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* Posts by BigNose

12 posts • joined 22 Mar 2013

Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

BigNose
Facepalm

Developers take note!

What I find stoopid about freemiums is the insane cost for in-game coin

Developers need to recognise that 1000 * 1c is greater than 1 * $1

I play this one freemium game whereby US$100 will get 1M in-game coin, but that only buys 5 regions in the early levels and final regions cost upto 4M in-game coin.

Do they really expect people to fork out US$1000 or more for an 'average' looking game?

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Samsung to take stake in Gorilla Glass maker Corning after LCD deal

BigNose
Mushroom

Eye for an eye?

And this has nothing to do with Samsung's continuing spat with Apple.

Business sense in more ways than one.

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

BigNose

Re: Very true

Indie teams often have a better idea as to what makes a good game better than mainstream publishers do.

I disagree. Indies don't know any better about how to make a better game. They do know how to make original games and its that originality (well not like the 'mundane/reptitive' games of the mainstream publishers) that gets them noticed.

v1 starts as sparkly, but by v3, it is just mudane with sparkles and v5 is just bigger mundane.

Indies have v1 sparkly, but normaly only go to v2, any more and they become . . . see above.

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BAN UK tax breaks on patented tech, fumes German finance minister

BigNose
WTF?

Until Germany introduce a mandatory minimum wage for all workers . . .

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Asperger's and IT

BigNose

Real-lifers

My missus works with kids that have Aspergers and all sorts of degrees of Autism.

One kid couldn't do maths well, but he could tell you about design principles, load structuring, heights, spans, just about everything about all the major bridges in the world. Fixation indeed.

Another kid was very stressed/upset, but you can't just sit down and talk to them, they just don't like eye-to-eye contact, so she put 2 chairs back to back, 1 facing the wall in which she placed the child. She then got a Post-It, draw a smiley face on it and stuck it on the wall at eye level of the child and sat down in the other chair. "Talk"she says and he did.

Everyone is different and therefore 'strange'. These people are just more different.

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Never mind your little brother - happy 10th birthday, H.264

BigNose
Coffee/keyboard

I spent a number of years with a Video Conferencing company, so needed a lot of understanding of H.264

Whenever I was at home and watching the likes of Euro football on Channel 5, I used to habitually complain about the lack of the footbal visibility as it drifted against the crowd background.

Football in HD sez Channel 5, but the grass looked horrible too and all the time I knew it was about the bandwidth, probably due to streaming it back over the landlines at the time, across europe to UK.

I was desperate for an indicator for any transmission showing the BW used.

All the time we use IP, BW will be the real indicator of quality.

Nice article.

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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

BigNose
Happy

Be flexible

I have been contracting for 10 years now and definitely my biggest asset has been my flexibility, not in providing a variety of skills in your CV, but showing them in the workplace. Those who you are working with, will not have seen your CV and if they can impress on their boss, all the additional work (different skill sets) you can do and use, then that may determine if the boss keeps you on for more.

It's not just skill sets either. In one contract, they were desperate and I got a the highest rate supplied. As the contract peaked and my primary purpose was dropping away, I was used in Support who didn't want to lose me and especially my knowledge in the system that I had helped put in place.

By dropping my rates, I managed to be kept on for another 3 months and then a further 2 * 1 month extensions.

I got lucky then, as the Vendor that was supplying the kit for install were sufficiently impressed that they took me on almost immediately.

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

BigNose
WTF?

Try this for a gesture

I think a two-finger salute to switch off the device would be most welcome.

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

BigNose
FAIL

Reality

Exactly how are they going to swsitch off my washing machine?

In order to do that, THEY will need to fit smart sockets in every part of the home, because the best they can do is switch off a circuit breaker's worth of ring mains, or the whole friggin house, both of which are highly desirable to no-one.

I'm sure the price hike needed to offset the cost of implementing scheme of fitting these will be offset by the loss of a few thousand jobs, but who wins - I don't.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Stop

Re: Style!

Went down that road on hols years ago. I didn't see them, but I stopped at Keith. The pub is also the Post Office, Town Hall, main restaurant, lunch-time social, but they don't sell Lamb Pies!!!

Keith: Pop. 1009

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LOHAN must suck juice while mounted on rigid rod - but HOW?

BigNose
Holmes

Let's try again:

Take one of the wires, cut it in two, strip wire-ends back 1cm, overlay exposed wires, don't twist together.

Take lightly oiled paper and apply to 1 side on the wire covering and heat-shrink the whole, but not exceeding the oiled paper.

The connection is made and enforced by the heat-shrink and the oiled paper allows the heat-shrink to easily slip off the wire covering. A little tinkering with the heat-shrink maybe required to validate tensions.

For safety, to avoid exposed wires touching post separation, repeat the process for the other wire, but place the oiled paper on the opposite covering and ensure the 2 wire cuts are offset by 2 or 3 cm.

For each side of the junction, you are left with 1 exposed wire end and 1 covered end offset from it and the weight added to the whole is neglible (gms).

Job done.

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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

BigNose
Boffin

High contact, low adhesion, easy.

Take a wire, cut it in two, strip wires back 1cm, overlay exposed wires, don't twist together.

Take lightly oiled paper and apply to 1 side on the covering and heat-shrink the whole.

The connection is made and enforced by the heat-shrink and the oiled paper ensures that the separation of the 2 wire-ends enclosed is eased. A little tinkering with the heat-shrink maybe required to validate tensions.

For safety, to avoid exposed wires touching, repeat the process for the other wire, but place the oiled paper on the opposite covering and ensure the 2 wire cust are offset by 2 or 3 cm.

For each side of the junction, you are left with 1 exposed wire end and 1 covered end, offset from it and the weight added to the whole is neglible (gms).

Job done.

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