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Comment Competitive Play over the Internet... (Score 1) 262

...is a joke. (For the record, I'm just fine with the 'allow all extra peripherals by default'.)

Your controller choice is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other factors and exploits that can happen over the 'untameable' Internet that controller choice is lost in the crowd.

If you're that worried about 'competitive gaming' then you should do it like all competitive sports. In person, supervised, with referees making sure you're following the rules.

Comment Municipal Broadband (was Re:Still better) (Score 2) 292

That's what I noticed as conspicuously absent. Not only that he specifically mentioned paying the 'private sector' to do it.

If he really cared about Americans, then it wouldn't matter who was building this out...just that it was getting built out. If the municipality can beat the private sector to market...then they win, and the 'Americans' win.

People don't vote to fund 'public broadband' initiatives if they feel they are being fairly and adequately served by the private Telcos.

Comment Relationship between TouchBar and Monitor (Score 1) 97

Can any Mac users tell me how the TouchBar interacts with a monitor? I can't figure out how those could possibly be related in a way that unplugging the monitor would change anything with the TouchBar?

Is it a volume thing? Does audio go through that same connection and you adjust the volume of the monitor through TouchBar controls?

Or is it actually just triggering generic unrelated instabilities in the TouchBar as the computer switches between 'have a monitor' / 'don't have a monitor' modes?

Comment Re:18:9 (Score 1) 132

From the article:

The 18:9 ratio will provide users with greater immersion than previous displays and allow consumers to multitask by using the dual-screen feature. The display ratio has evolved from 4:3, 3:2, 5:3, 16:9 and 17:9, reflecting demand for larger displays to consume multimedia content.

It makes my head hurt.

Comment With every project. (Score 3, Interesting) 331

Or at least it's the project that determines the language.

I use half a dozen different languages every day. You can double that if you look over the past year. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a programming language and "what's new and cool" rarely is one of them.

The two biggest factors are 'what is the execution environment?' and 'what are the interface requirements?' Basically, 'who is going to run it' and 'what does it have to talk to?' (and they are closely related)

Next comes 'what are the related/currently existing projects already written in?' It's rare that you want to rebuild the whole thing. (Although sometimes that's exactly what you want to do.)

After that, I'll look at the available libraries and tools, but for the most part everything worth using is adequate in those areas.

Finally, if it makes it that far, I'll pick something I'm familiar with, just the make the whole project faster and less work.

Overall, it's been quite a few years since the 'language' of the project was something I even worried about. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Comment University Computer Lab (Score 1) 351

I first downloaded Doom shareware in the University Computer lab. People started crowding around me to see what I was doing. Then I figured out the multiplayer, and I started setting it up on all the other computers in the lab. "My first LAN party." That kind of networked multiplayer wasn't something that normal people were used to in 1994. Doom took over the computer lab the rest of the year.

I had a roommate was was addicted to it. He would stay out at the lab until 3 or 4 every night just playing Doom.

Comment Delivery to your BACK yard. (Score 4, Interesting) 177

One thing aerial drones can do that delivery guys can't is access a fenced back yard. Instead of dropping it off on the front porch, they can drop it off on your back patio.

The 'not at home' delivery is the most confusing to me. I can't imagine they'd get very close too the door. They definitely can't 'hide it inconspicuously' behind something. I guess even when you are at home, they can't really knock on the door. So I guess it's just the middle of the yard every time.

At least the backyard would be better.

Comment Game Point of view (Isomorphic or non.) (Score 2) 107

In a 3rd Person Isomorphic situation where your character runs all over a static screen (think Diablo), then left or right should be based on the screen, as you're not in the same 'perspective' as the character is. However, for 3rd Person (over the shoulder) or First Person games, then left or right become the character's perspective (which incidentally lines up with the screen.

In the Hour of Code example (I did the StarWars one not the elves) it was pretty obvious what perspective you were in and how left and right should work. However, if the elves just dance (and don't move) it's possible the Santa one is 3rd person Over the shoulder, with a rotated camera.

The question is if you're controlling the elf, or telling the elf what to do. There's a subtle difference.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 2) 173

The Internet isn't required for learning, but it is required for Twitter. It seems a Twitter bot was a strange project choice when he knew going in that there was no Internet. In fact, he even printed out Tweets to show them what they looked like.

How did they test their functionality? Did he have a fake API for them to hit against?

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