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Slashback: Picnic, Pistol, Doggedness

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the inner-ellicott-city dept.

Slashback 143

Slashback tonight brings you updates on low-power hardware, unauthorized music distribution by buymusic.com, and more, including a reminder of the upcoming (now annual) Linux picnic at the conclusion of LWCE. (If you're not there, start your own local chapter ;)) Read on for more!

MenuetOS progresses. For those with a taste for esoteric tiny operating systems for low-power systems, the x86 release of Contiki wasn't the only news this week. Lgd writes "Menuet, the 100 % assembly OS, has made quite a few improvements since it was last reported at Slashdot. Menuet has now a simple tcp/ip stack with tiny http, mp3 and email servers, FASM 1.48 assembler and demo applications like the 3d maze."

Perhaps this will lead to a finer toothed comb overall. Jody Whitesides writes "Hello, I want to take a moment to update you about my situation that you posted recently... As of right now, I won my fight with BuyMusic and the Orchard. I have been promptly let out of a contract that was already terminated February 1st of 2001. It seems they had kept me in their catalog on a contract clause that had been overlooked when the contract was signed back in 1999.

As of 5 p.m. pst 07/31/2003 I was given notice that I was removed from the Orchard's distribution. In turn I have since checked with BuyMusic's website and have been swiftly removed from the website and now all has been set right in the world. It seems that even the big corporations don't wish to face copyright infringement.

I want to thank you for running the story as I have no doubt that it helped bring a swift decision in getting my music under my control so that I can best determine how fans will get it into their hands.

I harbor no ill will towards BuyMusic or the Orchard."

MandrakeSoft still not dead (wants to go for a walk). LinuxGeek8 writes "In their latest shareholder newsletter MandrakeSoft made a few statements about their financial position. Their retail sales decreased, while their high-margin sales (oem, club, online sales, etc.) increased. In total their revenue decreased somewhat, while the operating loss decreased. Since January they have been cash-flow positive.

Quoting about their "Chapter 11": "On January 27th, 2003, the Commercial Court granted MandrakeSoft a six month observation and protection period (similar to a U.S. Chapter 11 procedure). This period will end on July 27th, 2003. The company is pursuing an opportunity to be granted an additional six month observation and protection period. In the upcoming months, the company's objective is to exit the Observation Period with a 'Continuation Plan'."
Things seem to be looking good on the radar."

This is good news for those of us who like all the work that Mandrake has put into making Free software easy to install.

Video Capturing Part 2 at Ars Technica miskatonic alumnus writes "Recently, slashdot reported on an excellent article -- Part I: Video Capture -- of the 3-part series 'Guide to Capturing, Cleaning & Compressing Video' at Ars Technica. At last, Part II: Video Cleaning is now available."

The largest gathering, of a sort. Linda Denison links to these "several articles about GenCon, handily linked to one place!"

From the article: 'GenCon: Freaks & Geeks,' she excerpts: 'My wife wrinkled her nose in response. Computer geeks tend to be clean. They wear clean clothes, and bathe regularly. Usually this is because they live in their mother's house. Probably in their old room. Tabletop geeks tend to wear the same clothes they bought in their early twenties, roughly three belt sizes ago, and aren't well versed in the bathing arts. This is because they live in their mother's basement. The heat sort of exacerbated this problem.'

(We've run a couple of articles originating at this year's GenCon already.)

Sci-Fi Auction Followup... cjustus writes "The live auction mentioned earlier in the week is over... Here are the prices that items went for. The big item? Original George Reeves Superman Costume for $110K ... Harrison Ford's pistol from Blade Runner went for $17K... Any slashdotters bid / win?"

Matching hardware to actual needs is not crazytalk. Michael C. Barnes writes with a followup to the recent mention of his company's low-power MicroServer, which, it turns out, has a larger sibling. "One of the people reading your post did a review of the Microserver HP. ... The person doing the review benchmarked our Microserver High Performance and thought it did a reasonably good job with My SQL."

"Penguin dip" is just an expression. Bill Kendrick writes "This Saturday, August 9th (after the Linux World Expo) San Francisco Bay Area Linux lovers and the people who love them will be gathering at the Baylands Park in Sunnyvale for Picn*x12, the third annual Linux anniversary picnic. Organized by several local LUGs and sponsored by Oracle, this barbecue is a free event for the entire family."

Whether or not you can get to the picnic, FeeDBaCK writes "It has been almost 2 years since the Linux Counter has been mentioned on Slashdot. It was last mentioned in October of 2001 and brought on an impressive number of registrations. Accounts are deleted after 2 years of inactivity, so now is a good time for everyone to freshen up their account, or create a new one if they don't have one already."

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iamno1 (-1)

cmdr_shithead (527909) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640829)

thank goodness that I am the first to comment in this article

FP! FUCK THE GNAA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640833)

This post brought to you by a member of the GNAA!

DAILY REMINDERS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640837)

DAILY REMINDERS:

Heh! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640856)

MenuetOS looks like some weird screwy version of BeOS! (I have a fetish for this kind of OS.)

Re:Heh! (1)

Microsofts slave (522033) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641167)

PArdon you like to screw oses? Now thats a fetish i havent heard of.

Re:Heh! (0)

Shriek (261178) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641835)

MenuetOS looks like some weird screwy version of BeOS! (I have a fetish for this kind of OS.)


Man, only a geek would say they have a fetish for some piece of software.

OmG (4, Funny)

sekzscripting (687192) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640868)

O.M.G.

Free Food?!!111

Free Food (5, Funny)

Gherald (682277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640974)

Free Food?!!111

Yes, it is true. You can distribute it to whoever you want in both Original and Digested form, and are allowed to charge a modest distribution fee for this service.

However, if you choose to distribute the food in Digested form, you must also make the Original availeable to the public.

Beware of viral effects! (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641284)

If you take somebody else food and combine it with food of your own you could get a nasty case of gastro.

Re:Free Food (1)

cthugha (185672) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641292)

Given the viral nature of Free Food (i.e. "You are what you eat"), the consumption of this food could result in you being required to give Free Food to every person you meet (since physical proximity to another person could be interpreted as a "distribution"). I would therefore advise against the widespread commercial adoption of Free Food.

Re:OmG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640979)

Is that free as in speech, or free as in beer?

Re:OmG (1)

Gherald (682277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640989)

Free as in beer. Talking with your mouth full is not permited.

OMG LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641222)

There was no carpet munching at the Linux picnic, except by the females there. The males seemed to prefer the tube steak.

Oh wait, that was the Mac picnic.

No, no. It was the Linux picnic.

Yes, free food! (1)

ikluft (1284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641281)

Please RSVP [linuxpicnic.org] if you can attend so we can estimate the amount of food needed.

Re:OmG (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641314)

Let me guess, you are a pink squid-man? ;-)

Menuet OS Development. (5, Interesting)

General Sherman (614373) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640877)

The Menuet OS sounds interesting. I'm wondering however if it will ever grow into a fully fledged OS written entirely in assembly. If it does, well, zoom. That'll be one of the fastest OS's on the market easily.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (2, Insightful)

BelugaParty (684507) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640905)

I agree, it sounds very interesting. It could do to OS's what early versions of Opera did for web browsing. However, with my limited computer knowledge, doesn't writing in assembler require a lot of knowledge about the computers underlying hardware? Would developers need to write in assembler as well, just to develop for it?

anyway, sounds like a project worth following. but it might just be my youthful idealism.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

d3faultus3r (668799) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641034)

you wouldn't need to write in assembly to develope for it. though the compilers for other languages would have to be written in assembly language at first.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641177)

You can bootstrap the compiler on another system that already has a running compiler. You then cross-compile the compiler to the target system. If the only difference between systems is the operating system, you can just port the startup code and libraries to the target system.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (5, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641068)

doesn't writing in assembler require a lot of knowledge about the computers underlying hardware?

Yes. Assembler is about as low level programming you can get without writing the hex code yourself. However, you still need to understand all the ops of a CPU and hardware interfaces when developing an OS, so it really isn't a big deal. (i.e. If you don't know what the LGDT instruction does, you won't be writing an OS any time soon.)

Would developers need to write in assembler as well, just to develop for it?

Nope. It's the job of a compiler to reduce the code into machine language. (Assembly is just a textual representation of machine language.) It's the job of a linker to produce binary "wrapper" files for machine code that tells the OS how to link the file in memory. Go look up the ELF (Executable and Linking Format) for a good example.

BTW, a tip for you. You can order bound manuals for the Pentium I/II/III/4 directly from Intel's website AT NO COST. Apparently, this is a result of their deal with the justice department to resolve possible anti-trust charges. They take a month or two to get, but they are nice manuals with plenty of detail.

Where? (1)

ZxCv (6138) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641208)

BTW, a tip for you. You can order bound manuals for the Pentium I/II/III/4 directly from Intel's website AT NO COST.

Gotta pointer to specifically where on their site to get them? Thanks!

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

digital bath (650895) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641209)

Is there a link to the intel page where you can order these?

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

t (8386) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641223)

BTW, a tip for you. You can order bound manuals for the Pentium I/II/III/4 directly from Intel's website AT NO COST. Apparently, this is a result of their deal with the justice department to resolve possible anti-trust charges. They take a month or two to get, but they are nice manuals with plenty of detail.
What did they use to cost? But anyway, you can also go to the Motorola website and get free manuals shipped to you for the PPC.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641272)

Apparently, this is a result of their deal with the justice department to resolve possible anti-trust charges.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641568)

Nice job on repeating me there. Too bad you need to learn more history [com.com] .

It's pretty cool that Motorola provides free bound manuals. Sun also provides full information [sparc.org] on their SPARC design. Sadly, I think they charge for bound manuals. :-(

Manuals are here... (5, Informative)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641245)

Oh god, I'm SUCH a karma whore...

Pentium manuals in download or dead-tree form. [intel.com]

Re:Manuals are here... (1)

ashkar (319969) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641441)

Thanks, whore.

I will now have 4 more books in my library.

Re:Manuals are here... (1)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641637)

While both you and I are appreciative, I'm sure Intel is cursing his name right about now. While only 2 people have posted about ordering them, I think it'd be rather amusing to see a graph of requests for the past month so we could see a nice little spike in requests thanks to Slashdot. And they thought it sucked when their servers get Slashdotted. :)

Re:Manuals are here... (1)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641569)

Wow, this is awesome. I've been looking for something similar to this, and the fact that I can get it for free makes it all the better. I have no modpoints to shower you with, so a sincere thank you will have to do. :)

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

register_ax (695577) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641523)

BTW, a tip for you. You can order bound manuals for the Pentium I/II/III/4 directly from Intel's website AT NO COST. Apparently, this is a result of their deal with the justice department to resolve possible anti-trust charges. They take a month or two to get, but they are nice manuals with plenty of detail.

PUUHHleeasse. Why bother with Intel when AMD [amd.com] offers the same deal? Quit obscuring the truth!!! Surely any company who can deliver a superior, [anandtech.com] innovative, [intelligent-video.com] reliable [anandtech.com] product has something to hide! [zdnet.com]

I'm not buying it...

p.s. If you must belong to the dark side, follow along with that other [slashdot.org] sheep.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641593)

Um. Sure. Not that AMD sees they have to compete with Intel or anything, right? Nor that 90% of their chips are (quite literally) cheap Intel knockoffs? Although, they are cheap in a good way...

Geez, you try to help a guy out and all of Slashdot attacks. Remind me to stay home next time.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641653)

Maybe he didn't realize that Intel, AMD, and VIA chips all use IA-32? And not all of Slashdot is attacking you. Hell, about now, you're my hero. :)

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

register_ax (695577) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641769)

I wasn't trying to kick you. It was supposed to be more of a goof then anything. I was hoping people would realize that AMD was nothing more then a knockoff and quietly subverting the masses to the prowess of Intel. Their innovations are truly captivating whereas AMD gives best bang/buck. I realize it's all ia32 arch so I guess it was kind of stupid of me to post that. It is interesting AMD is offering a book on their new AMD Athlon XP 64.

In summary, it was quiet subversion and a chance to double the freebies! ;)

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641619)

While I was happy being able to get my hands on IA-32 manuals for free, the fact that I can also get x86-64 manuals has made my night indeed. Thanks. :)

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Cheeziologist (596855) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641554)

BTW, a tip for you. You can order bound manuals for the Pentium I/II/III/4 directly from Intel's website AT NO COST. Apparently, this is a result of their deal with the justice department to resolve possible anti-trust charges. They take a month or two to get, but they are nice manuals with plenty of detail.

That is a very cool and good piece of information to know that I didn't know. I just ordered my manuals a few minutes ago. Thanks for the info!

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641599)

Thanks for the info!

No problem! :-)

Re:Menuet OS Development. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641121)

That'll be one of the fastest OS's on the market easily

Not necessarily true. I mean, this box has 96% CPU idle as I type, and I have a load of crap loaded and running in the background. It isn't going to get much faster if the OS were written in assembler. The stuff that takes time is pulling data off disk, shuffling memory around, loading apps & resources, managing devices & I/O and handling processes. Anything else is largely the application's fault or a reflection on the OS's API design.

Anyway - as someone who once built a dinky little OS / window manager in 68k assembler - what I'm trying to say is: the algorithms and design is more important than the language for building an OS. A super design in C / Pascal / intepreted Python / anything else is going to be faster than a very poor design in assembler. And the higher level languages make more organised designs easier to manage and implement, plus they're less error-prone.

While Menuet might be an impressive achievement, I'm not sure assembler is an appropriate language for coding an entire modern OS of any significance outside of embedded use (for hardware-specific / performance critical pieces, sure - but assembler for everything is probably overkill.) It's already sort of obsolete with AMD's movement to IA-64 - it's going to be major work to port all that assembler to 64-bit code.

Just my 2 cents.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (4, Interesting)

sproket (568591) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641197)

Not necessarily. Everybody assumes that assembly makes the fastest programs. The reality is that optimizing C compilers can produce faster code than most programmers. Even among those who have knowledge to write faster assembly, the sheer time involved can make it unworthwhile to do something optimally. After writing something at a snail's pace for days, the developer often says to himself: I'll come back later and code this up as a binary tree, for now I'm just going to use a linear search and get it done.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (4, Insightful)

Stormie (708) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641502)

The reality is that optimizing C compilers can produce faster code than most programmers

Yes, but "most programmers" don't sit down to write an OS in assembly. Optimizing C compilers most certainly do not produce faster code than a true kick-ass assembly guru, and I assume that's the sort of person who would take on a project like this.

After writing something at a snail's pace for days, the developer often says to himself: I'll come back later and code this up as a binary tree, for now I'm just going to use a linear search and get it done.

On that front, however, you may well be correct. Writing something in "100% asm" is almost certainly more about ego than performance. One adage which actually is true is the old "10% of the code takes 90% of the CPU time" one, so write it, profile it, and then rewrite the critical bits in assembly.

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Snoopy77 (229731) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641293)

That'll be one of the fastest OS's on the market easily.

I doubt that hand-coded assembly is going to be noticably different from compiler generated assembly. Compilers these day do a pretty good job of optimizing.

But yes, compared to Winbloat, it will most probably zoom!

Re:Menuet OS Development. (1)

Repugnant_Shit (263651) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641340)

I've tried Menuet in the past. The only thing that would keep it from being great is that every program can access all the memory available to the system. This means one bad app can crash the system (Win3.1 anyone?). Maybe that has changed in recent months though.

I for one... (1)

gearheadsmp (569823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641784)

I for one will welcome our assembly-optimized overlords!

How to suck cock (slashback) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640891)

To start out, we must first bring up an important point: women, in general, do not know how to suck dick. They don't own the equipment, they don't understand the male drive, they don't know how a blow job feels, and they don't know how penises work. In fact, while many women have experimented with dick sucking, 90% of them don't like or don't want to try sucking dick. That's unfortunate because they are missing out on a rewarding experience. Likewise, their men are missing out on a very exciting experience. Let's face it, if you want to receive not just a blowjob, but a blowjob, you probably want a guy for a partner. Unless, of course, this guide helps transfer the carnal knowledge of pleasuring a man from a gay man to the straight women out there. If not, I hope to at least transfer this knowledge to another gay man out there. :)

The penis is one of the most wonderful parts of the body to suck. Nothing can compare to its size, shape, texture, warmth, taste, and its response to touch. Female breasts are rather inanimate in comparison. Their only redeeming qualities are the nipples that respond to touch, but guys have nipples too, so it's not an exclusively feminine part of the body.

It is important to give yourself a weekend of privacy the first time you try to suck off a guy. You may not be able to the first time and will need extra time the next day or two to try again. If you don't give yourself a weekend, you can end up failing and then next time you have a chance. You will make the same mistakes over again because you will not remember what mistakes you made the previous time.

You probably have noticed it's much harder to masturbate while standing up. It is much more difficult to get a guy off if he's standing up, especially if you've never sucked off a guy before. So, let your partner lie down on his back on a bed (or somewhere soft and flat). Use your own experiences of masturbation in private to guide you as much as possible.

Notice how the dick is not completely cylindrical, but is slightly flattened? That shape is designed to fit perfectly in the mouth. There's no way evolution could have better designed a part for sucking. Note that the most sensitive portion of the penis is the length underneath the shaft. This should clue you in on how to position yourself to suck him. You will want to scoot yourself down so that you are 1) straddling one or both of his legs or 2) kneeling beside him or between his legs. Find out what works for the both of you.

The underneath of his shaft should rest on your tongue and his penis should lie flat in your mouth. Once you take him into your mouth, try turning your head 90 degrees around his cock and you will notice that you will have to open wider to accomodate him. The wider you have open your mouth, the quicker you will tire, so make sure you align yourself for the most comfort. Likewise, your partner will enjoy it more if your tongue is in the right place.

Lick along the length of the shaft and give the tip a few licks around the ridge of the tip. Have fun. Take his tip in your mouth and suck. You may want to hold his shaft down at an angle just enough to allow his penis to enter your mouth smoothly. By now, you may notice a drip of clear liquid forming at the tip of his dick. Some men produce a lot of precome, others a little, some none at all. Take a lick at it. It's sweet tasting and quite a bit different from come. Think of it as an appetizer. Once you are ready for main course, note that you do not actually have to suck like you would a drinking straw and probably shouldn't because it's very tiring. Instead, let your lips and tongue do the work. Some guys like a little bit of teeth, but be careful with them. Teeth are very rough, so the slightest touch goes a long way. You will want to stimulate him by taking him in and out of your mouth. Your lips need only lightly brush against his dick. From time to time, you will feel his tip swelling. Increase the pressure from your lips to match the swelling of his tip. Decrease the pressure as his tip softens. Stimulate him by moving your mouth up and down his shaft. Move your whole body, not just your neck (which quickly becomes uncomfortable). On the downstroke, go down only as far as comfortable. Remember, it will take many minutes to get him off, so avoid anything that causes you to ache or prevents you from breathing. On the stroke upwards, let your lips slide over the tip, but do not actually let the penis come out of your mouth. Try to keep contact at all times. If you need a moment to breathe, take him deep into your mouth as far as comfort allows and breathe through your nose. If you have trouble breathing through your nose, pull up off his dick a little bit. If you are getting tired and need a few moments rest, pull off of him and relax beside your partner. Chances are he'll be going down on you in a few minutes! However, if it is your first time to suck him off, it's best that he not bring you to climax. You will want to be plenty horny when the time comes.

It will take some practice learning to sense the moment your partner comes. As he nears orgasm, his tip will swell and he may arch his back. If he's not circumsized it may be a bit more difficult to feel the tip swelling. The second he comes, the tip softens again while the shaft remains hard. His body will relax and his breathing will change. Often you will hear a puff of breath at the moment of climax. Now's your cue to slow down. Don't stop completely as that reduces the pleasure, but be careful. If he flinches, you are causing him pain, so slow down even more. It's best to go overly slow than not slow enough. Now you will taste him cum. If he's a distance shooter, it will take several seconds before you will taste him. Most of his cum will shoot into the back of your throat and you will only taste the cum once it dribbles down to your tongue. The experience is kind of like drinking water from a watergun. You've done that before right? Except water guns have higher pressure than your partner will. While a watergun can shoot a dozen or two feet away, your partner will only be able to squirt several feet in distance. The pressure is not strong enough to feel. But you will know for certain he has come when you taste his male syrup. If your partner spurts out a thick jet of cum only an inch or two in distance, you will taste him the moment he shoots. Instant gratification!

Your partner's penis will now be very sensitive, so wait until the orgasm subsides before pulling off. Once his shaft begins to soften and shrivel in your mouth, slowly pull off and swallow his come. Yep, swallow. If you like the taste, you can wait before swallowing, of course. But if you don't like the taste, swallow anyways. You will just end up tasting more of it if you spit it out, something that most dick sucking women unfortunately never learn. That's because they are not afraid so much of the actual taste than they are of your penis and semen. If you are a woman, resist your fears of the male body and just swallow! If you'd rather not taste it at all, you can try pulling off the moment your partner comes. However, that sometimes fails (like coitus interruptus), so for now, get use to the taste. It's a natural side effect of pleasing a male and it won't hurt you. It certainly hasn't hurt me. :) There is nothing dirty about the male genitals or the liquid product of a male orgasm. Also, spitting out is uber unsexy for the male on the receiving side of the blowjob, something women generally don't comprehend because they are not male. You've got to be a male to understand, so just trust me. Your boyfriend will thank me (and you, too).

I hope you find these steps helpful as they fill a void in today's sex education that only details boring coital missionary position sex. It's an important procedure for the reproduction of the human species, but hardly the last word in sexual intimacy. Experiment and have fun.

The largest gathering (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640892)

Well I've never heard geeks classified in such a manner. Maybe this could be a major breakthrough! Do I smell the kingdom geekus coming or is that just another tabletopgamerasourous?

Mandrake and the community (4, Insightful)

Telex4 (265980) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640893)

That's good news about Mandrake, and it's good to see that some of their financial success is coming from community support (i.e. the club). It'd be interesting to get a breakdown of figures to see how much they rely on it.

Mandrake have put so much back into the community that it'd be fitting for the community to then help keep them afloat. It'd be a short-term disaster if they went under.

Re:Mandrake and the community (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641132)

The only people who use mandrake are gay niggers from outer space

Re:Mandrake and the community (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641291)

What do the bisexual african americans use?

Linux Counter. (3, Interesting)

eddy (18759) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640896)

I'm #85934. I think I saw that Slackware reminder to register a thousand times (certainly three different installs) until I finally gave in and registered.

Too bad, for some weird reason I really wonder how low a # I'd gotten if I'd registered ASAP

Oh, well. At least I got #24 of 1283 in the 2.4 kernel pool [tummy.com] . But I truly digress

Ramifications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640897)

What ramifications will this have in the consumer marketplace?

Re:Ramifications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641082)

"this" being?

Re:Ramifications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641234)

Good question: My guess is we'll see nothing in the short term, but some major upheaval as the long term effects of what's happened come into play. Remember that this will take a while to fully sink in.

I'd say, keep watching: We should know by the Winter of this year.

off topic but great non the less (-1, Offtopic)

phaetonic (621542) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640898)

http://www.airtoons.com/toons.php?toon=15

Rock on (0)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640983)

good stuff

I'm impressed by MenuetOS. (3, Insightful)

James A. A. Joyce (681634) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640900)

I notice that like a lot of assembler OSes it doesn't seem too modular. (That's fine, though, considering that it's just 70K!) All the utilities which are needed are builtin. Which brings me to the question I wish to ask for any who are more informed than I?

Is there a simple way of interfacing with the GUI to produce dialog boxes and the like from a simple shell? I'm thinking of something like xdialog or gdialog in UNIX/Linux systems with X/GNOME installed.

FUCK YOU EKROUT! FUCK YOU AND DIE FUCKCOCK! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640910)

YOU FUCKER!

Re:I'm impressed by MenuetOS. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6640923)

"Is there a simple way of interfacing with the GUI to produce dialog boxes and the like from a simple shell? I'm thinking of something like xdialog or gdialog in UNIX/Linux systems with X/GNOME installed."

Go away troll, and stop posting nonsense trying to act smart.

What? I'm being serious. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641023)

One can make dialog boxes from a noninteractive shell program on a Linux box if you have GNOME (or even X) installed. If you have X installed, just type "dialog" at your shell prompt.

Guess they over-estimated Scotty's value... (2, Interesting)

Thornae (53316) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640912)

The reserve price of US$40K on a complete TOS uniform for Scotty [ebay.com] wasn't met.

Anyone got any obvious jokes about the fact that it's a RED uniform?

Re:Guess they over-estimated Scotty's value... (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640996)

I'll bite.

Maybe when people tried to bid on it, it went something like:

"I wan't to bid on some TOS stuff. Oh, what's this uniform over heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!"

Never heard from again.

-Peter

Overestimated a lot, actually. (1)

Thornae (53316) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641022)

Scotty's formal uniform [ebay.com] didn't do any better.

Neither did a whole [ebay.com] bunch [ebay.com] of [ebay.com] other [ebay.com] cool [ebay.com]
stuff [ebay.com] .
What, doesn't anyone want to pay $8000 to dress up as Imperious Leader [ebay.com] ?

Re:Overestimated a lot, actually. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641156)

that coffin is friggin cool. 7 ft long! would be great for making out with the chiquitas while watching POTA

Beam me up, Scotty! (4, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641095)

Jeez, it doesn't even come with any real documentation or provenance. Just some laundry marks that might have been made by the Desilu props department. Or not.

You'll note that the rank stripes are for a Lieutenant J.G., though by the end of TOS Scotty jumped up to Lieutenant Commander. Roddenberry explained this with some silly story about giving the actors promotions instead of raises. But I suspect that he really had no idea what the stripes meant. A lot more of Star Trek was invented by other people than members of the Church of St. Gene will admit.

Re:Guess they over-estimated Scotty's value... (1)

The Munger (695154) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641143)

Why did Scotty wear a red uniform?

To keep his trousers up.

Thank you, thank you. I can hear the groans already.

Nice advert (2, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640935)

"Menuet, the 100 % assembly OS,

As opposed to those languages that aren't assembly in some form... :-)

Re:Nice advert (1)

SubjunctiveSam (669606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641674)

I don't understand your point.

Video Capture (4, Interesting)

flacco (324089) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640941)

I'd love to see a start-to-finish Video Capture and Clean-up article for LINUX.

I have an ATI Radeon 8500 All-In-Wonder rotting away in my machine, and some Hi-8 tapes that I'd like to digitize... :-(

Re:Video Capture (5, Insightful)

Gherald (682277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641058)

Indeed, as soon as I come across a good HOWTO article I will buy a Winfast TV2000XP [newegg.com]

Unless you are building a mini HTPC type system, I think AIW is pointless. Much better to have a vanilla AGP card that can be upgraded at any time.

Re:Video Capture (1)

ChrisMaple (607946) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641543)

I have a Matrox Marvel G200 which captures in Motion JPEG (avi) format using "lavrec", part of the "MJPEG tools" suite. Also included are filtering and deinterlacing tools and a good tutorial. Filtering speed is a little faster than 1 frame per second (720X480) and MPEG creation is about the same rate (500MHz PIII). If there is an adequate driver for your All-In-Wonder you ought to be able to use the MJPEG-tools. Reading the source code is educational.

To digitize Hi8 tapes (1)

ouija147 (467204) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641893)

Buy a firewire card. Borrow a DV camcorder that supports capturing video from an analog input. Then connect the analog out from your Hi8 to the analog input of the DV cam. Record the signal from the Hi8 cam onto the DV tape. Then output the captured DV footage via firewire.

This may seem like it would take more time than it would to directly capture the video via the AIW, but having experienced all the hassles of analog capture via an AIW--dropped frames, and a myriad of other problems--this has worked out best and fastest for me. YMMV

Re:To digitize Hi8 tapes (1)

flacco (324089) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641925)

actually, i've been thinking about getting a dvc, but have no idea which one to buy... any recommendations for one that works well with linux? or comprehensive buyer's guides?

Interesting Mandrake quip (5, Interesting)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#6640968)

My buddy lost his nice tech job at a bank and has been running the PC upgrade and repair shop at the local CompUSA (for about 50% the pay, but hell, beats unemployment). Anyways, sales of Mandrake Linux constently beat Red Hat right up until Red Hat 8 was shipped. And all together Suse, Red Hat, and Mandrake has actually sold more then Windows XP since XP's release. Only the Windows XP upgrade and Office XP has sold more copies then the Big 3 of Linux.

I thought you might find that interesting.

Re:Interesting Mandrake quip (1)

mopslik (688435) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641124)

And all together Suse, Red Hat, and Mandrake has actually sold more then Windows XP since XP's release.

Might that have something to do with the fact that around 90% of PCs ship with WinXP pre-installed?

Re:Interesting Mandrake quip (1)

natmsincome.com (528791) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641318)

What it does mean through is that Linux "Sales" in his store are higher than Windows Sales.

If you went to a number of other stores you might get the same data as well.

Pool all that data together and you realise that Linux has more sales the XP since the upgrades don't count since they are going from one windows to another.

When you look at this it's obvious that the facts are wrong but this is what microsoft does. Here's some of the tricks that are used to manipulate the stats.

*Sell copies of Windows XP but let the customer downgrade to Windows 2000. XP has rapid adoption because people can't buy anything else.

*Count copies that haven't been sold. They count the copies they ship not that customer buy.[1] This means that the computeron display + others that haven't been sold are counted as a sale.

*Display sales are if it was mindshare. This is bad for Mac's as while PC's are have an upgrad cycle of 3 years Mac's upgrade cycle is about 5 years. So Sales stats are about 95% Windows 2% Mac + 3% others while the real mindshare (Computers being used) is more like 91% Windows 4% Mac and 5% others.

[1] This isn't exactly true but is easier for most people to understand.

Re:Interesting Mandrake quip (1)

The Munger (695154) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641397)

I think your conclusions are incorrect. While on face value it may seem like Linux is outselling Windows, we all know that isn't true. A large portion of the Windows sales may be bundled versions with computers.

Upgrade CDs do count. Some of the people buying Redhat 8, probably bought Redhat 7 as well. In fact, I would suggest that a large portion of those Linux buyers are repeat customers. Let's face it - if you can't afford the download for one major release, you're probably in the same boat the next time around. So you do have to take into account that these full purchases may be upgrades. In which case, XP upgrades also matter.

Re:Interesting Mandrake quip (4, Informative)

The Munger (695154) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641169)

Surely the fact that most PCs come bundled with a Windows OS would influence those numbers greatly. Not many 'real people' upgrade their version of windows unless they're buying a new computer or a geek friend upgrades it for them to run the latest whiz-bang software. And that geek isn't going to fork out for it.

It's telling that the XP upgrade CD outsells the Big 3. It shows that Windows is still the OS that these 'real people' want on their machines.

It is good to see people willing to fork out the cash to support the cause though.

Re:Interesting Mandrake quip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641799)

"than"

RJJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641069)

Roy Jones is fighting Corrie Sanders!!!

video capture (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641078)

To see how the pros do it check out the products from Digital Rapids.

http://www.digital-rapids.com

here is a link to their video processing, all hardware pre-processing with amazing results in real-time.

http://www.digital-rapids.com/Products_DemoRoom. ht ml

We are using some of these boards for our digital dailies at the post house and they are amazing, sadly enough however, no linux drivers yet.

Big Name Pistol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641116)

Oh, So i guess its alright for movie pistols to be sold on ebay and not my pistols.

Sean Young's Haircut (1)

aSiTiC (519647) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641152)

That Bladerunner would be my second choice, any auction going on Sean Young's haircut??

What's it called? Parting of the Waves?

Wow (-1, Offtopic)

TheIzzy (615852) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641163)

Wow. This HAS to be a slashdot record low: only 39 posts! I feel dark times approching...

Lawsuit Fest (4, Funny)

didjit (34494) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641186)

That picnic could be a good place for SCO lawyers to deliver legal papers to violators of their copyright. Anyone in attendance running Linux, wearing a Linux related T-Shirt, etc could get sued.

Re:Lawsuit Fest (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641858)

Anyone in attendance running Linux, wearing a Linux related T-Shirt, etc could get sued.

Yeah, but just imagine what would happen to any SCO lawyer that shows up.

I'd rather get sued. It would be far less unpleasant.

-

The 100 % assembly OS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641210)

They're all 100% assembly by the time you're running them.

Re:The 100 % assembly OS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641244)

No, they're 100% machine code when you run then.

They're assembly until the assembler assembles them into machine code.

No. (1)

wirelessbuzzers (552513) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641353)

They're 100% machine language. As in, they're patterns of charged and discharged capacitors in RAM, as well as patterns of current flow in the CPU.

So don't quibble.

WTF is all this shiite ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641227)

keep the topics to one pleeze.

Re:WTF is all this shiite ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641360)

its a slashback!

and you are an uneducated fool

Re:WTF is all this shiite ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641699)

Before calling someone else an uneducated fool, please try to make sure you're not one yourself.

Note that "its" is the possessive form of "it" and "it's" is the contraction of "it is." Also note that sentences should start with capital letters and end with a period, exclamation point or question mark.

Linux Counter (1, Insightful)

Cpl Laque (512294) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641240)

Not to be mister negative but...
Being that slashdot is pro-Linux. You think the editors would have been nice enough to give Linux counter its own Article instead of being buried in a slashback. The Counter wasn't even mentioned on the main page.

Please RSVP for the picnic if you'll attend (4, Informative)

ikluft (1284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641325)

If you'll be at the Linux Picnic, please RSVP [linuxpicnic.org] so that we can estimate how much food to bring.

As the posting says, there is no fee to attend. The costs of this year's picnic have been picked up by Oracle.

And a bit of trivia: the Sunnyvale Baylands Park where the picnic is held is also one of the sites where filming took place for Revolution OS [revolution-os.com] . For anyone who's interested, we can show you the boardwalk area where the interviews with Michael Tiemann of Cygnus (now CTO of RedHat) took place.

Re:Please RSVP for the picnic if you'll attend (1)

pimpinmonk (238443) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641929)

Please Repondez, S'il Vous Plait
RSVP stands for please respond, so when you say Please RSVP it means "Please Respond Please." I hate to be a nitpick and don't mean to be a jerk, but this is something I hear all the time that kinda irks me! And if you don't do it for me, remember, it's one less thing for those damn Frenchies to ridicule us about (the mis-use of their language)

Re:Please RSVP for the picnic if you'll attend (1)

ikluft (1284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641971)

Je comprends. (French for "I understand.")

However, get used to it. In English any word can be verbed. :-)

George Reeves? (1)

quinkin (601839) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641513)

George Reeves???

His name was Christopher last I looked...

Q.

Re:George Reeves? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6641655)

George Reeves [angelfire.com] the real Superman!

Re:George Reeves? (2, Informative)

absurder (696251) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641657)

Uhhh.. George Reeves played Superman on TV in the 50's.

Re:George Reeves? (1)

bsartist (550317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641709)

His name was Christopher last I looked...

Look again. ;-)

Christopher Reeve (no "s") starred in several [imdb.com] cheesy [imdb.com] Superman [imdb.com] movies [imdb.com] in the 70's and 80's. George Reeves starred in a cheesy Superman TV series [imdb.com] in the 50's.

Re:George Reeves? (4, Informative)

dmaxwell (43234) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641803)

In the fifties, there was a Superman live action TV series. An actor named George Reeves played Superman. In the late seventies and through the eighties Christopher Reeve (no "s") played Superman in a series of three movies. Let us not speak of IV, it scared my psyche so badly that I deny it ever happened to this day. We're talking big budget MST3K fodder.

That the two actors names are almost identical is a coincidence.

Buymusic.com (2, Interesting)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641672)

For those who responded to this post [slashdot.org] , I will be getting a box full of CDs this weekend and will start sending them out - thanks to all who emailed me about getting a CD, the response was fantastic!

In other news, we are talking with a lawyer and hope to have some news soon about our status on buymusic.com.

After some homework, we did *not* sign anything with 'The Orchard'. We had our CDs manufactured by a company called 'Oasis' [oasiscd.com] , and agreed for a song to be put on a sampler. That's it.

'The Orchard' and buymusic.com are blatantly violating copyright in the worst way (selling the infrigements).

Personally, I don't care if this CD is on p2p (I plan to make files available after this is taken care of), but when someone charges for these songs without our knowledge and pockets the proceeds, that is not cool.

Thanks again for all those who emailed for a CD and to chat about it, many more are available, so feel free to contact me and buy one ($5+shipping) if you like the samples. [amazon.com]

I bought Erin Gray's spandex at the auction... (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 11 years ago | (#6641734)

nobody told me that they were gonna wash them... :(
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