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Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 370

Speak for yourself, Mr. Hippo. This morning I woke up next to a woman who I even happened to meet online.

Don't mind if I do. I also woke up next to a woman. The same woman I've woken up next to for well over a decade. The same woman I'll wake up to in the future as long as God keeps us in this world.

I do in fact think it's immoral to facilitate the destruction of men and their families. Unlike a gun or a knife which has many uses outside of killing, there is no other purpose to Ashley Madison than the wholesale destruction of men's lives as well as the destruction of the lives of others around them.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 5, Insightful) 370

I'm not surprised. A website with no moral compass will not act morally. I just feel sorry for the kids that will be affected by this.

As for getting new users, I'm guessing that these new users feel that the site should now be more secure now that it has been compromised.

Comment Re:Married people are dodging taxes (Score 1) 161

I think he's talking about the fact that you can claim your spouse as a dependent.

That being said... if you earn enough, you run into the marriage penalty. That is, someone making a little over 400k by themselves will pay the same tax rate as two people making a little over 400k together rather than 800k as one would expect.

Comment Re:Port it away from Java... (Score 1) 56

Are those feelings or do you have data to back that sentiment up? Yes the Java jre has a few ethical problems (I'm looking at you, planned yahoo toolbar), however, the language itself isn't bad. It has one of the most mature development communities out there. With the addition of Streams and Lambdas, I think it's finally hit a nice balance between complexity and features.

Education

Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls 473

theodp writes: In a press release Tuesday, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced it was teaming with Lifetime Partner Apple and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to engage 10,000 girls in learning computing concepts. "Currently, just 25 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement," explained the press release. "Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color." HUD, the press release added, has joined the Commitment to Action to help extend the program's reach in partnership with public housing authorities nationwide and provide computing access to the 485,000 girls residing in public housing. "In this Information Age, opportunity is just a click on a keyboard away. HUD is proud to partner with NCWIT to provide talented girls with the skills and experiences they need to reach new heights and to achieve their dreams in the 21st century global economy," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who coincidentally is eyed as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea is the Clinton Foundation's point-person on computer science. Last year, Chelsea Clinton gave a keynote speech at the NCWIT Summit and appeared with now-U.S. CTO Megan Smith to help launch Google's $50 million girls-only Made With Code initiative.

Comment Re:Complex (Score 2) 99

No, I'm the kind of guy who wants everyone to be great by thinking creatively on how to simplify complexity. Steve Jobs said it best, "That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. 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."

I want more people gaming without dumbing down gaming into what we see on mobile devices. This doesn't take away from l33t hard core brogamerz. Less creative people, on the other hand, seem to want a world of Pro Halo and Candy Crush Saga. They cannot wrap their mind around how to make something deep and simple. Simple doesn't mean cheap or easy; but elegant.

A great example would be Sonic the Hedgehog 3 vs. whatever junk passes for a Sonic game today. In Sonic 3, you have one button and directional pad to do a vast variety of tasks. I could duck, move, look up, jump, fly, glide, electric jump, flame dash, spin dash, bubble jump, change into Super Sonic, insta shield, etc... One button and a directional pad. It all made sense and require no tutorials. Not true today. Every single button on a controller has to be used because game developers are not creative enough to do otherwise.

If you're into Rube Goldberg machines, then more power to you. But if you want to win the market and please users, be more creative and figure out how to tame complexity.

Comment Re:Complex (Score 1) 99

Except it further dissuades me from buying their games. Why would I want to play a game online that I'm going to lose all the time? I don't have 60 hours a week to hone my brogaming skillz. Having these complex controllers puts "pro" players at an even greater advantage while not addressing the issues of complexity. This makes me not want to play.

Splatoon changes the equation by making a game accessible and pairs you with random people of different skill levels while taking away anti-features like "get shouted at with obscenities by 10 year olds" mode. It makes me want to play.

As engineers, let's look at Nintendo for inspiration in designing everything from end user products to software APIs. Let's stay away from the idea of being complex just to be l33t.

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