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Comment Interesting Idea (Score 1) 124

I actually very recently discussed this idea with a friend of mine, and the same concerns came up. Privacy is definitely an issue, but I don't think it's very difficult to protect. The game could allow you to interact with other people that are nearby without telling you their location, or even how far away from you they are, similar to the way that on-line matchmaking works (but with a much smaller range). None of that information needs to be available to the players. There's still privacy and security concerns, but I'm hoping, along with the OP, that these games get made. If they don't, well, that's why I'm a game developer as well as a player.

Comment Re:Computer Science is dead, become a lawyer (Score 1) 352

Frankly, both the parent and grandparent post are wrong.

Also--2's compliment? You must be joking. They don't emphasize knowing how to solder or replace vacuum tubes today, either.

While knowing 2's complement is probably not that useful, it shows an understanding of the internal workings of a computer, such as gates, adders, registers, memory, the clock, etc. Not knowing these things and working heavily with computers is like being a neuroscientist without understanding the basics of how the brain functions.

...and there isn't much left in the field for "work." There may be "research," into things but the average "job" is tedium.

Wow. First of all, there is no "may be"; there is definitely lots of research out there to be done, and some of it is very interesting (some is not, but that's always true of any field). And second of all, there is always work to be done. Computers are here and they're here to stay, meaning that there will always be employment for people who are well-qualified and want to work with them.

To respond to the OP, all I can do is reiterate (and poorly) what other people have said: figure out what you want to do, and then do whatever you have to to get there. If that means working in a call center by day and studying by night, then so be it. I've managed to get into the game industry (which is what I've always wanted to do) as a software engineer , but it took a lot of work, including knowing two's complement and how a hash table works.


Submission + - Schools Placing at 99th Percentile for Cheating 3

theodp writes: "Time reports that sometimes No-Child-Left-Behind really means No-Test-Scores-Left-Behind, creating opportunities for data forensics firms like Caveon (check out their Ten Most Wanted Cheaters poster). Take Houston's Forest Brook H.S., which was a shining example of school reform. In 2005, after years of rock-bottom test scores, 95% of its 11th graders passed the state science test. Teachers were praised and the school was awarded a $165,000 grant by the governor. But an investigation found a host of irregularities and last year's testing was monitored by an outside agency. Test scores plunged and only 39% passed science."

Google Re-Refunds Video Purchases 129

holymodal writes "In a new post to the Google blog Bindu Reddy, the Google Video product manager, admits that only offering refunds via Google Checkout was a bad idea: 'We should have anticipated that some users would see a Checkout credit as nothing more than an extra step of a different (and annoyingly self-serving) kind. Our bad.' Google now plans to issue customers a full credit card refund, while allowing them to keep the Checkout credit and extending the life of purchased videos another six months."

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