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Comment: At a coffee factory (Score 1) 310

The client had a separate network off the Internet hence physical presence was required to access the contents needed to build/deploy that particular internal site. Machines were loud, even behind the closed door. Naturally the place was completely filled with coffee beans of all kinds in all stages of processing, and just after an afternoon there both my boss and I smelled like coffee - the scent was transferred to his car so it still smelled like coffee the next day I stepped into that car.

What's more unusual is that it was running a rather old Red Hat distro (for its time even; Fedora was already out for nearly two years at that point) and they only gave me the root account. No XFree86, so a 80x25 terminal on a 13" CRT screen, and of course no way to install anything else aside from what's there (Apache/PHP and vi (not vim) for editing). I can't even remember how I got the skeleton project files onto that machine, might have been a 3.5" floppy, I really forgot about that part.

At that time I felt like I was thrown back a few years back, but thinking about this now it would have been a stranger experience today.

Comment: Removing feature for parity with another platform? (Score 5, Interesting) 237

by DJ Rubbie (#45043161) Attached to: Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

Anyway, if i'm right, optimus support under linux is not on par with windows.
Are you nvidia going to fix optimus on linux, or "for feature parity" are you going to make the optimus support worse on windows too?

Directly quoting someone from that thread because this was exactly what I was thinking of.

Comment: Re:These big battles are a rarity (Score 4, Interesting) 296

by DJ Rubbie (#44419155) Attached to: Epic Online Space Battle

Think of it as an open sandbox. There isn't any purpose to any single pile of sand, except to individuals who are creative and persistent enough to sculpt something out of it, and changes made inside the sandbox has long lasting legacy (if not impact) for future users of that sandbox.

If you think of EVE Online as a means to an end, not the end in itself, it makes much more sense. Consider that in other games, the achievements within often are the end in themselves. While being the first group to beat a raid boss in WoW might get you talked about for a week, pulling off a legendary heist or being a double agent to take down an empire results in the party responsible still being referred to many years later. This is the kind of thing that EVE Online provide that no other games out there have.

Comment: Re:These big battles are a rarity (Score 4, Insightful) 296

by DJ Rubbie (#44418771) Attached to: Epic Online Space Battle

> I felt barely competent after 4 months of play.

Try three years. Nobody is really competent in this game. If you are looking for fun in the game play you won't really find it, I've had more fun chatting with the people I met there, maybe while doing things which may or may not be tangentially related to the actual game play. It is an MMO after all.

Comment: Re:Oystercard: transfer of costs to the passenger (Score 1) 140

by DJ Rubbie (#40254721) Attached to: London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi

I don't get why Western countries seem to have problems with providing affordable yet ubiquitous electronic currency. Limiting these uses to transit just serve to annoy users. The approach Hong Kong took with the Octopus card should be the example to follow. Not only can they be used for nearly all types of mass transit (except for taxi), they can be used at nearly all fast-food joints (e.g. McDonalds), all major convenient stores (i.e. 7-11, and typically people top up there card over there), even major restaurants now support this contact-less payment system.

If this is adopted by other parties, users should feel less apprehensive about storing value onto these cards.

Comment: Re:Nickel-and-diming (Score 1) 384

by DJ Rubbie (#36953668) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

... and people bought that sparklie flying horse for $25 in droves. Blizzard wanted to make that mount "exclusive", and one way to do that is to have it priced very high. Well, so much for that plan. If they can sell it to 10% of the player base at $25 and results in near maximum total profit, I don't see why they should not do this. Not like this mount is a requirement to enjoy the game, nor the auction house in D3 be required for maximum amount of fun for you.

Simple economics, my friend.

Oh, you always have the option to vote with your wallet, too.

The Internet

Two-Thirds of US Internet Users Lack Fast Broadband 402

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-comcastic dept.
jbrodkin writes "Two-thirds of US Internet connections are slower than 5 Mbps, putting the United States well behind speed leaders like South Korea, where penetration of so-called 'high broadband connectivity' is double the rate experienced in the United States. The United States places ninth in the world in access to high broadband connectivity, at 34% of users, including 27% of connections reaching 5 Mbps to 10 Mbps and 7% reaching above 10 Mbps, Akamai says in its latest State of the Internet Report. That's an improvement since a year ago, when the United States was in 12th place with only 24% of users accessing fast connections. But the United States is still dwarfed by South Korea, where 72% of Internet connections are greater than 5 Mbps, and Japan, which is at 60%. The numbers illustrate the gap between expectation and reality for US broadband users, which has fueled the creation of a government initiative to improve access. The US government broadband initiative says 100 million Americans lack any broadband access, and that faster Internet access is needed in the medical industry, schools, energy grid and public safety networks."

Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-a-bigger-sidewalk dept.
As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."

Comment: Re:Seconded. (Score 2, Informative) 525

by DJ Rubbie (#32821926) Attached to: Where I am now, it's ...

Not to mention lack of well insulated houses. Any heating won't do you any good (unless you live in apartments, but that too can vary). With the high energy costs here it's more economical to wear coats if it gets that cold.

Then again, Canadian winters have trained me well, I laugh at people who complain about the cold here.

Comment: Will not work and easy to abuse (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by DJ Rubbie (#32440992) Attached to: EU To Monitor All Internet Searches

All someone interested in breaking this system at a basic level needs to do is to gain access to some popular server to put some code (plain HTML img tags, or javascript if site is vulnerable) that will automatically do searches based on those "monitored" search terms when a user-agent accesses it. This will incriminate all innocent parties that browse those "infected" pages (as if something like is bad), which naturally flood the monitoring tools with garbage.

Comment: Re:Sure the MPAA wasn't worried about piracy? (Score 1) 344

by DJ Rubbie (#30826658) Attached to: 2-D <em>Avatar</em> To Be Pulled From Theaters In China

Why would you need to place cameras some specific distance apart to record what is essentially two constant stream of frames?

It's relatively trivial to replay the capture, all that is required are two projectors with a polarizing filter over each lenses turned in a way that so that it would work with the users' polarized glasses. Then synchronize the two streams temporally and spatially onto the screen (and play it out of the correct projector), and enjoy your 3D movie.

You can be replaced by this computer.