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Preferred Type of Game?

bakes Re:One of the best card games... (171 comments)

My friends and I play a variation of this where all players bid at the same time - close your hand, pump twice and on three then show the number of fingers that is your bid. If the total matches the exact number of tricks, the dealer must change their bid up or down by one. This method stops players from reconsidering their bid based on other players. It also leads to some occasions where we are overbid or underbid by several tricks.

about a week ago

HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

bakes Re:Woo-hoo! (242 comments)

No NO NOOO!!!! The first rule of Slashdot is never EVER start a 'lowest UID' fight. The sub-10Ks will be all over it like a rash.

Shh, everyone quiet, maybe we are lucky and haven't woken them up...

about a month ago

HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

bakes Re:Yes! (242 comments)

I'm not sure it matches with the modern Hollywood sci-fi formula.

Maybe this is exactly why people ARE excited.

about a month ago

New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

bakes Can be much less (192 comments)

You can get awesome at anything in much less than 10,000 hrs if you have a montage.

about 3 months ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

bakes Re:Seems to be fixed for me(?) (318 comments)

Not quite - the 'X= ... echo busted' part is the bit that exploits the vulnerability, and that is being blocked/ignored.

about 3 months ago

Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

bakes Re:You said something above... (106 comments)

Perhaps he was dictating.

about 3 months ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

bakes Re:Too expensive (275 comments)

Now, all this said, if there was an EASY way for me to have Dropbox-like functionality against an S3 endpoint where *I*/AWS runs the box, I'd be game

Have a look at owncloud.

about 4 months ago

Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

bakes We had a band powerful enough ... (83 comments)

This has been done before. In the 70s there was a blues band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

bakes Re:Still Waiting (247 comments)

The determined Real Programmer can write Fortran programs in any language.

about 9 months ago

Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

bakes Re:I think (188 comments)

Your welcome ;-)

You're welcome.
You're welcome.

about 10 months ago

Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

bakes Re:Psychology (138 comments)

You forgot 'Politics'. Not sure where that fits in the ordering though.

1 year,20 days

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

bakes Re:Genuinely curious (783 comments)

Are there signs at every intersection saying which road has right-of-way?

Yes - At every 4-way intersection not controlled by lights there will be 'Stop' or 'Give Way' on one of the roads.

1 year,26 days

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

bakes Re:Booze Bus (783 comments)

We're not even considering the terrible road designs like all way stops. Yep, all roads have a stop sign. In theory you give way to your right, in reality it's whoever has the balls to go first

I've been to South Africa a few times, they have 4-way stop signs too. The way it works there is when you get to the line, everyone who is already stopped on the other entries goes before you, then you go. All-in-all it works quite well. In fact, when they have one of their frequent power outages and the traffic lights go out, the drivers just treat the intersection as a 4-way stop and get on with it.

1 year,27 days

How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

bakes Re:bribery (294 comments)

I had dealings with the LHM back then and I do fully believe they haven't saved a single cent on the transition

Maybe they didn't save anything on the transition, but do they expect to save overall costs/expenses in the longer term?

1 year,27 days

Amazon Launches Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

bakes Re:Can the connection to amazon be turned off? (88 comments)

Yes, you can turn the Wifi and Bluetooth on/off (independently) whenever you like. There is also an aeroplane mode, I guess this stops you turning on Wifi accidentally (??).

For your purposes, I suppose you might potentially leave the Wifi off all the time, and just load files on through the USB cable.

about a year ago

Boeing Turning Old F-16s Into Unmanned Drones

bakes Re:A split S? (239 comments)

Gutsiest move I ever saw, man.

about a year ago

The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

bakes Re:no different elsewhere (555 comments)

Neither. It's because the US insists on these procedures for flights that will enter US airspace.

I was in Doha earlier this year, and I walked past the departure gate for a flight going to the US - looong line of people, shoes off, waiting for the full-scan etc. On my flight to the UK there was the walk-through metal detector and x-ray scan of my carry-on bag, but my shoes stayed on and nobody asked to pat me down.

about a year ago

Average latency to Slashdot.org?

bakes Space? (558 comments)

Not sure the estimates in brackets are quite right. I get 280ms from Australia. And I'm on the ground.

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

bakes Freer !!? (240 comments)

My general language is also 'freer of errors'.

You should have instead used 'has a lower error rate' or something less grammatically nauseating.

about 2 years ago


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bakes bakes writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've seen a few sigs from people saying that they will meta-moderate all negative moderations as unfair. This is an attitude I consider strange.

I will often meta-mod 'redundant' moderations as unfair, mainly because if someone posts something that is redundant, the mod points are better spent moderating UP something else.

Myself and many others are sick of seeing the same CRAP over and over again from the goatse, gnaa and other associated trolls that modding it offtopic is the only way to reduce the noise.

Sure, plenty of negative mods ARE unfair, but many are not. Meta-modding ALL negative mods as unfair just because they are negative mods is just as much an abuse of the system that these people claim that they are 'protecting'.

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