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Topic: General Gaming / Ever met/know someone who says that flash games are stupid?

Flash is in fact dying.

Most of the small goofy games are at moment done with HTML 5. If you are interested trying it yourself, you can for example look at http://www.processing.org/ . It’s not too difficult to get things done. And you don’t have to deal with Adobe Flash, which is completely overloaded IDE, where you spend most of the time searching for obscure bugs. And AS3 is really everything, but for sure not well documented. That’s by the way the reason why there is no blue D next to my name. I really wanted to at least upload something small, but Flash seem to hate me.

As player a good entry point is http://www.ludumdare.com/ , where you can go through all kind of interesting games.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Challenges of Online Communication

As much I’m aware the Internet is mostly a collection of private isles. Mostly dedicated server with Murmur, Teamspeak or another voice service. Then of course E-Mail and Newsserver or Mailing-lists. Plus IRC or XMPP for text-chat. Formally it was custom, that everyone get webspace. But nowadays there is normally a general Wiki and whoever wants a homepage can buy his own domain. And many other services, as needed by the community. Starting with a certain size a search engine gets important. And of course everything heavily encrypted and invite only, so the secret service of your choice need to work for their money.

If you are not invited, it’s unlikely that you will ever hear about their existence. And a lot of them are their own eco-system and people don’t even care about the rest of the Internet any more. It’s compareable with facebook, where you don’t simple leave, because all of your friends are there.

That are the places, where 90% of the clients are Linux. The rest mostly BSD-variants. And there are of course also isles, that don’t even use common Internet technologies. Like for example everything related to Minitel. Considering that this network is officially turned off, it’s actually pretty alive. Or the IPv9-network. Speaking of IPv9, there are also dozen of alternative DNS-systems. That are the parts of Internet you can’t access without having a certain DNS-server installed. Although at the moment the ICANN is working hard on colliding with every other system. Like for example using citynames as top-level domain, which many local networks use for their own purposes. And then there is a huge world, that isn’t based on IP and get accessed over a VPN-gate.

The Internet is big and the visible part is really only the tip of the iceberg.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Christians and Atheists have one thing in common.

I think if it helps to understand the position of atheists, if you look at the though experiment of the Invisible Pink Unicorn . Because that’s exactly what atheists see, if Christian are talking about their god.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

Originally posted by Zachary_Greene:

You’re forgetting the fact that there’s no need for dishwashers in a communist society because it’s an undesirable job in general, and easily replaced by a machine that can run not only more effectively, but for cheaper than a liveable wage.

You just made the common mistake of a capitalist thinking in a capitalistic way. In communism having a job is considered one of the more important human rights. And like in other societies, communistic countries have a fair share of unskilled idiots in their populace. Yes, education is much better in communism. But just trust me, there are idiots where this simple don’t matter. And instead of keeping them on welfare, they get a job where they can’t do any harm. Like washing dishes.

Also, a worker isn’t really a cost in communism. A company there get worker provided, but have to pay for machines. It’s actually pretty common in this system, that companies complain all the time, that they have not enough workers. Even if they don’t have enough work for letting 20% of their workers work for 40 hours. While in capitalism is better for a company to let them work for 130% and let the government pay for the welfare of the people who can’t get a work. Which means that a communistic factory seldom has problem with spikes and can operate in a more flexible manner. And I know cases, where some of them really earned a golden nose with this flexibility. For example when in India several factories where victims of a flood, China was able to take prices for hard-drives beyond good and evil. But better throwing money in the mouth of these communistic companies, then paying obscene contract penalties for not delivering goods. (It should be noted, that this was also seen by the WTO, which judged many of this penalties illegal to protect the capitalistic system. But this soften only the problem, a lot of money changed the owner.) Although this system of course drawbacks. Like for example, that these companies have no real pressure to use new technology. And of course many other drawbacks presented in this thread are also valid.

But the point is to try thinking outside the box. In capitalism almost everything is solved over the market theory. Hardcore liberals even tell people about the “invisible hand of capitalism” that magically fixes all problems. So people shall focus on the market and ignore everything else. Although they are luckily the minority in capitalistic countries. And in communism this market often simple don’t exist.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Corporal Punishment

The problem is, that spanking puts a kid into the state fearful passivity. Which is commonly called “time bomb”, at least when directly translated from German to English. They are calm, but may explode any time and do stupid things.

You also teach your children, that problems can be solved with violence. Once grown up, this is a quick way to end up in prison.

And last but not least, children who get beaten too often may have problems living a self-determined life. Which should be the goal of every education.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / What would you prefer? PS3 or Xbox 360?

It really depends on the region you are living. The XBox360 offer a lot of non-game-related services in the USA. Which makes it very interesting there. While the PS3 sold extremely well in Europe, because it was the cheapest blue ray player available there. Although this isn’t relevant any more. Still, the services that make the XBox360 interesting aren’t available, so the PS3 is the better choice, if you don’t care for the XBox360-exclusives. Like Halo, which is pretty much an US-American thing. Given the absurdly high investment in marketing for this product, the numbers sold here are just depressing.

But in general it’s difficult to sell console-shooters in Europe. The bankruptcy of Cosmos in Austria showed, that lots of “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2” boxes got delivered, but most of them where supposed to get destroyed. The idea was just to let matter looks much better then they are. But the receivership of Cosmos denied the destruction of this boxes and they got sold for 5€ first, later for 2€. Activisan went crazy. But the only thing they can to is, that Cosmos isn’t allowed to buy products from them any more. By the way, Cosmos even calculated with a huge success of MW2 and thought this may save them. But I guess this counts mostly as “delay of bankruptcy”. Because this isn’t the first part of the series with very weak sells in Austria. And it should also be noted, that MW2 for PC actually sold well. But in general, the Cosmos/Köck bankruptcy is well documented, because it gave a deep insight into the industry. And of course this was also partly revenge, because a lot of distributors weren’t willing to soften the bankruptcy of this company. When Niedermeyer went bankrupt, things were very different.

With the newest generation it’s pretty much the same. If you life outside the USA, the PS4 is a better product for less money. The difference is even bigger then in the last generation. The only argument for the XBoxOne is Kinect. Which didn’t got a lot of love and now isn’t even bundled. If you live inside the USA it’s the question, if you need these added services. Although it should be noted, that the PS4 focused a lot of services, although their marketing campaign was to present their product as “gaming device”. Personally I think the XBox One is slightly better at this market, if you are a stereotypical US-American. Although the sales suggest, that non-gaming services aren’t as important as certain people think.

Most likely the vocal European gamers also had an influence. Because when the XBoxOne got announced, the presented one service that will never be available in Europe after each other. And I guess you can imagine, how much people on the other side of the big lake cared. If they would have presented a brick, the reaction wouldn’t have been that much different. Also there was a strong reaction to Kinect concerning privacy. Which was also typically European. Which actually is a huge mistake that is common in the USA. They first only observe the US-American market and present a product for them. With the goal to present it to Europe later in a way, that please this market. But a lot of people in Europe and of course other continents also speak English and voice their opinion. But Joe Sixpack simple don’t know, if the anonymous poster, who wants to stick a rusty cucumber in the ass of the Microsoft presenter, is a 13 year old girl from Pardubice, Czech or a 34 year old men from Texas, USA.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Riots related to perceived injustice in policing, however, are easy to stop if you are willing to take the trouble to stamp out injustice and promote a policy of tolerance in the first place. More expensive and more hassle true, but would effectively stop these riots before they ever start.

As a bonus, you end up with an effective police system.

I guess the noteworthy word in your paragraph is “more expensive”. Given that most states in the USA are de-facto bankrupt and need to cut their expenses, I’m not sure where to take the money for this. In fact, I’m convinced that the police will loose resources in the future. Any solution for this problem can’t include spending more state money.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Protesters throw rocks, bottles, and Molotov Cocktails….reporters toss bullshit lies?

One of the reporters who got beaten up by the police and got arrested for no reason worked for Bild. They are part of the Springer press and demand from all of their employees, that they don’t write negative things about the USA nor Israel. Even when not writing for this publisher. This is of course conflicting with the freedom of speech, which is guaranteed by the German Basic Law. (That’s de-facto the constitution.) But Springer get away with this, because Germany don’t want to endanger the good relationship with the USA. (Or in other words: The USA is above German Basic Law.) I can’t imagine that one of them did anything offensive.

But of course also less US-friendly journalists got arrested. And the picture they draw isn’t very favourable: The USA has too few policemen with too little education, the wrong kind of equipment and don’t get enough respect from the general public. Policemen are often working 60-80 hours per week. At least officially, unofficially most likely more. And I’m talking about the time without any riot. This means a lot them are taking speed, which of course don’t increase their quality of work. In fact, speed often lead to stupid mistakes.

A huge problem is, that organised crime used the riot for their own agenda. And the police simple don’t has the resources to stop them. Racketeering is common. There is also a certain amount of crime tourism, because people think the police can’t stop them from taking whatever they want. And because other cities have similar problems with under-funding, they can’t send reinforcement. Or at least not enough. Which means they are almost at a “civil war” in the escalation ladder.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Iraq Round Three

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

I’m by no mean an expert, but I get the feeling that even with reduced labor prices in areas like Iraq, the added costs associated with refining crude oil in these areas – security, shipping, leasing/building infrastructure – wouldn’t really save much as opposed to refining locally.

You should know, that crude oil is comparable with a used chewing gun. This is nothing that you can transport easily and has some very unpleasant properties. And the chemicals used to get crude oil from the ground are also extremely aggressive. Maybe you should watch a technical reportage about an oilfield to get a feeling, why many people think, that the age of cheap oil is nearing it’s end.

About the conflict I have to say, that the stream of information is extremely thin. All I can really do is wild mass guessing. I read a few reports about the refugee camp. After the united nation was able to provide this people with food and water they send lots of observer. Seems like the Christians are a minority. The USA pretty much hasn’t helped at all. Which is something positive, because these refugees aren’t fans of this country for obvious reason. Especially the Christians seem to hate them. If they would send “Care packages”, the situation would escalate quickly.

It may sound cold-hearted, but I don’t think these refugees are relevant. It’s nice that they got media coverage and the world is aware of their existence. It also hardly touches me any more, that the IS buys small children that will end as sex slaves or trade food for organs. It seems like in the end it’s all about monetisation. Also, I honestly don’t really care any more, if wars are fought over religion, power, resources or 99 red balloons .

And by the way: As native German I consider the English version much better. Whoever has translated this was a genius, because he took the original message and translated it into the Saxon culture. But this also means nobody should be surprised, why it didn’t sold well in this region, although the original German version that hardly anybody in the USA understand was a hit. And if anybody wants a translation of the German part they left in this version: “99 Ministers of war are playing with the fire, they think they are smart and are greedy for booty. They propagate war and want more power. Shit, who would have ever thought, that 99 red balloons would start this.” And yes, I’m in a pretty bad mood.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is fake.

I also don’t believe in god. Still, I see no reason for offending people who have another opinion about this matter.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Iraq Round Three

I wasn’t happy with my post after reading over it again. I don’t feel it represented this conflict well and didn’t really contributed to this threat. I most likely will rewrite it. But not today.

In short words: I said that the Iraq saw the biggest bombing ever. And with the high numbers of unexploded bombs I feel, it was the goal to turn Iraq into a gigantic minefield. I mentioned the CCM (Convention on Cluster Munitions) and how the demining went on at a good pace in recent years. And that it was pretty cost effective, compared to the obscene cost of the bombings. I also described, that mine clearance don’t mean, that everyone is save to dig holes wherever they want. But that it’s more of a sliding scale.

I also expressed my deep hate for cluster bombs in a lengthy way. Which is of course my agenda, but also very off-topic. And that with the new bombings a new generation of cluster bombs will be deployed, that is far more difficult to remove. But considering there aren’t information at the moment, what kind of ammunition the US used for the current bombing, this was a hell of a statement. And another reason to remove my post. Maybe they haven’t used their “silver bullets” yet or don’t even plan using them. Cluster bombs are a hot political topic and maybe the USA has decided against pissing the international community off.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The age of Hacking!

Last time I attended to a trade-fare related to security I heard, that the USA still has power plants that allow full maintain access without even asking for a password. You only need to know IP address and the port and you can cut off big parts of the USA from electricity. And if there is a “software bug” that prevents alarms you have something like the Northeast blackout of 2003. But have no fear, the US-government is already helping these companies with identifying [sic!] security problems in their electric power grids. But there is the counter argument, that if they ask for a password, it may happen that the maintenance personal don’t has access to the system in case of an emergency. And no, I’m not kidding.

Personally I hope, that games like Watchdogs and increased media coverage will help to increase security. But honestly, at the moment security is mostly considered an unnecessary cost. Even in sensitive sectors. And in the residential market anyway.

edit: To make things more personal: Adobe Flash and Adobe Acrobat are big security holes. And in my humble opinion Adobe did little to address these problems. There are several Zero-day-exploits around. Some of them for years. But in case of Flash they would have to almost completely reprogram their engine. And just removing the support for AS2 wouldn’t help either, because at this point of time there are also exploits for AS3. Which won’t happen anyway, because AS2 is widespread in the ad-industry. Flash-portals mainly exist to give people a reason to keep Flash activated, so they can see Flash-ads on other websites. Although with HTML5 this became a lot less relevant. By the way, an add-blocker like Ad Block Plus (or much better a proxy-solution) should be installed on every PC. Most malware is distributed over advertising-networks. Of course websites earn money with this ads. But there is the question if you want to risk the security of your PC for this. Also, Flash should be only installed on a PC that has no important data on it.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / It's a sad day..

From a business perspective idle games are pretty much the ideal genre for a flash portal. They are easy to program and gives lots of page-hits. To be fair, I’m even wondering that we don’t have even more of these games.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

Originally posted by beauval:

But you’ve already got that. Practising religion is optional in the USA, same as it is over here. So what else do you want?

From my experience the USA has a very similar situation then the former GDR. Atheists in this country are tolerated, but nothing more. You can get through and by law you have the same rights, but if you want to get into any leadership position or get into education, you are de-facto required to have the correct religion. Because as an atheist (or as Christian in case of the GDR) you are missing the moralistic basement that is required by such a position. At least this is the argument used in both cases.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Changes to the Climate...

Climate is a complex topic. It’s actually the result of adding dozen of different effects together. And there is nothing like a fourier analysis to break things down. And many effects also interact with each other in complex and often unknown ways. The butterfly-effect says everything: Even a minimal change in the starting parameters in the size of the wind cause by a butterfly can totally change the result. Which means we are in the domain of the chaos theory.

When it comes to this theory, normally the first thing scientists do is ignoring peaks and looking at everything else. Peaks may be very visible to the general public, but it’s impossible to tell if this is an unlucky combination of effects in a certain direction or if it’s actually meaningful. What matters are the 360 days in a year which aren’t special. I tried to dig a little bit into this topic. But to be honest, I gave up pretty fast.

What I personally extracted was, that Global Warming happens. And we are also in the beginning of an Ice-age. And this two effects don’t necessary apply to the same areas, so the climate don’t change equally. Which leads to bigger differences in temperatures and we will most likely see stronger hurricanes in the future. Bad luck for all US-Americans, that build wooden houses next to the ocean.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Learn coding! Java,HTML,Ruby, etc.

As alternative people can just visit processing.org, which is a great point to start if you want to learn coding. And now that you can export the result towards HTML5, sharing the result works a lot better. And there nobody has to register.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / World Cup 2014: The Ugly

I really can’t see how this event will help Brazil in the long term. One important point to know is, that such projects normally aid the construction industry of a country. But in the case of Brazil the work was done by foreign companies, who took their worker with them. Sochi 2014 was (rightfully) criticised as Strabag-olympics, but at least Strabag worked together with local companies and hired people from Russia en masse. Although it of course mainly aided Austria. Which isn’t true in this case, because no local construction companies are involved. Something that isn’t really covered by the media is, that in general people in Brazil are strongly against the USA. If a bottle of water is spilled, you can count on somebody blaming the USA for it. (And yes, this isn’t something rational.) And this very country profited a lot from the construction contracts. And now people ask, why they are paying taxes, that is spend on a project that mostly aid a hated country and they don’t even have a plan for the subsequent usage.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Will we see another war with Japan?

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:

I agree, Japan is going to invade China with that army they dont have.

They would actually do this quite literally. Section 9 of their constitution don’t allow them to rear up and they have not a single regular soldier. The SDF is officially part of the police, similar to Cobra in Austria or the SWAT in the USA. Unofficially it’s of course questionable, why the SDF has enough intercontinental ballistic missiles and super-cavitation torpedos to bomb most countries into the stone age. Not to forget their ground-forces, marine and their absurd numbers of drones.

The SDF is of course not as over the top, as Japan sometimes imply. But China for sure has reasons to be worried.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Do People Celebrate Christian Holidays The Way They Do?

Originally posted by KingZeldar3:

Ideas taken from Pagans. I see it as a family get-together event. The ‘deep meaning’ in it in my opinion no longer contains any meaning anymore. I mean, I’m not a believer, but still.

Pagans may refer to a lot of things. But if you mean the indigenous Central-European religions, I have to disappoint you. There you had normally a certain period of abstinence. And at the end of it a giant party. Mostly centred around the “Herma” of a town. Which in most cases was nothing else then a two metre high phallus. Wikipedia isn’t really representative in this case. In most cases people took a big boulder (preferable granite) and sculpted it, until it looked remotely like a penis. (Most of them had a really low aesthetic quality.) And then women got banged, while leaning on these stones. Personally I wouldn’t call this a “family get-together event”.

With Christianity this changed into the unified 40 days of Lenten fast. And at the end there was a big celebration, although centred around Jesus Christ instead of the local god of group sex. Over time, the lent was taken less and less serious. While on the other side merchants are interested into selling their products and having an event where parents give presents to their kids.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

Alright, I admit I’m wrong on this one. Waiting times on average are higher in Canada than in the US. I’ll include this bit, though.

The challenge is, that pretty much every non-critical treatment is rejected in the USA, if you don’t pay an obscene amount of money. But if you pay it, you will get the treatment almost immediately. If this is a good or bad thing is open to discussion.

In Canada far more people are accepted and it’s possible to “bribe” your way into a better position in the line, but little to no data about this is available. Hospitals are normally very discrete about such “customs”. So even if you have lots of money, Canada might be the better place to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

And let’s stop the discussion about Communism, right? Socialism /= Communism. The brand of socialism wanted by the Democratic party isn’t even extreme socialism, it’s moderate compared to other first world countries that aren’t even socialist. Our typical Democrats would be considered MODERATE in Europe.

By European standards the democrats can be considered fascists and the republicans too dumb to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by issendorf:

As for learning, I mean, I’ve read Marx. I’ve read the Communist Manifesto. I studied the Soviet Union pretty heavily. I’ve heard all the arguments before. Again, he’s fascinating, but he isn’t exactly teaching me anything since I’ve already heard the Communist schtick.

I would be happy if you would at least read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism . And I don’t mean everything, but the 4 paragraphs above the word “Content” should be enough. Because to be honest, I’m under the impression that you don’t know what the word Communism means.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by issendorf:

Here’s something to hopefully end your baseless (dare I say, childish ; ) fear that we’ll default and be loaning out the Washington Monument to Chinese dignitaries. And no need to thank me for my adult realism.

The USA has pretty much the same problem as Greek: If every company that make business in this country would pay the taxes, which they must pay by law, then they would have no problems with debt. And I’m mostly speaking about big companies. I don’t want to say that small companies can’t be corrupt and evil, but they simple have no choice. If they don’t pay their taxes, then it’s game over for them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by dd790:

Plus China pretty much owns America now so if they have to bail you out then you may as well become the United States of iPhone Factories

The communistic China in fact owns a lot of real estates and fabrics in the USA.

But they aren’t related to Foxconn, which is a Taiwan/Czech company. In fact, the majority of iStuff is actually produced in Czech, the factories in Taiwan are comparable small. The workers in Czech are mostly permanently unemployed person, who are forced to do this work in order to get governmental aid. And because this factories help to reintegrate these worker into the job-exchange, they don’t have to pay them wages. It’s de-facto forced work in the heart of Europe. That you see “Made in China” on every IPhone is, because the communistic China claims control over Taiwan. Plus it’s a great propaganda move, considering the constant waves of worker protection laws in China. It gives people the feeling, that no matter how badly they are treated by their employer in the USA, at least all the people in China are in a much worse position. (Although workers in the USA are in fact in a much better position then workers in China. But the margin is much smaller then many might imagine.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / how Australia is seen by the rest of the world

They have evil animals that murder people. Seriously, I know Kangaroos and Ostrich. Both of them drink human blood. Trust me, my last encounter with an Ostrich resulted into two days of sickness absence. People from Australia tell me, that crocodiles are friendly animals that are recommended as peaceful pets. But I don’t trust them any more and stay with Austrian animals like Deer or Mouflon. By Austrian standards a boar is dangerous, but I guess this became relative after I met a god damned Ostrich.