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Comment: Re:Best short programs (Score 1) 204

by ockegheim (#48955019) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
Oops, that wasn’t very clear. I meant macros for World of Warcraft. You could bind macros to a key, such as
/cast "Flash Heal"

One macro command was /script which would execute Lua code. Macros were limited to 254 characters, so the Lua code was limited to 248 characters (/script + a space took 8 characters). You could do a surprising amount with this.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by ockegheim (#48545329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Think about the fallout if Deutsche Bank hired a database administrator with prior convictions for banking fraud, only to see that employee steal 100 million from the bank.

The Global Financial Crisis showed that banks and financial service companies are full of crooks clever enough not to get caught. So having prior convictions would be a red flag for them.

Comment: Re:Age restriction only. (Score 1) 301

My wife finally got driverless cars a few days ago (or why I’m always going on about them). We were talking about our baby daughter being a teenager. When she realized that driverless cars would let our daughter get home from parties (without us picking her up) and that there would be less temptation for her to get in a car with drunk & stupid teenage drivers, my wife was “Bring it on!”

Moving gradually to driverless cars by giving the human less and less to do is a bad idea. It’ll just be more temptation to check their iPhone, whereas if the car is doing the driving they can do what they like.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 285

by ockegheim (#46580513) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
AFAIK, capsaicin doesn’t actually have a flavour, or at least a significant one. It chemically induces pain receptors to feel pain, so if you’re tolerant, you can enjoy the flavours of the dish. As parent says, searing pain may distract you from flavours.

Peppers can vary greatly in heat. I read recently some farmers talking about their peppers. They said that one pepper in ten would cause serious pain, and the others were significantly milder.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 285

by ockegheim (#46580427) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
That said, when I was in my twenties I would sometimes go to an Indian restaurant that did up to vindaloo, then vindaloo +1, meaning extra chilli. One of the most fun nights I ever had was watching two friends make their way through a +1. The most I managed was +2. If you ate a +5 you got on to the honour-board, and the theoretical maximum was +13. Fun times.

Apparently the local university rugby club would take their new recruits there for a machismo initiation. That would have been fun to watch.

Comment: Re:And I thought I was inefficient (Score 1) 327

by ockegheim (#45471575) Attached to: Monthly net electricity use in my household:
In November 2012 we used 140kWh (we were away for part of October 2012 which rules it out for comparison). In October 2013 we used 311kWh. Getting a new sauna will do that! Thanks to the smart-meter, it looks like a sauna takes about 8kWh over about two hours. It’s an 8kW heater, but only uses full power during the initial phase.

My electricity retailer has just been bought by a company I can never use because they appointed a debt collector for money I didn’t owe them. So it’s time to search for another one. Last time I analyzed pricing they were all much the same when all their pricing idiosyncrasies are accounted for. If my new company hadn’t made me the angriest I’ve ever been in my life I would say that I would be prioritizing doing my tax over choosing yet another electricity retailer.

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.

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