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In Topic: Why are RTS games becoming unpopular?

28 January 2015 - 06:37 PM

I could be wrong, but part of the problem is probably that there's only really one current Triple-A RTS title with any mindshare these days, and that's Starcraft II.  The Age of Empires series has been gone in its real form for years, along with Empire Earth and Rise of Nations.  Thus the genre is poorly represented, providing few *major* options that a lot of people know about, and that one primary option feels very different from the more casual style of AoE.


It should also be noted that Ensemble Studios (and thus the AoE series) was eliminated not because of commercial failure, but because it evidently fit Microsoft's strategy (though I don't really get that), and the IP has not seen a major new entry since (Age of Empires Online was very unsuccessful.  This is what they get for trying to turn AoE into a weird F2P social game thing)

In Topic: DIY NAS, RAID/ZFS questions

01 January 2015 - 03:15 AM

The consensus, then, seems to correspond to my instinct, which is to maintain a separate backup copy in addition to the RAID 5, despite the space inefficiency.  I agree that tape backup doesn't really seem feasible.  Maybe it will be worth looking into in the future, but right now HDD backup should suffice.  I'll re-evaluate my arrangement the next time I decide I need to expand storage (which *shouldn't* be for at least a couple years, hopefully not for a few).  Thus I should have two layers of defense... the one disk of redundancy RAID 5 provides, and a full backup to separate drives (currently in a separate machine, possibly taken offline completely).  Obviously, if my house burns down or something I'm in severe trouble, but I'd have much bigger problems to worry about in that event.


I have a pair of hard drive "toasters", so access to offline drives is not a problem. 


So, the arrangement as planned (and discussed with a friend who has been running similar systems for a few years):

Fractal Design Node 804 MATX case (Space for 8 3.5" drives, plus a couple SSDs.  I'll be using 4 to start, so lots of space to expand if I want to in the future)

i5-4440s CPU (Massive Overkill, but should provide good flexibility... Probably going to run a mumble server and a couple other things for my friends off it)

Cooler Master V650 PSU (MASSIVELY overkill... it was on sale!)

ASRock H97M Motherboard

8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600

4x HGST Desktar NAS 4TB 7200RPM Hard drives

120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD as main system/server software drive

2x yearish old 4TB NAS drives as separate backup.  When I get into the top 4TB of the array, I'll re-evaluate/get another drive for backup (at which time prices will have dropped)


RAID arrangement:  Standard linux software RAID 5 with the 4 new drives, formatted with XFS (The consensus from google searches and my friend seem to suggest that XFS is best for this purpose, and has fewest questions as to reliability.  ZFS introduces too many questions, and btrfs appears to be couple/few more years from being ready).


Thanks for the comments, all.  I'm feeling rather better about this now.  More than happy to discuss it further if anyone is interested/has further suggestions.

In Topic: Best comment ever

29 November 2014 - 01:51 PM

I ran across that stackoverflow thread years ago I think, and if memory serves my favorite (though there are so many gems in there!) was something along the lines of


// I'm sorry, I'm so sorry.


Sometimes I'm also partial to something along the lines of

// What kind of idiot wrote this?
bad code goes here
// Oh, it was me.


I'm rather satisfied by the fact that the company I work for has a revision control submission tracker thing that keeps track of what people think are the funniest submit comments.

In Topic: Time for some new headphones

27 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

I've looked at a few sennheiser models... Its hard to get a sense of relative audio quality outside of the models listed on headphone.com (with their frequency response charts), but the big thing is that the sennheiser models I've seen don't seem very portable.  They generally seem to lack detachable cables and more importantly they're non-collapsible.  This is the same concern I have with the beyerdynamic models I've read into. 


Does anyone have a specific recommendation within my preferences?

  • Relatively flat audio -- no overwhelming bass and good mids/highs
  • ~$100-$200 price range
  • Over-ear
  • Closed
  • Comfortable
  • Reasonably portable (so they don't get damaged or take up a lot of space in a backpack, for instance)
  • Detachable cables are a plus (for versatility, durability, and portability)


Of what I've seen so far, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro 32 Ohm seem really nice, but they're kind of huge and not portable, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and M40x have really versatile designs (swiveling, collapsing, detachable cables), but I wonder if the M50x are overkill and they're a bit expensive for what they add, and I can't find any word on the M40x's audio quality (and the impression I get is that Audio-Technica's stock earcups aren't very comfortable, though velvet aftermarket ones are available online)

In Topic: Time for some new headphones

18 March 2014 - 09:11 PM

I'm looking for over-ear not on-ear this time (in the hopes that isolation will be good and comfort would be better).