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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Seraphim_72 Re:"Preorder your download now!" (86 comments)

Game retailers are going the way of record stores and video rental outlets.

Yeah, now if I want to listen or watch something that isn't 6 months old or less my options are either buy it if it is even available or not hear/see it. Boy did we show those dinosaurs, AmIRight?

about 2 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Seraphim_72 Re:"Rare talents"?! (608 comments)

but no lives depended on my 6502 code.

I am sure the guy(s) who came up with apple maps said the same thing. If I remember correctly they were *almost* wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Seraphim_72 Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

Which is why when you read you don't have to care if it is a tab and three spaces, two short tabs or 8 spaces. Using a non-visible character for control is just a bad idea. And don't even get me started on code clarity - what I find clear to read vs what you do vs what a compiler demands - ICK! To put it into web terms, go try posting something about how the new (place your browser here) is going to impose its manufacture's CSS on every page, ignoring the user's css prefs, hell even ignoring the page authors css and see what kind of firestorm you light off, and with good reason. Code should be no different. Especially when it comes to white space as commands.

about 2 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Seraphim_72 Re:"Rare talents"?! (608 comments)

As far as amateurs, the barrier to entry for programming is far less than for working with electricity. Which requires more training - writing an Apple Store app, or safely changing out the breaker box in your basement?

Changing out your breaker box. Hands down. There is no arcana, English as a language, no IDE, no security, no graphics to work out, no logic. You almost can't buy the wrong materials, and if you actually ask the guy at the store you won't and after that it is pretty much tab A, slot B, kind of work. It is so easy that most munis don't require that a licensed electrician do the work. Oh, and for the small fee to the city you have to pay for the permit theey have a guy come out to inspect the work to make sure you didn't screw up.

I am a programmer and I have a vague idea where to start with making an app for iOS, but specifics? It would take me longer to dig them up than driving down to the local hardware store to buy a breaker box and some fuses. In short, you posted as if electrical work was "a vocation requiring rare talents, grueling training, and total dedication" while trying to down play programming. I agree that programming really isn't that hard, but there is a reason programmers get paid what they do.

about 2 months ago
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Linux Voice is a New Magazine for Linux Users — On Paper (Video)

Seraphim_72 Re:Marketing geniuses (72 comments)

Serendipity. It has not been digitally reproduced. Go to a large university library and go browse the stacks. There is no web experience like it. On a smaller scale, that is what the good corner Mom and Pop video store used to provide as well. Smaller yet, the local paper, then magazines. And when you said "like moving pictures or keyword-search" did you mean info-tainment and echo chambers? Or perhaps distractions and monomania? Training wheels and ADHD?

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Seraphim_72 Re:Code names (179 comments)

Or it just adds to the confusion:

'Are you running Trust Tahr?'

'Um...'

'Or 14.04?'

'Yes?'


If the numbers were arbitrary you would have an excellent point. But if I can place in my head about when I installed it, then that is the version I search on. Quick - when was Hardy Herring? Did you have to go look?

And yeah, I *know*.

about 5 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Seraphim_72 Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (285 comments)

Well here goes 'nuthin - Disclaimer: I am a SharePoint Administrator and consultant. I see a few things reading though this thread, but I will hit your responses.

We do have an administrator, now internal. Originally we were using an outside vendor.

Sounds like what you had was a guy that kept the lights on, and the new guy isn't much more. As a rule of thumb outside SharePoint(SP hereafter) work is running about what mid to top tier SQL work is running. In other words, though I know cost != competence the checks to the outside vendor should have at least pinched petty hard. Capable SP Admins/Consultants are relatively rare, they know this and charge accordingly. My bet is those checks didn't pinch, thus my statement.

Either way, I'm not sure how the administrator could be responsible for the embarrassing kludge that is the Office-Sharepoint "integration". It is so clearly a bolt-on afterthought to the whole office suite that I'm a little surprised I have to defend my position.

Your SP Admin is partly at fault, from your post it sounds like your SQL Admin, Domain Admin, and network guys all need to get on boeard with making this work right.

...Try copying a folder with a few thousand files in it to Sharepoint...

Ah - there is a training issue, and a setup issue at once. If you are trying to use SP as it is intended there are very few cases where you would move several thousand files at once. SP has the ability to look into and use file shares, let them live where they used to. There also seems to be a setup issue with SQL in any event, my bet is that the guy who installed it didn't optimize the SQL instance, and yah, if you are new to the game there are some big holes to miss.

Every once in a while, it simply fails to save the document you are editing silently. The result is that people make a local copy to work on and then upload it as a new version manually...

I guarantee this is a setup issue where the domain admin didn't give enough leash to the SP admin to do his job. When it is being set up you pretty much have to have the domain admin cede some control to the SP admin for the time it takes to set the thing up, . Guess what almost never happens.... It sounds extreme I know, but you have to get some latitude to do things right. Without knowing the specifics I would bet there are timeout issues or network permission issues. When setup right the integration reallly is that good but the big bugaboo is training.

I don't find the searches to be any better than the Twiki searches were with the Google appliance.

Well, to be honest, one thing I tell people is that SP search administration is almost a job unto itself (and certainly is over a certain size SP install). It also comes back to training (yeah I know I am sounding like a broken record here). It can dig into all sorts of things and index them for search, but without the proper meta data surrounding each item it isn't anywhere near what it can be. So if people aren't properly constructing their meta data ...

Yes, the admin will remove them when I request... sometimes. Apparently some of them are big security problems when hosted on a "trusted" internal site so he won't unblock all of them.

That is just a well weird way to say that. (no offense intended). The only "trust" comes from the web browser. If you can't download .exe's off of your browser then that really isn't a SP issue. Also SP keeps a single list of what it will and will not host. That list by default is restrictive as you would hope it would be, but it is editable. Our local SP happily hosts .bat and .exe files without issue. Hell, the .bats launch right from the browser.


So to sum up, it sounds like you have had two relatively inexperienced SP admins who aren't getting the cooperation they need from their IT counterparts to get things set up right and because of it you have a bad taste for SP in your mouth. Honestly, it happens. SP is a **huge** beast of software that even MS doen't see the whole picture on sometimes. Some things it does very very well, and some it just sucks at but it sounds like you have had a bad run in with what are supposed to be the good parts. I put that at the feet of your SP Admin, and whoever was in charge of roll out / education.

SP is a wily beast and not easy to admin sometimes. If I can offer any advice I would be glad to help out (and no I am not looking for a gig, I have too much work as it stands).

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Seraphim_72 The Home Shop Machinist and ... (285 comments)

Machinist Workshop

Strategy & Tactics, Modern War, World at War

History Today

And with D&D Next if they don't bring back the print versions of Dragon and Dungeon I won't be held responsible for my actions ...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Seraphim_72 Re:Magazines (285 comments)

And Oracle just cut loose with Java Magazine. I now have a vague notion wtf Hadoop is.

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Seraphim_72 Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

I know what you are thinking punk...You're did you have 6 helpings or only 5 ? Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this merriment and crafting. But being this is a 440 calorie per serving dish and the most delicious dessert in the world and will blow your diet clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Seraphim_72 Re:Perfect (184 comments)

I know - what morons. I mean, if they can't handle my MacWrite file on floppy screw 'em, luddites. And my art history prof thinks LATEX is a kind of paint lololll!!!one!!111 I mean, it *says* WordPERFECT right in the name! Get with it!!! Besides if you just run the perl script it outputs in mostly correct XML and what could be easier to understand? They just don't like that I am smarter than they are!

In other words...No one should have to have a CompSci degree and know the history of computing to read your drivel about Kant, and if you don't think this kind of shit happens all the frickin time in a colligiate setting you have never worked in one.

about 6 months ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

Seraphim_72 Re:Given Microsoft's past history (194 comments)

The name of the company is A-S-U-S, the company quashing this is Google, Microsoft have fuck all to do with it. Nice rant though, shake that penguin, make it dance!

about 6 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

Seraphim_72 Re:Color me Shocked! (157 comments)

Ah yes, I remember well being called a Luddite for pointing out to the Pollyannas what a mess this was going to be. 'You'd get more radiation from flying coast to coast / a few xrays at the Dr / your granddad's old radium painted watch you keep in a box than this will ever create' they said. Where is a plate of (radioactive) crow when you need one?

about 7 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Seraphim_72 Re:Definitely not from the US. (717 comments)

"Canadians by and large are lovely people"

"Throughout the history of the United States, the U.K. is the only country to have ever burned the White House or Washington, D.C., and this was the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power captured and occupied the United States capital."

And there wasn't a Canadian force among them. So unless you are British....

about 7 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Seraphim_72 Re:Definitely not from the US. (717 comments)

In fact Jessup never murdered anyone (that we know of), perhaps you should watch the film again. He disobeys orders that result in the death of a soldier under his command. Enough to get you tossed out, but I doubt you could even make manslaughter stick. In any event quoting a killer is far from outre, wisdom doesn't only flow from pacifists. And thanks for the tip, I have never seen Scarface. ;)

about 7 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Seraphim_72 Re:Definitely not from the US. (717 comments)

What benefit does that give you, as an American, over a Canadian?

Ever ask yourself the opposite question? 'What benefit do I as a Canadian get by having a superpower as a neighbor?' One answer might be - 'Well, at least I don't have to type this in Cyrillic'. Canadians by and large are lovely people but having been brought up in the loving center between mommy England and your benevolent sociopath downstairs they tend to really gloss over what the world would look like for them if they were on their own. And I know, you are going to respond with some version of 'we don't piss people off so we don't need to ...' however history is rife with nice peoples getting rolled over simply because they were in the way. The Swiss are just as lovely and nice as the Canadians, but they have seen conflict and understand the score and history. They keep almost 25% of their population in the military or reserves because they *are* alone and understand what happens to sheep left out by themslves.

In short there is a peace dividend that has been purchased with the work to make America a superpower, one you enjoy greatly, but never think about, or if you do it is with a sneer. To quote Col. Jessup "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way."

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Implement Wave Protocol Self Hosted?

Seraphim_72 Re: blech (112 comments)

One server is enough - according to Microsoft. Thanks for playing though.

about 9 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Seraphim_72 Re:look out below ! (332 comments)

I take it that you missed the part where she kept a diary the entire time. Do you think that she might have written in her diary something about the death of a family friend and the odd exchange of her father and the Secretary General of the Soviet Union? You also have no proof that this is the only utterance about this she ever made, for all we know she could be the origin of the quote, nor can you prove she ever heard it outside of him saying it. In any event if you are going to dismiss 50 year old recollections then I am sure I can come up with reams of historical documents that took fifty years to write or talk about that you are going to have to toss out as well, not to mention a wealth of history itself. I also note that you didn't even peep about that in the interview she doesn't get the quote exactly right. Which tells me you didn't even watch it, which makes me wonder if you are more interested in being right or correct.

Face it, she was actually was present at the exchange. The onus is on you to prove that she was mistaken with something other than a variant of 'memory is a tricky thing' for someone who has apparently doesn't have memory issues.

about 10 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Seraphim_72 Re:look out below ! (332 comments)

"In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr (11.11.2011) Winston Churchill's daughter, Mary Soames, explained that she overheard Stalin say this to her father. Churchill, was upset having received news that a family friend had died. He apologised to Stalin in light of the vast loss of Russian life. And Stalin then gave this reply."

From your wiki link

Oh, and I do believe that first hand accounts still count for quotes do they not?

about 10 months ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

Seraphim_72 Re:look out below ! (332 comments)

" When one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it's statistics." - Joseph Stalin

about 10 months ago

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Netflix at Crossroads

Seraphim_72 Seraphim_72 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Seraphim_72 (622457) writes "Soon we won't have to worry about bandwidth caps because Netflix is losing content. Soon Disney, Sony and Starz content will be gone because of the end of the Starz distribution stream. Is it back to disc then? I have to admit that I enjoy streaming more than rental, but this hit netflix hard on thier stock. Well, rent, rip, return worked once upon a time, I guess it might be back to the old days."
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Free Codeweavers for a day

Seraphim_72 Seraphim_72 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Seraphim_72 (622457) writes "According to a press release from Codeweavers the makers of WINE, because the price of gas has dipped so low in St Paul MN, Codeweavers' flagship product will be free for a day, Tuesday the 28th. You must register for this, but if you already own the standard you get upgraded to Pro, and you get your support extended for a year. Me I plan on donating to them regardless, this is very good of them to follow through on their promise. So go register, and I encourage you to donate as well."
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Seraphim_72 Seraphim_72 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Seraphim_72 (622457) writes "A column in the NY Times has a bit of news about Microsoft selling its wares for three bucks a pop if you are a government. For your three dollars you get WinXP starter edition (what no Vista?), and Office Home Edition. a wonderful quote from the article is '"Certainly," he added, "for Microsoft this is an investment in the long term. These are the consumers of the future."' — Glad to see MS is worried about linux adoption."

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