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Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 2) 62

by cbhacking (#47525439) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

No offense, but that's a kind of dumb assumption. They explicitly state that they make the games compatible with modern systems. With a large portion of their catalog being 16-bit, and 64-bit OSes not able to load 16-bit apps, they *need* to be wrapping the games in emulators or the like.

Yes, the original game files - or very close, minimally-patched versions - are in there. However, the vast majority of their customer base wouldn't be able to do anything with those game files. Even if they were, it wouldn't be the simple and user-friendly experience that it is today.

Now, as a Linux user trying to run Windows software, you're pretty much writing off "simple and user-friendly" from the get-go (I've been gaming in Wine since 2006; it's better than it was but it's got a long way to go and the goalposts keep moving). Given that, maybe it would have been nice for the small portion of users who care if they'd provided a "here's the files and instructions you need for setting this up in ScummVM on the platform of your choice" option... but that's not their target market, and frankly it might actually be harmful to their goals (never underestimate the cost of support calls from idiots who think they know what they're doing).

Hence, while many of their games have been *able* to run on Linux since GOG released them, the really core portion of the service - the dead-simple installers and updates - didn't. That is what they're now changing.

Comment: Re:Incomplete data (Score 1) 148

by timeOday (#47523397) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Yeah, the first thing I thought of was: how many people who graduate with any 4-year degree stay in their field of study? Without having anything to compare this to, how do we know that the numbers for STEM graduates are abnormal?

But everybody knows that people with degrees in Communications and Political Science aren't going to work in those fields (if they even exist). But to get a job that requires "a degree" (of any type), going through an EE or physics program is hardly the most efficient route.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 1) 149

by timeOday (#47523353) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree.

That also used to be more true of the economy as a whole, but I think that would be a super-risky plan for a young person starting out today. An ever-higher percentage of applicants have a degree, raising the bar.

Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 148

by Trepidity (#47523277) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

theyre' all hot-shot python hackers but have no idea what the difference between a linked list and an array list is.

Actually I think this is precisely what a lot of non-STEM employers are looking for. When they say they want a computer programmer, what they mean is they want someone who can be the local Excel-macro whiz.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 1) 148

by Trepidity (#47523233) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Real knowledge is in books and I hope people do not require a degree to read.

I think that's actually a big part of what many self-taught programmers are missing. It's not the lack of a degree that's the big problem, but the lack of having read any of the things that you would read when getting a degree. You could read them on your own, but many people don't.

Comment: Re:Risk of mutation to something worse? (Score 1) 149

by Trepidity (#47522941) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Well incubation period is somewhat different. Also an issue, but not the same one as asymptomatic carriers. Some viruses have completely asymptomatic carriers, who can harbor it for years without themselves being significantly affected, which makes long-distance spread a lot easier. Ebola doesn't seem to have that.

Although Ebola does have a reservoir in rats, who carry it asymptomatically. No idea what the odds of it spreading via that route are.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 895

by Xest (#47522933) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Not really, some are backed by explicit laws targeting that specific issue, but also backed by strict enforcement. For example, race discrimination is strongly enforced. Employers actively try and prevent it because they know there is a strong cost to it.

The same isn't true of discrimination against men and what they wear in the workplace, there isn't any active engagement against it and there isn't even a strong societal backing against it and so it goes under the radar, because employers know that no one is going to haul them into court for it and that it's not something they're going to suffer reputational damage on because everyone is doing it.

Or to put it another way, as I pointed out the laws on discrimination have zero impact on this particular issue - their existence is largely irrelevant to the problem, compared to issues such as racism or sexism in favour of women where they have a much greater impact and are much more actively enforced.

Comment: Re:Now I wish.... (Score 1) 54

by Dogtanian (#47522547) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gameboy

The point that he is a humorless old bastard? Yeah, we all got that point. There was nothing wrong with your original comment. Some people just hang here that are not really nerds.

Not sure how you come to that conclusion. If anything, I'd expect nerds to be the ones more likely to care that the underlying tech was the authentic original, beyond its external appearance.

Or perhaps this is one of the differentiators between a "nerd" and a "geek".

Either way, whatever one thinks of this sort of thing, it isn't really a story. People have been shoving small-form factor PCs inside old computer cases for years now, leading to stupid headlines like "upgraded Commodore 64 runs 10,000 times faster" when it should say "midrange Micro-ATX PC shoved inside gutted and mutilated Commodore 64 case (with holes cut for ports and slimline DVD drive) runs at its usual speed, supports C64 emulator like every other PC, doesn't even use the original keyboard".

I doubt this is even the first time something like this has been done with a Raspberry Pi. I'm not attacking this submitter in particular, and I don't dislike it as much as I would had he destroyed a much rarer retro device for such purposes, but it's still not news.

Comment: kind of clever (Score 2) 43

by Trepidity (#47522349) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Really this is more about finding a way to collect proxy data for neuroscience, than about studying virtual worlds (despite the /. title). A problem with FMRi studies is that it's often hard to get people to both do what you want to study, and have them be hooked up to the FMRi at the same time. Videogames have the desirable property that people can do things in a "world" while conveniently keeping their head physically parked in the lab.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 895

by Xest (#47521753) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

And become a pariah amongst the directors?

Without explicit legislation to make it clear to employers I don't really see how a more general law on discrimination, that is never actually used to protect males in the UK is going to do anything to change societal attitudes. Certainly I've seen companies change their behaviour in general and allow casual dress all around, but I've never seen a company do it on the basis of discrimination law, nor am I necessarily even sure they would win the case. Is it discrimination? sure, but how many successful discrimination cases have there been about males being discriminated against over females? Fathers for justice would've been out of business years ago if the general discrimination laws actually protected males in this manner in practice, they really don't, nor do they seem intended to given the lack of will to make sure that they do.

Comment: Re:Coming to a plane journey (Score 5, Informative) 149

by Trepidity (#47521603) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

It also doesn't transmit very easily. So far there are no known cases of it being transmitted in a plane or airport, despite several known Ebola cases having flown on planes. In each case everyone who had flown with them was monitored, but nobody developed the illness.

It helps that it doesn't travel by air or aerosols.

Comment: Re:umm duh? (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by TheRaven64 (#47521437) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
There are techniques that allow searching within encrypted files, but they rely on the client creating the index. You can then search the index for an encrypted search term and, if you know the keys, interpret the answer. Getting this right is quite tricky (there are several research papers about it), so he's right, but it's not impossible.

The main reason that I suspect DropBox discourages encryption is that they rely a lot on deduplication to reduce their costs. If everyone encrypted their files, then even two identical files would have different representations server-side if owned by different users, so their costs would go up a lot.

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