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  1. grumpyOldDude

    Who's your intellectual idol?

    4 grumpy juniors would normally come to mind but since you emphasise on intellectual... for me it can only be Ed Witten
  2. I thought as much, thanks for the quick response, appreciated
  3. While writing some posts, I quoted, and the owners of quotes were there but when I submitted posts, the owners of the quotes had disappeared. I don't know if this was intended or a bug Needless to say, there are zillions of reasons and advantages for quote to have owners and no reason at all (and a lot of disadvantages) for quotes to be left hanging without owners
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    Ways to avoid Subconscious Prejudice

    Great advice What this suggest to me is we should avoid acting on our default mindset all of the time. The problem is (i think) human brains (or at least mine) is probably too lazy for this Like Oberon said, these prejudices are more usually expressed in racial stereotyping, gender bias, social class, the image you have in your head as ideal/not ideal and even sexual orientations, but i have to be careful because going specific on these cases can result in a bad thread so the general example you gave is fine In some situations you do have the opportunity to talk to people meet them, interact with different ideas and so on. In fact this is a kind of level 2. I never fail on this level which what I meant in the initial post that if I am not in default mode, that conscious of the possibility that I might go off the rails, then I do very well The problem comes when your bias reactions are immediate and the consequences of a bad judgement call give you no 2nd chances. I suppose a solution will be like lawnjelly said paraphrasing:: reflect always on your actions and let it rewire your brain to a new you
  5. grumpyOldDude

    Ways to avoid Subconscious Prejudice

    The bold question typifies my problem. We humans think we can... and like you said sometimes we are right. A few times wrong. You will probably want a better technique than just instinct for the sake avoiding guilt that comes on us the times we realise we got it very wrong. Like the other day I referred to a woman as a bitch, not just because she a woman, but because of the impression her looks gave me, only to realise latter that she was the sweetest and one of the most caring ladies I've met The evolutionary advantage makes very good sense Reminds me of another problem that may also be evolutionary, :: I am quick to see a rival that i'm competing with in a person if they are outside my circle. This is as bad if not worse If all situations provide opportunities for second chances of a controlled response that would be ideal, but many time we take the crucial decisions and actions based on our first impressions. These set the tone/foundations for future relationships. I think being open minded may pay more in the long run than relying on a secondary controlled response, because the damage may have been done by then
  6. grumpyOldDude

    Ways to avoid Subconscious Prejudice

    I so often catch myself prejudging people (i haven't met before and don't even know) based on just first time impression. This might be OK in the context of a job interview when the interviewers are trying to make a quick decision. But in my failings this is not the context, its just subconscious prejudging on a fairly regular basis. And when the prejudging is negative - which is now termed as prejudice (hope my def is correct) - it bothers me a lot. This is more so because I really get mad and seriously pissed off when I'm on the receiving end of such prejudice. And I do get on the receiving end a lot. Though the difference being that the prejudice i find myself at the receiving end (I suspect) is along racial line, but the prejudice I find myself with is independent of race, but then both are bad. The fact is that if in my thoughts I am consciously aware of this pit fall I'm able to avoid it, It is when I'm not consciously thinking of it that I fall into the trap. Since I do get angry when I'm on the receiving end, its not enough for me to sweep my failings under the carpet and say "well everyone does this anyway" I suppose my question then is has anyone trained their minds away from this kind of prejudice at the subconscious level and how did you do it?
  7. grumpyOldDude

    Have you ever had your game idea stolen?

    I have to admit that you are correct .... well with a but...... ...there is another way of looking at it. Big companies can take the risk of untested ideas because they can absorb the loses if it fails There are many examples of this having happened, but just to mention one.... Remember Google Glasses? That was untested, Google took the risk, and it failed spectacularly even before it took off. I don't know how many millions Google spent on R&D for this project, but the fact that they had to bin it did not dent Google's profit a bit. It would have crippled a smaller company. In fact a much smaller company with very limited funds would be stupid to take such a risk, which if it fails, will kill them. Companies that can absorb losses from their other profitable projects are better off taking such risks Edit: Mis-read your post earlier today (that always happens when i read from mobile) reading again from my Laptop, i realised I misunderstood you. Yeah i get your point now
  8. or not possible at all directly from the menus... you get to the all forums page and there is lots of scrolling to find what you want There is already too much scrolling before you see any post at all in the Beginners and Business subforums much less user friendly
  9. grumpyOldDude

    Have you ever had your game idea stolen?

    @Scouting Ninja and @Rutin consider this scenario (applies not only with game ideas/designs but across the board) - you are a lonewolf developer or at most a small team of 3 developers. You've spent countless hours researching, burning your brain cells to innovate and come up with original exciting ideas. Cash-strap, you guys are mentally exhausted and just want develop an initial lite, low cost version of your idea and make some initial money to fund your optimised sequels (irrespective of money raised from crowd funding, you guys are still cash-strapped and seriously depleted). Your aim is to become mega big by your 3rd or 4th shipping, at least thats the plan Then there is this massive and very rich team with >50 developers. Fresh, but devoid of innovative ideas You chums being so naive remain open with your design and ideas, even your step by step plan of shipping Anyways this mega team wisely nicks your ideas, up to your future release plans, add some of their cosmetics stuff - with >50 developers and no problems with funds, they have no problems at all making your full optimised ideas in no time. You guys did all the ground work, they take all the glory as innovators They render your lite version... even your futuristic shipping obsolete It was your brilliance that gave birth to the ideas, they reap all the rewards You guys burnt the mid-night oil, are exhausted and penniless, whille they remain fresh, rich and still counting Don't say this can never happen, (not just game ideas/designs) if it ideas is really top class innovative, and original, it will worth it for some hawks to nick it. If it doesn't happen to you then they think its not good enough to worth stealing Moral of the story:: be moderately cautious with your design/ideas. Not saying you should be completely closed. But try to be wise, not stupid. Smart and not naive
  10. grumpyOldDude

    Transforming 2 triangles to match

    Many thanks, @JoeJ I appreciate the detailed description, thanks
  11. grumpyOldDude

    Transforming 2 triangles to match

    I know, I thought about making a diagram, but stupidly of me, I also got a bit lazy about it (I know i shouldn't be). Fortunately I think JoeJ's solution works Image a big box in position+orientation A. Then fling this box to somewhere in space to position+orientation B What is the transformation parameters from box in position+orientation A to position+orientation B. You need it because later if you put a cat on the box at position+orientation A, you can apply the transformation parameters to the cat and obtains its position+orientation on Box at B Many thanks, I think your fast methods sounds its the solution. I'm going to try it. I understand most of it, except for the last step ie: ornA.Inveresd()*ornB. Can you explicitly throw a bit more light on the maths details of ornA.Inveresd()*ornB. I mean , I can do it manually another cross, dot and rot on ornA to ornB, but I'd like to know and learn your compact fast method Many thanks
  12. grumpyOldDude

    Transforming 2 triangles to match

    Trying to orient 2 triangles to exactly the same point space i have 2 triangles Ta, and Tb separated by some distance and oriented in different planes, with centres Ca and Cb I translated centre of Ta (Ca) to centre of Tb, (Cb) used cross product to calculate the normal of both triangle, say Na and Nb used cross product to calculate the axis (Xvector) perpendicular to the plane Na, Cb, Nb. used dot product to calculate angle difference between the 2 normals Na and Nb -> beta So using rotation matrix, I rotated all 3 vertex points of Ta and normal Na vector pivoted at centre Cb (== Ca) about axis Xvector, though angle beta This steps should match triangle Ta to Tb. The normals matched but the triangles vertices were way off, so whats wrong with the algorithm
  13. grumpyOldDude

    I need a mentor

    Very True. Posting your questions, problems and how to make next steps, here can achieve better than a personal mentor will do
  14. grumpyOldDude

    Tribute to Stephen Hawking

    He defied all the odds and lived many years after he was told he wouldn't survive He showed the mind could defy a failing body or that the power of a brilliant and positive mind can be an anti-death source (creates extensions to life) After Einstein, Newton... its Hawking Did he have a direct or indirect influence on the game development industry? I think he indirectly influenced the games industry by (setting example) exploring seemingly impossible thought experiments, expanding the bounds of logical (scientific) creativity, extending a framework for weird possibilities and pushing the boundaries of the what the mind can achieve In the massive wealth of knowledge and creativity linkages (links?) of our age, I'm sure the influence of at least a bit of his powerful sense of imagination must have indirectly trickled down to me (without my knowing it) whenever I'm in the process of mapping out what to develop or during coding My little tribute to this great scientist. RIP
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