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  1. Whenever I've had similar needs, I just wrote a quick Python and/or bash script to do the work. Walk all the drives, building a list of files. Sort by file size, find duplicate sizes, verify with an MD5 checksum. Output a list of files with matching checksums and sizes. At that point I deleted stuff by hand and verified by running the program again, but if you have a ton of stuff, it would be easy to delete (or move) all but one of each.
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    Why do people prefer to stay home?

    Quote:Original post by curtmax_0 Berlin does look pretty awesome. The weather kinda sucks (it rained constantly this summer, but it rarely gets very cold or very hot, so take it as you will), the people aren't universally friendly like in southern Italy or Spain, and it really doesn't measure up to New York or London or Paris as a "world capital." But in terms of cost of living per quality of life, Berlin is hard to beat in the western world. Quote:I can watch an anime or two, but not to the extent of people at anime meetings and crap. I can play PnP games, but not to the extent that PnP players do. On the flipside, I don't get along with frat types that are always drunk and annoying as hell. I guess I'm not nerdy enough, and not 'popular' enough. Just kind of drifting in the middle. Yeah, I'm with you. I DM'ed some great games of D&D back in middle school, and I still think RPG books can be fantastic reading for game design and just fun, but the hardcore players are a little scary. But do what you actually like (assuming that isn't sitting at home coding all day) and you'll find intelligent, normal-ish people with the same interests. I had a blast just searching for a room in a shared apartment here (common interest: living in a certain lively, youthful, diverse area); I called and visited a couple dozen people in the course of about a month, met mostly great people, learned about the existence of chessboxing from a girl who was involved in it, got tons of German practice, and even dated one girl I met that way. One of my favorite little bits of advice is from Rick Steves, who encourages people to be extroverted when they're traveling even if they're not naturally that way; it inevitably makes your trip a more fun, memorable experience. But it's good advice all the time, no matter where you are. Or as a friend of mine says, just being a little over-the-top friendly helps in most circumstances.
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    Why do people prefer to stay home?

    Quote:Original post by curtmax_0 The main problem for me, is there is nothing to do outside of my apartment. I literally live in the most boring place on earth. The only thing to do is go to football games (please kill me now) or bars (I don't drink except at meals/home). Yeah, that's a pretty legitimate excuse, where the only solution is: if you want to be happy, move. If you can't, that really sucks. I spent five miserable years in Buffalo, New York. Now I'm very happy to be in Berlin, which has crazy awesome places and things to do socially even if you're a complete computer-obsessed dork.
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    Why Enable Cheats in Release Ver. of the Game?

    Quote:Original post by pothb Some people like grinding. Especially for games like Diablo or Borderlands, that would alienate quiet a few players. This is why I hate the term "grinding". It tends to encompass too many different concepts and say nothing useful about any of them. It makes lousy jargon for either players or developers. Standard gameplay in Diablo II is exploration, item hunting, testing out new skills and perfecting strategies, etc. This is fun. It's clickety-click-click monster killing that may look and sometimes be repetitive, but still usually fun. "Grinding" is doing Baal runs over and over again. Nobody, nobody considers this remotely fun.
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    Why Enable Cheats in Release Ver. of the Game?

    Another angle on condoned "cheating": Dragon Age: Origins preorders and special editions contain a variety of in-game junk, most notably a preorder-exclusive ring that gives you a bonus to XP and a skill point. Perhaps stranger is the digital deluxe edition, where you pay an extra €10 for another four bonus items (and a couple bits of DLC). If I were to play the game and take advantage of that, it'd feel an awful lot like cheating. But here we have these things being offered as enticing extras if you pay more or order early. They're intended to be used. Just not by those cretins who, I don't know, bought the regular boxed edition the day it came out.
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    MMO with player created buildings

    This is kind of a tangential thought, but instead of PvE or PvP, has any game attempted Players vs Dungeon Master? Sure, lots of games have one-off GM events especially on the cusp of a patch, but nothing terribly interactive. I'm talking about the GMs acting like permanent D&D-style DMs, a few generals controlling AI armies. Like any good DM, they wouldn't be cheating or trying to "beat" the players, just making the game more fun. Ditch PvP. Make the game an epic cooperative struggle against a universal enemy. Many issues of balance could be remediated with a gentle thumb on the scale, rather than strict rules. Too many little houses cluttering up the landscape? Have a slowly increasing wave of monsters invade the area, forcing players to band together in cities for self-defense. Everything built by players should also be destructible, but not by other players. I could go off much further on this tangent, but I'll save it for another topic.
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    Server options for collaborating group projects

    You're going to pay a lot for a VPS capable of running Windows and Visual Studio (I assume that requirement is for continuous integration?). If you're on a uni network where you can set up a server and everyone can access it, do it. Dig up an oldish computer get someone who at least vaguely knows what they're doing to set it up. Depending on your exact needs (eg, if it is just SVN and a CI server), you could probably get by with a copy of WinXP Pro. Take a close look at the server editions of Windows and see if they do anything you actually need.
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    Paranormal Activity (No spoilers)

    Quote:Original post by jackolantern1 - Cloverfield So close to awesome, but it's a bit too much of a straight Godzilla remake from a first-person perspective. And the reveal happens way too early; there's no interesting scary buildup. I'm also still annoyed that they didn't just go directly into the Columbus Circle subway station and run like hell up the 1 tunnel 'til they made it to the Bronx. Their escape route took them straight across midtown, where Godzilla had been going smashy-smashy for most of the movie. Stupid. Also, for ridiculously-low-budget awesomeness: - Primer Time-traveling engineers. It's an extremely complicated film if you want to understand every last detail, but it's completely enjoyable and thematically understandable if you just sit down and watch it. Quote:No offense, but there are people who watch horror movies, and people who watch Indie Movies, and the two seldom have a big overlap. Really? Do most people divide themselves into little groups like that? The hardcore film fans, maybe, but a lot of people will enjoy whatever. I'm capable of simultaneously loving The Descent and Juno :-) Quote:It was similar to about a week ago, and indie theatre around me showed the original Friday the 13th, and me, being a horror fan, decided to go see it. I figured most people there would have seen it, but apparently not, and there were lots of screams from the audience throughout the movie. Maybe because it was released before most of them were born? It's not exactly a film most people really should go seek out and watch, like The Godfather or Dr. Strangelove.
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    OpenGL vs. DirectX?

    OGRE tends to be the definitive answer for everyone who actually wants to do something other than fiddling around with the low-level details of your API of choice (and hey, if you're doing AAA next-gen wankery or you just enjoy that stuff, go ahead). Windows/Mac/Linux, OpenGL and DirectX renderers, and plenty of C++ OO goodness.
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    for_each on class member

    This: #include <memory> using namespace std; void foo(auto_ptr<int> p) { } int main() { int *x = new int(42); foo(x); return 0; } Dies like: $ g++ ptest.cpp ptest.cpp: In function ‘int main()’: ptest.cpp:11: error: conversion from ‘int*’ to non-scalar type ‘std::auto_ptr<int>’ requested So...yes. Smart pointers and raw pointers are not interchangeable. You're already using Boost, so try something like: #define foreach BOOST_FOREACH foreach(shared_ptr<GUIPanel> p, m_Panels) { Renderer::drawGUIElement(p.get()); }
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    Game-Friendly Virtualization Software?

    Quote:This is a problem for me because my interests aren't really related to servers, but rather to running multiple OSes simultaneously in a desktop environment. One thing that is important in such a setup is that the "guest" operating systems can (when I desire) access the full hardware of the machine to perform resource-intensive operations like running a modern computer game. The problem: your use case is a vanishingly small part of the market. There are plenty of developers who run an array of VMs as a test environment; I'm one of them. There are very few who would be particularly interested in doing it for a game. Games don't (or shouldn't) modify your system such that snapshots are a major convenience. Game testing often hinges on testing different *hardware* more than different OSes, so any serious testing will be done on multiple machines anyway. That said, VMware ESXi might do what you want: Quote:VMDirectPath I/O for virtual machines. Enhance CPU efficiency for applications that require frequent access to I/O devices by allowing select virtual machines to directly access underlying hardware devices. Other virtualization features, such as VMware VMotion™, hardware independence and sharing of physical I/O devices will not be available to the virtual machines using this feature. Google turns up this: Quote:vSphere 4 only announced support for few storage & network controllers because that is what *people* thought it was going to be used (and were tested internally) for but turned out that we have had few customers try GPUs, ISDN cards, SSL encryption cards, etc., and they worked fine even though VMware does not officially support those devices yet
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    Service to distribute small demo?

    If all you need is a file host... it's a little clunky to upload to, but check out Google Sites. Create a site, go to "Manage Site", and click "Attachments". Uploading a ~3MB .zip should be no problem, but they do reject bare EXEs. The advantage: a direct link, and Google-grade download speeds.
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    Google Wave

    Quote:Original post by ukdeveloper Am I missing something It's an open protocol and an application platform. That's the cool part. "Vanilla" Wave is next to worthless; it's when you understand the potential of robots and gadgets on top of a great collaboration/communication protocol that it starts getting exciting. Quote:or is it generally not that great? Oh, it totally sucks right now. It's slow (even on Chrome), missing tons of features, and generally buggy and incomplete everywhere. It's nowhere near Google beta quality yet. Try it again in a few months when it should be more stable and have more cool stuff written for it. IMO, they shoulda just keep pulling from the dev signups, and ignore the general user queue for now. Because now you have idiots like Robert Scoble whining about how much it sucks because it isn't Twitter. Gina Trapani gets it; you have to approach Wave as a developer.
  14. I'm making a little under €30k on my first "real" job, which lines up with the previous figures (ballpark $45k, US or AU). Berlin is crazy cheap for the awesome, no-car-required city that it is, so that's quite nice.
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    Nightclubs, Pubs/ Bars why...

    Quote:Original post by Binomine Even a really small amp(50 watts) produces a big sound turned all the way up. A 50 watt guitar (tube) amp is "really small"? Yikes. A Vox AC30 can handle any situation; at smaller venues, it's more than loud enough (even an AC15 is pretty damn loud). At larger venues, it needs to be miked anyway. Unless you're AC/DC running everything through a massive array of cabinets, the 100+ Watt amps are truly ridiculous. Quote:Try some jazz or acoustic clubs. Seriously. The musicians I've seen are so much better. Best show I've seen recently was on this tour. They were playing at a rock venue (at least in Berlin), though.
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