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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

umdesch4 Re: Go write a global illumination algorithm (476 comments)

Uh, ok. I bought a CD-ROM drive in mid 1993. I was a pretty heavy gamer at the time, and so when I got it, I bought a new CD-ROM game almost every week throughout 1994. I just looked at my shelf, and I'd love to know which games you think from any time around that era looked as good as B5. In case anyone's memory needs to be jogged (mine did, and boy do I ever remember these games looking far better at the time): https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

3 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

umdesch4 Don't need this yet (331 comments)

I have a 1080p projector that I'm projecting onto a 116" screen. At 1080p, the results are acceptable to me, and it's the only video I ever look at that would really get much of a noticeable benefit from being 4K. So, when 4K projectors drop under $1600 CAD, I'll start to be interested.

4 days ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

umdesch4 Re:man ih hi castle (94 comments)

I will attempt to answer. I went through a period over the last 3 or 4 years where I read a dozen PKD novels, and all 4 of the short stories collections. I have to say that MitHC was my least favorite of all of that. It was extremely bland for the most part, drawn out, and lacking in plot. The one idea it had that was interesting was the "alternate history where real history is a subversive work of alternate history fiction". But that certainly didn't carry the story through 275 pages. I read it under 2 years ago, and I've already forgotten most of it, as have most people I've talked to about it. Even his really obscure works like "Eye in the Sky" were far more memorable and interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

umdesch4 Re:Good luck with that Samsung. Canada will kibosh (59 comments)

Why was this modded troll. It's 100% true, and anybody who thinks it isn't either doesn't live here in Canada, or really has no clue.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

umdesch4 Wow! (103 comments)

That letter includes the work address and phone number of the CEO of Rightscrap. Good times are ahead, I'm thinking.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

umdesch4 Re:Protection advice? (463 comments)

Thanks for this! Yeah, I've got the backup side of things fully covered (and virus checkers, firewall, etc.), but I had never heard of CryptoPrevent before. I'll check it (and MalwareBytes) out

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

umdesch4 Protection advice? (463 comments)

Ok, so I've done all this stuff. I unfortunately have to use Windows for a lot of things (eg. work), but I have full sets of redundant backups, and always at least one giant backup drive offsite. But there are always going to be gaps in the schedule where I'll potentially lose a couple days. With the pain of full system restores, and losing some continuity, however small, it would be far better to protect against this kind of thing. I'm pretty safe about blocking ads, turning off scripting, not clicking on evil things, but I'm wondering if there's more I can do? What about something like Sandboxie, or doing my web surfing from a VM? Anybody have any advice on best practices?

about three weeks ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

umdesch4 Re:economy doing well? (174 comments)

Even better, the linked article actually states "by all indications the economy’s doing pretty well". I didn't read past that.

about a month ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

umdesch4 economy doing well? (174 comments)

"and by at least some indications the economy's doing pretty well"

Which indications are those? Forgive me, but I don't watch CNBC.

about a month ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

umdesch4 Re:Bitcoin != Coins (108 comments)

Ok, maybe I'm mis-remembering, and the client didn't tap into my video card back then, since now that you mention it, I didn't check out CGminer until about a year later. But looking at my wallet, I can see that it was July 2010, and I got my blocks on July 13th and 15th. Either way, the point is that I was lucky enough to check this thing out when it first started, and for once, simply being a curious geek paid off.

about a month ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

umdesch4 Re:Bitcoin != Coins (108 comments)

Doesn't matter to me what you think really, but I just wanted to mention that all I did was notice an article here on slashdot about bitcoin when it was first launching, said to myself "huh, this looks like an interesting concept", grabbed the client, mined a couple blocks of 50 coins in a matter of days with a mediocre video card, then turned it off and forgot about it. When the price skyrocketted, I knew it wasn't sustainable, and this neat little experiment had gone too far, so I sold most of them at that point, on an exchange. What part of that was me being a scammer?

about a month ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

umdesch4 Re:I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wri (150 comments)

I know, right? I got a pretty good crash course in Spanish after moving to Mexico for a year in 2000, to a city where almost no-one spoke English. So now I'm fairly fluent in English, French and Spanish. Since leaving Quebec almost 30 years ago, I only speak French with anyone once every few years as a bit of a novelty. Spanish? Absolutely never in the main cities in Canada. I work in IT, and I've only ever met one guy who spoke Spanish. The order is, and has been English, Chinese, Russian, and German, with Hindi floating around on either side of Russian, and Japanese down near the bottom (but still way above Spanish) more or less exactly as you stated, in every corporate environment I've working in for the last 20 years. That includes the teams several other countries. Conclusion: The secondary languages I've learned have absolutely no use in any business I've conducted throughout my entire career in IT.

about a month and a half ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

umdesch4 ARGs (171 comments)

Alternate Reality Games. Love 'em. Hard to classify though, since the best ones have a heavy 'real world' puzzle solving component, and aren't necessarily confined to an online experience. That part alone would make me consider them video games, but some of the late night phone calls I've gotten, and weird places I've gone to, definitely elevates this type of game into a class by itself.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

umdesch4 Re:I mean this respectfully (93 comments)

Wait...you're asking for a boycott on Samsung, but not Apple? ...and you think that Apple hasn't tried (and succeeded) in lawsuits defending their frivolous patents by outspending their competition on fancy lawyers? While I agree that Samsung has pulled a lot of crap that is boycott-worthy, the way you've stated the case is, to put it nicely, disingenuous.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

umdesch4 Re: Mod parent up. (176 comments)

Well, there are reasons beyond that to be fair. Thinking of the reasons why some of my previous jobs were in large corporations:

- More likely to get training when you're starting out and wet behind the ears, be surrounded by people with more experience you can learn from, and not have to be the guy with all the answers when you're so junior.
- A certain level of job stability and good benefits when you have bills to pay, and people you're supporting.
- Something recognizable to other employers for your future job hunting.

Having said all that, you're right about one thing. If you stay in IT long enough, and you're good at what you do, there does come a point where, if you've worked for large companies for a while, you realize how crap it is, and that you deserve better and can get it in a smaller shop, or startup.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

umdesch4 Re:Sorry, you'll have to outsource. (176 comments)

[citation needed] Specifically I'm saying, citation of someone with no domain experience in a type of business starting one, and becoming wildly successful that wasn't due to either luck or downright unethical practices. One example please...just one. Thanks.

about 2 months ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

umdesch4 Re:Used to love those (80 comments)

My favorite one was the space/sci-fi one. My memory is fuzzy, but there was a page where something really cool happens, but it was an unreachable, unlinked page that you couldn't normally get to. I found it because I had a practice of putting a little pencil mark on the corner of every page I read, so I could see which pages I hadn't read, and try to figure out how to get to them.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

umdesch4 Re:Absolutely agree (223 comments)

As phantomfive also said, thanks. I have a copy of Einstein's Relativity right here that I was planning to re-read soon, but I think I'll take your advice and read up on tensors first, to enhance my understanding. You've given me a reason for looking forward to this more than I already was. Wish I had mod points for ya!

about 2 months ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

umdesch4 Geez (77 comments)

I love bitcoin. I've mined them, bought them, sold them, bought real tangible (completely legal) things with them, donated to worthwhile causes with them, and have read enough to understand how the whole system works...and even I think this is a downright retarded idea.

about 2 months ago

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