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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Nemyst Re:Virtualize Linux. . . (266 comments)

And when I do the exact same thing, I have absolutely no problem. Anecdotes don't mean much.

7 hours ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Nemyst Re:Temptation (512 comments)

As much as they'll tell you otherwise, most of those high standing religious leaders aren't all that concerned about their religion. They're not the brainwashed religious fanatics, those are their minions. They're much smarter, and what they're doing is pretty much politics: they want to keep their power base intact. They are fully aware that the indoctrination of the masses, while powerful, wouldn't resist if faced with wide open access to the internet. There are too many opinions, too much information, you could even develop critical thinking *gasp*! It'd be the end of their power trip, and they won't accept that, so they'll drag down their entire country if need be.


Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Nemyst Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (512 comments)

I know you mean the US, but the difference is that the US has left the 8th century. A small minority seems adamant in getting them back to the dark ages, but there's a wide chasm between that and the poor souls of the Middle East. To conflate the two and pretend otherwise hinders both issues.

2 days ago

Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

Nemyst Re:Dangerous virus (81 comments)

Ebola is actually not that contagious. Its usually high mortality rate makes it slow to propagate, since it tends to kill the host before they can spread it much. You also need extended contact with infected people to be susceptible to transmission (hence why the researchers were amongst the most likely to get it, protection or not, and the lack of treatment or prevention mechanism meant that there was little to do for them once they had it).

An Ebola outbreak in Europe or North America would do little damage as it would be contained swiftly. Unless ZMapp is mass produced before then, the infected would probably be quarantined and left there, but either way you could control it and even in a major population center the damage would be relatively low. An influenza epidemic like the Spanish flu would be far more devastating, despite the fact flu is a much more common (and less "scary") disease.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Nemyst Re:Holy crap .. let it go man ... (615 comments)

DVD drive, sure, but no ethernet port? WTF is wrong with you? Wifi isn't so great as to be able to replace wired connections. For games, it's a disaster. For more civilized parts of the world, your internet access can be faster than N routers can sustain (and let's be frank few people have ac routers). Plus, there's the whole security aspect and how much easier it is to manage the router without having to deal with wireless codes and settings. I'll ditch a lot of stuff, but a good old ethernet wire isn't one of them.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Nemyst Re:CDs (615 comments)

My dad used to say the same of CDs, but then I set him up so that his computer would run foobar2000 with a remote control on his smartphone... Suddenly, he could browse through his entire collection (well, what's ripped anyway) with the flick of a finger, queue a bunch of tracks from any CD he wanted, pause, resume, change the EQ and much more without moving from his seat. I fully understand the appeal of a certain amount of physicality, but you can do so much more with computers and a well designed system.

3 days ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Nemyst Re:Risk Management (89 comments)

That's easy to say when the sample of drugs you have is those that have passed approval. If the requirements are relaxed, it's very hard to say what would happen without having access to information only the FDA has.

Perhaps nothing would happen. That'd be great, but it's also a gamble. It's possible that the relaxed requirements mean a side-effect slips through unnoticed, causing as great or greater harm later in the future. It's unlikely, but it's possible, and it only takes one for everyone to panic. Probably the best example we have of what could happen is Thalidomide.

3 days ago

This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Nemyst Re:Proof SimCity 5 was crap (103 comments)

SimCity 2013 can't scale to anywhere near such numbers because it's a more fine grained simulation. This is like saying a car is crap because it can't fit the number of people a bus can.

If you were to analyze the city you'd quickly realize that the statistical systems used in SC4 are a rather coarse approximation of reality with many downsides. They're a "top-down" approach to 2013's "bottom-up". Mind you, 2013 also had many approximations in order to reduce performance requirements so that the average player could run the game on their machine.

3 days ago

Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Nemyst Re:Good luck with that (136 comments)

Prices are already doubled in Australia. Surely their long-standing ripoff prices can be used to offset the generally small amount of refunds going on?

4 days ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Nemyst Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1229 comments)

I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

The trolls are bad, but censoring them is a slippery slope we should not engage in.

5 days ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Nemyst Re:Just proves the point (1229 comments)

First, I completely agree about the female representation in games being generally ridiculous (both PC and NPC). That should change.

What I however completely and utterly disagree with is that games released without female character options are a bad thing. If your game is designed for a specific character in mind, then it should be JUST that character. If that means it's a dude, then it's a dude, final answer. To arbitrarily be able to change the character's gender devalues the entire point of the character having a gender in the first place. It means that, in most cases, the game would be built such that the gender does not factor in any of the plot points or interactions with other characters, which is ridiculous and unrealistic. Being male or female affects how other people behave with you, especially if your game is set in a different time period.

What you should be arguing for instead is having more games starring actual female characters (which can't be gender switched to males). But please, for the love of all things, stop with the "I want to be able to play this game with the gender I wish!"

5 days ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Beyond what humans can do (538 comments)

So what's your research? What data did you take to make this conclusion? What are your hypotheses and theories regarding the current warming trend? Oh wait, you're just knee-jerking because you think we can't possibly have done it.

We can't make it rain? You've not heard of cloud seeding, have you? No, we don't have the power to control the weather locally, because that involves some truly massive amounts of energy. Thing is, on a global scale, humanity throws out truly massive amounts of energy. How much?

Everyone knows of the Mount St. Helens eruption from 1980. That eruption was fairly large (though not that large, sure): it released 24 megatons of energy in total. In 2008, humanity consumed almost 144,000 TW-hours of energy. That's 5000 St. Helens eruptions every year, or 14 eruptions per day. We consume INCREDIBLE amounts of energy, yet you believe that our exhaust fumes cannot possibly affect the climate? Volcanoes are known to be able to, though!

Note that this isn't meant to be a scientific proof or anything of the sort. You just seem to be unaware of the scale to which humanity has developed. Yes, we are most certainly able to affect the planet on a global scale, and that includes global warming. If you need another example, I'd just point at what global thermonuclear war would've done to the planet and leave it at that.

Oh, and you know what's one of the big flaws in your argument? There can be many causes for one consequence... It's well accepted that there are natural cycles of cooling and warming, but that doesn't preclude that other factors can also contribute to the global temperature, like humans. For someone so quick to throw out the tired old meme of logic "correlation does not mean causation", you sure seem fine with making major logical faults when they suit your perspective.

about a week ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Irreversible? (538 comments)

That's besides the point. If we act now, we have a chance at fixing it that's fairly large and wouldn't cause that many problems. If we act much later, we have fewer chances of succeeding and even success would probably mean that people (how many? thousands? millions?) have died for nothing. Saying that we can always recover is incredibly selfish, even if it's true (and frankly it's more of a gamble than I'd like).

about a week ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Climate damage is never irreversible (538 comments)

I don't think the worry with climate change was ever that we'd destroy Earth. It's just that it's in our best interests to avoid a certain species of apes from going extinct. Even that is unlikely, but I'm not sure you'd enjoy the possibility of millions or billions of people dying to an extinction-level event. Who's to say you'd be among the survivors, or your children?

about a week ago

Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Nemyst Re:Reputation (210 comments)

It sounds like Oracle's fucking business model. Overcommit, underbudget, get the job by being the "cheapest". Once the client's committed to your implementation, claim that the project brief was misleading or something and massively jack up the budget or leave the client with a stinking piece of shit.

My university's management, financial and student software was upgraded by Oracle. Something like 70 million dollars later, the web frontend is a complete farce full of atrocious design decisions, confusing options and ridiculous limitations. The employee backend is so complicated and useless that you need a fucking MANUAL to use it, and most people need assistance to do basic tasks such as budgeting their funds.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Nemyst Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (548 comments)

I'd argue that while it's a nice table, there's one critical flaw with it: it doesn't matter this much if you don't know everything listed, provided that you can learn it on the spot in a fairly short period of time. For instance, I remember having read about red-black trees or how to treat hashmap collisions and I've already programmed in prolog and so on, but do I remember all those things so well that I could immediately, without looking at a reference, know how to implement/work with them? Hell no. There's way too much to learn in computer science to ever hope knowing everything at once, and claiming that this should be the case (or even, that it is achievable) only serves to demoralize and misguide people.

In my mind, there are two core qualities in computer science (and really, in science in general): being adept at solving problems, and being able to learn new things all the time. The former lets you break down any specific problem in a set of more generic problems for which solutions can be found or designed. The latter means you're able to learn new solutions to problems you may be unfamiliar with.

about two weeks ago

Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Nemyst Re:Is he a scientist? (179 comments)

MBAs aren't like scientific disciplines. Work experience is far more valuable in that context than any sort of research, since it's much closer to a trade school degree than to a university one. As for whether Ballmer's work experience is going to be good for his students....

about two weeks ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Nemyst Audio is different (197 comments)

I'd say that we won't know the answer for a while more, provided Dolby don't ditch the tech before that. Firstly, humans are generally much more visual than auditive: a brand new TV set with vivid colors, large contrast and a sharp image will be a much easier and more obvious sell/upgrade than a new sound set. Not only are we better wired to notice the difference, it's also much more easily demonstrated in a shop, whereas a sound system normally needs a closed room with not too horrible sound properties to work well. On top of that, you can buy speakers individually, or in a pack with the receiver. Finally, lest we forget, most people will have one "home theater"-style room, be it the living room or a dedicated room just for movie watching. While they might buy a new TV for another room in the house, just about nobody will buy a second sound system.

The end result is that people upgrade their sound system at a much slower pace than the rest of their home theater setups. For instance, we've had the same speaker setup for something like 15 years. The speakers themselves don't really age (they'll eventually degrade, but that's about it - there isn't as pronounced a difference in tech as with TVs where you could get 2x better sound for the same price within a few years), so there's no point in changing them, and therefore we don't really think about changing the receiver itself. It's old enough that it doesn't have HDMI. It doesn't support Dolby True HD or DTS HD. Atmos is pretty much the equivalent of OLED TVs to us - it sounds neat, but not enough to be worth the investment.

about two weeks ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Nemyst Re:No wonder... (235 comments)

Yeah, it's harder for PR to let a tweet sit unreplied to for weeks at a time. An email is so easily "mistakenly" routed to the spam folder.

about two weeks ago

Processors and the Limits of Physics

Nemyst Re:Go vertical! (168 comments)

This. It won't be easy, of course not, but there's this entire third dimension we're barely even using right now which would give us an entirely new way to scale up. The possible benefits can already be seen in for instance Samsung's new 3D NAND, where they can get similar density to current SSDs with much larger NAND, thus improving reliability while keeping capacities and without significantly increasing costs. Of course, CPUs generate far more heat than SSDs, but the benefits could be tremendous. If anything, imagine the amount of cores you could cram in the same die area if you could stack them!

about two weeks ago



Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  about 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "With the ever-increasing number of mobile phones and other similar devices, I've started to consider one. I've always been more of a PC enthusiast due to the obvious flexibility the hardware provides. What I wondered was: are there any devices that have some really solid open software? I constantly hear about rooting phones, but I'd rather find something where you don't actually have to circumvent measures put in place by hardware vendors and providers. It doesn't have to be a phone, as long as it's a mobile device with basic network support (wi-fi is fine).

Basically, is there any mobile device that embraces the DIY community?"

How To Take Care of Hackers

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "One of my friends is running a relatively popular online community, but he's run into a problem. With success comes the usual load of idiots and one of them, after being banned, decided to react by DDoS'ing the site. The person has been identified; name, address, all that. The problem is, what can he do from that point onwards? The guy's a minor, so that doesn't help. Can he get in contact with certain authorities that will actually do something? The attacks are costing him money and the community as more and more people leave due to the server being down half the time. I've looked about and so has he, but so far we've come up empty-handed. Unfortunately, getting a new, more powerful server is just about out of range (the current server is already costing a pretty penny). I'm sure there are sysadmins among the Slashdot crowd who have already dealt with hackers of that kind, so what did you do about it?"

Invigorating a Gaming Community?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FriendlyFire writes "It's been a while since I last drilled my forehead with this issue, but I think it's that time of the year again.

I'm running a relatively successful fansite (The Starport) of the game Freelancer with other active members of its global community, but we're facing more and more issues with a slowly decreasing amount of players. Of course, the game is some 5 years old, so it's a bit logical to see a dip in activity, but we're a dedicated bunch and I believe there still exists no equivalent to the game. Therefore, I'm making a call for help: what could we, as a group, do to help the game pick back up some steam? Microsoft is of no help whatsoever, having abandoned the game about a year ago; I've been trying to get them to update the fansite list on the game's website for months without success. We also emailed some magazines and websites, but most if not all of our cries have been left without response. We aren't on the edge of destruction just yet, but the game has so much more potential left over that I feel it's a shame to see its popularity decrease so much.

Slashdotters, what can we do to get it back on the tracks? What magazines should we email? How could we get a better response from Microsoft (their technical support is a dead-end)? Are there places to advertise that kind of nearly-abandonware-yet-still-purchasable game?"


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