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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

rainmaestro Re: No good video? (213 comments)

The larger the frontal surface area of the vessel, the harder it is to control. Wave motion and tidal forces become more pronounced as the vessel gets wider, making it harder to hold position.

This "barge" isn't a standard cargo hauler, though. You can see a photo of it at the link below. It was definitely custom-built for this purpose.
http://www.spacex.com/sites/sp...

about three weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

rainmaestro Re:Always struggling with a Dodgy NVS mobile... (136 comments)

Sure they do. AMD has had hybrid graphics for years, and both Catalyst and the open-source driver have had support for quite some time. I've used laptops that had AMD's hybrid setup and it was far simpler to set up.

about a month ago
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AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

rainmaestro Re:Always struggling with a Dodgy NVS mobile... (136 comments)

It is possible that Optimus has improved a bit in the past year. A large part of my woes stemmed from my particular card being relatively new and hence requiring a bunch of bleeding edge packages for support, and trying to get bleeding edge stuff to play nicely together is often painful.

I'm sticking with AMD for my Linux boxes for the time being, and NVidia for my gaming PC. I've had more troubles with AMD in Windows than in Linux the past few years.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

rainmaestro Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

Impressive. I know we have a tradition of not reading the article before commenting, but you didn't even read the first sentence of the summary:
"If 95% of great programmers aren't in the U.S. [...]"

The whole point is how to get the best talent regardless of where they live. The number of time zones in the mainland US is irrelevant.

FYI, I'm currently working on a project with two other teams: one on the west coast and one in London. They are 8 time zones apart.....

about a month ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

rainmaestro Re:I do (203 comments)

Don't forget to airgap your TV and only use remote controls that you built yourself from open-source blueprints. Everybody knows the remote manufacturers secretly capture your button presses.

about a month ago
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AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

rainmaestro Re:Always struggling with a Dodgy NVS mobile... (136 comments)

If you ever want to see just how bad nvidia is in Linux, get a laptop that has their Optimus abortion. My laptop at work regrettably has that.
With stock Intel drivers, display works but there's no acceleration, so performance is shit.
With stock nvidia or nouveau drivers, performance is great but can't use external monitors (because they are tied to the Intel chip)

Getting both working at once required a kernel built from source, a backported package from the testing build, a package from a PPA from a child distro, three dependencies built from source because of conflicts between the distro packages and the bleeding edge kernel I had to use, and the nightmare that is bumblebee. I don't dare run an update on this system because fuck knows what will break.

Meanwhile, my last three laptops at home have been AMD-based. Install Catalyst, reboot, everything is beautiful. It is remarkable how far things have swung. I remember AMD being verboten back when I first got into linux because of how godawful the support was.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

rainmaestro Re:It is not new. (349 comments)

Not true. If you miss a connecting flight, they can send your baggage on the original flight ahead to your destination and send you on a later flight. Similarly, sometimes you will make a narrow connection and your bags won't, and they'll go on a later flight. Bags can travel separately from a passenger even when the airline doesn't lose them. Happens all the time.

about 1 month ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

rainmaestro Re:What about that stupid book is worth US$244? (170 comments)

Well, sort of. If the cost was included in tuition, then it would be presumably covered by scholarships (example: when I went through uni, there was a state-sponsored scholarship program that covered full tuition for four years, but didn't cover books).

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

rainmaestro Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Technically, that isn't theft. You've entered a private venue without permission (a ticket), so you'd be trespassing, but no theft has taken place.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

The repricing tool sent incorrect prices to Amazon for those products, according to the company's statements. Setting a floor doesn't exactly help if a bug with the tool means it doesn't respect it.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re: How Hard is it to Price Manually? (138 comments)

It is an issue of scale. When you have sellers constantly entering and leaving a market as their stock is depleted, prices are not fixed and are adjusted with the market. You can do it just fine if you only have a few listings, but when you scale up to warehouse-level inventories you need software to manage it.

Hint: Amazon adjusts the prices of their own listings on a regular basis based on demand and the prices of FBA and MF sellers, and they don't do it manually.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

News at 11: Repricing tools are used to match prices as well as undercut them.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

rainmaestro Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (611 comments)

The worst commute hell I've seen is DC. Worked with a company up there for a while whose morning routine was: drive in from the suburbs, park in a garage at the end of a metro line, take the metro in, walk the rest of the way.

You know the commute is shit when companies won't schedule meetings before 10:00AM because fuck knows how long it will take their employees to get there on any given day.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

If you walk up to a cash register and hold out a handful of money, is the store contractually obligated to accept your money at that point? No, they are not. And that's all placing an order online is. No money has changed hands until the card is charged, and that happens later on for Amazon orders.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:How Hard is it to Price Manually? (138 comments)

Repricing manually is great when you have 50 listings. Bump that up to 500, or 5000, and you need software to do it. The problem here is that a bug meant the third-party tool didn't respect the minimum bounds that had been set by the sellers.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sometimes sellers do truly ask for 1 cent (138 comments)

Sort of. The "buy box" that shows up on a listing uses a bit more complexity than just list price. It also factors in FBA vs MF, seller rating, etc. You'll sometimes see cases where the seller in the buy box is not the cheapest offering.

On the "all sellers" page for a listing the default sorting order is List + Shipping, so a $2.01 w/Free Shipping would appear above a $0.01 + $3.99 shipping.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

You can already do that. Amazon even has a policy of holding processing of credit card transactions for a short window (usually 30 minutes) so that people can cancel mistake orders before the charge occurs.

Even after that, until a product has physically been shipped, both the seller and the buyer can cancel an order. Depending on the reason there may be penalties (a ding to the performance rating for the seller, for example). Buyers generally are never penalized for anything, particularly on Amazon.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:Simple (720 comments)

Could have been. The 780 has double the cores of the 760 and uses a lot more power as a result. That one is definitely a 600W PSU.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:Simple (720 comments)

Still not true.
eVGA OC'ed 760 (500W): https://www.evga.com/Products/...
MSI OC'ed 760 (500W): http://www.microcenter.com/pro...

Overclocked models aren't OC'ed *that* much. For the OC versions, you're talking about bumping TDP from 175W to 200W-ish. That's still a 500W PSU range. To see 600W recommended PSUs, you need a card with a TDP that tops 250W, and none of the 760's I've seen will hit that number in their factory state.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:And... (720 comments)

Nonsense. You can't be a gamer AND dislike noisy fans? I'm a gamer, and I'd be annoyed if an SO dropped a noisy box next to mine. I built a quiet gaming rig for a reason.

Especially if, as he mentioned in the original post, he uses the machine as a media server. Noisy fans are a shitty backdrop when watching movies or listening to music.

about 2 months ago

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