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Comment: Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (Score 1) 95

by aliquis (#46777343) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

You're not a one dollar gut but you don't beat the $ 3.7-7.7 average? =P

For the weekly bundles the second tier is $ 6.

One have to beat $1 to get the Steam keys. I could see how the trading cards may eventually add up to that but harder with say $4.5 on a regular one or $6 on a weekly one.

The again I've only used one game of the what? ~4-500 I've bought so far? (Not all on Steam.)

Comment: Re:Quite logical reaction (Score 1) 714

Holy crap, that's nasty. My experience is vastly different.

On my high school equivalent we had a bully in our class. When the teacher realized he didn't get a grip on the situation on his own we got a surprise visit from the principal who chewed out the bully in front of the class, gave him a somewhat humiliating (but not actually insulting) punishment next recess and promised he'd be back if the bully didn't straighten up. The bully did.

In this case the school was more concerned about its stellar reputation being sullied by bullies running around unchecked. Then again the school has a thousand-year history and used to be a high-class school for much of it so it might not be very representative...

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (Score 1) 207

by Jesus_666 (#46765913) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
The configuration "Developers - DevOps - Operations" makes sense. Unfortunately, a lot of companies just remove everything but DevOps from the picture because having dedicated developers and admins around would just be redundant.

I'm in such a company and its a hellhole - you can get emergency calls at any time of day because you're responsible for the infrastructure but that's not reflected in your pay because hey, you're just a developer. Also, keeping the infrastructure running flawlessly is not supposed to take any time away from coding; you're expected to fix any problems that arise and still get eight hours' worth of quality code done. Ater all, developers in other companies have no trouble doing so. Also, since support personnel is also redundant (because hey, the DevOps guys already know how the system works) keeping the customers happy is also the developers' job, again without compromising efficiency in your other responsibilities.

Of course the company is not doing well and of course the boss has no idea why. It can't be his management style; that approach worked well when he ran a similar company in a related market ten years ago with no existing customer base so obviously it would work now, too...

Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 4, Interesting) 335

by Mashiki (#46764045) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Let me make it simpler on you.

Rational choice + Social disorganization = Crime

Interestingly enough, when you break one or two of those two options, you're doing enough to break the classic situation which breeds criminal behavior. Reinforce it however, or do nothing, and it will continue to perpetuate itself.

Comment: Re:Wat? (Score 1) 527

by aliquis (#46761611) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Also of course regardless of whatever the product is open source or propitary and paid for you can't from that draw any conclusions about the skills of the individual who have written the code but if it's a high prestige brand/project I guess chances are higher they have been more picky than if it's some small rather unknown one individual thing.

The idea was to make it a point that you for instance may not want to trust the individuals who roll their own packages for your Linux distribution of choice and download from random page or trust THISISTHEBEST___INTHEWORLDBUTITSNOTAWELLKNOWNPRODUCT from someone rather unknown for instance.

But I guess it all fails with this being OpenSSL which I feel is a high prestige / well-known product and where safety should be important and still it simply failed.

Somewhat related I noticed that Fedora run OpenSSH by default and with the defaults (PermitRootLogin yes) and listening to the whole world which imho is completely retarded and I don't see why one would want to have that the default. I guess it could be argued that "Hey, someone may need that to access the computer after installation!" but I guess in that case let them set that up in the installer or make a special installation with such settings and really, do they use the regular installer but have no keyboard and screen hooked up so they can turn it on if they want to afterwards?

It did seemed like none of the BSDs ran sshd by default. Which imho is much more reasonable. Whatever to allow root or not as default I guess one could argue on. Since the OpenSSH default is PermitRootLogin yes I guess it make some sense to keep that the default rather than changing it but I guess there has been some argument about that one too. A way of rescuing a poorly setup installation? Possibly better (imho) to just force people to redo it correctly if they mess up and really need some way to get in.

And regarding trusted source code, prestige projects and whatever anyone is actually watching the code and finding the bugs. What happened with the claim about some backdoor in was it OpenBSD or OpenSSH? Was it just bullshit or something real? I guess the first question would be whatever anything/it was actually found, because without that the answer would of course be "we don't know" =P

Guess I'm off-topic enough to not take it even further so I'll stop there :)

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 565

by Mashiki (#46754139) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

But there is. They broke the integrity of the core packaging system by marrying it so deeply to .NET that there are multiple people out there who have to reinstall the OS from scratch because the update broke the package registry irreversibly.

Funny, I didn't hear people bitching and moaning over that when they did the same thing with .net 3.5 in windows 7....which did exactly the same thing.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 565

by Mashiki (#46754131) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Speak for yourself. I run both Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines, and my Windows 7 machines are demonstrably more stable and less buggy than my Windows 8 one.

So do I. I actually haven't run across an OS quite as stable as this since Win2k, probably my favorite version of windows. My follow up would be XPx64. If it's taking *that* long on a fresh install, you've got something else going on wrong on your system, either ram timings, spread spectrum, or something esoterically weird going on. I've seen exactly that type of issue before in Win7 and XP, and each case it was something different anything between windows itself trying to remotely grab a driver and getting "hung" on trying to install/update a NIC driver. Or something else.

Anecdotes are just those.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 1) 565

by Mashiki (#46753709) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Since there's nothing inherently wrong with Windows 8.1 besides the awful UI, I can't figure why you'd downgrade to Windows 7. Or are you telling me that you can't install another UI and go on your way? I now await people to say that's it's worse than vista, when it's not. Especially when it's main negative feature is the UI.

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