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Comment Re:So both and get it done! (Score 1) 954

Dude, he's not trying to insult you, he was just using an example. Here, let me offer one that would make you happier:

When your country has a GDP of $14.5 trillion a year, and you've got $15 trillion in debt, You need to raise taxes and you need to reduce spending on things you can limp by without, and pay off that national debt

Comment Re:Bad Design Decisions All Around (Score 3, Interesting) 121

There's always Blockland:


I've only played the demo, but I've loved them ever since reading their IGF entry (http://www.igf.com/php-bin/entry2009.php?id=420):

Blockland is a non-competitive multiplayer online sandbox game where players can build with interconnecting plastic bricks which are similar to, but legally distinct from, legos.

Comment The Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field Killed Him (Score 5, Insightful) 988

I'm more astounded by this:

"I've asked [Jobs why he didn't get an operation then] and he said, "I didn't want my body to be opened...I didn't want to be violated in that way," Isaacson recalls. So he waited nine months, while his wife and others urged him to do it, before getting the operation, reveals Isaacson. Asked by Kroft how such an intelligent man could make such a seemingly stupid decision, Isaacson replies, "I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking...we talked about this a lot," he tells Kroft. "He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it....I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Which means that the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field ultimately claimed the life of it's creator.

Comment Re:Payments reflects platform and TCO? (Score 1) 276

I didn't pay very much for the windows bundle because I already own all these games. Steam has crazy good sales all the time, and I already own everything offered in the current bundle except for Trauma.

The money I threw in was paying for the games again because I like the bundle and I want them to run another one...but yes, I was stingy about it.

Comment Re:I'm glad to see immunology getting more attenti (Score 1) 75

I'm confused by the word 'portion' in that last sentence. Is it the variety that's really important, even if the portion of the donation is very small?

In other words, if you used each donation only for producing treatments, does mixing together 10,000 donations get you 10,000 treatments, or 5,000, or 5, or what?

Comment Re:Costs of education? (Score 1) 551

At my workplace, to satisfy anti-discrimination laws we have had to codify 'what we want' in a candidate, and then have an audit trail to demonstrate that we both:

- didn't ever hire people who didn't have what we want
- didn't ever reject people for reasons outside of what we want

I'm only aware of what we want for Software Engineers, but for those I can tell you that for inexperienced hires we are literally forbidden from considering you if you don't have a degree (or are about to get one). Once you crest a few years of experience you're back in the pool, but we do almost all of our hiring from new graduates.

I suspect that my story is becoming increasingly common, and if so that means the number of people like you who can ever get experience without a degree is going to shrink.

Comment Re:Threat to Computing (Score 1) 171

Of course, another way would be to bootstrap by writing yourself an assembler in machine code, then a compiler for the source language of that compiler in assembly (using your self-written assembler), and then use that to compile the compiler you got in source (and to get an optimized compiler, compile the compiler with that compiler again). But again, few people have the resources to do so.

I challenge that this is as hard as it sounds. The bootstrapping homebrew compiler doesn't have to be fast or efficient, and doesn't have to produce fast or efficient code, it only has to be *correct* the one time you use it. You'd then use it to compile gcc, which to my understanding is implemented using only C (not c++) features.

So time to bootstrap a correct C-compliant compiler? In my arrogance, I bet it could be done in 6 months by a few dudes in a garage. Which if you're in a field that needs bulletproof compiler trust, is a small investment.

Comment Re:Ideal replacement for paper signs and posters? (Score 1) 81

If you can blank it by applying a current to the entire paper, can you blank a portion of it by applying a small current to that part of the paper?

In other words, can someone soldier together some kind of eraser-wand out of magnets and batteries and vandalize the posters by erasing portions of them?

I guess it's no different than someone could do with a sharpie marker today, though.

Comment Re:No. (Score 4, Insightful) 255

The correct answer is Yes, but not for the reason stated in the article.

Minecraft is a huge moment in the gaming industry because it demonstrated that Gamers are interested in being shown a tech demo that's fun, and paying for the tech demo now in return for a full game later.

This is huge, because if a game developer takes money from a publisher there's a conflict between 'Make a profit on that loan' and 'Make the best game possible'. If a game developer takes money from a gamer, their interests are aligned to 'Make the best game possible.'

Comment Re:Insight from a religious person (Score 2) 397

I'm talking about something important to me here, and I'm not eager to be attacked and labeled because of it. I seriously considered posting AC because the comments so far look like a roving lynch mob...prove me wrong.

As an aside, I believe strongly that the first amendment is a good idea. I do not agree with the law which was pushed by California. I play lots of video games.

I'm not trying to talk about that, though, I'm trying to give my insight about the repeated comments of 'How can you complain about sex when clearly you don't care about violence'.

There is a gap between the person that I want to be and the person that I am. I absolutely believe that everything you see and think and do is slowly turning you into a different person. I try to choose entertainment that doesn't move me further from the person that I want to be.

Encountering profanity makes me want to swear more. I do not appreciate this.
Sexual depictions makes me want to have sex with someone, even if they are not my wife. I do not appreciate this.
Violent depictions currently do not make me want to go kill something. I therefore don't account it as particularly damaging...perhaps I am wrong.

The idea that my discomforts should change what you get to have is one that I'm unclear on my opinions towards. For the purposes of this post I'm only trying to demonstrate that people can put different weights on different types of content and not be stupid.
Please stop acting like everyone who does so is stupid.

Gah...forgot to unclick post anonymously.

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