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Comment Re:Can we get an explanation on who gets mod point (Score 1) 1815

I suspect there's a line of code in the "assignModPoints" function that says something like

if(freaks.contains("pudge")) return 0;

I haven't gotten mod points in a long time either, though I suspect in my case that I had turned off the "willing to moderate" option when it existed in the user options, and unrelated to that pudge foed me at a later time.

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Comment Re:Depends who you ask... (Score 2) 219

Thumbs up on HDFS. The next question to ask your groups how they will be analyzing it. HDFS (and Hadoop/Spark/Whatever) will hopefully fit in nicely there. Not only will your data be redundantly copied across multiple systems, but as your data needs (and cluster) grows, so does your computational power.

Getting data in & out can be done via Java API, Rest API, FUSE or NFS Mounts. The only issue is that HDFS doesn't play well with small files, but hopefully your groups will be using large files instead.

Now administration is another story, but then there's Cloudera's Manager that's supposed to greatly simplify management. I'm currently using it to store about .25 PB right now for random analysis, but growing it's capacity is a straightforward task.

As far as backing up, HDFS provides snapshots, 3x replication (or more) across nodes in the cluster. Of course there's always the big hammer of just getting a second cluster. As an old HW sage once told me, "If you can't afford to buy two, don't buy one"

Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing ( 1

shanehiltonward writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

Comment Re:I'm sure stumped (Score 1) 4

Obama and his whole administration are a bunch of ideologues. They can't and won't get it. Therefore, they look like retards when the motive is clear as day but induces cognitive dissonance on their part.

Comment Re:different strokes (Score 1) 179

I agree with point 2. Book 4 (Sam and Frodo from Emyn Muil to Cirith Ungol) is the most difficult part to read for me, also. Tolkien also said it was the hardest for him to write. It is the point at which he broke off writing during WWII, only to pick it up again years later. It's just not as interesting as the rest.

The singing was apropos of the Scandinavian peoples that Tolkien was so fond of. I think he was trying to create atmosphere. Similarly, the long list of titles that Aragorn made reference to is also atmospheric. Formal greetings amongst nobles in medieval times would follow similar lines.

I think overall the singing and titles are something you have to adjust your mind to. Either you can, or you can't.

Comment Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 4, Insightful) 179

To further elaborate, Elrong makes direct reference to sending the Ring over the Sea. "And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it: for good or ill it belongs to Middle-earth; it is for us who still dwell here to deal with it."

The Eagles are representations of those who dwell beyond the Sea, Manwe in particular. Tolkien answered your question fully.

Comment Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 2) 179

Admittedly, their helping at the end is *after* the Ring is destroyed and at the direct request of Gandalf, right?

I don't think it's a really big plot hole. If that's a plot hole, why didn't Gandalf send a letter to Valinor along with some Exiles (who were leaving constantly) asking for another Host of the Vanyar and Maiar ala the breaking of Thangorodrim? The answer is "because he knew the answer: they would not come". Same with the Eagles.

Comment The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 179

More specifically, Manwe. If Manwe and Varda and the rest were to just solve all the problems for Middle-earth, you'd have no plot. Furthermore, if you were in their shoes, would you be all that interested in fixing all their problems? I know I don't even like doing that for my daughters. Also, they'd "laid down their guardianship of Arda" with the fall of Numenor. Strictly speaking, it wasn't their job to fix all problems anymore.

Still, they did care about Middle-earth. So they sent five Istari - weaker spirits who were clothed in flesh and made to feel mortal cares and wants. They were intended to be messengers and encouragers of the good nature of the Free Peoples. They were forbidden to challenge Sauron's power directly. In extremis, one of their Istari could call on the Eagles of Manwe for assistance, as was done a few times during the novels. But any of the Istari calling on them to solve the problem by flying over Orodruin and dropping the Ring into it - I don't think they would have responded to that.

Comment different strokes (Score 1) 179

LotR is a pretty good novel. People who crap on it mostly have trouble with archaic writing styles. It's a decent story, regardless. Certainly blows the whole suite of homage literature (Jordan, Martin et al.) out of the water, as well as most sci-fi.

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