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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

3vi1 Easily Fixed (521 comments)

Redesign the heating towers to look like giant cats.

Next problem, please.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

3vi1 Name should follow use: (426 comments)

They should name it according to the way people use it:

"Microsoft Googler", or maybe "Microsoft Google Chrome Downloader", would seem to be good choices.

about a month ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

3vi1 Forgive and Forget (742 comments)

Forgive and forgetting is hard, when Microsoft never really changed their strategy of working you into proprietary technologies and vendor lock-in.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

about 7 months ago

Should developers fix bugs in their own time?

3vi1 Bricklayers work like that? (7 comments)

That analogy is so flawed as to make me wonder if your boss should be managing developers. Make sure he knows that you don't work for free, and that no software developer worth a damn is going to either.

Fixing bugs is not 'replacing bad bricks', and software engineering is not as simple as looking at an opening and seeing how many lines of code will fill it.

about 7 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

3vi1 A sane ruling... (457 comments)

A sane ruling on the matter...
and in Florida...

[Update;} I'm back from the window, but I didn't see neither a lake of fire *nor* four horsemen. :\

about 7 months ago

Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

3vi1 Re:Um, What? (110 comments)

> i mean the STARTING price is the same as the Xbone, and that is for the LOW END bottom o' the line system? Really?

It's not reasonable to expect a non-subsidized, upgradeable (in the case of many of the models), open console to cost less than subsidized, locked-down hardware with a consolidated-to-be-cheap design.

The Steam Machines are only a bad deal if you are the kind of person that only buys few AAA games and don't want to take advantage the openness to do things like run services (ex. put a minecraft server on your box) and/or emulators for your old console games.

about 8 months ago

SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

3vi1 Re:Netflix (211 comments)

You'd have to hack around it with the usual solution (pipelight) for now, but NetFlix is re-writing their client to drop Silverlight and be fully HTML5. So, in the future it should work natively.

about 9 months ago

NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On the Moon

3vi1 Re:Awesome (193 comments)

It would have to travel 4 miles an hour over every possible type of terrain. Better to just live in orbit.

about 10 months ago

PlayStation 4 Released

3vi1 Re:Not this time, Sony (294 comments)

If you have a Steam game that you can't play in Steam's offline mode, that's the fault of the people making the game, not Valve/Steam..

Valve gives devs a choice of how they want to do their DRM, and you have the choice not to buy games from the particular devs that don't meet your individual expectations.

But, if you'd rather buy a system with more locked down DRM and fewer games, more power to you. You also have the choice to not buy no games that use DRM at all, but then why are you reading a console thread... or is there some option of which I'm unaware?

about 9 months ago

PlayStation 4 Released

3vi1 Re:Not this time, Sony (294 comments)

^ My sentiment exactly.

Sony has repeatedly engaged in anti-consumer activity, so I see no reason to support them. I own all the last gen consoles, but I've had it with MS and Sony (and Nintendo's showing this round is not really compelling, IMHO).

I'm going to hold out for a really powerful Steam machine for the living room. Valve seems like a friendlier company, and most of us here probably already own over a hundred titles via Steam.

about 9 months ago

Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

3vi1 Mod parent up. (510 comments)

The fact that you can plug a Knoppix thumbdrive into almost any system and get booted to a working GUI with sound shows that Linux hardware support is not only good, it's amazingly good.

Use Windows To Go (assuming you have an Enterprise license) and try getting anywhere near the hardware compatibility you get from Linux LiveCDs.

A lot of people think Linux has relatively more installation problems because it might have some install quirk on their hardware. Windows has quirks too - they've just been worked around by a 3rd party before and built into their recovery disk/partition. God knows I spent way too long getting reference drivers for wifi chipsets and printers back when my kids wanted Vista.

about a year ago

HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

3vi1 Re:Monster Cable (293 comments)

This made me laugh out loud, then get soooo angry when I imagine someone saying it honestly. Good job.

1 year,10 days

Prankster Calls NSA To Restore Deleted E-mail

3vi1 Re:First Post (221 comments)

Damn you, XKCD. See what you did?

1 year,11 days

Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

3vi1 Re:Amended quote (743 comments)

Yes, but saying:

>âoeItâ(TM)s 2013 and the NSA is stuck in 2003 technology,â

Is a real good quote for later when they later tell congress they need their budget increased.

1 year,15 days

MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

3vi1 Already exists (180 comments)

You can already transfer music between phones like this, but it's quite lossy depending on the quality of your speaker.

about a year ago

Shazam For Wine?

3vi1 Really? (2 comments)

>> Simply by taking a picture of a wine label, Drync can identify and describe nearly any bottle of wine.

Me too. By reading the label and Googling it.

about a year ago

80FFTs Per Second To Detect Whistles (and Switch On Lights)

3vi1 Be ready for... (156 comments)

"As a representative of the RIAA, we'd like to buy your whistle-recognition technology. We think we could make tens of millions of dollars each year by suing people who whistle our songs as providing unlicensed public performances. We'll give you as much as $200.00 for complete ownership of your patents!"

about a year ago

Ubuntu Releases 13.04, Sticks To 6-Month Release Rhythm

3vi1 Re:new feature: shortened support (177 comments)

No, you won't have to upgrade to 13.10 "no matter what". The recommended way to do upgrades is to always go to the next version (as that's what gets the majority of testing), but 13.04 makes no major changes (like replacing upstart) that would prevent it from directly upgrading to anything to which 12.04 or other recent versions could directly upgrade.

You won't 'be screwed" if you have hardware compatibility problems in 13.10; you simply boot an older kernel (since that's where the hardware drivers are). I've done it with several previous alphas - but users are unlikely to discover major problems by the time it gets to a final release. I already have one system using the 13.10 (saucy) repos now (though they have no updates beyond what's in the raring repos). Expect me and the others that enjoy the bleeding edge to find/report the problems so that you don't have to.

I'm not sure why any of this would be an issue anyway: When the OS keeps all your app settings in /home (which you should put on a separate partition), complete re-installs of newer/older versions take no more time than the upgrades.

about a year ago


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3vi1 3vi1 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm just a normal guy, going in seven directions at once.

I generally write my inane comments over at Eternal Dusk. Surf on over if you like. Or not. Ya bastard.

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