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Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 1) 263

by Darinbob (#48917449) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Borrowing and spending their way out of it, combined with a national past time of cheating on the taxes. Combine with politicians elected based on angry backlash instead of logic and there's going to be a lot of upcoming economic troubles to make austerity look like the good old days.

Comment: Re:Unity? (Score 2) 27

by squiggleslash (#48917429) Attached to: Game Hack-A-Thon Attracts Teams At 500+ Sites Worldwide

Also they shouldn't use these silly "C" compiler thingies, instead they should use a couple of wires to short circuit a PCB until the program is in memory!

I think using a game engine is perfectly acceptable in 2015. I don't think we're going to get an avalance of original game ideas if we force everyone who has a great idea for something to learn OpenGL and DirectX.

Comment: Re:jessh (Score 0, Offtopic) 344

by Darinbob (#48917325) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

That's money. What about lives if the storm was big (which is actually was, just not in NYC)? Money is easily recovered, and should never be considered the most important factor. So people don't go to the grocery store today, but they will go tomorrow. Maybe we should cancel all holidays and really make huge amounts of money because those expendable workers will be productive instead of plotting with their unions. Cancel weekends too. Even better, make those CEOs *work* for a living by working on the assembly lines or flipping the burgers.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 1) 3

by squiggleslash (#48916233) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

There really was an argument, I was there, I heard people get very angry about it. You can dismiss them as neckbeards, but the two major users of (IBM/Clone) PCs at that time were business users and computer enthusiasts of all ages, and both were hesitant to use WIMP interfaces.

The PC1512, that I mentioned, wasn't wonderful (6MHz 8086 IIRC, which while better than 4.77MHz 8088 was still hardly a speed demon), but GEM on it was smooth, more or less an equal to the Atari ST in performance. But few people touched GEM. The feeling was that GEM was easy to use but it was getting in the way.

What happened in 1990 wasn't that computers got cheap enough to tolerably run a GUI OS. Macs, Amigas, Atari STs, and GEM-running PCs predate 1990 considerably. What happened was that in 1990 IBM PC clones became available that tolerably ran a multitasking WIMP OS.

Comment: Re:The problem is the interface (Score 1) 143

Firefox is just as bad though, why do they make it so hard to open your bookmarks?

Unfortunately they don't. I know this because it's Ctrl-B, which means you bring it up around 20% of the time you try to paste anything into a dialog, because B is right next to V.

It's like the screenshot and debug report "features" Android has. I don't even know how to trigger either of those. All I know is that something I commonly do is that trigger. I have a directory full of unwanted screenshots to prove it.

Comment: Re: You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 188

by TheRaven64 (#48913625) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
Even in Finance, they've done that. Look at PayPal. The only reason that it exists is that the banks and credit card companies dragged their feet with online payments. They're now doing free electronic person-to-person transfers, but it's still expensive to take credit card payments online.

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