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Comment: Re:good (Score 2) 783

by vell0cet (#42146139) Attached to: UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact
This is a fantastic point. I studied biology (specializing in genetics and evolution). But it really is no more important than chemistry, physic, algebra, etc.

It is simply because it's political that it's been dragged into the spotlight. But it was only given special attention because it is under attack. I'm sure that scientists and well reasoned people would defend physics if people were trying to pass laws requiring science teachers to teach the controversy of flying elves making things fall vs the "theory of gravity"

Comment: Re:You shouldn't have to mandate this (Score 1) 783

by vell0cet (#42143271) Attached to: UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact
The whole point of teaching science is to hope that people will find that things are wrong with it and improve on it.

But without a solid understanding on the scientific method, what we observe now, how we interpret that evidence and why the current body of knowledge is accepted, people cannot possibly understand WHY the science is wrong (when it's wrong) and how to fix it.

Comment: Re:Is there really need for "rebooting" (Score 3, Informative) 123

by vell0cet (#42013059) Attached to: <em>Star Citizen</em> Takes the Crowdfunding Crown, Raising More Than $4M
EVE is not really a space sim. To me, space sim means real time flying and dog fighting... specifically things like having to lead your target.

I've always found that the X series wasn't very accessible. The controls seem really complicated (instead of complex yet simple).

But the biggest thing I miss from the old space sim days is the story. In Wing Commander, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, etc. you really felt like you were a pilot who's accomplishments on missions really made a difference in the larger picture. Something sorely missing from either of the titles that you mentioned.

Comment: iOS First (Score 4, Interesting) 601

by vell0cet (#41994255) Attached to: Android Hits 73% of Global Smartphone Market
As a developer, I have to say that I develop for iOS first. There are many reasons for this (I actually like Android better for personal use).

The fragmentation of the Android platform is ridiculous. Not only do you have to worry about processors, screen ratio, resolution and anything else hardware related... you also have to worry about fragmentation of the operating system. Some people might have gingerbread and haven't upgraded to ice cream sandwich yet. And perhaps their phone can't handle the newest version. On top of that users may not have enough technical knowledge to fix it.

This results in consumers blaming your product. It doesn't work on their phone, this app sucks, the company sucks, etc.

However, releasing on iOS... you only have to worry about a couple of configurations of phone (you can even stipulate that your app only works on 3GS or 4 and above or whatever) and a few different screen ratios/resolutions. It's even okay to force the user to upgrade to the latest version of iOS. Which is simple to do.

This results in people (hopefully) enjoying your app and getting your company and products a fan base. Then when you port it to Android... if the app doesn't work on their phone and they do a search they'll find good reviews, testimonials, etc and blame their phone instead of the developer.

Comment: Re:Possible? (Score 0) 342

by vell0cet (#41268365) Attached to: Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...
I actually think there was another reason that news outlets couldn't report...

Having Obama in the open air with a stadium of 45k people. Security would have been impossible. With the Giffords shooting and a number of other "2nd amendment solution" seekers being revealed all the time (the 4 ex-military guys) it would make sense to move it to an enclosed venue where security could be more tightly monitored.

"Obama moves speech indoors due to weather" is a much better headline than "Obama moves speech inside amid assassination fears"

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