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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Hecatonchires Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

I saw this at a festival where you could buy tokens to have a shower. Unfortunately people stockpiled the tokens(buying enough for the weekend) which led to noone else being able to buy one until one had been used.

I guess I'm saying make sure your token is in sufficient quantities.

about 2 months ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

Hecatonchires Why jailbreak? (136 comments)

A browser that supports userscript extensions (greasemonkey). Bookmarklet just aren't good enough.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

Hecatonchires Hook me up (127 comments)

Dealing with depression, medication, associated side effects and low energy levels, I need some 'push through it'. Where do I sign up? Will it interfere with my brains internet plug, due to be installed in the 2020's?

1 year,15 days
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Game Review: Path of Exile (Video)

Hecatonchires Re:No MacOS or iOS client (177 comments)

Define 'hardcore gamers'.

But have you ever put a monopoly board in a blender, racked up the dust and snorted it? That's hardcore. So is free basing army men - melting them down in a spoon first of course.

about a year ago
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Head of Silk Road 2.0 Says It Will Be Back In Minutes If Shut Down

Hecatonchires Re:Silk Road down? (222 comments)

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Dread Pirate Roberts a 'good' guy posing as a 'bad' guy? This has FBI shill all over it.

about a year ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

Hecatonchires Who cares? (362 comments)

Java is huge in the business back end, but front end Java just leaves a bad taste in the mouth of users. Slow, bloated, painful to use and kinda salty.

about a year ago
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Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos

Hecatonchires Remember Canoma? (80 comments)

From Wikipedia:
Released by MetaCreations Corp. in 1999, this application allowed users to create 3D models based on one or more photographs taken from various angles.

Great program. Never understood why it died. Assume it was corporate hijinks.

about a year ago
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Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

Hecatonchires Carnivore (621 comments)

He's talking about Carnivore isn't he?

about a year and a half ago
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Archos Gamepad Released In the USA

Hecatonchires "Much Anticipated" (106 comments)

Really? 2nd time I've heard of it. Slashdot editors allow marketing hyperbole in links now?

about a year and a half ago
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How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?

Hecatonchires Other ingredients (709 comments)

Pepper
Salt
Some sort of binder - commonly egg
The new apprentices finger
A below threshold number of rat droppings, guano and cockroach parts
Other bits and pieces

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Hecatonchires Re:Some users have *policy* to be 3 releases back. (182 comments)

Until the release schedule is so slow the version you're on is EOL'd and doesn't support the feature you need, but you can't get approval to upgrade

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Hecatonchires Re:Unit tests, automated deployment (182 comments)

Sounds like a dream. We tried and failed several times to get developers to write unit tests. There was so much resistance we eventually gave up.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Hecatonchires Adapt Quickly (182 comments)

I find "Adapt Quickly" is a metaphor for "insufficiently tested" or "it worked on my machine"

If I had a dollar for every "tiny fix" that required hours of hacking in prod to resolve with the release team sitting around waiting for the wunderkind to figure it out, for it then to be reverted and done again the next weekend. So much better when properly tested with signoffs and accountability.

more than 2 years ago
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Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

Hecatonchires All sorts (448 comments)

In uni I had lecturers from China, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia among other places. I could understand them. The two hardest to understand were one lady who was extremely soft spoken. Had to sit in the front to hear her, even with a mic. The absolute hardest was a scottish guy. I had no idea what he was saying, even with a presentation up that he was speaking to. And english was his native language! All the foreign nationals put more effort into learning a second language than he did his first.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360

Hecatonchires Re:I think mobile phones win next generation (276 comments)

Because people have limited budgets of time and money. If you're playing a game on your mobile, your console is probably gathering dust. If your new handset costs $200 and is going to be everywhere you are, are you going to spend another $300 on a console that stays in the living room?

more than 3 years ago
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Can Minecraft Change the Gaming Industry?

Hecatonchires No, it will not. (255 comments)

The filter in your brain that parses reality is not installed correctly.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors Web To Curb Inner Mongolia Protests

Hecatonchires Change the term (103 comments)

Non outer mongolia

more than 3 years ago
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University Switches To DC Workstations

Hecatonchires Re:So... what? (468 comments)

I think it's funny that he references Wikipedia and considers it research.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

Hecatonchires Re:Bribery fines are funny (263 comments)

I know what you mean, but what else can you do other than levy a fine?

Set the fines as a % of annual revenue, or some other legally required, stockmarket linked reporting number.
Company A found guilty, earnt a million dollars, fined 85%. $850000 fine.
Company I(B)M, earnt a hojillion dollars - 85% of a hojillion is a lot.

The trick is using the same number that they use to justify their senior exec bonuses.

more than 3 years ago

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