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Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 2) 348 348

Could you please elaborate on the "painful part" thing? Mind, you, I'm Romanian and might not fully understand what's happening, but I am interacting with people from the States on a daily basis and have quite a few good friends there (Americans, that is). My conversations with them on the "blacks" subject prompted me to draw these conclusions (which might be correct or incorrect):
- "Positive discrimination" is prevalent. Black people have grown to abuse it, hence "Because I'm black!" which is used as an argument way more times than it should.
- Feeling of entitlement ("But-but-but the PAST!"). Black people pedal on this past like there's no tomorrow.

I mean, c'mon, we here in Romania have a large minority of Gypsies. 10% of all population, officially, but unofficially they make 15-17% most likely. There are huge similarities between them and the black population in the States, including slavery in the past. But they don't pedal on positive discrimination (they can't there isn't any) and never say "because I'm a Gypsy!" because nobody cares.

If a Gypsy would search his Google Photos and see matches for "crow" (which is what we use in Romania as the N word), he would laugh and shrug it off, without knowing what an algorithm is.

Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 5, Insightful) 348 348

Searched for "dog" in my Google Photos. 6 photos came up, all of my kids or kid and wife. I don't care. It's an algorithm.
Searched for "seal" in my Google Photos. Only one came up, and it's of my elder kid. I don't care. It's an algorithm.
People who feel "offended" by an algorithm are batshit crazy.

Comment: Replace them (Score 1) 119 119

After 3 months of no views, just replace them with a goatse image.
That way, you only need to store one image which replaces 99.999% of all pics uploaded. No need for complex storage solutions!
Another advantage would be that you can serve it really, really fast. No wait time!

Comment: Re:Don't Do IT! (Score 1) 125 125

Generalization ain't good.
I know a lot of 25-30 year old dudes who code awesomely. I also know a few 40-50 years old who code like shit.
Agree on the Indians, thing, mostly, with an amendment: it's all about the culture. Indian people can code well, as long as the code is used and maintained by them exclusively. The problem is team mixing, or rather culture mixing. A team of 6 coders, 3 Indians and 3 Europeans (for example) would yield horrible results no matter how good each one is, individually. They simply don't have the synergy.
Given the same programming language, code churned out by an Indian is different from code churned out by someone from a different culture. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just that one party is almost unable to read code created by a different party. Believe me, Indians are just as frustrated when they see code created by Joe from Arkansas.

Comment: Re:Game design tools? (Score 1) 111 111

It does not matter much.
I am talking about a phase which applies to most types of design, be it for a tabletop game, a computer game or a sports game.
You have to think about various rules, how they affect each other, how they all come together, you need to be able to visualize them and remember them somehow.
My game could be played as a tabletop as well, it's a space based strategy multiplayer game which is indeed aimed for digital consumption but as I was saying before, the design process is similar. I'm just trying to find the best tools for the job.

Comment: Game design tools? (Score 4, Interesting) 111 111

I am a game designer myself (sounds corny but hey, I design my own game so I must be a game designer, right? right?), I found that there's a certain limitation for game design tools. I am not talking about game engines here, nor art creation software, which the world has seen plenty, but dedicated software which help you transform your ideas into structured documentation.
I'm currently using FreeMind to describe and detail all aspects of my game, and work directly with a MySQL database to lay out (architect) data holding and manipulation parts (tables, scripts, etc). But FreeMind starts showing its limits (very difficult to build a skill forest in it) and MySQL, albeit capable, lacks certain features (e.g. versioning tree).

My question is: which software tools would you recommend for laying out the foundation of the game, from the main idea to game mechanics, formulas, skill trees, level advancement, etc., including but not limited to presentations and BRDs, in case I decide to sell my design to a company which has the resources to produce the game itself?

Comment: Re:Security team (Score 1) 513 513

The problem isn't when the scheduled scan runs, but how it runs. My corporation forced a really shitty solution upon us (because it was cheap) and when scheduled scan runs, it eats up resources and is also prioritized. it's fun when the applications you use to do your job are slowed down significantly because a background process which you don't care about takes over. On top of that, the weekly scheduled scan verifies every god damn file on disk. I scheduled my lunch according to the scheduled scan.
And the slow down is visible: tasks that otherwise take 5 seconds, all of a sudden take 15 seconds to complete.

Comment: Re:Sure ... (Score 1) 154 154

Actually it's very achievable.
I'm going to use metric system because I'm most used to it.
Distance between SF and LA is 644 km.
An object accelerating constantly for 1800 seconds which would travel half the distance (322 km) in 1800 seconds only needs an acceleration of 0.2006 m/s^2 (0.02046g). It needs to decelerate constantly by the same rate for the rest of 1800 seconds to make the whole trip in 1h.

Comment: Re:Hardly Surprising (Score 1) 178 178

I did. My resume clearly states: "SQL class, 3 days, 2012, no practical experience" - meaning I understand what a SQL statement does when I read it, but I struggle building one from scratch.
I'm getting requests for interviews from various companies on a monthly basis, for jobs which involve excellent SQL knowledge which I don't have and was clear about it in my resume.

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