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Comment Re:TIme flies (Score 1) 97

In case you're up to fiddling with this project yourself, the source code (in a more manageable format usable with Scrolling Game Development Kit 2) is available at https://bitbucket.org/bluemonk.... I'm not sure I have the motivation to maintain it much any more myself. Unfortunately, Scrolling Game Development Kit 2 requires Windows, so you wouldn't be able to use that from OS X. I tried porting SGDK2 to other platforms (namely Linux) once long ago, but there was some difference in the way the Microsoft implementation of .NET treated serialized datasets that made me give up on that idea. I wonder if I would have more success with the new generations of .NET.

Comment Re:TIme flies (Score 1) 97

Unfortunately, this is not a simple fix because some of the logic was assuming that the tile size was a multiple of the movement speed. Breaking that assumption causes the enemies to be able to, for example, walk over a gap which they were supposed to fall into. The player's movement speed is 4 pixels per frame and changing the enemies' movement speed to 3 causes problems. I could make the enemy movement speed 2 and that'd probably work. In case I don't get around to a proper fix, do you think the game would be better changing the enemies to move at half the player's speed or, leaving them at the same speed at the player?

Comment Re:Classic (Score 1) 133

There's no point in saying what he's sorry for because he can only be sorry for 1 of 2 things: 1) Deceiving everyone about being the creator; 2) Not being willing to expose himself as the creator. Claiming to be sorry for #2 (which I think he pretty clearly did) won't really make much difference to people who want to believe #1 anyway. If it did, it would kind of defeat the purpose of keeping the creator anonymous. He could outright apologize for #1, but if he is in fact the creator, then he'd be lying. It's a bit of an information paradox buried in here somewhere.

Comment Re:Uh, just pay extra (Score 1) 644

It's not about altruism - they're talking about benefits for themselves just as much as for everyone else: we can all do better. Some things can't be done alone nearly as well as they can by a collective, which is why we have government in the first place. Sure one could say that simpler collectives like religious organizations, corporation and charities can accomplish collective goals, but even they operate at levels too small and single-minded to accomplish goals as large as an interstate highway system or an international space station as well as government does. These people want better roads and I think are seeing many areas in which our whole country is lacking and wondering why we are so hesitant to do something about it, considering how easily it appears we could afford it. I think often times people are stuck in their ways not because they really don't want anything else, but because they don't realize the consequences of their choices and what really matters. Have you heard the stories of the areas that have discovered that housing the homeless ends up costing less than leaving them homeless? It takes someone with a vision to suggest such a counter-intuitive improvement. People who measure *everything* in dollars are missing a lot. And now some people are speaking up, pointing out, hey, we can all live in a better world for all of us. Don't you want to try? It may mean fewer dollars in individual pockets, but I think they're proposing that the benefits outweigh the cost for *everyone* affected, and can we agree to find a better balance here? Just think about it... too many people just don't think about what really matters and don't realize what all the impacts of their capitalist upbringing are. As the late great Paul Wellstone said, "We all do better when we all do better."

Of course the non-wealthy would be proponents of raising taxes on the wealthy, but when wealthy people themselves are saying the same thing, it's really time to call into question whether the weight consensus should really be shifted in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy even if there are hold-outs... seems like it's time to at least talk about it.

Comment Re:I don't understand this (Score 1) 96

I believe the problem is not that the keys used by the bitcoin infrastructure are too short, but rather that the variation in brain wallet passwords is insufficient, or that it's too easy to convert a brain wallet passwords into a bitcoin public keys to check if they match. The fact that randomly generated keys are not susceptible to this attack like brain wallet passwords are is an indication that its not the infrastructure at fault, I believe.

Comment Still depends on user trusting installer (Score 2) 162

This doesn't seem like a very big vulnerability because it still requires the user to explicitly trust an installer to install executable code. Whether that code is an executable or a DLL that gets loaded into another application, once you've installed malicious software, you're screwed.

Comment Re:Give a raise to overworked programmers (Score 1) 241

Only if you specify the domain as humans. There are far too many insects to make that true if your domain is multi-cellular animal life forms. The problem here is that people seem to be forgetting about having different averages across different domains. To clarify, I think the intended statement was, "many employed *people* make more than your average employed *programmer*." I don't know if that's true. I'm a programmer, and I certainly think I make more than an average American employee. But I'm working for an international company and I'm reasonably certain that some of our programmers in other geographies make much less. Actually technically I may not be considered a programmer any more seeing as how I'm writing designs *for* the programmers. So maybe the statement is accurate.

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