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Comment: Re:Spot Instances? (Score 5, Informative) 59

by Fwipp (#49730949) Attached to: Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing For Low-Priority Tasks

They do give you 30 seconds of warning: https://cloud.google.com/compu...

Compute Engine performs the following steps to preempt an instance:

Compute Engine sends a preemption notice to the instance in the form of an ACPI G2 Soft Off signal.
If the instance does not stop after 30 seconds, Compute Engine sends an ACPI G3 Mechanical Off signal to the operating system.
Compute Engine transitions the instance to a TERMINATED state.

So if you're able to persist your state in less than 30 seconds, just watch for SIGTERM and you should be golden. Otherwise, checkpoint frequently.

Comment: Re:That'll Show 'Em (Score 5, Insightful) 66

Total revenue from cramming: $X
Total fees: $X * 0.65
Revenue after getting caught doing an illegal thing: $X * 0.35

With penalties like these, there's not even a risk/reward calculation. If you break the law and don't get caught, you're way ahead. But if you break the law and get caught, you're still ahead. There's literally no reason *not* to be evil.

Comment: Re:"long distance" (Score 1) 234

Also, monitoring for this kind of accident is paying a lot more attention to individual customer bills and usage than I necessarily want AT&T monitoring. AT&T has already established that they cooperate extensively with monitoring US communications at NSA request, especially with the notorious "Room 641A". DO we want them collecting and acting on this kind of data?

Do I want AT&T keeping a record of the bills they've sent me? I sure damn hope they are.

"Hmm this bill is 24000% as much as their previous maximum bill, yeah there's no way this could have been auto-detected!" Your dad could code that after a week's intro to programming.

Comment: Re: I don't understand (Score 1) 65

by Fwipp (#49596921) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

Again, in what scenario? In-person tournaments should be locked down so that you can't install an aimbot. Online, you can't require every user of your game to buy one of these. And even if the online tournament in question does (and somehow the device can't be spoofed or tampered with), you just make your aimbot spit out mouse movements/clicks and redirect them back in through the hardware interface.

Comment: Re: I don't understand (Score 1) 65

by Fwipp (#49596771) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

Right, but I don't think there's any way to detect "illegal macros" in the hardware with this. If your keyboard does multiple actions with one button press, it'll look to the device like you pressed multiple buttons in order (and, if you program it right, with a realistic human-speed delay).

I just can't understand why he'd go to Kickstarter with something that nobody wants to buy.

Comment: I don't understand (Score 2) 65

by Fwipp (#49596643) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

As I understand it, it uses hardware to try to catch software-based cheats. Anything that comes from your keyboard/mouse will be trusted. What's the use-case for this?

In one breath he cites tournaments - but shouldn't tournament organizers provide and lock-down the machines that people play on?

He also claims that cheaters were responsible for the death of DayZ and Rust - but it's not like Indie games are going to require you to buy a hardware anti-cheat device to play; and cheaters just simply aren't going to use the device.

(Also; if this adds any latency to your input, gamers won't use it. They're nerds like that.)

Comment: Re:ion engine compare? [Re:This again?] (Score 1) 480

by Fwipp (#49596543) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Ion Engines throw ions out the back at very high speeds. Those ions (matter) are the propellant, like xenon. This means you gotta accelerate all the fuel that you're bringing with you - and that it's possible to run out of fuel.

If this device works as claimed, you could conceivably convert any energy source (nuclear, solar panels, whatever) and turn that directly into acceleration, even in the void of deep space.

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