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I think next winter will be:

6Yankee I hope it's more severe... (99 comments)

...because here in oulu.fi, last winter was crap. Should have been -30C, gorgeous blue skies and over a metre of snow, instead of which November lasted for three months and then some bastard hit Rewind.

The trees are absolutely laden with berries at the moment, and I'm told that;s a good sign.

yesterday
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

6Yankee Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (151 comments)

You have to put distance and/or a lot more mass between the CME and whatever you want to protect than you have ready access to, unless you own a mine.

Working in the north of Finland, and down a mine is exactly where our backup tapes go. Not that I deleted some local backups and had cause to find out or anything... oops.

As for CME preparation: Charge the camera batteries, make a flask of coffee, and break out the winter gear so girlfriend doesn't get cold and want to go home.

4 days ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

6Yankee Re:Oh dear (130 comments)

I use that one all the time. If you have a problem with that, you can Suomi.

about two weeks ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

6Yankee Re:Hooray (83 comments)

Optimise. Only friend people who eat their children.

about 2 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

6Yankee A cautionary tale (382 comments)

If you have the time (and if you're at work, of course you have the time!), I recommend The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble. One guy gets his last goat killed by an aircraft so he can claim twice its value from the airport, and it all goes wrong from there.

Soon the shortage of actual goats led to a booming market in goat futures, goat options and increasingly arcane goat derivative products. This trade in young, unborn, and even theoretical goats allowed yet more money into a market whose only bottle-neck or brake up to this time had been the physical shortage of actual goats.

...until the whole thing comes crashing down.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

6Yankee Re:Most unusual circumstances? (310 comments)

My first day here, I had a desk but no chair, and had to run power and network cables to the desk myself (as well as hunt down an extension cable when I refused to run power straight across a door at floor level). I also went monitor-shopping with the sysadmin, which involved a long cycle ride through the forest.

Took three days to get it all set up, and another three hours to work out that I couldn't do a damn thing with five other people bouncing about in a room built for two.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

6Yankee Under a tree, at the airport (310 comments)

I wrote parts of an aviation photo database while sat under a tree by the airport fence. (Keepin' it real, yo.) Naturally, I picked days when it looked like this, not like this.

OUL isn't the busiest airport in the world, so it's actually a really peaceful place most of the time, especially if you walk round to the south side. You're right on the edge of the forest, and you hear far more birdsong than jet noise.

about 3 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

6Yankee Re:3D TV is also a gimmick? (261 comments)

"It's just the glasses that are a pain. They dim the picture and flicker against other light sources, especially cheap LED bulbs."

Like the ones in the local cinema's fire exit signs. That was downright annoying, having that at both edges of your field of view for the whole tedious Hobbit movie.

about 4 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

6Yankee Re:It will be consolified. (251 comments)

Over a few months of play, I conditioned my regular opponent with flare, flare, Mega-Missile. Eventually it got so that just lobbing a flare at him would send him running away screaming. I'd watch him thrashing about in a panic for a little while, maybe taunt him with another flare, before putting him out of his misery.

Yeah. Gotta have flares.

about 4 months ago
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Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

6Yankee It's Sony. (93 comments)

Why are you surprised?

about 4 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

6Yankee Re:Maybe circa 2007 (139 comments)

"Why would anyone want the hassle of piecing together a phone anyway?"

I'd have said the same thing about teddy bears, but there's a damn Build A Bear Workshop everywhere I look these days :)

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

6Yankee Re:best pepper? (285 comments)

When I worked in McJail, we once had a promotional chilli burger. God only knows what was in that sauce, but if you breathed at the wrong moment while cleaning the gun you'd quickly find yourself curled up on the floor gasping for air. Each burger was meant to get one shot of the stuff. Some of the hardasses on shift claimed to have eaten one with four, but nobody could remember having seen any of them actually pull it off.

Anyway. Customer comes up to the counter with a mostly-eaten burger - funny how the only ones worth complaining about were always mostly-eaten - and proclaims loudly and profanely that it's not hot enough. Demands a better one. Now.

The customer is always shite, I mean right. Yes sir. Right away sir.

Fourteen shots, we put in that thing. We had to build it in the box to stop everything from sliding off everything else, and fifteen just wouldn't fit. What a mess. We quickly squashed the lid shut, handed it over to Front before it exploded, and then rested our folded arms on the production bin to watch the show.

His first mistake was licking up all the sauce that ran down to his elbows. Bad call. Before he'd even taken a bite his eyes were streaming and his large Sprite was gone. A quarter of the way in, he noticed us watching and grinning - as he rushed to the counter to buy another Sprite. We were still grinning as we gave him three more Sprites after that. To his credit, he finished the damn thing. He left without saying a word (largely because he couldn't), suitably chastened.

Damn, I miss that job sometimes.

about 6 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

6Yankee Re:Flying pigs (374 comments)

Forget Pizza Hut drones, where's my pork chop cannon?

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

6Yankee Re:Kill this abomination of a beta NOW! (2219 comments)

The new beta uses JQuery for the comment threshold selector, and changes that on the fly. This means all the comments are loaded...

Oh wow. If that's true, my corporate overlords' naughty-word filter is going to love all those -1 posts, and it can't tell whether the words actually show up on the screen.

Of course, Slashdot is owned by Dice, who make their money out of finding jobs for people and people for jobs, so maybe getting us all fired is part of the plan.

about 7 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

6Yankee Re:Saw this earlier (894 comments)

Thank you Clippy!

about 8 months ago

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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "Some Slashdotters are proud to own a computer full of 'beaver', but how about a beaver full of computer? "Ms McMahon said of her Compubeaver: 'I started thinking about the most ridiculous thing to put a computer into and decided it had to be a beaver.'" (That must've made her eyes water.) These case mods are getting dammed silly."
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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "A Dutch escort agency is offering a "virgin service" — and most of the customers work in IT. Says boss Zoe Vialet: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared." In what might be considered a very cunning move, the three-hour-minimum appointment includes — a bath."
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6Yankee 6Yankee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6Yankee (597075) writes "BBC News is reporting that supermarket giant Tesco is to start selling own-brand PC software. From the article:

"Tesco said it would offer six packages, including office software, security systems and a photo editing tool. Britain's biggest retailer said each title would cost less than £20, challenging what it described as the current 'high' price of software."

No word as to whether the Tesco office products are compatible with the Microsoft ones. But when people discover that they don't need to break the law to the Microsoft tax, will they opt for a legal, far cheaper, alternative? What does this mean for projects like OpenOffice — a harder sell, or increased interest?"

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