I just get a page of junk.
I just get a page of junk.
Direct Android compatibility.
What smartphone / tablet type has the greatest marketshare again?
If you can't cross-compile a game to a Linux binary, then you're not really programming properly. Game authoring tools are for apps, and if your app-maker can't make apps for Android, iPad, etc. just as easily as having a plugin, then you've most likely exhausted its capabilities long ago.
Any sort of big-name title, the worry is more about the underlying engine, e.g. DirectX vs OpenGL, etc. than anything to do with just pressing a button and out pops a binary.
If you can manage to write a Windows game and then a Mac port or an Android app of it, then chances are you can target any platform you like as easily as anything. If you didn't, the problem isn't lack of tools to do so.
Likely to be pushed out of sight by the Elite:Dangerous kick starter that was successful earlier this year, which has David Braben working on it.
As yet, it's all pretty pictures and talk, but they got Â£2m just from the kickstarter. Star Citizen, in comparison, is something I'd never heard of until you linked it - and seems to have been running for longer.
(P.S. $2.5m stretch goals to add "an additional flyable ship"?)
Not that I'm knocking either - hell, I probably want both - but it's going to be a struggle and neither are going to be ready for YEARS.
I found out about a search engine (back in the days when the best you had was a "web directory" that some guy hand-maintained) because my brother was talking to the guys who were writing it at the time on open newsgroups. It was unheard of and still just a uni project back then, turned out to be quite huge, and we used it for years until something better came along (which we heard by word-of-mouth from friends, not a banner-ad or shill-piece).
It's true what you say.
Did the cop know or reasonably suspect that a theft was being committed? Yes.
Is he required to know exactly the local electricity rates, the rate of the consumption of the car, the time it was plugged it down to the nearest second, the cable losses, and the discount that the school gets on electricity supply before he can make an arrest? No.
And if you read the article, he didn't - he made a report, the arrest came when the facts came to light.
If a kid runs out of a shop chased by security with an armful of things, the cop doesn't need to itemise what he has and whether it reaches a certain figure. You arrest, then you investigate, which is the purpose of the arrest, and then if necessary you "escalate" the arrest to a formal charge.
Being arrested means NOTHING except detaining you on reasonable suspicion of a crime until it can be ascertained whether a crime has been committed or not.
Fact is, he didn't arrest him, that came later when they checked facts. And he can arrest him because he has more than a reasonable suspicion that he took something (a product or service) that didn't belong to him, without permission, and with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of it. MORE THAN reasonable. In that he could see him doing it first-hand and query him about it and get an admission ("Yeah, but it's only 5c!" is basically an admission that you did it if you have anywhere near a half-decent lawyer on the other side).
What part of this confuses you? He was arrested, after much consultation, for a crime he admits doing, that a policeman caught him doing, which the school did not give permission for him to do, petty though it is.
You know what? I bet if he'd asked the school and even said "Here's ten cents for the school charity, can I just plug in my car outside for a minute so I can get home?" they'd have told the police that it was authorised and there'd be no issue.
Do you have a warning sign on your external electrical sockets at home (e.g. in the garden?)
Do you have a warning sign on your garden sprinklers?
Do you have a warning sign on the bulb in your porch?
No. It's not yours, don't take it. Ask first, and 99.9% of the time if it's reasonable it'll be a Yes. And if it's ever a No, then you really DON'T want to have been doing it to that person's house anyway as they'd probably have you arrested if you were caught no matter what (i.e. they said No for a reason, or they said No because they never want you to do that and they'd kick up a fuss if they ever found our you did).
I put a padlock on things FOR ME. To stop deliberate theft that would inconvenience me. Just because something doesn't have a sign or a lock does NOT mean you can just walk up and use/take it (take, for example, someone putting a "Help Yourself" sign on my car, and then someone takes it - that's still theft!)
And no matter what the case, if you just asked first, it wouldn't have been a problem.
So, he admits theft. He had intention and permanently deprived a school of something that was theirs and they were required to pay for, and which they had not authorised.
I don't care if it was 5c or $500, he did something he shouldn't have. And the repercussions of his actions may have been greater - I work in schools and I can't leave trailing leads on the ground, I have to be careful not to overload circuits that are sometimes not even capable of providing the local 13A maximum without fusing things (but yet checked regularly and are legal). And he plugged it in and walked off, so there's no telling what might have happened - electrical fire, overloaded the circuit and cut off the alarm or some other important system, etc. and it's possible nobody would have known until he returned to his car.
Sorry, but you just can't do this. Try doing it in someone's house. I have an external socket on my house for powering garden tools - see what happens if you try to plug your car into it for even a microsecond. I guarantee you that it won't be worth your while. I have a lock on mine, but I have little reason to - using it without my express permission is theft whether it has a lock on or not.
You can whine as much as you want - as with anything, if you wouldn't have done it if the policeman was just standing right there watching you do it, there's a reason for that. You knew it was wrong and thought that nobody would mind and you'd just get away with it.
And you know what the biggest bitch of the whole story is? In any school I've ever worked in, if you'd just asked the caretaker / a school representative if you could do it first (like all our PTA and parents do when they want to do something on school premises, even outside of school hours or when they've paid for the hall inside), they'd probably have just said Yes. Hell, they'll put the extension leads out for you and make sure it's safe and using a safe socket and that the leads can't be tripped over if you ask nicely.
It pisses me off that people think that just because "it's only a few cents" (or only "a couple of mph", or "only for a minute"), that excuses that they knew it was wrong and deliberately chose to do it anyway.
If you wouldn't have done it at a random stranger's house, why would you do it at your children's school without asking?
Make a good product, make a good customer out of your customers, and you don't have to pay people to advertise it.
Probably spent more on Steam than I have on my last few PC's combined. And my first purchase took nearly a year after they shut WON down, and I only created the account to carry on playing CS 1.6 online.
Fact is, make a good enough product and treat your customers well and you don't have to buy ANYONE, they'll give you a positive review and backing all of their own accord.
Though I have to say that their announcements are 10 years too late, I feel that Valve's experience of their investing their system in this minority platform must be paying off. Why would they continue otherwise.
They get a viable console OS platform, for "free", with community support. They get a reputation as being "the" Linux gaming vendor (like transgaming etc. were). They get to bring their games to new platforms and push driver issues through Intel etc. cooperation to get themselves some influence in the industry from multiple angles.
And they are obviously seeing that their investment in Linux and even small things like SDL (which I believe is the backend of much of the Steam client, not to mention the browser components they use) is paying dividends for them.
Good on them, I say. It *is* a niche platform, but they are driving it hard and seeing what it can do for them, rather than just waiting until it has 25% market share before they do anything about it (which is the standard attitude among software and hardware companies). And they are doing lots of things they don't NEED to be doing. They've pretty much held off the Windows marketplace junk, so they don't need that 1% of Linux users jumping on board, nor would they make a huge difference even if they hadn't shielded themselves against the Windows Store.
I have used the Linux Steam client. It's just like Steam, but on Linux. I have played some of my games on Linux (88 supported out of 500+), and they work just like they do on Linux (even though that's much more dependent on the software developer, but the Valve titles are especially nice). Big picture mode was needed once we all started having widescreen TV's with HDMI, and it delivers. The next logical step is to make a box that just plays Steam and goes out on HDMI and if you have that kind of backing and prior success on Linux, why pay for Windows (even if that's only true for the first few revisions of the hardware)?
But they've taken it further - rather than just bash out a cheap PC-clone console, they are redesigning controllers, reprogramming their games around them, looking into the new VR trend, and trying to make it a machine that not just they can build. That's going above-and-beyond, as far as I'm concerned, so they deserve recognition for it, even if they are doing it purely for profit reasons.
The only downside is that people have been saying for 10 years how this should have been started on, and it took too long to get there. But we're there now.
Well done, Valve. Looking forward to buying a Steam console next Christmas when all these XBox and PS crap that I've never touched are just memories.
"I was only driving without insurance for a minute."
"I was only over the speed limit for a minute."
"I was only throwing bricks through people's windows for a minute."
"I was only obstructing the police officer for a minute".
"I only tweeted the name of the guy, that the courts ordered to be kept secret until after the trial, for a minute."
Are all valid excuses to get off?
No. He did it. He admits it. And with DDoS, it's perfectly possible to have several million people "only do it for a minute" and still take any site you can point to down through sheer overwhelming of traffic.
The size of his fine - that's up to his legal team to prove the damages caused by his actions were less than he is being required to pay and that it's disproportionate. You can argue that in appeal if you want.
But, fact is, you did it. You meant to do it. You verifiably did it. You admit you did it. And it was illegal to do it. Argue over your punishment but the headline just has me saying "Er, yes, and?"
Strangely, my "next" position was a one-day trial at a huge private school.
Six guys, didn't manage to do as much in the entire day as I would have done in my pre-morning checks. It was embarrassing. Tickets months out of date and lots of fobbing off. Couldn't even be arsed to leave their rooms which had a pathetic absence of tools or useful machines (sure, quad-screens looks cool... what the fuck were you using them for?).
I'm sure that the average worker doesn't do as much as I do, and I can name dozens of people who work ten times harder than I do (not claiming that they get 10 times the results, but it's not for want of trying), and I don't expect for a second to get 8 constant hours of 100% productive work out of people. But there's doing a job, and pissing away your time.
This guy is either the only one working, or he's pissing away his time. I suspect that 4 programmers is major overkill.
If you hire M(CSE)onkeys, and pay peanuts, then you get a system equivalent to monkey-shit. I've always known this.
Have a job lined up for next year. Same size school, same size problems, same size IT "department". Taking over from the ONE guy who brought in at great cost to rescue them and document their network as a side-job, when their previous ONE guy was a lounger and did fuck all and didn't backup their systems (and they never realised until a server crashed).
The ratio is not unusual even if most small businesses can't find people who can do that. I don't expect some small office to have the best IT guy in the world. It would be a waste. But when you're talking a multi-million pound business, you either hire well or hire lots. And this guy sounds like he's in the "lots" category.
I work in inner-city schools. My last job was for independent (private) schools.
We had 380 kids, 50 staff, 50 desktops, 50 laptops, 50 netbooks, 50 tablets. We tied it all in on site, with VoIP phones, structured cabling and also wireless, dozens of apps (some dating back decades), dozens of printers, access control, CCTV, even the boilers were computer-controlled. Every classroom was kitted out with projector, whiteboard, phone, laptop point, printer, and a few bits of miscellany. It was all wired back to 6 servers, and we offloaded quite a lot of external stuff like email to Google Apps.
There was me. Just me. And an independent audit recommend we get someone else to help me but it was going to be just an apprentice.
The computer systems ran everything, including a bunch of legally required systems and the finance (several million pounds a year just in school fees, for instance). Building projects happened every Summer and generally added several rooms and meant recabling large parts of the building every six months or so.
Outside contracting was limited to cable running (not even crimping, etc.) and third-line support. We had a helpdesk ticketing system, regular computer-based exams that affected the children's education if they weren't run properly, an MIS that held stupidly critical information and was in use by the staff every moment of every day.
And, I'd like to reiterate, there was just me. Now, I left because of overburden but that was after 5 years of all the above running quite happily and only THEN (after a staff change) did they try to pile duties like managing the boiler control systems (what the hell do I know about gas boilers the size of a room?), overriding all my freedoms and choices (ordered a VoIP phone - normally Â£100 and next-day delivery.... six months later, the order still hadn't even gone through the system) and expecting decisions-by-committee where the committees still wouldn't exist six months later.
As such, I left not because of the IT workload but because of the management bullshit that suddenly appeared above me and stopped me doing my job. Several others left with me, and the number of constructive dismissal claims went through the roof.
And you're sitting there with 4 programmers and 2 "general" IT staff on something that I would consider - at best - equivalent, and moaning? My sympathy isn't with you. I made more than 100 customisations to a single process on a single machine, running more than 25 separate major functions which was so funny that I used to label them (e.g. "Fax-to-email server", "Intranet server", etc.) on the side of the machine and I ran out of room on a tower case. Hell, just the copy of Hylafax I was always scared to upgrade because it had so many home-brew patches and configuration quirks that it took a long time to do so from the bare source.
Multiply that up by the various other servers, failovers, etc. and I did more programming on them than I did any other kind of tech support. One of them even had some electronic relay control boards that I had to design and build myself, controlled by that same machine and even controllable remotely via authenticated SMS message (heavily patched gammu installation).
So in terms of your people ratios, I have little sympathy. And you have a LOT of programmers to make your life easier. I spent most of my time chasing external tech support for stupid unresolvable issues in binary software that they refused to update/support. Things like hard-coding the version of Flash required but not being able to recognise two-digit major numbers (e.g. Flash 10), the company going bust 10 years ago, but the software being "vital" to the school's curriculum. Things like software running under Windows 95 "everyone is local admin" conditions but having to deployed in the two IT suites and various standalone and staff laptop machines such that children could run it unsupervised.
Couple in heavy web filtering, huge legal requirements (all staff machines encrypted), little financial investiture in software compared to flashy hardware (e.g. 50 Android tablets that have to be individually built and managed), etc. and a policy to replace every machine after its 4th year (at maximum) and staff machines every 2 years, and you end up in a situation where I read your ratios and laugh.
I can't even work out what you're doing that would need 20 virtual servers on 8 physical servers, to be honest.
Try one man, 400+ users, 200+ machines, and less budget than you pay those programmers to keep it all running and buy all your hardware and consumables out of. And I did it happily for five years, with much praise from my line manager, until they forced him out and inserted more management bullshit into my path which made it take 6 months to do the equivalent of phoning up our VoIP supplier and asking them to send a handset.
But if 1/3 of those zombie went active hunting for uninfected every day, they could wipe out the survivors in a matter of days.
A password is something that, almost by definition, should be hard to guess, have no relation to the user, and be difficult to "shoulder-surf".
As such, the very definition of a password means that they are hard for THAT PERSON to generate, and hard to remember.
This really needs any kind of study or discussion?
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