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Comment Dust 514 (Score 1) 280

I'm REALLY looking forward to the release of this game. I've been in the beta for months and its pretty addictive. CCP has been pretty good about rectifying grossly out of balance weapons etc so far. No more swarm launcher spam =)

Comment Re:Well, not calling them a "fan" might be a start (Score 5, Insightful) 454

I have to disagree with those asserting *snicker* certs are worthless. Take them into consideration, but validate that they know what they certified on. They don't "just mean they went to the class and passed the tests" they can actually validate real world experience with the tools and environments, but that needs to be _proven_ to the interviewer. The best way to do this is to sit them in front of a computer that has access to a test environment and tell them to do stuff and see how they perform. Admittedly, this requires an understanding of what they are doing on the interviewer's part, but to completely exclude a large swath of potential candidates because of someone's misinformed perception of certifications would be a misstep, in my opinion.

Comment Re:Space Racketeers (Score 1) 95

Your concern should be less about upsetting the "delicate sensitivities of the arrogant masses" and more about not appearing to be a moron when you're trying to impart something you feel is insightful and worthy of discourse and commentary. People will be more likely to pay attention and respond thoughtfully to your insights if your spelling and grammar are at least indicative of a certain minimum level of thought behind your posts.

Comment Re:Why has it taken 50 years? (Score 1) 585

It must be demonstrably true to be considered true; but it also must be demonstrably false to be considered false. Perhaps there are people who have found what they consider demonstration of its veracity? Even if you doubt that, you cannot call it false until you have demonstrated it to be false.

emphasis mine.

Proving something false is far, far more difficult than proving something true. The burden of proof is on those making extraordinary claims, not those refuting them. This is why the faster-than-light neutrino scientists have to prove their claim and why other scientists are attempting to replicate the feat. This is my largest issue with religion over all; rather than move forward attempting to prove the veracity of the particulars of their faith, embracing the results regardless of the direction they lead, they tend to rely on the "you can't prove it didn't happen!" fallacy. Zealotry is bad, mmkay?

Comment MSCE != MCSE (Score 1) 580


MSCE can mean:
Master of Science in Civil Engineering; see Civil engineering
Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology
Master of Science in Communications Engineering; see Telecommunications engineering

MCSE, assuming he meant the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification and just accidentally Typo Engineered(tm) the acronym, is no longer being developed by MS in part due to the reasons he's implying. MS has created MCITP to replace the MCSE certs - there are no MCSE certifications for Windows Server 2008 and beyond.


Joel M. Leo, MCSE

Comment Servers? (Score 1) 514

I've worked in managed hosting for more than a decade and HP servers have proven themselves over and over again. I see no mention of HP divesting themselves of their servers in TFA - anyone have any insights beyond the "well, its not in the article so its not on the table"?

Comment Carebear Tears *mmmmmmm* (Score 1) 315

I've been playing continuously since August of 2003. I earn enough doing very little to pay for 3 accounts with ISK and I have a ton of experience in the game - market manipulation, industrial stuff, sciency stuff, sov warfare, solo hunting, massive capital fleet warfare etc etc.

My take on this is twofold:

1) Carebear tears will become a LOT more succulent
o/ --- this is Jim, a well-skilled player from 2005. Well, not REALLY. The real Jim sold the account on ebay to the new owner who has only played a trial account with a friend of his who has been in the game for about a year.

Jim just bought a Nyx (supercarrier hull costs roughly 15 billion ISK) with real money from CCP's Noble Exchange. He's kitted it out with some officer mods, lots of deadspace stuff and has a clone with expensive Slave implants - His friend told him that this setup is ungankable - he's close to invulnerable - can't even be warpscrambled amirite? All save the hull were bought with ISK from selling PLEX in the game. In total lets say he's got 24 BILLION between the ship and mods - . Lets say he bought 84 PLEX at $1469.58US (3 packs of 28 PLEX for $489.86 each pack) plus lets say conservatively (based on the Monacle price) $1000 for the hull. $2469.58 US Dollars for Jim's shiny supertoy.

Wanting to try out his new supertoy, Jim goes hunting belt rats in a .4 system. He kills a few cruiser rats, some battlecruiser rats and lots of frigate rats, all of whom die to his unending fleets of tech 2 drones. A few people pass through the system and time passes with the wrecks of the rats piling up.

o7 --- this is me. I pass through his system and check the directional scanner. I see a Nyx on scan with no POS. Only wrecks are bog-standard belt rats, not the deadspace variants, so he's not in an anomaly or mission. I zip through the belts in my Broadsword and quickly locate him. Landing within the range of my infinite point, I immediately engage, set my orbit and yell on teamspeak about the Nyx I just tackled.

Jim doesn't really know whats happening so he tries to warp away - the Nyx is invulnerable to warp jamming right? Not for the heavy interdictor's infinite point. He goes nowhere. Thinking he can quickly dispatch me he launches a bunch of fighter bombers. The fighter bombers impotently orbit my broadsword, missing each shot because my ship is so small - the fbs can't hit it and when they DO hit they do very little damage. I pop my cyno.

The system quickly fills with bad men in big ships. Jim's Nyx dies in about a minute and a half. Being the hero tackler I get a bunch of expensive mods for my trouble and go home a richer man.

Imagine how Jim feels. Oh, the sweet, sweet tears of the Carebear.

2) Shipbuilders just got screwed
o7 -- me again, this time on an industrial alt. I've spent a year in this alliance building my trust in them and theirs in me. Months of effort has gotten me a system with sov 5 and I've put up a well protected large pos. Weeks have passed while my Nyx was just a baby in the CSAA

I finally completed my first Nyx build in my system. This has rolled out and is now in a travel fit, but noone is buying. All my time and effort were wasted by CCP, who just *poof*ed a Nyx for Jim, as detailed above. My tears are not so succulent to my taste :(

Comment Re:The science of better Guinness (Score 1) 205

Originally, perhaps. If you look at a recent bottle (at least the one I have here) it says it was brewed and bottled in Canada. Now days, Guinness = Canadian beer.

This is true for the normal Guinness Stout beer, including Foreign Extra. Guinness Draught is 100% brewed in Ireland though.

Comment Re:worst feature removed yet? (Score 1) 403

The registry is awesome, once you really look at it and what it does. A few examples follow.

The registry is backed up automatically, even outside of scheduled backups. Check %systemdrive%\windows\system32\config\regback. The actual registry files are in config and the backups are in regback. They can be attached to a functional machine, loaded, edited and saved if you really need to dig deep on a repair.

Fsck the registry up in one place and its almost trivial to fix, especially if its under the CurrentControlSet - the Last Known Good boot option rolls back that portion of the registry, which includes service configurations, device information, driver information and a ton of other stuff - stuff that is most likely to make your system unbootable, to the last time the system booted properly (ControlSet002, if you're rooting around in the registry right now - ControlSet001 is the source copy of CurrentControlSet while the system is booted normally, and is copied to ControlSet002 or higher once you've successfully logged in.)

In addition, the registry is loaded into memory at startup. Rather than apps having to parse configuration files off the ms access time hard drive they can access the information in nanoseconds, leaving your disk subsystem free to load up your por^H^H^Hcontent in whichever application you launched.

Hrm. You could just say "st00pid registry" and continue on your way though =)

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