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I really want to get one of these when they're finished, but don't forget the other side of the VR spectrum: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-system
I want to get these as well when they're out.
"Of course, Gates would never kill Ballmer. "
Thank you for clearing that up for me, I feel that was something that really needed to be said to make sure people didn't misunderstand.
I'm so glad that you censored 'Rear Echelon Mother F*ckers', because as it is now I have absolutely no clue what that word could mean, and you totally spared me from seeing it! We're so fortunate that the human brain is completely incapable of decyphering single-letter substitution!
So that's it for one of the most retro-scifi-looking satelites ever.
I think the point about viral was referring to the general population at large (or at least those with computers), who were not necessarily part of the usenet subset. Like me for example.
I thought reduction of choice was a feature among the apples. Go figure.
makes no sense
The only game missing now is portal2, here's to hoping!
Penn & Teller Bullshit episode on polygraphs, that is all.
Re: Haven't used a tape in ? years
Only available on tape? Well now we have this newfangled thing called the intertubes.
'doctor who tom baker' on piratebay, problem solved.
Beware the nanoprobes!
Tiny cube seed today, Borg Cube tomorrow!
Did the research include reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson?
If infact their desktop browser becomes webkit too which seems likely, it's not good for standards, fewer rendering options means more chance of people writing html for implementations, not standards. =(
Re: Guys? I know they're french, but...
Of course it is, but copying material verbatim elsewhere without fact-checking is The New Investigative Journalism. Can't expect journos of today to do such menial tasks anymore.
Re: Not for me
Missing space between the command and the parameter (cat <deliberate space> /pathname)
"where user are just get billed"
Tell the truth now, you just lifted this article from a spanish place and ran it through google-translate, didn't you?
I think I just heard the sound of Robert Zubrin ejaculating in his pants.
And rightfully so!
>> he has renounced his rights to US healthcare
Really? Rights to healthcare? Are you thinking of a different country? Since healthcare is privatized anyone in the world who can afford it can get it, which most likely includes this guy.
>Some might draw comparisons with
>the controversial Church of Scientology,
>which is recognised principally in the US
>as a religion
Who are these 'some', do they include you, Kelly Fiveash? Who on earth could possibly draw comparisons between a new religion which espouses communication and filesharing with a repressive cult whose entire existence relies on restricting and jealously guarding communication and information?
What, the French?
>>Or, as some marketing genius said
>>"Once people are used to free, they
>>don't want to pay".
Meh, I think that's a bogus argument, sounds fancy but is pretty irrelevant; I seem to recall a time back when I ran windows, every single piece of software was downloaded and cracked, often times I'd run binary patches willy-nilly not even thinking about the potential hazards. As I moved to Linux, I found myself actually paying for software however.
It's true that we do not have as many games as windows users have access to, but if you're a linux user, and you like playing games you can find quite a number of them available, there's certainly a lot more of them around than most people realize. After all why would most people who do not run linux care about what runs on linux?
Example: The other day I was browsing www.gamereplays.org and saw mention of an interesting newly released RTS called Achron, I went to their site and do what I usually do; check the FAQ for Linux support. Usually there's no mention, but in this case I was pleasantly surprised to see Linux indeed being supported. Sometimes you just have to go take a look.
One statistic of use in this situation could be the Humble Bundle results, if you scroll down on http://www.humblebundle.com - for pretty much all of the Humble Bundles that have been released individual Linux users pay more on average.
Anyway, people will use whatever operating system they want to, some people will pay for their shit and others won't, regardless of their choice of OS.
Title-requirements are befucked.
Agreed, but the only thing I've seen coming even close to that would be some of the stuff at www.ekoore.com - and I haven't yet taken the plunge. Would be nice to have a writeup first.
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Wow that really sucks. Because I'm not a brit I just torrent it anyway, so changing the source isn't really anything I can complain about, however the current BBC coverage is unequivocally the best in the world, with the highest quality content (minus EJ's pants maybe) -- it's put together in a way that shows the tremendous passion for F1 in all crew involved, and the thought of losing any of it is a huge disappointment. I used to watch only races, but since BBC picked it up I started watching the entire thing, quali buildup, quali, race buildup, race, post race forum. I don't think Sky will maintain the standard BBC set and that is a loss for the entire world.
Remakes and tributes
There's an open source game called UFO: Alien Invasion ( http://ufoai.sf.net ) which tries to follow in x-com's footsteps, definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the original. Play it or contribute to it, or do both.
Support linux gaming if you can
The only way to get more games to Linux is to support the market, a good place to start is http://www.humblebundle.com -- the third bundle is good for another few days. After that there's tuxgames.com and linuxgamepublishing.com and of course linuxgames.com and to some extent phoronix.com
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The first mini covered only the first book, the second mini covered messiah and children, god-emperor (or anything after) has not been made into a mini.
Also the dune saga is a total of 6 books (dune, dune messiah, children of dune, god-emperor of dune, heretics of dune, chapterhouse dune) not 4. More if you include his son's attempts at continuing it.
I've seen a number of comments that claim smokers don't enjoy smoking, and while I can't speak for all smokers I certainly enjoyed it immensly. I smoked for close to 15 years and it was one of the more joyful sensations, the act of pulling it into your mouth, inhaling it and then exhaling it. As smokers we are aware of the risks, but for me that sensation outweighed any potential future ailments, not to mention my own dad has smoked for close to 80 years, so it seems I have genetics on my side. I had absolutely no intention of quitting smoking, it just happened on its own.
This last december (2010) I came across something called electronic ciggs, the name is a bit misleading because it's not a cigarette, there's no burning and there's no tobacco, it's not made by the tobacco industry and it's not made by the pharmaceuticals, infact both of these institutions are heavily against it (because you essentially utilize household items, and neither institution can overcharge you for them).
More of a grassroots movement it's essentially puffing on a miniature fog machine, the kind you'd find in concerts and clubs, you heat up a hygroscopic liquid, propylene glycol or glycerol, which combined with the air intake from drawing on it creates a visible fog with higher density than air, so you get the sensation of smoking, you get the visual aspect of smoking, but since there is no burning or fire, there is no smoke. The fog dissipates very quickly after exhalation and it doesn't leave a lingering cloud of bad smells. And no tar means no discolouration.
Took me a week of researching after I learned about it until I placed my order, took almost 2 weeks for the order to arrive over the xmas, but when my kit dropped in the mail dec 29, that's when I became an ex-smoker. All of the enjoyment, and none (or as close to none as you can come anyway) of the dangers. After about 2 weeks the cilia in my lungs had grown back, my airways cleared up and I no longer had a wheeze, and I didn't get winded going to the store up the street anymore. If any of you are smokers I highly recommend this as a substitute. I'm not going to give you product recommendations, you will have to do your own research. It's so worth it though.
(Shouldn't be necessary to say this, but if you aren't already a smoker, then you clearly shouldn't start with this despite the lack of risk, the very least risk is to not put anything into your lungs other than the polluted air around you.)
http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com <-- read new members section and general discussion.
Maybe he'd have more success if he became part of the music industry, their demands of the people they sue seem to really take into account imaginary money based on all the people who didn't buy their albums. "You owe us a million billion because you stole this, and therefore in the future 11 billion people would never buy it!"
"Are you missing floppy drives and parallel port,s serial port and PS/2 ports? Apple removed those before most people."
I stopped including floppies in computers I built for myself over a decade ago, but as for the PS/2 port I'm still using it, and if there comes a time when I can't get a motherboard with one, I will indeed miss it.
PS/2 keyboards are far superior to usb ones when it comes to gaming for example since they function by sending interrupts, whereas usb polls the hub. Not to mention that standard usb spec only allows you to hold 3 keys at the same time, which is partially solved by certain usb keyboards introducing n-key-rollover, but then they usually place that on the wasd keys only, which completely fucks the lefthanders (i.e. me).
So yes, let PS/2 live, or I shall indeed miss it.
Cool but meh
I recently acquired a panny plasma, though not the latest skype model, along with a sound system and an asrock 330 box which is running xbmc, and one of my first thoughts was how perfect this kind of setup would be for my technologically-challenged parents; Skype is in the middle of open-sourcing their interface for their linux client, and when that comes to pass it shouldn't be too difficult to include skype as a plugin for xbmc, and it being a proper computer means I would be able to hook up any combination of webcam/mic and video-call anyone and not just tv users (:
"..if Linux users were rootards (==people running as root always)."
Eh, I don't think so, most newcomers to linux very quickly adapt and don't run as root, but of course there's a certain onus on the distribution to not provide password-less sudo access with the ALL target though polkit might be helpful in that regard.
I think it's just a matter of mentality, back when I ran windows I didn't really think twice what I downloaded and ran, running untrusted binaries is the norm (how else do you get to play games without cds). But when you start using linux (perhaps a smidgeon more than just dabbling) you very quickly become used to getting your software from trusted repositories, and I think most people would at least raise their eyebrow at running an untrusted binary.
For malware to gain a foothold on a linux machine you'd need to go more to the social engineering bit, getting users to trust your personal repository with loaded material, instead of trusting that users will just seek your stuff out on their own.
Just what I think.
* Because they insist on flash and adobe refuses to support my not-entirely-obscure choice of platform AND refuses to let anybody else come up with a player. So much for "open standards on the web".
Refuse how? They've released specs, and there's at least one player based on those, Lightspark ( http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODQ4NA ), and then there's always gnash as fallback ( http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODUzOQ ).
>Well, possibly the best answer to that question is:
>"Because your app is alarmist and pointless."
Does it really matter? Personally I'd rather see crap like that among a greater selection, than having a nanny that decides what's good for me.
It astounds me when people crave less freedom and more restriction.
>The Gimp is still limited to 8 bits, and not so
>good for archiving pictures without losing an
>enormous quantity of colour information.
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly does this mean? Last time I used gimp, which admittedly was almost a decade ago, gimp used 24bit depth with 8bit alpha. I must be misunderstanding something, but what? Please enlighten me.
bloody title required
>Question: Why have a separate swap partition?
Honestly, it's just tradition, how we've done it for ages. Could simply make an iso image file and turn that into a swap. Or not use a swap at all, in today's multi-gig ram environments.
Only in ass-backwards countries.
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