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#4840954 What's the point of C++0x?

Posted by on 26 July 2011 - 11:36 PM

C++ may have lots of active developers, but many of those are of an age that such a big change is not something they will be able to adapt to - because C++ has been around a long time we have lots and lots of legacy apps and legacy developers.
The section of C++ written for new apps by young, learning developers is relatively small, so on that basis the "it's too late" is a reasonable argument even if not a conclusive one. I personally don't see this becoming the "default C++" because we've had so long to settle on a stable variant, regardless how cool it is.

#4840925 FPS GAMES SUCK!

Posted by on 26 July 2011 - 09:02 PM

On the subject, BASEBALL SUX. They spend hours not even hitting the damn ball.

#4819473 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by on 04 June 2011 - 11:08 AM

Sorry I meant they are awaiting trial. They have not yet been convicted.

I don't think that's correct. Most trials are within the first month if the criminal doesn't ask for it to be pushed back, and if they take too long then the charges will be thrown out. In wisconsin, for example, the trial has to begin within 90 days for felonies unless the defense petitions for a later date.

Well the documentary made it pretty clear the entire jail was full of unconvicted people awaiting trial. It also claimed that the term 'jail' is specifically for un-convicted prisoners and 'prison' is for convicts... that part I'm not sure about because obviously everyone uses both interchangeably.

This is about the program: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Theroux:_Miami_Mega_Jail

Theroux spends time in "Main Jail" (PTDC), one of the most notorious sections of the Miami jail system,[1] including time on the fifth and sixth floors of the PTDC, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated. Being held for pre-trial, the inmates are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

In fact the jail is even called the Pre-trial detention center. http://www.miamidade.gov/corrections/pre_trial_detention.asp

#4817985 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by on 31 May 2011 - 01:17 PM

If you don't want to go to prison, don't break the law. What a concept...

A program about Miami jails in the UK recently made the point that those giant jails are exclusively for those awaiting sentence, i.e. not guilty... they can be in maximum security violent facilities for years while still legally innocent.

How's that for a concept.

#4813175 Breaking the Mold

Posted by on 19 May 2011 - 02:23 PM

You are going to struggle without stuff to show. That could be a combination of:
  • A proper design document with art to catch the imagination
  • Business plan
  • Concept demo(s)
If you are going to be weak on the demo side, you need to be stronger on the other angles... people with cool game ideas a dime-a-dozen.

Have you considered if some subset of the game, or some of the unique features, can be developed as a small game-demo? It would be unusual that you can't play the game without the entire thing being built. Is this the part where you tell us it's a brand new MMO that will make WoW look like a text-RPG?

#4810630 Im sorry, I am stressed

Posted by on 14 May 2011 - 05:23 AM

Life sucks, so I bought PC
God sucks, so I learnt to program games
His words are boring and dictative, Id better listen to an mp3 player
He delegates most of the task to his subordinates, I saw a hard working 7year old kid who did all the task alone
I think Im turning to be a blasphemer, is it ok?

I think idiot is more apt.

#4808568 David Braben's $25 PC

Posted by on 09 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Every new monitor for the last few years has an HDMI input. It's the universal connector now.

It took me about 8s to prove you wrong.

I think youll be shocked by the number of mobile phones you actually see in these places

In many countries, mobile phones are the phone network. They don't have landlines so mobiles are the only way to talk.

#4807300 David Braben's $25 PC

Posted by on 06 May 2011 - 04:01 AM


Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25.The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.

Pretty neat in my opinion.

#4805990 Osama Bin Laden is Dead.

Posted by on 03 May 2011 - 09:44 AM

So maybe this should clue you in on the fact that this is about more than just the assassination of some criminal. Maybe, just maybe, this was a slightly more complicated moment.

I doubt it, they were Americans. They were just cheering that in their simple world view, "the good guy beat the bad guy". Americans' relationship with terrorists is like that with communism a few decades back.

#4805543 Osama Bin Laden is Dead.

Posted by on 02 May 2011 - 11:04 AM

Posted Image

Pictures like this do a great job of strengthening national stereotypes. Street-parties, waving flags and chanting "USA. USA. USA" because someone was assassinated. It's more weird than anything else.

#4794727 iPad2

Posted by on 05 April 2011 - 01:30 PM

I see tons of iPads around where I go. I personally think it's more of a status statement, or fashion accessory to most of them. "Look! I got an iPad and you don't!" "iPads are cool, so since I have one, I'm cool also!"

This is true. That doesn't mean to the discerning customer it isn't useful though. Posers also get fancy laptops.

Most of the people seem to have gotten along fine without it, and everything I see them doing with it they were also doing previously, just using other (less expensive) devices or objects.

Say the same for smartphones. Or in fact, cell-phones ten years ago, we all managed just fine without it. Or broadband and the expectation of always-on internet.

you're not cutting edge at all, since the edge of my 4 year old desktop can cut your unneeded iPad in two.

Are you really that dumb? Cutting edge doesn't mean faster than your PC. The Nokia 3210 was cutting edge once. Smartphones are not comparable power to a PC either. When your desktop PC can weigh the same as a paperback book, that argument makes sense.

Quick money lesson here: Don't look at an object and ask yourself, "Do I need that?", because you'll convince yourself that you do.
Instead, a year from now, as your going about your daily life, when you encounter a problem that the iPad would solve, ask yourself whether it's worth the investment.

Remember, it doesn't cost you $500. It costs a *minimum* of $500 for the *cheapest version*, which is WiFi only.

  • Want more than 16gb storage? Extra $100 to $200.
  • Want the 3G mobile one? Additional $130, plus the extra data costs on your phone bill ($480 over one year)
  • Ofcourse, now that you have one... you need apps for it right? Ofcourse you do! You want a popular device to look cool, so you need the popular apps that everyone's talking about. Another $200 in spontaneous buys over 1 year.
The sticker price is not the real cost of ownership. You are throwing away $1200 or more on something you absolutely 100% DO NOT NEED.

Is the iPad useful? Definitely. Do you need it? Absolutely not. So should you get one? No.

When did anyone say an iPad was anything except a luxury item? Is your logic nobody should buy things they don't need? I assume you don't have a flat-screen or a games console?

Instead of buying something that'll cost you $1200 over the next year, why don't you invest the money, to make you $1200 over the next year. Do you need more money? Yes. Having money is cool. Making/saving money? Now that's cutting edge and smart.

Indeed, then you can die rich.

Not to mention, an iPad is an excellent purchase as a developer, to make money by creating applications independently or by selling your time to another company.

#4788609 Best platform for motion-sensing games

Posted by on 21 March 2011 - 06:16 AM

You never played golk? You're missing out ;)

#4787286 You Know What I Wish?

Posted by on 17 March 2011 - 08:00 PM

People with such fragile egos shouldn't work in areas which rely so much on other people's subjective opinions. I don't see why you're so het up, over someone else's performance anyway.

#4787283 How many people have bailed on Gamedev.net?

Posted by on 17 March 2011 - 07:55 PM

I've pretty much bailed on Gamedev.Net

the theme changes over the last five or so years have steadily gone from bad to worse; this most recent version is eye-frying, information overload.

I also feel like I've lost touch with the community; like a lot of folks who were very active during 2000-2007 have moved on.

I'm holding on for a better black theme, better formatting of text; and much much less text-noise on all the pages.

I really don't get this attitude. A few changes to colors and layout and apparently the site can't be used. Goodness knows how people cope with all the websites which don't offer any user feedback on appearance, which is nearly all of them. Maybe such people only visit websites based on appearance rather than content?

#4786392 You Know What I Wish?

Posted by on 16 March 2011 - 01:47 AM

You know what I wish? That people would preview their posts and spot that they totally screwed up the HTML. Use that in your act.

The new forum software's "rich editor" occasionally mangles HTML code into posts after you hit the 'Add Reply' button.

yea, that's what happened to me, I hadn't written any html tags, they were placed themselves.

@d00gh again a hater falls on his face

Is it too much trouble to READ what you post? If labelling anyone who doesn't agree with you as a hater makes you feel better then go for it. I didn't even watch the clip though. I think your ego is too fragile to be involved in entertainment though.