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Comment: Lifecycle of a MMORPG (Score 3, Interesting) 253

by Thyamine (#46344511) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60
I think we are just seeing the prolonged lifecycle of a MMORPG. Most either fizzle and die, or last long enough that they have to start going through these hoops. I think WoW is just one of the biggest/longest so we are seeing some of these ideas for a first time or at least publicized in a grand fashion. Every iteration has made the game easier and easier for players, pushed the upper levels, and introduced things that make players who played the first iteration sound like grandpa (we used to have to grind for days for a single level, up hill, both ways). This is just another step where content is being added, so how can you get the most out of it (business need)? You let players just jump right to it! It bugs me, but as someone working full time with a family, I can see how players may appreciate it.

Comment: Tools are Good (Score 1) 627

by Thyamine (#46327345) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
All tools have pros and cons. In general, yes IDEs are good. Is it possible to rely too much on a tool, and not understand enough of the language? That's possible, sure. But that's not regarding IDEs specifically, that's just in general. I'm sure there are some old school CLI geeks out there that will thump their VI totems and say the only real devs use text editors, but that's just an extreme, of which there are many. Be a good dev, and use the tools that make you efficient. Don't use them as a crutch to shore up bad practices.

Comment: Managers (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by Thyamine (#45850107) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?
I think the problem is the same most IT professionals find about their own job. When you have a good manager, they are almost invisible and you don't realize what is going on behind the scenes. When they are a problem, then you notice and complain. It's how most of the other departments in a company see IT. Completely ignore them unless something is wrong, and then complain about them.

Comment: Photos or not? (Score 1) 381

by Thyamine (#45210625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?
Since everyone is sharing anecdotal stories, I'll throw in my two bits. I have an HP ColorSmart C7280 and I love it. It's an inkjet, and we usually print fairly regularly, but it does still run through it's little maintenance run now and then. And photos look great usually. I use it for scanning fairly often as well, and it has a flatbed and a feeder. I wouldn't mind a laserjet, but I haven't sat down to figure out costs and determine if the quality would be as nice.

Comment: Scripting / PowerShell (Score 1, Interesting) 577

by Thyamine (#45091343) Attached to: If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy
I'm surprised no mention of PowerShell was listed. It's obviously platform specific, but Microsoft has done a nice job of including it in all their major platforms and products in recent years. I've used it on site for several customers, and I've had customers who are more technical asking about help with it. I'd be interested to see what sort of growth it's seen, and how it is supplanting (one can hope) old vbscript files that still linger.

Comment: Re:Logical fallacy (Score 1) 621

by Thyamine (#44938889) Attached to: GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings
I was thinking the same. That anecdotally it is an interesting point, but we don't know for certain that a parent/child combo means that the child will be playing. And really as a game store employee, that's all they can really do: point out what they saw, and then let other people draw conclusions. I'm sure some of them don't care or fall into the bad parent category, but like parent post said, a lot of those people may be buying it just for themselves.

Comment: Re:He May Be Dead (Score 1) 98

by Thyamine (#44078837) Attached to: Citrix Founder and Key OS/2 Player Ed Iacobucci Dead At 59
I've actually have to do that, and even wrote it up at one point. I hate Lotus Notes, and not being designed for a multi-user environment you had to jump through hoops to get it to run right. Which unfortunately is where Citrix gets a lot of hate from. 'Admins' who don't know how to configure the environment, poor corporate policies, and forcing applications that shouldn't be run on it, to run on it. It's one of those platforms where people think 'well I have a hammer' and everything looks like a nail.

Comment: Re:Mission critical infrastructure (Score 2) 151

by Thyamine (#43555369) Attached to: Pearson Vue Now On Day 5 of Massive Outage
I have seen several large organizations that think or try to plan for HA, but never test it. And in some cases there is a very nebulous 'well, we fail over' type of plan. Nothing detailed, and nothing specific. I've only had one customer who actually went through the process of a complete restore/DR test. Most seem to hope that it just won't be needed.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 427

by Thyamine (#43361649) Attached to: TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things
I understand the point you are making. And everyone is already under suspicion, that's why there is a security check point to begin with. And a real terrorist won't be saying 'Haha, I have a bomb' to try and blend in. They will stay quiet. However it's possible a mentally deranged person could. The real problem is how our society reacts to all of it. If someone said it, and everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke, and then turned out not to be a joke, society would be calling for TSA agents' heads. We are fine with it until it bites us in the ass, and then suddenly we need to blame someone because OMG they didn't do their job and _who_ would be joking about something so serious.

It's just like getting pulled over for a traffic violation, you don't tell the officer 'Haha, I have a gun and shoot cops.. no wait I'm joking!'

Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 427

by Thyamine (#43359965) Attached to: TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things
I have a very similar sense of humor, and could see saying something like this. But not at airport. And not at the TSA. I don't know if people just lack the common sense or the social skills to realize this is not the right place or time. And it sounds like in most cases they get checked 'just in case' but nothing too over the top. If someone was charged for making a bad joke, then I'd be complaining that the TSA was over the top as well.

Comment: No Hypervisor Support (Score 1) 180

by Thyamine (#43311425) Attached to: The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers
Most of the cloud offerings don't want you using your own hypervisor anyhow. At least not without paying so much more it isn't worth it. They are looking at spinning up the servers for you, or giving you the raw resources for a linux/Windows box. If you want to implement VMware or need to have access for something like Provisioning Services, you are most likely better off running that in your local datacenter right now.

Comment: Mixed Results (Score 1) 529

by Thyamine (#43105213) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban
If I was one of the people working remotely and getting things done, I'd be rather miffed. However I can see that a company trying to reorganize and reinvent itself would need more random, in person, collaboration to spur some of the creative processes. On the other hand, I think Best Buy's attempt to do the same isn't going to do a damn thing. They need lower prices; enough said. Making people come into office spaces they have to furnish, own, and keep up is not going to do that.

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