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Comment Digital means distract too much (Score 3, Interesting) 76

Watched the introduction movie and think it looks nice, but... more and more I think phones and tablets don't belong at the D&D table. It simply distracts too much. With several friends, I play D&D 4th edition and some of them use tablets for the character sheet. But in many cases they use the tablet to do other stuff, show funny movies, etc. I know we all don't take D&D extremely serious, it's just part of an evening hanging out, but it's one of the main causes we don't achieve much in our campaign. Often we set rules like 'tablets only for the character sheet'. That works for several evenings and allows us to really move forward in our adventure, but after that, the browsing etc slowly comes back.

Because of the arrival of the 5th edition, I fear the 4th edition online character builder will soon be taken offline. A few months ago, I decided to go back to only use the books. The only thing I really missed was an easy way to deal with the power cards. I made myself an Excel template to solve that. Extra bonus: no more need to cut out all the individual power cards. I hated that after printing out a new version of my character sheet. And although it's less digital, reading and browsing through all the D&D books feels more nerdy. :D

Comment Re:So true (Score 1) 188

Agree. But when all you have is a library that is known for being crappy/unstable/vulnerable, what do you do? A young developer would simply use it, because he won't know it's crappy/unstable/vulnerable. An experience developer would deal with it, by 1) writing a good library himself, 2) use it anyway, while taking the right precautions or 3) find a total different approach. Knowing what you're doing is the difference between a young developer and an experienced developer.

Comment So true (Score 4, Insightful) 188

Too often I've heard that the way I develop my web applications is outdated. My 'old' but proven stable an secure approach is labeled 'obsolete', while the modern and 'cool' new techniques often cause stability and security issues. There seems to be an unspoken contest for many young developers to be the first to adopt new fancy technology. It's more about being cool than about delivering quality.

Also, many young developers use third-party libraries too easily. They don't look at the quality of that library, they only look at 'does it do what I want'. Too often, that results in a big mess of spaghetti code. Young developers are lazy, too lazy to determine the 'general approach' (don't know the right English term for it) for their software and they're not mature enough to stick to that. I a big fan of the Keep It Short & Simple (KISS) approach. The third-party libraries I use must also follow that approach. If I can't find the right library, I write it myself. Yes, that takes more time. But it will safe time in the end, because it will give me good control over my application. I won't allow a crappy third-party library to mess up my application. Ever.

Comment Re:Plain stupid sentence (Score 1) 358

I did not intend to drive over people, I just wanted to drive through town blindfolded?

Then I would take away your driver's license and your car, because insane people should not be allowed to drive a car. If your insanity would pose a threat to society in a general way, then, but only then, I would lock you up. Not in jail, 'cause that wouldn't help you, but in an institution.

Comment Re:Plain stupid sentence (Score 2) 358

But not with the intention to harm people. Yes, he took a big risk. But putting him behind bars so he can sit there and do nothing, is not the best way to point that out to him. Let him do community work at a hospital for several days. Show him what an injury can do to people's life. Confront him with the results of his actions. That's how he learns and will think twice before doing anything stupid like what he did again. Jail time doesn't do that.

Comment Re:Plain stupid sentence (Score 2) 358

The operator made a mistake. A bad mistake, but just a mistake. While applying law, I think we should primarily took at someone's intentions, not only is actions. My point is; what do you think the operator feels like after that month jail time? Do you think it will be something like "Ok, that was a meaningful lesson. I'm a better person now" or more like "Yes, I made stupid mistake. But for that, I was kicked aside for a month like dirty trash. F*ck this shit". Personally, I think it will more likely be the last one. I think that man will leave jail with some anger. At least, not with positive energy. Now tell me, how is that going to make society a better place?

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