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#1 Posted by Ben_H (3503 posts) -

@recspec said:

Is there another source besides Fox News that is reporting casualties? At least there isn't as many injuries as it looked like initially, scary stuff.

Not that I have seen. Reuters, CBC and a few others have just said injuries so far. I don't trust Fox's claims either.

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Just read about this. What the hell. Pictures show people with missing limbs apparently. Hopefully no fatalities but this is still so screwed up. I hope they're OK.

#3 Posted by Ben_H (3503 posts) -

My dad runs the finance division and a few other things at a local company. I was also going to go into accounting or finance but I hated business school so now I am in Computer Science.

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Whiskey Media was essentially a startup company created by Shelby Bonnie (who has been involved in the creation of many sites like this in the past) to create websites that appeal to very dedicated audiences. The first site created was Comic Vine, followed by Giant Bomb. Tested and Anime Vice were next up and finally Screened.

GB and Comic Vine were bought by CBSi, while Tested and the shells of Screened and Anime Vice were sold to Berman-Braun, which is a web content compan (Screened lost its dedicated staff, one was Alex, who moved over to GB. The other is Matthew Rorie, who has been in and out of work since because he has the literal worst luck. Anime Vice was essentially without dedicated staff since 2010 because it was not too popular. It has a crazy dedicated site viewership but there aren't too many people that go there). Tested was attached with the Jamie & Adam brand (the Mythbusters dudes) and has been doing fairly well outside of the forum being kinda dead. Screened is almost dead at this point. There were temporary staff but it was mostly handed over to the mods and freelancers, who have been doing a better job than the temporary staff did. Anime Vice appears to actually have staff running it now but I didn't look too much into it. Basically, had these purchases not happened then the sites might have gone under. Jeff has kinda implied things weren't going so well around the time of sale.

There was a lot of worry about what would happen to GB after the split, people were worried it would be transformed into something else. So far, at least in my opinion, that is about as far from what actually happened as you can get. They are even crazier and now they have corporate money to pay for all their craziness.

The subscriber model was a more secure way of having guaranteed revenue for the site. It was created partly because some people were saying they would rather pay than have to put up with advertising, since for the first while of GB there were essentially no ads to speak of outside of one-off things. Each year from 2010 on they did a huge live show to promote the subscriber model. Basically the idea of it was that people wanted to support the site directly rather than through other means like advertising and whatnot. They included premium content on each of the Whiskey sites and the subscription was company-wide. IE if you subscribed to Giant Bomb you were also subscribed to Tested and Comic Vine.

People don't like Alex for the same stupid reason I don't actually know. I actually like him and his contributions to the site. Maybe people find his sarcastic way of doing things annoying or something? I don't know. The same crap happens to Patrick and I don't get that either.

Most of the memes stem from one-off podcast jokes or E3-related shenanigans.

A lot of the older podcasts are missed by new users, which sucks because they are absolutely amazing. Check out youtube, a lot of people have highlight videos. Here's some of my favourites

(^ this one was a user who made an app that created GB thread titles since they used to be so dumb. They still are in a way)

#5 Posted by Ben_H (3503 posts) -

The G9x is really nice to use. I have one. Death Adder is fine too but they do have a tendency to break (Mine did after a year. Double clicked like crazy).

Stay away from those Cyborg R.A.T. mice. They are notorious for having garbage sensors that screw up quite badly.

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I voted ironically for Super Mario Bros.. It is not so much best as more of a "best".

#8 Posted by Ben_H (3503 posts) -

I have a rather large head and have no issues fitting the HD 280s or the Beyer DT770s (I have both. The DT770s are sooooo good). I also have the older Sennheiser HD555s and those fit well too and are insanely comfortable.

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Lose a lot at Starcraft -> Play more Starcraft, likely continue losing -> repeat until tired

I don't get frustrated otherwise. Most modern single player games are quite easy.

If I get annoyed at anything I work out. I am starting to be Brucie-like, but without the Bull Shark testosterone. Working out takes out all my frustrations and makes me feel great. I look way better too now. I actually look muscular now.

#10 Edited by Ben_H (3503 posts) -

@ssully said:

@equitasinvictus said:

It always eluded me why pseudocode is taught as opposed to actual code. If anything, I feel like dynamically typed programming languages convey the same points and can actually be used for practical applications. Those kinds of courses might as well teach Ruby and Python as an introduction and accomplish a lot more if they don't want to go too low-level.

Then again, it was much easier to fudge examinations that ask for pseudocode...

I would have to agree completely. My programming 101 class gave a high level view of programming languages by having us mess with HTML and psuedocode. Then we jumped into Java, where we had to do pseudocode along with our assignments for the first 2 weeks or so. I honestly found pseudocode more confusing then the actual code. It just makes more sense when you are actually working with the code and seeing when and how something breaks, it makes the learning process much easier.

This is what happened with probably 90% of my class when we were forced to use pseudocode. I talked earlier in the thread about pseudocode somewhat allowing you to have a higher understanding but I think it should be taught later on after you have a really concrete grasp of programming and you can better visualize what is happening.

For my assignments that had to be in pseudocode, at first all I did was write everything in C++ then remove all the C-related jargon (literally copy/paste then get rid of syntax) and I aced all the assignments. Now I can write just in pseudocode but I do think it is a bit of a superfluous step, especially in basic IT classes where the basics are all you need to know.

They are actually getting rid of the pseudocode components of some of the classes I took this year next year at my school. The first term class I had this year had already done that (everything was in C++. I liked that waaaaay more), but the second term hadn't, so we spent the entire term looking at pseudocode and translating it into C++ since they wouldn't give straight up C++ code anymore.


I kept reading that there was no point to learning pseudocode. I guess it is not something I should really put too much effort in trying to retain after the class is done?

I veered away from programming because I knew it was something that I would not be able to grasp. This class just kind of proved that.

A lot of people bad mouth it because it has a tendency to needlessly complicate things compared to just building a program in an actual language. Programming is able to be learned by anyone, you just need the right teacher. Unfortunately some teachers like to make it look like they are hotshots and complicate things by making it seem harder than it actually is. It sounds like your class is kind of like that. I had the luck of having the opposite when I first started. My professor did everything in the most basic terms possible so everyone could understand.

What I would suggest you maybe do is check out a few tutorials on Youtube. There are people on there that are better teachers than most technical school teachers or university profs. This guy I am about to link you in particular is quite good. He teaches the basics in a very simple to understand way that helped me make sense of things. I would recommend checking out either his beginner C++, beginner Python or really any of the beginner stuff, just for the basic ideas. Ignore the language specific stuff and just focus on the concepts (like data types. How the various loops work, and whatnot).

There are other people who have really good tutorials as well.