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Comment: Re:Will the door have windows? (Score 1) 276

by jellomizer (#46826089) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Doors are often a convent method to block graphic rendering.
If you notice in a small room, you get more detail, then when you are outside in a wide area.

However growing up Playing Sierra 3d adventure games, if a building has a door on it, you try opening it in as many ways possible.
Oh the hours I have wasted in Quest For Glory building up my lock pick skills so I could break into the Barber Shop.
Back before people had internet. You really had to try everything.

Comment: Re:Here's the real waste: (Score 2) 183

by jellomizer (#46825959) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Without DRM, most of the content providers will not provide legal content for you to download.

The key problem with digital streaming media, is that there is no physicality. So the core values of supply and demand gets out of whack. As we can get a near infinite supply thus reducing the price to 0. However the cost to make such material is much more. What DRM does is set an artificial limit on supply, thus keeping the cost high.
While it is easy to jump to this as being yet an other example how companies are screwing us over. But in short these companies will not be able to operate if they give away their product at a loss. Unless you really want you tax money going towards movie makers, and if the feds start paying for the movies, there is just a quick step to make sure propaganda gets sent across.

Comment: for nerds.. (Score 2) 400

by jellomizer (#46805813) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Golf, is a low impact sport, where you can get good exercise but not seem like a jock.

However I don't think it is the size of the hole is the major factor. That is why we have handicap levels.

But the following:
1. Cost of equipment. Paying more then $100 to start a sport, makes entry difficult.
2. Size of equipment. A golf bag, fills a significant portion of your cars trunk, or you need a place to store it off season.
3. Golf Greens, often require you to pre-plan a Tee time, often you may need to join a club to gain access.

Comment: I usually worry about A students. (Score 1) 350

by jellomizer (#46805649) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

For all disciplines.
If you are an A Student then chances are you were not challenged in school.
The A Student is usually the following...
Took classes in topics that they already knew about.
Sacrificed a bit too much human skills just to get the grade.
Are well rehearsed in cheating/pay off people to do the work.
Weasel the professors to up their grade.

When I applied to Grad school, the Dean asked me about a couple of C+ on my transcripts, My response was those were the classes I learned the most in, because these were classes that covered topics that I never explored before, so every thing was new to me, and required me think about it differently. The classes that I got a B+ or better in, were classes I took because I needed the credits, they covered stuff that I knew 85% already and I just need to fill in a few gaps.

There are some majors that are very easy to get A's in. Because if they have strong Writing Skills, they just BS a paper with minimal logic.
While other majors Just as the Math and Science, BS will only go so far. And your grading is very mechanical.

The education system over values these grades, thus when you get into Grad School, grading actually curves upwards as not to have everyone dropout.
Because you need a 3.0 to stay in the program that means your D level work gets a C+, your C Level work gets a B-, Your B Level work gets a B and A level work gets an A. So a B- quality student will be staying above the 3.0.

But your grades very from different schools, different professors, different time lectures started... It really isn't fruitful to nitpick a student for a job if they were a 3.20 vs a 4.0 unless all other things were equal.

Comment: Re:Anything built before 2001 (Score 4, Interesting) 694

by jellomizer (#46789379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

There were junk devices back then too.
I got a $15.00 mouse that worked for 2 month and failed.
Laptop Drives were notoriously bad. Memory could fail on you...
I needed to get a new internal modem every few months.

The real difference before 2001 we were expected to pay a couple of grand on your PC. and a lot more for a workstation. Because these things were so expensive they made sure they used quality parts. Post Tech Bubble pop. We started to opt for cheaper/faster/lighter So cheaper and Lighter means more flimsy plastic, where metal was used, but we wanted faster too so they had to cut costs in more areas of quality. Having it last 4 now is considered a good run.

Comment: Re:Blame Game (Score 1) 188

by jellomizer (#46789027) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Well at least in the west we actually state that there is a problem. In eastern cultures there is too much ignoring that there is even a problem.

There is nothing wrong about making a fuss about a problem. But after we make the fuss you need to do something to fix it.
Not making a fuss about it makes it too easy to hide away.

Comment: Blame Game. (Score 4, Insightful) 188

by jellomizer (#46787111) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

That is the biggest problem. Other then rewarding the people who fix the problem, we try to figure out who is to blame for every freaking thing.

Oh look a flood hit the city unexpected, well lets blame the mayor for not thinking about this unexpected incident.

Or a random guy blew up something, why didn't the CIA/NSA/FBI know that he was doing this...

We are trying to point blame on too many things, and less time trying to solve the problem.

Comment: Re:authenticity (Score 2) 56

by jellomizer (#46786899) Attached to: Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

Well there is research showing that it is hard to be analytic and empathetic at the same time. That is why a lot of Doctors who are treating difficult cases, seem very detached from the patients, it isn't because they are just a nasty person. But because they are trying to solve your problem, and that gets in the way of being empathetic.
The same thing with tech people, it IS NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE AUTISM or some other issue, but because we are thinking analytically pushing aside our empathy.

Even if we know this, we really don't like it. So while your MD is treating your case, and somehow he seems to be making eye contact to you and seems like he actually gives a shit about your condition and not just enjoying the complexity of the case. You feel better emotionally, he feel better as you are not getting pissy with him, while he is trying to think on how to do his job and make you physically better.

Comment: Re:Managed langauges (Score 1) 133

by jellomizer (#46779609) Attached to: Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

The problem with low level languages, isn't anything technical about the languages.
It is about a common attitude among programmers.

As a kid, We learn things by taking steps up.
We Walk/Run, Then we Ride a Bike, then we Can Drive a Car. It is a simplistic way of viewing things. One is better then the other, and you need to be better to use the better method.

The same idea goes with programming languages. (I'll Show my age hear)
You code in Basic, then you go to Pascal, then you can do C finally you will be able to code assembly. It is common for the C developers who start doing C to think oh I am programming in C now, I am an experienced coder, and I will laugh and snark at all you Basic Programmers now. So many of the C applications will have a lot of issues due to these ego's of the time, and people really using the C Language as the wrong tool for the job. It is like using a Car to go a few blocks where your bike or walking would be easier and faster.
So their are ton of legacy apps in C which are not secure because the Managers of software companies thought the same way, and wanted to code it in the Best Language. Even if such an app would probably work and perform much better in Visual Basic.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 4, Funny) 285

by jellomizer (#46779417) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

I think is has more to due with Microsoft lack of advancement in Office... For the most part what we are doing in Office 2013, is the same stuff we were doing in Office 95.
Sure there were some incremental changes that took advantage of newer technologies, some new UI changes that I am not sure if it makes things better. But for the most part things haven't changed too much.
Word is still a word processor,
Excel is still a spreadsheet
Outlook is still a memory hog
Access is still causing businesses to slowly go bankrupt.
Power Point is still making meetings boring.

Using Open/Libra office, we get the stuff that we wan't it is compatible enough to not look like a jerk (say even 10 years ago) for not being able to read the document.

Comment: Good. (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by jellomizer (#46778869) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

I for one welcome arresting people who seem to think it is a good idea to enter someones home just because they didn't get to update all their locks on their home.

Sure it is easy to update your PC, but if you have a mission critical application running, you need to make sure you take all the right steps even with the security vulnerability to make sure it doesn't go down.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234