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Comment: Who's the target audience? (Score 1) 590

by mortram (#28905095) Attached to: Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity
Anecdotally, it would be my guess that these minorities are probably over-represented in terms of those who actually consume these games.

Which leaves open a very large, untapped market to be targeted by game producers who could potentially profit from targeting titles to these under-served groups. I don't expect that market to be ignored for long as gaming becomes a more ubiquitous form of entertainment.

The question is do women and minorities consume fewer games because they are underrepresented or are they underrepresented because they're generally less interested in that form of entertainment?

Comment: Paste Special (Score 1) 252

by mortram (#27922433) Attached to: OpenOffice UI Design Proposals Published
What drives me nuts about Calc is the "Paste Special" drop-down menu. My options are: GDI metafile, Bitmap, calc8, DDE link, Unformatted text, DIF...

I have no idea what half of those mean or why they're applicable in a spreadsheet program. I don't remember ever needing to paste a bitmap image in a cell (and wouldn't that be pasted by default anyway if that's what was in the clipboard?). I believe they are just the same options as in Writer. For Calc, these options should read Values, Formats, Formulas..., etc.

I do appreciate, however, that Calc and Gnumeric have the good sense to assign a shortcut ctrl + shift + V to the Paste Special dialog.

Comment: not likely (Score 1) 555

by mortram (#26733539) Attached to: Why Windows Must (and Will) Go Open Source
If they had to give it away to protect their market share it's still much different than saying they'd need to open-source it. In the first case they'd still retain total control over the OS. Beyond that what's the advantage to sharing the code? When different flavors of Windows start popping up then they're going to have a huge number of users expecting them to support flavors of Windows that they have no influence or control over.

Comment: Teach CS! (Score 1) 474

by mortram (#26220261) Attached to: ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core
If you teach a programming course K-12 students are likely to fail. But basic concepts of computer science would be great. The biggest benefit from most young adults studying philosophy is that they become familiar with logical arguments (except of course the statistically insignificant few who make academic careers out of philosophy). Anybody with a better-developed sense of logic is a positive contribution to the U.S. labor-force, even if they can't program. Math influences this too, but its language is intimidating to many types of learners. Why not experiment* with a new approach? Maybe early courses in computer science will lead to better performance in upper-level math courses later on?

*experiment meaning don't overhaul the whole education system on a bet that it will work.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.