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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Rhys Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

Had our local bean-to-bar chocolate maker not passed away, I'd be happy to pay that much for his. They were amazingly good. Then again I've paid $100/(std-size) bottle for ice wine (we had a taste on a vineyard tour and knew we had to take a bottle home). My dad mocked me until he tried it and decided he must have done right as a parent, since he raised a very wise son.

Some things are costly to make, rare, or both. Some things are also worth paying for because they are costly to make, rare, or both. These sets make a nice Venn diagram. The key is finding the overlap and buying that stuff.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

Rhys No, context matters. (299 comments)

I don't want a self-taught developer writing flight control, banking systems, or medical embedded systems code. I'd rather have someone formally trained doing that work. On the other hand, there's plenty of places where if the code doesn't quite work right I don't really care that much. From everything of the once-thriving online text based gaming community (the MUSH, MUCK, MOO, MUX, MUD, etcs) to simple web pages or even stupid phone apps, there's a place for "non-professional" programmers.

Similarly, there is a place for non-professional carpenters -- my trained-programmer father has made every bookshelf in my folks house, a couple tables, has redone the 2nd story deck multiple times, and redone the roof (structural and laying shingles) on the horse barn on the back of the garage, and a bunch of brio-compatible track for me when I was ~4. He doesn't redo the main house roof (45 deg slope or more -- too steep), nor does he repoint the structural brick exterior (1920s house) or do plumbing when it involves sweating copper.

He also taught me enough of it (I helped him on most of what I listed above as a teen) that I've done plenty myself; four bookshelves, two desks (one used bookshelves for legs, the other is just an oak plywood surface for a geekdesk base, but stained and varnished a nice deep brown), and one storage cabinet with removable shelves that just happen to be 60x90 LEGO studs in size. Oh and an exterior door on my own 1960s-era house -- that was worlds of fun since while you can order a door and frame to the right opening size, the way houses set doors into the house's wooden structure has changed since my place was built. That was a learning experience (doors are a pain in the ass) and I let professionals have the fun of the next exterior door that needed to be replaced -- who, by the way, cracked the trim worse than I did when they replaced it.

Its about knowing what you know, what you don't, and what you should (or want to) call in a professional for.

about a month ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

Rhys Turbine? Punish anyone? Surely you jest! (50 comments)

The motto of people playing their MMOs has ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS been "exploit early, exploit often." That was true in 99/2000 with Asheron's Call just months out the gate, and it was(/is?) true two months ago as it got put out to pasture (one-time-fee-to-play, no new dev work).

Turbine will patch the hole but only once in a blue moon will they even consider taking action against paying customers, and usually even then only a slap on the wrist 1-3 day ban. The macros, duping hacks, speed altering programs (gear).

about 2 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 a year ago
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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 and a half ago
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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 and a half ago
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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
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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 2 years ago
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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 2 years ago
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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 2 years ago
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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 2 years ago

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