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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Rhys Re:Puppet. (265 comments)

So... you didn't test... and you have only yourself to blame?

Especially with VMs, it is so easy to snapshot and test things.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Rhys Re:Puppet. (265 comments)

That's a failure to test* your code-as-infrastructure, not a puppet failure.

*: Exempting a small subset of physical device issues, though even those can be ignored if you're talking about a VM, so that the physical hardware is never actually in a not-live state.

about 2 months ago

Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

Rhys Re:About damn time! (93 comments)

Sorry you don't love Civ, but its your loss. I wrapped up a couple rounds of it two weeks ago on windows.

Then again I occasionally go back to Master of Magic or Master of Orion (1 or 2) so YMMV.

about 3 months ago

Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

Rhys Re:Who knows (70 comments)

I'm going to go with something on the theory that after being put on a PC (single chip, with a large L2 cache) it got a free pass to do what it damn well pleased, since it'd been designed to run on a much slower multi-chip PPC solution, which gave up L2 cache entirely in order to have the second processor.

about 4 months ago

Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Rhys Re:Wrong question (634 comments)

There's actually significant upside.

Ever debugged a memory error in C? Ever done it when it is timing dependent? How about on 1024 nodes at once? Good luck opening that many gdb windows.

I TA'd the parallel programming class. I told the students (largely engineers & science, not CS) -- use fortran. Lack of pointers is actually a feature here.

about 4 months ago

GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Rhys GameSpy Voice Chat (145 comments)

If it means the end of GameSpy Voice "chat" -- aka some people are silent and some people HAVE THE VOICE OF GOD -- I am okay with any other ripple effects.

about 6 months ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Rhys Re:or 2 competing providers before an area loses P (449 comments)

Even though I'm in town I'm not sure I buy cell over POTS. I have this thing called a basement (actually, under the front porch, concrete coverage 90-95% on all 6 sides -- small wooden ceiling/floor at one end), and I live in the midwest, where hiding in it from tornadoes is a thing that we do. I also have a buried landline (won't get snapped by falling trees). As soon as the cell companies can get me signal in the bunker, then we can being the conversation about removal of the POTS line.

Barring that we can talk about other technologies that would substitute and fill a similar feature set. Buried FTTP would be an acceptable substitute. Sure, there's the power loss issue for signaling in a disaster event from my end (though that's a signal in and of itself), but I'm willing to take that burden and USPes aren't really that complex a technology nor that high a cost. For the sort of trouble expected here (tornado/wind damage), FTTP should be about as reliable as POTS.

about 6 months ago

NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

Rhys Re:And at only 78,000 USD, it's a steal! (110 comments)

Even if it wasn't 78k (and it isn't, they listed it at 3k if you RTFA) that is a steal if your compute load can actually extract the 8 Tflop from it -- assuming that's the 64-bit flop, not the 32-bit flop.

I mean, slightly under 10 years ago I know a big-10 university that paid 3000k for a cluster with less Tflops (around 7, but not all in one computation/network).

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, another few years that should be in laptops or phones.

about 6 months ago

Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

Rhys Re:Comcast challengers? What is K been smoking? (187 comments)

Projects like municipal broadband. Comcast and co are terrified and buy state legislators in order to shut it down. Hopefully we'll get a few of them out of the gates quickly enough that are fantastically wild successes that comcast and co get shot down.

about 7 months ago

Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million

Rhys Re:I'd rather donate to Child's Play (50 comments)

You must be talking about this random charity, since many child's play dontaions go straight to the hospital?

Or maybe you're too RTFA to catch FAQ #1 which says historically under 6% overhead? A couple quick web searches, hitting both the Washington Sec of State and one of the various charity rating places both point to similarly good numbers.

about 9 months ago

Ubuntu Touch Developers Aim for Daily Phone Usability Before June

Rhys Re:Why (83 comments)

I actually had it on my phone back in Feb. It wasn't awful. The lack of 3G data was all that got it removed and android put back on... for now, but I'll probably go back to it once I can get 3G data. I might miss my exchange calendar support, but I doubt that'll be long in appearing (who knows, I might even do that).

But I'm not a big app'er. I need a phone dialer, a tiny bit of sms, a web browser, gchat client, and preferably my corp exchange calendar (email optional). Gmail would be nice too but the browser version would fake it.

about a year ago

Integer Overflow Bug Leads To Diablo III Gold Duping

Rhys Re:Luls. (160 comments)

Those who froget the past are doomed to repeat it: Asheron's call had a similar issue back in 99-2000 era.

about a year ago

FTC Goes After Scammers Who Blasted Millions of Text Messages

Rhys They'll get the job done... (79 comments)

Just like the did for lowering my credit card rates with Rachiel. Or the asshat foghorn cruise captain. Or how my vehicle warranty is expiring.

This isn't a hard problem to solve. Mandate the phone companies build in a star-spam sequence you can fire during (or right after) a call to have that caller marked as spamming, just like gmail. Get so many complaints, phone company hands you over to FTC for investigation. Phone company doesn't hand them over and then when the FTC does get them, the fine is double (triple? 10x? Whatever factor needed to make it hurt) whatever the revenue from the scam was.

Not rocket science. But as long as the phone companies profit from the scammers, you better believe this will continue to be a problem.

about a year and a half ago

3-D Printed Car Nears Production

Rhys Re:know how I know it's a pipe dream? (93 comments)

I'm bemused the assumption is the engineer is an idiot, not the reporter or marketdroid that wrote it.

about a year and a half ago

Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

Rhys Amazing... (573 comments)

No consumer demand == over half a million ponied up by residents in a ~100k pop midwestern town as a downpayment on gigabit FTTP. There's no install date. There are RFPs that went out, and hopefully someone will be selected and we'll get fibre and I can tell comcast where to stick their cable.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Identity Theft Attempt In Progress; How To Respond?

Rhys Probably an id10t error. (239 comments)

Having a fairly common name and a early gmail where I snagged first initial + last name I get a lot of junk there. Password reset attempts aplenty, people's airline tickets, house listings, closing documents...

Those I want off of I send a nice mail to support at the company and claim fraudulent use of my email address to register with them. You'd be amazed how fast your email will be off their account (sometimes the account survives that, sometimes... the id10t gets to get a new account -- have fun with that!).

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Touch Port-a-Thon

Rhys Re:N900 (48 comments)

I don't know what is in the N900, but the current builds of Ubuntu are sluggish on a Galaxy Nexus (though nice and smooth on a Nexus 4). I would guess that means the N900 would be a slideshow.

about a year ago

Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4

Rhys Re:What does Canonical get out of this? (107 comments)

Sure it exists, its called a Landscape subscription. Being able to manage both the desktops and smartphones/tablets for a company all through Landscape is actually kinda compelling. I know a lot of IT pros, since I used to be one before going back into programming and they universally hate hate hate iOS/Android/etc phones, because they is no good central management for them.

I'm sure for paid apps (on the desktop or phone or phone-desktop hybrid) Canonical gets a cut. The phone app store is much more a cultural norm than the desktop app store.

As a consumer, the idea that I could buy a phone with 64-128 Gb of flash and a quad to octo core cpu, 8 gigs of ram for under 500 within 5 years, which I could use with a cheap unlimited data plan (like t-mobile's $30/month 4G for the first 5gbyte and unlimited 3g after) and I could use it as a desktop or phone? Sign me up!

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4

Rhys Re:no one cares (107 comments)

Isn't that the point of Wayland? Did you miss the memo?

about a year and a half ago

CNN Replicates John Broder's Drive In the Tesla Model S

Rhys Re:Problem with toys for the super rich (525 comments)

Because in 5 or 10 years, when that much less-new used car prices hit them, people like me may well buy a used Tesla (Roadster|S). Even with a half-dead battery pack it'd have more range than a leaf (which is plenty for midwestern small-city USA), cost less, and be a hell of a lot more fun to drive*.

*: Disclaimer: We (Wife and I) sat in a leaf when we were considering a second vehicle. Performance/range/etc don't matter when its uncomfortable to start with. I also sat in a Roadster when they took one on a tour to the Detroit auto show a few years ago and while it was ... certainly not plush, it was not uncomfortable.

about a year and a half ago


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