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Prepared for the Experience Weekend & A Little Bit of Proofs

Ready for the Experience Weekend   (erroneously called "Double Exp Weekend"):     Taking a good look at that...30.2M. What I had bought were some of the seconds, all of the shards, and some of the Summoning reagents. That's it. I didn't directly spend a single GP on any of those herbs; proof that MTK pays big dividends.   (Not listed: The sharks involved getting Bunyips, nor the counts of the charms.)   All told, this stack of stuff in normal times would get me about:   333,857,5 exp in He

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Ooh, nice picture.

Alright, so this is nothing new, since most everyone here has seen a snapshot of some dude standing around in RuneScape, holding a funky-looking camera, but this one is special.     Reason: It was taken on 64-bit Linux.   Yes, that's right - for the first time since RSHD came out, those that choose to use a 64-bit platform (and install 64-bit Java) can finally make use of RuneScape in all of its HD glory. What a fantastic update.   (Now I don't have to worry about exorbitant amounts of lag, s

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Perhaps Mining doesn't suck...

I've been pretty busy IRL over the past month, and whenever I wasn't really busy, I did a lot of Mining. I'm now level 85 in the skill after staying a month in the LRC.   My programming study group kind of fell apart (as no one showed up at the meeting), so I folded on it. I've got some better things to do in my spare time after all, like learn how to program GTK+ windows.   Also, the news is all good from my Principles class - somehow I pulled a B in there (and some other classes got high gra

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Makoto_the_Phoenix

 

I might like surprises, but...

It's a wonderful thing to get surprised with something new. I mean, I love surprises. The excitement of not knowing is better than having a ballpark several weeks in advance.   That being said, that carefree side of me only shows up when it's something totally innocuous. It doesn't show up when it's really wondering about classes or grades.   I'm not wrestling with grades right now or anything - I have at least a B in all of my classes - but I don't know whether or not I'll get a final exam

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Moral Victory

Today, my Linux Tech Help guide has been officially sticked on the forums. This is actually really good news - I'm rather excited that it's available in a ready-to-get-to fashion, and it saves me the trouble of bringing it back from page 10 or 12 or even 27 (imagine a giant server error and the populace floods the Tech Forum - yeah, that thread would disappear in a second). This also means that the legion of 64-bit users having trouble going into HD (myself included) can find a common ground to

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Why Computer Science can be fun (and frustrating)

I keep promising that I'll get my super-secret open-source program outlined here, and rest assured, I will this week. I just need a scanner to get some things to a digital format, first.   Anyways, on to the nature of this blog's post: Three reasons each why CS is fun and frustrating.   Why CS is fun: You get to do nifty projects with things that you've never tinkered with before. Who'd think that I could write my own programming language at the end of a semester? You get to look into inter

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(DEFUN COOL_PROJECT (PROJECT_NAME) T)

Okay. You're probably not going to understand the entry title. But this will also (partly) explain where the heck I've been for the past week.   LISP is a functional programming language centered around processing lists, hence, List Processing. The primary thing you work with are lists, which are structured in parenthesis. Everything is a list.   So I have a cool project (which, with technical difficulties, I wasn't able to submit on time), regarding LISP - English Sentence Generation. Basically

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And now, something completely different - 3-way blog (RS, Tech, School)

I'm trying to get in the habit of blogging once every three days or so, but a lot of stuff can happen in 72 hours. So, depending on my time, and depending on how much actually went on that week, I'll probably do a quick recap of the past week's events every Sunday.   Wall of text ahead -ye be warned.   RuneScape - The Decision to Remove Extreme Potions from PvP   This was an old issue, but ironically it's still got a lot of steam on the RSOF. The potion update, as many of you remember, was inten

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October: The Month of OS Refreshes

Another autumn, another round of operating systems. For those that are in the Linux loop, we're used to getting the full onslaught here - Ubuntu 9.10 and OpenSuSE are due by the end of this week, whereas Fedora and Linux Mint are anticipated sometime in November. There's a lot of promising stuff coming down the pipeline, and it seems like it's going to definitely be a good release refresh - new X Server, new previews of GNOME Shell (which I happen to like), new kernel, and more stability than ev

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"Prologging"...

It's been a long, long two weeks.   Right now, I'm halfway through my Principles of Programming Languages class, and one of the assignments involves writing a Tentaizu puzzle solver.   For those that are unfamiliar with it, Tentaizu (Celestial Map) is a numbers' game with a 7 by 7 grid of numbers dotted around it, and the objective is to fill the map with ten stars that satisfy the rules of its boundary. For instance, a number 0 denotes that 0 stars are allowed in the eight or so squares around

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