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Comment: Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (Score 1) 393

by Geek_Cop (#48808629) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?
I have played them all and I think SimCity 3000 is my favorite. The new one is a bit too ridiculously complex and 2000 is a bit too simple...and the sims nagged the hell out of you. With the new one I'm constantly having to deal with shit. I don't mean a bunch of stuff shit, I mean shit, sewage. Constant problem. I don't like dealing with poo in real life, and definitely don't want poo in my games. I guess it's realistic enough.

Comment: Re:10 Minutes (Score 1) 581

Very true! I have a friend that hacks all the consoles (in Canada, you NSA bastards) and he constantly has people bringing back consoles. Seems like more hassle than what it is worth, kind of like the old hackable DirecTV cards. Microsoft has made the decision for me, I'm not buying it, ever.

+ - btcd - A bitcoind alternative written in Go!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The folks at Conformal have announced btcd, an alternative full-node implementation to bitcoind, written in Go! They have released the first of their core packages, btcwire, available for download at GitHub. As a bitcoin user myself, I love the idea of a full alternative. It will only make bitcoin stronger and more independant. This will also be great for the Go community too!"

+ - Facebook Letting Everyone See How Much Data-Center Power It Consumes->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Facebook has added real-time dashboards for measuring the efficiency of its data centers’ internal power and water use. Two dashboards monitor the company’s Prineville, Ore. (here) and Forest City, N.C. data centers (here), measuring both the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Water Usage Effectiveness of those facilities, in addition to the ambient temperature and humidity. So far, visitors to the Prineville and Forest City dashboards only see a limited snapshot of the Facebook data: the display only covers 24 hours, and is delayed by 2.5 hours on both sites. Facebook also hasn’t disclosed how many servers the data represents, which could conceivably be used by competitors to get a sense of the social network’s total computing power. The company said that once its data center in Luleå, Sweden, comes online, Facebook will begin adding data from that location, as well. Although Facebook said it provided the information out of a sense of openness, the data—showing PUEs of about 1.09 for both facilities as of press time—is a bit of a boast, as well; as recently as 2011, Uptime Institute said that the average data center’s PUE was approximately 1.8. So far, Facebook hasn’t said whether it will provide access to the dashboards via an API, so third parties can get a better sense of how Facebook is managing power and water use over time, and through various seasons of the year."
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+ - Iron Man 3 to Debut as a 4DX Film in Japan

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Marvel's Iron Man 3 will debut in select Japanese theaters later this month employing the 4DX system for the first time. Developed by South Korea's largest movie chain operator, the CJ Group, 4DX-equipped theaters deliver smells, seat motions, and additional effects such as strobe lights and fog, all in sync with events as they appear on the screen. Beyond South Korea, this full immersion approach to cinema is already in operation in countries such as Israel, Mexico, Brazil, and China."

Comment: Financially Yes, Mentally NO (Score 1) 524

by Geek_Cop (#41550935) Attached to: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
4 years ago I was a cop. I loved the job, made roughly $30k per year. Had lots of cop friends. Because I could hardly pay my bills, I resigned and went back into IT. Now, I make roughly $100k per year, telecommuting 100%, chasing carrots that the CEO dangles in front of me and getting $10,000 bonuses. But, I'm not happy. I think it is because I'm a social creature and I live in the middle of the NC mountains where intelligent conversation and perspective is elusive here. Perhaps if I move to say, Miami Beach I'll be happier. Or I was thinking, since I am not tied down to one place, renting places for a month at a time or longer on and traveling the world until I find some place that is free from politics, religion and ignorance. Any places come to mind? lol, didn't think so. Anyways that's kind of why I was looking at Miami Beach, it's like being in another country, but not. And everyone is a tourist. And happy.

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