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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

denmarkw00t Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

I do prefer Postgres, but damn was Oracle fun (mostly) to work with, mainly because listening to the DBAs explain things felt like I was being imparted with some ancient wisdom.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

denmarkw00t Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Need I remind you: common table expressions? It's rare that the need for one arises, but boy have I been sore a few times from MySQL lacking them.

about two weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

denmarkw00t Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

Bingo, my friend. As soon as I read the headline last night, my heart sunk, and my hopes for Oculus died. I want nothing to do with Facebook owning them or their technology - the moment Zuck & Crew become a part of my gaming experience, I'm moving on. I don't mind Candy Crush - I get it, Facebook integration is a big part of what they do. I don't mind it in many other phone games. I do not link my FB to Call of Duty, GTA, or anything else on a console or that doesn't run in a browser (and mostly don't otherwise anyway). The last thing I want while wearing a VR headset is to reach a new stone in Skyrim and find out that it's got ads on the outside - "Find single Orcs in your area now! Like this stone for 30 credits!"

about a month ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

denmarkw00t Re:oh good (202 comments)

Windows 7 sure has a better working and cleaner UI

Eh, maybe? If I turn off all the Aero or whatever and make it look like 9x, I can live with that. The translucent borders, Big Button start menu and "pins," the god-awful switcher...7 is probably my only choice for Windows moving forward, if I have to have it, but it won't look like it does after a fresh install for very long.

about 1 month ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

denmarkw00t Re:Predictions? (183 comments)

In what environment is it an advantage to be slow to understand new information?

An extreme case, for sure, but: an abusive environment. An environment where learning faster or figuring things out can and often is detrimental to one's safety. An environment where you're forced to be quiet and where you're essentially ignored. This is an environment where being smarter will only help you if you have a means of escape, otherwise it's best to either keep those brains under wraps or to just give in and let the people around you tell you how to live your life, as it's your best chance to avoid violence.

about a month ago
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Thief Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

denmarkw00t Re:Mediocre reviews, but the game is fine if not g (110 comments)

no shortage of lewts to grab

"lewts?" Yes, that's some darn good gaming journalism there. Nothing like spelling a word incorrectly and adding Internet lols unnecessary plurals to really drive home the point. Sorry, "bluesnews," but that's an immediate turn off and I won't be visiting your site ever.

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

denmarkw00t Re:But... (341 comments)

They buy apple because their rich friends did. Often, such people aren't very intelligent when it comes to technology, or even basic concepts like reason and logic, because, frankly, they haven't had to be in order to survive..

Funny, I bought Apple because I was given a 3GS to use for a few months and loved it. I bought a 4 shortly thereafter, and finally gave in to buy a 5c on discount several years after that. I've used Android and I hate it - I hate it to the death. Yes, I can do anything I want with it, as long as I'm willing to do a lot more than I feel is necessary. On iPhone, I can wait several months for a Jailbreak if I really want to, or just be happy that it's damn stable and lets me do what I need to do on a phone - make calls, send texts, take pictures of my dogs, and play games. Android doesn't deserve all the hate - the carriers haven't helped it much and tend to hurt it more so that they can push unnecessary upgrades (my wife's old Xperia X10 ran Jelly Bean just fine and it was made some 4 or 5 years before now). I just don't care for the lack of built-in privacy controls that are at all granular and no, I don't want to have to get an app for that. I explicitly can say who does and doesn't get access to my contacts, photos, location, without it affecting my ability to use the app in general.

Most everyone I know who has an iPhone is not technically challenged, is certainly not rich (nor has "rich friends"), and are some of the most logical/reasonable/intelligent people I know. Same for Android - I just hear those friends cursing at their phones a lot more.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

denmarkw00t Re:NAT (574 comments)

As a counterpoint: I'm on TWC and any time the modem itself has rebooted, I've gotten a new IP. The router can sit and spin and reboot all day and get the same WAN IP from the modem, but once the modem lights flash off and back on, I've got to go update my DNS entry for my not server that I'm not running from my not home.

about 2 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

denmarkw00t Re:Move on (573 comments)

Bummer that this isn't modded higher, and double bummer that I have no mod points.

I don't mind jQuery, I have to use it at work, but when I have a choice I'm usually off somewhere else. I'm even attempting to pick up work on Sencha's abandoned "Ext Core" library because I prefer the clarity and simplicity. I find that I can easily write the code I need without the framework getting in the way. With jQuery, option #1 is always "Find a Plugin," but then we end up modifying it or trying to get it to play nice and eventually chucking it, and that far down the line our only other option is to find a new plugin. It's syntax is also a little weird when you first get started, especially if you're used to other languages where get* and set* methods are clearly defined, and not sitting together: .setStyle(key, value) and .getStyle(key) vs the jQuery way of .css(key, value) to set and .css(key) to get. It's neat, but it also obscures the functionality unnecessarily.

Finally, jQuery always seems hacky, even if it isn't. Jumping into most projects I've worked on, the jQuery isn't structured in any meaningful way, and per-page one-offs are the general way to go about things. I certainly can't blame jQuery for this directly, but it doesn't help their case when it feels like it's the PHP of the Javascript world.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

denmarkw00t Re: Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

I was in Home Depot last weekend and noticed that the Service Desk computers where still running WinXP Professional.

So are most ATMs...

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

denmarkw00t Re: Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Someone arguing you got Flaimbait, why not you?

I upgrade all of mine all the time... That's like saying no one upgrades their cars or even bothers to fix them. Overly broad assumptions got you a -1 flamebait :D

I've replaced the logic board in my G4 laptop twice. A piece of red stripe box keeps it alive. I've replaced everything BUT the logic board on my Intel MacBook either for necessity (optical drive) or convenience (RAM). And I haven't had a single PC hold up as long or reliably

And finally hurr durr Linux runs on Macs so yay! Safety! Security! Updates!

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

denmarkw00t Re: Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Got a dual CPU G4 PowerMac and a G5 PowerMac if you're interested :D

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

denmarkw00t Re: Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Sure, but you can still put Linux on that old hardware and it's SNAPPY! ElementaryOS on my 2007 MacBook is a million times better than my 4-5 year old AMD tower with twice the RAM, same OS.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

denmarkw00t Re: Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Here's another anecdote (it may just be one): I'm still using an '07 MacBook and until a year or two ago I was using a G4 laptop. Not out of any kind of love for product other than it still "felt" usable. It only hits me that I'm 7 years behind when I try to play games. I prefer it over my ThinkPad because the screen is superb, I use Linux on it because I forgot where I was going with this - damn you /. mobile!!!

Anyways, the coming and going all look like crap ATM - until a game I HAVE to play comes out that isn't on a console I own (only 2, and no one is making Atari games...), I'll probably not think about a new PC or even parts for my existing server.

about 3 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

denmarkw00t Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Everything else, even if it's possible, would void the warranty.

And every PC from every manufacturer I've worked with has a sticker or note or bit of tape that says "Warranty Void if Removed/Broken/Etc" - your point? If you plan to do something internally yourself, you're probably going to have to give up the warranty.

about 3 months ago
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Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

denmarkw00t Re:Absurd (103 comments)

The hard part is making something that humans will like.

No it's not - add titties. Game of the Year right there.

about 4 months ago
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Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

denmarkw00t Re:Absurd (103 comments)

If food induces memory loss, then our obesity problem in America is two-fold!

about 4 months ago
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

denmarkw00t Re:The uses of schizophrenia diagnosis .. (77 comments)

Another diagnosis would be along the lines of "periods of psychosis," happening more than once, for an extended amount of time. Tack on some emotional bits for the "schizoaffective" aspect. A diagnosis of anything can and has been used for all sorts of nefarious reasons, but just because someone fakes a cold to get out of work, it doesn't mean that all people sneezing and coughing are liars.

about 4 months ago
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

denmarkw00t Re:Schizophrenic DNA .. (77 comments)

Presumably, but we don't know much about who they were or what their treatment was like. Where they locked up in padded rooms for the vast duration of their lives? There isn't much incentive to do more than sedate them. Were they actively working with a therapist and psychiatrist? Then they'd probably have more access to antipsycotics. Were they plain untreated? Knowing the sample would be very helpful...even in the "treated" population you have a wide array of tools that more often combat symptoms, not just the diagnosis: Ambien for sleep, Seroquel for knocking out the hard stuff, antipsychiotics to keep the hard stuff at bay on normal days, antidepressents and mood stabilizers to keep you level, vitamins to help supplement what your body doesn't absorb, etc etc etc. Some medications lower your body's ability to intake nutrients, or flat-out destroy your reproductive system. Celiac and other diseases generally compliment SZ. People suffering from SZ tend to be smokers, so throw some cancer treatment into that group.

about 4 months ago
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"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

denmarkw00t Re:Schizophrenia due to infectious disease of the (77 comments)

Schizoaffective sucks - if you need a good place to go, message me (if there's a way to do that?). There are plenty of good communities, and I know one that's been very helpful for friends of mine.

Best of luck to you!

about 4 months ago

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denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denmarkw00t writes "From this CNN article: "There was a strong correlation between video game skills and a surgeon's capabilities performing laparoscopic surgery in the study published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery. Out of 33 surgeons...that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before."

And I haven't even gotten my copy of Trauma Center for the Wii yet"

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World's First IE7 Tax?

denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  about 2 years ago

In a move that will bring a smile to many web developers, along with pleas to their managers to implement a similar strategy "The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first 'tax' on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser. Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site. Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in 'rendering the website into [an] antique browser'. The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch." Fantastic!

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18440979

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Broken Slashdot Javascript?

denmarkw00t denmarkw00t writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Basically, I can't edit any of my Dynamic Index options, I get the error "getModalPrefs is not defined" in the Firefox error console; haven't had a chance to try this elsewhere yet.

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