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Comment: Re:Less static hardware. (Score 1) 993

I don't know if I'm alone here but I've been hot-plugging CPUs, RAM and even, shock horror, keyboards and mice on linux now for at least five years without having to use systemd to do it. Linux has had awesome hotplug support for years, even in the bad ol' days of static devfs.

Not trying to denigrate the GP - I suspect they've just never had to deal with a server environment that changed much. But rest assured linux has been capable of dealing with radical changes in hardware for at least five years, and changes to peripherals (disc, network, keyboards, USB, blah) for at least a decade. That people think this sort of thing is only possible with systemd is all just mirrors and wires.

Comment: TV Go Home (Score 1) 137

by MrNemesis (#48037087) Attached to: Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

This was already shown back on Charlie Brooker's TV Go Home over a decade ago. No link sadly as it's flagged as "obscene" by the company filter...


A Dark Thriller starring Nick Berry.

Professor Jack Warburton discovers the source of the tumbling fun to be a shadowy government bureau, and uncovers the alarming scientific method by which complete rows of blocks mysteriously "disappear".

Jack Warburton - Nick Berry
Hannah Turnpike - Caroline Catz
Spatial Awareness Dude - Dexter Fletcher
L-shaped Block - Charles Dance
Cerys Matthews - Ray Winstone

Comment: ...and RIF'd means...? (Score 0) 282

I'm guessing it's an acronym so let's see what might fit...

Reading is fun!
Resistance is futile
Resource interchange format
Royal Irish Fusileers

None of those seem to have any bearing on the context of the article (other than a tenuous reference to Borg Gates). Any editors around to perhaps explain what it means?

Comment: Re:Just play minecraft instead (Score 2) 138

by MrNemesis (#47413877) Attached to: Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Gnomoria is also inspired by DF, and arguably is much closer to the spirit of DF than Minecraft is, and the graphics and interface are (IMHO) far superior to OotB Dwarf Fortress.

If you enjoyed Minecraft but don't yet feel ready for the mind-bogglingly insane brilliance of DF then Gnomoria is a good stepping stone. I became aware of it during Aavak's (also a DF player) Let's Play and picked it up soon after, whilst it doesn't have anywhere near the depth of DF (traps/mechanisms are much more limited for example) if you only have a few hours it's much easier to dip in and out of, whereas with DF I usually have to play for days at a time... ;)

FWIW when I play DF I do so with a tileset and all the rest of the gubbins one might find in the Lazy Newb Pack. It's a sublime game but the complexity and inconsistency of its interface can be one of its biggest frustrations.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 228

by MrNemesis (#47364233) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

The burning occurs because once all the water has evaporated from the top of the crust, it'll burn incredibly quickly. Typically it's difficult to gauge from a quick glance how much moisture is remaining in the top layers of the bread - although much easier to gauge the amount of steam you see when you open the oven door.

Easiest solution to tackle the evaporating of water is to brush a little oil over the top. Water evporates, oil soaks in instead, the hot oil helps the crust brown quicker and prevents it drying out as quickly yet makes it very crispy. If you want the bread cooked more evenly, re-wrap the whole thing in foil - the inside will stay soft but the crust will be more pliable too.

This isn't the sort of thing you can do in advance - if you apply oil to soon-to-be-pre-packaged garlic bread, it'll soak throughout the bread, negating the effect, so if you must use the premade stuff, crack open the foil and get busy with the pastry brush. Lots of people will say use olive oil, but at 200ÂC rapeseed or groundnut oil will cook better and won't spoil the taste of the garlic butter.

Can't believe I just had a minor geek-out about garlic bread, something I don't even like that much. But I've done it this way for others and none of the survivors have complained yet :)

Comment: Re:Legal Precedent? (Score 5, Funny) 495

by MrNemesis (#47358805) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Most people I know that use no-ip are people setting up their own minecraft servers its not a hotbed of criminal activivty like MS claims.

I looked up this "minecraft" of which you speak, and it seems to be some crudely archaic simulation where you wander round indiscriminately smashing rocks together and killing animals - basically a terrorism simulator. I fail to see why anyone would support the use of this software.

Lots of terrorism-simulator apologists say it's something called an Indy game, but it bears absolutely no comparison with any of the Harrison Ford films (and in any case, an Indy game would require royalty payments to LucasArts which we can find no record of). It doesn't have a proper company behind it like EA or Zynga but only a nebulous cloud of anonymous people known as "notch".

Not only that, it seems that the hacker group "notch" had their paypal account suspended several years ago due to money laundering and other suspicious activities.

Frankly anyone who uses this simulator or supports the filth behind it deserves everything they get.

Richard Domingues

Comment: Re:Sad ... (Score 2) 100

As a brit with an italian SO, that's about the size of it. In London at least there are lots of good (and some great) pizzerias, almost all of which are owned and run by italians. The superb Franco Manca in Brixton is quite probably the best pizza I've ever had, and this includes some truly excellent pizza restaurants in and around Naples (pizza napoli is, to me, the only style of pizza worth emulating; the SO is from rome and dislikes the "local" style of pizza as well). That said, they're also one of the few places in London where you can consistently get proper fresh mozarella (I can virtually guarantee it's a completely different beast to all the mozzarella you've ever had). Residents of Campania will rarely eat a mozarella more than a day old.

Never been too keen on the other styles of pizza - as you mention, I find chicago style too bready and too greasy and bears quite a resemblance to pizza sicilia. Pizza romana/lazio is, once again, too thick for me. Sure, there's plenty of places that do perfectly passable thick-crust pizzas but not really to my taste. When I eat pizza I want to taste the ingredients, not bread.

And then you have places like pizza hut and domino's. Not only do they have a heavy, pre-cooked breadlike crust but they also use heavily processed ingredients, and unsurprisingly they're very popular with people who are more used to the taste of processed foods and ready meals than people who make pizza with fresh ingredients. Given that they don't require fresh food and can be easily thrown together and into an oven, they're also ubiquitous and cheap since they're so much easier to store and prepare and so many people think of this as pizza than the traditional styles.

That said, we're snobby enough to keep a sourdough culture in the fridge so we can throw some pizza dough together and have a passable pizza from scratch within an hour if we like. Damn, I'm hungry now.

Comment: Re:This is not new news. (Score 1) 225

by MrNemesis (#47107999) Attached to: Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

That's easy enough to do. Just require that in order to enable the "incredibly risky" developer mode, you must be registered as a developer with Google, and flipping the button requires google+ integration. After all, we need to look after chrome users and this means cracking down on dodgy app development, I'm sure you're not one of those developers but e just need to check for the greater good, OK?

Comment: Re:London Cabbies are different (Score 1) 417

by MrNemesis (#46957701) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

All of these posts and so few mentions of The Knowledge. Its average time to train and pass is about 3 years and is widely renowned as extremely tough. There's a reason so many cabbies are ex-beat coppers - they're some of the few people who know the streets well enough to even begin. You need exceptional spatial awareness and an excellent memory for names and place details*. I've not been to NY so I can't draw any parallels, but from a cursory glance at a map it looks like it has a vastly simpler road network; understandable as London is less of a city and more a product of a thousand years of congealed towns with only the occasional fire or war giving the opportunity for large-scale redevelopment of limited areas.

I've been here long enough to call myself a Londoner, and have been in love with black cabs for years precisely because of the regulation and excellent training. The result of this is that you can give cabbies excessively vague directions (e.g. "a pub about ten minutes walk from station X that has a huge beer garden", "that theatre that was showing Generic West End Musical last year") and they'll still know what you're talking about and will get you there by the quickest route and have to be aware of any roadworks or if such-and-such a road en route is likely to be busy at the time you're driving. I use them because I only ever take cabs when walking, tube bus aren't acceptable (usually due to time constraints) and I've found them unfailingly reliable.

Experience with minicabs has been a whole different kettle of fish; they all rely on satnav exclusively and are useless without a postcode or street/place name - and even then rarely have enough background to distinguish on King's Head pub from another. They'll frequently say "it'll cost you X quid" at the start of the journey and then hold you ransom for "X plus 10 quid" at the end because they ran into traffic or roadworks that cabbies know how to avoid. Given my requirements for timely transport when using cabs, I'll often end up with slightly more money in my pocket but 15mins late using a minicab. YMMV of course.

It's not just a matter of the black cabbies protecting their turf - as well as the knowledge, their job comes with the fairly onerous legal requirements of buying a specially adapted vehicle (hackney carriages are required to have a turning circle of 8m) as well as spot-checks and CRB checks which it sounds like the GLC is exempting Uber drivers from on the basis that the meter isn't tethered to the vehicle. This doesn't really seem fair to me - it's a bit like the government saying that company X has to comply with industry regulations but company Y doesn't because their frob has the dooberry widget on the side rather than the top.

No affiliation with any cabbies, cab firms, cab car companies, cabinets, cab franc, or the Citizens Advice Bureau.

* There are even computer programs for that. One cab journey I made at about 2 in the morning from liverpool street to crystal palace, the driver asked if I'd had a good night and I said no, I've only just got out of work. Why's that? Ah, you work in computers? Wonder if you could have a look at my laptop? It keeps crashing when I hit a speed bump. It was a crummy little netbook but it was running some kind of vastly complicated "knowledge" application that looked like the bastard offspring of a mind map, the A-Z and M C Escher - took about two seconds to see the machine had been through enough abuse that one of the SODIMMs had worked a little loose. Stuck a bit of tape on it and gave it a shoogle, all fine. Cab driver was over the moon as he'd been quoted two hundred quid to have it fixed, I suspect more than the computer was worth, so the journey that would have left me forty to fifty quid lighter ended up being free.

Comment: Re:Spock got it right... (Score 1) 800

by MrNemesis (#46939853) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

this would rapidly create an underclass of socially-blacklisted, uninsurable, embittered expendables who are considered net liabilities to their culture

I believe you misunderstand my point, dear sir. Yes, we rapidly create said subclass, but we also be equipping automotive transport with the technology at our disposal to rapidly and automatically elevate them into and age-old, time-honoured superclass that will never need to pay (or fail to pay) insurance premiums ever again. Only this way can we ensure the survival of the right kind of people!

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten