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Comment: Re:Papers (Score 1) 182

by hairyfeet (#47530689) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools
Windows 8.1, they are gonna be one of the first laptops to take advantage of the "Free Windows under 10 inches" rule MSFT recently enacted, which means it should be trivial to "downgrade" to Win 7 if you want. I think I read about them on Windows Insider but in any case they are due either late Sept or early Oct but I would put my money on early Sept if possible to grab the back to school sales.

Comment: Re:Papers (Score 2, Interesting) 182

by hairyfeet (#47526887) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I think the $99 netbooks that are gonna be coming out this fall should just suck up these low end sales like a sponge. After all the new Atom and Jaguar chips are crazy powerful and at 8 inches it'll be just perfect for kids sticking into backpacks. i already have a dozen customers that have put off getting their kids a tablet to get one of these new netbooks and I have a feeling that without having the lowest cost these ChromeOS sales are gonna dry up, same goes for the low end tablets.

After all why would you buy a Chromebook that ONLY works on the net when you could have a netbook that runs all the apps a Chromebook can run AND run offline as well? Oh and the Linux guys should love 'em as both Intel and AMD have been pretty good about opening up the APUs so it should be a dirt cheap way to have a pocket Linux lappy.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 1) 78

by hairyfeet (#47526791) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

I think you missed his point, his point is the old DOS game is wrapped in a Windows installer that often won't run on the platform he is using and there is NO way to just download the original files WITHOUT the installer which would allow him to trivially get it running in Linux.

While I have never been a fan of Linux I agree that is stupid for multiple reasons, not only does it make his ability to buy and use these games much harder (thus making it more likely he and those on his platform won't buy, thus hurting sales) but there are also plenty of DOS fans that use integrated launchers like D-Fend that could also use the raw files so they can just drop them into their custom DOSBox and call it a day. Considering you get the files AFTER running the Windows installer i see no reason in not just offering the option to download the game installer free.

This reminds me of the stupid 2K Humble Bundle I bought last week, the whole reason i bought it was "yay they have a GFWL DRM free version of Bioshock 1, no more needing a pirate version of a game I bought or dealing with GFWL removal crap, yay!" only to find that while yes their version was 100% DRM free it did NOT support torrenting, ONLY a direct download that was glitchy as hell and which wouldn't work with download managers....argh! I finally had to fire up 32bit IE of all things as that was the only browser that seemed to play nice with their download. If its already DRM free why not give me the choice of torrent?

Comment: Re:Code the way you want... (Score 1) 359

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518769) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Sometimes it sucks when your hobby becomes your profession. But it doesn't have to stop being your hobby.

Comment: Commodore 64 (Score 1) 359

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47518731) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

part of my nostalgia for coding on the C64 is how you felt you could know everything about the box. There was a book, Mapping the C64 and C64C. that told you about every single address on the computer. You felt you could get everything done with some pokes and peeks, or some machine language. (LDA anyone?).

Now, you can do more, but you don't feel you can push to the envelope of the hardware. How many classes does java add every release cycle? How often does CPAN turn over?

I think im not the only one with that nostalgia.. there's an offer on that book for >700 dollars. I lost mine over the course of several moves during College days.

Comment: Ya, pretty much (Score 1) 906

by Sycraft-fu (#47513607) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

That is why when you play online shooters, which attract many immature males, "faggot" is the default insult. They are insecure about their sexuality, as most young men are, and thus being called gay is one of the more hurtful things to them. they externalize that, of course, and thus that is what they use by default against others. However if they find something that works better, they'll go after that. Race, age, nationality, etc, etc.

They are assholes, sociopaths sometimes, they want to hurt others and they choose whatever they think is the most effective way to do it.

For that matter humans in general do it, women included. Bill Burr ha some hilarious bits, based in truth as the best comedy is, about women steering a losing argument towards personal attacks against their man. Saying he has a little dick, is a momma's boy, that kind of thing.

Well, that really happens. It isn't because women are some horrible creatures, but rather because they are using the insults they have learned will hurt the worst, when they get mad and decide to turn to insults. It's what people do when they lash out.

The difference between a normal person and a troll/asshole/ITG/sociopath and so on online is that most people do it only when they are angry, when they are lashing out at another person. These asshats do it for fun, just to get a rise out of people, and so on.

It is not something to be celebrated, or even tolerated (in any community I moderate trolling is a fast way to the banhammer) but trying to act like it is a problem limited to or directed at women is silly.

Comment: Re:Let's draw a distinction here... (Score 2) 906

by Sycraft-fu (#47513585) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Of course it is assholes acting out. That's what happens when you remove consequences. Games have been an excellent example of that in terms of gameplay and mechanics. There have been games that have tried the whole "No rules but what the players make, they'll work out a stable system." No, actually it devolves in to a bunch of griefer assholes, and everyone else leaves. These people can't do that kind of thing in real life because they'd face consequences.

Sociopaths learn to moderate their behaviour in the real world because if they don't, they get punished. Online, they can run rampant and so they do.

Comment: No shit (Score 2) 92

by Sycraft-fu (#47510777) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

We consolidated about 20ish old servers (and added new systems) in to two Dell R720xds that are VM hypervisors. Not only does this save on power n' cooling but it is way faster, more reliable, and flexible. It is much easier and faster to rebuild and stand up a VM, you can snapshot them before making changes, if we need to reboot the hypervisor or update firmware we can migrate VMs over to the other host so there's no downtime. Plus less time is wasted on admining them since there are less systems, and they are newer.

On top of that they have good support contracts, and some excellent reliability features that you didn't get on systems even 5ish years ago (like actively scanning HDDs to look for failures).

Big time win in my book. Now does that mean we rush out and replace them with new units every year? No, of course not, but when the time comes that they are going out of support, or more likely that usage is growing past what they can be upgraded to handle, we'll replace them with newer, more powerful, systems. It is just a much better use of resources.

Comment: Is this all necessary? (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Seems like you are trying to work out a solution to a problem you don't have yet. Maybe first see if users are just willing to play nice. Get a powerful system and let them have at it. That's what we do. I work for an engineering college and we have a fairly large Linux server that is for instructional use. Students can log in and run the provided programs. Our resource management? None, unless the system is getting hit hard, in which case we will see what is happening and maybe manually nice something or talk to a user. We basically never have to. People use it to do their assignments and go about their business.

Hardware is fairly cheap, so you can throw a lot of power at the problem. Get a system with a decent amount of cores and RAM and you'll probably find out that it is fine.

Now, if things become a repeated problem then sure, look at a technical solution. However don't go getting all draconian without a reason. You may just be wasting your time and resources.

Comment: Law Enforcement should cost (Score 1) 95

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47507871) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Process is now taking about four months on average, and costs
about $1,000, so LE is looking for streamlined / inexpensive
tools to collect evidence.

Part of the protection against tyranny isn't the gun, but simply that certain law enforcement has certain costs. Part of it is red tape - a warrant sticks some glue in the process, slows it down. Part of it is monetary costs. In the 1970's wire taps cost a lot.

These costs force some filtering of resources. You can't just go after everyone, you need to be somewhat efficient with resources. It doesn't eliminate bad actors, but it makes the consequences more intense.

Part of what the NSA is doing, they can do because the surveillance is so cheap. If it cost them 1000 a person, then just in America it would cost them 350 Billion a year to spy. The world would cost 7 Trillion. We can't afford that, only that surveillance is (too) cheap does mass surveillance make sense.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 171

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47502659) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Troll feeding time...

Why is it that government can never do anything right, well, unless it's the army, then it can do no wrong. Somehow if there's a bullet involved, government becomes perfect. Try to feed a kid, whoa, that can never work.

Oh, and if the government tries something and doesn't work, that's proof that government sucks. But if it does something, and can compete with private business, hey that's government being mean, and there's some law to prevent it. Government sucks by attrition - anything that works that works better than private industry is killed and all you see are the things that don't work.

Anyways, Google started using the university network, using students educated at Stanford, using an operating system partially developed at a University, using a networking protocol developed at a University from ideas originally from a government institution. The original hardware included a Sun, again developed at Stanford. They used the web, which was started as a non-business thing, a bunch of CERN guys wanted to push physics research papers around. The first web didn't have much commerce on it, it was the NCSA webserver (NCSA from the University of Illinois - a public land grant institution) and NCSA Mosaic that popularized it before any company went on.

Yet, you'd say none of that matters. It's very easy to win arguments by definition. Im sure you'd say "but none of that HELPED them" and just dismiss it.

Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#47500417) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

What made the oil industry successful is oil. Whatever regulations or non-regulations you want to give, if there's no oil, there's no oil industry.

It can be argued that silicon valley grew because of California University school system. A good chunk of which is publicly funded. Remember Sun stood for Stanford Univeristy Network. Google started at Stanford. A good chunk of Apple Mac OSX and iOS is BSD, developed at University of California, Berkeley. The Internet as we know it started at Berkeley - one of the first TCP/IP stacks was just known as Berkeley Sockets. The Internet was at first a DARPA project (government funded) for distributed command and control. The work then went to California universities, trying to share scarce computing resources.

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