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Comment EA makes a lot of games (Score 1) 101

Comparing EA and Rovio is silly. Rovio has one product and a couple of other tiny ones. An accurate comparison of Rovio would be to one of EA's development studios, not to all of EA itself.

260 people is a ton for a studio. Even if you look at the really big studios working on the really big titles for EA and Activision, it is usually only a couple hundred people at most. That's to produce things like Battlefield (and it's associated engine, which is quite advanced) not to produce a silly mobile game where you fling birds at pigs.

It sounds like Rovio had way more people than could be useful.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 229

Yeah, I had a cop put his signal on in the middle of a construction zone where there were barrels blocking both the shoulder and the median. I pulled over at the end of the construction and he was pissed that I waited so long. I guess he wanted me to just stop in the middle of the lane. Then again he was also insistent that I must be stoned, and was interrogating me as to why I was in his city when my car is registered in a different county, all over a dead tail-light, so it was probably just him.

Comment Sigh... (Score 1) 11

It is nuanced in that it will cost a ton of money, fly in the face of the whole Christian "love thy neighbour" and "brothers keeper" bits and IT WON'T WORK!

Look at the number of tunnels that Israel deals with and their border is like 1/10th the length of ours. The drug cartels already have lots of experience in tunnel building.

Or there will be the European solution, where they all just s shift to boats -- and I don't mean poking around the corners in Texas and Southern California. I mean 6,000+ miles of Atlantic and Pacific shoreline, not counting Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Ricoo or the Virgin Islands.

Most likely both, plus routing immigrants thru the 5,500+ miles of Canadian border.

"Build the wall" is a blatant appeal to the "I'm angry, just do something" crowd who is so riled up they've lost the ability to think rationally. It is a pure feel good emotional play, and it will fail. AND cost a ton of money.

If this idiot move happens, I need to figure out what companies are going to get the maintenance and enforcement contacts because it will rival the defense industry for government pork spending!

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 301

These are commonly used as incentives for any major business that is considering moving into an area. They aren't unique to solar, and aren't offered to residents as tax credits for house top panels are.

They're along the lines of "move here, not there and we'll give you tax credits". Very, very common in the U.S.

Comment Have you? (Score 1) 244

That describes none of the grocers I shop at. Most of them have the cheese up front with the deli. The trend seems to be various cheeses at the deli you can get sliced, and then a separate display of a bunch of other block cheeses you can browse. As I said, they like to locate the deli up front.

Milk varies. At Safeway it is directly back from the deli. You have deli, liquor, bakery, milk heading back in a straight line. At Sprouts it is at the other corner of the store, as far away from the deli as it could be. At Target, it is in the front, along with the other refrigerated foods (meats, produce, cheese, etc).

Most places seem to lay their stores out based on themed isles. A given isle will be devoted to like items. So you walk along the isles until you find what you are after, then walk down one to find the item you want.

Comment No, it really isn't (Score 1) 249

Comcast are real dicks about their cap in many locations. My boss got charged $10 for going over his 300GB cap. That is a stupidly low cap and a stupid high charge (only gets you 50GB more). On my Cox connection, which is a similar speed, I get a 2TB cap (and no overages charges if I exceed it).

While data caps are needed to keep people playing nice, since all network resources are shared at some point, Comcast are real jerks about it and keep the caps very low, and charge a stupid amount for overages.

If it was about limiting use thy'd do it like Cox. With Cox, when you exceed the cap nothing happens, it is a soft cap. Depending on how much and how often, they may call you and yell at you. Particularly if you have a lower tier service they'll call and encourage you to move up to a higher tier one (which has a larger cap). They reserve the right to cancel your service if it becomes a problem, but I am not aware of this happening in any cases.

Comment Maybe (Score 1) 27

I think Biden's ego puts his hoping into the ring into questionable territory.

I'd also say that while I can't see Trump getting the nomination, I do see his draw forcing the Republican nomination going to the convention.

If I had to pick the top 3 possible Republican nominee they would be Walker, Rubio and Bush. Maybe Kasich as a dark horse.

But the further right the Republicans have to turn to get the party nomination, the further they will have to walk it back to have a chance in the general election. Kind of hard to get people to vote for you when you've spent a year or more calling them every name in the book and demonizing them as sub-human.

Comment They Brought It On Themselves (Score 2) 1010

The WSFS brought this upon themselves by intentionally being vague and nebulous about what they're giving awards for.

The popular belief is that Hugo awards are for science fiction and possibly fantasy, but the truth is you can nominate any form of fiction.

Quote the FAQ:

The charter explicitly makes fantasy as well as SF eligible for our awards. Works of fantasy have often won Hugos, and, in fact, Hugos have been won by works that some people consider horror or even mainstream. There will never be universal agreement about the precise distinctions between genres and sub-genres, so WSFSâ(TM)s position is that eligibility is determined by the voters. To paraphrase the great SF editor and writer Damon Knight, a Hugo winner is what the Hugo voters point to when they award a Hugo.

The idea of voting for a work based on the gender, race, skin color, sexual identity, etc. of either the author or characters is stupid. How about basing it off the plot, character development and writing quality?

For example, Citizen Kane was a great movie and that isn't impacted by the fact the main characters are all heterosexual and white. It wouldn't be improved -- nor detracted from -- if the characters were of a different race or sexual orientation. The story stands alone.

Conversely, Gigli was a steaming pile of fecal matter. Replacing everyone in it with a wide variety of LGBTQ people of a random variety of races, skin colors and genders wouldn't help. It would still be shit all on the merits (or lack there of) of plot, writing and character development.

Comment Re: Tell the old dogs (Score 1) 392

that is what Chromebooks are for. My wife has used one for over a year with no problems. That includes no interference from me other than letting it apply updates and reboot monthly.

My initial setup was to add the WiFi password and point out to the printer.

No viruses, no malware, no ads (OK, I also installed uBlock), no problems.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 1) 392

If I need to install Wireshark to troubleshoot a server/client issue when I'm site with a customer...

That comment right there tells me you have no experience with this issue. Network engineers are not the people they are worried about. it is the lawyers, accountants and other tech semi-literates that wreak havoc with unfettered admin rights.

for the most part you're installing tools, while those people will install a little of everything on a whim. these are the people that end up with spyware, viruses and 12-different browser toolbars.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 2) 392

because the end users are incapable of understanding that the consequences of their poor decisions extended to much further than the own tools and software that they installed. Security violations of their own personal phone or device, because of a BYOD policy, can impact the entire environment. There are both security and legal consequences of this type of negligence.

one self-important executive who doesn't think the rules do not apply to them, or that they are somehow smarter than security, can bring down the entire company.

  the ability to make a risk decision for the entire enterprise is a difficult task to put on an individual end user who doesn't have the knowledge or visibility.

Comment Because most gun control people are strange (Score 1) 676

For a great many of them, the motivating factor isn't making society safer. It is not a reasoned position of "Firearms cause too many injuries and deaths, however research indicates that by implementing X, Y and Z controls we can reduce that number significantly and thus we should to make things safer. Usually it is an emotional "Ahhhh! Guns are scary! I hate guns, I hate the people who like guns, get rid of them!" type of reaction. They've done little to no actual research and study on firearms (or other weapons) and just want it to all disappear by magic.

Unsurprisingly this leads to a lot of bad and ineffective laws.

Also for some it is a statist type of position: They want more weapons control because they believe the government should have more power. It again isn't about safety, it is about control. They want the government to have all the guns.

Hence you get things like trying to ban Tasers and other laws that vilify less-lethal weapons as much or more than firearms. It seems strange from a public safety standpoint, but you have to understand that for those behind it, public safety isn't the concern.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith