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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

xaoslaad Never again (211 comments)

I funded DCS: WWII and the third party developer folded. It's only by the good graces of Eagle Dynamics that any of us are seeing anything for our money. The DCS: MiG-21 by another third party on Indiegogo had some other nonsense where someone backed out and only thanks to a group within who didn't see any of the money from Indiegogo are they getting anything for their money. (I did not back this one and am not up on the full story). Also backed Torment: Tides of Numenera. Original date was December 2014. Now they're saying December 2015. I have my doubts that I'll even see it then. Also, after being screwed first hand twice and seeing another one in the same gaming community I'm done with kickstarting video games. I've gotten physical stuff (wallet, pressy) relatively close to promised dates. Yet video games are folding and delaying like nobodies business. There have also been other big failures in the news where people ended up with jack and squat. So, basically I blame this on the groups that had no hope of producing anything and still took peoples money. This is why people are weary.

about a week ago
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US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

xaoslaad so be less restrictive (270 comments)

Hell, I'll do it. Especially if I can fly A-10's. Pay to fix my eyes, give me a decent paycheck, commission me, and I'm onboard. I'm prior service and now college educated, so you're getting a deal the way I see it. But then I'm probably too old (if only a little) and they'll probably make a big stink out of me having Crohn's disease, despite enlisting and serving 4 years with it in the USMC no problem. But that's the problem. They're beggars and choosers, so people like me who would practically pay to fly fighter jets instead do something else.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Puppet 3 Beginner's Guide

xaoslaad Re:As Always (81 comments)

reports can be sent via http. Use foreman if you want a pretty interface, run passenger, choose any port you want.

For that matter do the same with puppet. You can run it on port 80 or 443 using passenger. You'll just have to customize your client config to use the same... so I don't really know why this is any sort of big deal for you.

Anyway, with foreman you can easily see if systems are out of sync, if they're erroring, etc. Might be a little unusual to do it running the way described in the previous post, but should be manageable if you really really really can't get it to work through the existing firewall configs. I've heard of people doing it when they've hit walls scaling as well. And foreman can do a lot more, though it doesn't have to. We started out using it just for the reports portion and facts searching...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

xaoslaad Uh (656 comments)

Maybe you should take some writing courses. That paragraph sounds like a 16 year old venting.

I was terrible at Calculus. I got a D in Calculus the first time I took the class. I had to drop out of Calculus II because I couldn't understand a damn thing. It ultimately led to me dropping out because I couldn't get the degree I wanted without going through those classes all over again. But, I finally grew the hell up and decided that just like everyone else who got a CS degree before me, I was going to pass Calculus I and II.

After a long break I finally, perhaps somewhat insanely, decided to take two accelerated evening courses over the summer at UMass Boston. 12 weeks for Calculus I & II. An entire calculus book. It was pure hell. When I wasn't working I was either in class or doing homework. I literally got 1 hour of sleep some nights. Literally sleeping standing up on the train going into the city for work the next morning. Having fun on the weekends? Forget it. Friday night to Monday morning was homework time. I was deficient on Trig and Algebra knowledge, so I had to teach all that to myself as well as I went. I shall forever refer to that as the summer of calculus.

I ended up joining the Marine Corps after that summer. But I learned a simple lesson from that as well. They give you every chance to succeed. It's up to you if you want to take it. I also got the G.I. Bill, which in the end allowed me to afford my courses more easily and accelerate the pace at which I took them. But it's the same thing. They give you every chance to succeed and it's up to you to take them up on it.

And for whatever reason Linear Algebra had the Calc classes as prerequisites for it, and I ended up absolutely loving that class. I also got serious and got my degree. Calc I, Calc II, Linear Algrebra, and Discrete Math, all under my belt.

You're not special. Do what everyone else did. Someday if you're the dean or run the CS/Math department at some university you can alter the requirements if you think they're so unjust.

about a year ago
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Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

xaoslaad Re:Risk vs. Reward? (249 comments)

How is that different than anywhere else in the country, (where traffic isn't backed up) in the morning. I do 70 and feel like I'm in the way and going to be run off the road.

about a year ago
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AMD's Open Source Linux Driver Trounces NVIDIA's

xaoslaad Re:hum (147 comments)

Probably because the 8 cents of PCB and 12 cents of metal on a new $500 GPU is not justified, even after R&D costs. Imagine if other people could enter the market and make $100 or $200 dollar top of the line cards. They're just trying to keep things status quo for their Oligopoly.

about a year ago
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Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

xaoslaad What's the point (299 comments)

Why? To save disk space? Ever hear of de-duplication? To save RAM? There is KSM for that. Your answer is to have an installation option that makes your life difficult by eliminating useful tools and daemons when the problem is already solved with some forethought and careful setup.

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

xaoslaad Re:Except we don't have a unitary government (642 comments)

Just to own. I'm not 100% certain on how New Hampshire works, but here in MA the whole thing is terrible. I think license to carry is just an endorsement on a class a, but in some towns, good luck just getting the license to start... as I said they can deny you because you look funny...

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

xaoslaad Re:Except we don't have a unitary government (642 comments)

I forgot to add my example for illustration. Imagine being in New Hampshire now where the gun laws are fairly liberal and getting licensed to own firearms is generally a non-issue, to now being a member of my state, Massachusetts, where the local sheriff can deny your license for just any old reason, up to including he doesn't like your haircut. I'm sure there wouldn't be riots, protests, demonstrations, and just a general displeasure over that one issue in one area alone. Now multiple that buy thousands of areas and thousands of issues. Want a few more: income tax, property tax, and sales tax.

about a year and a half ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

xaoslaad Except we don't have a unitary government (642 comments)

It's pointless to argue for this. We don't have a unitary system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitary_state) of government like say the United Kingdom. Oh, how I wish we did. My kingdom for everything from speed limits, and rules on turning right on red, on up to more important things like firearms licensing and ownership to be the same no matter where you travelled or lived in the country.

Instead we have Federalism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism) where the states share sovereignty. And if you think they're going to just dissolve themselves, it's just not going to happen. And if you believe they would, please I have multiple bridges around the world to sell you. The only up side to this model in my book is what some people would argue about different states trying different things, and those that are found to work tend to get adopted by others as well. I simply don't buy the argument that the Federal government is out to get us all. But that is a discussion/argument/flame war for another day.

about a year and a half ago
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New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

xaoslaad Re:Err ... (230 comments)

Not just.

They have medals for good conduct:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Conduct_Medal_(United_States)

Serving during time of war:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Service_Medal

Doing your job well inside or outside of combat:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achievement_Medal

Wounded or killed while serving:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heart

Serving in various Campaigns, wars, etc:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_Defense_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_War_on_Terrorism_Service_Medal

Not to mention a plethora of ribbons for sea and other service:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Service_Ribbon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recruiting_Service_Ribbon

You can tell a lot about what a person has done inside and outside of combat by the ribbons they wear. Obviously some medals are a lot more prestigious than others. That is why the order of wear is ranked.

about a year and a half ago
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Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

xaoslaad Re:Alan Cox rants on G+! Film at 11! (380 comments)

No need, was really just happy to help a Fedora user.

about a year and a half ago
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Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

xaoslaad Re:Alan Cox rants on G+! Film at 11! (380 comments)

I think the grub2 password protect thing is fixable - need to add --unrestricted to allow anyone to boot the entry, so it doesn't ask for a password every time. There is a bug for it with the details. Granted it should just work, but it's being tracked and should see the light of day someday... I gather from the trail of comments it is not as trivial as would be liked to fix.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=840204 https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=853430

On the updated packages, use cobbler (or whatever) to create a kickstart that adds the updates repo - during the install the latest version should get installed, unless there is some reason that now doesn't work now, but I can't imagine why.

I do use kickstarts to do automated installs and they do work. Without more detail I can't help you more, except to say that I know some of the kickstart options, especially around disk configuration, have changed.

Why doesn't GDM run? Do you just need to run a post install script to ln -sf to set /etc/systemd/system/default.target -> /lib/systemd/system/runlevel5.target? Would need more details to even say why it won't work..."

I'm not the guy you responded to, but can I get a nice gift?

about a year and a half ago
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Crucial M500 SSD Promises 960GB For $600

xaoslaad Price per GB not that much better than today (144 comments)

Granted, this is nearly twice as big, but the Samsung 840 (non Pro) can already be gotten for $349.99 for 500GB = $0.69...

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

xaoslaad Re:Wine (295 comments)

Certainly I count for at least one. Even though I have the Steam Linux client installed to play a few games I have the Windows client installed under WINE to play the rest that aren't available. The only thing that might help them account for it is that I do see a reference to wine in the hardware information I submit when it randomly asks for it, so it is entirely possible they are able to account for this... whether they do or not is another story.

about a year and a half ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

xaoslaad Re:Assault Rifles (1435 comments)

You don't know what the hell you're talking about. A semi-automatic weapon can still be an assault rifle by the federal definition. When I was in the Marine Corps I bought an AR-15 that was built with a military surplus upper receiver that had a flash suppressor and bayonet stud. I never ever ever mounted a bayonet on that thing. The sheer idea of doing so is pretty absurd to me, as I bought it for target practice to improve my range scores since I tended to be on the lower side of qualifying and having something very similar to an M16 was ideal for learning and I got a damn good price on it. The point though is that that thing which most definitely was not fully automatic fully qualified as an assault weapon because of those two features.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assault_Weapons_Ban

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

xaoslaad Couple of options (433 comments)

I think one of the University of Illinois campuses does a CS degree completion, though you need some courses completed before coming in. University of Massachusetts at Lowell does an IT degree online, which is obviously not the same as CS, but you can take several computer science courses and it will get you a Bachelor's same as if you attended the school; it is not an 'Online' degree and there is no differentiation. I traveled a lot at the time so attending on campus was not an option. I was literally writing papers in airports and taking tests in hotels. I did 9-12 credits a semester like this for 2.5 years to finish up. It was pure hell, and I was a grumpy bastard since all I did is work, school, sleep, rinse, repeat, but it is worth it.

about a year and a half ago
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Just Say No To College

xaoslaad Re:Drive (716 comments)

One thing college proves is that you have the drive to stick with something for 4 years and succeed. You learn a whole lot of other valuable lessons and information while doing that too.

Look, I'm not a fan of rising tuition costs, and the growing requirement for manufacturing jobs, that clearly have no need, requiring a college degree. But we need to stop encouraging people to be stupid and give up while insinuating that they're doing the right thing. They're not. As mentioned most of the drop outs already had lots of contacts, maybe a good idea, and mommy and daddy's money to carry them. Most of us don't.

Instead, maybe they should get a degree and use their new found skills and insight into the system to help reform it and make it better for everyone. The message certainly should not be to ignore the broken system and subscribe to a life of indifference and complacency. That message is crap served with a steaming side of bullshit.

about 2 years ago

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