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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

JamesRing Awesome! (93 comments)

Oh this is great, one more game I can play without rebooting into Windows. Now I need to cut out from work early to play. :)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

JamesRing Re:Why Wave? (112 comments)

I think the core of it lives on in products like Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

about 7 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

JamesRing Headphones (262 comments)

The whole point of getting people into an office together is so that they can communicate and get work done faster than if they were all telecommuting. I think headphones hurt that, it's annoying to have to tap people on the shoulder to ask them something. Obviously you shouldn't bug people if you don't have to, but this applies with or without headphones.

about 9 months ago
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Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

JamesRing Re:Oblig. (406 comments)

Oh that's true! Thank God for that. :)

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

JamesRing I hope not (372 comments)

If Postgres is on par with Oracle then it has fallen a long way.

1 year,16 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

JamesRing Re:Pilot error? (506 comments)

Look at the date on the PAPI NOTAM: it is after the crash. The plane took out the PAPI lights.

1 year,21 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

JamesRing Re:Pilot error? (506 comments)

Correcting myself: there are other non-visual approaches (GPS for example) that could have been flown with the ILS out, but these require more work and given the weather conditions a visual approach would be chosen by most pilots.

1 year,21 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

JamesRing Re:Pilot error? (506 comments)

Your emphasis is on the wrong runway. He was on runway 28L, the glide path component of the ILS was out of service, thus he would have been flying a visual approach. The PAPI lighting (giving a visual cue about the glide slope) was working at the time. Even if the ILS was working I'm sure many pilots would have opted for a visual approach given the perfect weather conditions.

1 year,21 days
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Java 8 Delayed To Fix Security

JamesRing Re:Fork!!! (135 comments)

It was forked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenJDK The problem is that the browser plugin and WebStart parts of Java are not included in OpenJDK. But OpenJDK is excellent and widely used.

about a year ago
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Australian Bureau of Statistics Doesn't Like Direct Downloads of Census Data

JamesRing Typical (136 comments)

The Australian government is excellent at selling to the public products that the public have paid to produce. In the US (at least in theory) products of the US government are in the public domain and not eligible for copyright. I know, there are tons of things the US government produces that are exempt from this. I know this is a simplistic view, but Australia should not be selling things to people that they have already bought with their tax dollars.

about a year ago
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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

JamesRing Re:talent! (512 comments)

I didn't see this mentioned, but the sponsoring company has to make a Labor Condition Application for H-1B applicants. In this application they have to show that the visa candidate is going to be paid a salary at or above the "prevailing wage". Of course there are ways and means to avoid this but at least in principle is supposed to make a H-1B worker no more attractive to an employer than an American.

about a year ago
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Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

JamesRing Off-topic but just FYI (111 comments)

Did you know that people in North America pronounce "solder" as "sodder"? I had no idea until I moved to the US and I still find it hilarious!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

JamesRing Re:any questions? (360 comments)

You're never going to get a straight answer about why the position is vacant, waste of a question.

about 2 years ago
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White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

JamesRing Re:CAFE Kills (1184 comments)

Why?

about 2 years ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

JamesRing New revelation? (847 comments)

I thought the ring of police stationed 24 hours a day around the Ecuadorian embassy in London was evidence enough of the UK government's intentions!

about 2 years ago
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The Long Death of Fat Clients

JamesRing Re:Um... (277 comments)

Where is the +1 (Hilariously Paranoid) button?

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix and Google Make Land Grab On Edge of Internet

JamesRing Bitter? (85 comments)

I don't like it when healthy competition between two companies in a capitalist system is described as a "bitter fight" or "war", "battle", etc. It's sensationalist journalism and it completely mischaracterizes the nature of the healthy competition which is necessary for innovation to occur.

more than 2 years ago

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