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So, Airport transfer lounge. 5:30AM local time. Been here since ~8PM yesterday. Had maybe 3 hrs 'dozing' on and off.

It's starting to get busy again, so I won't be getting any more sleep here.

Got a very long day ahead of me - 24 hours till the next sleep, unless I get any on the plane, which is unlikely given my past history with sleep and aircraft.
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On the plus side, the wifi works, and I occasionally drift in range of a portal. Should be enough to keep my sojourner alive...
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OK, so for those who haven't heard yet (which will be only those who don't have my wife as a facebook friend), life has ... changed a bit for me.

I was made redundant just over a week ago by N3V Games. No notice, just told at 9:45am on the Monday along with the rest of the office that that's it, hand over your keys, clear out your desk and go home.

It was ... a bit of a surprise. Total out of the blue job.

That evening, I sent off my CV to Dovetail Games, N3V's biggest competitor. I don't know what I was expecting, I hadn't really considered the implications.

Anyway, I now have a job there, working for the company formerly known as "the competition", starting in August. The job is in Chatham.

So I'm coming home. The logistical nightmare I've just landed myself with is an international house move to achieve it.

(Well, not strictly home, home, but Kent. Still a lot closer than anywhere I've been in the last 8 years...)
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Agree with Bob Des, and I may be shopping for new simulator as well that offers the flexibility of Trainz without the heavy backdoor costs that are now down right absurd..... Hopefully when I find such simulator, the community can help it grow in the manner Trainz did and was ultimately squashed by poor quality control. I surely would extend my limited skills......
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Hey, mdadm, I've got an extra disk for /dev/md1.

--    OK, you now have a RAID 1 pair ... and a spare drive. So if one of those mirrors dies, I can rebuild it :)

mdadm, how about RAID 5 please?

--    OK, you now have a RAID 5 array on two disks, and a spare. Same as above, only the 1 changed to a 5. Was that what you wanted?

errr, mdadm, USE ALL THREE DRIVES.

--    Oh.... right. I'll have that done for you before you can can say 'Jack Robinson' - just don't say it for the next ... seven hours. Maybe.
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Actually, based on the rate of progress, it might be more like 20 hours. Not 7.
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This is pretty much the perfect response.


Vastly, vastly powerful. Brought tears to my eyes.
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How do people do mouse + keyboard sharing across multiple machines these days? Before I spend ages trying to get x11vnc to auto-start at boot, and try to figure out why win2vnc seems to want to crash every time I type anything significant using it, I thought I'd ask if there is a better "current preferred solution" for this...
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Best response I've seen to this yet. Looking forward to part 2.

The bit where "I will never be asked .... " and she points out /you are doing exactly that right now/ is fzxqing awesome.
 
Fucking hell, Karen, that was savage. Bloody good show. 
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To the fuckheads in the blue mazda, qld plate 033RWS, that's 033 RWS for any of you nice search engines that want to index this, nice job spraying me with some kind of drink out of the side window of your car. Shame you A) got stopped at the traffic lights, and B have exactly no idea how to get away in a hurry. I have you on camera.
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Next in the crazy list of things to be worked out for an international move, is just how much does data weigh.

Well, the four hard drives from my server weigh just under 3KG.

I'm sure this could be improved if I could afford SSDs.

Needless to say, I can't...
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So a discussion I had with someone recently has raised a few issues.

Indie devs and AAA devs ... Just where is the line? Is there, in fact, some overlap, or even a gap between? It would appear to me that there is a lot more going on than just these two categories.

I've never seen a really satisfactory definition of what AAA actually is. The previous definition I have heard was 'people will buy into the platform just for this game'. But that would appear to exclude multiplatform titles which are obviously still AAA. Everyone seems to understand what AAA is without a formal definition - it's a big studio, with lots of staff, and a big budget, making a full price game.

Indie has an obvious definition - independent, specifically of a publisher. Some would widen this to include any game developed without publisher funding - if a dev makes and finishes the game, then goes to a publisher to sell it, that's different to a publisher giving the dev an advance to complete the game, and potentially getting to meddle in the development.

In the era of crowdfunding though, you can easily have both big budget and independent at the same time. Star Citizen would appear to fit this bill admirably, for example. And there are plenty of games with vastly smaller budgets of "only" seven figures, say, which nevertheless are still sold through (or even financed by) publishers. These would appear to be neither indie nor AAA.

Do we even have a name for this yet?
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OK, so, for the job of being "third hard disk in a RAID array", should I get this:

http://www.msy.com.au/qld/slackscreek/pc-components/5103-seagate-35-barracuda-2tb-st2000dm001-sata3-7200rpm-64mb-cache-hard-disk.html

or this:

http://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/Products-details.phtml?id=10&id2=129&bid=5&sid=101277&

(The other two drives are Hitachis, also 2TB, also 7200RPM).
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Unless you have been completely avoiding all forms of media lately, including Law & Order SVU, then you will have noticed that there has been a culture war going on in gaming over the past 6 months. Attacks, accusations and harassment have been flying…
Unless you have been completely avoiding all forms of media lately, including Law & Order SV...
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Just spent a rather long time reading this:
http://thewordonthe.net/12/2014/a-neutral-mansplains-gamergate-social-justice-and-radical-feminism/

There's a few bits of uncomfortable opinion in there, but that's to be expected, given the proclaimed neutrality.

And it's enlightening as to the mentality of the journalists when they decided to kick this thing into overdrive. I never really understood why they'd write those articles in the way they did, and why they'd be so blind to the totally obvious reaction. It's shed some light on that, and I think I finally understand a little about where they came from.

Sadly it doesn't appear to help explain any of the 3rd wave radical feminism stuff or the identity politics stuff to me -- that all still seems like batshit crazy head-in-sand evidence denial, with a generous helping of religious-cultism and a dollop of won't-someone-please-think-of-the-children style censorship stirred in as well. I'm rapidly coming to the pretty solid conclusion that that's because ... it is.
‘Mansplaining’, One Definition: a word often used by social activists and radical feminists to label someone’s opinions in such a way that they can be disregarded, based solely the gender of the ho...
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