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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

Grifter

Re: Looks very

Maybe the name is a pun (or homage) to X Athena Widget?

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

Grifter

Re: Lack of options?

I believe if you buy it through greenmangaming.com and then activate in steam (as opposed to buying directly in steam) you can sell back a game that you've previously activated. Not entirely sure though, but you could look it up if you're interested =)

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

Grifter

Re: That sounds like American politics...

Why not get a group of the students themselves to maintain the computers, there'd be some who'd thrive with a bit of added responsibility even if the chore is crap.

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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

Grifter

A completely reasonable comparison!

>>It is akin to me walking into a local government building and murdering somebody

Yes, downloading a movie is exactly like murdering people, that's not overstated at all.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Grifter

Re: 2nd hand vapours?

It is a base liquid of either propylene-glycol or vegetable glycerin (also called glycerol), or a mix of these two, optional flavourings, and optional nicotine.

The liquid is hygroscopic and when you heat up the liquid and drag air through it, it sucks up the moisture in the air, the moisture is bound to the molecules and becomes visible (like fog is moisture that binds to dust particles).

One of the guys responsible for the smoking bans in USA (so very anti-smoking) Dr Michael Siegel I think it was, already debunked the myth of secondhand vapour.

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Grifter

Re: Addicts

That's exactly what I did, I started out with a high nicotine liquid to try it out, and found that I didn't need such a high amount at all, gradually went down in nicotine (and subsequently I found that I could actually vape more with less nicotine in it, which, I discovered is what I really enjoyed, just dragging in and blowing out huge clouds of vapour -- but if you do that with high nic you'll get a headache =P), until I was vaping zero nic.

Doing this is what made me realize something that I had never questioned before, intellectually I knew nic is just a stimulant like caffeine for example, it's supposed to make you a bit more hyper, but when I smoked ciggs it wasn't to get hyper, it was to relax, at the time I smoked I asked myself this but dismissed it and forgot about it. When I started vaping and encountered pure nic I remembered again, and that's when I learned what /other/ mind-altering crap they put in ciggs, like antidepressants. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Wtf.

But I digress, good luck on continuing your two weeks, vape on!

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Grifter

Re: Nike

>> If you can't do this then you don't want it enough.

Dude that's really harsh, I once tried quitting cold turkey, I went without ciggs for 2 months and I was a nervous wreck the entire time and I had a constant yearning for a drag, and after 2 months I was back on it anyway.

Switched to vaping, and it took the compulsion away completely over time. I completely bypassed the difficulty of cold-turkey quitting. If that's not 'manly' enough for you or whatever, then maybe you need to confront your own masochism.

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Grifter

Worked fine for me.

Smoked for 14 1/2 years, found out about ecigs early december 2010, researched like crazy for a week, ordered my kit, got it in the mail 29th december, smoke free since then. Eventually I stopped using my ecig as well, I take it out on occasion for sentimental reasons.

Unlike the cold-turkey quitters of smoking, I have no problems with smelling cigg smoke, infact I still enjoy catching the occasional whiff (just not the cloud inside small compact area without ventilation -- but then again I couldn't stand that even when I was smoking myself).

When I switched to vaping it changed from a compulsion to hobby, in the beginning I was vaping constantly because I enjoyed the hell out of it thoroughly, I failed at blowing smoke rings with cigs, but with vaping I had so much fun with that, and they were huge rings too!

Like I mentioned, eventually I reached for it less and less. Nowadays I liken it to a bag of chips or candy, something you can have every once in a while for some enjoyment.

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Grifter

Re: Can I get pwned by ZeuS...

Hamilton.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

Grifter

Meh

To be fair, I merely skimmed the article. The excited mentions of clicking windows, dragging windows, and resizing windows really put me off reading the entire thing.

Thank fuck for tiling/tabbed window managers, well I suppose to be correct, thank Tuomo Valkonen for coming up with it, even though he's batshit crazy. Still using ion2 bitches!

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Grifter

Fuckity fuck, FUCK! Fuck no, not buying anymore! This is horseshit.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Grifter

X-Com is already on its way.

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Grifter

Re: Crysis

I'm not sure what your point is, you use rectally derived numbers to prove... what? That people shouldn't play games on Linux?

Get off the comments and start putting some time into your billion billion games, otherwise you'll never get to play them all.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Grifter

I don't get it

I don't understand this whole fascination with "flavours" (and what a silly moniker to boot). Why can't you just apt-get install a couple of new window managers, and then switch between them whenever you feel like it rather than installing a whole new operating system? It just seems like an entirely ass-backwards and inefficient way of trying new window managers.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

Grifter

Re: Very long term

>>Microsoft's format is published and freely available.

Meh, when microsoft doesn't even follow its own spec in implementations, what worth does that have?

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Grifter

Re: Data Format, not Applications

>>I might be wrong in saying this,

Yes, quite wrong, Munich for one, it's certainly the most famous one.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

Grifter

Re: Gotta love this

Rounded corners is a patent, this is a trademark, while some lawyers would have you believe "intellectual property" encompasses both these things, they are infact handled by completely different laws, namely patent law and trademark law, they can't be equated.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

Grifter

Well then, good news!

A new project has started up aimed at preserving the good stuff about opera: http://otter-browser.org -- if you know any code you can contribute to it as well!

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

Grifter

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.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

Grifter

"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.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

Grifter

Self-Censorship

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!

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

Grifter

Aw

So that's it for one of the most retro-scifi-looking satelites ever.

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Unsung DEAD WHALE EXPLODER hero, who gave the early internet a purpose, passes away

Grifter

Re: RIP

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.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

Grifter

Curious

I thought reduction of choice was a feature among the apples. Go figure.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

Grifter

makes no sense

The only game missing now is portal2, here's to hoping!

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

Grifter

Meh

Penn & Teller Bullshit episode on polygraphs, that is all.

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

Grifter

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.

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

Grifter

Beware the nanoprobes!

Tiny cube seed today, Borg Cube tomorrow!

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Debian 7 debuts

Grifter

No Problem

I did it on testing, all you need to do is download the ubuntu eglibc package, unpack it somewhere (ar x foo.deb), then LD_LIBRARY_PATH its bin dir infront of the steam command.

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Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

Grifter

Did the research include reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson?

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

Grifter

Not great

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. =(

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Game over for Atari? One life left as biz files for bankruptcy protection

Grifter

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.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

Grifter

Re: Not for me

Missing space between the command and the parameter (cat <deliberate space> /pathname)

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Spaniards Joyn together to hunt and kill the Skype monster

Grifter

Mmhmm

"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?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Grifter

I think I just heard the sound of Robert Zubrin ejaculating in his pants.

And rightfully so!

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Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

Grifter

Re: Sir

Moonstone had that.

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Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship pre-IPO

Grifter

Re: Really?

>> 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.

So... yeah...

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'Super rogue wave' scuppers Lego pirate

Grifter

Re: No thanks

http://prx.aps.org/multimedia/PRX/v2/i1/e011015/e011015_vid1.mov is the url

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Bomb threat lobbed at Finnish anti-piracy squad

Grifter

Eh?

"We are _the_ Anonymous"? That's not their slogan, and while it's a tiny difference, the devil's in the details.

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Official: File-sharing is a religion... in Sweden

Grifter

>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?

Comparisons, pfft.

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Huge potentially inhabited water lake found on Jupiter moon

Grifter

What, the French?

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Canonical woos developers with Ubuntu app prep portal

Grifter

>>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.

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Toshiba outs 'world's thinnest, lightest' tablet

Grifter

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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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

Grifter

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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.

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OS X Lion paves way for "Retina Display" monitors

Grifter

Hmm

Wouldn't it just be simpler to use vector graphics for your interface elements instead?

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X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

Grifter

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.

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Ubuntu seeks Android-packin' Windows deserters

Grifter

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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Paramount buries Dune remake

Grifter

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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.

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Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'

Grifter

Not enjoyable?

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.

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Open source FTP app fixes fiery backdoor bug

Grifter

Eh?

Does anyone still use proftpd? If so you probably need to google pure-ftpd

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