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Comment: This would fix bait and switch adware games (Score 1) 199

by Andy_R (#46516501) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

It seems to be an increasingly common tactic for games developers to put out an advert-free game, wait for it to gain market share, then force an 'upgrade' that has no improvements at all, but is crammed with so many adverts that the game is barely playable. I deleted "4 words 1 picture" when it turned into "4 words, 1 picture, 1 full screen advert", but I would rather have kept the old, playable version on my phone.

Comment: Re:Simple. (Score 1) 876

by pipatron (#46193649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Actually, they are called movies. And I bet that on average, people watch a lot more movies than they read books.

(This is however not a statement of quality, and I guess there are hundreds of nerds who thinks that anectodes equals data which will reply to this and proudly proclaim that they read more books than they watch movies.)

Comment: Re:Doesn't Scale (Score 1) 876

by pipatron (#46193635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Trial and error is usually required to see if a box responds to a message in the way you want; I can write correct C without having to run the code, I would never try that in Reaktor.

Now that's a brave statement!

I'm always suspicious when that actually happens. Which bugs have I missed?

Comment: Re:Who, not what (Score 1) 796

by Andy_R (#45841299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Anathem rewards persistence, it's not an easy book to get into, but if you stick with it, you'll be taken on a seriously impressive journey. There's a strong chance you'll come out the other side thinking it's one of the best books ever written, and that Fraa Jad is... well, I can't say much without spoilers, but he's one of my favourite literary characters ever.

Comment: Not relevant to the web site (Score 3, Interesting) 118

by Mr2001 (#45778511) Attached to: How Healthcare.gov Changed the Software Testing Conversation

Most of the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with the web site. The site didn't have to implement those "2.8 million words of Obamacare regulations" as code: it only had to match patients up with insurance plans, which means interacting with dozens (hundreds?) of government and industry databases.

Some states, like California, managed to implement their sites without any of the problems of the federal exchange. The federal exchange mainly suffered from (1) being rushed, and (2) having to deal with a larger number of external systems than any single state exchange.

Comment: Re:Officials learn terrorist and criminals use cas (Score 1) 411

by pipatron (#45052691) Attached to: US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

You only need to do that here (Sweden) if you want to deposit large enough sums, I don't know exactly how much should be a couple of thousands of your so-called quids.

I expect this to gradually change within the next 10 years or so, though. I mean, handling cash in this day is suspicious enough when you might as well use a debit or credit card of some sorts, or pay with your phone bill.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.

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