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Comment: Re: I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stre (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Which is all good in theory... until the parliament/congress becomes more interesting with infighting and navel gazing than actually improving the country.

When was the last time that congress worked for the genuine benefit of the country, without a primary focus on how it will affect their reelection numbers?

The system, as it currently stands, is broken. Beyond broken. And if it takes an unconstitutional tyrant to get us back on the proper track, so be it. Perhaps a smidgen of anarchy is necessary to remind us why we chose order

Comment: Re:As a guy working on both sides (Score 1) 574

by jxander (#48307649) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Anecdotal, but: Our last two hires were picked up through this type of recruiting, and both are terrible

They're both nice guys, sure. Great for a chat over lunch or coffee, persistent in getting someone's attention and small talk ... but absolute garbage as sysadmins, the thing we're actually paying them to do.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 262

by jxander (#48265921) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

I wonder how much money the government would save if they worked with banks to "give" (temporarily loan) some of the empty, foreclosed houses out to homeless people. We've got a bunch of people without houses, and a bunch of houses without people. Seems kind of obvious to me.

Provide shelter with a few basic stipulations. No illegal activity (e.g. drugs) and general upkeep on the house. Provide them with brooms, simple green and such. "You clean it up and fix a leaky faucet or two, and the house is yours for a year." (or something like that) I bet a lot of homeless people would get real handy real fast.

A roof over your heads and a steady mailing address certainly make it a lot easier to find some kind of job, if only temporary. Having access to a shower might help as well.

Comment: Re: pay money for youtube? (Score 2) 225

by jxander (#48265429) Attached to: YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

I trust that the community at large will always be one step ahead of youtube.

If they make ads harder to block, people will write better software to block the new ads. Currently ABP is a one stop shop, but if I had to install a separate "YouTube Adblock" extension, I certainly would.

Or just stop using youtube. There are much better things in life than staring blankly at the screen.

Comment: Re:So, when can we expect... (Score 1) 155

by jxander (#47998811) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Na. Dota is always just a single character per player.

Did you ever play WarCraft 3? Remember the hero units that would level up and progress with you? DOTA is basically *only* those. You pick one hero (the list has expanded to ridiculous levels) and fight in 5v5 with other people, in a top-down isometric view that can be moved independently of your character (exactly like Starcraft or non-MMO Warcraft) instead of the over-the-shoulder camera that moves with you in MMOs

Comment: Re:So, when can we expect... (Score 1) 155

by jxander (#47979557) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

How about this, for an interesting concept... players could control multiple characters to balance it out. Not full sized armies or anything, but small swarms/squads

... just an off-the-cuff example, you could play as: 1 Ultralisk or 3 hydralisks, 4 terrans (Marine/Firebat), 2 Zealots, 1 Siege Tank, 3 Dragoons, or 8 zerglings, etc etc. (tweak as necessary)

The bigger units would play like a traditional MMO character, and the groups would play like a pet-class, with one of the pack designated as the lead (or some newly invented mechanic specifically for them).

Comment: Re:I'm happy about it (Score 2) 155

by jxander (#47979485) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Kinda reminds me of chess.

At low/mediocre level play, people will make "bad" moves on which a top-tier professional would easily capitalize. Lower skill players don't always know the perfect strategies, so it mixes up the games and keeps things interesting. You can try some bonkers strategy, and if it doesn't quite go to plan, you're not completely hosed

At the top tiers, it's all about sticking to formula crafted by the absolute pinnacle players, and never deviating from those formulas unless you manage to become one of those pinnacle players

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...