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Comment Re: Stop repeating the meme (Score 1) 251

California and New York don't get to dictate terms to the rest of the nation.

I'm not suggesting that they should? I'm just suggesting 1 person == 1 vote in a presidential election.

I'd expect California/NY Republicans (there are tons! probably even more if they had their voice heard) Texas Democrats, and Wyoming Democrats should all have their voice heard in the goddamn election, with equal weight. :-)

Comment Re: Stop repeating the meme (Score 2) 251

I don't believe there has been an election where Democrats have won based off of these unbalanced electoral votes while losing the popular vote? Unless you want to count John Quincy Adams in 1824? Certainly nothing in my lifetime or the modern post Civil Rights Act Democratic party.

But yes, I'll cry foul exactly the same way if a Democrat manages to get elected based on electoral votes, and can't sew up a popular vote victory.

Comment Re:White space (Score 1) 489

Wanted to ask this here since you seem to know a lot about responsive design.

Is there any way to set my browser to turn of all of the responsive reflowing/resizing? Like, sometimes I don't WANT the site I'm viewing to collapse into a hamburger menu of hidden options (or worse, collapse entirely into buttons pointing to the iOS and Android app stores), and I would prefer to have a scroll bar to pan around the full desktop site.

Basically I want to be able to tell my browser to stop guessing at how to to view the content, and to just view the content full size.

Comment Re:This is a pretty good idea (Score 2) 172

While I agree it's smart to lockdown your workstation in a business environment, I've worked in some where this tech will be abused to time track employees who spent 3 minutes too long in the restroom.

That said, they already ran shitty 3rd party software that tracked mouse and keystrokes so maybe nothing changes. Oh man did we lose some developers who treated it as a challenge and scripted activity (poorly) while they were afk. I suppose there are probably some more clever devs plugging along with better scripting. Though if they are that clever they would have gotten the fuck out of that work environment.

The real killer tech will be the unskippable ads that 'helpfully' pause themselves while you don't have eyeballs on them, and resume when you're back at the computer...

Comment Ok for the next trick (Score 3, Interesting) 139

I'll be impressed when you write an AI that can competently play Civ5.

I'm not really sure if it's a more difficult problem than Go or not (I'd think so with all of the decisions to be made), but holy hell is the shipped AI in all Civ games useless.

Comment Re:Only to Disappoint again. (Score 1) 44

Most AAA titles these days cost a heck lot more than $50 million to make. GTAV was $265 million.

But how much of that is stuff like modern pop music licensing, voice actors, *localized* voice actors, etc etc etc that doesn't really apply to a Mario game? Even a AAA Mario game of the variety that we'd all rather see must be well cheaper than GTAV.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 436

You guys are embarassing my old-school Slashdot cred with your user numbers.

But I stand by my point somewhat. I mean considering I made this account when I was 18 in 1999, unless you were 10 year old Slashdot wunderkids, we're all getting into old-man (or woman) territory.

And there were plenty of 30-50 year old brilliant engineers and developers posting here at that time who are in prime FYGM political territory at this point.

Comment Re: Don't worry (Score 1) 436

Or, you know, people could just get paid what somebody thinks their labor is worth.

For example, would you want to pay somebody $30 an hour just to empty all of the trash cans where you work?

$15 would be a good start, indexed to inflation. ;-)

Those fighting for it would do well to mark 2016 and demand whatever $15 in 2016 dollars is each year this gets dragged out. Otherwise they are only going to get the equivalent of $10.75 by the time it passes, which will dwindle away every year re-creating the same problem for the next generation.

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