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The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

Neo-Rio-101 Obligatory (28 comments)

My god!...... it's full of stars!

about three weeks ago
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Bloomberg Testing Productivity App For Oculus Rift

Neo-Rio-101 Re:Worst application imaginable (38 comments)

The problem with arguments like this is that if it's truly as easy as you make it sound, WHY isn't everyone doing it?

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Neo-Rio-101 Re:Canada following Australia (417 comments)

Yes, the RAAF have had a long working history with Lockheed.

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Neo-Rio-101 Canada following Australia (417 comments)

Only recently in Australia did the government suggest that it was going to purchase the F-35 as well. This all became clear in the same budget that suggested raising the pension age to 70 and an increase in taxes, and prompted much outrage.

Despite the flaws in the F-35, this purchase seems to be more of a five-eyes strategic thing, than it is any burning need to buy these planes.

about 2 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Neo-Rio-101 Re:MMORPG (382 comments)

It already is.

The trouble is that you have to know the rules of the game and how it is played. It's this information that is the "keys to the kingdom" so to speak, and if you want to be let in on the rules of the game, you have to pay up to be let in the inner circle.
The game is hidden in plain sight in the financial charts, but unless you know what you're supposed to be looking for, and when you're supposed to be looking for it - you won't be able to play the game reliably -- and it will drain your money and eat you for breakfast.... sending you back into the workforce.

Of course, they don't teach it in school! (how else would you train people to be smart enough to do other menial work, and yet dumb enough not to know how they're being screwed over by the system?)

There are already metatrader 4 expert advisors out there which can bring in a 5% on deposit return per month SO LONG AS you aren't a US citizen.
Why? Because most of the retail robots are garbage, and the only ones that survive use all manner of hedging strategy --- which is banned in US spot trading retail.
Just do the math... 5% return on investment per month over a number of years will have you retiring within a decade.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Neo-Rio-101 Meanwhile at Apple WWDC (187 comments)

Apple is boasting an over 50% uptake in Mavericks userbase, I see.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neo-Rio-101 Re:'stay-at-home-dad' schlock (291 comments)

Men have traditionally wanted to have their own children, and ensure that they were their own. There is some "selfish gene" biology going on here, as well as something more tangible. During the transition to hunting-gathering society to farming based, a man needed extra workers on the farm. To that end he needed to be sure that the children were his, and in order to do that he invented marriage and "chastity" and "virginity" for women to ensure that he got his bit out of the deal when he took possession of them. The honey "moon" so called because a month away on holiday away from any other people would ensure that pregnancy with that woman would happen (as she gets estrus once a month)). As is the plan with marriage, even traditionally.

Of course, virginity, woman-ownership, etc. were necessary because women aren't instinctively monogamous either.

If anyone reading thinks I'm talking nonsense, let's hear your theory....

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neo-Rio-101 Re:I call BS (291 comments)

That's what your wife tells you when she wants you to fix the fence and get off your computer.
"Grow up and be an adult!"
Does it get the correct pavlov dog reaction?

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neo-Rio-101 Re:I call BS (291 comments)

Jeebus... I try and have an opposing view and suddenly I have the white-knight brigade out in force.

Way to go "democracy"... let's just slam the other person with another point of view, rather than explain the counter-argument

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neo-Rio-101 Re:I call BS (291 comments)

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to ... you know... feel superior on a message board and berate people for evidence, and then feel like an utter dick when someone produces it.

No, I'd never do it.... because you never know,.... they just might be able to produce it.

So perhaps then, I'd consider that the best thing to do - if I felt that more evidence would be required - would be to politely ask for it. That way if they had it, I'd be able to learn more about it, and if not, I would have made my point.
If, however, I was to be a complete douchebag and be insulting, I'd be betting on them not having a repsonse BUT *if it just so happened* that they could produce evidence.... you'd look like an utter asshole. So really there'd be nothing for you to gain from being a dick, and only self-respect to lose.

Nope. Not a smart move.

http://www.oocities.org/protop...

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neo-Rio-101 I call BS (291 comments)

As far as I can tell, the male brain is not wired for looking after a child. It's only wired to have sex with as many women as possible.
Trouble for women is that raising a child typically required male support (getting food mainly), but aside from that he was pretty much useless.
Women didn't even want men raising the children, lest they are not trained by men to look after women as a matter of priority

To that end, the concept of "love" and a "relationship" evolved whereby the woman attempts to get a man to "fall in love" so that he stops whatever he is supposed to be doing to support her. Problem is, this eventually makes the man unhappy (he's supposed to be spreading the seed), and the woman only needs to man for financial support. She doesn't *really* love him.

These days with a growing government socialist support network, the role of the male provider is being replaced by the state, divorce is on the rise, and so are the number of single mothers.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

Neo-Rio-101 Re:Don't understand the hype (123 comments)

various kinds of super-intelligent devices that use lies and deception to make lesser, but more agile two-legged creatures do their bidding all the while letting those creatures think they're the ones in charge.

You're talking about my wife, aren't you?

about 2 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

Neo-Rio-101 Anyone TRIED to set up OpenStack? (99 comments)

Well I have, and even with RedHat's documentation and distribution, it's nothing short of a nightmare.

It took me a good part of a day to subscribe to RedHat's evaluation distribution, and configure maybe 2 out of the 7 or so daemons that are needed to get it to all hang together.... and this was starting from scratch with no idea how the open stack architecture hangs together. In fact, I'm still a bit fuzzy on the details.

Compare that with a vmware ESXi install. Within an hour or so, you're running linux in a VM.

For a contractor going into an organization trying to sell this, it's very very hard. Skilled people in Open stack are few. I can't easily set something up in Open Stack and then walk away, or the customer is in a lurch for support. The technology needs to be well supported and well understood with a community of techs.

At the moment, while I love open source and everything you can do with it, a typical organization would rather go with vmware due to it's ease of use and the number of techs that can manipulate it. Yes it costs a fortune, but it's worth paying because it's easier to support, and these enterprises have money for this.

Openstack is going to go great guns where in-house techs can deploy it for customers, and spend all the time in the world to learn it's ins and outs....but for everyone else it's too much hassle.
The comparisons with earlier version of Linux are apt. Just as enterprises don't want to roll their own Linux kernel, much less do enterprises want to hand configure their own cloud.

There will be a market for preconfigured & value-added open stack environments however. It's just too early to call yet.

about 2 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Neo-Rio-101 Faster speeds are nice, but... (355 comments)

Will the new spec be able to solve the problem of not knowing which way up to insert the USB plug?

*ducks*

about 3 months ago
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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

Neo-Rio-101 Face hug (92 comments)

I need a face hug to console myself.
In fact, I'm also feeling sick in my stomach.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Neo-Rio-101 Re:Sort of, but on the flip side .... (254 comments)

installation programs often ask you if you'd like to ALSO install one of several other questionable toolbars, add-ons or other utilities, with an "opt in" default for each prompt. Really, there's no secret here.... It tells you right on the screen what it wants to install, and you simply de-select a check-mark to skip it. But people blow right through those prompts, clicking as fast as they can find the button, and then wonder where the "Super Cool MegaSearch" toolbar came from that keeps popping up ad banners while they surf the web.

But that practice is outright bastardry and we all know it. I don't think we should be heaping the blame on people who don't read what's on screen, but rather the opt-in nonsense.

Oracle and Java, I am looking right at you.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Neo-Rio-101 I blame Oracle (589 comments)

I think what most people are missing from the debate is not that Linux is cheaper or more expensive or anything.
The question about TCO really comes down to the applications you want to run, and the aftermarket support you get from that.

Now, as far as network/system engineering is concerned, or for basic word processing, Linux - by itself - is much better than Windows.
Linux is great for your LAMP stack and web-based solutions, not to mention basic network services like DNS, NTP, LDAP, RADIUS. No problems there.

However, most businesses run enterprise applications. Microsoft has better Office integration software, which precludes most business desktops being installed with Windows to get their Exchange and Sharepoint stuff working. As for what runs on their servers, in most cases it will be a toss up between some Windows server based application, or an Oracle on Linux application.

The kicker is that Oracle software on Linux is a complete cow to get up and working, and their support sucks.
Microsoft, for all their faults, actually is much easier to manage in comparison. Installs go easily and their support is miles ahead.

In many cases it's just much easier to run the application on Windows, and then hedge against failure with virtual environments and routine snapshots.
I've seen clients ditch their Linux servers for Windows because of Oracle products not living up to expectations - and the competition running their app on Windows.

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack on Solar Energy

Neo-Rio-101 what's in a name? (1 comments)

Koch by name, Koch by nature.

(ok, now we've got the obvious puns out of the way, the real debate can begin)

about 3 months ago

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