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Comment: Re:They're not free (Score 1) 122

by shione (#49600277) Attached to: Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?

Yea, that is right. They're free at the start but developers have to pay 5% after they make a certain amount of sales.

There's also another big name engine which is coming and will be free. Valves Source 2 engine has no royalities, the only cleveat being that games made in Source 2 must have a version for sale on steam.

The timeframe for Source 2 is unknown but don't expect Half Life 3 until Source 2 is out.

Comment: Re:Very PC (Score 1) 60

by shione (#49591039) Attached to: NASA Probe Spies Possible Polar Ice Cap On Pluto

Obviously, when I wrote "we've" I was referring to the post 1930s generation who were taught that theres 9 planets not 8. Same as I am not referring to the currently generation when I wrote "we've" because they being taught that theres 8 again.

If you go back even further there were even less than 8 planets. OMG!

Comment: Re:*Badly (Score 1) 223

by shione (#49583413) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

It would also need to be reworked so the app isn't tied to your itunes/google play account anymore but to ms's app store. If people still need a itunes/google play account to make the app work then ms still has that problem where people have a itunes/google play account already... why wouldnt they just stay there and buy apps off itunes/google play to run on the windows phone.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 223

by shione (#49583299) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

The problem ms still has with this is nobody wants to buy their android/ios apps AGAIN. So ms might be able to get new people who have never had a android or iphone before (how many of these people would there be?) the windows phone will still have a lack of incentive for people to swap phones because nobody wants to buy their entire library of apps again. ms may as well throw the towel in. they came in too late to the phone market even after steering nokia to its death for the ms cause.

A android/ios app running on a windows phone will likely be slower, suck more power off the phone and be at the mercy of a buggy translation layer or apple/google doing what ms did to wordperfect and os/2 and changing the api.

Why anyone would want to buy a windows phone to help ms become a monopoly in that market to fuck over corporations and consumers again is beyond me.

Comment: How we do it in Canada (Score 5, Informative) 36

by spaceyhackerlady (#49581061) Attached to: World-First Remote Air Traffic Control System Lands In Sweden

In Canada we have an intermediate step between untowered uncontrolled airports and controlled airports with towers, Mandatory Frequency airports. They have a ground station with whom you must communicate for arrival and departure. They dispense information and coordinate activities, but do not give clearances. As pilot you make those decisions.

An example MF airport I've flown to is Kamloops, BC (CYKA). On initial contact the ground station told me the wind, altimeter setting and active runway, but also advised me of skydiving activity north of the airport. Since this might conflict on the usual left-hand circuit pattern, they suggested I fly a right hand circuit on approach. I did, and landed. This wasn't binding on me - the decision and responsibility were mine - but it was a good idea.

...laura

Comment: Re:Correctly incorrect units (Score 2) 172

by spaceyhackerlady (#49545459) Attached to: I spend most of my time ...

If they used reasonable numbers of significant figures I wouldn't mind so much. Since the altitude is specified to three significant figures (FL350), how about 10.7 km? The Air New Zealand system only did metric, BTW.

A later flight (Air Canada) had the bilingual in-flight thingy giving U.S.-bastardized units in English, and metric units (with, as usual, too many significant figures) in French.

...laura

Comment: Correctly incorrect units (Score 1) 172

by spaceyhackerlady (#49540963) Attached to: I spend most of my time ...

I just got back from a vacation in Australia, and was annoyed that the in-flight display thingy insisted on displaying everything in "correct" units.

Showing the plane's altitude as 10,668 meters is all well and good, but is missing the point. Even a pilot from New Zealand (I was flying Air New Zealand) would have given the altitude as 35,000 feet. Flight level 350, strictly speaking, but few non-aviators would know what that meant.

Yes, I know they use metric altitudes and flight levels in Russia and China...

...laura

Comment: Re:280km (Score 1) 189

by JanneM (#49523715) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

For the Osaka-Tokyo route, the Shinkansen made the difference between an overnight business trip or return the same day. That made it insanely popular. With the new train, you can not just make a set of meetings; you can do a full days work and still get back the same day (even more so for Nagoya of course).

Many people here get stationed at offices in other cities for months or years, and leave their families behind. They effectively do a weekly commute, and come home only on weekends. For a lot of people this would let them get home more often or even stay home and make this a daily commute. Expensive, but on the other hand the company doesn't have to pay for a second short-term apartment and the other costs of two households.

Comment: fuck off facebook (Score 5, Insightful) 74

by shione (#49508423) Attached to: Facebook Working To Weed Out Fake Likes

They are not going to get very far weeding out fake likes when their system is set up to bribe people for likes.

What facebook needs to do is add a dislike button like youtube has.

If I want to comment on my local government's facebook page to complain about something why the fuck do I have to LIKE them first.

Secondly facebook should crack down on companies asking for likes to enter competitions or get discount coupons at their shop.

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