Re: At Spartacus, re: Scrabble.
Oh, you're Canadian. There's lovely.
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Please forgive me if I'm misunderstanding, but both of you are directly referring to the gambling part of these modern games - gambling in the form of loot boxes especially. In those situations, does it not follow that gambling is still addictive while the game part of the game is merely compelling?
I definitely agree that a balance must be struck and the onus lies on parents but I'm less sure of where my opinion on when a govt should get involved stands.
Considering that it is a virtual world, what makes you think that the above are unmanageable?
Sun glare is a visibility inhibitor in a specific direction - reducing view distance towards the virtual sun will handle it,
Intense rain is another visibility inhibitor, as is (falling) snow - reduce the view distance of the simulated car again.
Snow/ice on the road is a modifier to the coefficient of friction - have a variable changing unexpectedly
Awkward potholes can be inserted for maximum awkwardidity or virtual road surfaces could just have a "council budget" slider - all modifiable parameters.
On top of that, autonomous vehicles do not need to be perfect before they are better than humans, they just need to be better than humans to be better than humans.
Getting very fed up of people thinking that how other people choose to present themselves is any of their business, so if you are: try being an individual and let them be as it has nothing to do with you*. You definitely sound like a pillock. And it sounds like all you ever taste is a dog's arse.
Oh, and for the love of God, ditch the bloody "Wiser than thou" attitude, and think about how somebody could take the piss out of your post - there are other assholes on the internet too, you muppet. And keep sitting there staring out the window like a drooling imbecile.
Jesus, you make me puke.
*outside of a professional environment
At one point, I was giving training to a client on how to follow a new process for reporting using a supplier's site.
The process itself was simple - pull this report from here and paste into this Excel.
The training session was made more entertaining by the supplier's site going down two minutes in.
That wouldn't be caught by this anti-cheating code - while not intended by the developers, messing with the options provided in game is, at worst, an exploit. In this case, it's not something that the game can readily detect, even before you consider the legitimate reasons for running the game below your screen's max resolution (eeking performance out of a weak PC as one example)
This anti cheat code is there to stop external code that modifies play, whether that be changing map files so that a section of floor is missing so that you can skip a series of bosses (WoW - AQ40), have the computer do your aiming for you (aimbots), having it so you have infinite ammo/removing the need to reload, changing the speed you move at. The list is pretty much endless.
EDIT: I misread your question. Turns out that people in general trust paid search links and Shopping results. They do tend to be more relevant than the natural search results as they're much more directly curated to search terms than the SEO guys can achieve. Original answer below.
To answer seriously rather that all the (not entirely unjustified) paranoid rantings above:
- "Google web properties revenues – ad money from Google's own websites – were $27bn"
This is companies paying for Paid Search ads at the top of the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). That could either be the text ads (PPC/CPC) or the shopping ads (PLA/LIA). The shopping tab on the results page also pays into this. This also includes Youtube pre/post roll ads and banner ads on youtube, Google+ etc.
- "Google network revenues – display ad cash from non-Google sites – were $5.6bn"
This is also companies paying for banner ads, just from the rest of the web. Google has nowhere near the dominance in the display market that it enjoys in the search and shopping markets, but still buys ad space on second & third party sites (A quick look at El Reg's ads shows me that they most likely use the Google Display Network (GDN)). In this case, the Company pays Google who, in turn, pays sites for screen real-estate.
To round off this overly long answer, the revenue for all of the advertising cash Google is raking in comes from the same place that pays millions for an ad slot during the Superb Owl or the world cup.
In Microsoft's defense, the criteria are probably hardware/driver based, rolling out to machines with known good hardware/drivers and then expand it to include systems that deviate more and more from known good over time.
At least, that's how I'd go about it.
The other thing that stuck out to me was that it appears that they're including those in and out of employment, of which you can assume that there will be a higher proportion of disabled people out of employment, leaving them with less disposable income to spend on luxuries like smartphones.
Goanna be honest, the Goon Show never made me think - the mental exercise achieved while listening was more along the lines of keeping up with whatever crazy bollocks was happening...on the radio version of "On Screen".
That being said, Spike Milligan's approach to humor seems to have been to keep throwing jokes at the script/book until there was *something* to make you laugh. I'm pretty sure that at no point in his 83 years did he ever meet a joke he didn't like.
In my experience, it's never a big deal until after you've upgraded to a new model that does a better job.
Once you get used to the new model doing a better job, you notice the problem if you have to roll back.
See also: framerate in games, power steering, having three monitors.
The problem being that there's no clever way to link windows 7 to the word apocalypse like we had with the XPocalypse in 2014.
I might humbly suggest the Armaseven, the 7radgedy or the bowl of petunias, but they lack the zing of the first time around.
Adblockers (probably) don't block sponsored posts, so companies can still put advertising in your timeline. These are still targeted.
Adblockers don't block Non-Sponsored posts, so FB can look at your profile and still put companie's regular posts (still counts as advertising) in your timeline. These are still targeted.
You may not believe that these affect you/that you ignore them but they do sit in the back of your mind - if nothing else as knowledge that a product, service or company exists. If FB get hacked, suddenly the hackers know everything about you and can use that for whatever nefarious purpuse they like.
The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that you're smarter than the people trying to get this information and monetize it. Being smart is fine until you're blindsided and nobody has a monopoly on ideas.
High end cards are only taxed if you're playing the latest games at eye-watering quality settings.
If you're not playing something highly taxing then all that GPU power is going to waste. Cutting an FPS of 300 down to 60 isn't going to make a difference on a 60Hz screen.
Libertarian =/= Bob.
Libertarianism simply means that you believe people should be free.
Bob appears to believe that governmental sadism is defendable.
On the matter at hand, if the big ISPs can't compete with a government IT project, then they don't deserve to stay in business.
It doesn't need to work 100%
As soon as it's at the same level as your average human, it becomes safer for 50%* of drivers to have it drive them.
We also don't have any data for the number of accidents avoided by self driving cars at this point due to the things that self driving cars are much better than humans at which, generally speaking, is the majority of situations. The point of this article is that the situations you need a human for are rare enough that we just don't have sufficient data - something telling in itself.
*50% defined by ability, not by how good people think they are
Clarification for those not in the business -
PPC (pay per click) links are the sponsored links at the top of the page, managed through adwords; have the bejesus tracked out of them.
SEO (search engine optimisation) links are put there by the algorithm that Google obfuscates to stop SEMs (search engine marketers) gaming the system too hard.
For the sake of completeness, Google Shopping is PLA (product listing ads) or LIA (local inventory ads) and also paid but, certainly where I work, are treated as distinct entities for the different knowledge required in managing the adwords accounts.
For the sake of further completeness, these are entirely seperate again to the banner and video ads that we all know, love and block.
At a guess, giving the fairings a saltwater bath and picking them up from a ship already in close vicinity isn't too bad as you can get them out of the ocean and take preventative measures (many paper towels) sharpish, Catching the fairing before its bath just prevents the paper towel bit.
To take the cue from XKCD though, we should probably call the fairing "the box that falls off to protect the bit that you want to go to space today"
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