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Comment Seriously? (Score 3, Interesting) 261

It sucks that this was lost, because it's cool research.

Despite that, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to think this is a big setback for technology? You have to press it between two diamonds harder than they can stand it just to force it to continue existing. The consumer technology that might've fallen out of this will arrive in 2455 instead of 2450. Oh no.

Comment There is one thing only a CEO can do. (Score 1) 181

They rarely actually do it, but it remains an essential function of the office, and I'm sure they'll feel a need for it at some point.

By virtue of being nominally responsible for anything the company does, the CEO serves as somebody to blame when shit goes wrong. Other people get blamed more often in practice, but this is because one of a CEO's other main functions is delegating.

Comment Re:Of course unions oppose it. (Score 1) 722

When I look at the quality of handcrafted stuff today, I feel even more certain that the labor market will soon disappear. There's a reason very few people in the US make a living by making things: doing it well is difficult, expensive, difficult and expensive to learn, and a machine can absolutely always do it better and faster, period.

Comment Of course unions oppose it. (Score 1) 722

The entire reason UBI is going to become a necessity is because much of the world will soon be post-labor. Automation will make the vast majority of humans unemployable, probably by 2030, and no later than 2050.

The unions will argue that the appropriate response to this is to outlaw automation, to hamstring its progress by demanding that it adhere to ludicrous regulations where it is used, and to otherwise do everything in their power to keep their power, just like any other political entity. Most unions haven't served their members more than they serve themselves for decades. They are terrified of being irrelevant.

Comment Re: No complaints (Score 1) 262

The thing is that, even if an RTS weren't designed with that micro style, (God knows I wish a series other than Dawn of War would consider that) a mouse would still be better overall. The most important things in an RTS, much like with FPS, are where you're looking and what you're pointing at. The main bit a controller would have the upper hand on is menuing, for which a keyboard can present too many options in too disorganized a layout to manage without significant talent and experience.

Comment Re: No complaints (Score 1) 262

"Handicap" is a common term in all games and sports dating back to God knows when which means to intentionally accept a disadvantage. Chill out.

Author of this comment has been on disability almost the entirety of his adult life, if you're the kind of retard that thinks privileged people have no right to say shit to the disadvantaged.

Comment Re: No complaints (Score 1) 262

Rocket League isn't one of the genres that requires this type of precision. That isn't to say it requires none, but as I've said before, there are different tools for different jobs. I wouldn't bother trying to play Rocket League with a mouse, though it's not nearly as silly as trying to play, for example, a fighting game with one.

Comment Re:No complaints (Score 3, Insightful) 262

You're the same as a friend of mine who'd get pissed at you if you suggested he use a controller for a third person brawler. "If I wanted to use a gamepad, I'd buy an Xbox!"

Your unwillingness to use different tools for different jobs is no reason to water down the experience for others, which this would do. If you make the PC version of the game easier to play with a controller, it'd be about a week before the scene is dominated by mouse and keyboard players using scripts or some other nonsense that makes their input look like a controller.

Comment Re:There are reasons to be upset about it; this is (Score 1) 498

If it's working on a task it'll be doing for days, won't it be slow as dogshit? Anyway if you can't yank the cable you can still prepare by checking for an update, and changing the schedule in advance. If you're doing something like that regularly, you probably have a UPS that cost at least a few hundred dollars. (I hope you do, anyway.) If you're willing to drop that to protect your work from the unexpected, twiddling some settings to protect it from the mundane should not be an issue.

Comment There are reasons to be upset about it; this isn't (Score 0) 498

On a basic "control of my system" level, the feature is an irritant, and I can understand why it would be enough of one to make somebody switch. I think it does more good than harm in terms of security as a public issue, but it does mean that when Microsoft decides to implement yet more anti-user policies, you have to go along for the ride if you don't want to switch to Linux before the world ends. So, I get it. My machine is a gaming rig, so I put up with it, but I get it.

On the level of "saving your work," if this has ever been a problem beyond the first time it popped up at you unexpectedly, you're a lazy idiot and I have no sympathy for you. When it's about to install an update, it asks if you would like to schedule the shutdown for some later time. This sometimes isn't majorly useful to me personally, but that's because I am a disabled mess with no firm schedule or often even a human sense of time. If you're using your computer for work, you know damn well when you're not at work. I know this is America and your work follows you home like a dog you hate, but once you're not at the office, you're entitled and highly recommended to at least take a fucking break for an hour. So schedule one, you twat. Even if you have some reason to need more uptime than that, this really shouldn't be an issue. I delayed a major update for more than a week once because I was worried it was going to beanbag some key functionality. (It didn't appreciably change my experience except making a minor annoyance I don't use unremoveable.)

If you've had productive time eaten by automatic updates, it is because you don't read dialog boxes. It is your fault.

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