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Comment No high school, great job. (Score 1) 349

Never finished high school but have a great job as a FE working on critical machines in many different data centers..

Most of the admins I meet that just came out of school are close to useless, they don't learn anything new and just try to pass the blame on to another tech who is even more confused and frustrated. When something breaks most of them will hide and get as far away from the situation as possible.

Before I started working with these people I honestly thought everyone in the business was just like me and was genuinely interested in learning about technology.

Oh well, more job security for me.

Comment The only school project I ever finished.. (Score 1) 195

In grade 7 we had to design a resort for a school project. The other kids used paper and models, I used the Duke 3D map editor.

The teacher was so impressed he left the room to go get the principle at which point I grabbed a shotgun and wasted everyone.
(no one asked why the resort staff consisted of mostly strippers)

It was the only school project I ever finished. And the only map I ever finished.

Duke Nukem Forever!

Submission + - EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) ( 2

captainktainer writes: "In one of the largest tests of Eve Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, "Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded," meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, Eve Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised "large fleet battles" that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions"

Submission + - Muslims plot to kill Western intellectuals. (

reporter writes: "The Sunday Times" recently published a report detailing the concerted effort by Muslims to kill Western intellectuals in the countries where they live. The latest incident involved an "axe-wielding Somali extremist" who plotted to murder Kurt Westergaard, the Danish intellectual who drew a caricature of Muhammad. Muhammad is the self-anointed "messiah" who established the Islamic system of killing "infidels".

The Somali Muslim "broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard on Friday night as the 75-year-old cartoonist was looking after Stephanie, his five-year-old granddaughter. [...] He did not have time to collect the child from the living room before locking himself into a 'panic room', a specially fortified bathroom. He said the assailant had shouted 'swear words, really crude words' and shrieked about 'blood' and 'revenge', as he smashed the axe in vain against the bathroom door."

This latest episode of Islamic savagery was preceded by 2 additional attempts to kill Westergaard. "In one [attempt], two Tunisians planned to decapitate him in his home.

Two other would-be attackers from Chicago were charged in October with planning to kill Westergaard and Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten who has called the bomb cartoon 'a great cultural icon of the 21st century'.

The threats, reminiscent of the fatwa declared against Salman Rushdie, the author whose 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, was considered blasphemous, have made life miserable for Westergaard and his wife, a retired nursery school teacher. Like Rushdie, they have been obliged to spend long periods away from their home in various 'safe houses' whenever the threat against them is considered to be high."


Submission + - Colonize the moon, live in a hole (

hpycmprok writes: "Building a home near a moon crater or a lunar sea may sound nice, but moon colonists might have a much better chance of survival if they just lived in a hole. That's the message sent by an international team of scientists who say they've discovered a protected lunar "lava tube" — a deep, giant hole — that might be well suited for a moon colony or a lunar base."

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