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Comment: Liberal arts degrees are not all equal (Score 1) 327

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47919347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I design and implement automated testing systems, including specialized APIs and the VMWare-based virtualization environments designed to support them.

As part of getting a BA in psychology back in the day, you had to have several statistics courses, industrial psychology, human factors, ergonomics and it was strongly suggested that you become familiar with symbolic logic. Neurophysiology, particularly neuronal functioning, was popular too. Had psychology research funding not dried up after Reagan was elected, I might still be in a lab somewhere.

Fate had other plans. Unable to find honest work, I took up the software trade instead. That was 34 years ago.

I use my psychology degree every day.

Comment: Symmetric gameplay is all we get now (Score 1) 263

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#47916435) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

I find many games where the AI is just too dumb for it to be fun. Overall, it's not smart, and it works for a casual player, but for hardcore games, it's just too dumb.

I agree. The thing is, I'm not a 19 year old student any more. I don't want to be a hardcore gamer today. I don't have time to learn FPS maps well enough to navigate them with my eyes closed and still lob a grenade/rocket everywhere the respawn/power-up/camper is likely to be. I can't sustain multiple keyboard/mouse actions per second over a half-hour RTS game. I have no interest in playing against an arena where 1 in 3 opponents is a bot that never misses, nor installing so much mandatory crapware to prevent this on my computer that something outside the game breaks.

For symmetric competitive games, things like arena-based FPS or RTS genres, the "single player" has been going up against bots on PCs since at least the days of Quake 3 Arena, which was around the turn of the century. The big RTSes of that era often had some sort of contrived plot and a series of preplanned missions, but the replay value as a single player was all in open gaming against bots. In each case, playing against real people on-line was always the natural successor; this is not a new thing.

But there used to be asymmetric games as well, where the storyline and gameworld made for a much more compelling experience that could feel more like being in an interactive movie than playing round 17 of laser tag. Classics like the Baldur's Gate series or the original Deus Ex come immediately to mind. They avoided the boredom of facing what you called "pattern AIs" by having actual progression through the game, so the situations and capabilities you'd face would be changing. You can't really do this in a multiplayer gameworld when everyone wants to start with everything and the game only ships with 2 maps. (*97 more maps are available as DLC. Payment required.)

AIs have improved since those days anyway, but the biggest problem for single-player gaming is that the industry has so completely given up on games that require actual progression and development that fighting AIs on the same handful of maps is all the replay value they've got.

Comment: Re:Of course we can (Score 1) 138

by flyneye (#47907159) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Go to Youtube and search for "Run from the Cure"
It seems marijuana cures most cancers and many other diseases.
Of course, this will never be official news due to the Medical Industry, the Government with their U.N. treaty against marijuana, the Media with their livelihood dependent on government and all the people who see it as "too good to be true" because they never heard it from a doctor, the government or the media.
Not actually medicine that makes you high, this comes from vegetative plants in the pre-flower stage. You can't patent marijuana, so the medical industry will never be producing this cure.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 163

by flyneye (#47907127) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

According to the UCC, the monster can use the land under jurisdiction of the Fed, meanwhile the land is part of the state. Not yours.
You can buy and sell value, but when it comes down to it, Eminent Domain, or Debt. can flick you like a flea at any point. You actually own shit. You use land.
The statement that you own land is a laymans perspective that isn't questioned often enough for the public to realize, that isn't the case.

Comment: Re:enh (Score 1) 163

by flyneye (#47907073) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Wasn't actually talking about city property. If you live in the city, you don't expect privacy anyway.
If you want to take pictures at night, don't expect to see much.
I envision a sky filled with drones, armed drones downing camera drones, home radar systems, anti-drone EMP missles.
Necessity fuels the future.

Comment: Re:enh (Score -1, Troll) 163

by flyneye (#47898321) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Peeping toms are bad, mmmkay? Left up to me, I'd put a deer rifle on ANY drone over my "Ponderosa", just to be sure.
Best to fly higher than I can shoot and take less detailed pictures. You don't need to SEE what's going on on my property. If you think you do, you don't.
If you come around looking for your missing drone, don't expect to make it home.

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.