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Living Room / Re: I am so very very sick of copyright issues.
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:49 PM »
I will widen the argument to all the raw movie footage that does not make the final cut. I would love to see all that footage given to fans to make complete remixes of movies.

Living Room / Re: Sprocket Rocket: Very cool flash physics game
« on: May 31, 2010, 11:56 PM »
I beat the game.

I do have a few kvetches.
1. It seemed to me that you could beat almost every puzzle with a flat plank, a barb on the end and set to torque.
2. The ending was very unsatisfying. You would think they could come up with something more fun for the final puzzle than loading boxes into a ship. 

Overall, it was fun but not very challenging.

Living Room / Re: Google Search
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:32 PM »
It wouldn't be difficult to implement, but it would use a ton of Google server space. In order to create case-sensitive search, Google would have to index the words based on the way they are capitalized, adding to the amount of space it would take to store each word and possibly slowing down search. Knowing Google, if they really wanted the feature they would have it, but its not as simple as you would think.  

General Software Discussion / Re: MojoPac
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:07 PM »
I agree that the gaming part is a bit misleading. The video states that "You could play the game on any computer with full performance". That is impossible since there are many systems that can't run Crysis or any of the other games that the video mentioned at all. Obviously that wasn't the intention, but that is definitely how many people are going to take it.  :down:

Awesome!  ;D I really didn't know that existed. This really makes me wonder about other features I don't know about.
That being said, its not exactly what I had in mind. DC is full of really long threads. It would be nice to know which posts I read and which ones I didn't. The new button takes you to the post that was posted after the last time that you looked at the thread. Many times I start reading when there are 30 posts and only read the first few posts which links to a different page and I don't bother to read the rest. When I come back later and discover there are 500 posts I would like to know what I read and what I didn't.

I can't believe all this time the new symbol was a button!

There has been a huge growth of activity since I first started visiting DC. While the current interface for the forum is very good, as the rate of activity increases, I find that it is becoming harder to keep up with all the activity. Many times I find myself rereading an old thread 500 comments long trying to figure out where I last left off reading. If there is an improvement DC needs, it is in making the forums easier to navigate and stay on top of ongoing threads. It would be nice if DC had a feature to drop me off at the last post that I read on the particular thread that I read before (similar to the Google reader suggestion mentioned above). I know that a feature like that is difficult to implement but it is the one thing I can think of that really would improve the site.

I think its important to point out that changes to a site like this could be counter productive. For every added feature, there is also added bloat, which could confuse newcomers and annoy frequent visitors who never wanted the feature to begin with. I agree with most on this forum that making small changes could do wonders for this site. I am not sure about big things. If it was up to me, I would start by trying to give the site an even cleaner look, removing features if necessary, before trying to add or change other things.

DC is truly a gem on the web. I would hate to see it ruined because it gets cut the wrong way. :) 

PS: We need a Cody smiley.

General Software Discussion / Re: Welcome, come back in a year
« on: May 05, 2010, 11:09 PM »
Its threads like these that remind me why I love this site.

Now daSHiZZLE has an interesting view on us, I guess.  :) ;D

Fo-shizzle he dizzle. ;D

What is the purpose of this app? Some of the images are offensive. How could you have fun just moving pictures around? I must be just as confused as the rest of you.

Developer's Corner / Re: C# Books (Recomendations)
« on: May 02, 2010, 01:39 AM »
Quote from: mouser on April 29, 2010, 08:57:23 PM
C# 4.0 In A Nutshell looks quite good too.

Looks interesting. There is always a difficult balance that reference writers try to find in their books, as they try to cater to noobs and experts in the languge they are writing about. Murach SQL Server is only book I read that I feel found that balance. In any case I have my doubts about using a book like this as an introduction to a language.

I changed my mind. This book looks really good.

Developer's Corner / Re: C# Books (Recomendations)
« on: May 01, 2010, 10:16 PM »
Wow! Thanks a lot. This really gives me quite a bit to look at.
I'm not sure which books are good at an introductory level, but once you've got the basics, there are three I'd recommend to help you really understand C#:

  • Effective C# - this contains a lot of really useful information like when to use a class versus a struct, when and how to properly implement IComparable, etc.

I am skeptical about this book. I read Effective Java and Effective C++. I got a lot out of Effective C++ but very little out of Effective Java. While both of the books teach about the quirks of their respective languages, while Effective C++ told me a lot about C++ that I would never have known even with extensive studies of the language elsewhere, Effective Java seemed to be repeating what was already self evident if you learned the language properly in the first place.

Here is the C# section on my free ebook site:

Might as well go for it, since they are all free.

This is one of the most popular books I have listed:
I also shy away from free books quite a bit. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't like reading anything lengthy onscreen. 

C# 4.0 In A Nutshell looks quite good too.

Looks interesting. There is always a difficult balance that reference writers try to find in their books, as they try to cater to noobs and experts in the languge they are writing about. Murach SQL Server is only book I read that I feel found that balance. In any case I have my doubts about using a book like this as an introduction to a language.

Ummm... he said C# :)

I've been purchasing the manning books as of late, and all of them have been good.

I can recommend without reservation

Also of note are Essential C# 3.0 and Professional C# 2008.

I will have to check these out. Thanks.

Developer's Corner / C# Books (Recomendations)
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:28 PM »
Hi Everybody. I was just wondering if anybody read any good books on C# lately. I am taking a C# course next semester and I'm looking for a book that's comprehensive but I'm also interested in application-specific books if they are really good.

I don't remember exactly, but I know I've been a software addict since I could click the mouse. That must have inevitably led me to DC.
Without the programming school I would have never had the motivation to teach myself programming. This website I hold in very high regard and continually impresses me with the friendliness and honesty of its community.

Thank You!  :up: Love the newsletter as always.

In other words: Board Game Engine.  :D

#1 is licking a 9 volt battery. Is this really so dangerous? My research says no.
#2 is playing in a hail storm. Again, not dangerous.
#3 somersault. Ok, I'm not buying this book.

Yea! I love the idea of creating a toolset for game designers. I have been thinking about doing a project like this for a while but I was trying to work on projects a little less ambitious first.
I too have been unimpressed with the current offerings in this type of program genre. It seems to me that most of these programs simply lack the features needed to really create your own board/card game quickly and easily.
Unfortunately for us, the reason why many of these programs fail is because programs of this type quickly become too generic and difficult to use, or too specific to a certain type of game (ie:Magic the Gathering).
If I am understanding you correctly, you want to create a very generic type of program but one that is also easy to use to create any type of game. If you created such a program, you would be the first. I would love to help to help out any way I can.

Living Room / Re: Portable computer
« on: November 15, 2009, 10:00 PM »
Be sure to get a nice warranty with Acer. From my experience they haven't been to reliable. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: September 23, 2009, 08:58 PM »
I just learned to touch type through the typingweb course. When coding though, I still revert back to the old hunt and peck system. It's just way faster to punch out code with one hand ready to peck at symbols and the other dedicated to the shift key.

Developer's Corner / Re: Mask/Forge Hard-Drive Properties?
« on: September 12, 2009, 11:55 PM »
His best bet for safety would be TrueCrypt, but that's probably more than he wants/needs, and has some problems of it's own :)
I suggested this to him and he was overly ecstatic that he could do this. I guess this is more proof that consumers don't really know what they want.

Developer's Corner / Mask/Forge Hard-Drive Properties?
« on: September 01, 2009, 08:22 PM »
A friend just recently asked me if there was a way he could forge the properties of his hard-drive so that it would look like it had nothing on it. I told him it wasn't possible but now I'm thinking I could be wrong.

Living Room / Re: Help? Learning how to drive...
« on: August 26, 2009, 06:33 PM »
Exactly. 8)

Living Room / Re: Help? Learning how to drive...
« on: August 26, 2009, 06:23 PM »
I just got my licence today. It was a very easy driving test ( Illinois ). The guy testing me just asked me to drive around a little bit. No parallel parking or anything like that.

Living Room / The Retro Avatar Fad
« on: June 07, 2009, 05:01 PM »
User name Happymonster over at Retro Remakes made the most brilliant avatar making app I have ever seen. The results are sometimes so funny, they had me bolting over in laughter.  
Link: http://retroremakes....php/topic,657.0.html
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DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Unmark topics?
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:10 PM »
Oh. Thank you.

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