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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Escapism (230 comments)

I'll get there eventually, but for now I'm content to play it how I like, level up my character, collect stuff, and see more and more of the world they've built.

I too had a ton of fun exploring the map and not just advancing the story. The problem you will run into is that the game basically breaks once you reach a high enough level.

The longer I played the game the more I noticed things that became completely pointless, like making food. Once you can enchant top-level gear, there's no reason to open chests. You will start noticing all of the dungeons look the same and there's really no variety to the mobs you encounter, especially those roaming the countryside. Once your level tops out, there's no way to learn new skills and no way to re-spec your character.

I played through the Mage's questline and maxed my character's level. As soon as that happened I realized that the mechanics just weren't good enough to keep me playing until I finished all of the content.

1 hour ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Escapism (230 comments)

Yeah, it's in all of those books you probably didn't read.

I really hated all of the text content that Skyrim dumped on you. If I wanted to read a book, I would read a book.

2 hours ago

Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

h4ck7h3p14n37 WTF is wrong with people? (46 comments)

I'm almost 40, so maybe that explains it, but WTF is with people who cannot put their devices down and just pay attention to what's going on around them?

What exactly so compelling that you can't take ten or fifteen minutes away from it to walk somewhere?


The State of ZFS On Linux

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Magic (366 comments)

The parent did this to themselves. You use cvsup to track code changes when you're building a system from source. It is not used to perform upgrades of installed ports; that's what portupgrade is for.

It sounds like he was doing an in-place build and nuked his drive. If you care about your data you shouldn't take the risk of attempting this.

4 days ago

The State of ZFS On Linux

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Don't forget the excellent portability of ZFS filesystems!

With ZFS you can move a drive between FreeBSD, Linux and MacOS systems. AFAIK the only other filesystem you can do this with is FAT32 and you lose a lot of features if you go that route. This is a big deal when you've got terabytes of data on drives and a heterogenous computing environment.

4 days ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Surprise! Summary has wrong information (198 comments)

This data should be carried by the patient, not stored in some centralized database ripe for harvesting by third parties.

about a week ago

Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

h4ck7h3p14n37 More details please... (75 comments)

Will an experienced admin (20+ years *NIX) that's currently using RackSpace (dedicated and cloud) learn anything from this book? It's so hard to tell from this review.

I've been using RackSpace for a few months now and I find that it's not much different than hosting the servers myself except I don't have to deal with things like router/switch configuration and hardware replacements.

about a week ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:where do i sign up? (137 comments)

I would definitely recommend getting a camera to protect yourself. It's unfortunate, but some drivers will flat-out lie about what happened to cause a crash and try to blame you for their mistake. If you have video evidence they can't pull crap like that.

about two weeks ago

Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

h4ck7h3p14n37 I blame Phrack Magazine (230 comments)

I got Internet access back in '91 as a sophomore in high school and discovered Phrack Magazine. I never did anything explicitly malicious, but I did accidentally crash the campus SunOS server a couple of times.

  • I made a lineman's handset and clipped into the neighborhood's telephone junction box.
  • I ran a trojan login program on the computers in my residence hall and got a bunch of passwords.
  • I misconfigured the MSDOS program that allowed you to connect from IPX to TCP/IP and set my local address to the same value as the remote system and tried connecting. That apparently was enough to crash the remote server.

No legal problems, but I did have a few meetings with school administration due to me not being able to keep my mouth shut. The login trojan cost me a job working in the school's computer center. Crashing the campus server got me called into the Dean's office.

about two weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

SysV init is most certainly not broken. You can use /etc/inittab to have the system keep services alive, or wrap your startup command in a while(true) loop.

about two weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

...or add an entry for the service in /etc/inittab and specify the respawn option.

about two weeks ago

Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Chip and PIN (132 comments)

That's why you include a fee with your Bitcoin transaction. The larger the fee the more quickly you should get confirms back.

Bitcoin really wasn't designed to be used as a currency; payment just happened to be one of the first applications developed using the protocol. If you need confirmation speed, you should take a look at Litecoin.

about two weeks ago

FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Honest question from a non-USian (98 comments)

Back in the mid-90's, when I just getting started, the web development company I was working for in Chicago got hacked via some remote exploit in IRIX. It was a small business with only six people, but the local FBI branch did send an agent over to collect information when we notified them of the breach.

about three weeks ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Development cycle (232 comments)

I've been using *nix systems for about 23 years so maybe I'm just old school, but what exactly is so difficult about compiling and packaging third-party software yourself?

These days most everything uses autotools and it's pretty simple to create the necessary files for the packaging system.

As for support, isn't that why you hire experienced people that can help themselves?

about three weeks ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Incredibly wise advice (120 comments)

I think the takeaway here is to not work on your birthday.

about three weeks ago

US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (172 comments)

As long as you keep your private key secure no one can take your Bitcoins. You can generate your private key on a non-networked computer and write it down, then transfer your coins to the public address.

Assuming you trust your printer, Mycelium is working on a USB plug to make paper wallets.

about a month and a half ago

New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

h4ck7h3p14n37 Thanks, but no thanks (121 comments)

we believe that setting up common sense rules of the road is vital to the long-term future of the virtual currency industry, as well as the safety and soundness of customer assets.(We think the situation at Mt. Gox, for example, made that very clear.)

It seems to me the Bitcoin community has been doing just fine without regulatory "assistance". Sure some people got burned by Mt. Gox, but I'm okay with that being one of the risks if it allows me to avoid government meddling. The State is a hell of a lot more of a threat to me than some shyster like Karpeles.

about 2 months ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

Of course, the FBI has way too many people that need to deal with technology that really don't understand it in the slightest. Years ago I had to disappoint an FBI agent that I was helping by explaining to him how things really worked. He was getting samples from all the different printers so that they could make a database to identify what printer printed something like they used to do with typewriters. I had to explain to him that the fonts are totally programmable and have no unique characteristics to that printer. Also, that the inks and toners are actually made by only a handful of companies, and are again, not unique to the printer. He was very disappointing with the information.

Maybe that's why some printers add secret watermarks to their output?

about a month ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

Why stop at cars? Once this technology is developed we could have things like roaming vending machines, automated fast-food stations, small courier bots, etc.

about a month ago



Network Solutions DNS is Screwed Up

h4ck7h3p14n37 h4ck7h3p14n37 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) writes "It looks like Network Solutions has managed to really mess up their DNS servers. Not only are they returning incorrect results for valid domains, but they're also returning results for invalid domains.

dwiest@dfwdamian.vail: dig ; > DiG 9.3.3 > ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER> DiG 9.3.3 > invalid.domain ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER

There's an article over at InfoWorld about this."


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