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

Wolfrider Re:My wife will miss Grant. (360 comments)

--No offense to him, but Tory was IMHO the most expendable of the 3. Kari is attractive, easy on the eyes, intelligent, and made for good TV. Grant is a pretty good scientific thinker and made the explanations easy to understand, but he was kind of limited to a "hey let's build a ROBOT to do this" mentality for most of the projects. Granted I haven't watched the show for a while, but I will really miss Kari the most.

5 days ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Wolfrider Re:The box runs FreeBSD (200 comments)

--Interesting if true; do you have a citation/reference article?

about a month ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Wolfrider Re:Failsafe? (468 comments)

--Agreed, except when the glass is hit by a laser, or covered with ice/snow/birdsplat/debris...

--Don't get me wrong, I prefer glass windows in the cockpit and agree that there should be a failsafe in case the display gets hosed.

about 2 months ago

Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Wolfrider How to protest? (80 comments)

It would be nice if someone posted where we (the customers) can protest this sale... I'm OK with TWC right now, but Comcast is the devil. Really don't want them combining.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

Wolfrider Re:IPE (132 comments)

--This. Yet more reason to switch to Palemoon, since I neither want nor need a full development IDE in my freaking daily web browser. It's code bloat, and the vast majority of users DO NOT NEED it.

--Mozilla should be make this a separate download/package. Things are continuing to go downhill after Australis...

about 2 months ago

Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Wolfrider Re:Please, please just stop... (270 comments)

--Thanks for that. I switched to Palemoon on Windows as soon as I saw the idiotic Australis look-and-feel. Firefox developers or Tone-deaf morans, you decide...

about 2 months ago

Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

Wolfrider Re:I guess I'll bite the bullet on Cinnamon (132 comments)

--Sorry, I know Mint is one of the most popular distros and I'm a longtime user - but if you take a proper Debian base and modify it to the point where it can't be *upgraded* properly, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. I stopped using RPM-based distros exactly because of the upgrade headaches a long time ago.

--I went with Xubuntu this time around and haven't noticed the difference much - altho it appears to be much more stable than the last Mint(15/Olivia) I had on this laptop.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Wolfrider Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (516 comments)

--What, are you kidding? I can go to a CMD prompt in Win7 and type in ' ftp ' and it works. It's crappy and basic, but it's there. However, googling for " Winscp " and installing it is dead simple.

about 3 months ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

Wolfrider Re:Games are not reality (212 comments)

--Some of us evidently care more than others. When I was playing Fallout 2 and one of my companions (especially Sulik) got killed, I would reload from the last save because 1) I felt bad for him and 2) he was a great companion to have in the game. Also 3) because had was carrying a truckload of extra stuff that was too heavy for me alone.

--This carries on to other games as well - if I'm playing solo in Halo 4 and my disposable squad from the Infinity gets killed off, I feel slightly bad that I wasn't able to arm them effectively and protect them. It's called empathy. You also see it in some sci-fi novels - it costs you nothing to be polite, respectful and thankful to an AI that you're interacting with, and that attitude unconsciously carries over towards other people as well. It's a good trait to develop.

about 3 months ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths


--Wow, small world. :) I just started playing F:NV about a week ago and it's really addicting.

--I ended up killing Vulpes Inculta and his troops early on (in Nipton) with the Incinerator that I looted from the NCR prison complex, after demolishing the Powder Gangers. It was an interesting interaction - I gained fame with the Legion after agreeing with him, then killed him in a sneak attack. Now I'm supposedly "neutral" to the Legion according to the Pipboy. ;-)

--I usually play along the same lines as you indicated (although the Bloody Mess perk can be fun) and didn't realize the Legion was sending assassins after me. I was shooting up a random Bighorn herd south of Novac and these 2 Legionaires came out of nowhere and started attacking me. Thought be there was a Legion base nearby but there didn't seem to be anything on the map.

--Best hack so far: I was low on health and more than halfway Irradiated, but had just found 2 suits of Brotherhood of Steel armor and killed a bunch of centaurs. Ended up grabbing 1 of the Armor, taking Buffout for strength and fast-traveling all the way back to Goodsprings to get healed by the doc. Amazed it worked :)

Protip: Easiest way I've found to kill a Nightkin is to use 10MM submachine gun on full auto ;-)

about 3 months ago

Human "Suspended Animation" Trials To Start This Month

Wolfrider Re:But hold on... (104 comments)

The cake is a LIE!!

about 3 months ago

Understanding an AI's Timescale

Wolfrider Re:Incorrect Timescale (189 comments)

--You make a very good point. I remember thinking about this when I saw Star Trek First Contact (i.e. the Borg movie) where Data mentions he considered the Borg Queen's proposal for "0.68 seconds sir. For an android, that is nearly an eternity."

--It should be fairly easy to include subprocessors in an android to handle body movements (walk, run, sit, etc) while the "main brain" is off designing universes (or whatever) and thinking at android-normal speed. Android brain wants to say something or interact with a slower lifeform, it offloads whatever is needed to the subprocessor for speech/listening - and then returns to the discussion (subjectively a LONG time afterward) when it has enough input. Wash, rinse, repeat.

about 3 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Wolfrider Re:Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

--Trying to edit with vi in 2014 makes me think of EDLIN. Srsly?

--Nice to know I have something in common with a famous author - my favorite editor to this day is jstar (joe package in Linux.) Typed in my COBOL programs using Wordstar back in the late 80's. Powerbasic and Turbo Basic both came with an IDE compiler that used Wordstar key combos. It's really nice once you get used to it.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wolfrider Re:Hmm (533 comments)

--I'm with you 99%. I would personally rather use upstart over systemd(which needs to die.)

about 4 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Wolfrider Re: Let police officers take care of it. (664 comments)

--That should arguably have made the news. I read something similar recently - the fining/punishments stopped after the story hit the papers, as it was embarrassingly bad PR for the cops.

about 4 months ago

Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Wolfrider Re: But is it even usable? (208 comments)

--PROTIP for anyone who has to delete a directory from the command prompt (not using a script):


--The #1 cause of unexpected system crashes was determined to be ' rm ' typos or misuse.

--I login as root on a near-daily regular basis. I don't delete *anything* more than a few files without using MC, and the only root-caused crash I've had was back in the 90's - when I accidentally typed /dev/sda in a dd command (on a family PC) instead of /dev/fd0.

--MC lets you use Insert to tag files, * to tag by wildcards, and then F8 to delete files and directories safely.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Wolfrider The Old Farmer's Almanac (285 comments)

--Still has pretty good writing, and it's fun to read the weather predictions and compare them against reality.

Also worth mentioning - AMA (American Motorcyclist)

Consumer Reports

about 4 months ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Wolfrider Re:The universe does not need us.... (313 comments)

--Good on ya. Try Sheffield's " Between The Strokes of Night " to start with. I do tend to agree with you to a certain extent on the cultural baggage, but hopefully that can be mitigated with determination and education.

about 4 months ago




Current mood: Pensive -- 2011

Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

" See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh Take his hand, you'll be surprised " -- Supertramp

Give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your love to me
  Give a little bit
  I'll give a little bit of my love to you
  There's so much that we need to share
  Send a smile and show you care

  I'll give a little bit
  I'll give a little bit of my love to you
  So give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your time to me

  See the man with the lonely eyes
  Take his hand, you'll be surprised

  Give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your love to me
  I'll give a little bit of my love for you
  Now's the time that we need to share
  So find yourself, we're on our way back home

  Going home
  Don't you need to feel at home?
  Oh yeah, we gotta sing


--Pensive, but trying to stay Positive
/ Looking for work


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So a couple of weeks ago I was truly ready to call it quits, and start learning how to live with being single again for a while.

Sometimes, God steps in where you weren't expecting, and really does something to save your ass.

Things are better now. She's doing better than I am, these days. We're even looking at going to a different church.

Such fierce loyalty, such commitment... The full-on realizations, soul-searching, and changes on her side lately have been incredible. It wasn't what I was really expecting, that night -- but having gone through something similar myself a while ago, it's definitely something I value - and respect.

All I can do is remember to be humble, and thankful, and try to be a better (and Godly) man, for both our sakes... she deserves nothing less.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 4 years ago

My house is cold, even though I have had the heat on for about a week and a half... This is the coldest d--n Spring in memory.


I has a sad - 2010

Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 4 years ago

--Last night, I said something that hurt somebody I really care about.

--Needless to say I did not get any sleep, and had a horrible day wracked with guilt and shame - wishing I could take it back and make things OK again... We were actually having a pretty good time until I caught Teh Stupid.

--Looking back on it, I am appalled not just at my own words, but also the way I said them. I thought I was "being honest", but I was really being insensitive (and blinded to it by my own callousness.)

--I kept checking my phone for texts that never came, and feeling low. Spent most of the day thinking about it with a big pain in my heart, and keeping the tears back.

- I couldn't get this song out of my head all day:

--She is one of the best things in my life, and I acted the fool.

--Honey, Six -- if you're reading this, please forgive me - I really am sorry.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Oh, to -not- be feeling sick on Cmas...

I've got the typical upper-respiratory garbage; excessive mucus, sore throat, mild headache. All stuff I could do without, especially since I have a largely phone-based job.

So far, 2008 hasn't been the greatest - except for Holly. It all would have been about 3x as hard to deal with if it wasn't for her.

I miss the Old Farmers Almanac and the Honey Nut Cheerios.
But, I got some really cool stuff this year - Holly went all-out and got me -all- the Halo sci-fi books, plus a GPS navigation system. So I got that going for me. ;-)

Wishing you all a great Christmas... :D


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Things are quieting down a bit at work, which is nice. Holly and I are still doing well together :)

More updates as time allows...


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  about 6 years ago

Well it's pretty much been a horrible week so far. Been stuck in a stuffy room for Citrix training the last 4 days, (with NO BREAKS scheduled besides LUNCH, mind you) -- and been SO TIRED, that I can barely function well enough to drive all the way home from work without crashing into the guy in front of me. Not to mention that homeward traffic has been sucky all week too.

The instructor zoomed thru the whole course like a bat out of hell, which pretty much left me in the lurch as to: HOW DOES THIS TRAINING APPLY TO MY DAILY JOB?? ~:(

Then Wed, my hard drive CRASHED at work and I lost pretty much everything stored there, including the Virtual Machine I've been developing to make the server farm searchable. Last backed-up copy on my USB stick is from like the 18th.

On top of that, I haven't been able to see Holly all week (except for Tue night Bible study) -- then I get the guilt trip for BEING TIRED and having to cancel plans.

Need prayer -- overwhelmed, annoyed, and feeling like some major change needs to happen.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Haven't said anything about it till now cuz I didn't want to Jinx it. I'm working for a large agricultural company, doing monitoring and troubleshooting of their (extensive) Web server cluster. It may involve Vmware ESX admin skills in the future - and it's 1st shift :-)

So far it's 1/2 year contract-to-hire possibility -- please PRAY for my long-term job needs, as right now it looks like a very good place to build a career!

Going good so far -- will try to post more often, but it depends on how busy I get.

Please write me an email if you have time!



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Been busy with work and stuff.

Right now I'm working a 1-week contract installing some network equipment; need prayer for reliable work SOON... Will share more as time permits. TIA.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Had to call in to work today -- ice storm hit and the GF lost power for a few hours. I've been OK tho; just the roads were bad and I didn't want to chance it. A coworker got in a major 5-car accident on Sat (he's pretty much OK - but he was in the hosp wearing a neck brace for a while, and his car got Totalled.)

Working 6 days a week now - Sats are a pain. Keep me in prayer -- Thanks!


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've been working since Nov 5; things are going OK right now but Cmas will definitely be "light" this year. Lots of bills and outstanding stuff to catch up on. And the "official" contract ends in April, so I'll prolly be looking for work again sometime in Spring.

Keep me in prayer - I need to read my Bible *every day* - and I'll be missing Holly for 2 days this weekend because she can't come to Decatur with me for the fam reunion.

Looking fwd to seeing my brother and family again tho.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sorry for not writing much lately -- been busy.

I'm working 7am-4 now, with some Saturdays coming up (supposedly) -- but I'm planning on going to the family reunion in Decatur on the 1st. As long as we have someone to take care of the cats-n-birds, Six should be coming along as well. :-)

Gimme a call if you'd like to catch up; I should have a fairly slow week til Thu or so.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Started a new job Monday working for the local tax people (Major worldwide company. ;-) ) I'll be working 1st shift for like the 1st time Evar.

Haven't been on the phones yet, but the training has been going well. I'm a little nervous about manning the phones (I'm 2nd-tier tech support) but I've done it before. Just have to get used to their way of doing things, and knowing WHERE TO FIND ANSWERS...

Keep me in prayer, it might turn out to be something of a high-stress job ;-)


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sunday: Six and I got back from church and I found a note in my door from the (apparently) crystal-meth-crack-ho bezotch next door (we share two halves of the same condo.)

Long story short: With NO prior warning OR provocation (I've been Mr Nice Guy the whole 2 months), she gets ALL up in my face, and THEN CALLS THE COPS ON ME -- after threatening to sic me with her "fiancee coming home from Iraq next Friday."

Little Miss Attitude proceeds to inform me (while the cops are on the way) that not only am I not fit for this "family-oriented neighborhood" -- she also warns me to stay the h--l away from her kids - like I'm some kind of threat!! PLUS, she apparently was sufficiently PARANOID that she accused Holly TO HER FACE of "harboring" me as a WANTED FUGITIVE!!!
??? What.The.F!!!

So the cops arrive. I was of course pretty steamed, but tried to be cooperative and polite to them --- but they Obviously were on the side of this idiot "neighbor" - until they ran my license, and turned up ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (As expected.)

Needless to say, I've been Insulted, PO'd, Offended, and Falsely Accused - all in the same afternoon!

This uptight little moron has Directly Threatened my right to live in peace in my own house -- believe me, I'm not taking this lying down.

I'm gonna keep my own counsel and not do anything to aggravate the situation - but if she tries ONE MORE THING, I'm calling a lawyer - AND the Homeowner's Assoc.

The way she was acting, it's like she wants to start a war -- and believe me, I did not do ANYTHING to deserve this kind of response. I *will* however *protect* myself AND my landlady - in self defense.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Worked a short-term jobby (we upgraded ~64 PCs/laptops to Win XP) and Sat was a 12-hour shift. (They fed us some good stuff tho.)

Supposed to start "real" work on Nov 5 -- PLEASE keep this in prayer, as the last 2 jobs before this screwed with my start-date so many times that I dropped 'em as unreliable!

In Christ,



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, sorry for not writing in such a long time. Was SUPPOSED to start work on Monday, but things have been getting pushed back and pushed back. Now I'm looking at working (for a completely different company) this weekend Fri-Sun (12 hours on Sat!!) and STILL have to make the rent +utils *somehow.* :(

Keep in touch and prayer!!!


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Been having a couple of really weird weeks, and I don't like to write about bad stuff too much.

Holly and I aren't really "dating" exclusively anymore, just more-than-friends, with $interest. Still no job yet.

Joined the foot-wiping church tho (which happens to be Holly's church), and have had really great discussions with the pastor.

Volunteered for the homeless ministry. :)

Need to pick up my Bible and start reading it every day again...



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Got the computer system setup, router/firewall in place, furniture, and we even unloaded the car-top carrier last night.

Feels good. :)

Working 100% on FINDING A JOB now -- gotta go


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

" Pie are not square. Pie are round. Cornbread are square. " == Slashdot Fortune ;-)


Utilities are ATKO (All Taken Kare Of) except for cable Internet (Thu) and a minor gas leak that needs to be fixed b4 I can take up residence... :)

Six and I are doing better than ever; just need to pick up my Bible and remember to PUT GOD 1ST Every Day(TM).


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

--God must want something to happen here, cuz all the Utils were incredibly easy -- everthing was setup in 1 day. Gas + electric + water == tomorrow (Tues); Cable Inet == Thu.

Everything looks GO right now - just need steady Work. Praise God!! :) 67 :)

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