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The sad state of future web standards.

Deimorz 22 points 5 days ago[-]

Yeah, I'm sure everyone would be crushed by the lack of advertisements on their internet and immediately search for a way to get all the ads back.

Actually hold on, that doesn't make sense at all.

Zero Punctuation: Thief: The Dark Project

Deimorz 12 points 5 days ago[-]

Wow, really? A jdfong fanboy? Some guy repeatedly posts links that come out at the same time every week, links another letter in his nonsensical comment, and that gets him actual fans? It's amazing what people admire.

People used to downvote that pointless comment of his to -20 or worse, but now apparently he's some sort of hero. And even more surprising is the fact that you're actually getting upvoted, meaning you're not alone. Truly amazing. website code

Deimorz 5 points 26 days ago[-]

Nothing to do with the code, just basic stuff anyone can figure out within a couple minutes of looking at the source.

It's also pretty hard to take the advice seriously with that huge screenshot at the top that appears to be 256-color, and looks absolutely awful. Making your images look like total crap is not a good optimization technique.

Ask reddit: Where's a great place to start learning LaTeX?

Deimorz 2 points 1 month ago[-]

I don't actually know LaTeX that well, but I've been meaning to get around to reading this, it appears to be a good source:

Hey Reddit, I'm looking for a job. Here's a video of what I do: computer vision, 3d, real-time physics (video get's fun at 0:45)

Deimorz 4 points 1 month ago[-]

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not particularly opposed to self-promotion. I don't mind at all if someone posts one of their own projects on here, in fact that's probably the only way we'd ever find out about a lot of them.

I suppose it's more just the intent that I see here that bothers me. It doesn't strike me as "hey, check out this cool project of mine!", it comes off as "damn I need to find a job, I'll post a work sample on reddit".

I wouldn't have even thought twice if he had just posted the video alone and then perhaps posted a comment later like "Thanks for all the positive feedback! P.S. Does anyone know of any companies looking for skills like this? I'm looking for a new job."

Hey Reddit, I'm looking for a job. Here's a video of what I do: computer vision, 3d, real-time physics (video get's fun at 0:45)

Deimorz 6 points 1 month ago* [-]

I'm sure your video is neat, but I don't think we should be encouraging everyone that wants a new job to post samples of their work on here. This isn't the place for that.

Why do you program?

Deimorz 3 points 1 month ago* [-]

That's exactly it for me. One of my favorite quotes:

"Why is programming fun?

The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures. Yet the program construct, unlike the poet's words, is real in the sense that in moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves arms. The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on the keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be."

- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month

Six Resources To Study And Master Git Source Control

Deimorz 2 points 1 month ago[-]

I love how people are voting this up when it's not even accessible.

A conversation with an iPhone pirate

Deimorz 22 points 1 month ago[-]

Why yes, trying to apply the same logic to physical objects and intellectual property is completely ludicrous.

Oh wait, that's not what he meant?

Man locks himself in closet until Nintendo lets him publish his game.

Deimorz 40 points 1 month ago* [-]

Seriously, this again?

First of all, let me be perfectly clear - I respect that someone has shown as much determination as this guy has, he's clearly thrown himself totally into this project. He also must have extremely tolerant parents, propping up their 25-year-old son for the last 5 years while he does nothing but work on his game.

However, if he does ever release this game, it's going to fail, and fail hard. For those of you that think it looks "cool", do some reading, and apply some critical thought. A good place to start is this 17 page thread on somethingawful, where the creator himself participates for a while.

Now, let's look at some of the facts:

  • Supposedly, (from what little of the game he's actually willing to talk about) the game is basically "an RPG without all that repetitive combat stuff". Which only leaves walking around talking to people.

  • He implements negligible, annoying "features" like the camera panning all over the place during dialogue, and tries to hype them up like they're revolutionary.

  • He has "hundreds of unique characters", but if you watch the youtube trailer, they all seem to be extremely basic stereotypes, such as "crazy cat lady". Truly original.

  • He obviously thinks replacing the word "you" with "Yuu" (the main character's name) in dialogue is exceedingly clever. Every second line of dialogue in the game appears to do this.

  • The last boss of the game is "Bob", a game designer who spent years building the ultimate game, or some such thing. So the game is about a game made by a guy named Bob and the game is named "bob's game" and it's actually made by a guy named Bob and oh god it's all so deep. To quote Bob himself: "Some of it might be too advanced or philosophical for the younger crowd, but it's the sort of thing that'll hit them later in life and all of a sudden make sense." Right.

  • Nobody else has ever played the game, because he's so afraid that other people will steal his amazing ideas. This means that nobody has ever play-tested the game, and that he's had absolutely no outside input into whether certain puzzles are any good, whether "what do I do now?" is ever unclear, etc. This is a very, very bad thing to do. People heavily invested in a game's development can no longer give it an objective look, and just watching some inexperienced people attempt to play the game can point out many fundamental problems. He has not done this at all, so I can guarantee that there are many, many fundamental problems that he has blinded himself to.

Combine all these issues (and many others, I could go on for a while), and you're not looking at any sort of success.

Despite Bob taking every possible opportunity to point out that the game was built by only himself, over 5 years, that isn't actually a selling point. The average consumer doesn't care how many people made a game, or how long it took them. They only care whether it's ANY GOOD. Absolutely nothing shown so far has indicated that this game will be.

Games with no combat have succeeded before (see Phoenix Wright), but it's extremely dependent on the quality of the writing and the other gameplay mechanics. Between the "Yuu" crap and the "I'm the end-boss of my own game!" garbage, I'm confident that the writing is awful, and he hasn't shown a single gameplay mechanic that anyone will find interesting or impressive for more than about 10 seconds.

This game is going to bomb.

A better resume for developers

Deimorz 9 points 1 month ago[-]

If you're really sending out a 6-page resume it's not the conformity of it that's causing your problems.

10 Insanely Useful Django Tips

Deimorz 2 points 4 months ago[-]

Wow, I can get my fill of Django tips and glacier photography at the same time! How convenient!

Alternative to godaddy? Damn Bastards donated $4 mill to McCain who opposes Net Neutrality and I need a webhost soon but not them!!

Deimorz 1 point 4 months ago[-]

Slicehost actually has a great collection of articles about setting up a server with a lot of the important components:

The real secret to cracking Captchas

Deimorz 1 point 4 months ago[-]

Like he said, many other problems solved.

Pygame 1.8.1 released!

Deimorz 2 points 6 months ago[-]

Not sure what this blog is supposed to be doing better than the official site:

Ask Programming: What book should I use to learn algorithms?

Deimorz 2 points 7 months ago[-]

Yeah, that was the book used in my "level 2" algorithms course at university. Definitely a good book, but it's not an easy read. I wouldn't recommend it as your first algorithms book unless you're willing to put in a fair amount of effort comprehending it.

Since it's probably what you're more interested in, the "level 1" course's book was this one (though it was the first edition): I seem to remember the book being decent, but all the examples are going to be in Java, so that may not be exactly what you're looking for. It's also quite an expensive book, friggin textbooks.