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Comment Re:As an indie developer who is making a profit... (Score 2) 158

Programmers without artistic skills should be exploring the boundaries of procedural generation.

"Art" based games rely on standard libraries that all work the same way (sprites for 2D, geometric transformations for 3D) intended to accurately portray in photo-realistic ways, or some effects that have become standard (glows, bumps, reflections, etc).

However, games can be made with 100% abstract representations that don't require any drawing skill (you'd still required to have some taste in selecting a color pallete, but there are tools that can make that for you). With them, a programmer can invent new ways to lay out objects on the screen, building drawing engines nearly from scratch, or exploring the possibilities of configuration and expansion of existing engines.

If you learn how to program modern card pipelines, you could build your own visual routines that produce never-seen effects. Building games to take advantage of such novel visuals is an unlimited field, in special if the rules of the game are novel as well.

Comment Ignores the ulterior motive of traffic stops (Score 3, Interesting) 311

This ignores the unspoken policy that traffic stops are not always about enforcing traffic law and collecting small fines, but rather the police want that interaction with the driver so they can fish for bigger violations. Traffic stops are "pretext stops", a loophole to get around the 4th amendment.

Running your plate and taking your ID isn't about making sure they assign points to the right person, but also about looking for wants and warrants. Getting you to roll down the window and talk to the officer isn't really about checking whether you smell like booze or pot, or seem nervous. There is no right to remain silent when an automobile is involved., and traffic stops are one of the most productive ways to find and arrest people with outstanding warrants.

Comment Re:I guess I'm old-fashioned (Score 1) 87

I hate -*HATE*- having a machine try to read my mind. And a web browser? No, thanks. Just get out of the way & let me do what I want, the way I want.

So you never, ever have used spell checkers, tab autocompletion, search suggestions - or Google's web search, for that matter? Google Search is by definition the #1 "machine that tries to read your mind" in order to show the most relevant pages for a query term.

Comment Re: How can this work with European smart cards? (Score 1) 181

... we all have to have mag stripes on our cards as well just in case we ever go there. I never go to the USA, so the mag stripes on my cards are entirely useless other than for skimmers. Does anyone know of any UK banks which offer a "I am never going to go to North America so please send me a card with a blank mag stripe" service or even a "I sometimes go to North America so please send me two cards, one with mag and one without" service?

In the time that it took you to type that post, you could have erased all the mag stripes on all your credit cards. It doesn't take much -- a strong magnet will do it, or you could just use a bit of fine sandpaper to physically remove the stripe.

Comment Re:f!rstPo$t (Score 1) 140

Then the people type in the password a second time, so what.

You've never heard about death by a thousand papercuts?

Every single misstep caused by a user interface makes people mistrust technology; and the effects are cumulative. This carelessness by developers is what makes end users badmouth tech and think it's too complicated.

Comment Re:f!rstPo$t (Score 1) 140

Then they are not good security people. The weakest link in security is most often the human element; if you don't understand humans well, it's impossible to build a secure system, no matter how much of a cryptographer wizard you are. How good is the best encryption scheme if its user is socially engineered to unlock it for you?

Comment Re:f!rstPo$t (Score 1) 140

Showing the indicator is almost useless, as proven by the Windows login dialog; people typing either from muscle memory or hunt-and-peck will most of the time ignore it until it's to late.

Ignoring the capslock is a much better strategy, and it outweighs the marginal benefit of easing out an ALL CAPS password (which is not much better than an all lowercase one).

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