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Comment Re:Yey! (Score 1) 52

I thought the game looked okay (especially for a one-hour thing), but then I saw what he'd actually had to do. The things that were done for him:
  • Drawing the game board.
  • Collision detection between ball and player, goal, and walls
  • The bounce logic.
  • Events delivered for the buttons.
  • The mechanic for introducing a new ball into the game.
  • The score management. This is like those lego sets that have about half a dozen pieces and can be quickly assembled into a single design of spaceship. Yes, sure, you've built something, but there was little creativity or effort involved. It's not a bad learning tool (and for something that expects people with no programming experience to get something done in an hour, it's fine) but if he doesn't realise how much harder all of the pre-defined bits were to write than the simple logic for gluing them all together then he's now dangerously ignorant.

Comment Winter is Coming (Score 2) 286

So, if we've been witnessing a drop in observed temperatures, perhaps TPTB are actually doing something about it.

The quote was that we have been observing a global drop in land temperatures since the middle of the year. There is far more land in the northern hemisphere than the southern which means seasonal effects will not balance out. So rather than evidence of geoengineering I'd just take this as a sign that winter is coming.

Comment Re:cheap chinese crap (Score 1) 72

There was a lawsuit against Apple for the original iPod for a similar reason. Steve Jobs was mostly deaf, so insisted that he be able to hear the sound, so the maximum volume was loud enough to be dangerous. Airline in-flight entertainment systems are the worst: they give you crappy headphones so that you have to turn the volume to max to hear anything if you use them, but if you buy a decent set of noise-cancelling ones then you want the volume down at around 20-40%. This is all fine, until they do an announcement, when they pause the movie and slam the volume up to 100% with no warning.

Comment Re:Pain: 120db. Damage: 85db (Score 1) 72

I remember someone in my class getting a Walkman (back when they were still expensive and exciting). After six months, he admitted that he'd gradually been having to turn up the volume to be able to hear the music clearly. I've been hesitant around headphones since then and as a result I can still hear the bats when they fly along with me when I cycle home.

Comment Re:Glitchless streaming. (Score 1) 141

This is not something that network neutrality prevents. QoS is completely allowed. If something on the customer's endpoint (or the remote) marks its packets as more sensitive to bandwidth, latency, or jitter then you are completely free to put them into different queues that priorities one or two of those attributes at the expense of the others. The only catch is that you must do the same for all traffic marked in such a way, irrespective of the remote endpoint. If you offer a VoIP service and mark its traffic as being low bandwidth, but being very sensitive to latency and jitter then you can't special-case this and make sure that the experience for your customers is better than a third-party SIP provider or Skype. Similarly, you can't launch your own video streaming service and give it a bigger share of the bandwidth and you can't take money from Hulu or Netflix to prioritise their traffic over their competitors.

Comment Re:1980s/1990s online service redux (Score 1) 141

It went downhill once they started sending out CDs. Back in the day, AOL and Compuserve would send out their client software on floppy disks (one initially, two later). It wasn't until very late that they started popping out the write-protect slider. I'd call them up every few weeks as a child (freephone number) and ask for a trial pack. Most of it went into the bin, but I'd reformat the disks and they'd be good to use.

Comment Re:*** INFINITE FACEPALM *** (Score 1) 68

This is what they call a "solution looking for a problem".

I normally use information to decide if I need an umbrella - I don't randomly go around the house touching things and waiting for an LED to flash.
What next? The "am I thirsty" waterbottle? Oh wait we already made that.

Seriously, this is like autonomy-inversion.

Ah, but this way the umbrella catches fire. How many flaming umbrellas do we get your way, eh?

Comment Re:This works for me (Score 1) 375

Heh, Italy just rejected the attempt to create a new Mussolini, signalling that an Ixit is likely on the Horizon - a move that's been called "Trump-aligned" as well as "Brexit-aligned".

Rejecting the power of a central government to impose unwanted immigration on the people is an anti-authoritarian move.

Comment Re:This works for me (Score 0) 375

I'm old enough to remember how Regan was Hitler. We all remember how Bush was Hitler. But, hey, I'm sure there's a wolf this time.

Also, your characterization of people* who say "let's have less immigration while the economy sucks" as "supremacists" is cute. They must be racists, right? It's also the reason Trump won. Keep it up.

(*) About 1/3rd of America, ditto Brexit voters and the coming Ixit voters.

Comment Re:Fake news? (Score 1) 375

"One thing it's not any more is a truly communist country."

Really, you're going to use the 'no true Scotsman" fallacy?

To be fair, the majority of the Chinese economy is now owned by private individuals, not the state. So, in that sense, it's a capitalist economy with a strong communist presence, as opposed to a communist economy.

It's still totalitarian, though, which is enough of a problem.

Comment Re:This works for me (Score -1, Flamebait) 375

C'mon man, just come out and say it: "Trump is literally Hitler". You know you want to. The stormtroopers with their Pepe insignia will be carting off all the gay mexican muslims to the Trump-branded death camps by the end of January, right? Refer to this documentary proof: https://youtu.be/uMk2X5eDYFU

Comment Re:This works for me (Score 1) 375

Those are for top tier talent, possibly white americans to basically export their knowledge and kickstart their startups

Western-appearing people are a real prestige thing for Chinese companies. To the point where they'll hire non-technical people who are good at public speaking to give power-point presentations, and pretend the speaker is the chief architect (jobs like this are known as "white monkey jobs"). I expect they'd be willing to pay a hefty premium for actual skilled talent from the West.

Being a fashion thing, it could vanish any year, but for once there's a situation where "White guy form America" is actually a plus in the tech labor market.

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