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Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 135

by odie5533 (#49254975) Attached to: Wikipedia Entries On NYPD Violence Get Some Edits From Headquarters
Wikipedia does have a Terms of Use that you must agree to before modifying or submitting content to Wikipedia. It states:

By clicking the "Save page" button, you agree to the Terms of Use and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL with the understanding that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient for CC BY-SA 3.0 attribution.

However, the Terms of Use do not cover conflict of interest. CoI is covered by the guidelines you linked to. I just wanted to make it clear that Wikipedia does have a Terms of Use.

Comment: Re:Thank you Epic (Score 3, Informative) 143

by odie5533 (#49168065) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

The experience using the development environment of Unity/Godot/Unreal is completely different than Cocos2d. Coding in Cocos2d requires you constantly be reading docs, hunting across the net for examples because the docs are horrendously incomplete and outdated, and doing all the coding and asset management by hand. There is a studio editor for Cocos2d, but it is difficult to use and the documentation for it is limited. I never managed to get it to work. Part of the problem is that much of the development of Cocos2d takes place in Asia, so the docs need to be translated to English. By the time this happens, they no longer represent the current state of the library.

If you try making a simple loading screen and short game in Cocos2d compared to Unity/Unreal/Godot, you will instantly see how very different the two are. The learning curve for Unity-like development is really low. You can start on your game immediately and learn as you go. Cocos2d has a huge upfront learning requirement, and it's hard to pass because of the state of the docs. Frankly, I'm surprised at how many games are made in Cocos2d given the other offerings that are available which include a strong development environment. The biggest pluses to Cocos2d to me are that it's 100% free and that it has great crossplatform capabilities. But when you consider how much more difficult it is to use, and the fact that your game is unlikely to ever make money or cross the royalty threshold, you probably should be using an easier tool that is more popular and might lead to job opportunities. A lot of great engines are offering a free-to-start-with option: Unity, Unreal, Marmalade, Corona, GameMaker, Shiva, Stencyl, Construct2. Many of these didn't use to have a free option other than a 30-day trial.

Comment: Generate List of Heritable Traits (Score 1) 100

by odie5533 (#49128049) Attached to: Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face
They could release a facial construction along with a list of heritable traits such as if the perpetrator has cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, lactose intolerance, sickle cell anaemia, or a number of other traits that can be tested for using DNA. If the person tested positive for a rare disease it could go a long way towards finding them.

Comment: Re:Hate to piss on the parade... (Score 1) 121

by odie5533 (#49030115) Attached to: VLC Acquiring Lots of New Features

Would be nice if Bookmarks worked at all. I'd like using VLC for audiobooks, but without a decent bookmarking system it's not really possible.

DAUM Potplayer is my main media player. It's closed source, but it has better options than anything else out there including a great bookmark/playlist system.

Comment: Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 1) 385

by odie5533 (#47986839) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
Would that I had mod points. A very good explanation! Food can be wasted by not being eaten or by not being used to make fertilizer. Throwing food in the trash is a waste because it was not eaten and not used to make fertilizer.

It is a waste of a clean glass bottle to throw it in the trash when it could be recycled.

Comment: Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (Score 1) 67

If the OTA signal comes in encoded digitally as MPEG2 and is then re-encoded to MPEG4 to make it use less bandwidth, that is in a sense rebroadcasting.

What I choose to do with my files on my rented server for my own personal use should be only my business.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.