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How To End Online Harassment

BRSloth Re:Trolled by Soulskill (834 comments)

'games culture' != 'gamer'.

We can take, as an example, Jack Thompson. Jack Thompson was *never* a gamer, but due his, to put mildly, "acts" with games in general, he became part of it (and the "acts" themselves). Actually, the whole ordeal just shows how the "culture" was representaed: anti-social white kids living in their parents basements (Alexander even pushes this point futher in the end).

It's akin to Felicia Day post about how she felt when two guys with gaming tshirts where in her way: It was not about gamergate, it was not about anti-gamergate, it was about the whole thing.

about 3 months ago

Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

BRSloth Re:Why the extra name (263 comments)

Gradiente (the company making the phone) wants to paint themselves as the good guys, who simply got lucky of registering the name before Apple (they even have a video, in Portuguese, saying that their phone is "cheaper and have less features" while praising Steve Jobs in the process for making the "other" iPhone).

My guess is that they are doing everything that is legal around here just to hike up the price. They probably know that being assholes would burn their brand (which is almost dead for around a decade) and just make Apple put more lawyers in the process.

about 2 years ago

Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement

BRSloth Re:It seems good (591 comments)

Sure, there are some situations where you cannot connect to internet, but it's really in minority.

The problem with "always online" DRM is not that "there are situations that you can't connect to the internet". The problem is that you rely heavily on the other site and the medium for it to work flawlessly.

Let me give you an example (there is a problem with it and I reckon right from the start): It's a matter of only 2 or 3 years that Blizzard changed the maintenance cycle of their oceanic servers in WoW to coincide with the Oceanic timezone. Before that, any WoW player in Australia (for example) would get home on Tuesday and find that the maintenance cycle had just started. And that it was later extended another another for whatever reason.

Reports of Blizzard losing connecting to whole networks (like AT&T) happened even recently.

Now imagine that you finally got a day off. It's a rainy day, there is nothing going on, so you decide to play Diablo 3. And then you get the news that the servers are down or that there is a problem with the connection of Blizzard and your provider or Anonymous got ripped off in some Real Money AH and decided to bomb Battle.net login servers. Now what?

There are too many variables to give you an 100% fun experience with it.

I have no problems if they required a Battle.net account with a registered Diablo 3 key in it to play multiplayer (i.e., the lack of LAN play). My problem is that I may want to have a quick fix and I have to go to a check list to make sure I'll have fun.

more than 3 years ago

Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

BRSloth Auto-correct (55 comments)

Seems his auto-correct changed a lot of "happen" to "happy". If any editor is watching this, could you guys fix that?

more than 3 years ago

Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin

BRSloth Re:I don't get it (286 comments)

Not sure what you mean "native to the platform, like Java". Java is mostly platform-less (more or less) as most code can run unmodified in any platform, be it Linux, OS X or Windows (again, let me say "more or less". There are some differences between platforms, even in Java).

Also, most Linux home users already run Mono applications, like Banshee and Tomboy, which are part of the GNOME desktop.

That being said, in my opinion the biggest problem with Mono (apart from the whole patent debacle) is that it was always lagging behind the official .NET specification. I lost the count of the number of .NET applications, compiled in the official C# compiler, that I tried to run with it and it would simply not work.

more than 3 years ago

GPL Violations By D-Link and Boxee

BRSloth Re:Yeah? (251 comments)

GPL is based on copyright, dictating the rules by which the work can be transferred (or sold, or given). It's the same as breaking the Microsoft EULA when you pirate your Windows copy.

Surely, there may be not enough GPL authors going after people breaking their licenses, but it falls on the same category [I *think* the FSF sometimes offers legal help for those trying to sue companies to enforce their GPL-licensed products.]

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft

BRSloth I like PvP (80 comments)

And, in the final part, I was here, just waiting for a Tauren Paladin to jump into scene and gank the mage while the guy was explaining why it would be a good thing for kids.

Yes, I'm that horrible.

more than 4 years ago

8pen Reinvents the Keyboard For Mobile Devices

BRSloth Future steps (214 comments)

You know, you could add a pen to the device, so you don't have to deal with, say, something that makes it hard to swipe your finger across the screen and reduce the grease in the screen.

Then, after that, you could make the movements more like handwritting, since people are used to that.

Then, maybe, to help people write things faster, put split areas for letters and numbers.

You know, I think I saw that somewhere else before....

more than 4 years ago

Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers

BRSloth Yes office, (361 comments)

"I have some bestiality on my computer, but you can see clearly that the girl is ENJOYING IT!"

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 released

BRSloth Not Chromified for everyone (1 comments)

From the "Features" page:

"Firefox 4 Beta includes an updated Windows interface that's sleeker and easier to use. (Mac & Linux are coming soon!)"

The Chromified look is not available in the Mac and Linux builds yet (just tried.) Everything else is there, though.

more than 4 years ago

Where I am now, it's ...

BRSloth Re:North-hemisphere centric (525 comments)

I'm also from the South hemisphere (Brazil, more precisely) and it's too damn hot for this time of year.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 4.0 Beta Candidate Available

BRSloth Re:Screenshot/Mockups (366 comments)

nothing really innovative or useful came out of Mozilla labs.

Well, not quite. Weave is freaking awesome if you have Firefox on your mobile and your desktop: Log in in, say, Slashdot and weave will carry your session and cookies to your mobile.

[I reckon Mobile Firefox is not that spread, but it surely helps that I have the reference hardware ;)]

more than 3 years ago

Intel Porting Android To x86 For Netbooks and Tablets

BRSloth Re:Meego? (163 comments)

I was wondering the same thing ("MeeGo is now on Nokia's hands")

Well, one thing, this could be Intel cheating Nokia after Nokia cheated Intel porting MeeGo to ARM processors (or so it seems, from what I read somewhere.)

more than 4 years ago

Where Do You Go When Google Locks You Out?

BRSloth Re:No support from Google (332 comments)

I keep all my open source projects on Google Code. I had one that was marked for deletion for more than 1 year. Then I decided to reactive it when Mercurial support landed. For some reason, the repository wouldn't work no matter what format. I searched and searched and searched and finally found the Google Code project page. Submitted an issue about the repo and kept watching it for two days. On the second day, the issue disappeared. Before opening it again, I decided to check the repo: everything was working as expected.

Support for Google products exist. It's just a pain to find it.

more than 4 years ago

A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

BRSloth Why someone would want peace? (495 comments)

I really don't understand why people want to settle things between Adobe and Apple. Honestly, I'm loving it.

The more Steve Jobs complains about Flash, the more focused in building a decent runtime for Flash Adobe will be (current Flash on Linux is a resource hog and OS X is not that far away either); The more Jobs says H264 is for "open web", the more people will scream about it being a patent encumbered protocol.

more than 4 years ago

Multi-Platform App Created Using Single Code Base

BRSloth Native code? (296 comments)

Unless she shows it being compiled as native code, I call it bullshit.

Hey, guess what: my little Python Twitter Client also runs unmodified on Linux, OS X, Windows and Maemo. All that due the nature of a VM running under those machines.

"Oh, but what about the iPad and the iPhone?" Adobe probably have an iPad/iPhone version of their VM running around and he installed it using the ad-hoc feature.

Honestly: bullshit. Big steaming pile of bullshit.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Predicts Box Office Results

BRSloth Re:In other news, sheep go "bah"... (44 comments)

IMHO, that's why it can predict such thing: So far, Twitter seems "untainted" with companies false bloggers and such (let me emphasise the "seems" part), so people really take a bad word as a real, person-to-person, bad word and a good word about a movie as a real thing.

Once people realize Twitter can be tainted as blogs and as any other social network, it will stop being so accurate.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines

BRSloth Re:Ridiculous prize (143 comments)

$3000 may be too low for you. It may be too low for my Australian standards. But, as a Brazilian who worked 10 years in the field there, R$ 5000 is about TWICE what a top software engineer is paid in a month.

more than 5 years ago


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BRSloth BRSloth writes  |  more than 9 years ago

1: Install Microsoft true-type fonts.
2: You could install them via this script: http://vigna.dsi.unimi.it/webFonts4Linux/webFonts. sh [unimi.it]

Then do the following:

Configure X and Gnome to 96 dpi sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf Locate Section "Monitor" and add the following lines before EndSection: # DisplaySize 270 203 # 1024x768 96dpi

# DisplaySize 338 254 # 1280x960 96dpi

# DisplaySize 338 270 # 1280x1024 96dpi

# DisplaySize 370 277 # 1400x1050 96dpi

# DisplaySize 423 370 # 1600x1400 96dpi

Uncomment the line corresponding to your current resolution.

To get other values, use the following formula:

displaysize = {pixelsize}/96*25.4


The display size must be "right" so adjust those values till you get your size right.

And goes there: http://bsd.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=157571&cid=13206830


BRSloth BRSloth writes  |  more than 10 years ago


All geeks are just failed wizards : (

I'm beg to differ, sir! Geeks are the wizards of our world. Our arts are arcane. We write in code that actually makes things happen when read by computers. When two geeks talk to one another within earshot of non-geeks, the lay folk stare at each other and ask "Are they speaking English?" We tinker. We blow things up. We build the things whose operation to lay folk is a mystery.

Our world DOES possess magic. Science permits us to pull back the veil and see how it works, and technology is nothing more than applied magic.


BRSloth BRSloth writes  |  about 11 years ago


In real life. Snipers are a bitch. It takes very real work to take out a sniper in a battlefield, especially a good one.

If I recall correctly, Army counter-sniper doctrine begins with "first, call in an artillery strike..." That should tell you just how serious the armed forces take snipers: the preferred method of dealing with one involves saturating city block-sized areas, one after another, with artillery barrages until there's nothing living larger than an amoeba.

In real life, snipers suck. Unless they're on your side, in which case they're so "cool" they have their own nickname: Murder, Incorporated.

There are only a few well-known snipers (or, as they're called in the Marines, scout-snipers) in the last century. Vasily Zaitsev and Carlos Hathcock are probably the two best-known, Zaitsev working in the Siege of Stalingrad and Hathcock working during the Vietnam War. Zaitsev's exploits are legendary: read the book Enemy at the Gates (avoid the movie, if you want to know the real story) and you'll shudder.

Hathcock's exploits are just as well-known. During the Vietnam War, he and his spotter once eliminated an NVA weapons platoon--around fifty men--in eight hours. It was Hathcock's scout-sniper unit which first received the appellation Murder, Incorporated. To this day, the Marine Corps nickname for their scout-sniper teams is "Murder, Inc.".

Many regular soldiers and Marines hold scout-snipers in contempt. Why? Because regular soldiers and Marines are scared shitless of snipers. They are the total antithesis of warfare. Soldiers understand killing in the heat of battle, when the adrenaline's pumping and you know you're in danger and your buddy just got severed in half by an RPG-7. They don't like it any--and no sane person should!--but they understand it. To a regular trooper, a scout-sniper isn't war: a scout-sniper is the Angel of Death following you wherever you go, and ending your life at a totally random moment, without warning, without escape, without mercy.

A scout-sniper who's working for you may be the Angel of Death walking the field on your side, but he's still the Angel of Death, and troops tend not to like that one bit.

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