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The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer

boyter More like work (133 comments)

This sounds more like work then "an amusement or pastime" which games usually are. To be honest, even if I had the skill to play at that level I don't think I would want to since I like to play games in spare time. What do these guys do in their spare time if any... code?

more than 4 years ago
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PayPal Freezes Cryptome's Account

boyter Re:What's a Paypal? (253 comments)

Not in countries like Australia. Down here Paypal is pretty much all we have.

more than 4 years ago
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World of Goo Creators Try Pick-Your-Price Experiment

boyter Re:Who bought this... (216 comments)

Me. I paid $10 for it never planning on playing it either. I do hope this model works out.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Bing Have Google Running Scared?

boyter Re:They probably should be scared (560 comments)

I must admit I myself have done the same thing. I realised my reliance on Google a few years ago and tried to use alternatives more most of my search needs, and then in a fix compare against Google results. The problem I found was that Google presents a single view of the web that while it may seem accurate isn't the whole picture. People would say to me "If Google can't find it then it dosn't exist", and then be surprised when I said I found it using Yahoo, Gigablast or Live.

Bring on more competitive search engines. If nothing else it will force Google to innovate because I don't see their current interface being the best view into the web.

more than 5 years ago
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Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

boyter Having just done this (272 comments)

I just did this myself. I ended up just shooting for cheap hardware on the theory that if it breaks in 2 years I can just replace it. I have a Quad Core Phernom with 8 gig of RAM and two 750gig drives. Chucked VMWare on it and havent had any issues running about 8 or so VM's on it. It also serves up media using TVersity and is a network share dump as well.

The biggest issue I have had so far, is Disk Driver perfomance. If you are planning on running multiple concurrent VM's then go for as many HDD's as you can. Stick the most load intensive ones on seperate drives and you will really see the benefits.

more than 5 years ago
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Activists Use Wikipedia To Test Aussie Net Censors

boyter As an Aussie (330 comments)

Please everyone who is not in Australia or an Australian help distribute this list. Conroy (the arsehat behind the whole thing) has said he will hunt down any aussie who helps destribute the list.

more than 5 years ago
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Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

boyter Re:What the hell? (1316 comments)

+1 University/Collage will not teach you syntax coding (beyond enough to get you started). Knowing the syntax for a dozen languages isnt really that impressive when you realise they are similar.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

boyter Re:Invest in the pandora (616 comments)

The PS3 is the most open console on the market right now. Not only can you install alternate OS's you can develop for it without having to buy a license or even run Windows (looking at you Xbox + Visual Studio). Yes the video is locked down, but you can somewhat understand their point of view there (although personally I disagree with it). But anyway saying Sony dosnt let you use the hardware as you want is asinine.

more than 5 years ago
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Resurrecting Old Games, What Works?

boyter Re:Chrono Trigger DS (381 comments)

I have often said that if there was a remake of FF7 I would buy whatever system is required to play it. I love that game to bits. I still have my orginal PS disks and may just fire it up again tonight.

more than 5 years ago
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The Best Keyboards For Every Occasion

boyter Re:15 year old keyboard (523 comments)

It won't. I have tired it myself on a few occasions and it never worked :(

more than 5 years ago
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Smart Spam Filtering For Forums and Blogs?

boyter Re:DIY or it will be broken (183 comments)

Thats what I did. I added an extra field which you need to enter the word "fatty" into. I went from 200 spam comments a day to 0.

more than 5 years ago
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Yahoo Promises To Anonymize and Limit User Data

boyter Re:They don't need the data at all (76 comments)

I disagree. You need to know what people are searching for and then clicking on in order to improve your algorithm. Thats just common sense. If people are searching for "google" and then clicking on link number 17 in your result set then it should probably be moved up a bit.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Share; MS Releases iPhone App

boyter Re:Interesting (269 comments)

Ah so there is. Odd... the MS representative was trying to sell us on Silverlight because of its implementation of Deepzoom. I didn't even know there was a javascript version avaliable.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Share; MS Releases iPhone App

boyter Interesting (269 comments)

The most interesting thing is that Seadragon must use Javascript or something similar but not Silverlight for the deep zoom it provides.... I just came out of a Silverlight presentation and deepzoom was hailed as its party piece... hmmm

more than 5 years ago
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Studios' Oz Power-Grab Revealed

boyter Re:Climate of fear? (217 comments)

Trust me when I say the majority of aussies are pissed off about this stuff. Just yesterday I was talking with workmates and we all agreed that iiNet are awesome for telling the Government and Film studios where they can stick their filter (which they are implementing to show that it wont work) and sue the pants off everyone.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Sorts 1 Petabyte In 6 Hours

boyter Re:MapReduce = map + reduce (166 comments)

True, but not quite the point. The map and reduce functions as you say are implemented in python (and a great many other languages), but what makes MapReduce special is that you replace the Map function with one which distributes it out to other computers. Because any map function can be implemented in parallel you get a speed boost for however many machines you have (dependant on network speeds etc....).

So yeah, you can do it in Python but you arent going to be breaking any records untill you implement your own infrastructure that lets you span it out to thousands of computers. The nice thing being you dont need to write any new code to take advantage of the speed when you do.

more than 5 years ago
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Interest Still High In the Netflix Algorithm Competition

boyter Re:Netflix (77 comments)

You and your dirty mind. Then again large amounts of data is pretty sexy...

more than 5 years ago
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Interest Still High In the Netflix Algorithm Competition

boyter Re:It's fundamentally flawed (77 comments)

It doesn't make a difference. If you are using the same account for scoring then you are using the same account for the recommendations. So if the algorithm suggests something your wife will like but you don't it is still successful because for the account in general it gave a good match. Besides, you can actually look into the data more deeply and find accounts like this (not too difficult) and vary your scoring weights to improve accuracy for other people.

more than 5 years ago
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Interest Still High In the Netflix Algorithm Competition

boyter Netflix (77 comments)

It's actually not that hard to build an algorithm which works well. Following a demonstration at TechEd I built my own implementation using Python in about 2 hours (using a vector space algorithm) or so with reasonable results. The problem is that it is very difficult to win the prize.

The best thing about it is that you get a lot of data to play with. If you are interested in parallel algorithms and large data sets give it a go. Its surprisingly interesting and sucks you in. In fact I might go play with it now.

more than 5 years ago
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Raising Doubts About Australia's Broadband Upgrade Plan

boyter Not Suprising (98 comments)

What really ticked me off about the proposal by the Rudd Government was that they said they would bring everyone on to a 10 mbit connection. WTF? If you are going to spend 5 billion dollars of taxpayer money, and build new infrastructure anyway why not shoot for 1000 mbit connections for everyone? Whats the point in aiming so low that in 5 years time it wont matter if you succeed anyway?

Ultimately I never thought it would go through. To those in the USA, if you think your Telcos are bad, you need to come to grips with the ultimate in evil and greed that is Telstra.

more than 5 years ago

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First Rickroll In space

boyter boyter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

boyter (964910) writes "Remember the MIT students who launching a camera into space for only $150? Sending crazy stuff into low orbit was now within anyone's reach. All you need is a weather balloon, a digital videocamera, and enough helium. Rickrolling is a prank that seemingly ran its course several years ago, when Rick Astley himself Rickrolled 44 million people during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. So how to top this? By Rickrolling everyone from space of course."
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