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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Impish Re:Tits and swords (153 comments)

Before the HBO serious came on I went back and re-read the books (well, the first three). Reading the first book again reminded me just how good it is. Great characters, quick paced action, sets up the politics quickly and interestingly.

Since you thought it was "Barely literate drivel." I'm wondering which books you were comparing it to. Since you slammed it pretty hard the least you could do is give some context, do you even read that genre? Give some examples of well written books that compare perhaps, that'd be helpful.

Now if you were going to slam the books four and five, be my guest.

about 7 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

Impish Re:Games: Autosave is the devil (521 comments)

Games that autosave only on checkpoints is a hangover from old consoles that didn't have the memory to allows gamers to save when they wanted to. Why this horrible restriction continues to perpetuate to modern PC games is beyond me.

Probably because it'd be an excessive frame rate hit to serialize hundreds of megabytes of data structures in a game every 5 seconds. You'd have to make everything copy-on-write and essentially dedicate a core just to building and writing the save file.

Why would it need to serialize all that data every five seconds? I'm truly curious. I've stopped the game to save it, this brings up the 'save to' menu and you wait a couple seconds while it does the save (gather data, write to disk), then go back to the game. If it is a complicated game with lots and lots of information (e.g. Skyrim, how *do* they keep track of all those quest lines?) I can see a long save time, if it is a FPS I don't see why it would take so long. Even the PC standard F5 for 'quick save' can put up a 'Saving' message while it is going on so the frame rate doesn't matter, you aren't doing anything while it is saving.

I can see your point if the gamer expects the save to happen in the background, a la 'save point', while they continue to run around in game and do things. But I don't see why this should have an impact when I've decided to go to the save screen.

about 8 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

Impish Re:Games: Autosave is the devil (521 comments)

If you want that kind of suspense, let the game auto save for you. Personally if supper is ready I don't want to have to tell my wife "Wait, I know there must be an auto save waypoint around here somewhere, hold on while I play for another 5 - 10 minutes looking for it!" I want to hit cntl-s, quit, and go have supper.

Or, you know, you could just hit Esc and pause it.

I have no interest in leaving my gaming rig running for an hour (or possibly more if conversation gets interesting) sucking back electricity, heating up my back room and possibly playing whatever hold music the game has. Allowing a save, I would think, is simple. Unless somebody with more knowledge explains why it is hard I'll just blame it on cheap console ports.

Speaking of which, I bought Dead Space on Steam when it came on sale but due to the horrible, horrible console port and controls I haven't been able to play them :(

about 8 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

Impish Games: Autosave is the devil (521 comments)

Games that autosave only on checkpoints is a hangover from old consoles that didn't have the memory to allows gamers to save when they wanted to. Why this horrible restriction continues to perpetuate to modern PC games is beyond me. It's a throwback and it's annoying.

I can hear some people saying "It forces suspense in the game! You don't know when the next safe place is!". If you want that kind of suspense, let the game auto save for you. Personally if supper is ready I don't want to have to tell my wife "Wait, I know there must be an auto save waypoint around here somewhere, hold on while I play for another 5 - 10 minutes looking for it!" I want to hit cntl-s, quit, and go have supper.

Is it so hard to put 'save when you want' in to a game?


about 8 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

Impish HVAC, why can't we get it right? (216 comments)

This is a standard fight in every office I've been in. I have always wondered why we can put a man in space or replace my computer with a phone but we cannot properly control the temperature in a bunch of offices in a building.

Got moved in to a cube farm after ten years with an office and the only benefit is that the temperature is now consistent. The meeting rooms are freezing/sweltering but the cube farm is good.

about 9 months ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Impish Re:Good choice (313 comments)

Vastly fewer troops, though. We used to have a significant presence there after GW1. I'm not blaming Obama in that way yet - the goal was deterrence of the likes of Kim Jong Ill, not so much Putin.

Deterrence of North Korea? Like stopping them from their nuclear testing? Or perhaps stopping them from shelling South Korea? Didn't seem to work, unless you really believe North Korea *wants* to invade South Korea.

about 10 months ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Impish Re:never understood (371 comments)

Also, the Smart "automatic" a)isn't really; it's an "automated manual" with a clutch, and b) is absolutely terrible compared to either a torque-converter automatic or a manually-operated clutch.

I think the OP meant 'automatic' as in the way most people think of automatics: there is no clutch pedal for you to work. I own a smart car and yes, there is some roughness from a dead stop. I avoid it by accelerating slowly, my wife avoids it by accelerating quickly. Still, no manual clutch = automatic. You can switch it over and force gear changes, but not much call for that while driving around town.

I was just looking at cars earlier today because there's a hopefully-very-small chance I'll need a new one like, now, and if all I did was drive around town to and from work and errands and stuff, I'd seriously consider getting one.

Do yourself a favor and buy a used Hyundai Accent instead. Trust me, it's a better car. (Even a 10-year-old Accent is a better car than a brand new Smart.) Or buy a Mazda, or a Ford, or, Hell, even a Scion. There is no small car worse than a Smart.

I think you are allowing an irrational hatred of the car mar your thought patterns, did somebody in a Smart car cut you off this morning?

Part of the reason I bought a Smart car was for the looks (I'm a sucker that way). It makes children smile and starts up conversations in parking lots, it doesn't look like anything else and I like that. Looks aside there are some very nice things in my Smart car that came standard (and I bought it over five years ago). Automatic lights? Yup. Automatic windshield wipers (front and rear)? Yup. Heated seats? Yup.

Stating that a 10 year old Hyundi Accent is a better option that an (implied) new Smart car shows you are veering in to hyperbole. Care to try the comparison again? There are better arguments for why a Smart car is not a good idea, you just didn't come up with many.

about 10 months ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

Impish A priest named 'Leakage' (99 comments)

When I rolled my priest in WoW I spent 2 minutes thinking about what the worst name for a priest could be, so I name him "Leakage". Can't say I spent a lot of time on it and just created it to amuse myself. Of course that is PC gaming, I don't do console gaming so the idea of locking myself down to a single user name ... I guess I'd put more thought in to it.

about 10 months ago

What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

Impish A laptop is necessary for vacation! (140 comments)

At the end of every day I try to download all the pictures taken and do the first round of culling/commenting/geo-tagging. Given the vast amount of electronic pictures generated by myself and my wife there is no way I'll motivate myself to go through all of them once I'm home.

I still look through our vacation photos and wonder why we kept some of them. The daily cull needs to be more severe.

about a year ago

Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Impish Re:As a matter of fact, the founders of the US... (730 comments)

... were against democracy.... that is why they established a Republic.

For a better understanding of different government systems - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFXuGIpsdE0

That video is good until the last 10% (starting at 9:20) when they lump "Too much government" to include welfare programs and "Soon a number of Romes producers could no longer make ends meet, and they went on the dole". Then it goes on to talk of wandering mobs demanding bread and circuses. So yeah ... goes from being informative to preachy.

In the end of the video it states the U.S.A. can keep a Republic, or move to a tyranny of the elite (oligopoly) and states that Democracy is a stepping stone to Oligopoly. Republican rules can be subverted as well and lead to oligopoly, it doesn't warn about that.

about a year ago

Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon

Impish Re:If you can defend it .. it's yours (248 comments)

Because we are still a barbaric world where basic human courtesy doesn't apply.

Such as turning off your phone when in a meeting, dinner date or at the movies, not trying to get one car ahead by jamming your vehicle into the six foot space, not walking across the middle of the street and expecting traffic to stop on a dime , not using a curse word every three seconds because you think it's cool or being edgy, answering a question with "Read the fucking manual!"

You lost me on the bold bit (emphasis mine). Having just come back from Vancouver Island I can assure you that cars stopping when you attempt to cross the street (no matter where) is very courteous and civilized.

about a year ago

How Safe Is Cycling?

Impish Re:Give me a break... (947 comments)

I think the value in a helmet if more for the accidents that happen so quickly you don't have time to react. If you clip a car, sign, whatever, and have time to realize you are going down you drop the bike and roll. There is always the chance you won't see it coming: door prizes, ice on the street, pedestrians stepping out from between cars (of course then you make sure you land on them, nice and comfy), wet storm drain covers.

I was riding after it rained, turned a corner quickly and my front wheel hit a wet storm drain cover. Zip, no more traction and down I went. I felt my nose brush the tarmac then my helmet hit and bounced my face away from the street. No helmet would have meant me leaving my nose and face streaked across the tarmac. It's not like I had a modelling career, but holy f*ck am I happy I was wearing a helmet.

On a less serious note, you spend a lot of time as a bike courier rushing around madly and more than once I've rushed up to doors, pushed the bar and found them locked. I'd bounce my helmet off the door (not my head!), curse at whomever locked it, and move over to the other door.

Oh yeah, if you mountain bike, wear a helmet (assuming you are doing serious mountain biking, not just toodling down fire roads). I've messed up a descent and scraped my helmet across a rock face. No helmet would have been very, very ugly.

Of course, to each their own. I don't feel modern helmets are so restrictive that they aren't worth wearing.

about a year ago

My SSID Is...

Impish Re: A Series of Tubes (458 comments)

1) I don't get ads at youtube ... could be my configuration of noscript
2) Thanks for pointing me over there, 30min of work time I can't get back ;)

about a year and a half ago

New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

Impish Such optimism in the summary (492 comments)

I love the way the summary talks about the diseases this could help fix.

You know what the Scripps Ranch business types are really thinking: "OMG, we are going to *own* the diet industry!" cha-ching!

about a year and a half ago

Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

Impish Re:You can do it without any additional hardware (264 comments)

Just install a 10 years old OS and games. You'll be blown away by the performance :P

You'd think so, but I bought the original Fallout from GOG and was surprised by how slow it was. Anybody have any insight to that?

about 2 years ago

Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

Impish Re:Meg, Carly (237 comments)

Wow, that's a pretty misogynistic comment, and the fact that it somehow got ranked up at *all* is just sad.

You sure you don't want to follow this up with a comment about how male CEOs just buy stuff to prove how big their penises are? Balance is good, if you are going to roll out stereotypes, do it for both sides.

more than 2 years ago

Sharp Overwhelmed By Volunteers For Early Retirement

Impish Early Retirement? Yes please! (103 comments)

I can two types of people who would jump at the chance for early retirement:

1) People actually close to retirement
2) People who are not close to retirement, but know they have the skills to get another job

The person who is barely scraping by at their job? Not going to jump ship (unless they are planning on changing careers). I see this as a fine way to lose some of the best and brightest really quickly.

Hell, every time our management talks about reductions or outsourcing my hand goes up. A nice package for leaving so I can coast for a couple weeks then look for a new job? Sure, sign me up!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Loses Patent Case For FaceTime Tech, Owes $368 Million

Impish I need QuickTime to view the patent diagrams? (139 comments)

To view the Apple patent diagrams on the US patent site my browser informs me I need to run Apple Quicktime? Why isn't the patent office using PNG images?

more than 2 years ago

Austrian Skydiver Prepared to Leap From Edge of Space

Impish Dooooo Iiiiiiittttt! (97 comments)

C'mon, who could possibly say this isn't cool? As far as I can tell it is 100% useless (somebody please tell me how this will further science) but damn, given the opportunity, who wouldn't?

more than 2 years ago

San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds

Impish I was there, and it was fantastic! (241 comments)

We were up on Clairemont Mesa so we could watch a bunch of the firework shows around the San Diego bay area. When the downtown one went off it was spectacular. The horizon lit up for 5 - 10 seconds and the sound was wonderful! Everybody immediately started to check twitter to see what had happened and we all talked about it for 1/2 hr while we waited for the other firework displays to go off.

We watched two more displays (yawn) and you know the only one anybody is talking about? Yup, the one that all went off at the same time. You know which ones I'll be telling as a great story for years to come? Yup, the one that screwed up. Do you think anybody cares what the Sea World fireworks looked like July 4 2012? No, no they don't. Hell, I forgot them 10 minutes after they were finished.

The screw up was fantastic to watch and I'll still tell people about it years later: "Ever wonder what it would look and sound like if they all went off at the same time? Been there, witnessed that."

So it sucks people paid to park and sat in the chilly evening, but c'mon, now you have a great story. Nobody would care to hear about the fireworks if they had worked!

more than 2 years ago


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