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Comment: And they just added this to Amazon (Score 1) 124

by subanark (#49688865) Attached to: Hackers Using Starbucks Gift Cards To Access Credit Cards
I'm not sure how much "auto-reload" has caught on yet, but normally Amazon requires you reenter your credit card when you send a package to a new address, and if you have auto-reload on, it might not ask if you use your gift card balance. Amazon, does however have a good anti-fraud team which will delay or cancel suspicious orders.

Comment: Re:Java (Score 1) 425

by subanark (#49623081) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
Programming in Java allows one to focus on higher level design, and not worry as much about memory management. This allows someone to more quickly program a piece of a large system. Business are often willing to sacrifice a great deal of program efficiency in exchange for fast development.

Comment: Statistics (Score 1) 425

by subanark (#49623043) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
How does one measure how good someone is at programming? Even once you get past a A > B, you still need to assign a numerical score to them. You can get both the U shape and a standard distribution from the same sample by simply redefining how you assign numeric values to the data points. Another thing to note is that programming is a single skill. You don't measure a person's ability based on number of lines of code they generate per week. Some programmers are better at architecture, others at understanding existing system. Some can make really efficient linear programs, others can build fault tolerant multithreaded applications.

Comment: Re:Honestly (Score 1) 126

by subanark (#49446111) Attached to: Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews
Amazon doesn't have a way to verify that you bought your item off of Sears (not that I know of at least). If they did, they would probably mark your review as verified. The mark is only there to make it more costly to post fake reviews. Amazon allows "unverified" reviews to allow people to post information about items they didn't buy off of Amazon. It is up to each individual to make their decision as to the validity of them.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

by subanark (#49041719) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"
Fortunately in Java you can write this without needing goto (Java disallows goto, for the reasons that is was harmful). So it seems like goto is needed due to a language limitation.
public int doSomeWork(Context context, int x) throws SomeException {
int rv = 0;
Database db = context.getDb();
//Do some work ...
Data v = context.copmute();
MoreWork:
{
//Do some more work
if(v == null) {
break MoreWork;
}
//Do even more work
}
return rv;
}

Comment: This happened to bungie a long time ago (Score 1) 329

by subanark (#48833817) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

A very similar bug happened in one of Bungie's software (back when they made mac games) where an uninstall would delete more than just the game files. In response, they reissued new CDs and it was a massive cost to do so. This required they take out a loan and sell some stock, which ultimately resulted in Microsoft being able to buy them latter on.

Comment: Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (Score 1) 438

by subanark (#48353311) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

War bonds are an investment, but you could invest in more profitable areas. The war wasn't dire enough for a full volunteer tax, which might happen in a small community that is surviving some large scale disaster and would contribute whatever they can to help the community.

You might get more out of your tax contributions, but you don't get to choose which taxes you pay. Some of them probably don't help you at all.

Comment: Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (Score 1) 438

by subanark (#48352987) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

The problem with this statement is when others gain a significant advantage for you doing the things you state, but you don't.

E.g.

"If you want the roads fixed then you pay for it, don't increase my taxes"

It is pretty rare for a volunteer tax system to work in all but the most dire of situations (e.g. war bonds).If an issue is a top importance for you, then yes, maybe you can go all the way and help, but for the rest of us, all we can do is cheap stuff like talk.

Comment: Re:Another nail in the coffin... (Score 1) 183

by subanark (#48338711) Attached to: Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

To give an analogy: It is like saying that before you can read the latest x-men comic book you need to read all the ones going back to issue #1 decades ago. The comics back then are outdated, and all your friends are talking about the latest story arc. You want to see what all the hype is about... you don't want to invest a massive amount of time doing so.

Comment: Re:Another nail in the coffin... (Score 1) 183

by subanark (#48337575) Attached to: Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

The program with having people go though the leveling experience is that it is old content, with old design, and new player mechanics that causes it not to vibe that well. Even if someone hasn't played WoW, they don't want to do stuff that is 7 years old.

Cataclysm attempted to correct that by redoing the original part of the game, but ultimately it ended up being a so-so investment, as only new people and those who wanted to level alts got to do that content, and blazed though it quickly.

What is the easy way to get new people to new content, while letting older people feel like what they have isn't being thrown away? Free level boost to the new content. 1 per account. However, this causes an issue where under the current system someone can buy another copy of the game with the expansion, and transfer their characters to the new account. So they simply cut this "workaround" and provide a rather expensive way to do it that is a bit cheaper.

Take off your ruby colored glasses and face the fact that as much fun you had getting a group together that managed to do blood furnance early in BC expansion, you forget the hour you spent getting a group together that had to include a warlock to keep all those NPCs feared that would otherwise overwhelm you. You want hardcore -- easy, do mythic raids, the day the are available. See if you can full clear the raid in under a month and join the world top players in fame.

Oh, and there is no flying in the new expansion areas.

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