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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

LordLucless How much? (149 comments)

So how much advertising did Dell buy ro get this story run?

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

LordLucless Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

Give me an objective definition of "market" that makes the doesn't make the distinction between software products and support services, yet does distinguish between, say, operating systems and web browsers.

I doubt you have one. You just draw the line on a case-by-case basis wherever it supports your argument.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

LordLucless Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

Yes. They're using their profits from selling their support product to fund development of their free operating system.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

LordLucless Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

Plenty of companies offer free services to attract customers, while other companies may charge for the same services. That is not illegal.

This is incorrect. The only reason it seems this way is because it takes so long to gather evidence, and the ensuing court cases take so long to eventuate.

So, what you're saying is that there are pending court cases against, say RedHat, because they offer their OS free of charge, undercutting Microsoft's offering?

Or maybe against Google, or OpenStreetMaps, for uncompetitively providing free services that conflict with other services who do not charge?

about three weeks ago
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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

LordLucless Re:As a non-fanboy I like the Cook Apple better. (90 comments)

Yeah, because USB hadn't already gone through three generations of improvements and refinements before Apple's messianic connector forced the industry to start improving again.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

LordLucless Re: Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

I was referring to the US military, which has a budget more than three times the size of China's. China might have more troops, but the US' combat ability is still far greater.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

LordLucless Re: Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

There's also quite a difference between "strong central military" and "three times the size of any other military force in the world"

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

LordLucless Re:Always lock your phone! (231 comments)

Congratulations. You've now broken the phone, and the photos are on the cloud.

about a month ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

LordLucless Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (203 comments)

To offer a counter-opinion:

I played 2E in high school, missed most of 3E (except for the computer games loosely based on that ruleset, which I love and still play today) and these days play 4E. I've played a couple of encounters with the 5E playtest bundle.

My group play D&D more as a tactical skirmish game than as an RPG. We play RPGs too, but we tend to use indie or White Wolf (does White Wolf count as indie these days) systems for that. D&D 4E as a tactical skirmish game, is awesome. I'm not sure if you'd consider my style to be "adversarial" DMing. I'm certainly deliberately trying to bring the team down in combat, but I'm not trying to "beat" them - I'm the DM, if I want to "beat" them, rocks just fall.

A perfect encounter, for me, is when the party beats the monsters with no deaths, but feels like they only just pulled it off. A perfect adventuring day is when the whole party finishes the last encounter for the day with no surges, and dailies used. If I've killed one of them, I've failed; if they haven't been challenged, I've failed. If they've felt like they were on the edge of disaster the whole time, but pulled through by the seat of their pants, I've succeeded.

5E is not the edition for us. Like you said, it's clear and simple, streamlined, and without as much math, but we enjoy the complexities. We like the billions of permutations 4E offers for characters, despite the balance and function issues such an array of options present. For me, 5E doesn't have the in-depth combat complexities that 4E offered as a skirmish game, but neither does it have the narrative elements that support role-playing that systems like Fate, or Storyteller do.

That aside, I still wouldn't be buying 5E, simply because I no longer trust Wizards management of the brand. I avoided the 3/3.5E debacle, but 4E was just as poorly managed. There are whole classes that are practically unplayable (Seeker, Runepriest, etc) because WotC decided to switch to Essentials mid-stream; others were neglected ever since they were printed (Assassin, Artificer, etc). Martial characters got two hard-cover Power books; every other power source got one - classes that were printed after their power book got zero. Dragonborn and Tielfling were the only races to receive dedicated books, giving them far more options than other races. And that's aside from stuff like expertise math-fixes due to insufficient QA in the first place.

TL;DR: I'll keep 4E for a skirmish game, and keep using indie systems for role-playing. 5E fills neither niche.

about a month ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

LordLucless Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

As a matter of protocol, the Swedish goverment is not allowed to make any decisions on extradition before the extradition has been processed by the court system

No, but they're allowed to re-iterate the law. If it's illegal for them to extradite Assange, then they should be able to say that. If its legality needs to be determined by a court, then obviously there is a risk that they may extradite Assange, and his caution is warranted.

about 1 month ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

LordLucless Already started (180 comments)

The editors have already begun this process by eating the very name of the fish in question.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

LordLucless Re:All white meat (426 comments)

i.e. thigh meat, not breast meat

about a month ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

LordLucless Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (371 comments)

No, businesspeople will not take a Hipster seriously when this Hipster insists on using provenly bad technologies like Ruby on Rails, JavaScript and NoSQL absolutely everywhere, especially when the Hipster was told that C++ is being used because the other 10 million lines of code in the system are written in C++. Businesspeople need software that works, not software that's built upon technologies solely chosen because of how much hype they've gotten, or how much they tickle the fancy of some Hipster.

They'll also not take seriously self-righteous morons who use the word "proven" as a justification for their technical prejudices, instead of to denote some objective reality. Or actually, they might, but the rest of us won't.

about a month ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

LordLucless Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Sadly this is true, but it shouldn't be. Technical people should have the professionalism to analyse requirements and check that the requirements fit the purpose.

Most I know do. The problem is that they're not sufficiently expert in the domain (in this case, health care) to determine the purpose, and the purpose the client gave them is wrong.

Specs aren't just some bureaucratic hoop that needs to be jumped through to get a developer to sit down and code, and they're not something a developer can just wing, and get right anyway, because they already knew what they were and were just being anal about getting you to write down.

They are important, and if they're not done properly, the dev will likely spend a lot of time doing the wrong thing correctly, and you will be billed for it.

about a month ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

LordLucless Re: Cloud Computing! (98 comments)

No, it's really not. It's the name for a cluster running a virtualisation environment that lets you spin up virtual server instances quickly and easily.

It's an abstraction layer that sits between your clustered hardware, and your virtual machines.

about a month ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

LordLucless Re:"Sophisticated" look (220 comments)

It's a mobile. It's basically a rectangular screeen. There's not really much space for design innovation.

Besides, since when have mobiles not had rounded corners?

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

LordLucless Re: Translated into English (306 comments)

While that's true for lots of the objections raised, it isn't true for all of them. This, for example:

When Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., installed solar panels a few years ago, for example, the local utility, Dominion Virginia Power, threatened legal action. The utility said that only it could sell electricity in its service area.

Government-created incumbent monopolies seem to be playing their part as well.

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

LordLucless Re:Oh noes! (371 comments)

The death of a language starts when developers leave it in droves for something else. I don't see that happeneing for Java. Do you?

Pretty much. Nobody I know starts a new project in Java. Sure, they'll maintain it, and if they already run it, they'll add new features to an existing Java system, but if I ask someone to start a new web project, and ask them what the best language to develop it in is, I don't know anyone that would say "Java" (whereas go back 10 years, and it would have been all I heard). And Java desktop apps never really took off.

The only thing that's keeping Java relevant for new development is Google, with Android - and funnily enough, Oracle was busily involved in suing them over it. I feel like Oracle must be deliberately trying to run Java into the ground at this point.

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

LordLucless Re:Money, Mouth (502 comments)

My point is exactly the opposite - are they betting against old school power? This article just says they're *talking* against old school power. I'd be seeing where they put their money before I believe what they say.

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

LordLucless Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

The Sheldon character holds down a high paying job and manages to interact with an admittedly small circle of friends. He's already doing better than a good segment of the population.

Do you really think that an IRL Sheldon without script immunity would be able to do the same? The TV Sheldon also seems to be a pretty crap physicist, given to conspiracy theories, junk science, and an inability to distinguish between fiction and reality.

about a month and a half ago

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Australia Elects Libertarian Senator (By Accident)

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  1 year,10 days

LordLucless (582312) writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting.

In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

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Australian spy agency seek permission to hack third-party computers

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about a year and a half ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "ASIO, Australia's spy agency, is pushing for the ability to lawfully hijack peoples' computers — even if they are not under suspicion of any crime. They seek the ability to gain access to a third party's computer in order to facilitate gaining access to the real target — essentially using any person's personal computer as a proxy for their hacking attempts.

The current legislation prohibits any action by ASIO that, among other things, interferes with a person's legitimate use of their computer. Conceivably, over-turning this restriction would give ASIO the ability to build their own bot-net of compromised machines.

Perhaps inevitably, they say these changes are required to help them catch terrorists."

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NSW Police taken to court for massive software piracy

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The New South Wales police have been sued by Micro Focus for around 15 years of copyright infringement. Allegedly, they have been using Micro Focus' mainframe software throughout the entire force, while paying for only a fraction of the required licenses. More, they supplied other departments — NSW Police Integrity Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the NSW Ombudsman's Office — with the software.

The other departments have already settled out of court, but the police are still stalling."

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Man charged for possessing book in London

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The Metropolitan Police have announced that they have charged a man for possession of a book.

Mohammed Shabir Ali "possessed a document of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism", a crime under the Terrorism Act of 2000."

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LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordLucless writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

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