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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

Thyamine Lifecycle of a MMORPG (253 comments)

I think we are just seeing the prolonged lifecycle of a MMORPG. Most either fizzle and die, or last long enough that they have to start going through these hoops. I think WoW is just one of the biggest/longest so we are seeing some of these ideas for a first time or at least publicized in a grand fashion. Every iteration has made the game easier and easier for players, pushed the upper levels, and introduced things that make players who played the first iteration sound like grandpa (we used to have to grind for days for a single level, up hill, both ways). This is just another step where content is being added, so how can you get the most out of it (business need)? You let players just jump right to it! It bugs me, but as someone working full time with a family, I can see how players may appreciate it.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Thyamine Tools are Good (627 comments)

All tools have pros and cons. In general, yes IDEs are good. Is it possible to rely too much on a tool, and not understand enough of the language? That's possible, sure. But that's not regarding IDEs specifically, that's just in general. I'm sure there are some old school CLI geeks out there that will thump their VI totems and say the only real devs use text editors, but that's just an extreme, of which there are many. Be a good dev, and use the tools that make you efficient. Don't use them as a crutch to shore up bad practices.

about 2 months ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Thyamine Managers (249 comments)

I think the problem is the same most IT professionals find about their own job. When you have a good manager, they are almost invisible and you don't realize what is going on behind the scenes. When they are a problem, then you notice and complain. It's how most of the other departments in a company see IT. Completely ignore them unless something is wrong, and then complain about them.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Thyamine Re: Photos or not? (381 comments)

It's been exceedingly long lived. At one point I hoped it would die so I could buy something fancy, but it's been working for so long now I think I'll feel bad when it finally goes.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Thyamine Photos or not? (381 comments)

Since everyone is sharing anecdotal stories, I'll throw in my two bits. I have an HP ColorSmart C7280 and I love it. It's an inkjet, and we usually print fairly regularly, but it does still run through it's little maintenance run now and then. And photos look great usually. I use it for scanning fairly often as well, and it has a flatbed and a feeder. I wouldn't mind a laserjet, but I haven't sat down to figure out costs and determine if the quality would be as nice.

about 6 months ago
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

Thyamine Scripting / PowerShell (577 comments)

I'm surprised no mention of PowerShell was listed. It's obviously platform specific, but Microsoft has done a nice job of including it in all their major platforms and products in recent years. I've used it on site for several customers, and I've had customers who are more technical asking about help with it. I'd be interested to see what sort of growth it's seen, and how it is supplanting (one can hope) old vbscript files that still linger.

about 6 months ago
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Thyamine Re:Logical fallacy (621 comments)

I was thinking the same. That anecdotally it is an interesting point, but we don't know for certain that a parent/child combo means that the child will be playing. And really as a game store employee, that's all they can really do: point out what they saw, and then let other people draw conclusions. I'm sure some of them don't care or fall into the bad parent category, but like parent post said, a lot of those people may be buying it just for themselves.

about 7 months ago
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Citrix Founder and Key OS/2 Player Ed Iacobucci Dead At 59

Thyamine Re:He May Be Dead (98 comments)

I've actually have to do that, and even wrote it up at one point. I hate Lotus Notes, and not being designed for a multi-user environment you had to jump through hoops to get it to run right. Which unfortunately is where Citrix gets a lot of hate from. 'Admins' who don't know how to configure the environment, poor corporate policies, and forcing applications that shouldn't be run on it, to run on it. It's one of those platforms where people think 'well I have a hammer' and everything looks like a nail.

about 10 months ago
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Pearson Vue Now On Day 5 of Massive Outage

Thyamine Re:Mission critical infrastructure (151 comments)

I have seen several large organizations that think or try to plan for HA, but never test it. And in some cases there is a very nebulous 'well, we fail over' type of plan. Nothing detailed, and nothing specific. I've only had one customer who actually went through the process of a complete restore/DR test. Most seem to hope that it just won't be needed.

about a year ago
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

Thyamine Re:Seriously? (427 comments)

I understand the point you are making. And everyone is already under suspicion, that's why there is a security check point to begin with. And a real terrorist won't be saying 'Haha, I have a bomb' to try and blend in. They will stay quiet. However it's possible a mentally deranged person could. The real problem is how our society reacts to all of it. If someone said it, and everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke, and then turned out not to be a joke, society would be calling for TSA agents' heads. We are fine with it until it bites us in the ass, and then suddenly we need to blame someone because OMG they didn't do their job and _who_ would be joking about something so serious.

It's just like getting pulled over for a traffic violation, you don't tell the officer 'Haha, I have a gun and shoot cops.. no wait I'm joking!'

1 year,15 days
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

Thyamine Seriously? (427 comments)

I have a very similar sense of humor, and could see saying something like this. But not at airport. And not at the TSA. I don't know if people just lack the common sense or the social skills to realize this is not the right place or time. And it sounds like in most cases they get checked 'just in case' but nothing too over the top. If someone was charged for making a bad joke, then I'd be complaining that the TSA was over the top as well.

1 year,15 days
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Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

Thyamine Re:Fanboy attack (387 comments)

Actually, any development is going to require a device to develop on. Apple does require the developer license, but to suggest that developing for Android or Linux or Windows does not require a computer and cost is incorrect.

1 year,17 days
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The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

Thyamine No Hypervisor Support (180 comments)

Most of the cloud offerings don't want you using your own hypervisor anyhow. At least not without paying so much more it isn't worth it. They are looking at spinning up the servers for you, or giving you the raw resources for a linux/Windows box. If you want to implement VMware or need to have access for something like Provisioning Services, you are most likely better off running that in your local datacenter right now.

1 year,21 days
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The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

Thyamine Mixed Results (529 comments)

If I was one of the people working remotely and getting things done, I'd be rather miffed. However I can see that a company trying to reorganize and reinvent itself would need more random, in person, collaboration to spur some of the creative processes. On the other hand, I think Best Buy's attempt to do the same isn't going to do a damn thing. They need lower prices; enough said. Making people come into office spaces they have to furnish, own, and keep up is not going to do that.

about a year ago
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If asked to read a corporate white paper, I feel like ...

Thyamine Re:What? (128 comments)

Possibly the nicest response I've received on here. Thanks.

about a year ago
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If asked to read a corporate white paper, I feel like ...

Thyamine Re:What? (128 comments)

A white paper is a document a company will write that may detail one of many things. Often (for me), they are put out by vendors detailing information on products, how to use the products, or use cases by companies who have implemented the product. Normally if we write something, it is specific to how we used a product to assist a customer, or sometimes how to configure the product and avoid the standard problems a new user would run into.

about a year ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

Thyamine Confusion (403 comments)

I've had Nintendo consoles since the original. I've also had XBoxes and the PS3. The Wii U actually confused me when it came out because it seemed more like it was a new handheld/portable. Not the new console and Wii replacement. I don't know if it was my complete lack of caring towards it, or their poor marketing. On the other hand I read all about the PS4 release and have been pondering the new XBox.

I feel like Nintendo just wasn't on the ball with this generation of consoles.

about a year ago
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New Zealand Frontline Police Get Apple Devices in Efficiency Measure

Thyamine Sounds good, hopefully (114 comments)

Here in Philadelphia they spent millions on a new radio system (Motorola?) only to have it not work. If this allows for better and more consistent communication for their PD, then I hope it works. I like Apple products, but I'd be happy to see it succeed with whichever ecosystem worked. Plus without having to establish, manage, maintain the (radio) system it runs on, I can see it saving money regardless of how much iDevices may cost.

about a year ago
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Disney Wants To Track You With RFID

Thyamine Why is this creepy? (278 comments)

You are already in their park, quite probably staying at one of their resorts. If you bought a meal package they know when and where you are eating. Even if you didn't anytime you use your credit card they could determine what and where you are buying things. I am all for protecting my privacy in the general world, but I'm at freakin' Disney doing Disney things for a couple days. No this is not Orwellian. When Google/Apple/Microsoft/the Government start requiring these things, then we can talk.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

Thyamine Re:Good luck (510 comments)

Exactly my thought. People can't protect their workstations, so how is the phone the problem? If people are going to steal data or download malware, it will happen regardless of lack of intent or rules preventing devices.

And yes, I'm being paid to work, but since I also expected to have a smart phone to respond to emails/calls after hours, I expect to have the same applied to family/personal issues during business hours.

about a year ago

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iPhone Frustrates Forensics Experts

Thyamine Thyamine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thyamine writes "There's a story on Wired talking about the potential difficulties in retrieving evidence from the iPhone, which makes sense as it's 'new' and the experts aren't familiar with it yet. Then they go on to talk about how OS X is a closed system, and that the iPhone is evil. As opposed to what? Windows? Which is of course completely open? While I'm new to my own Mac, my understanding is that underneath it's a *nix. Are these 'experts' just making excuses for why they don't want to learn non-Windows systems, or are there truly fundamental problems with retrieving forensic data from Apple hardware/software? (Yay for privacy if it's true!)"
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Thyamine writes "I was just reading through random entries in Wikipedia, and came across an article that linked to the slashdot [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slashdot] entry. I decided to visit it and see what someone might have had to say, only to find that the entry has been 'updated' by someone who no doubt isn't all too happy with you (us?). It's full of text that just repeats: ITS CRAPFLOOD TIME!! — - — > over and over again. The discussion section doesn't make note of it, and it says the last edit date was today. Is it possible that no one has mentioned this to you or them yet?"

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