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Comment Re:Hi. Eve player here. (Score 1) 463

Useful post. But why the tinfoil?

There are allegations as well that CCP intentionally did this to drive up the price of PLEX (and in fact, just about every resource in the game)... which has happened.

Er.. instead of them just buying stuff off the market, to the same effect?
Or are you saying they're breaking their rules to avoid breaking their rules?
And is your 'has happened' actually the one time they did the exact opposite, with legitimate PLEX stocks, to their loss, to foil a playerbase-harming PLEX monopoly attempt?

And CCP has colluded with players before to give valuable assets out -- and admitted to this.

Tiny bit of context missing there, like what happened to that game admin when CCP caught him, seven *years* ago, and *why* it's never happened since.

Comment Re:Best for headshots (Score 3, Informative) 452

WoW client works fine under wine (tad better than under Windows imho).

Really? And what is the major improvement/difference, besides running under wine/in linux?

Swap performance and VM handling, frankly. It's better at not putting things in swap it shouldn't, and quickly getting things off swap it needs. Generally less lumpy if you aren't swimming in memory like I'm not.

I also get the added benefit of instantly switching in and out of the game with virtual desktops, and being able to shut down all unnecessary systems and programs, and SIGSTOP/hibernate large things like firefox so they sink entirely out of memory until I call them back, and I have total scripting and file control over all my addons and logs and things.

Also, crashes won't take out the box, and if things get really gnarly, I log in behind my GUI remotely and shoot things. For some games that are going under due to game corruption, flicking to the CLI, Kill, restart, can get the game back before the server has given up on your connection. WAY faster than Windows.

Comment Sounds like a bitstream chip, but with more issues (Score 2, Interesting) 153

It's vaguely familiar, but since no two circuits are *truly* identical at the analog layer, *and* change as the temperature changes, people used digital instead where 'mostly 0' is still '0' and 'mostly 1' is still '1' regardless. Otherwise you can't mass produce them.

Of more interest is people using analog-alike bitstreams, where the average number of 1's vs 0's in a random stream is the amplitude of the analog wave. They then blend the input streams together to produce the output stream. I've mostly seen this done by Royal Holloway University to produce neural chips that *don't* need squillions of interconnections - they just blend probability streams. Looks like people are playing with optical ones now too. Why not put a story up about that instead?

Comment Re:And the lesson is... (Score 1) 687

Er, no. A MitM attack is easy against people who don't protect against a MitM attack. If you want to protect yourself, you can. This is Crypto 101.

Instead of trying to win a crypto war against the geeks of Google, China will just walk into a Chinese Google DataCentre, wave a badge, and swipe all the machines for whatever reason they want to pull out of their arse.

They will autopsy and reverse engineer them at their leisure, give the tech to Baidu. and then sue Google for patent infringement of Baidu intellectual property, and win.


Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Perfect Piracy, thank you Sky! (Score 1) 95

And here I was thinking that 3D would be unpiratable, since the masses wouldn't have 3D TV's, and the cinemas would be safe and the movie industry would live happily ever after making 3D films, then selling the 2D version on globally released DVD (beating the pirates to market).

And then they go and gut the golden goose ...

Comment Re:He's Dead Jim! (Score 1) 1397

3 Days later I get an alert to my phone at 2am to tell me Nelson is not responding to ping. WTF is Nelson?

I can top that. Imagine being rung at a groggy 3AM by a chap (with an impeccable upperclass English accent) who tells you, in all seriousness, that Elvis is dead and could you do something about it please?

When you recover, try and convince the insistent non-technical gentleman that you have never heard of Elvis and maybe he has the wrong hotline.

If I ever find out who named that system...

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