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Comment: Re:Lowball estimate? (Score 1) 72

by johny42 (#40241793) Attached to: <em>Carmageddon: Reincarnation</em> Linux Version Confirmed

With video games costing tens of millions to develop nowdays, $600,000 for a multiplatform 3D game seems like a very low figure. Will they really be able to pull this off?

Money raised on Kickstarter is not supposed to fully fund the development, just, as the name suggests, to "kick start" it. The game should pay for itself from sales made after the development is finished -- as most other games do.

Comment: Re:Ads...lots of ads. (Score 1) 203

by johny42 (#39495915) Attached to: Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to SlashdotTV! (Video)

As long as you fill it with tons of ads, that's cool with me. I love slashvertisements! Maybe you can even couch a few of them in "product reviews"? That may squeak a few more ads in front of people, what do you say?

In the video, they explicitly said they are going to run slashvertisements. Maybe if you WTFV...oh nevermind.

I appreciate they're up-front about it at least.

Comment: Re:How to get Slashdot to care about privacy (Score 1) 195

by johny42 (#39483113) Attached to: Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

It is the other way around man. Facebook is much more intrusive and connected to you r life than Google ever will be. You, my friend, are either trolling or just defunct of critical thinking skills.

Depends on how you use Google and Facebook. Facebook knows who your friends are, but if you use Gmail and Google Talk, Google knows a lot about that too. If you have 3rd party cookies on, Facebook knows about every site with Like button that you visit, but Google has Google Ads and Analytics (as well as the +1 button), which probably cover even more sites. For most people, Google knows everything they search for. For me, this information would cover what I'm working on, what I'm buying and where I'm living (I often search for websites of local businesses on Google) and probably more.

Now, if you post every little detail of your life on Facebook, that would probably be quite a lot of information too. But most people don't post as much (for me, it's only about 2% of people in my friend list), and from the ocassional interesting article or funny video, thay can't get as much information. Not to mention that if the video is on YouTube, Google will probably know you watched it too.

Comment: Re:Programming for programmings "own sake" (Score 1) 276

As a programmer, I don't agree. Sometimes I write a program just to get a specific result (e.g. writing a backup script so that I don't have to backup manually every day), but very often, programming is the ultimate goal -- I often find myself rewriting perfectly working code just to see if I can do it more elegantly, or I take part in programming contests (with no prizes) because I enjoy solving the (often very abstract) programming problems.

Comment: Re:So the moral of the story is... (Score 1) 258

by johny42 (#39273075) Attached to: The Worst Job In the Digital World

Because if Facebook says something is only visible to "Me and My Friends", you'd expect them to be actually telling the truth.

Of course you and I know better now.

If your friends can access your photos on Facebook, they can save them to their hard drives and then e-mail them to whoever they decide to -- or upload them to their Facebook accounts and share with whomever they want (even set them as "public"). This is no different -- by reporting your photos, your friends have decided to share these photos with Facebook employees.

Comment: Re:NP (Score 1) 212

by johny42 (#39149387) Attached to: Physics Is (NP-)Hard

"NP" stands for "non-polynomial,"

Actually "NP"-hard problems ARE polynomial. NP stands for non-deterministic polynomial. It is polynomial, but the grade of the polynomialis is not constant.

If the grade of the polynomial is not constant (ie. there is a variable in some exponent), it is no longer a polynomial.

Comment: Re:Silly Sony (Score 1) 507

by johny42 (#39057965) Attached to: Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

As much as I hate Sony, I don't see anything wrong with this. Same (infinite) supply, raised demand = raised price. If anyone is to "blame" here, then it's the bunch of hypocrites who buy music only because the singer just died.

We should not "boycott" Sony (well, we should, but not for this), we just shoudn't buy their (or anyone else's) music unless we actually like it (in which case we most definitely should not wait until the singer dies).

Comment: Re:I miss GOTO...there I said it (Score 2) 353

by johny42 (#38749434) Attached to: Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards

I don't know about Java, not being a coder in it myself, but in C you can inline small function calls so they don't pushpop.

Whoever reads the code still has to pushpop (mentally) to understand what it does. Many programmers underestimate how much it adds to readability if you're able to just read a chunk of code line by line instead of jumping back and forth (often between multiple files).

Comment: Re:More interesting question: who hasn't (Score 1) 197

by johny42 (#38532664) Attached to: Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA
What really surprises me is why so many companies bought their domains from GoDaddy in the first place. I can understand if an unexperienced user buys a domain or two from them, not knowing that there are alternatives (maybe even being impressed by their "add an antivirus to your domain for only $19.99 more"-style advertising), but anyone who knows what they are doing should be immediately turned off by GoDaddy's horrible interface and all the bullshit you have to go through to register a domain there. It's not even cheaper than alternatives. Or is there something I'm missing?

Comment: Re:Voice transcription is not intent. (Score 1) 360

by johny42 (#38445600) Attached to: Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel

Understanding and acting on meaning? Within a context? That is the hard part. That is the part Apple has lots of great data for now that Google really doesn't have

You'd be surprised how many people use natural language in Google search. Granted, parsing something like "why do men have nipples" is not the biggest NLP problem, but Google's experience should still be far from negligible.

Comment: Make it specific (Score 1) 360

by johny42 (#38369680) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?

As a lot of people already suggested, try to automatically collect as much data as possible. But of course, that is usually not enough. For the data that has to come from the user, just make the form as specific as possible. So, for example, this is useless:

Please provide a description of the bug: ____________________________

A user who has never submitted a bug report would have no idea what to enter into a form like that. This is better, but still not nearly good enough:

Please describe what you were doing when this happened: __________________________________

You would probably get an answer like "I was trying to create a photo album." instead of step-by-step instructions to reproduce. Try something like this:

Please describe, step-by-step, what you were doing when this happened:
1. Start at this URL: ______________________
2. Click on _________________________
3. ___________________________
4. ___________________________
5. ___________________________

Describe in a few words what you expected to happen after the last step: ______________________
Describe in a few words what happened instead of the expected action: _______________________

Were you logged in at the time the problem occurred? [ ] Yes [ ] No
If yes, please specify your user name (optional): ________

...etc. Try to think of any relevant information that you're not able to collect automatically.

Your users will probably forgive you even if the form is long, if you don't make them think too much. Depending on how clever your users are, you might want to add some kind of motivational text (e.g. "the more information you provide, the better chance that we will be able to reproduce and fix the bug"), but there's a good chance that a user who submits a bug report already knows why they are doing it, so it would just feel patronizing.

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