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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

DiamondGeezer Re:LibreOffice (273 comments)

...which makes LibreOffice the parasitic organism of the OpenOffice suite.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

DiamondGeezer But... (172 comments)

...does it run Linux? Can you build a Beowulf cluster using this?

Yes of course it does.

The whole Linux/Windows divide reminds me of the Reformation, with the Protestant denominations in endless schism on the pretext of maintaining doctrinal purity.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

DiamondGeezer Re:Medical doctor (731 comments)

Mod this up and all of the rest down!

about a week ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

DiamondGeezer Of course the subtext is.. (75 comments)

You're in your mom's basement in your mid 30s and you're not getting any.

Shard is for you!

about three weeks ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

DiamondGeezer Old dogs, huh? (323 comments)

I'm in my late 40s and over the process of 25 years have re-trained myself at least four times to meet the changing nature of IT, and the fact that empires rise and fall.

Re-training is an essential part of a long IT career, not an option at all. To be honest, I paid for my own re-training because nothing concentrates the mind like putting a lot of money into essential skills and vocational training.

The reason why they want more H1-Bs is straightforward - its a lot cheaper. Not better. Cheaper.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

DiamondGeezer "cuethedeniers" (335 comments)

A cute piece of "poisoning the well" there

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

DiamondGeezer Re:Must have been written by Captain Obvious (401 comments)

Yep, and it was crap the last time. For those of us old enough: overpopulation, environmental crisis, the collapse of capitalist societies and others are just boring memes that we've heard before.

about a month ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

DiamondGeezer Re:Quorn (191 comments)

Quorn is fine just so long as you're not violently allergic to it and realise that it's artificially fortified because it is naturally low on vitamins and minerals.

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

DiamondGeezer Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

It looks like a classic market capitulation. If no-one buys the low now, then Mt.Gox is finished as a Bitcoin exchange.

Unless BitCoin is backed by a tangible asset, then it must fail eventually.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

DiamondGeezer Walk before you can run code (627 comments)

I remember the days when all real programmers needed was a magnetized pin and a steady hand *puffs pipe*

about 2 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

DiamondGeezer Re:These guys are deniers (560 comments)

If they have links to the petroleum industry perhaps you'd like to share exactly how much they have made and exactly where this money is supposed to have come from. Otherwise it looks like you're blowing hard.

On the other hand when Stanford University get $500 million from Exxon Mobil, it all turns into pixie dust.

about 2 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

DiamondGeezer Re:The Worst Offender (560 comments)

"CO2 levels cause global warming by basic physics, just as a greenhouse is warmer inside than outside"

Complete and total crap.

1. CO2 levels are a response to past warming 800 to 1000 years ago, as all of the ice core records testify
2. Greenhouses do not warm via the "atmospheric greenhouse effect" of suppressing radiation but by suppressing convection, an effect demonstrated a hundred years ago.

If you want to invoke basic physics, then you first have to learn basic physics

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

DiamondGeezer Re:Mechanical Turk as a survey pool? (293 comments)

Can I ask you what thoughts you have about the Beta?

about 2 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

DiamondGeezer Re:Sadists are misunderstood (293 comments)

Its time to give sadists a fair crack of the whip!

about 2 months ago

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The 2013 Slashdot Free Education Challenge

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about a year ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Most slashdotters would agree that with the ever rising cost of higher education and the ever-present need to keep ourselves ahead of the game, the game-changer might well be the free massively online education courses now being rolled out.

With that in mind, I'd like to suggest a 2013 challenge for as many Slashdotters as possible to enrol in at least one free online course and report on the results back to the providers.

Some courses have had mixed reviews (for example this one got a pasting) but the only way these massively online courses will improve and go mainstream (and maybe get real-world accreditation to boot) is to take courses and provide large amounts of feedback — oh, and learn of course.

I've chosen edx.org as a starting point and I've already signed up to Introductory Statistics at Berkeley.

We could call it "The Slashdot MMO learning challenge". Cost: nothing but time which you would normally be frittering away playing WoW or Eve or something. There are no dragons to slay or grand space battles to conquer for virtual resources, but there is a future universe of education to be found.

Who's with me?"

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The War Z game forced off Steam after complaints - purchasers refunded

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about a year ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "The recent zombie apocalypse game "War Z" has been removed from Steam after a large number of complaints that the promised content wasn't delivered:

The War Z was promoted as an open-world massively multi-player game that challenged gamers to survive in a many different zombie-infested virtual environments. In addition, said developer Hammerpoint, up to 100 players would be able to join each server and gamers would be able to draw up friends lists, rent their own private servers and improve game characters via a sophisticated skill tree....Complaints began appearing on chat forums on Steam and on social media site Reddit. Players vented their feelings about an update that changed re-spawn times from one hour to four hours when their character was killed. Players could resurrect instantly if they paid using an in-game currency that can only be bought using real money. The furore led Valve to halt sales of the game and offer refunds. In addition, Hammerpoint changed the way the game was described on Steam to be more accurate and issued a statement to address "questions and concerns".

There were also complaints about servers only allowing 50 players at a time when promised "up to 100" and other promised features not be available from Day 1. I guess that a lot of the furore was really about the idea that War Z was a rip-off of the Day Z Arma II mod which has a million players and that "War Z" developer Hammerpoint's real focus was making money though micropayments and tilting the playing field towards paying customers."
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EPA caught red-handed suppressing CO2 report

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "Anthony Watts has the scoop on a developing story that the EPA decided to suppress a report written by one of its long term analysts which criticized the EPA's attempt to regulate carbon dioxide as a "dangerous pollutant". The smoking gun is an email sent from the director of the EPA.

In other news, a columnist at the San Francisco Examiner who was initially skeptical about the story, confirmed that the suppression had happened and suddenly all of his columns have disappeared from the website. Hopefully its just a server glitch."

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DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Let's use the Slashdot effect for good!

It is now more than seven weeks since Alan Johnson, a BBC correspondent stationed in Gaza City, was abducted. I thought it would be good for Slashdotters who own websites and/or weblogs to put a simple button on their sites to remind everyone that Alan is still in captivity for reasons unknown, and to show support for all journalists in dangerous places who are brave enough to be there reporting for us.

The code for the button is on this page on the BBC website. The link on the button goes back to the BBC weblog chronicling Alan's story."
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DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "The Inquirer reports on Peter Gutmann's dissection of Microsoft Vista:

"Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry"

Lesson: If you want your graphics to be of the highest quality, your digital imaging to be top notch, then don't use Vista because it will degrade them in order to protect premium content and there's nothing you can do about it (other than go to OSX or Linux).

Happy New Year"

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