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Comment: Re:No humans, please (Score 1) 144

by mliu (#34608418) Attached to: H.R. Giger Returns To the <em>Alien</em> Franchise

Sounds kinda too in-the-box film-school-style thinking.

The key part of having a character the audience is able to relate to is the personality, having relatable motivations and such. How much of a difference does it make if they don't look human, maybe a bit to some, but probably not too much to many.

Comment: Re:Oh please (Score 1) 315

by mliu (#33652954) Attached to: <em>Mega Man</em> Designer Explains Japan's Waning Video Game Influence

I get tired of the "Get off my lawn, the past was so much better." No, not the case actually. Games are great these days. You can have graphics AND gameplay and indeed there are games that do. Name the kind of game you like, I can give you a few examples of ones that do it really well.M

Overall, I agree with your post, I do think it's mostly curmudgeonism. However, some truly great games of the past are in genres that are now effective dead.

Star Control 2: Closest thing I can think of out now is Eve Online, which is totally not the same thing. Multiplayer is not always better, 3D is not always better, and Eve is completely lacking that adventure/epic story element.
XWing/Wing Commander: Action space sims just completely died, and I'm not really sure why. Seem like a gold mine to me.

Comment: Longer time spans (Score 1) 259

by mliu (#33628874) Attached to: Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

It'll take longer, but a gene that is truly neutral and confers no advantages will eventually be wrecked by mutations, like your vitamin C example. Mutations happens all the time, but if they hit something important, that individual won't survive for long. However, in the case of a gene coding for a neutral protein, mutations won't be corrected out, eventually causing the gene to no longer code for the same protein.

Comment: What the...I don't...I..I'm flabbergasted (Score 1) 347

by mliu (#33523362) Attached to: Apple Relaxes iOS Development Tool Restrictions

Is this for real? Wouldn't it be better to prefer to work with another platform that does not have to receive negative feedback in the first place? All companies and people make mistakes, but I don't recall any development platform that has made missteps this bad and drawn this much negative press in recent memory.

Also, you say, "That's why I prefer to work with iOS development, because they do listen to developers and take into account feedback or concerns, and really change fundamental policy instead of continuing said policy just because it exists as so many other companies would do..." Has there been any fundamental policy shift before today? If not, what were you saying prior to today on why you prefer to work with iOS development?

Comment: My favorite new guideline: Don't snitch (Score 4, Informative) 347

by mliu (#33523292) Attached to: Apple Relaxes iOS Development Tool Restrictions

I think this line from the guidelines is pretty funny:
"If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps."

So basically, don't snitch.

To the contrary, however, in the past, it seems like running to the press and trashing them can really help get your app approved.

See, e.g. http://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/04/16/2327219/Bad-PR-Forces-Apple-To-Reconsider-Banning-Mark-Fiores-App

+ - Hidden Digital Recorder Reveals NYPD Manipulating

Submitted by mliu
mliu (85608) writes "The New York Police Dept has long denied the existence of quotas in arrests. However, as making a recording in NY only requires a single party's consent, a Brooklyn cop carried a digital voice recorder with him and surreptitiously recorded his superior and fellow cops as he went about his job. The recordings reveal that in addition to quotas backed by threat of discipline, the cops also were pressured to suppress attempts to report crimes in order to make crime statistics appear more favorable for the department and the mayor. As the article describes, this perfectly dovetails a survey released earlier this year wherein retired NYPD supervisors described "intense pressure" to show declines in crime by manipulating statistics. After his whistle blowing, his commander had him forcibly committed to a mental ward."

Comment: Not thanks to legal precedent (Score 1) 739

by mliu (#31663040) Attached to: "Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

No, it's not thanks to legal precedent. Legal precedent is when a case establishes a rule that can be used in future cases, and is, in effect, creating a new law.

This is setting an example, where if you do something that screws over a lot of people in a very small way, you can't get away with it just because nobody is damaged enough to care. Instead, all the aggregated damages are counted together, and that tends to be enormous.

And it's not really that big a problem that 99% of the people in the class are too lazy to care they've been screwed. As long as they can get together a few people that care, and get lawyers to represent them, then they can bring a class action on behalf of all of them.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen