisher's approved league.

Comment: Inflation, slow Internet, skill, slow PC (Score 5, Insightful) 162

by tepples (#49566435) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

Now we're getting "day one DLC." What the fuck?

In the Super NES era, games used to cost $60, which is about $90-something in today's money after inflation. Now in the Xbox 360 and Xbox One era, games still cost $60. Day one expansions make the extra $30 of content optional to buy.

Why the hell would anyone per-order a digital game, where there's no chance it'll sell out and they won't be able to get a copy?

Because they can't afford an Internet connection that'll transfer 30 GB in one hour. So instead, they let Steam download the game over the preorder period and then install it on release day.

Why are people sitting around watching OTHER PEOPLE play games that they themselves could be playing?

Lack of skill, lack of strong enough PC, lack of the correct console, game being out of print, etc. Why do people watch football instead of playing football?

Comment: Depends on how you define JavaScript (Score 1) 190

by tepples (#49566159) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

You can't use jQuery without knowing ECMAScript, but you can use it without knowing W3C-standard DOM API. This technically means you can use it without knowing JavaScript, so long as you define JavaScript as the sum of ECMAScript and DOM API. I'm assuming that the so-called guru implicitly defines it as such.

Comment: Re:Yes, if you like stupid eye-candy crap. (Score 1) 190

by tepples (#49566051) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

[Raw JavaScript] is good, it is fast, and there are VERY TINY inconsistencies between browsers, even old IEs, unless it is DOM-crap or stuff relating to inputs and CSS rules. Everything else is FINE.

Except that's exactly why people use jQuery: to ensure that "DOM-crap or stuff relating to inputs" works for all viewers.

Comment: Not available for your platform (Score 1) 190

by tepples (#49566035) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Learning Javascript is a ghetto because so many entry-level people, who are ignorant and arrogant as shit, write bad tutorials, give anti-pro tips, and generally don't have any fucking clue what they're doing.

In common use, "JavaScript" refers to both the DOM API or the ECMAScript language that calls it. To which are you referring? If the latter, inside ECMAScript is a beautiful language struggling to get out. JavaScript: The Good Parts exposes this language.

FWIW (for those less experienced devs/engineers), most JS frameworks are bullshit, replicating functionality found in the browser.

Only if you are willing to fire customers who use outdated browsers on unsupported operating system. Some of this functionality isn't in IE before 9.

I'm not advocating reinventing the wheel, I am advocating not using a wheel when you walk next door.

Some people routinely use a wheel to walk next door. Likewise, on the web, it's wise to make your web application accessible to people with disabilities.

CSS, Javascript, and HTML are a clusterfuck compared to native-development and provide a worse experience.

How is "This application is not available for your platform" a better experience?

Comment: Sometimes you have to fire some customers (Score 2) 190

by tepples (#49565907) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

but when your "users" are more properly called "customers" -- or even more important, "potential customers" -- then some web dev's desire to preach the gospel must take a back seat to doing the job the way it needs to be done, rightly or wrongly.

There are customers you want, and customers you ought to fire. Users of Internet Explorer before version 9 are probably using Windows XP, an operating system that cannot run IE 9. This means they're less likely to spend money on replacing a decade-old unsupported system with known security vulnerabilities. This in turn means they're less likely to have disposable income to buy your product. It also means they're less likely to care about the security of the payment information with which they buy your product, which can lead to an increased rate of chargebacks.

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