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Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 258

Slashdot is a website composed of comments from a wide variety of people. Since the first year of Slashdot, I have seen a variation of this reply over and over again, almost as prevalent as hot grits, natalie portman, and first post. That sweet cry of Hypocrisy! as if the commentor has discovered some conspiracy by a non living entity website.

Comment Richard Garriott's DND1 (Score 1) 63

I was a big fan of Arrowbridge duing the BBS days. Reminds me of the old top down rogue like games. Richard Garriott recently had a contest to port his first BASIC game to a web platform.

You have to use the name SHAVS to play the game (that is what was in the original source code).
And hit No for instructions.

Comment What is docker? Docker is... (Score 4, Informative) 88

Docker is a lot of things, all rolled up into one so it is difficult to describe without leaving out some detail. What is important to one devops person might be unimportant to another. I have been testing docker for the past few months and there are a couple of things about it that I like quite a bit.

I have to explain a couple of things that I like about it before I get to the one that I really like.

1) It has a repository of very bare bones images for ubuntu, redhat, busybox. Super bare bones, because docker only runs the bare minimum to start with and you build from that.

2) You pull down what you want to work with, and then you figuratively jump into that running image and you can set up that container with what you want it to do.

3) (this is what I really like) That working copy becomes a "diff" of the original base image. You can then save out that working image back to the repository. You can then jump on another machine, and pull down that "diff" image (but you don't even really have to think of it as a "diff", you can just think of it as your new container. docker handles all the magic of it behind the scenes. So if you are familiar with git, it provides a git like interface to managing your server images.

It does a lot more than what I describe above, but it is one of the things I was most impressed with.

Comment Red Dwarfs (Score 2) 203

One problem that has not be determined is how do planets deal with the inherent variability with Red Dwarf stars. There are many, many more red dwarfs than other types of stars and their expected life expectancy is longer the estimated end of the universe. But their small nature makes their energy output more variable than a star like our sun.
Does the long life, and greater number of Red Dwarfs significantly boost the drake equation? Does the variable energy output reduce the drake equation?

Unfortunately, we will all probably be long dead before we find out.

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