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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

retchdog Re:And this is why MBA CEOs fail (120 comments)

it's not ignoring it, per se. driving hard-working decent people to poverty and desperation is analogous to firebombing Dresden.

i.e., not really necessary for the primary objective (moving line X to ledger Y), but it's an impressive show of power and has some ancillary gains ("corrects" the cost of labor downward, far downward).

yesterday
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

retchdog Re:Not news (120 comments)

weird; i thought that your kind of gamer had moved on from video gaming to trolling feminists on the internet. it's a lot cheaper and more entertaining.

yesterday
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

though, hey, if you're interested in applying that small amount of polish for me and accomplishing what Ubuntu cannot, i'd be very interested in ditching Apple's monopolistic business model.

saying "fuck you" to Apple would easily be worth, say, $500/year for me (for software alone); maybe even more if the UX is even close to as good as Mac OS. that's what i'd pay for an easy-to-use Linux. interested?

3 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

thanks for an actual answer, though nothing that would substantially improve my life (nor most people's lives, even on slashdot) the way that Mac OS X's "arguably" superior interface has.

i don't have time to apply a "comparatively small amount of polish" to every feature i might want to use (and compared to what exactly? building the OS from scratch?) i don't think the slivers of time i might gain from improved SSD caching would even come close to the time it would take to apply that small amount of polish.

if and when i do need one of these esoteric features i'll either rent time on a server or buy a box.

3 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

retchdog:~$ time brew install gcc
==> Installing dependencies for gcc: gmp, mpfr, libmpc, isl, cloog
[blah blah blah]
==> Installing gcc
==> Downloading https://downloads.sf.net/proje...
==> Pouring gcc-4.9.2_1.yosemite.bottle.tar.gz
==> Summary /usr/local/Cellar/gcc/4.9.2_1: 1156 files, 203M

real 3m51.241s

4 minutes, and that was just because my wifi sucks.

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

O_o

why is a glorified build manager using kernel-specific features?

5 days ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

retchdog Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

once again, science and technology triumph where religion has shown mixed results at best!

the previously legendary properties of the River Ganges are now firmly established! at least until the resistance evolves.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

this is one of those "Windows is better because it runs $foo"-type arguments. fair enough, but it doesn't fair so well when people use it against linux, for some reason.

anyway, i'll happily concede that everyone doing embedded development is better off not using a Mac or Mac OS X for many good reasons.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

well, iterm 2 is just awesome, even though i usually don't bother using it because the vanilla Terminal.app does everything i need. what am i missing?

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

yeah but macports is an unstable cluster fuck.

homebrew has huge amounts of paranoid safety-checking and (so far) has not come crashing down in horribleness. it can even self-diagnose what's changed if something overwrites some of its installed files.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

i haven't found anything i need that isn't in homebrew.

before that, i agree, it was pretty awful; macports sucks. however, you could build all of it yourself. i knew a very good developer who built a rock-solid GNU environment in OS X; took him a while though. i'll grant that linux is easier for getting up and running into dev without knowing/bothering with the setup.

so, the big problem with Mac OS is that you don't know the keyboard shortcuts. duly noted.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

perhaps, but what can linux do that OS X cannot?

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

uh, i was referring to the general utility of the OS. so, what would inspire me to consider putting up with that trade-off? what do i get in exchange?

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

retchdog Re: a better question (585 comments)

what on earth could make Linux a more useful OS than Mac OS X?

Windows i get for specialty applications like gaming and such, but Linux?

about a week ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

retchdog Re: i knew it was Bennett (156 comments)

I also share them with people whose opinions I respect...

it's good that you've now explicitly admitted that you have contempt for your audience. this is something your critics have been saying for years. so, why not move on to a more suitable forum or, perhaps, a psychiatrist?

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

retchdog Re:i knew it was Bennett (156 comments)

yeah, like how in Soviet Russia you could also submit a vote for anyone.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

retchdog Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

actually i was a bit vague with the order of the quantifiers. to clarify, there are some deck orderings where it will lose to itself and might lose to someone else (otherwise it would always win, which would be quite surprising). but at least if the deck is shuffled well, it cannot be strategized against except to break even at best.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

retchdog Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

No, no, no, no, NO! If you think that, you've completely missed the point.

There is no way to trick this strategy; it cannot be cajoled into a corner, because it knows all of them already. This strategy isn't optimal in the sense of being good, it's optimal in the sense that it cannot be tricked. Think instead of tic-tac-toe for a moment. Would you say that you could always beat someone at tic-tac-toe if you know their play-style? Of course not, because it's very easy to use a play-style wherein you can force a draw, always. Well, that's exactly what they've done here (with one important caveat, below). But what about randomness, you ask? That's why they need ~10^14 states! It doesn't care how the cards are shuffled, because it cannot be tricked on any ordering of the cards. It doesn't matter; the randomness of the deck just selects which one, but the strategy will work on whichever one is picked.

Now, the caveat comes in the form that the probability of winning is simply bounded below at 1/2. A slightly suboptimal player with 10x as much seed money will probably have an advantage just by being able to bankrupt this strategy. A mediocre player with 10000x as much money will also have a good chance of bankrupting this strategy before the guarantee kicks in. Think of having more money as a sort of "complexity measure"; this strategy forces an opponent to rely on having a greater investment just to have a chance, sort of like asymmetric crypto forces an opponent to have exponentially much compute power to read your messages.

This caveat is because they're sort of mashing up the techniques of deterministic game theory, with a probabilistic game. Nonetheless, the advantage is there. If you're playing a completely unknown adversary with equal funding, and you want to do your best, this is the way to go. End of story. Of course things get interesting in reality because no adversary is completely unknown; you can always try to Vizzini your way into the opponent's head but this is a dangerous move which can backfire drastically.

about two weeks ago

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success!

retchdog retchdog writes  |  about 5 months ago

after ages of playing it low-key, i've managed to take my first karma hit ever by punching my abrasive style to the maxxxx! awesome. i hate this fucking place. too bad you guys can't kick me out. :) :) :) :)

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good evening sodless godomites!

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

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wtf

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 3 years ago

here i am, modding up trolls; aspiring gadflys; inarticulate racists; and even the occasional goatse link... and i'm still getting an average of 15 mod points a week!

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FSF/EFF

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I predict that within four years, the US federal government will make a serious attempt to nationalize and/or directly destroy/reorganize the Free Software Foundation and/or EFF.

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