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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

cerberusss Learning English (127 comments)

I'm from Europe and I didn't learn English in class. Instead I learned it from the AD&D (2nd edition) material. Together with a class mate who also had DM aspirations, we swapped and traded material through BBSes.

We were so far ahead of the class, the teacher would set us apart and just let us do whatever we wanted. As long as we whispered, we could talk and read separate from the rest of the class. Of course that got us nasty looks, but we got to talk for a solid two hours about Planescape or Forgotten Realms.

After class, we'd ask the teacher words that we couldn't find in the dictionary. He couldn't them either. I remember finding out what "to be marooned" meant, ahead of the teacher.

I also remember that me and my gaming buddy got an A- on our final exams. After the verbal part of the exam, the teacher said he was a bit disappointed in my verbal skills. But because he knew I had it in me, he'd give me an A-.

I stopped gaming when college started, I couldn't find a gaming group. After almost twenty years, I found out my current employer has a group of colleagues who regularly play Pathfinder, and I joined them. I'm playing a fifth level thief, and it's an absolute blast.

about a week ago
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GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

cerberusss Thanks (4 comments)

Thanks for sharing that, interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cerberusss Re:Long term jobs are rare and getting rarer. (282 comments)

2) Never feel and "loyalty" to a company or boss- they won't hesitate to kick you to the curb

I've seen managers cry because they had to fire people. I'm inclined to agree though, but more in terms of "take care of yourself first".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cerberusss Re:As soon as you can start your own business (282 comments)

Just curious; in what business did you start in? IT probably, but what specific sector? Sysadmin, web scripting, telecom, etc? And has there been a time you'd rather have a salary?

I'm making the step from salaried man to freelancing soon, and I'm mighty curious.

(Ben je Nederlands?)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cerberusss Re:blame outsourced work / contractors / subontrac (282 comments)

Im a contractor, (...) At my current employer, I've been at one location for 2 years.

That's interesting... don't you feel more like an employee rather than a freelancer?

about three weeks ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

cerberusss Re: For a sense of scale (142 comments)

Because some people like their laptops as small and thin as possible, there's always demand for the next best, smallest but fastest thing.

about a month ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

cerberusss Re:x86 Android Virtualisation: native performance! (167 comments)

No, it's not rocket science. And if it worked now, it would be okay. But it doesn't. I ran through all the steps, and the simulator starts but it's not the x86 emulator for some reason.

about a month ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

cerberusss Re:x86 Android Virtualisation: native performance! (167 comments)

"Just set it up" isn't as easy as you make it out to be. I just tried it in Android Studio.

First, you have to install a 3rd party kernel extension (from Intel). Then you have to configure an AVD with the new x86 value for the CPU/ABI field. It didn't appear for some reason for my target "Android 4.4.2". After looking around, I found another download in the Android SDK Manager called "Intel x86 Atom System Image", let's download that. The documentation mentions this, but I glossed over it. OK, back to the AVD manager and create a virtual device.

Now I finish it, and run the app. Running the app takes 39 seconds, as Grails reports (about 5 seconds, if that, on Xcode for the iOS port of our project). It asks where I want to run it, pick the new AVD and click Run. It starts Android but not the app.

Weird. OK, so I run it again with the simulator running. The option "choose a running device" cannot be selected. That's strange. I pick the new AVD again and unfortunately, it starts another copy. Shit. I let it boot but notice it's really slow as usual -- ten minutes later it's still booting. I check the already running copy and click around. Slow as hell as well. Apparently it's not accelerated at all!

At this point, I'm ready to give up and go back to testing on a device again.

The above is tested on a 2013 MacBook Air with 8 gigs of memory.

about a month ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

cerberusss Re: "May" is not a synonym for "prone". (128 comments)

I used to buy cheap chargers but after reading this article, I changed my mind: www.righto.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you.html

about a month and a half ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

cerberusss Re:Release early, release often (270 comments)

All that rancor and hatred. With so many excellent browsers out there, it's hard to understand why people draw their energy from the Dark Side.

I don't get it. I love the release schedule. Always the latest and greatest. And in my opinion, it just keeps improving. I like the new interface as well, looks slick and keeps the chrome to a minimum.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 8 is unusable

cerberusss Huh? (6 comments)

You mean they take over without you activating the app?

It sounds like they replaced a modal popup with a full-screen version. Ridiculous, really.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

cerberusss Re:Activity Rewires the Human Brain (291 comments)

Thanks for sharing :)

I got a bunch of replies and some upmods. I hadn't expected people's experiences to be so the same! Among my friends, I'm the first-turned-dad, so this sharing of experiences is something that doesn't happen off-line.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

cerberusss Re:Activity Rewires the Human Brain (291 comments)

Implying that men don't have the neural circuitry required for parenting is as retarded as implying that women don't have the neural circuitry required for mathematics.

Heh that brings back memories, and not the good ones. I can't count the times the wife said something on the lines of: "I am the mother, so obviously I know best." The first half year after our baby girl was born, I had to really fight for my half of fatherhood.

Society nowadays expect you to do your half of the parenting, but when that time comes, your wife's instincts might take over and decide it would be much better if you just followed her orders.

about 2 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

cerberusss Re: No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Here in the Netherlands we have a similar law. However, it's commonly accepted that a battery is something that is consumed. Similar to tires or what have you. I think you were unreasonable.

about 2 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

cerberusss Re:Well. (195 comments)

ROTFL! I'd mod you up if I had points :D

about 3 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

cerberusss Re:Awesome desktop (139 comments)

yes. If this takes of I would expect laptops

God, yes. Finally we'd depart from the decades-old way of building laptops with custom-everything. I'd love to see that whole laptop-space commoditized.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

cerberusss Awesome desktop (139 comments)

If it runs some version of desktop Linux, this could be an awesome desktop. With a built-in UPS and a backup 3G network connection. You'd never shut it down because it's so focused on power savings that it's not really worth it. It would run off a standard USB charger.

It would be great if you could upgrade the CPU and 3D graphics to something tablet or desktop-ish. I could envision a chassis/case that has the standard Project Ara backplane, but mounted below a fan. Bonus points if you can overclock the CPU.

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

cerberusss Re:I recently switched. couldnt be happier. (312 comments)

find it a lot easier to communicate with people

That's because from your standing desk, you look down on them. THEY ARE YOUR MINIONS, TO DO AS THEY ARE COMMANDED TO DO!

about 3 months ago

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WiFi drop-off problem still dogging MacBook lines

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cerberusss writes "In October last year, CNet AirPort dropouts in Snow Leopard after ZDnet reported earlier on the WiFi problems. Apple subsequently released a firmware update in a Knowledge Base article, after many people devised workarounds such as decreasing their wireless router security, buying USB WiFi sticks, changing router settings and downgrades to the previous OS version. But today, a long-running thread on the Apple Discussions board named Dropping Wi Fi reached 47 pages. This indicates that there are multiple problems that Apple doesn't have a solution for. One user writes in frustration:

"I've spent hours on the phone with Applecare regarding this issue. First they blamed me, then the DNS servers, then the microwave, florescent lights, someone else's wifi, the router manufactures, their software writers, and the list goes on and on. I just want a Macbook that works."

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Android app sales utterly failing

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cerberusss writes "Mobile development company Larva Labs reports on the sales of their game apps for the Google backed Android market, an alternative for Apple's App Store. And the reports are pretty bad. In a piece called Android Market Sales, Are Those Tears or is it Raining in Here?, they ask themselves:

The Apple App Store is worth $200M monthly, whereas the Android market is worth a paltry $5M. As sad as that comparison may be, from our experience the total is probably much lower. We know from experience that below position 25 on the top selling games the earnings drop off to almost zero. To back that up a bit, we're going to release our latest Android sales data.

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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cerberusss writes "As of February 2007, the popular Russian music download site AllOfMP3 seems to be cut off from user payments. Whereas previously it was possible to buy gift certificates at XRost and then using these at AllOfMP3, the XRost payment provider displays the following message upon logging in:

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the payment platform, we will be performing a scheduled server maintenance. The payment option at our site will be restored in 48 hours.
However, the 48 hours have passed since long and it's not known when payments will be possible again. Did the RIAA finally get what they wanted?"
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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cerberusss writes "A judge made the Dutch Homecopy foundation pay 840,000 (more than $1.1 mln) in a trial that the foundation had started itself against company Imation.

It's a fact that the Homecopy foundation (in Dutch "Stichting de Thuiskopie") 20 percent of the homecopy payment, that producers of writeable media pay, immediately pays back to producers that are members of the STOBI foundation. This foundation was started by the Ministery of Justice, to negotiate between producers of writeable media and the Homecopy foundation.

In the STOBI foundation, this 20% discount was kept secret. When Imation entered the STOBI foundation and discovered this fact, they stopped paying the homecopy payment until the discount was recouped over the previous years claiming unfair business practices. The Homecopy foundation immediately started a trial against Imation. But not only did they lose the trial for the current payments but were also forced to pay back the discount over the previous years including interest, running up to 840,000."

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Open topic

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 6 years ago Sometimes people want to reply to an old comment. There's no good way to do so except send an e-mail, which most posters haven't filled in. So -- here's an open topic where you can reply to anything and everything I've ever posted. I might create a new journal entry when this one expires.

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