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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

Ayanami Rei Re:AltSlashdot is coming (23 comments)

Hey John, I'm going to parrot what a few others have said; you might want to re-think the site name a little to avoid trademark dispute and angering the Dice.com gods. Maybe something like afterslash.org (altslash, as mentioned earlier, is too similar I think to alterslash, an existing blogroll/summary site).

I'd help in any way I can. I'll contact you later.

about a year ago

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Ayanami Rei Re:Other - Red Hat Enterprise Linux (627 comments)

... But after a few years of dealing with paradigm shifts every six months, I've learned to appreciate RHEL's stability. I don't need to be on the cutting edge - I just want something I can rely on and get my actual work done.

Marry me.

about a year and a half ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

Ayanami Rei Re:You Say: "Crank Physics" (379 comments)

That's some real deep throat shit right there, man. My eyes are like friggin' open now.
And I don't like what I see!

(i.e. your posts)

about 2 years ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

Ayanami Rei Re:You Say: "Crank Physics" (379 comments)

If this isn't APK, then why are you double posting, anon?
I know of only one net kook who double-posts with slight changes in the follow up when he thinks of a new burn...

about 2 years ago

Used Game Market Affecting Price, Quality of New Titles

Ayanami Rei Re:Because they are expensive to make (384 comments)

Oh no, we understand that.

It's quite simple. If the game is any good, then there won't be any used copies to by simply because no one wants to sell it.

The publishers' main concern is that first initial rush to buy the game after its released; that translates into money for the developer. Long tail sales are irrelevant and the royalties are crap unless you wrote Starcraft. So if you can make your game last for four weeks before someone gets tired of it, you've succeeded, you will get ample cash money to fund development of the next one.

If your target market is reselling the product at a rate which competes with the all important initial sales in a significant way, THEN YOU SUCK AT MAKING GAMES GET A DIFFERENT JOB. I don't know, work for Hollywood, put those texture and explosion making skills to good use. Lord knows Hollywood doesn't pay anyone the big bucks for a movie because of solid writing.

more than 6 years ago



Nintendo's curious reasearch OS in javascript

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ayanami Rei writes "From The Ajaxaian, Nintendo apparently is working on an open source research operating system (translated SourceForge page here). It's an x86 kernel written in C++ with some basic drivers so far, bootable in QEMU and bochs. A particularly interesting feature of this work is that the entire userland is written in Javascript. They even bundled a Squeak interpreter running in the JavaScript environment as a demonstration. Firefox has demonstrated that JavaScript can be a capable language for developing graphical applications and interfaces. Nintendo's WiiShop is certainly written in it; could other Wii channels or other portions of the system be web technology powered, and what does this portend for future Nintendo products?"



Q: Is Fran/Balthier beastiality? A:...

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Viera. Don't. Have. Tails.

Bipedal, hairless, opposible thumbs, tailbone, mammary glands, child-bearing hips, what more do you want? I find it frustrating that people shit on the one sensible relationship in the new Squeenix game with misdirected fursecution (isn't that what they call it?). Then they have the nerve to complain that there isn't any good character interaction in the FF series. I think what they really want is some overt bishounen protagonist on antagonist and nothing will satisfy them until they get it. (eye roll)

Fran -- less than 5% furry, and a substantial part of your balanced breakfast! (Also, she's got good Mist Knacks, so you should really try her as a chain lead.)


Brother, there's a little sale on... uh vests ... at Walmart

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Nine dollars?
Eight something...
Nice little vests, they're light
Knocking on wood
I've not caught many fish here.
But I've caught beaucoup fish in Rev. Burton
Beaucoup fish in Rev. Burton but you gotta get up early


I will pay anyone $20 for Fred Gallagher's "Blurred"

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fred Gallagher used to have a site on megatokyo called "Blurred" where he hosted a short h-doujinshi, amongst other things. This was all pre-Megatokyo. You can still find the front page and other evidence using the Wayback machine.

I'll pay anyone who can give me some or all of the content that used to be on that site. Fred has tried very hard to make sure no trace of his previous work exists... and I'm trying extra hard to unearth it from the digital grave.

If you can think of anyone who might have archived the site and burnt it to a CD-R shoved under old copies of "Milk" in the back of a closet somewhere, please let me know.


Windows XP and 2003 + auditing == issues

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Has anyone else experienced this?


1) A system with Windows XP or Server 2003
2) A bunch of local users without administrative privledges
3) Poorly written software that triggers the following issue:
MSKB 837115
4) You've enabled the option "Audit: Shut down system immediately if unable to log security audits" under Local Security Policy (i.e. HKLM\System \CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\CrashOnAuditFail = 1)


One day your users call you up and claim "I can't log in anymore! It says 'User is not permitted to login at this computer'". You scratch your head in confusion.

You think to yourself: Did auditing fail for some reason, thus preventing mortals from using the system? Check the security log... no, it's not even close to full. Check for low disk space ... no you've got plenty.

So then you check your System log and you see a bunch of event IDs of 1517 and 1524 leading up to the point where people couldn't log in anymore. Userenv is complaining about profiles not unloading probably.

You're thinking: shit... user profile corruption. So you try restoring the user profiles from backup... no dice. The only thing that works is adding the user to Administrator group temporarily.

Actual Cause:

Unknown... but the real problem seems to be that sometimes when userenv tries putting off unloading a profile, it can cause auditing to fail. I can't figure out why. The result of auditing failing is... the system immediately shuts down and reboots, and then no one but Administrator can log in.

That is until you disable the CrashOnAuditFail setting... reboot, then re-enable it, and reboot again. At this point users can log in. (Incidentally, you _still_ need to do this if auditing fails because of a disk space condition, deleting files to make space is only the first part, then you need to do the disable->reboot->re-enable->reboot dance)

Problem 'solved'.

I've had this happen twice so far, and that UPHclean tool that Microsoft has doesn't seem to really do anything that I can tell. Anyone have any experience with this or have any insight?
We'd like to get to the bottom of this and really fix the problem.



Help with linux and video recording...

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I was reading this article that mentioned MythTV and I began wondering if anyone had an experience with this...

What I want to be able to do (ultimately) is to capture an MPEG2-TS directly from OTA HDTV, and more importantly, digital cable or satellite (DirecTV/Dish/whatever). In Linux.

So far I think my only option is to somehow get an old Dish Model 5000 with that extra 8VSB modulator that plugs into the back, then somehow get a PCTV2000 or 3000.

And even then I think that the Dish model 5000 is incompatible with a lot of new HD channels (like DiscoveryHD) and they want you to upgrade to the 6000 which has no convienent outputs.

Of course, I could always suffer one analog conversion stage... but even that's tricky.

Best bet I think would be to secure one of those AJA Y-Cr-Cb to HD-SDI converter boxes, and then somehow get an AJA HD-SDI 601 card and convince Linux Media Arts to part with just the OEM card, not a whole fucking server.

It'd be tons better than a conversion to S-Video and back... but it'd probably cost me at least $1000, not counting the cost of receiver.

Any ideas?


It's my birthday!

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, actually it was Sept. 1st, but I'm celebrating it today. ::dances::

PS - Still waiting for more detail on MUA-side mail classifiers.


Looking for a generic mail classifier...

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Does anyone know where I can get a generic mail classifier for Mozilla or Thunderbird? The junk mail filter is nice, but I'd like to be able to classify things as "other than junk" as well. It's easier than having to write filters manually... plus, I mean, junk mail filters based on naive classifiers are just special cases of the N-group classifier.

Any ideas?


Help me buy cat5.net

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Help me buy cat5.net
Those domain-squatting bastards want something like $800 for it. If I get enough people to pool their money to buy it, I'll host a site in all the donators honor, with free shell accounts, webhosting, unlimited mail aliases, the works.

Cat5.. Category 5, like the cable, and the hurricane. Get it? It's catchy and short.

Any takers?


Nigritude Ultramarine: sounds vaguely appetizing doesn't it?

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I want you to place a link to my nigritude ultramarine site on your website, slashdot, using the phrase "nigritude ultramarine" somewhere in the link text.

You can place it way at the bottom of your page, or in big H2.

It won't win me a prize from darkblue.net who's hosting this dumbass SEO competetion (because I haven't met all the requirements and added my little participation banner). So if you do this for me, you can only help make a statement.

If I won (or anybody else pulling the same stunt), it'd be a big fuck you to all those SEOs who don't understand why people hate them.


Daylight Savings Time

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Let me just assert that Congress needs to pass a Consitutional Amendment to eliminate Daylight Savings Time before they can even consider one for or against gay marriage.

Let's focus on things that actually make an impact on our everyday lives, people.


SWAT 2065

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  about 11 years ago

Video game concept/proposal:

Imagine this... You have a wide screen TV. The left-hand side is a blistering directed-focus 3d shooter. Meanwhile you have a high-speed emergency vehicle careening around turns and through rush hour traffic on the right hand side.

It's the same game, from two different points of view. You've got the gunner, and the driver. Essentially you're a urban warfare vehicular unit, fending off terrorists/invading armies/aliens from an unsuspecting populace. Player one mans the guns, while player two tries to get you to the checkpoint in time. Each mission would have multiple objectives, which require certain performance from each player. You'd have to work together to do well and get past harder missions.

You can imagine scenarios: having the driver manuveur behind a bus on the gunner's command to be protected from incoming fire. To return fire, the driver hits the brakes/accelerates, clearing the bus and leaving an opening for the gunner.

If you can't find a friend to play, you could pick from a variety of driver/gunner AIs at the beginning of each mission from your crack team.

A 4-way (2 vs. 2) destruction derby and/or rally race is imperative.

The key here is that you have to have a widescreen TV to implement the side by side view. Maybe you could alter it to do a horizontal division on a 4:3 set, but then you probably need to rescript events to fit the camera track / road better.


Hanako "Excel" Dosuki

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

And of course, this show must have a continuation. But I don't think ACROSS is welcome in F City, F Prefecture any longer. No, they need to strike somewhere they can rise to power virtually undetected, where police will give their antics and exploits nary a second glance.

Rio, St. Petersburg, and New York City. I'd say NYC, because if you run out of jokes, you can flip to Fox and steal them out of an old Seinfeld episode.

I don't know how many people "got" Excel Saga, but Across was supposed to be an abstraction of Western ideological movements, and how they attempt to eat away at the foundations of an otherwise rigid Japanese culture (which ultimately defeats them... they can never beat the "system" which sort of pays homage to it, even if Rikido didn't intend to). Excel is loud, rude and blonde. I kept thinking they were trying to peg her as some kind of loud-mouthed activist/valley girl. And as independant and self-willed as she believes she is, she is just a pawn in Ilpalazzo's scheme (policy toting, politically correct western bureaucrat, looking to extend his influence) And we have Pedro's struggle against "The Man". I'm sure that was a hard one to figure out... :-)

Why do a new season based in foreign city?
The tables become turned. Excel and her organization is now the Eastern influence trying to worm its way into a culture which doesn't try to keep it away, but could care less. While they are supposed to be outsiders, to American audiences ACROSS [the Japanese portrayal of (our) infringement on their culture] is just as foreign to us, as they were to them. Thus in this context, they are as Japanese to us as they were alien to Nippon in the original.
They don't have to become "more eastern" to set up the same culture clash in a new setting.

The challenge of ACROSS (and the writers of the show) becomes: can she worm her way into our hearts, and get us to "join Across"? Could we even work the culture clash/satire with enough tenacity to successfully syndicate back to the Japanese?

It's a challenge. I think it could work.


New Law and Order Spin-off.

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

The Law and Order franchise has successfully branched into many subgenres of TV drama and can draw from other audiences.

LNO: CI (investigation heavy, Dragnet or NYPD Blue)
LNO: SVU (focus on family issues, ethnically diverse cast)
LNO: Third Watch (if you like ER...)

What about an animated Law and Order?
It could be about the port authority police (lots of drug busts, immigrants, fraud cases, terrorism).

LNO: NYTA (animated to capitalize on east meets west anime fetish, export drugework to korea, marketing gold mine)


My Bizzare Idea about Open vs. Propietary Systems

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Bear with me for a second.

There's nothing wrong with closed source systems, propietary technologies, etc, per se. The point is that it does the job well, and for the right price (whether cash, time, effort, flexibility, lockin, etc.) Lots of propietary technologies suck in this respect, while others are downright pleasant even for the hardcore technologist and tinkerer (IE. Solaris, which is why I used the Sun icon).

Here's my thinking.
An ideal situation is as follows:
The Company designed closes systems. These systems are particular powerful and useful, but standards oriented and malleable, so they have few drawbacks except for closed nature.
The OSS community develops software to interact with said system and gets help from the Company. The OSS brings value to the system, and Company helps make the OSS more useful.

At some point a particularly smart person involved in the OSS project "closes the loop" and figures out how to duplicate most of the functionality in the closed system by examining the interfaces, reading research papers, and just by being clever.

At this point, the Company now has competition: a free product that does the same thing as their product and interacts with the OSS that end-users might already also have. One of three things might happen:

1) Company changes the interfaces for all new releases to isolate the OSS system and client software.

2) Company litigates for IP violation

3) *** Company determines that it no longer has a competitve edge in designing the system as it has become widespread knowledge through other channels (the same ones they looked at during development), and decided to innovate or find a new angle ***

It is the choice for option 3 that helps move technology along at a pace that can keep up with our increasing demands. I think OSS helps to prevent the industry from stagnating by revealing the "common knowledge" in systems, and helps companies to discover where competetive niches truely lie.

Companies that choose options 1 or 2 should be viewed negatively. They are the ones that you don't tolerate. I don't think Sun has ever opted for choices 1 or 2, and I think they "get it", which is why they abide and even help the Linux community, etc.


If there was some other slashdot user...

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

that you suspected was the same as myself, I'd like to hear your theories. I'll give you a hint, I have at least one other profile.


A tricky slashdot filter!

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Quick thing:

If you attempt to put the following string:

Score: #

Anywhere in the title, where # is a number, slashdot will eat it and if there aren't enough other markup in the title, you'll get the "cat got your tongue?" error.

If you've ever tried to comment on the score of someone's post, or question moderation, you may have accidentally run into this nice surprise.

Try Sc0re: #, it passes muster.


Unified Network Device Protocol

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

(This is just preliminary rambling)

Linux (and other Unicies) need a protocol to make remote devices available over networks, both character and block devices. There should be two versions of this protocol:

  • One based on a layer-2 protocol (like a new program type for ethernet) that would allow remote I/O with minimal latency. Zerocopy network and a close relation with the disk buffer layer is key.
  • A second based on a layer-3 protocl (like TCP) which can be used for more complex activity, perhaps in order to parameterize strange ioctls or deal with a spotty or remote network.

There has been some effort down this path with the network audio device and the enhanced networkk block drivers. It would be ideal if both efforts could be combined. It would also be nice to get rid of the user-space component and push the functionality directly into a kernel thread. It could be configured by a nice proc interface, or even iptables.
A scheme that might be tractable is either force the driver to bind to an existing interface like ethertap had done before, or to create a new virtual interface, say nd0 (or nd1, nd2) and then set up routing between external interfaces and that interface. Sending packets to that "interface" would send then to the disk driver to interpret (requests for data or writes).
Another key feature is to attempt to support (and detect remote support) for as many ioctls as possible. The four big ones are OSS/ALSA interfaces for sound, the TTY interface for remote serial lines, the SCSI command set (cdrom, cdda, mag. tape, disk geometry, etc.), and USB HID.
What's nice is that if you support a wide enough dialect of these ioctls on the local side, the remote side can casts these high level commands into different ioctls the actual device supports, like presenting /dev/cdrom as /dev/scd0 and doing SCSI->ATAPI translation on the fly. That, of course, would not be in the low-latency implementation.

Remote framebuffer would also be nice, but then you'd probably need to have compression and that starts to get towards X11... but it also has to be there eventually. Even if it's slow it might be tolerable over 100MB to control multiple slave video drivers or something... big wall displays... mmmmm

Sun's got something similar to this in their Sun Cluster software, but it's sort of a by-product of how it works, not an advertised feature. It would be cool to have just by itself.


Insight into Cell Phone Vehicular Abuse

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In the April 2003 issue of Communications of the ACM (Vol. 46, no. 4) the News Track section mentions research that has recently determined that using a hands free phone does nothing to improve driver attentiveness. They used scanners that track eye movement and determined that there was no difference using a traditional or hands-free phone in the car, while those talking to a passenger or listening to music were unaffected. The concern is that a number of states are introducing legislation that will force drivers to use hands-free technology to improve safety, and that these laws could instill a false sense of security (in addition to being plain dumb).

The question remains: Why do drivers get tunnel vision when they are talking to someone who isn't there? They know that it's not that the driver literally gets tunnel vision, but that they start filtering out signs and other cars (inattention blindness). Still, what is it about the fact the person they are conversing with isn't there that causes that problem?

I have a theory. Imagine for a second you are in the car, talking to a friend. Then there's traffic up ahead, you say to the friend, "hold on," and you interrupt your train of thought to deal with the vehicles. Later, when the traffic eases up, you both figure out where you last left off.

But on a cellphone, the person at the other end doesn't have this context. You may tell them: wait, I'm in the car, I need to deal with this, but it's not the same. When you initiate a phone transaction, the assumption is that someone has been interrupted (the callee), and so both parties are very focused on the dialog; or maybe they are worried about the minutes left on their plan. The person on the other end of the cellphone won't know why you trail off because you can't be distracted; so you try not to and you struggle to keep engaging them. PRetty soon, you're realizing your about to miss your exit, so you swerve over to the right to make it, then BAM!

Not good. I might also postulate that using a phone is particularly more stressful on the brain because each party is visually imagining the person they are talking to (at least I'm aware that _I_ do it); these are visual cortex cycles that should be focused on one's environment. But this is in contrast with the fact music or books on tape don't were found to NOT have this effect.



Gwen Stefani Sucks

Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Gwen Stefani sucks. She has no talent, dresses like a skanky ho, and has no boobs to make her preference in clothes to be worthwhile. She thinks she's Madonna but she has neither the class nor skills to match.

What's worse is $$$exy Gwen Stefani, a slashdot luser who combines Gwen Stefani (suck), with an attempt to ride on the coattrails of $$$$$exyGal (lame).

Can you say attention-grabbing failure of a troll?
I knew you could.

Slashdot has officially gone to hell. I hope you like brimstone.

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