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Comment Re:SimCity makes sense online (Score 1) 274

Fair enough, if that was the case.

But who's to say that SimCity wouldn't have gone online without such interference from management? I can think of a number of ways a SimCity experience could be improved (albeit with complications) by bringing it online. Can't we assume there are game designers who may agree? Who are we to assume that the current SimCity design team doesn't agree? I can't comment on the Sims, as it never appealed to me, but since SimCity 2000 I have wanted to be able to play a persistent set of linked cities with my friends. I think it's fair to say I'm likely not the only one who feels that way - whether I'm in the majority or not, I don't know.

I get that this article is a chance to dump on EA management - and there are plenty of reasons to do so. I simply wanted to say that regardless of the motivation behind SimCity going online (and I don't think we agree on whether that motivation comes from a design or management decision) I think it's a good one.

Comment Re:SimCity makes sense online (Score 1) 274

You have the same platform here as I do to express your opinion. If that opinion is that you don't think SimCity should go online, then by all means say so.

I said I was happy it will be online; I'm not sure how that suggests everyone else has to feel the same way. But perhaps you just want to be confrontational hmm?

Comment Re:Yeah, I'm a snob, so what? (Score 1) 584

If that's true, then that's embarrassing and completely unintended.

I'm just a regular guy who happens to like a certain type of coffee, and I get tired of people making fun of me for it, calling me a coffee snob. I suppose the public transit and thrift store comments made it sound like I was trying to be "hip" but I was really just trying to show how you don't have to be rich to enjoy certain luxuries. I take the bus because I can't afford a car (car ownership in Vancouver is a ticket to poverty) not because it's the cool thing to do.

Oh shit, I said I live in Vancouver... now I must truly be a hipster!

Comment Yeah, I'm a snob, so what? (Score 2) 584

Each morning I drink an americano, which is one or two shots of espresso with hot water. I could drink brewed coffee, but I would just rather an americano.

This makes me a coffee snob, as I'm constantly reminded. However I also take public transit, shop at thrift stores, and don't own an iPhone - so to each their own!

Comment Concepts versus skills (Score 5, Insightful) 1086

It's not necessarily the actual math skills that are important - it's the understanding of the concepts behind it that will increase your understanding of any kind of process, job, or task - programming being one of them. Knowing what the area under a curve means is probably more important than knowing how to calculate it.

I don't use calculus or any kind of advanced algebra in my day to day work (in communications, far from programming) but I'm sure glad that I understand the basic concepts, thanks to a first degree in engineering.

Comment Banding baby turkey vultures! (Score 1) 240

If you think bird watching is boring, then look into bird banding. Anyone can do it if you get licensed, which just requires meeting the right people and getting a recommendation. This summer we're doing turkey vultures, which are vile, dirty, awful little creatures - but that doesn't make it less fun. They like to live in old barns.

Other summers it's been red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, golden eagles, or even the lowly magpie. My father and I go out with a small team in rural Saskatchewan, armed with a map that we've marked up based on reports from local farmers, and go looking for nests. Depending on the bird, this can involve climbing a tree, rappelling over a cliff, or wading through a wetland. In the end, it's all about handling the little birds - as their justifiably angry parents hoot, squawk, or dive-bomb from above - and putting on a small metal band. In all our years, we've only had one chick die, which we truly regretted.

Anyone who finds a bird with a band can send the band along to the US Fish and Wildlife service, and that data can get used by the actual scientists studying migration patterns, life expectancies, and other such things. As for us, we're just in it for the adventure.

That's what you meant by vacation, right?

Comment Padmapper without Craigslist (Score 1) 160

I've changed apartments twice in the last year. When Padmapper was using Craigslist, it worked brilliantly and I loved it. Now that it doesn't, I was forced to go back to Craigslist proper, as the other rental sites don't have nearly the same volume of listings, making Padmapper pretty much useless.

That was disappointing to me, but I guess Craigslist won if they kept me coming back. I wish they could find a way to play nice.

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