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Comment: Learning English (Score 5, Interesting) 127

by cerberusss (#47490309) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

I'm from Europe and I didn't learn English in class. Instead I learned it from the AD&D (2nd edition) material. Together with a class mate who also had DM aspirations, we swapped and traded material through BBSes.

We were so far ahead of the class, the teacher would set us apart and just let us do whatever we wanted. As long as we whispered, we could talk and read separate from the rest of the class. Of course that got us nasty looks, but we got to talk for a solid two hours about Planescape or Forgotten Realms.

After class, we'd ask the teacher words that we couldn't find in the dictionary. He couldn't them either. I remember finding out what "to be marooned" meant, ahead of the teacher.

I also remember that me and my gaming buddy got an A- on our final exams. After the verbal part of the exam, the teacher said he was a bit disappointed in my verbal skills. But because he knew I had it in me, he'd give me an A-.

I stopped gaming when college started, I couldn't find a gaming group. After almost twenty years, I found out my current employer has a group of colleagues who regularly play Pathfinder, and I joined them. I'm playing a fifth level thief, and it's an absolute blast.

Comment: Re:As soon as you can start your own business (Score 1) 282

by cerberusss (#47389537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

Just curious; in what business did you start in? IT probably, but what specific sector? Sysadmin, web scripting, telecom, etc? And has there been a time you'd rather have a salary?

I'm making the step from salaried man to freelancing soon, and I'm mighty curious.

(Ben je Nederlands?)

Comment: Re:x86 Android Virtualisation: native performance! (Score 4, Informative) 167

by cerberusss (#47261203) Attached to: Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

"Just set it up" isn't as easy as you make it out to be. I just tried it in Android Studio.

First, you have to install a 3rd party kernel extension (from Intel). Then you have to configure an AVD with the new x86 value for the CPU/ABI field. It didn't appear for some reason for my target "Android 4.4.2". After looking around, I found another download in the Android SDK Manager called "Intel x86 Atom System Image", let's download that. The documentation mentions this, but I glossed over it. OK, back to the AVD manager and create a virtual device.

Now I finish it, and run the app. Running the app takes 39 seconds, as Grails reports (about 5 seconds, if that, on Xcode for the iOS port of our project). It asks where I want to run it, pick the new AVD and click Run. It starts Android but not the app.

Weird. OK, so I run it again with the simulator running. The option "choose a running device" cannot be selected. That's strange. I pick the new AVD again and unfortunately, it starts another copy. Shit. I let it boot but notice it's really slow as usual -- ten minutes later it's still booting. I check the already running copy and click around. Slow as hell as well. Apparently it's not accelerated at all!

At this point, I'm ready to give up and go back to testing on a device again.

The above is tested on a 2013 MacBook Air with 8 gigs of memory.

+ - AeroVelo Aims to Build World's Fastest Bike->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Following its Sikorsky Prize-winning Atlas helicopter, Canada's AeroVelo now aims to set a new human-powered speed record during September's World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, with a high speed bicycle named Eta. The current record stands at 83.1 mph (133.8 km/h), and was set at the event last year by a Dutch team of students with the VeloX3 bike."
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