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Posted by Kyle on 08 March 2015 - 02:39 PM
The issue is our programmers have all grown up and don't have as much time to write programs for a children's game like they did five years ago. Without them there's no substance to reel new users in.
If we're going to thrive after neopets dies we're either going to need to be one kickass community somehow, or dig up some programmers for games that aren't as popular. Flight Rising is the only one, but that game has minimal to do,and also wouldn't bring in as big a crowd with the bigger risk of getting caught cheating.
We have to expand into other games, and become a "Gaming Forum" instead of "Neopets programs for everyone" like the top bar of the forum currently says.
Just to clarify for scaremongering people like ortin, if we had to cut our expenses to the bone (i.e. just the essentials like hosting and domain registration etc) we could keep going for years with no revenue so there's definitely no need to worry.
Is that really how we would want to go out though? How about switching the focus to a hugely popular game and paying a programmer to design programs which are the best on "the scene" and attract a huge portion of that user base? If the finances are in that good of shape, why not take a little risk and try to shift and grow the site, instead of just delaying our demise indefinitely? It seems like with proper administrative direction we wouldn't have a ton to worry about. (I don't mean that as a shot at administration, it just seems like there's no plan at all, and admins are just waiting around to see what happens next and then maybe going from there, or maybe doing nothing)
Posted by Kyle on 29 November 2014 - 09:27 PM
I gave you 10+ years and Golden Trader.
I think it's 10 years. If not, it's because I can't math.
You da fuckin best, you da fuckin best!
Posted by Kyle on 15 August 2014 - 11:22 AM
The problem you've got in America is that if the police only had access to lower-powered equipment like sidearms, Tasers, baton rounds, water cannons etc then in most cases the criminals will be better equipped than them since high-powered weaponry is so readily available (relatively speaking) to the general public. When you've got that situation it's contrary to the whole idea of the police being protectors of the public...the result is a literal arms race where the police require ever more powerful weapons to counter what criminals have access to these days in order to properly protect and serve.
I absolutely agree, although I don't know that a city like Ferguson had a problem with high powered weaponry among it's citizens (I read somewhere that this shooting was the first homicide of the year in Ferguson). But the problem will not be resolved by fighting fire with larger and larger fires. Resources can be re-allocated to focus more on high powered firearm reduction, etc. Again, it's a much broader issue than Ferguson Missouri.
Posted by Kyle on 15 August 2014 - 10:41 AM
"Killing an unarmed citizen" is so contentious it's untrue. It paints a picture that police systematically gun down opponents, when if you read the above accounts of high profile cases, you'll see killing someone who is unarmed is not necessarily as black and white as you paint it. I know the above accounts are UK incidents but they all involve self defence of the officers in some shape or form, and you as any person should be allowed to defend yourself if possible. It's also the right of police officers everywhere to uphold the law and enforce it, and use force if necessary. Unfortunately this can end in death but this does not mean that you can brandish the system as unfair or that propagates murder.
Nobody is arguing that the victim was completely innocent. You are right, it is not a blatant black and white issue; however even if the officers knew that the person they were approaching was a robbery suspect (and as more evidence is released, it appears that they did NOT know this initially, they were just stopping "suspicious people" walking) AND even if he did resist arrest before excessive force was used (evidence is suggesting that the cop threatened the mans life before he resisted) he STILL does not deserve to die because of it.
You make note that police were "teargassing and arresting reporters" which paints a picture that police are systemically defeating the press. Unless you know the exact reasons for arrest (obstruction and failure to comply shoot to mind), you're speculating with obvious bias. Teargassing, rubber bullets and pepper/CS/PAVA spray are all authorised and accepted methods of controlling violent situations in the US and UK (except we don't use rubber bullets outside of NI but that's for obvious reasons).
The police were teargassing Al-Jazeera reporters who were filming away from the protests. They were given no warning, and nobody was around them, so it wasn't intended for anyone else. The reporters who were arrested were Huffington Post reporters who were charging their gear/eating at a McDonalds a few blocks away. They weren't even reporting. They were arrested and then released a few hours later with no charges. It was blatant intimidation toward reporters who were writing stories/tweeting information very critical of the police activity.
People talk of militarisation of the police services and when it comes down to actual incidents that require that level of force and set (I.E the ongoing riots at the moment) it's clear to see that it is unfortunately necessary as a last ditch method of controlling violent disorder. I only wish the UK police had the same resources back in 2011, it would have saved millions in damages, lives and thousands of injuries.
Nobody is arguing that in certain, very rare situations, this type of force could be necessary. The number of people looting is very, very minuscule; a large percentage of the "violent disorder" is a creation of sensationalist media. Yet all the protesters were treated as looters. The people who were shot with rubber bullets were sitting on a sidewalk singing.
The point I was trying to make with my original post was that the high power equipment (Tanks, military-style riot gear, high powered rifles and sniper rifles) is a representation of a more broad problem in America. The fact that the police department in this tiny, relatively poor suburb had a massive amount of military equipment shows that we have a much larger problem than racism between police and citizens.
Posted by Kyle on 03 May 2013 - 12:54 PM
Is it possible for programs to have a better process for dealing with no internet connection? Like I run Abrosia on a scheduler but it gives me errors when I wake my laptop from sleep about not being able to contact the database, and eventually stops working.
Sorry if that wasn't what you wanted in this thread
Posted by Kyle on 11 March 2013 - 07:35 PM
I'm not high enough for this
Posted by Kyle on 08 December 2012 - 01:40 PM
Posted by Kyle on 21 October 2012 - 10:19 AM
Posted by Kyle on 08 October 2012 - 05:55 PM
Then ban them, as you did. Those people aren't your core...You have a forum promoting (successfully in my opinion) a product/service for sale. You have a community which is mostly a great group of people willing to chat, and assist in product support. I don't think removing the community will promote the long-term growth of your products, if that is indeed your goal. Are you upset with those members causing havoc the community because it hurts the community, or because it hurts the appeal of your product?
I don't need to be told that every community is dysfunctional.
It's not a matter of not wanting to deal with it. We want people to identify Neocodex as a software/services provider that has a community that supports this endeavour. Having people like Kami around who don't fit into this image at all only serves to degrade the image we want for our site. I can name many others whose purpose on this site is pretty questionable and that I don't particularly like to have around.
Posted by Kyle on 27 September 2012 - 03:22 PM
Posted by Kyle on 01 August 2012 - 11:58 AM
How much do you charge for weed?
Environmental Engineering, Air Quality, Title V and PSD. I also farm some, sell some timber, ginseng, a weed or two.
I know that story is rough, and I don't know if I even have the cerebellar tissue left to write any more. I did have some success in my youth.
Posted by Kyle on 15 July 2012 - 08:51 PM
Posted by Kyle on 11 July 2012 - 02:34 PM
A weapon?! We are talking about the little green up arrow and red down arrow, right? Come on now
My panties are fine, I just think if people are using rep as a weapon to hurt people, they should have it taken away.
Posted by Kyle on 26 June 2012 - 07:43 PM
This. Although my beard is red blonde and brown in various areas so it's kind of weird. I'm like a calico human
I shave once every 10 days due to my shift pattern at work. If it wasn't for work, I wouldn't shave. Unfortunately I can only grow a "mohammed" beard as so many people like to tell me.