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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

TyFoN Please put down your weapon (140 comments)

You have 20 seconds to comply...
10 seconds to comply..
5 seconds to comply...

about a week ago
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Player-Run MMORPG By Former Ultima Online Devs Finding Kickstarter Success

TyFoN Re:cool (33 comments)

This game is not vaporware, the money is to bring it to alpha.
The devs were streaming ingame last weekend with a few other players showing stuff.

The developerrs also match all the money from the kickstarter themself up to $50000.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

TyFoN Analytics + mssql = fail (147 comments)

Whatever you do, don't go mssql as you will end up processing most of your data in the analytics tool.
I've seen it lock tables even on only reads causing other processes to be terminated.
The closest it has got to materialized views are clustered indexed views which suck and can barely do any processing.

about three weeks ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

TyFoN 80 Billion IT budget??? (190 comments)

That's more than some small countries national budgets..

How is that even even possible?

You could buy 80 million $1000 computers for that amount!

Sorry for not being completely OT, but that's insane..

about a month ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

TyFoN Only usefull for wine? (55 comments)

I bet there are lots of other applications that utilize d3d and want to port to linux that can use this directly.

I've met people that actually prefer d3d over opengl (don't ask me why), so I think it's going to have much wider use than wine.

about a month ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

TyFoN Re:FreeBSD (303 comments)

Unfortunately, neither my Steinberg UR-22 nor Asus Xonar d2x is supported in FreeBSD.

Both work out of the box on arch.

Funny thing is, these devices work even better in linux than windows (i.e. absolutely no installation in linux compared to massive driver downloads in windows that clutter the system)

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

TyFoN Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (303 comments)

It is possible to run a few games, but not with the performance you get in linux, and that's not the only problem.
I play EVE via wine in Linux and I suspect it will run okish in FreeBSD too. ....If I can boot without kernel panics which I haven't been able to on either my main gaming computer nor my gaming laptop.

Crashing a self compiled kernel is bad.
Crashing with the GENERIC kernel means I uninstall and wait another year to see.

As I said, Linux just works.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

TyFoN Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (303 comments)

I run arch on all my workstations/laptops both at home and work. The servers at work run debian.

I've tried so many times to get freebsd on my computers, some it will work on, but far too often it will kernel panic on ACPI, smp, driver bug etc. Especially on recent computers.

Graphics/games is another thing.
Now the most recent have started to implement the proper kernel features for nvidia blob, but it's still not as good as the linux driver, and I can't run steam except via wine.

Linux just works, that's why I use it.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

TyFoN Re:Wow (134 comments)

I'm basically in the exact same situation. Never had any problems with leaving cash/wallet/phone on the desk overnight.
Never heard of anything being stolen.

Guess it depends on the cleaners. Ours seem to be from Morocco, and I live in Norway.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

TyFoN Re:I am a report writer (179 comments)

My brother, uncle and boss is actually colour blind, and I always make sure to not put colours they have issues with where they could be confused.
It's not what I was talking about.

If I make a mistake in this area and a manager comes to me with that I will change the format immediately and without a word.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

TyFoN Re:I am a report writer (179 comments)

I used to be in a laaaarge international bank as an analyst/reporter/model developer and I can concur with a lot of this.
Usually we had all the data/reports but then had to redo them to change format or whatever.

I've been flung "your cash-flow analysis is wrong" since it didn't match up with marketing expectations.

I remember we build one score card using dummy variables instead of weights of evidence like the rest in the company, and only because of that we got more questions about this scorecard than the others combined even if it performed just fine.
It had to be redeveloped using "corporate standards" all the while another card developed with "corporate standards" with a ks of 10% and psi of .30 would live on.

I left and now work as the sole analyst for a startup bank along with a lot of others in our old department.
Much better :)
I can use postgres/shiny/R/python and not worry.

For the OP: Management will want reports (and they want it in that font and that colour). Just get along or change field of work.

about 2 months ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

TyFoN Re:costs (169 comments)

That's true, in the night we often turn off the hydro plants and import coal power from Germany or whatever since they cannot just turn off the plants overnight. And then we sell hydro power back in the day so the export is slightly higher than the imports.

We often laugh about the fact that while we have a lot of electric cars, they are all coal powered.

about 2 months ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

TyFoN Re:costs (169 comments)

I live in Norway, we pay around $.12 including taxes and "line rent".
The price fluctuates with rain and season, but $.12 is about as high as it gets. I've seen as low as $.05

Most of the electricity comes from hydro plants (98.5%) and I think other renewables will have similar cost structure. High investment, very low marginal cost pr kwh.
In Hawaii for instance I'd guess you could build some geothermal plants like in Iceland

about 2 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

TyFoN Re:R still in heavy use (387 comments)

R is on the upswing so I wouldn't call it "still used" really :)

That said, you can make money knowing R. I am doing it, but you really need some database experience and possibly some python, c++ and the like.

SAS won't die in a _long_ time either, in the banks I've been too except for this last one have been using SAS almost exclusively.

The problem with SAS/R code is that neither is usually written by a programmer but a statistician that want something to work there and then.
It can be a nightmare if you inherit too much legacy code.

Also, you actually need to know statistics to be effective :)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

TyFoN KDEnlive (163 comments)

I've been using KDEnlive a lot, and I find it really nice for my personal use.
It hasn't crashed in about a year either, and uses MELT underneath.

Slightly OT: I've also replaced adobe lightroom with darktable now, and I like it a lot.

about 3 months ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

TyFoN Re:Slower games (181 comments)

As you can see from the feature list of the pre-release of the next major version of minecraft, it does indeed support multiple cores now, at least for chunk rendering which has been the biggest performance problem before, and they are now using vbos instead of the old opengl interface.

https://mojang.com/2014/08/minecraft-1-8-pre-release-the-bountiful-update/

These changes consist of both new features, and large game structure changes such as replacing the hard-coded "block renderer" with a system that is able to read block shapes from data files, or performance enhancements such as multi-threading the client-side chunk rendering. We hope you will enjoy it!

about 3 months ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

TyFoN Re:Google + IPv6 = Bad (224 comments)

That is odd. I have 6rd via my fiber connection and youtube etc is so much better when connecting with ipv6.
I suspect this is because no one are using those network paths yet, but maybe it's just the local content cache that sucks or something and ipv6 goes straight to google.

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

TyFoN Re:cretinous because (316 comments)

Wire-line ISP, you mean the ones connecting fiber and copper?
If so, my provider sells me 100/100 mbit 24/7 unlimited that I pay about $80/month for.
My record is 15 TB data transfer in one month, which according to the logs averaged out at about 50/50 for the whole month.

I have never heard them talk about caps or limits when I am on the phone with them. I even called them to cancel their TV service since I am only streaming and downloading. They said nothing but cancelled the TV.

My $30/month mobile plan only allows for 5 gb before throttling the speed. But that is in the contract and I have agreed to it. I never agreed to unlimited. If I had and they throttled me, I'd be pretty POd too.

about 4 months ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

TyFoN Re:Yeah (101 comments)

No, you can't retrieve anything from my computers in that way even with my root password.
The encryption keys are my own and I have full control over them.
In the TFA case, apple has control over your keys.

about 4 months ago

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Shards Online, sandbox mmo kickstarter #2 up!

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  about two weeks ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "

From the former lead engineer and lead designer of Ultima Online comes Shards Online. "Citadel Studios has the right team to give the sandbox genre what it’s been missing" — Rob Denton, co-creator of Dark Age of Camelot Experience limitless content. It's a game that lets you experience hundreds of different worlds with just one client! You can play on official Citadel Studios servers or join any of the hundreds of community run servers. Each server has different rules and content, allowing you to find a game universe that fits your exact play style.

Previously Citadel Studios have attempted a kickstarter failed, however this time they seem much better prepared and I really hope the kickstarter project will succeed this 2nd time!
A proper sandbox where you can create your own worlds. And who better to make it?"

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Android catching up in the tablet market

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "Year to year, the iPad market share is down from 94.3 percent to 61.3 percent while android is up about the same, going from 2.9 percent to 30.1 percent in the same period."
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The worlds longest live tv show

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "NRK, the Norwegian version of the BBC, will be transmitting a boat trip from Bergen to Kirkenes along the Norwegian coast. All the video is licensed using Creative Commons and can be watched live at http://nrk.no/hurtigruten/ When the trip is done you can download the whole 5.5 days of video via bittorrent."
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Don't use iphone below freezing

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "According to a Norwegian woman, her phone exploded when driving to work. When contacting Apple support, they explained that the phone is only rated for 0C to 35C and since she used it in -12C the warranty was void.
This means that if you live in a country where the temperature potentially drops below 0C (32F), be careful of when you use the phone.
The article is from Aftenposten in Norwegian, a translated version is available through google."

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Android market enables paid apps expansion

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "From the article: "Support for paid application sales is now expanded to developers in 29 countries, with today’s additions of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. In addition, Android Market users from 32 countries will be able to buy apps, with the addition of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan."
At this time (06:50 am) in Oslo, Norway I still can not see any paid apps on the market, but hopefully this will be updated during the day."

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