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Comment: Custom shards saved that game (Score 4, Informative) 75 75

A good shard (UO-speak for a custom server) would have great GMs regularly creating events for their players. I've played through a week-long monster invasion on Minoc, a war between Trinsic and Yew, a murder mystery involving 100+ players, and more custom "dungeon" areas than I can count. The last dungeon I remember was a play on Alice in Wonderland.

I haven't played UO in about 10 years, but custom shards gave hands down the best MMO experience I've ever seen even compared to current games.

Comment: When you don't care (Score 1, Informative) 175 175

When is it better to choose the well-tested, mature LAMP over this upstart collection of JavaScript-centric technologies?

JavaScript in its current form will never have a place larger than simple website scripting in my production environment -- it's unmaintainable in anything beyond small doses and is something we work with because there's literally no other option, not because we want to. TypeScript makes things better, but being better than JavaScript really isn't that tough. It's still not as good as -- and doesn't provide benefits instead of -- existing common backend languages like Java and C#.

To me, node.js perfectly represents the age of programming we're in: people are doing things because they can, not because they should. Things that would have been just-for-fun geeky side projects 10 years ago are now somehow making their way into legitimate business-critical projects.

Comment: All my years of playing Quake were training (Score 1) 76 76

During a terror attack, I know I'll hear a quick sound when the detpack is set. At that point I've got a short window where I'll use a rocket jump to accelerate into a bunny hop, swing by the detback to lob a grenade at the enemy if he's still there, and continue bunny hopping to a safe distance.

Easy as cake.

Comment: What is Windows doing differently? (Score 1) 182 182

I have an 850 Pro at home and an 850 EVO at work, and haven't experienced any corruption. I know that Windows uses TRIM. Why am I not seeing any problems?

I doubt EXT4 or whatever part of Linux issuing TRIM commands is doing it wrong, but they're clearly doing it different, and maybe it can be worked around or at the very least reported to the manufacturer to fix broken firmware.

Comment: Re:And the Firefox bloat continues to swell (Score 1) 91 91

Yeah, no kidding. I have no interest in a VR website. I don't want VR website. I read this and I think "just who the hell is asking for this feature".

It sounds like the primary goal here might be for web games, not for browsing the web.

Comment: Re:I can agree to that... (Score 5, Insightful) 176 176

Now, the next step - what in the hell do we actually do about it aside from individual protection? Sure, recent congressional actions (Thank you, Sen. Paul!) have put an end to at least one program... problem is, another grew to take its place (basically, the FBI is picking up where the NSA is allegedly leaving off).

I don't think we will ever trust them on this subject again. Individual protection is the only way, and that is exactly why we have so many government officials saying encryption needs to go.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 156 156

I use an r9 270. I bought it when my old card starting showing age and acting up. For about $150 it runs every game I play on highest settings without batting an eye. That's with an AMD Athlon x2 btw... The whole race to specs domination doesn't add much.

You aren't playing the same games I'm playing. My video card and CPU are considerably faster than yours, and I'm unable to max out my settings in most games without considerable FPS drops.

Comment: Re:A two factor device (Score 1) 88 88

Once programmed it acts like a HID class keyboard. You push the button, it spits out a string of characters, that being the two factor code for your account at the time.

While this describes the original Yubikey, the Neo goes beyond that and acts as a legit security token / smart card which can perform various encryption functions. The only important thing it doesn't yet do is DH.

Comment: Very simple... just ask (Score 3, Interesting) 353 353

Ask your boss. You no doubt signed away the copyright to the code you write for work, so you'll likely need explicit permission from them. If whatever you're doing isn't something that interests them from a business perspective, they might just let you do it.

My previous and current employers have allowed me to Open Source the generic non-business-critical software I write. Beyond just making me happy, one of the reasons I gave them is that any improvements I develop outside of work will be able to flow back in -- it was a win-win.

Comment: Re:I think our namespace is getting too crowded... (Score 5, Insightful) 153 153

IE has long supported a header:

X-UA-Compatible: IE=edge

This tells it that your website is compatible with the "edge" of technology... the latest stuff the browser supports. If you don't have it, IE might determine your site needs to be run in IE6 compatibility mode.

This idea of the "edge" has been around IE since I believe IE10. The concept has clearly stuck.

Comment: Almost as stupid as those idiots rioting right now (Score 1, Insightful) 239 239

The amount of douchebaggery over this was incredible.

First, you had a number of people who've decided modders shouldn't get paid for their work. I know some modders/mappers and while you'd never hear them complain about their hobby, the amount of effort they put in to these things is astounding and it's always pained me to see the amount of entitlement people display towards it.

And finally you had Nexus Mods, who came out as the people's champion despite they themselves actually raking in tones of dough over the years without sharing more than a pittance with modders – all to maintain servers which are essentially on auto-pilot with downloads on off-site hosting they aren't paying for.

I can see why Bethesda would just say fuck it and pull the plug. What a horrible community.

The least vocal, and perhaps most sensible, were people who merely took issue with Zenimax/Valve taking a crazy high 75% cut of sales.

You're at Witt's End.