As one EA forum member points out, SimCity's sim-people use the same sort of AI-handling "agent system" that traffic and sewage and power uses. The results are not pretty.
The problem is that, just as power can sometimes take a ridiculously long time to fill the entire map (because the "power agents" just randomly move about with no sense) traffic and workers can do the same thing. Workers leave their homes as "people agents." These agents go to the nearest open job, not caring at all where they worked yesterday. They fill the job, and the next worker goes to the next building and fills that job, and so it goes until all the jobs are "filled." So, when you have all your "worker" sims leaving their houses for work in the morning, they all cluster together like some kind of "tourist pack" until they have all been sucked into "jobs." They don't seem to care if the job is Commercial or Industrial, only that it's a job.
"Scholars" are handled exactly the same way. As are school busses and mass-transit agents. This is why you see the "trains" of busses roaming through your city, and why entire sections of town may never see a school bus, despite having plenty of stops... Once all the busses are full, they return to school and stay there until school is done for the day.
Now, here is where it gets really good... In the evening, when work and school lets out, they all leave and proceed to the absolute closest "open" house. They don't "own" their houses. The "people" you see are actually just mindless agents (much like the utilities agents, as I said earlier) making the whole idea of "being able to follow a 'Sim' through their entire day" utterly POINTLESS!!"
-Instead of returning to their own homes, individual Sims would drive into the nearest home available.
-Instead of driving on empty roads, Sims would take the shortest path available, even if that led straight into congestion.
Kind of shows why all the big studios and media companies want all forms of data pipes and means for artists to promote themselves shutdown. Even if it hurts their own artists... Removing as many options as possible locks up the distribution, promotion and control in to the few legacy players.
After all big business contrary to popular thinking isn't about selling more of anything be it widgets or songs... They are in the stock selling business. Selling the press release saying X artist will sell like gangbusters is more profitable to a CEO than actual sales.
The seven page article on Diamonds was amazingly detailed. Even more fascinating was the fact that the article was written thirty years ago.... making all the more interesting the fact that a thirty year old article got posted to the internet.
If there is no identifying marks are you now obligated to research and discover who parked their drone on your deck? Is there a certain amount of time the finder or losee must in good faith search for/attempt to reunite? Does good faith such as posting photos of lost drone for x time make it yours?
Must compensation be made for the parking or hard work in reuniting losee with item that was left literally on your doorstep?
Why doesn't the judge just order the so called Alan Cooper to appear in court.... after all it's being argued that it's under his direction and orders to pursue a legal recourse. So this so called Alan Cooper has a vested interest in the lawsuit proceeding... if he really exists.
Seriously just order the guy to appear. I don't see why he cannot be compelled or even subpoenaed???
.......But a spokeswoman from Lucasfilm said the president wasn't too far off the mark.
"President Obama might have created a mash-up of Star Wars friends at Lucasfilm and Star Trek but he also might be a lot more savvy with his knowledge of Star Wars than anyone is giving him credit for," Lynne Hale said. "In some of the Star Wars spin-off books there is a 'Force Meld'."
She continued: "All of President Obama's friends at Lucasfilm would love to believe that his expertise in Star Wars knowledge runs deep..."
So what is a "Force Meld"? Besides an excellent trivia answer, a force meld is apparently "a technique where a number of Force users join their minds together through the Force, drawing strength from each other," according to "Wookieepedia," the Star Wars wiki.
Libraries can be used by a smart author almost like radio stations. Children's books often become a favorite of children wanting the same book to be read to them week after week... thus a free introductory to a child can lead to future sales.
They can show off and promote a book and even create a following for the authors future works. An author can utilize the built in market of "book lovers" by touring libraries autographing books owned or purchased etc...
Ok for some reason I read almost the whole post..... Yet I fail to understand three things...why was the post even created.....what was the authors goal in having us read it...and why was it so freaking long.
I get it the invoice is an odd/interesting story but the story was repeated several times in the post. Yes it sucks when founders get pushed out... even worse when for at first glance for odd reasons. But quite often there are competing goals between a founder and a board.
Arguing that releasing the code wouldn't aid or benefit the other side as they wouldn't have the training or experience with the code.... is counter to the whole argument of releasing it.
That's like saying leave the car unlocked with the keys in the ignition because no one has been trained on the particulars of starting this particular make and model of car.... code is code a car is a car... unless someone is trying to argue the GOP is too dumb to figure out how to use the software in the four years the writer is falsely claiming until it's needed again.
and if as the author argues it will be obsolete.... than whatever gained by releasing will already be learned and thus making the release moot.
PLEASE OH PLEASE PLEASE....Explain how the most advanced software developed by the two political parties becomes obsolete in two years???
In addition we are talking about a business entity not the US government. Why do they deserve ire for not sharing their customization's.... than say Exxon or...the Republican party
I'm still not seeing where the code would be obsolete in two years....when it gets used again for the next Presidential cycle... and that assumes no one touches the code until then
I highly doubt that the code will not be tweaked and updated or even shelved and only used for presidential elections.
Obama even announced that in an unusual step his campaign fund raising machine wasn't shutting off but continuing forward to promote his and the democratic party's key agendas.... which sounds like it's still being used.
Furthermore I have worked at many a business that I would've been happy to use software that was made in the previous decade. Hell just look at how many businesses are still today using Windows 98. Even though it is no longer supported.
Uhm wow this is an incredibly poorly thought out posting.
Four years try two years.... Winner is in four years software gets used in two you know to get the person elected in four years.
The Republicans have basically nothing. They chose not to invest in technology. To then hand them what is widely considered one of the biggest keys to winning the 2012 election would be fool hardy by any measure.
Competition is good. It kept the US on it's toes and continuing to innovate and investing in sciences, technology even infrastructure all throughout the cold war.
I might be wrong on this but just because you use open source software doesn't mean you have to mail your competitors a copy of what your company invested in creating.
Despite repeated evidence that foreign nations are mining the US to steal our technology. Hell just look at how similar Russia's space shuttle was. Our space shuttle was not the best design by FAR much better designs were put forth but due to the CIA stepping in requiring satellite launch capabilities our shuttle design was chosen. Yet Russia still ended up with a virtual carbon copy.
They were stealing US secrets from day one of the Internet: