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Comment Re:What he's really saying (Score 2) 281

It's been like this for a while. The autodidacts just tend to get nervous and defensive when topics like higher education come around. It reminds them that they're not actually scientists, engineers, mathematicians, or whatever else they fancy themselves.

It's sad, really. Just let them have their play-pretend time. Articles like this don't come around more than once or twice a year. Let them feel good about their bad decisions for a while. They need it.

Comment Wait a minute... (Score 4, Insightful) 321

This sounds awfully familiar... Didn't Apple have this exact same problem?

Thanks, TFA:

The case against Google is similar to one brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Apple over children's in-app purchases. That case was settled in January and Apple agreed to pay at least US$32.5 million to customers.

Now we need to ask why Google didn't take action to prevent this sort of thing.

Comment Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (Score 5, Funny) 406

I couldn't agree more! Apple's grid of icons was totally different from Palms grid of icons!

It's true. No one would have ever thought to use a grid of icons on a smartphone before the iPhone. Apple's grid of icons was light years ahead of other so-called grids of icons at the time. Truly innovative.

Comment Re:In my experience (Score 1) 384

More "I can do anything" nonsense.

Difficulty reading? Not "I", but "most people".

Most people can't succeed in more advanced intellectual pursuits, even if they're willing to put in the effort.

I guess you're right. You've been reading for years and yet still have trouble with basic comprehension.

Or I'm right, and you just need to put in a bit of effort!

So... Are you hopelessly illiterate or is there hope for you yet?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 205

Do you remember the early 90's? Doom, Dark Forces, etc.? I don't recall dynamic lighting in any of the Wing Commander games -- or full-screen action for that matter.

This isn't an argument worth having. Believe what you want about the game, my point was that the tech isn't nearly as limited as people assume. What I can say is that early 2000's type games are very easily doable on crummy hardware in FFOS. You mentioned the 3GS earlier. A popular game from that era, like Wolfenstein RPG, is well within the capabilities of even a phone like the ZTE Open running FFOS.

Also, I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. Is it that my example is crummy or that JS is unsuitable for apps and games?

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