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Gary Teter

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Senior Software Developer. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,022 posts (7,028 including aliases). No reviews. 8 lists. 2 wishlists. 1 alias.


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Christopher Anthony wrote:
Gary: Telling a programmer "There's already a library to do X" is like telling a songwriter "there's already a song about love."

I totally yoinked this line from here.

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redacted: actually the trip into the toilet at PaizoCon has generated some weird effects on my phone

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Cort: You can't all take "illegible" as a language.

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Why are coffee bags typically porous or valved?

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cort: Don't break the developers until they've had a chance to wear down.

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qa erik: … that can go into overheard if you want. Just sayin'.

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cort: I'd shoot it, but I'll shoot anything.

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This is why you don't iterate over unordered collections. We are testing a fix now.

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Cort: You are rescuing me from a lot of boring thinking.

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If I could mail them a crate of mosquitoes, I would in a heartbeat. But since I can't, I'm going to have to satisfy myself with a slanderous mambo which I like to call the spam laser.

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There are no current plans to run posting through a CAPTCHA. If we ever do a CAPTCHA it would be one that requires knowledge of Paizo's products or the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game ruleset. No point in annoying real humans with something that doesn't actually prevent spam.

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I am testing something stupid again!

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I am testing something stupid!

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Anti-spam measures can, if improperly implemented, completely destroy an online community, in slow ways that are hard to detect at first. Keeping the paizo.com messageboards a safe, fun place for everybody is super important, so we're naturally cautious.

I've been working on some new anti-spam tools while everyone's away at Gen Con. We'll probably start testing them later this week. It'll take some time to fine tune them so they'll be operating in an "advisory mode" until we're sure the spamhammer can be made fully operational. But rest assured, those knuckleheads are in our sights.

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Cort: Is that thing a soul, or a juicy infant?

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When do you delete the dead from your address book?

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My theory is we should shove every new PDF you get into your Dropbox account as they're granted. Or something like that.

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Cort: Yeah, makes sense once I think it through, I just try not to get into the habit of doing that.

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Your selections for each day affect only your schedule for that day.

For details on how the lottery works, here it is straight from the javadoc:

How the Lottery Works

The source of randomness will be a java.security.SecureRandom using the SHA1PRNG algorithm, seeded by rolling 3d8, eight times. (Yes, physical dice.)*

The lottery will be in multiple rounds, at least one for each day of the convention. For each round,

1. Select a dictator. The list of attendees is shuffled, then the first person in the shuffled list is selected as dictator and removed from the list. If the dictator has a buddy, that person is noted and also removed from the list. (That is, if your buddy gets selected, you and the dictator are both considered to have had your chance in this round.)

2. Let the dictator dictate. We'll collect the list of events for the specified day that the dictator (and buddy) has marked as ranked highest, and shuffle that list.

The first event in the list will be examined: if there's space available for the person selected (and buddy), then that person (and buddy) is assigned to the event. If there isn't space available, then another event is selected, repeating until all highest-ranked events have been exhausted.

Once we've tried the dictator's highest ranked events, we move on to the next-highest ranked list, and so on, until we've assigned the dictator to an event, or the dictator's list of desired events is exhausted.

The shuffle listselect dictatorshuffle eventsselect event process repeats until we've exhausted either the entire list of attendees, or all the events for the day.

If we've exhausted the list of attendees but not the available events, we start another round for all attendees for the remaining events for that day. If no assignment gets made in a round, we stop doing rounds for that day and move on to the next day.

*Overheard this morning:

cs erik: Gary at some point today can you run the lottery on paizo.test?
pmg: no
pmg: i lack the equipment
pmg: MY KINGDOM FOR 3D8!
20 seconds later, Cort places dice on my desk
cort: Ask and you shall receive.

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Hmm.

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At least this time we got pizza. Also, I'm still going to blame a backhoe. Even though it's really us.

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I am testing something stupid!

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Here I am testing something stupid!

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Well, it looks like the something stupid is working just fine. And that makes me happy!

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7,172 unread posts, and here I am, testing something stupid!

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sara: Could you email him that he forgot his minis, I'm holding them at the booth?

sharaya: looking

sara: That might work if he looks

sharaya: haha. yes
sharaya: you are sara, right?

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Oh look a parody thread. I haven't locked one of these in ages.

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We had some near-downtime earlier this morning, where the site was overloaded enough that it was serving pages too slowly to do any good. I don't think that was triggered by too much traffic but it might have been.

We also just had a few minutes of downtime just now, and that was upstream of our servers. We're investigating but at least we're back on the air now.

Overall yes we do have more traffic than normal right now, but our servers at least seem to be doing OK. The personalizer server is probably taking the biggest hit right now.

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If your backyard is 200 square paces, and has 25 small pine cones per square pace embedded in the lawn and under the turf, which take 10 to 20 minutes per square pace to locate and remove, do you clear the pine cones before mowing? Clearing just the pine cones which might catch in the mower blades takes five minutes per square pace.

Because reasons, the following are apparently Not Open for Further Discussion as possible solutions: Establishing a tiger preserve; the use of fire, poison, heavy construction equipment including backhoes and excavator-diggers, any sort of laser or other coherent collimating radiation, radiation in basically any useful or glowing form, any lawnmower bot based on internal combustion powered chainsaws; any solution based on technologies provided by the people who come through the forest on the other side of the fence; any solution that involves strapping anything good (technically "dangerous") to the boy; the importation or use of livestock which require any food except pine cones; the creation of livestock which find pine cones irresistible; establishing a leopard preserve.

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Not the Breadmaster. I just loaf around.

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URL be sorry you made fun of that pun!

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Matt Thomason wrote:
When did Gary start *answering* questions?

May 5, around 2:29 p.m.

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Now I am picturing a new sport, where toddlers decorate cats with stickers and then we race them like furry NASCAR blurs going down the hallway.

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Right now stickers are the best. toy. evar. We got the boy a book that's built like a calendar full of peel-and-stick trucks and boats and planes and everything else. ("Colorforms" for those of us of a certain age.)

If he sees the sticker book anywhere in the room, he's on it like Pooh on a honey tree. Wonder what it'll be next week….

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We're in the process of fixing a handful of pernicious bugs that are causing both exceptions and performance problems. We're nearly done with testing the fixes so ideally this stuff will go away soon.

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I have a new motto: Everything's different. Let's have fun!

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TWELVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE POSTS???

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SnowJade wrote:
You thought you'd dreamed it, maybe?

Oh! I have a handy hint for this. If you can't tell if you're dreaming, just

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Why must the cat always sit on the clean laundry? Seriously there's the whole rest of the bed right there.

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!!

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It turns out, if something bugs me personally (like, say, finding a download on a giant list, because I have every single Paizo PDF ever produced), it may in fact prompt more attention than it might otherwise warrant. (May all the things that bug you match mine!)

More improvements for downloads are in the works.

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Wow thank you. Sometime the right words come at the right time.

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Also giving PDFs as gifts has been reworked and is now back in the order checkout process. I believe that with this item crossed off we are now caught back up to where we were before the rollout in terms of features.

Now we can start working on NEW stuff.

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We just rolled out a new feature. If you have a download for a product on your My Downloads page, you can now download it directly from the product page.

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I fixed this earlier today. It'll take effect next time we roll out the site.

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Found an index we weren't using properly. Site performance should be improving shortly.

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As part of this rollout we dumped the caches. ALL the caches. Things will be a bit sludgy until they all get refilled. And then I have high hopes for site performance.

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Wow that is a serious condition. I'm afraid the only treatment is to go all the way through order checkout and receive a shipment of products from Paizo.

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I guess I should point out that we haven't rolled it yet, we found two last minute bugs that have now been fixed, so it should be soonish.

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Mostly they're clicking lots of buttons right now getting the new site into position. At this point all I can do is watch. (Well, I could do more, but this is what minions are for, right?)

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