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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Vrallis MOO (226 comments)

*Please*, please, please...let this be what I always hoped Master of Orion would become...

about a week ago

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Vrallis Experienced it recently (611 comments)

My brother and I were actually heading down to the Sunset Strip a couple weeks ago for a concert and my brother decided to try the Waze route. We spent far longer than we would have taking that route, back through the hilltop Hollywood neighborhoods--tight windy roads up and down steep hills, tons of low to no-visibility corners, single-lane available width a lot of the way. Seriously dangerous, particularly since it was at night and was raining hard.

Yeah, never again.

about a month ago

Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Vrallis Re:Adblock plus is free (319 comments)

"Welcome to Slashdot! We just need to take a shit in your mouth so we can keep the doors open, so get ready..."

about 2 months ago

Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Vrallis Re:Adblock... (319 comments)

Does anyone else find it incredible to see THREE useless spam bot replies to my post advertising an anti-advertising product?

about 2 months ago

Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Vrallis Adblock... (319 comments)

Or you can just use Adblock like any sane person and just not deal with it, funding be damned.

Honestly I'm the type of person you do NOT want to advertise to. The more annoying the advertising the more likely I am to make it a point to avoid that product / service as much as possible.

about 2 months ago

Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Vrallis Garbage disposals (385 comments)

Time for a spike of in-sink garbage disposal sales!

about 4 months ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Vrallis Re:good (364 comments)

Oh hell, Jamie and Adam are guilty of the same thing - missing the obvious. I just watched the stripped down version of testing the myth that being in the presence of an attractive member of the opposite sex 'dumbs you down'. Test was read the color of the word and not the text. On the second time through, both sexes' scores improved. and J&A were surprised. Wow. The same people taking the same test a little later in the day (usually called practice) improved. They simply concluded the myth was busted and didn't at all consider the practice session. There are a number of other episodes where the obvious was ignored as well.

If I remember correctly, the claim made, which they said was backed by other studies of this particular test, was that due to the nature of how the brain worked--the whole point of this particular test--studies showed practice had little to no effect.

about 5 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

Vrallis Price (306 comments)

I still want to know why the fuck an eBook with virtually zero cost of goods is near twice the price of an actual paperback with serious manufacturing, storage, and distribution costs.

If eBooks were sold with the same profit margins as paperback they'd probably be about $2. I refuse to pay much more than that for one.

about 6 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Vrallis Firearms ARE safety devices (1374 comments)

A firearm IS a safety device in and of itself.

To add another 'feature' to impede in the ability of a safety device to function properly is insane.

Imagine if the brakes on your car had such a 'feature.' Need to slam on your brakes? Ooops, you were reaching your right arm out to grab your coffee, watch now out of range, no brakes.

Now imagine the same thing, but in a mugging. You and your attacker go to the ground, including your gun. You manage to reach it with your off-hand. Oops, no bang--your watch was on your other hand. Or, to go with their scenario, the bad guy gets the gun. You grab his wrist, trying to push the gun out of your face--oops, you just stuck your watch within 10 inches of it...bang, you're dead.

about 9 months ago

How To Build a Quantum Telescope

Vrallis Oh, great idea... (60 comments)

Just wait until we deal with the giant starfish, sentient lobsters and mirror girls.

about 10 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Vrallis Totally wrong scale... (285 comments)

At 100k units you are barely even getting into hot territory. For most people I'd classify the list as:
Bell Pepper
350k-800k (Most of your 'hots', brain strains, 7-pot, that sort of stuff)
800k-1m (Bhut Jalokia and other 'superhots')
1m+ (Trinidad Moruga Scorpions and other record holders)

about 10 months ago

Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

Vrallis NOPASSWD and su - (83 comments)

Come on, we all know how we *really* use sudo:

- Set yourself up with the NOPASSWD option in sudoers
- sudo su -

about a year ago

Bees Are Building Nests With Our Waste Plastic

Vrallis Re:Not Just Bees (92 comments)

Yeah, my immediate thought was on birds, not insects, but it makes sense for them as well. I see birds picking up all sorts of random trash all the time, and regularly see nests with manmade items in them.

1 year,2 days

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Vrallis Gmail/Google bug (388 comments)

I have a feeling you're dealing with the same issue I am. I've reported it to Google, but years later it still isn't fixed.

I have a normal username (made up example: abcde@gmail.com). This other user apparently has "a.bcde@gmail.com". I don't know if they get any mail at all, but I get lots of theirs. I even tested it, sending an email to my address with randomly-inserted periods, and they all end up coming to me.

1 year,14 days

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

Vrallis College Education (768 comments)

There is a common phrase in my neck of the woods: "...a level of stupidity that can only be attributed to a college education."

It isn't a knock on the education so much as it is about the sheltered lives far too many college students have led until that point.

The 5th Amendment is yet another example of our founding fathers' attempts to curb tyranny.

about a year and a half ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

Vrallis C64 and onward (623 comments)

I started off on C64s and Apple ][s in middle school, which upgraded to Mac LCs around 8th grade. Started off in BASIC, fiddled with stuff like Hypercard under the Mac.

That summer as I was going into high school my parents got me a Tandy PC1000. Family friends helped me with upgrades, software, etc. I eventually got my hands on a full copy of QuickBASIC, Turbo Pascal, and Turbo C. I wrote my own database app, even wrote my own mouse drivers in assembler, linked them in through C and QB, started expanding my own library of that sort of code.

My first 'paid' gig was for a friend of my father who owned a TV repair business. I wrote a program that monitored a modem to pick up caller ID info and store it in a database; searchable, printed reports, etc. Networked it to pass the caller ID info to PCs in other buildings on his property. My 'payment' was in hardware, software, and 100 packs of 3.5" floppies, which I was more than happy with at the time.

I went to college for CS, but learned more in my job at a research institute on campus than I did in the classes. I actually had a couple professors who, after the first semester with them, just came to me later with "You know this already, don't you? Here's the test schedule, just show up for the exams if you want." I dropped out after a couple years and managed to get a decent job before the first major dot bomb bust.

I did some coding for a year or two after that, but mostly moved up the food chain. Most of my coding these days consists of shell scripts, awk, some PHP, but little 'new development.' Today I effectively operate as a liaison between support teams and development teams since I have the skillset to give a better technical analysis of an issue as well as the coding background to debug issues as well as know what is and is not possible on the dev side.

about a year and a half ago

Browser tabs I have open right now ...

Vrallis Re:"Tabs have replaced bookmarks for me" (300 comments)

And the only reason I don't have nearly this many open at work is because I use Chrome, and they still haven't added scrolling tabs; it just keeps shrinking them until they're unusable. I've tried a couple addons for it, but they all sucked. At home I stick to Firefox.

about a year and a half ago

Browser tabs I have open right now ...

Vrallis "Tabs have replaced bookmarks for me" (300 comments)

Where's the option for "Tabs have replaced bookmarks for me"? I regularly find myself at 150+ tabs, realize the browser is acting like it's going to crash, so "Bookmark all tabs" to a folder (just in case) and start culling out the ones I haven't used recently.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Nears Debut of Original TV Shows

Vrallis Onion News Empire (66 comments)

I'm guessing Onion News Empire is one of them, just started watching the pilot a few minutes ago. A few recognizable actors (not just a bunch of unknowns), funny so far.

Hopefully others work out this well too.

about 2 years ago

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

Vrallis Wake-up call (408 comments)

Basically it's a big "fuck you" to the incumbent ISPs and a wake-up call to the public as to how badly we're being screwed by those ISPs. Data caps, incredible markups for marginal speed increases, etc. Google is proving those are all bullshit and still profitable.

about 2 years ago



Notch Asks For Trial by Combat

Vrallis Vrallis writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Vrallis (33290) writes "As reported recently, Mojang AB, the creators of Minecraft, have been sued by Bethesda over the name of their latest project, Scrolls, citing a trademark infringement with their Elder Scrolls games. In his latest blog post, Notch, the founder of Mojang, has challenged Bethesda to a trial by combat. Specifically, a frag match in Quake 3."
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