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Comment Re:No Shit. (Score 1) 177

I live in Dallas pokestops are only found at stores, parks, and trails. You can walk around a residential neighborhood all day and hit 0. One pokestop isn't enough to keep you full on pokeballs though. Even doing the trail at the park, you'll hit 2 pokestops looping the trail but you won't get enough balls that way, you'd still burn through about 50 an hour.

Comment Re:Simple game, needs upgrades, will get them (Score 1) 177

"The game so far is too simple"

True

"and you can quickly play to endgame content"

True, but I doubt even one legitimate player got anywhere near level 30. You can quickly play end game content because it's the same as start of game content. The problem is the same as all mmo's, instead of skill based play it is an acculation treadmill.

These games need to take out any and all forms of advantage accumulation over time. A 240 game hour character/account should have absolutely zero advantage over a 30 minute played game character/account. I don't just mean combat advantage, there should be no cooler stuff you get, not even cooler looking or wealth accumulation. There should be no goals to work toward other than playing well one encounter at a time. The goal is having fun while playing instead of accumulating things.

As for bots just publish an api to encourage people who enjoy coding and configuring bots to do so. Then you actually control the api and prevent the bots from having ultra-human advantages.

Comment Re:No Shit. (Score 1) 177

Breaking the cheat is the reason people are quitting.

The game is a massive tredmill. There is no way that someone with little time can be competative except for bots. Unless you live in NYC or someplace similar you can't get enough pokeballs to play without paying a fortune buying them from the store.

Configuring and tweaking bots was far more fun than the game.

Comment Re: Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 160

The non-replaceable batteries are more a function of being smaller and smaller. With quick charge, it's less necessary the first few years, and it's actually not too hard to replace the batteries with the right tools, or going to a shop.

As for the upgradable storage, that was more a function of the OS than anything else. Memory cards were originally mass storage devices running variants of FAT. While convenient, this caused a lot of problems - the Android security model requires processes not writing to each other's data or reading it (otherwise your games can steal credentials from your online banking, for example).

When running FAT on the memory card, any app with SD permissions could read all the files (a very bad thing), and it led to some real problems (such as very bad things being possible for users of LoJack, which included many Samsung Phones by preload. Disconnecting the mass storage would break apps that required the files on the card.

Addressing these issues first required the use of something like MTP (which uses a daemon and doesn't require exclusive access to the SD card). This makes it possible to write and read without breaking apps. Next, the card needed to be encrypted in order to protect the user data - otherwise, anyone who steals the phone can extract all the data on it. Locked boot loaders are designed to wipe the device when being unlocked for the first time, so that stolen devices aren't easily hacked.

Finally, cards needed to get fast enough to be functional as internal storage. Android marshmallow added support for external storage being treated as internal once those requirements could be met (accessible, secure, fast enough), and now we have phones that have external storage again. Apple does their own thing, but on the android side, it was more technical reasons than anything else for the lack of upgradable storage. It caused a lot of problems and took up space, so companies removed them.

You can see this with the Moto X. The X2 (second edition) took SD cards out. The pure edition added them back, using the same tray as the SIM card. Samsung's S5 had removeable batteries and external storage. The S6 took those out (for size and technical reasons). The S7 added the card back, but added quick charge instead of a removable battery, because the technical issues for the SD card have been addressed, but the size constraints stay.

Apple, on the other hand, wants to charge a bundle for more storage. They are control freaks, too, but the embedded encryption make external flash storage a viable option for them without losing that control. They may relax this requirement at some point - they finally made RAW photos an option in IOS 10, coming off external SD card. All data from an SD card has to be imported in their own app - it can't be read directly by other apps.

Comment Re: Stop chasing the shiny (Score 2) 160

The biggest advantage to buying new cars is consistency and ability to plan.

I've been running the same car since 2012. It had a catastrophic engine failure, just a little past the warranty. It cost me $8,000 to fix.

With a leased car (or a new car), I know exactly what my costs are, and if it breaks (like mine did on occasion during the warranty period), it's not my problem - it's theirs.

Comment Re:First they came.. (Score 1) 132

"these people" are over 250,000 people twitter has silenced under the general heading "advocating terrorism" it is impossible to claim what they are advocating or to stand for or against it as we don't really know.

What constitutes a civilian is also ambiguous when you are talking about an internal struggle against your own government. Suddenly police go from civilian to uniformed and armed agents of government and a civilian resistence can not obey the usual rules of war, with dramatically inferior resources they have to do whatever produces results. Outside of police, whatever agents of government need to be removed to successfully eliminate existing structure and chance of it coming back into power are also fair game but a city bus driver who isn't presenting arms obviously is not.

Basically, our own criteria for selecting enemy combatants applied against our own domestic government by an armed civilian force engaged in civil war is in fact fair game. Bombing a bus just for the shock value is not.

Comment Re:Kind of rigged test (Score 2) 188

Only if they are trying to be the highest performing chip on the block. Being the highest performing chip at a reasonable price point (the $200 mark is generally the sweet spot only the money is no object crowd wastes more on a cpu) is far more important.

AMD needs a more efficient core. If they have done it, bravo to them.

Comment Re:Presenting real facts... (Score 1) 398

"C. Powell did the same thing"

Collin Powell did it first!!! Is neither a grown up argument nor a valid defense. That just means they are both guilty and should both be punished. Likely nobody is concerned about Collin Powell because he isn't flaunting his actions by running for President.

"The Sec. of State should NOT be an administrative position in charge of infrastructure and routine security inspections."

What? The only relevance infrastructure and routine security inspections have on this is that she deliberately dodged them and chastised anyone who did their job and pointed it out.

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