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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 117

by Sowelu (#49496589) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public

Hm. That actually was my problem with Angband. Too easy, too farmable. I'll have to give that a shot...though I suspect it's going to be a lot of long, boring running around in circles trying to get that ring of fire resistance before I hit whatever depth will kill me without it. And you thought stair scumming was boring...

Comment: Comcast works great with a business account (Score 1) 142

by Sowelu (#49487733) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?

In the house I bought last year, the cheapest Comcast business tier is just a smidgen more expensive than the home tier I would have wanted...and it's by far the best option around, way better than DSL.

Apparently having a business account means that you get dedicated cable (= your neighbors don't slow you down), super fast responses in tech support, and even your own salesman...which is a little weird. But in any case, it's never given me lower than advertised, even when people with non-business accounts are getting screwed left and right.

Comment: Re:Missing features. (Score 1) 207

by Sowelu (#49487517) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

Yeah, new version doesn't let you search in Smoots anymore, but I'm having trouble being bothered by that, I can convert stuff anyway.

Maybe it's just Stockholm syndrome though. I stopped using the new version at first because it had no distance tool, and said as much in the feedback; I came back once they re-added it and emailed me saying so.

I guess I could always say that the real mistake is using nautical miles when you should be using SI...

Comment: Re:Line Count is Misleading (Score 2) 22

I don't see how that's misleading. So what if the program has all kinds of fancy algorithms--they're not waving around "look how smart we are!!". They're saying "Hey if you want to write image processing code, you can do it this easy"., I miss my image processing class.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 1) 342

by Sowelu (#49472735) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

Sounds like someone's never heard of iterated prisoner's dilemma. Even beyond that, there's plenty of real-world reward grids where player 1's reward for (C,C) is even higher than (D,C). "But that's not interesting in game theory at all!" So what?

You and your partner commit a crime and nobody knows a crime was committed. Do you really think that ratting out your partner will always be a better result than high-fiving and both keeping it quiet? That's silly.

Comment: Re:Yeay! (Score 4, Interesting) 39

by Sowelu (#49465343) Attached to: Briny Water May Pool In Mars' Equatorial Soil

Mars takes ~260 days to reach, with a payload that could theoretically bring humans...maybe 130 if we do some pretty crazy stuff. Europa takes three years minimum for a much smaller payload. Actually getting humans to Mars is already a big technical challenge, let alone living once we get's going to take a heck of a lot more practical experience before we can get them to Europa.

Say what you want about the pointlessness of living off-world, but Mars is great practice. It's closer, it has more solar power available, and we can send bigger things with our current technology. Same with the Moon...great practice, but even less practical reasons to be there than Mars.

Unix: Some say the learning curve is steep, but you only have to climb it once. -- Karl Lehenbauer