CoasterBuzz Podcast #159 posted

Posted Monday, October 5, 2009 10:13 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Mike reviews a visit to Six Flags Great America with his daughter who enjoys "scary stuff." Park does a nice job, he says.
  • Jeff gives a thumbs up to Cedar Point for their Halloween stuff, especially considering how far it has come along in the last several years.
  • Six Flags Over Georgia opens after the flooding, and apparently no one came out.
  • Kiddieland closure a big deal in Chicago. Mike says there is a slight possibility that someone will buy the rides and relocate elsewhere. Kid wood coasters feel like a bigger deal, especially to kids.
  • Disney starts a blog (late to the party) and wants to bring the focus of discussion into their domain.
  • Jeff says the Busch deal is still rolling, and there may be an announcement very soon.
  • Disney tickets for charity work is a good deal for everyone. Who cares if it's somewhat self-serving if some good comes out of it?
  • Another Six Flags reorganization plan. Why does tiny Six Flags take months to get through bankruptcy while big automakers can do it in a week?
  • Michael Jackson rides being used all over the place on fair and carnival circuits.
  • Comcast allegedly looking into buying NBC Universal. Jeff says there are all kinds of problems around a company that both creates and delivers the content, especially in a digital age. Long discussion ensues about television and such.
  • Mike enjoys his time turning his nephew into a coaster nerd.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4:51 AM

Now that you are moving to the west coast, any chance there will be west coast Coasterbuzz events?

SFMM, SFDK, CGA, KBF?

Last edited by RyanTTD, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4:52 AM
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 7:31 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Why are you Microsoft folks such haters of us Linux folks :)

Irony is all Linux Geeks know Microsoft well. The other side isnt necessarily true. We dont hate.. We just like more stable servers. :)

RyanTTD Says:

...any chance there will be west coast Coasterbuzz events

While it would be cool to do, I think the events are set based on the density of members, not where the head bubba lives. We all arent moving to Redmond :)


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:43 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Dorney also has a no re-entry policy in place at the park for their Halloween event. I don't know what it is on Saturday. But, since the park doesn't even open until 6 on Friday, there's no re-entry at all on Friday. I was there on their first weekend. The other thing that surprised me was the security guards were standing outside the gates using the metal detecting wands on everyone who was going in the park.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:58 AM
Jeff's avatar

The server you're posting to has never crashed. Ever. Just sayin'. Five years.

The events have typically been based on member density, and even then sometimes it can fail. The Hershey event was tragic, where we had like 25 people. Granted, they really did drag their feet in getting it set, so we didn't have much time to promote it. But hey, I can say I got a ride on Lightning Racer by myself. Hard to do that without working there!


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:11 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Jeff said:
The server you're posting to has never crashed. Ever. Just sayin'. Five years.

Very nice, unfortunately your 1 doesnt constitute the entire interwebs.. Which btw, Linux is owning the web server world. Even your buddy Steve admitted it back in 2008 :)

But I appreciate both sides for strengths and weaknesses. Which unforutnately most MS bubba dont/cant.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:01 PM
Jeff's avatar

Your statistic is meaningless, because it doesn't account for volume or traffic or reliabity, all of which are largely unrelated. If you're going go make assertions about reliability, they have to be founded on something. In every environment I've worked in, Web servers have never been a point of failure, making the "debate" pointless.

Your generalization about people who use MS products is as generally silly as mine about Linux people. Making either one a religion is stupid.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:53 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Reliability is based on several factors, mainly: Security, Performance under loads, and Uptime.

My opinion is based on market share, which bases their usage on those metrics above.. People arent going to buy Microsoft or Linux based on coolness factor (thats limited to Apple). In the Govt sector which I have a large amount of experience in as well as the meduim to large companies, there is a big push on the *nix side for back end as the security has been proven in several cases to be much tighter during Nessus scans than Windows. (out of the box). To lock down a windows server takes a decent amount of tweaking, which in govt, time = money.

Perimeter security for large corporations has been my job for decades, I dont base my findings on personal feel. Its on real world pen tests that have been done time and time again for DoD.

I agree. The generalizations can be silly on both sides of the spectrum. But time and time again I have found more *nix folks know the ins and outs of Windows than windows folks know *nix. So im basing it on my sampling of being in the IT industry working edge devices.

As for me.. I feel it important to deepen my resume and be proficient in both sides.. I dont find it personally fulfilling to stovepipe myself to one area. Cross platform knowledge allows for easy company migrations or coexistence.

Bottom line its hard to disagree that one side can certainly preform better than the other depending on the application. We as well as the industry choose those items based on such. More bang, for less buck.

You, Jeff, are a formidable adversary in this topic.. :)


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:54 PM
Jeff's avatar

Again, you're looking at market share on a per-box basis instead of volume of traffic. I don't care about anything other than Web serving. You infrastructure guys just keep an eye out for bad guys and naughty bits on the wire, and I'll worry about serving up coaster pr0n.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4:00 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Coaster porn, lol. I just get this image in my head of a coaster with the "black censor boxes" covering up random spots on the train and track.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4:59 PM

Jason Hammond said:
Dorney also has a no re-entry policy in place at the park for their Halloween event. I don't know what it is on Saturday. But, since the park doesn't even open until 6 on Friday, there's no re-entry at all on Friday. I was there on their first weekend. The other thing that surprised me was the security guards were standing outside the gates using the metal detecting wands on everyone who was going in the park.

Last year, they were using the wands on every 4th or 5th person it seemed, not every one. It took long enough to get into the park last year. It's probably even longer if they're checking everybody.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5:48 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

LOL Jeff.. I got nothin' after that!

Btw.. Since Gonch can get ego strokes, ive been screwing around with Deep Zoom.. My first attempt at my Deep Zoom Mean Streak.

Basically took one of my photos of Mean Streak and created a mosaic out of all my Coaster Mania photos.

I need to tweak it a bit as my CM photos aren't as high res as I would prefer.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:02 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

RyanTTD said: Now that you are moving to the west coast, any chance there will be west coast Coasterbuzz events?

Who's moving to the West Coast? (yeah, I'm too lazy to listen)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:29 PM

For what its worth, I have used lots of computers and lots of OSes over the years and only one OS has NEVER crashed on me, on two computers over a span of about six years. The amazing never-crash OS?

Psion Epoc-16.

Nothing else I've used has been nearly as stable. I've seen PLCs crash, but never got a crash out of either Psion.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____
/XXXXX\ /XXX\ /XXXX\_ /X\ /XXXXX\ /X\ /X\ /XXXXX
_/XXXXXXX\__/XXXXX\/XXXXXXXX\_/XXX\_/XXXXXXX\__/XXX\_/XXX\_/\_/XXXXXX

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8:37 PM
Jeff's avatar

Does that run Office and RCT2, Dave? :)


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9:48 PM

No, although Word and Sheet both export to and import from Office formats. The machines were intended to interoperate with Windows desktops. As for RCT2, the graphics are so crappy on the 3a and 3mx that you wouldn't want to try. Still, it is such a shame that Psion gave up on the PDAs. I've been using a Palm V instead and it is not nearly as capable as the 3mx was, and I have yet to see a handheld with a keyboard that worked as well.

EPOC-16 became EPOC-32 for the Series 5, Revo and the rebadged Series 5 that Ericsson sold. Then through a company reorganisation* and some strategic partnerships, it became Symbian, and prior to the iPhone was actually a credible "3rd-way" (after Palm and WinCE) for smart phones.

I just wanted to add my $0.02 to the pissing match, and I figured it would be a bonus that it was not only from a machine that nobody here had ever heard of, but that it wasn't Apple, either. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr. <- Replaced a screen on a 3mx without disconnecting the batteries

* British company, so it "reorganised". Oh, and the predecessor to the Series 3 was called the "Organiser II".


    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____
/XXXXX\ /XXX\ /XXXX\_ /X\ /XXXXX\ /X\ /X\ /XXXXX
_/XXXXXXX\__/XXXXX\/XXXXXXXX\_/XXX\_/XXXXXXX\__/XXX\_/XXX\_/\_/XXXXXX

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:16 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

RideMan said:

I figured it would be a bonus that it was not only from a machine that nobody here had ever heard of..

Pretty bold statement without knowing everyone's background.. But I will let that slide :)


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:40 PM
Jeff's avatar

My question was completely rhetorical.


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