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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: long exposure Aug 17, 2010, 19:12 DG
 
link would be 100x more awesome with desktop-quality images.

Props to National Geographic who do photo of the day/month etc in 1600x1200. Not exactly BMP or even PNG, but a 700kb jpeg isn't horrendous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue AC Aug 17, 2010, 19:03 DG
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 12:50:
Assuming the ACs have a thermostat I'd argue its better they're left on while people are gone to work. Otherwise when they come back the AC will be cranking all night to cool the apartment back down to whatever temperature they had it set at before it was turned off.
True it takes a lot more power to "accelerate" than maintain speed, but I doubt it's even close to cover maintaining the temperature for what, 10 hours during by far the hottest part of the day?

I know you want to come back to a cool apartment, but can't you set a timer with the thermostat to kick in say half an hour before you gte in?

That said;
“Many of these properties have older populations, and some people are scaring them, saying that if you do this your costs are going to go up,” Mr. Kuperberg said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
I'm extreeeeeeemely sceptical, this is a golden opportunity for a stealth price rise i.e. 10 apartments, total power bill $1000, rent reduction $75. You can certainly bet your ass the rent reduction will never under any circumstances be above $100.

True it is possible, likely perhaps, that the resulting more reasonable power use will result in an overall cut in costs, but there's a money-value drop in benefit on the other side of the equation.

The whole "with utilities" thing sounds ridiculous to me, but let's not pretend the rentor is going to make any change that even might possibly result in him losing out.
 
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News Comments > Safety Dance
2. Re: Safety Dance Aug 17, 2010, 18:41 DG
 
macromedia flash settings

note: even if you set "none" on this game (website storage settings) you will find lots of sites listed here because they can use use the Global storage settings (second tab from the left). This is the default 100kb mentioned in the plugin below. I suspect the plugin may be better in some cases i.e. allowing the 100kb for a session then deleting it, rather than just banning outright, presumably some kinds of flash rely on the 100kb? More importantly perhaps the plugin lets you specify certain sites e.g. flash games that are allowed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 16, 2010, 15:22 DG
 
So does Weeds get any better? I tired of it by the second disk of season 2.  
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News Comments > Worms Reloaded Trailer, Preorders
5. Re: Worms Reloaded Trailer, Preorders Aug 12, 2010, 15:36 DG
 
Loved the original and it's bit-mapped goodness.

Never really got into the others.
 
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News Comments > Safety Dance
1. Re: BBC Aug 10, 2010, 12:52 DG
 
146/2= 73 laptops lost per year avg
(22,861+22,874)/2 = 22,867.5 avg FTE employees

FTE: Full Time Equivalents, so people contracted to only work half of full time hours are counted as 0.5. It seems likely therefore that the number of physical employees is significantly higher and I would assume most individuals have their own laptop. The denominator is therefore understated, so the real result will actually be even smaller than below, but the best I have.

Secondly, the FTE figure does not include contractors, of which the BBC uses quite a lot, while some of them are given BBC laptops which are included in the lost figures. Again, the denominator is understated and the real result will actually be smaller than below.

73/22,868 = 0.003 laptops lost per employee
or 1 laptop per 333 employees, some of whom are running around Afghanistan.

Given my notes above I assume the real figure to be closer to 1 lost per 400 individuals.

[Edit: btw this isn't really a info safety issue, BBC employees generally don't have much in the way of personal information and TFA states they have various security measures]

source for # of employees: http://www.bbc.co.uk/annualreport/

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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Aug 8, 2010, 09:07 DG
 
The problem with "moral choices" in video games is the choices are binary and have no scope for you to alter or manipulate the situation. The stark choice is whether to take the prescribed "good path" or the prescribed "bad path".  
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News Comments > QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions
29. Re: QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions Aug 7, 2010, 16:19 DG
 
The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.

The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.
 
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News Comments > Next Borderlands DLC Revealed?
2. Re: Next Borderlands DLC Revealed? Aug 7, 2010, 16:09 DG
 
seems about time for a "GOTY" or "Gold" edition, with all the DLC?  
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News Comments > QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions
17. Re: QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions Aug 7, 2010, 07:30 DG
 
Seems OK to me, though the Premium price is rather high. The extra for Pro is very reasonable if you consider this basically the same as the clan leader fronting the private clan server rental. It might however have been more attractive (or at least easier) if clan members could automatically donate.

Arranging the contributions for your clan server was always a PITA and there's nothing here to make that easier, instead you'll get players pointing out that part of the extra Pro costs above Premium also gives you (trivial) other stuff, and you could decide to leave the clan at any time and take the years' worth of server with you.

Instead, they could for example give players get an option to contribute to a $25pa Pro account which can be added to a Premium member to control, specified with a vote option. If new people start contributing the Pro account the subs is extended. This could quite easily allow for people leaving the clan who wish to withdraw their donation: say 5 people each donate $5 then 3 months later there's an argument and one wants out, the clan's Pro subs is simply shortened by 9/12m * $5/25 = 55 days, and the leaving member can go join another clan and extend his new clan's Pro sub by 55 days.

In fact they could use this as a method to encourage clans to promote Premium memberships. Perhaps of the $24pa Premium fee, $5 is automatically considered a deemed contribution split between all the clans you're a member of. Sure, they wont sell many Pro subs but they will have clans actively encouraging people to take up the Premium subs.

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News Comments > Midday Metaverse
2. Re: Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered. Aug 6, 2010, 15:44 DG
 
Interesting article about a good job well done. Hardly surprising that Digg is "censored" but the organisation and endeavour is more than I'd assumed.

Of course I just visited Digg and saw their adver-notice:
Recommendation Engine

By matching you with Diggers like you, the Recommendation Engine helps you Digg up the next big thing!
So go figure...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: FBI seal Aug 3, 2010, 18:06 DG
 
Funny how every article I've seen on that story has seen fit to also replicate said seal.  
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News Comments > QuakeCon Done Quick
6. Re: QuakeCon Done Quick Aug 3, 2010, 11:26 DG
 
QdQ was awesome.
FWIW 17m39s "original" and later 16m63s "With a Vengeance" (3Dfx)

was? Still looks awesome to me. Helps I still remember most of the game though...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
46. Re: Op Ed Aug 1, 2010, 07:04 DG
 
Ah how the old broken records just keep skipping over eh?

it's hard to imagine that piracy does not result in a significant loss of revenue

The mentality here is a major problem the industry needs to wake up to. I see this all time time - department store X's competitor (Y) has a flash sale for a weekend, so X interprets the below average sales for that weekend as being due to Y's sale.

Implicit in this is the fallacy that Y is the problem. A true businessman however says that sales are down because they failed to counteract Y. X is the problem - they failed to be the customer's best option.

Pretty much the only attempt to counter piracy using even a basic business approach is Steam. I don't have a single piece of pirated software on my PC, I'm not going to condone piracy, but I also don't have much sympathy for businessmen complaining about how the market isn't doing what they want it to. Life sucks, deal with it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Captured- America in Color Jul 30, 2010, 18:53 DG
 
Great photos.

One thing I find when viewing images from history, I always get this impression that life seems to be happening so slowly and yet the future hurtles towards them.

Now, life seems to be so quick and impatient, while anything truly significant in the future seems to ebb ever further away.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: impulse at a loss Jul 25, 2010, 16:23 DG
 
Because in business cash is king. If you want to loss-lead for a time then you need access to a ton of it. The problem isn't that it might not work, it's that it might work too well (overtrading).

Sure, maybe he can throw in some cash and get the rest from the bank or bringing in investors, but they all mean risk and loss of control.

I agree they have to do it if they have a chance of keeping up with Steam, but tbh that's already infeasible. It's looking like being a textbook niche enterprise (no bad thing, smaller niches are often significantly more profitable [in % terms] than the big mammoths).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2010, 14:25 DG
 
Hmm Deathbishop, I guess that's going to work out pretty badly for Blue since the problem has been mostly over spring and summer yet they'll be giving him an average that includes winter...

Any scope for arguing that they should take the usage over the same period from the previous year instead?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2010, 16:12 DG
 
Some places just block everything in order to try and minimise chances of infections, then reopen sites people care about.  
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News Comments > New Steam Client
2. Re: New Steam Client Jul 20, 2010, 12:55 DG
 
Apparently it'll note everything in Control Panel/Programs and Features (i.e. pretty much everything that came in via an installer).

They say “The new software component of our survey helps us understand what else our customers are using their PCs to do, and as a result, what features we can deliver or leverage to make Steam and our games better. PC users, developers and manufacturers will no doubt also find this information useful, so we plan to publish these results and trends over time.”

But I really don't see what use it has towards gaming.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2010, 05:43 DG
 
I got W7 on the pre-order discount thing but haven't bothered to install it since Vista 64 still working great for me. I did run the W7 beta on the house machine and it seemed fine and everything, though that's now running Ubuntu, which I'd stick on my main machine if it wasn't for gaming.

TBF I picked up Vista after SP1 so I guess I skipped the initial period where hardware support was sketchy.

One thing that does bug me about Vista and W7 both is audio.
 
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