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Comment Next up... (Score 1) 151

Coming next: Facebook tests out modal popup windows as a means of delivering the content - aka ads - people really want to see, rather than wasting their time taking them directly to things like profiles, pictures, or their wall.

And as a bonus, pop-under porn ads, so you can enjoy one last bit of joy from Facebook while desperately trying to close out of your browser as the boss approaches.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 1) 192

That's exactly what would NOT work here as you're supposed to play in a setting that's recognizably your own town/city/island.

Taking things a biiit too literal here, friend. Who says "your own town/country/planet" doesn't belong to "Dainisekai zone"? Or if it offends you that much, call them "leagues" - Up to CP500, you will only see and battle "shojo" league players.

However they frame it, Niantic has a really, really simple way to segregate players by skill, thereby keeping it fun for noobs and old-timers, fun for casuals and hardcore grinders. Hell, under that model, they could even allow "cheaters" (or even rurals) to play in their own league, rather than outright banning them.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 4, Interesting) 192

A really, really straightforward way around that problem already exists - Segregating players by whatever key stats make them casual-vs-god-like.

In the case of PoGo, that would just mean your highest CP critter, in tiers of around 500-ish. Once you get something over CP1500, you could effectively enter an entirely new world (doesn't need to be explicit, although in keeping with the Pokemon theme, they could call it a new town/island/whatever), with gyms controlled by people in the same ballpark as you.

Comment Re:By some definitions, (Score 1) 347

"Well, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, or even LinkedIn for that matter... But I can give you my handle for Slashdot, Fark, Reddit, Kuro5hin (oh wait, that went down), Metafilter, Digg, Voat, 4chan, Rotten, DeviantArt, Flixter, Diaspora, Stack Exchange, MySpace (never actually used it, but made an account)... Can I have another page to list these? Oh, and should I include game acounts too? This could take a while..."

Comment Re:Developers are at fault (Score 1) 124

You have it both 100% correct, but completely wrong.

Yes, as a dev, I choose to pop up a mostly useless dialog asking the user how to proceed when something seems amiss. I know for a fact that the users almost never actually read them, because when I get a call and ask them what the error said, they invariable need to go try to reproduce the error - And I make a point of writing human-readable error messages like "Your file vanished after I saved it, Dave", nothing like "Error 102, sprongle interface not loaded at 0xDEADBEEF".

But in the example I gave - Do I not tell the user that their file, which the OS reported as successfully written to disk, somehow magically no longer exists? Sure, I could blindly try again a few times (and when safe, I would)... But if it keeps happening?

Comment Don't care != multitasking is hard. (Score 1) 124

This has nothing to do with "dual task interference", it comes from "I just want the damned thing to work".

So my browser tells me something-something-Flash-something, do I really want to watch that YouTube video? That question has only one possible answer: "Kittens". No one, ever, not even the most paranoid of security researchers, has ever intentionally said "no, never mind, I don't really need to see kittens, thanks for the warning, Firefox!".

The real problem here (if any) comes from too damned much crying wolf. People ignore warnings because we see dozens of them every day, and 99.9% of them mean absolutely nothing (and the remaining 0.01% just mean that if the NSA has already infiltrated your ISP, they can use what you want to do to maybe get a bit more access to your home PC).

Even antivirus software has this problem - Yes, I know that netcat can be a "hacking" tool; it's also really fucking useful.

Comment Re:Bashing gives useful information (Score 1) 399

"Discussion" in the absence of facts is gossip. And Hillary has made at least one true statement (not to imply Trump has made more or less than that) - We don't know the "real" Hillary; we don't know the "real" Trump, either - We know the personas their marketing teams have told them to role-play for this election cycle.

Just to keep it "balanced", Trump has also made at least one true statement - It largely is the media's fault. They cover complete nonstop bullshit with no relevance to the fact that the election basically counts as a job interview. They talk about abortion, about racism, about whether black or blue or rainbow lives matter, they talk about transgendered bathrooms, they talk about "tax plans" as though "lower for $my_base!" actually means anything. All complete rubbish designed to sound good in five-second soundbites, with no relevance to the fact that the candidates have applied for a job.

I don't want Trump's tax returns, I want his resume.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 86

"Support", "able", "include", and "allow" do not mean "required".

Currently, I have no need or desire for one of the current gen of overpriced headache-inducing 3d headsets; when I finally decide to try one, however... Y'know, I'd kinda like it if the OS natively supports it without needing to hunt down a million and one drivers and registry tweaks.

Comment Re:When I don't want to change my phone (Score 1) 191

My 3YO iPhone runs iOS 9.3.4 just fine. By all accounts, even though Apple is upping the base memory going forward, 10 will still need to support 16GB models, so I should have no problem there, either. I fully expect at least another two years before I can't upgrade it anymore, and should safely have a year or two past that before it becomes dangerously insecure due to lack of patching.

As for Androids, end of "support" has more to do with vendor lock-in than anything else - But fortunately, Androids are largely trivial to root. If you have adequate hardware, you can pretty much load new Android releases until the end of time. Simple example (though a tablet, not a phone), I have a Galaxy Tab 2 (4 years old?) running Marshmallow juuust fine (albeit technically CM13, because fuck Samsung). And again, even if I can't eventually get Nougat to load, I'll still have a year or two running it on an outdated OS before it becomes outright dangerous.

Comment Re:Bashing gives useful information (Score 1) 399

I think it's more right to say that it will help expose unworkable friendships.

I started this reply to disagree with you, but realized, I actually do agree with you, albeit with a twist...

I have no interest in anyone's political opinions. Don't want to hear it, don't want to discuss it, don't want to see memes about Trump's toupee or Hillary's stroke. I sincerely wish the Founding Fathers had thought to ban all political campaigning outside a one-month window leading up to an election. I don't even care if you can practically read my mind and sing praises for my own personal opinions - I just don't want to hear about it, period.

That doesn't mean I don't have my own political views, and make no mistake, I am willing to change those views in the face of new evidence. But you all know exactly the same BS as I do, all generated by the same marketing firms and having as much resemblance to any sort of objective truth as Harry Potter does to accurately portraying the British school system.

Comment Re:Where should that conversation happen? (Score 1) 399

Seriously, what does this third of users think it's for?

More targeted ads, of course! Four out of five marketers agree, people actually love advertisements, if only they can target them accurately enough.

For example, on a site that knows everything about you and your entire network of family and friends - Such a site would never need to worry about AdBlock, because it would have such awesomely high-precision ads that people would go there just to see the ads!

/ That holdout fifth marketer still believes popunder X-10 ads count as the way to go - If they can annoy us juuust enough, we'll accidentally buy the product while raging, mission accomplished!

Comment Re: When I don't want to change my phone (Score 1) 191

wondering how GMOs would help.

Making otherwise fairly fragile grains salt and/or drought tolerant, as the most straightforward. Making more food-crops nitrogen-fixing so we don't need fertilizer. Converting annual crops into perennials, which drastically reduces soil erosion and runoff.

Now, you might fairly point out that we can do all that "naturally", no need for GMOs... Which I agree with, but what might take decades or even centuries to breed into a plant naturally, we can do overnight thanks to a bit of genetic ctrl-C ctrl-V.

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