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Comment Re:Hah! Sure, blame the players .. (Score 2) 70

From a technical perspective, it's completely acceptable. This build was never intended to be released to the public, and so there was no expectation of backwards compatibility. It produces a new save, which the old build (by definition not patched to handle saves from the future) will then apparently choke on and mangle. Unless the mangling somehow avoids losing any information, or users' saves are backed up somewhere, I don't see what can be done in this situation.

The only thing I can think of would be to hold off on pulling the developer build until you've produced another retail build based on the last good one, with functionality patched in downcast saves generated from the developer build. But that kind of thing would probably have a minimum of something like a 1 week turnaround, which would mean leaving the development build live for a whole extra week.

In other words, the decision to immediately pull the developer build and revert to the previous one probably makes the corruption of saves inevitable. The only hope is that they pull it fast enough that as few users as possible are afflicted.

As for future-proofing against this kind of mishap (which falls in the general case of "Updates Breaking Saves"), you can use a versioning system that keeps saves from older builds around and writes to differently named saves with each new update. That unfortunately seems not to be what was done here...

Submission + - Carrie Fisher passes away ( 1

wiggles writes: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”

Comment Philosophical Depth? (Score 0) 485

I like Star Trek as much as the next guy, and have seen all of the Original Series, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine. I'm currently struggling through Voyager, I've dipped my toe into the Animated Series, and I'm going to at least give Enterprise a shot.

But I wouldn't say Star Trek has much actual philosophical depth. Messages typically boil down to things like "Racism is bad" or "Data is a person too" or "Don't lie" or "Don't pick on Barclay" or "Respect other cultures", and that's ignoring the episodes where Kirk and Spock are running from a witch that turns into a giant cat, or where Geordie accidentally stalks a girl he likes, or Troi goes man-crazy, or Sisko and Crew get trapped in a weird board game.

Sure, there's gems like The Devil in the Dark, Family, and For the Uniform, but those are few and far between.

Comment Still?! (Score 1) 398

You mean the demographics haven't undergone a drastic and fundamental shift since the last SV Diversity article from like a month ago?

All those kids we started teaching coding to in the last couple years haven't gone to college yet? Those colleges haven't produced a diverse enough stream of students within the last 6 months? Those students haven't all gotten the 3-5 years of experience to work at Google, Facebook, Apple, etc all within the last several weeks?

Alrighty, you priviliged micro-aggressive misogynistic cis-gendered white males. You've got 3 more weeks to fix all this, or else we'll post another article complaining that the problem still exists >:-(

Submission + - US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide (

westlake writes: In a ruling that is the court's most important expansion of marriage rights in the United States since its landmark 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down state laws barring interracial marriages, the US Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

Submission + - Why Don't Software Developers Use Static Analysis Tools to Find Bugs? (

An anonymous reader writes: Using static analysis tools for automating code inspections can be beneficial for software engineers. Such tools can make finding bugs, or software defects, faster and cheaper than manual inspections. Despite the benefits of using static analysis tools to find bugs, research suggests that these tools are underused. The research explains why developers are not widely using static analysis tools and how current tools could potentially be improved.

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