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Comment Re:Developers... (Score 5, Insightful) 579

Every single programming question I deployed on the net was received with an elitist disregard, sending me to read tons of papers and stuff I don't really have an use for, specially because even if I try I can't understand it. They assume you have high education in MIT and you had to start from mainframes like they did or something.

Game programming is a very difficult field, are you expecting these people to just write code for you? sometimes you really do need to understand the fundamentals in order to be able to write the code, If people are giving you links to tons of papers to help solve your problem then I would argue that they are being helpful, its not their fault that you "don't really have an use for" it, or that you don't understand why the background information is important. it sounds to me like you think programming is as easy as "give me teh codez" and then pasting it all together, which may be true for a subset of simple problems, but when developing your own game, its simply not that easy, and you really do need to study and read, a LOT. Even if your game is going to be really similar to some other game out there, you can guarantee that the code is very very different, and nobody can just throw you some code to solve your problems, you need to study and read and understand, and THEN you can write the code yourself... if you need to ask questions in order to create your game, then you don't have enough background knowledge and you really do need to read the materials they're giving you... EVERY programming problem can be solved with enough reading and understanding of the works of the giants whose shoulders you stand on, and nobody will have a more appropriate solution to your problem than you, you just need to find that solution yourself.

Comment Re:censorship (Score 1) 343

> No I can't, I can only watch what the channels show or what tapes and DVD I bought.

..or rented, or borrowed, or downloaded. just because the cable company wont pipe it into everyones homes, don't act like you're somehow being oppressed. "Censorship is bad" is a gross generalization. If the police arrest a man while he is naked and some of that footage is captured by a news crew, would you be angry that they blurred out the man's penis? is it really necessary or appropriate for the general public to see that?

NOBODY is telling you what you can or cannot watch, only what they're willing to pipe directly to your cable box. nothing stops you from renting/borrowing/downloading whatever the fuck you want, whenever the fuck you want, you're just a moron who will never be happy until there are no governments or corporations to speak of (but then where will your cable TV be?)

this thread is way too old now, and I dont want to reply again, you're not bringing anything intelligent to the conversation and you haven't convinced me yet th at you cannot watch everything you want... what are the exceptions? snuff films? you can literally rent or purchase anything you want, just like you purchase your cable service, its just that the cable services doesn't carry all of your favourite pr0n because its not in the best interest of the general public.

Comment Re:censorship (Score 1) 343

Where? I don't see any. I see a lot of violence though.

here in Canada we have Showcase, and a few other channels that are barely censored, maybe its different in the US.

Right now as I'm typing this I have "Mr. Majestyk" playing on DVD. It's almost over, then I might put "Casablanca" in the player. Or another of the hundreds of movies on media I own.

This is exactly my point, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want, why do you care that cable TV is censored?

Comment Re:Good guys my ass (Score 1) 343

And another thing, being American, can't you just order the playboy or hustler channels or something?
I haven't had cable in years, but I'm sure such channels exist, and i doubt they censor out all the good parts on those particular channels, so how exactly is this censorship interfering with your right to watch whatever you want? just because they don't broadcast hardcore porn on NBC During Primetime doesn't mean that you're being somehow oppressed.

Comment Re:Good guys my ass (Score 1) 343

Ok, I deserved that, I honestly didn't mean that Television should be more heavily censored, just that there's already borderline porngraphy on basic cable, I dont see censorship as really being an issue, what is it that you'd like to see/hear more of on TV that you don't already? When was the last time you said "Man, that episode of Everybody loves Raymond would have been so much better if there was some nice big tits in it... and people saying fuck a lot... yeah.. that'd be cool"
you already have the right to download/purchase/rent whatever the hell you want, do you really need more sex drugs and violence coming through basic cable?

Comment Re:The media question is easy... (Score 1) 633

How would you intend to find a solid piece of evidence stating that? Enough time hasn't passed to say for sure, but intelligent people can make estimates, and you'd be much better off trusting their answers and not taking the risk in the first place.

In other words, you'd have to be a complete moron to expect a Thumbdrive to hold your data for 17 years. There may not be evidence that the data WILL degrade/disappear, but there also is no evidence that your data will be in tact either. so why would you choose to err on the side of stupidity?

Comment Re:Serious question (Score 1) 168

The Ubuntu dsitro could be 64-bit only while the Ubuntu Netbook Remix distro could be 32-bit.

and what benefit could that possibly have? that means developers will be going through all the work of packaging and testing these 32-bit apps, and then for no real reason, choosing not to make them available to half of their users.

Comment Re:Serious question (Score 1) 168

I think you're making some very wrong assumptions... firstly, ubuntu is not a "Leading Edge" Distro, whatever that means, its goal is to bring linux closer to the masses, they chose debian as their base partly because of the broad range of architectures it supports. dropping support for 32-bits goes against that goal.

You're also completely off base in implying that ubuntu is unfit for older computers, it runs as well as most linux distros on older hardware. Yes ubuntu offers the latest eye-candy features, but many of its users disable them, I use ubuntu because it's a breeze to maintain, it stays out of my way, and its very popular and well supported, so I know I'll be able to find help when I need it.

I think requiring 64 bits is a completely unreasonable requirement, and would affect WAY more people than you realize. Sure there are other distros that will support 32 bit, but tbh, I dont want to run them, I've tried many of them and none are as pleasant as ubuntu, I'm not about to give that up because of your dim-witted notion that 32 bit computers are obsolete.

On top of that, the whole idea dropping support for an architecture seems downright stupid unless you're totally sure there are only a handful of them in existence. that is clearly not the case with 32-bit x86 cpu's, and it wont be for a VERY long time.

TL;DR you can pry my 32-bit CPU's from my cold dead hands.

Comment Re:Serious question (Score 0) 168

i think you might be jumping the gun a little, I have 3 computers in this house, none of which is more than 4 years old, and none of which are 64-bit. if ubuntu stopped supporting 64-bit any time in the next 4 or 5 years, I would be forced to stop using it.

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