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#4828206 I think I have a problem.

Posted by on 27 June 2011 - 06:10 AM

You could drink more...

Or go on a crazy backpacking adventure.

Or do some extreme volunteer work (like in Congo or Haiti or something).

Option C would probably help the most, your problems tend to disappear when you help other people with shittier problems (like not having clean water or food).

#4823893 PC games news?

Posted by on 15 June 2011 - 07:50 PM

ign.com is usually where I go even though they are a bunch of sell outs.

1up.com is ok too.

I really prefer the more personal sites though like Penny Arcade and The Escapist (Zero Punctuation).

#4822713 The professional vs The ambitious

Posted by on 13 June 2011 - 05:57 AM

I'd start with English classes before you go for the IT certifications. I have no idea what you are trying to say....

#4822712 Engine coders v.s Game Company Engines

Posted by on 13 June 2011 - 05:54 AM

Since ive been on gamedev all ive seen is people recommend others to just design they're own engine.
Now what grinds my gears really is the whole "be pro make your own engine" and then if you dont do it you get negative rep.


Most of the advice I see on here is write games, not engines.

Was thinking the same thing. The only people I see saying start your own engine are the guys with no finished projects. Why would you waste time on an engine to make one game when there are top quality engines for free or low cost already? Torque, Unity, GameMaker, Unreal, Source, Ogre

#4822432 Are you man enough to tell your boss in his face that he is wrong?

Posted by on 12 June 2011 - 10:48 AM

I tell my boss he is wrong all the time. But I'm also man enough to go 100% with whatever he decides, and support him 100% outside our team.

#4821297 Windows 8 and the future of client apps

Posted by on 09 June 2011 - 06:58 AM

I think MS needs to quit trying to be in every hardware market and focus on what they are good at.

Why would I buy a Windows tablet after seeing how bad they screwed up Zune and Windows Phones.

I wish they would spend their creative energy on making Windows 8 a better product for desktop users instead.

#4820518 Dentists

Posted by on 07 June 2011 - 08:20 AM

No, I didn't see the x-rays myself.

Should I legitimately be worried about being ripped off? The second dentist was recommended to me by a friend and has had his private practice here for years. Well, I'm not sure what to think. The first dentist is getting old, he's planning on retiring, and he doesn't seem like he cares anymore. He was even canceling some of my appointments--at least twice he canceled. The second dentist definitely did not come off as shady.

I'm not insinuating he is ripping you off (which he may be), but everyone has different personalities. He may see a microscopic dot on your xray and freak out that you have a cavity whereas someone else might wait till the next appointment to see what the status is.

I'm thinking there's a middle ground between your 1st and 2nd dentist.

#4820312 Dentists

Posted by on 06 June 2011 - 06:23 PM

Did you look at the xrays yourself? Maybe you should get a 3rd opinion just in case your friend wasn't as bad a dentist as you thought.

#4818013 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by on 31 May 2011 - 02:38 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.

That's a different discussion. If people that are awaiting trial are stuck in prison for years then that is a major issue.

Also, awaiting sentencing is not the same as not guilty. Awaiting sentencing means you are a convicted criminal but your sentence hasn't been decided yet. Maximum security could be appropriate depending on the crime. If you're in maximum security you probably won't get out for time already served at sentencing so I can't see this would be a problem in all but the rarest of cases.

#4818009 The Moon will provide us with constant Solar energy

Posted by on 31 May 2011 - 02:30 PM

If you thought a nuclear reactor accident was bad, think of the unintended consequences of additional solar rays beamed at the earth.

#4817924 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by on 31 May 2011 - 10:29 AM

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

1 in 100 citizens of the United States being in prison doesn't bother you? Doesn't such a large proportion strongly suggest that US laws are too harsh and are not a good solution to the social ills the country suffers from? What happened to liberty? What happened to the idea that the United States is a country that values freedom?

The statistic doesn't tell you what the prisoners are there for. If 1% of the population is in prison for victimless crimes (ie drug use), then yes I would say there is a problem. If the prison population is made up of rapists, thieves, and muggers, then I wouldn't care if it was at 75% as long as they are behind bars.

The US values the right to live, work, own property, etc. if someone tries to take that right from you, they deserve to be in jail.

I think that expense is covered by forced labour. If I'm not mistaken putting citizens in prison is a lucrative buisness in the US hence why there's so many prisoners.

You have any facts to back that up? The working prisons I know of all pay the prisoners (albeit not at the same rate they make). However, it's usually a special program and not all prisoners get to be involved. The ones I've seen are hugely successful for businesses, the prison, and the prisoners. Florida's working rehabilitation has something like a 90% success rate in terms of convicts not returning to prison (compared to around 50% normally). Think about it, you're a convict sitting in a cell all day, now you get paid, have a job, and when you get out you are qualified for a job.

Doesn't such a large proportion strongly suggest.... not a good solution to the social ills the country suffers from?

Anyone that says prison is a good solution to social ills is delusional. However, it's a better system than just letting people go free. I'd like to see better rehabilitation programs instead of just kindergarden for lawbreakers, but we can't even agree on how to teach our children, so I'm guessing this won't happen for a while. In the meantime, I think programs like what Florida and Arizona are doing are a step in the right direction. Give inmates the ability to turn their life around, groom good daily habits, give them job training, and reward them for performance. That way they have something to look forward to when they get out (ie a job).


#4817883 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by on 31 May 2011 - 08:34 AM

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

#4815554 What do you guys do at work, when not working?

Posted by on 25 May 2011 - 06:26 AM

If you want to make an interns salary for the rest of your life surf the internet. If you want to get promoted then ask your boss for a larger project that you can work on when you finish with your immediate duties. Ask him if it's ok if you help out other departments if he has nothing to do. Ask him if there's something he's doing that you can help him with to free up his time.

I always did this when temping and always got offered a job when I was done. It's also how I got my job now and how my intern got hired on full time.

#4815551 I'm failing college because I have dysgraphia. What should I do?

Posted by on 25 May 2011 - 06:22 AM

Practically I would just audio record the lectures (you can play them back faster to save time).

Do you have the same problem when typing?

Also, as mentioned, if you have a legitimate disorder your school will work with you to put you on level ground. Kids with dyslexia usually get untimed tests.

#4813828 Hoy es mi cumpleaños!

Posted by on 21 May 2011 - 06:11 AM

Tu cumpleanos es mal!

Tienes 33 anos y hoy es el dia de el sentencia (judgement) final. Si sobrevives, el proximo ano es 2012 y sabemos que lo significa.

Lo siento por mi espanol.

Cumpleanos Feliz! LOL