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Comment: Re:Easy answers (Score 1) 295

by mooingyak (#46821981) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

If there's a door there, it should open. If it won't open, there shouldn't be a door there. How hard is this? Putting a door there that's never going to open just frustrates the player and destroys the suspension of disbelief. It reminds them that they're not really in this world they can see, they're in some arbitrarily limited construct devised by a "product manager" at some company to try to screw a few bob out of them.

What kind of world do you live in that you're able to open every single door you see? You actually believe that is realistic? Especially for games like the original Half Life, set in this huge commercial / industrial type top secret research setting. I would expect that EVERY door would be locked by default!

The complaint is more that IRL, there is *some way* of opening every door out there. Most of the time it's out of simple respect of what a locked door indicates that you don't even try. The rest of the time it's usually that the effort isn't worth it. But it's totally possible to open every single door in, say, a hotel. In many games, doors are just decorative, despite that there's an implication of something behind it.

Comment: Re:Pretty blatant. (Score 2) 99

by mooingyak (#46813751) Attached to: Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

Customers were not charged retroactively for the discounted amounts, but their bills were "corrected on a moving-forward basis."

This part doesn't make sense to me, obviously these customers were just as active in defrauding Comcast, they should be required to pay the money they owe at a minimum, criminal charges seems more appropriate. Why play favorites? They're equally guilty as the perpetrators of the scam. Without them, the scam wouldn't have worked.

Probably because some of them were legitimately handled by the employee in question, and determining actual liability on each and every one of them would be prohibitively expensive. Would be my guess.

Comment: Re:Modded down? (Score 1) 287

by mooingyak (#46750275) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

or you can turn it the other way around, ask the person why he wants to get paid 33$ or 37$ an hour in the first place as I think this is a very high amount to get paid. I could assume that over 50% of a paycheck goes to the house, appartment or mortgage then the problem ain't the paycheck alone but rather what he pays with it. Don't pay for waht you can't afford is what I can tell from lots of people. They got 3 floor house when they can alone afford a garden house anyways.

It's NYC. $37/hour doesn't go that far, especially if you have a family.

Then it might be time to move. Back in the nineties I moved out of the San Francisco bay area, where I had lived most of my life, because I took a hard look at the cost of living and the chances of ever owning a home, and decided that my salary as an engineer would never get me out of the apartment, much less raise a family. Finding a high tech job at the same salary in an area with lower cost of living was like getting a huge raise. And the quality of life is higher, the level of crime is much lower, and there's significantly less traffic. Of course, the temperatures and weather vary dramatically from the bay area, but the other things made it worth the trade, and we can always visit.

I can certainly see an argument for moving, but the poster I was replying to suggested that the only reason people might need more than that kind of wage (roughly $80k / year) would be because they're wasting it on luxuries like a massive house or some such. Which is not the case.

Comment: Re:Modded down? (Score 4, Insightful) 287

by mooingyak (#46747683) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

or you can turn it the other way around, ask the person why he wants to get paid 33$ or 37$ an hour in the first place as I think this is a very high amount to get paid. I could assume that over 50% of a paycheck goes to the house, appartment or mortgage then the problem ain't the paycheck alone but rather what he pays with it. Don't pay for waht you can't afford is what I can tell from lots of people. They got 3 floor house when they can alone afford a garden house anyways.

It's NYC. $37/hour doesn't go that far, especially if you have a family.

Comment: Re:Right! (Score 3, Informative) 581

by mooingyak (#46726791) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I think you are confusing wisdom for intelligence. Politicians tend to be very wise when it comes to understanding what makes people tick and how to get people to like them enough to vote for them.

Then they get on Senate committees and blabber on about topics they have absolutely no business talking about because they are ignorant on the subject.

The intelligent person knows when it's raining. The wise person knows to get in out of the rain.

He's not confusing them. He's saying there are different types of intelligence. He's also agreeing with the post he replied to, basically saying that retraining politicians to code wouldn't work, but not because they're dumb. Rather because that's not how their brains are wired.

If goal X can be achieved by action Y, the ability to recognize this and succesfully carry out action Y would be considered a form of intelligence.

If goal X is get funding for something, and action Y is blather on about crap they know nothing about.... then blathering is a smart move. The morality of such an action is certainly debatable, but that's indepedent of intelligence.

Comment: Re:Evolution in action (Score 0) 351

by mooingyak (#46702019) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

I always find it interesting when people who believe in evolution get upset when instances of it take place in real life.

Why?

I believe that if I were stabbed, it could be fatal. At a minimum it would probably hurt. I would get upset if an instance of this were to take place in real life.

Would this also be interesting?

Comment: Re:Cool! $50 million USD = $54 million! (Score 1) 233

by mooingyak (#46667855) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

Would probably have helped to specify in the summary. My first four thoughts on seeing that were:

1. Someone meant to use the Euro symbol. But I'm pretty sure 1 Euro > 1 USD currently. So that's not it.
2. Inflation adjusted dollars.
3. Canadian dollars?.
4. Look through the comments and see who else wondered the same thing.

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