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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

umdesch4 Re:And then watch all of them... (93 comments)

I don't think you know who Jeff Gerstmann is. Other than that though, I agree with you.

about two weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

umdesch4 Re:Amazing (276 comments)

I think maybe "money spent" would be a better metric. If you buy AAA titles, consoles, surround sound systems, projectors, liquid-cooled rigs with dual video cards, gaming headsets, specialized controllers, keyboards, and mice...in short, if some non-trivial percentage of your household's disposable income goes towards gaming, then you are a gamer. Does it not make economic sense to target the demographic that is spending outrageous amounts of money on this stuff. Otherwise you're chasing a very thin, long tail. Good luck keeping your game dev company afloat with that plan.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Oracle sucks. (212 comments)

Too bad you posted AC, otherwise I could make sure I never hire you. Sorry man, but the last 10 companies I worked for got pretty big things done with Oracle DBs, and were able to host several-terabyte databases doing things that even DB2 would choke on, never mind MySQL or SQL Server, or any other DB I've worked with. I've worked with more companies that have migrated *to* Oracle because they outgrew what they were using, than the other way around. There's always much gnashing of teeth, and angst over going with such a reprehensible company's product...but that's been my experience at least.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Oracle sucks. (212 comments)

I'm not a PhD level database guru, but my career has been almost entirely working with databases over the last 20 years. I can say that the underlying technology of the Oracle RDBMS itself is light years beyond other systems. I'm not an advocate of anything Oracle has done in other arenas over the last 10-15 years, but I experience an existential crisis every day in my job where I love working within an Oracle database, but hate pretty much everything about the company that owns it.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Reputation (212 comments)

Have you seen SAP?

about a month ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

umdesch4 Re:Fire (143 comments)

Well, you could always try making a battery with a lithium anode instead, that's coated with carbon nanospheres to stop it from reacting to stuff, and forming dendrites over time with charging and recharging. Funny thing is, Stanford's doing just that, and I believe I may have even gotten this link from slashdot a couple weeks ago: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_...

about a month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

umdesch4 Not the tools (372 comments)

It's the damned processes. Yesterday, I got a new Jira ticket to fix a query and provide the updated results in a file to the ticket submitter. I looked at the query, realized that I knew exactly what was wrong with it, and fixed it, dumped the results, and sent them to this guy. I then resolved and closed the ticket in about 5 minutes. I took a bit of heat for it, because I didn't follow the due process of prioritizing this task, determining whether or not it would go into the next sprint, assigning story points to it, creating subtasks, and providing time estimates for them. All told, probably about half an hour's worth of meeting time and overhead to do a 5 minute task. But how dare I bypass the process to get something simple done??!!

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

umdesch4 Re:ISPs in Canada? (234 comments)

Sorry, I just double checked, and it's actually 100/5. Worse even than I remembered. I checked all available plans from Telus, Rogers, Shaw...and there's nothing better that's available anywhere near me. Remember this when the MP/RIAA makes a stink about those damned dirty Canadian pirates. Sure, if I pirate a movie, maybe I can seed it on a torrent site, and you'll get it in about 3 weeks. :P

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

umdesch4 ISPs in Canada? (234 comments)

Where I live, in a suburb of Vancouver, BC. I have no options even remotely like this. I have 100/10 cable internet right now, and that's the best I can get. Uploading anything is almost an exercise in futility.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

umdesch4 Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Too funny. After all these years, I somehow never knew that CTRL-ESC = Windows Key. I'm on an "ancient IBM" keyboard right now (a Model M from 1984), and I just tried it. Massive forehead smack ensued when I discovered it worked. So, honestly, no sarcasm intended, thanks for that tip!

What I miss the most is the classic start menu where you can completely create your own sub-groups in a hierarchy. When I'm trying to remember which utility I wanted to use, but the name was something goofy that I haven't used in a year, it's nice to be able to go Start->Audio Tools->Transcoders-> {browse list, and "oh yeah, it was this..."}->BeHappy

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

umdesch4 Re:A planned failure (101 comments)

Hanlon's Razor is a useful tool...but it cuts both ways. I use it sometimes myself. "Whoops, I didn't realize I was logged into production when I deployed that critical bug fix that isn't scheduled to go until next week! Oh well, at least we won't get called on the weekend about the error that was prematurely fixed..."

about 3 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

umdesch4 Re:Style over substance (188 comments)

I'm surprised you're being modded flamebait. My first listen to the $299 version of Beats, I was certain they were actually broken. But no, I tried them at 3 different stores, and I can't for the life of my understand how they just don't sound downright bad to other people. They sound broken to me. The bass is cranked, but only in a very narrow range that makes certain notes in a bassline sound louder than others, and there's some weird kind of thing going on in the midrange that almost sounds like phase cancellation. I dunno man...

about 4 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

umdesch4 Re:I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

Well, my headphones were around $350, but they have significant amounts of titanium and kevlar in their construction. I think they're worth it...

about 4 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

umdesch4 Re:Wait... (255 comments)

I suspect it might be because her mom might end up becoming a presidential candidate soon...or am I wrong about that. I confess to being a non-American only somewhat up-to-date on the current state of US politics.

about 4 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

umdesch4 Re:Is this an ad ? (304 comments)

No mod points, so I'll just reply and say "me too". On the other hand, I'd consider taking one of these displays and turning it 90 degrees so I can see more of my code at once without scrolling.

about 4 months ago
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New PostgreSQL Guns For NoSQL Market

umdesch4 Re:next for NoSQL (162 comments)

Dammit, I wish I had mod points for this. It restored my faith in humanity a little bit...so thanks for that.

about 4 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

umdesch4 Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Ummm...unless this is a troll that went over my head, I think you need to learn how the numbering for Star Wars movies works. It sounds like you're talking about Episode IV (4), the "first" movie that was released in 1977 (when you were 7). Episode I (1) was the 1999 Jar Jar Binks showcase.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

umdesch4 Re:Long-term loss (520 comments)

But weren't the real investments actually taxpayer dollars many years ago when the basic infrastructure of the internet was built? I don't know about in the US, but in Canada, that's what happened. Public pays for building infrastructure, private companies get it handed to them on a silver platter. Companies make huge profits, don't re-invest a dime into maintaining or improving it. Quality diminishes over time, companies get more and more nefarious as their monopoly power increases. The question I have is, why should ISPs free-ride over taxpayer funded investments?

about 7 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

umdesch4 Re:Illogical (401 comments)

Yeah, I think he's gotten both parts of "live long and prosper" done by now.

about 8 months ago

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