* Posts by John 104

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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

John 104

Sales Pitch?

This article was more sales pitch and regurgitating known practices than revealing of how big As infrastructure is set up. Yawn...

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Is hyper-convergence a good thing? Ask a mini computer veteran

John 104

Re: Looks like someone got the EMC marketing packet

No kidding. I couldn't even get past the first page. Came to the comments to see if I was missing anything.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

John 104

Old Tricks are the Best

I'll stick to my never had the case opened, battery has been pulling strong for 10 years Citizen EcoDrive. Looses a second or two every 6 months and charges in about 15 minutes in direct sunlight (longer under indoor lighting), which is good for 6 months.

It does one thing and it does it very well and will continue to do so for many years I expect.

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John 104

A hearty downvote for you sir.

Just because technology is old, doesn't mean it isn't cool. A precision built watch or clock is just as technically challenging to engineer as a smart watch or other gadget. The quartz movement was brought to the consumer in the 70's. To date, it is still an accurate method of keeping track of time and has been improved upon immensely.

Oh, and all those old timey watches that tell time and maybe the date tend to go for years on a battery, not a day.

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

John 104

Fail. Win.

The win is MS showing up and promoting their own tool set. DCS is not something I've played with, but certainly seems easy to implement and program for in Windows platforms from the examples I've seen.

Fail is chef for Windows. I worked at a shop that spent 3 years trying to get it to work. All it created was headache and longer deployments than if we had simply copied the updated code manually and edited config files. Hell, a simple batch job would have done it.

The driving force for this direction was a pointy headed boss who had a strong Linux/development background and little to no experience in the Windows/.Net world. The thinking was all wrong and caused all sorts of problems, and friction with the operations team. Advice was never listened to until it was too late and then blame was shifted. Ultimately, it led to me being let go due to "not being on board". Call it what you wan't but if it affects production systems and our customers user experience, you can bet your ass that I'm going to ask tough questions and raise alarms.

They are still trying to make it work and said pointy haird boss is still at the helm. And frustrations are still there...

In order for Dev/Ops to really work, both sides have to be on board and actually willing to listen to the other team. Devs know dev but it is surprising to me how little they understand the systems/infrastructure that are used to present their wares. Having an open dialog and not just one team lording over the other is essential to success for the business. Oh, and software sprints are great for a development team but are absolute garbage for Ops. :)

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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@luckibastard

You are wrong on the beer. The Pacific Northwest has some of the best beer in the world. I'm not talking piss beer like Bud, or euro beer like Heinikin. I'm talking about high quality craft brews that are flavorful mouthgasms. :) Oh, and Kalifornia and Colorado have some good stuff too.

As for the H1B crap. I've been a victim of layoffs and seen folks holding visas get to keep their jobs...

Most recently I was at M$ as a contractor prior to their 18 month BS. I promptly started looking for, and got a permanent job at a local company and couldn't be happier (wasn't interested in waiting around until a) the market got flooded with talent, or b) I got lucky(?) enough to get hired full time). That being said, there are thousands of full time MS employees who are working with visas. Are they good at their jobs? Sure. Are they any more qualified than I am? Hardly.

The whole thing should be thrown out except for highly specialized fields of work. IT used to be in that bucket but isn't really any more specialized than the next field of play.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

John 104

They got it backwards

As stated above, the watch isn't worth the ask. Having people make appointments, etc and not allowing anyone to buy in the shop without one, will cost them sales.

New Policy: Fanboi makes an appointment, goes in, tries on shiny watch and decides, "nah, not worth the dosh.". Leaves cash in pocket and leaves. New phone stays in sales drawer collecting dust.

Old, retard way of bying iProduct: Lines of people waiting outside the shop. Doors open, fans rush in, crowd mentality takes over and everyone who can get one buys one without even touching it. Fanboi wears watch for a few weeks then realizes its rubbish and puts it in desk drawer so it can collect dust.

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Backup Exec worships VMware's spanking new ESXi appeal

John 104

Ugh

We have BE here. I hate it. Licensing isn't too expensive as of yet, but with their new product and split I expect things to get expensive for our next renewal in Dec. Might be a good time to check out Veem.

Oh, and I'll need a towell to clean up the urine in my shoe that someone else put there prior to my arrival...

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

John 104

Huh

And I though the intent of the law was to prevent business owners from getting sued for refusing right to serve anyone. Once again the GLBT militants are on the hunt, and anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle for any reason is the target.

I for one am tired of the reverse bigotry from this group. Its sad, really. I'm guessing that this is the 5% of the GLBT community that are militant in nature, tarnishing the rest of the club with their hate.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

John 104

Re: As long as there is one cable in the universe...

@SmittyWerb blah blah

Great pic.

Oh, and shame on your network team for not disabling unused ports... :)

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Do they even wonder..

"kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe"

Do they even wonder why the world tends to hate them so much? Just a big bunch of babies throwing a tantrum because they'd rather be given shiny things instead of earn them...

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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traditional LED TV

haha, Am I that old that that sounds funny to me? LED, LCD, OLED, Plasma. They are all too new to be called traditional in my book. When one of them has been around for 50 years or so, then that term will be more appropriate. Of course, I'll likely be dead and gone in 50, but hey, its the thought that counts!

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Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

John 104

Scripting FTW

For those of you poo pooing this, shame on you. The whole point of scripting, in any language and on any platform, is to remove or reduce the possibility for human error. VMWare or Azure/Hyper-V GUI is great, but you can just as easily screw something up by checking the wrong box and clicking OK. The best practice is to do just that....practice. In a lab. Away from your production systems. Figure it out, then move it to prod. I guess they don't teach that in IT 101 these days...

/rant

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John 104

;)

Windows Server 2012 has PowerShell remoting enabled by default, but if you are running 2008r2 then you will need to Google how to enable it manually.

Let me google that for you...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=https%3A%2F%2Ftechnet.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Flibrary%2Fhh849694.aspx

Nice write up. I might suggest for future episodes to tag your PS code in a different color for ease of reading.

Have you tried using PSExec to remotely run your post deploy scripts? I haven't, just curious.

I like to wrap certain bits of code in scripts that I can run repeatedly vs copy paste each time I need it.

The "switch" ($option) function is great for this:

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# Write path options to console

Write-Host "Enter Number to Select Option"

write-host

Write-Host "1. Option 1"

Write-Host "2. Option 2"

Write-Host "3. Option N+"

Write-Host "X. Other"

write-host

# Option Selection

$Option = Read-Host -Prompt "Select Path From List Above"

switch ($Path)

{

1 {$Option="Image 1"}

2 {$Option="Image 2"}

3 {$Option="Image N+"}

8 {$Option= Read-Host -Prompt "Your Text Here"}

default {$Option="Whatever"} # Use this as a default deploy or catch it as an error and exit.

}

$ImageOptoin = $Option

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You can add/remove as many options as you like. Then when you are ready to deploy your VMs, just fire up this script and pick the one you want. You should be able to add in any other parameters that you desire further down in the script once you have selected your machine type. Just use if else statements to capture the option name and run with it.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

John 104

@VinceH

I can't thumbs up that enough!

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Whoops! AVG data centre KO'd by 'unplanned' outage

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@Nate Amsden

"AVG doesn't sound like a big company"

They're nobody. No customers, no revenue, no computers. The whole thing is vaporware.

Where have you been for the last decade? Or two? These guys are long time players in the AV market.

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Network competition? Puh-lease. It's all about the Apple-Android Axis of Fondle

John 104

OOB Experience Matters

A large determining factor in the success of a handset OS is the OOB experience. Perhaps why Apple is so successful. If you buy into their ecosystem, its a great experience. Android is a close second, but I hear a lot of complaints from people about it. I'm hearing more and more satisfaction out of beta testing for WinMo10 though. Some great features in there for calendar management and ease of use. A big selling point also is the ability to just uninstall apps with no rooting required. We'll see if it gains traction in the coming year or two.

*Android user for the last 6 years.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

John 104

Re: Reading comprehension

@AC

"Yes, and of course without the iWatch, it would be completely impossible to do that."

Well, you could, but you'd probably be doing it wrong...

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

John 104
Coat

A problem of scale...

"they will surely do so at once under such a stimulus: in order to revenge themselves upon a civilisation which"

But due to a miscalculation in scale, just as the fleet arrives it will be swallowed by a dog...

Mine's the one with the bag of peanuts in the pocket...

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

John 104

pfff

what a bunch of bollocks.

Information is information. Applying it in creative ways is something that AI will never be able to accomplish.

Me, I'm 45 and not horribly worried about the next 15-20 years of IT employment. Just be ready for change and roll with the punches. And stay away from big companies!

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

John 104

@AC

God I wish people would grow up. M$? Windoze? Seriously? After all these years?

Linux? Seriously?

Nix systems aren't without their issues either and for an overall enterprise solution MS is still the only game in town.

Extol all the virtues of how secure nix systems are and how awesome your VI skillz are. But nix systems are not particularly practical for getting real work done outside of the server room...

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John 104

Legitimate Question

Deployment question here.

I've read the release for MS15-14 and am unclear on one aspect. It appears to me that the highest vulnerability is with client machines connecting on disparate networks. If that is the case, then it would follow that those mobile workstations should be patched soonest. I'm seeing less of an issue or need for urgency for DCs unless the UNC hardening is desired?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

John 104

@bigman

Silly conservatives. How dare they ask for scientific method instead of wild declarations based on a few decades worth of manipulated figures. The whole problem with this agenda is that the politicians and their lackey bureaucrat/scientists throw terms like " settled science" around when the "facts" that they are spouting are only unproven theory at best.

It's a money game, plain and simple. The whole thing sickens me, mostly because its my money...

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

John 104

Trunk Monkey

All you need....

http://www.stupidvideos.com/video/just_plain_stupid/Trunk_Monkey_4/

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Not just Imation's imagination: That sinking feeling is real

John 104

Imation?

I looked to see what they even sold these days. Looks like the same idea in a different package that they used to sell. Craptastic proprietary direct attached storage solutions. And LTO tapes. Wow. No wonder they can't make a profit.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

John 104

Is it me...

Or are these improved versions even more terrifying than the original big dog?

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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

John 104

@Tromos

Best comment on el Reg I've read all week.

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Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

John 104

Not Likely

I'm backing up about 3 terabytes a week across multiple sites. Incrementals are, naturally, less. What isn't addressed in this article is the bandwidth to move that sort of data back and forth. I can clog my backup network all I want with my own traffic and no one cares. However, I'm not so sure it would be well received if I started chugging this data over the corp network on a daily basis...

Also, I wonder, is it similar to an AWS type of tier where it is super cheap to put the data in, but a reaming to get it back out?

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

John 104

Sigh

I love my country, but when hand wringing things like this happen, I really get depressed at the state it has come to. It also drives me nuts when businesses cave to thought police in this way. I say, run the ad, and if you don't like it, use a different registrar. A what? What's a registrar? is that one of those internet thingies?

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

John 104
Gimp

Fixed that for ya...

The latest model from EPFL builds on the previous design of the drone, dubbed DALER DALEK

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

John 104

Re: No way, no how

@AC NO Way No How

I like the idea of a module slot in an otherwise complete phone. Use it for battery most of the time, but swap it out for whatever if the need arises.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

John 104

@Lync

We use Lync here at work. It is actually a very useful tool. You can make calls with it, conference, video, whatever. And it integrates with Skype. Maybe you should actually try it before bashing it as useless?

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

John 104

Re: Tech Angle

@jzlondon

I get that there are lots who work in bank tech, but this article really has nothing to do with bank tech. It is a commentary, (and a good one, mind you) on the current state of the Russian economy caused by an over dependence on the import and export of non-technology goods.

Oh, and I got to be editor for Christmas. :)

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John 104

Tech Angle

Nonexistent.

Nice article, but what the fuck does it have to do with technology?

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

John 104

LOL - Facebook

It still amazes me that, 1, people use Facebook despite its horrible user interface, and 2, that people use Facebook at all (or any other social media).

I live technology, after all, it is how I make my living. But I'm not much of a consumer of it outside of work. I have the latest phones and tablets for personal use, but beyond that, I can't be bothered by it. When I get home after work, I'm effectively unplugged. No facebook, Pintrist, whatever.

The internet is a tool and is used as such, but my personal life is exactly that, PERSONAL. Why people insist on telling the world every detail of their lives is beyond me. It seems impersonal and shallow at best. At worst, everything you post on facebook or any other social media site should be considered as evidence that can be used against you. No thanks.I'll stick to the real world and meaningful relationships.

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

John 104

Re: Maybe there's Boeing also...

@ LDS

++ While not a technology company by definition, they are on the cutting edge in software and material design. But whatever, it isn't in Silicon Valley so it doesn't count, right? No talented people working there, I'm sure of it.

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John 104

Clueless

"emerging tech hub" Talk about clueless.

Where have you been for the last 20 years? Before there was Google, there was Microsoft. Before there was Facebook, There was Microsoft. Before there was MySpace there was Microsoft.

And if you aren't a fan of Microsoft, that's OK.

These are some other companies you may have heard of: Adobe, F5, Amazon, Getty Images, T-Mobil, Big Fish, Pop Cap Games (around since Palm days), Real Networks...

I'd hardly call that "emerging" at this point in the game.

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Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

John 104

Nice

He gets 4.5 million and no one bats an eye at the layoffs that happened over the summer...

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

John 104

@Hargrove

Dylbot is spot on. Clicking on these links is the IT equivalent of engaging in unprotected sex with monkeys.

Er, Um. Are you implying that there is an IT equivalent of engaging in protected sex with monkeys?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

John 104

Tradition for the win

Wrist Watch:

Move wrist, look at time, go about my business.

Marvel at titanium case and band and so little weight.

Get wet while boating and not cry.

Smack into door jam and not cry.

Drop in garage and not cry.

Never worry about charging - Citizen ecodrive - 5 years strong and still running.

Aside from the frustration caused by the below analysis, number 4 will be the real killers for these things. And 9 will be SO true.

1.twitch wrist, noticing how the thick rubber wristband has made your lower arm hot and sweaty

2.glance down and realise you forgot to charge the watch last night

3.try to find cable and realise this is at home/in desk/bottom of bag/lost

4.charge watch for 45 minutes wondering if it is worthwhile

5.restart watch and pray bluetooth connects

6.do happy dance when connection happens

7.wait as watch updates slowly over bluetooth with 57 missed email headlines

8.give up and use phone

9.add watch to box labled minidisc player, palm pilot and beta max video

You have to wonder if the research and manufacturing investment by Apple and others will EVER get paid back in sales for these device.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

John 104

Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!

@smartypants

OMG, it wasn't just me. I had to set up an iMac a while back for a client. Mostly I've managed his iPad and phones, but he decided to pick one of these things up. It took me far too long to figure out how to turn the damned thing on. Had to flip it on its face to find the beautifully recessed power button. So beautifully recessed it can't be felt by hand! Ridiculous. Then it was on to the "Magic Trackpad". Seriously. Who the fuck thinks up these names?

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John 104

Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!

@Chas

How about welcome to the 90s? Multi button mice have been pretty standard in the PC world since for ever. And they work fantastic. No need to fix what isn't broken. Or, you could "invent" the new mouse and make it far too complex on the inside (huge potential for breakage) and far too complex for the average user to be bothered to figure out and sell it for a fortune to the iMasses.

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Cisco prepares to take $700m hit to make 6,000 layoffs

John 104

What the hell?

@ JaitcH @ Richard Taylor 2

What the hell is up with both of your writing skills? Your posts are like reading an AP article.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

John 104

Don't fall for it

In time, everyone will have an Atmos in their home. Then, one day all of the sets will turn on and start spewing white smoke, choking everyone to death. Yeah, good plan.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

John 104

Why they failed

It is simple. They tried to shoe horn a desktop experience into a tablet. FAIL. What they should have done was just what Apple and Android slab makers did: Put the phone OS on a tablet for casual use and call it good. This is what we do with them; things we do on our phones, but with a bigger screen so we don't have to squint. That's it. It might not have made them gobs of money, but they already had the OS built and it would have brought some better brand association to their game. So sad that the high paid executives at MS (and others at times) are too stupid to look at what people DO with their tablets vs what they WANT people to do. Idiots.

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

John 104

Re: Here we go

@Thomh

Really, I didn't pay much attention to iProduct reviews back when the phone came out. Couldn't be bothered. Obviously, though, my version of reality was in check since it lined up nicely with the review.

That being said, all of the above point to how idiotic the masses were for gobbling up iPhones when they were the hot item. I'm confident that the new iWatch thingie will be no different in its first (second,third) iteration, yet people will line up for days to get one ahead of the launch just to be "cool." Just goes to show how pathetic peeps are to fall for Apples marketing machine.

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Here we go

For now, it has been a funny novelty seeing the new digital watches on a wrist here or there. Once the iWatch comes out, it will be this Amazing New Thing (invented by Apple of course) and every hipster douche from Seattle to LA will be wearing one and acting oh so smug. It will be the iPod all over again. (remember when all the iPod punters proudly flaunted their cheap shit .99c headphones attached to their $600 USB drives?) Barf.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

John 104

Re: Blasphemy

Real sysadmins couldn't be bothered by social media...

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John 104

Re: Some nice messages

@WraithCadmus

One of my FAVORITE things as a sysadmin is telling a dev they can't have root. It's even more fun when they ask why...

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

John 104

Re: GURPS?

@ Stevie

GURPS like a tax form? That's what I thought of when I saw 3rd edition rules. Best part of GURPS was that you could use what you wanted, and throw out the rest. Space adventure? No problem. Fantasy? Steam Punk? Whatever, change the tools, the rules stayed the same. I still can't understand why it didn't get wider adoption.

Way back in the day we tried D&D, Rolemasters (RULEmasters is what that one should have been caled), RuneQuest (still have the original set), Traveller, and others. None compared to the simplicity of GURPS. Well, maybe RuneQuest, but combat sucked. How many times can you get clipped at the knees and end up on the ground before you have had enough? :D

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