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Comment: Re:Don't let reality get in the way of your anger (Score 4, Interesting) 1217

by hexed_2050 (#32544776) Attached to: MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks
Great post. My feelings exactly. I'm not a fan boy of either. I grew up coding basic at 5 years old on an Apple II.. so I know full well about Apple's beginnings. Since the early 90s I've used mainly PCs. And now? Well I have a mac mini, and iPad, iPhone, and I7 PC. I use them all because I need to know everything that is tech as I'm a computer consultant. However, everything that is useful in business except for graphic design and web design is run on a PC using Windows XP or Windows 7.
Games

An Inside Look At Warhammer Online's Server Setup 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the hate-to-see-the-power-bill dept.
An article at Gamasutra provides some details on the hardware Mythic uses to power Warhammer Online, courtesy of Chief Technical Officer Matt Shaw and Online Technical Director Andrew Mann. Quoting: "At any given time, approximately 2,000 servers are in operation, supporting the gameplay in WAR. Matt Shaw commented, 'What we call a server to the user, that main server is actually a cluster of a number of machines. Our Server Farm in Virginia, for example,' Mann said, 'has about 60 Dell Blade chassis running Warhammer Online — each hosting up to 16 servers. All in all, we have about 700 servers in operation at this location.' ... 'We use blade architecture heavily for Warhammer Online,' Mann noted. 'Almost every server that we deploy is a blade system. We don't use virtualization; our software is somewhat virtualized itself. We've always had the technology to run our game world across several pieces of hardware. It's application-layer clustering at a process level. Virtualization wouldn't gain us much because we already run very close to peak CPU usage on these systems.' ... The normalized server configuration — in use across all of the Mythic-managed facilities — features dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors running at 3 GHz with 8 GB of RAM."

Comment: Kick the Pig to Win an iPOD * FLASH * FLASH * (Score 2, Interesting) 419

by hexed_2050 (#30473612) Attached to: Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads
If the ads were less annoying I wouldn't mind them at all. Some of the ads are actually very informative rather than spammy if you are on a website that caters to your interest and delivers ads based on content served on the site.

I'd love to see sites implement an ad protocol such as this:

1. No flash-based or animated ads.
2. No ads bigger than 300 x 100 pixels.
3. No ads with bright contrasting colours such as orange when the entire site is white and green.
4. All ads can be turned on or off at the user's preference. This site implements an honour system.
5. Users can select what categories of ads they would or would not like to be served.

If websites and companies were just more sane about their ad policies, I think a lot less people would resort to ad-blockers.

Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 796

by hexed_2050 (#30473044) Attached to: UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018
I have a lot of patience for elderly people. If they are in a line I just go to a different line if possible. If I see them in a car, I just take a few breaths and slow down until I can safely pass them. Now when it's a soccer mom looking for coins in her purse or holding up the line, look out.. hexed_2050 is on the rage :)

Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 1, Troll) 796

by hexed_2050 (#30470144) Attached to: UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018
I'd rather see the end to cash rather than cheques. I hate when people pay with cash.. sitting there holding up the line while they count their dimes and pennies, then end up dropping them. A card is so easy to use, swipe and done. One thing I don't like about cards is that they can track your purchases and locations.
Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment: Keep it simple, stupid! (Score 1) 514

by hexed_2050 (#30143244) Attached to: Bing Gains 10% Marketshare
Google's page is simple and pure. There is one logo and a search bar.
Bing has decided to make their search page bloated with graphics that actually update.
Do you know how painful it is to remote desktop or vnc to someone's computer that has yahoo, bing, or some other search engine besides google set as their homepage? grr!

Comment: Re:What remote access technology? (Score 1) 251

by hexed_2050 (#25231859) Attached to: Man Uses Remote Logon To Help Find Laptop Thief
Probably GoToMyComputer.

GoToMyComputer creates an outgoing connection to the GoToMyComputer server. When you want to log in, you log on to the central GoToMyComputer server and click connect. The server contacts the laptop and logs you in.

This bypasses the need to know the IP personally since the laptop creates the outgoing connection to the central server. This also bypasses 99% of all home firewalls since an outgoing connection session is established, enabling the session and allowing for data to pass in both directions.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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