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+ - Shards Online, sandbox mmo kickstarter #2 up!

Submitted by TyFoN
TyFoN (12980) writes "

From the former lead engineer and lead designer of Ultima Online comes Shards Online. "Citadel Studios has the right team to give the sandbox genre what it’s been missing" — Rob Denton, co-creator of Dark Age of Camelot Experience limitless content. It's a game that lets you experience hundreds of different worlds with just one client! You can play on official Citadel Studios servers or join any of the hundreds of community run servers. Each server has different rules and content, allowing you to find a game universe that fits your exact play style.

Previously Citadel Studios have attempted a kickstarter failed, however this time they seem much better prepared and I really hope the kickstarter project will succeed this 2nd time!
A proper sandbox where you can create your own worlds. And who better to make it?"

Comment: Analytics + mssql = fail (Score 3, Informative) 147

by TyFoN (#48339457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

Whatever you do, don't go mssql as you will end up processing most of your data in the analytics tool.
I've seen it lock tables even on only reads causing other processes to be terminated.
The closest it has got to materialized views are clustered indexed views which suck and can barely do any processing.

Comment: Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (Score 1) 303

by TyFoN (#48100955) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

It is possible to run a few games, but not with the performance you get in linux, and that's not the only problem.
I play EVE via wine in Linux and I suspect it will run okish in FreeBSD too. ....If I can boot without kernel panics which I haven't been able to on either my main gaming computer nor my gaming laptop.

Crashing a self compiled kernel is bad.
Crashing with the GENERIC kernel means I uninstall and wait another year to see.

As I said, Linux just works.

Comment: Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (Score 4, Informative) 303

by TyFoN (#48100773) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

I run arch on all my workstations/laptops both at home and work. The servers at work run debian.

I've tried so many times to get freebsd on my computers, some it will work on, but far too often it will kernel panic on ACPI, smp, driver bug etc. Especially on recent computers.

Graphics/games is another thing.
Now the most recent have started to implement the proper kernel features for nvidia blob, but it's still not as good as the linux driver, and I can't run steam except via wine.

Linux just works, that's why I use it.

Comment: Re:I am a report writer (Score 1) 179

by TyFoN (#48000969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

My brother, uncle and boss is actually colour blind, and I always make sure to not put colours they have issues with where they could be confused.
It's not what I was talking about.

If I make a mistake in this area and a manager comes to me with that I will change the format immediately and without a word.

Comment: Re:I am a report writer (Score 1) 179

by TyFoN (#47996873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

I used to be in a laaaarge international bank as an analyst/reporter/model developer and I can concur with a lot of this.
Usually we had all the data/reports but then had to redo them to change format or whatever.

I've been flung "your cash-flow analysis is wrong" since it didn't match up with marketing expectations.

I remember we build one score card using dummy variables instead of weights of evidence like the rest in the company, and only because of that we got more questions about this scorecard than the others combined even if it performed just fine.
It had to be redeveloped using "corporate standards" all the while another card developed with "corporate standards" with a ks of 10% and psi of .30 would live on.

I left and now work as the sole analyst for a startup bank along with a lot of others in our old department.
Much better :)
I can use postgres/shiny/R/python and not worry.

For the OP: Management will want reports (and they want it in that font and that colour). Just get along or change field of work.

Comment: Re:costs (Score 1) 169

by TyFoN (#47982035) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

That's true, in the night we often turn off the hydro plants and import coal power from Germany or whatever since they cannot just turn off the plants overnight. And then we sell hydro power back in the day so the export is slightly higher than the imports.

We often laugh about the fact that while we have a lot of electric cars, they are all coal powered.

Comment: Re:costs (Score 5, Interesting) 169

by TyFoN (#47981613) Attached to: South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early
I live in Norway, we pay around $.12 including taxes and "line rent".
The price fluctuates with rain and season, but $.12 is about as high as it gets. I've seen as low as $.05

Most of the electricity comes from hydro plants (98.5%) and I think other renewables will have similar cost structure. High investment, very low marginal cost pr kwh.
In Hawaii for instance I'd guess you could build some geothermal plants like in Iceland

Comment: Re:R still in heavy use (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by TyFoN (#47862309) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

R is on the upswing so I wouldn't call it "still used" really :)

That said, you can make money knowing R. I am doing it, but you really need some database experience and possibly some python, c++ and the like.

SAS won't die in a _long_ time either, in the banks I've been too except for this last one have been using SAS almost exclusively.

The problem with SAS/R code is that neither is usually written by a programmer but a statistician that want something to work there and then.
It can be a nightmare if you inherit too much legacy code.

Also, you actually need to know statistics to be effective :)

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