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Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors

RiotXIX These guys should try working in a video store (370 comments)

Randal Graves: Some guy just came in refusing to pay late fees. Said the video store was closed for two hours yesterday. So, I tore up his membership.
Dante Hicks: Shocking abuse of authority.
Randal Graves: Hey, I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule.

about 2 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

RiotXIX Re:HD650 + DAC1 USB (344 comments)

That's what I meant. You need a DAC to power them to potential - thy aren't tested with a 3.5 lineout.

more than 3 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

RiotXIX HD600 + DAC1 USB (344 comments)

About to stick on some pixies and go to bed.
These things get me high when I'm stone cold sober. Go to you audiophile store, check them out (they probably can't order a DAC1 because they don't make enough money off them, so try a 30 day money back guarantee from the internet).

You will not find a bad review with this combination. They are about a month's salary for the pair for a reason.

more than 3 years ago

Best estimate of monthly spending on food:shelter

RiotXIX Re:1:1 (582 comments)

You're right. Sometimes you get the impression that Sheldon from the BBT is just over emphasised character, but it slashdot really makes you feel you haver your place, especially when you're having an IT guy angst day like today (hence the visit to slashdot). Cheers guys, you've made my day.

about 5 years ago

Virtualbox 3.0 Announces OpenGL/Direct3D Support

RiotXIX I hope they've fixed more important issues... (161 comments)

like my ability to easily transfer a virtualbox image from one computer to another, without dropping into some commandline tool.

I have tried many google tutorials using VBOXmanage, and and not been able to move my image from one machine to another, or clone it on the same computer without it giving an error message during bootup. So I don't look forward to the day my computer dies.

more than 5 years ago

For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From Planes

RiotXIX high powered water jets (368 comments)

or fans that blow them out of the way.
or a barrier around the engine inflow.

I bet there is a solution, just no one gives a fuck to implement it until a few more planes go down, this time in the city.

Seriously some people with a lot of money need to get their shit together.

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

RiotXIX Re:Ruby (491 comments)

Thanks for that. Druby (http://www.cs.umd.edu/projects/PL/druby/) also seems to be a right step for a faster language.

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

RiotXIX Ruby (491 comments)

On the plus side, both versions of Python can claim many of the smallest programs in the collection. Ruby (8, 1) might also compete for titles, but unfortunately its performance is so bad its star falls off the performance chart.

Then why the fuck is the Ruby community hyping it so much, and drawing nieve young developers in to a trap?

Not flamebait.

Why can't they make a language, or extend a language like Ruby, such that one can program it as a scripting language, but then add verbosity optionally (i.e. declaring the data types and their sizes, private / static etc. & whatever the hell makes a program light weight and fast) optionally? It's my hope that if I stick with Ruby one day it I won't be forced to learn Python because performance won't be "Ruby's big issue" in every discussion, but really, that is *just* a hope. I hope this isn't a mistake.

more than 5 years ago

Asus Slaps Linux In the Face

RiotXIX Re:There is no "Linux" (644 comments)

Linux is a concept. It's a theory. It's a dream. That's what makes it so powerful.

And it's also what makes it so frustrating for anyone who wants to see it succeed. What is success for an Open Source project? A child learning to walk takes the first step and the parents celebrate the moment, but what is that first step if nothing more than the first of countless more steps?

Linux is my dream.

People _need_ to be converted, and as the enlightened we have a duty to guide them. Microsoft is funded by money, by greed, by sin.

Think of the workers - that same child learning to walk. Where will he walk to if he wants be be a software developer? To high school, to advanced mathematics, to University, bleeding his parents dry, and then to Borders to by MSCE documents so he can work for Microsoft. His parents may have cried with happiness when he first learned, but by now they'll be wishing they never taught him.

Now think of the Linux developer. Most Linux developers can't walk. Why? Because they don't need to. They didn't waste their time in the computer labs at high shool - they were hammering chicks all day and night. Do you see them picking up MSCE qualifactions at a great cost? No? Because they can spend that money on chicks. It's not a theory or dream with Linux, it's real life. It's no skin our backs, neither is it skin off our dicks (or theirs). We must make this our goal.

more than 5 years ago

Wine Project Frustration and Forking

RiotXIX Virtual Boxes (470 comments)


Sorry to do this (I know the wine project has been around forever), but you know as well as I do, when the world of virtual machines is coming up so well & fast, why wine?

more than 5 years ago

What Made Those Old, 2D Platformers So Great?

RiotXIX Speed (249 comments)

The speed of sonic, or mario jumping / ducking bullets or onto moving platforms - you could test your hand-eye skills without getting a headache. They should make a spectacularly good looking 3d platformer. I remember playing sonic 3d recently and returned it after an hour. It didn't take as much skill / speed I felt.

Also, dare I say it - the graphics are capable of looking better? They can look hand drawn animation, not like bulky blocks put together. Although this distinction is fading now.

Button presses per minute has somethign to do with it.

more than 5 years ago

When Does Gore Get In the Way of Gameplay?

RiotXIX Bad Language (141 comments)

There are some games I can't play at a high volume or with most family in the room - those are the games with bad language evey minute.

more than 5 years ago

Circuit City Returns Under Systemax

RiotXIX Editor Opinion Filter (134 comments)

As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot, you are eligible to disable advertising.

How much Karma do I need to switch off offensive and bias story tags?

more than 5 years ago

Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

RiotXIX Re:Used to cost way more (763 comments)

agreed. Snes games would cost 60GBP (about $100-$120 USD) when they are available. Now they take 40 hours to complete and are created with a huge landacape design / physics / progammer / story teller / film prodution force. I feel happy paying the price of about 35GBP for games. And if I don't like that I can get them second hand.

However, if the games stores seriously want to get me to buy from them instead of just browsing during my lunch break, they have to start meeting amazon prices or less. Who'd pay double for a game unless they wanted it quick?

more than 5 years ago

Earth-Like Planets In Our Neighborhood

RiotXIX Re:impossible dream? (171 comments)

absoloutely: the next step would be to harness the abilities of a) time dilation (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/phonedrmarc/2003_may.shtml, http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=UrK&q=time+dilation&btnG=Search&meta=) to allow for future time travel in some space ship, and the ability to drop someone into a coma / life support device for a lifetime or more. If stuntmen, soldiers and astronauts are willing to take those risks I'm sure someone would do this.
Seriously, it won't happen in our lifetime, but who could have imagined planes realistically 200 years ago? If we are sent back pictures of a human society (but 2009 years in the future!) on another planet, it would inevitably unite the people of earth, and probably invoke an worldwide effort to make contact. Or perhaps governments to devise operation 'Enduring Intergalatic Freedom'. Eitherway, I find it credible.

PS. Pater@slashdot.org give us an option for the old slashdot back in preferences - the new ajax doesn't work in many places.

more than 5 years ago

The Best Keyboards For Every Occasion

RiotXIX Re:Really bad review (523 comments)

True. I don't need work to know precisely when and for how long I've decided to take a slashdot break. Furthermore, I'm using an IBM clickly keyboard now - I used it for years because I was persuaded keyboard flamewars that oldskool heavy clickly boards were the way to go. I can actually feel myself typing slower, and exhausting pointless energy while being louder. I'm sure there's a happy medium - perhaps it's MS or logitech.

Also, someone should post a list of keyboards without the numpad column. It should be an attachment.

more than 6 years ago

Microsoft Decides To Take On Linux On Low-Cost PCs

RiotXIX Re:The pitch (349 comments)

did you get the job, or let your prejudices overwhelm you?

more than 6 years ago



RiotXIX RiotXIX writes  |  more than 8 years ago

RiotXIX (230569) writes "According to a Press release and various news sources, Nasa is claiming the water has, and still may, flow on Mars (as in, the last 7 years). This is suggested to be the strongest evidence they have found as of yet. Check it out at the BBC & CNN."



Slashdot Dupe Monitor

RiotXIX RiotXIX writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Hello: this is my dupe monitor. If you see a dupe - stick/post it in here, and then every year the leader of the dupes will be awarded with a stick of fire (and then another one a few hours later).

ScuttleMonkey article.pl?sid=05/10/15/1836222&tid=103&tid=146, article.pl?sid=05/10/13/1640200&tid=103&tid=219&tid=14

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