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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Boltronics Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

It's about being open and transparent with your audience - that simple step is a catch-all for all this kind of crap. So in this case, if the gaming websites announced that they wouldn't be posting the review immediately due to a signed deal with Ubisoft, I think most pro-GamerGaters would be happy with that. How many review sites actually did that?

about 3 months ago

Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Boltronics Re:Linux (265 comments)

Okay. Many good games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hotline Miami, Legend of Grimrock, Natural Selection 2, Shadowrun Returns, Space Hulk, Waking Mars, etc. are digital download only these days, even for Windows. Other blockbusters such as Dead Island Riptide, Portal 2, Serious Sam 3: BFE and the like are newer than 2 years on GNU/Linux (and in some cases, PS4 and XBone as well), but have been around on Windows for longer so I suppose I can't list those either.

However there are still plenty of titles to make the list, including (but certainly not limited to):

1. 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (2013)
2. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013)
3. Anna: Extended Edition (2013)
4. Awesomenauts: Special Edition (2012)
5. Cities in Motion 2 Gold (2013)
6. Borderlands 2 (2012)
7. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (2014)
8. Botanicula (2012)
9. Broken Sword 5 - the Serpent's Curse (2013)
10. Brütal Legend (2009 for consoles, but 2013 for Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux)
11. Football Manager 2014
12. Football Manager 2015
13. Goat Simulator (2014)
14. Gone Home (2013)
15. Metro: Last Light (2013)
16. Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call (2013)
17. Oil Rush (2012)
18. Outlast (2014)
19. Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (2013)
20. Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition (2014)
21. Wasteland 2 (2014)
22. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)
23. XCOM: Enemy Within (2014)

Retail copies of all of these titles exist. The problem is that many are Steam titles and do not list GNU/Linux on the box, since that build wasn't released on launch. Even Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel which actually did have a day one GNU/Linux launch (which I purchased retail) did not mention GNU/Linux on the box. In my opinion, the problem certainly isn't the lack of games. It's the lack of advertising which titles are supported. Hopefully SteamOS will help solve that.

about 3 months ago

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Boltronics Re:Hope! (522 comments)

When X breaks, you can look at the logs to figure out why it broke. When systemd/journald breaks, how do you look at the logs? It's a problem that journald with binary logging introduces unnecessarily.

about 3 months ago

GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

Boltronics Re:Who uses GnuTLS? (127 comments)

$ apt-cache rdepends libgnutls26 | tail -n +3 | wc -l

Oh crap...

about 8 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Boltronics Re:Awesome (611 comments)

I'll add to that. Often I'll have an xterm open and maximised. This allows me to enter long commands or view long lines in log files, in addition to seeing lots of command or log history. However, most of the time all that space isn't required. Often the most important terminal screen space is shaped like an L - vertical to the left (so I can see commands and directory history, if a bit truncated), as well as horizontal along the bottom where I enter commands.

Because of this, traditional window managers give me options to make more effective use of my screen than a tiling window-manager would be able to. One approach would be to have the xterm semi-transparent so I can see the window easily behind it. An even better approach is to use sloppy mouse focus to position a smaller window using the free space in the top-right foreground. AFAIK, most tiling window managers don't provide windows the option to overlap in this way, which would mean that I'm often effectively wasting ~1/4 of my total screen.

Lastly, I'll point out that you can assign wmctrl commands to achieve most of the good stuff that a tiling window manager is capable of. eg. to move a focused window to the right side of the screen (assuming a 1920x___ res), assign a shortcutl to:

wmctrl -r :ACTIVE: -e 1,960,-1,960,-1

To move a focused window to the left:

wmctrl -r :ACTIVE: -e 1,0,-1,960,-1

etc. Sure this approach will only allow for a predetermined number of window arrangements, but I'm probably never going to put more than 2 windows on a single screen at the same time anyway. You can also easily do the same kinds of things that tags let you do - and because wmctrl is a command line program, you aren't limited to scripting in Lua. :)

about 8 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

Boltronics Re:Write to Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, he's responsi (403 comments)

Flash/Silverlight is going to be discontinued. What would companies like Netflix have used instead when that happens? Their only option would have been to write a browser extension for every browser that didn't support DRM, and require the user to install it. This is far worse for Netflix than existing extensions like Flash ever were.

So a DRM-free future was looking bright. That is, until the idiots at Mozilla decided to take the massive step backwards and support EME in their browser - which will make pushing DRM onto users more convenient than ever.

I was actually hopeful that one day my Debian on ARM machine would finally be able to play all video (and there's no ARM Flash builds). Since there's no official Firefox armel builds (see ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/fire...), I'd have to rebuild Firefox myself (unless the EME support makes it into my distro builds) however be surprised if Adobe's CDM would work on a Firefox rebuild for another architecture, or any kind of unofficial Firefox build for that matter.

I'm going to unsubscribe from Mozilla's newsletter and try switching to another free software browser in protest. Maybe Midori or Konqueror won't implement EME.

about 8 months ago

Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

Boltronics Seriously, with an active Facebook account? (248 comments)

In TFA, Janet admits to actively using a facebook account during the entire experiment. What the heck did she expect?

And how much is a stroller anyway? Many appear to be under US$100, so that's just 2x $50 cards. Would it really have fit in a locker? How much other stuff from Amazon was she buying? Couldn't an Entropay card have worked? Why Amazon in the first place?

The article concludes with When it comes to our personal data, we need better choices than either “leave if you don’t like it”. It seems like Janet was trying to do more than is usual online, specifically using sites known to track user buying habits, so IMO this is not a real world test.

about 9 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Boltronics Re:NAT (574 comments)

Australian here. I noticed that some time in the last few years, my phone (N900 at the time which I could once remotely SSH into from home) was now behind NAT and unreachable. It might not be a crisis, but it's still a PITA.

about a year ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Boltronics Re:Irrational Hate (379 comments)

I know what you mean. We started using Salt Stack at my workplace because it was a clear advantage over the previous way we were managing our infrastructure configuration, and perhaps because of that interest and enthusiasm, the process of migrating was much easier - even though the setup can be complex.

In the case of systemd and friends, the question of how this is going to advantage my job/workflow or my workplace specifically, is less clear. I guess this is a good argument for some early initial investigation so we can hopefully find that answer and motivate ourselves.

about a year ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Boltronics Re:Irrational Hate (379 comments)

That's true. Point taken.

about a year ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Boltronics Re:Irrational Hate (379 comments)

Nice! I like your style. :)

But I think you've been quite lucky to not have needed to touch it. I've frequently had to edit /etc/inittab (usually to change getty settings), change runlevel configurations, or package software with init scripts that need tweaking.

From my point of view, I don't care about saving 5 seconds of boot time. I'm more concerned about ease of configuration and maintenance, as well as reliability.

about a year ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Boltronics Re:Irrational Hate (379 comments)

Then you must be administering Windows boxes.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Boltronics Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I agree. Install Firefox Mobile with the Phony extension. Then select "Desktop Firefox" for the User Agent. Soooo much better. :)

about a year ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

Boltronics Re:and the TSA exists because... (393 comments)

I used to work with a guy who had to get scanned by an airport residue scanner, on the same day that he had been using competitive firearms all morning in practice. He was happy to openly admit it to them (this was in Australia), but the scanner didn't pick up anything at all.

about a year ago

Rovio Denies Knowledge of NSA Access, Angry Birds Website Defaced Anyway

Boltronics F-droid (71 comments)

Doesn't matter if it's proprietary software or just adware you want to cut back on (or possibly even eliminate almost entirely if using Replicant), F-droid has you covered. It's not that hard to give Google Apps the flick with all the alternative free software out there, if one can be motivated to do so.

1 year,1 day

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

Boltronics Re: I had a N900 too... (303 comments)

Chroot's still aren't as good. My N900 could run some games I made using PyGAME (all I had to do was something like sudo apt-get install python-pygame) and it was good to go - ran the game just as well as my laptop did, with acceleration. Beautiful.

Unfortunately my N900 screen broke for a second time last year, and I threaded one of the screws trying to replace it, so I too found myself looking for a replacement phone. Even with overclocking the N900 was painfully slow on complex websites, so I wanted something modern but with a hardware keyboard. I couldn't find anything except possibly the Neo900 (which didn't have an ETA at the time - and I wouldn't have been able to wait for anyway), so I decided that I would get the biggest screen I could find - the logic being that if I have to use a virtual keyboard I want it to provide an experience as close to a hardware keyboard as possible.

Hence, I now run a Sony Xperia Z Ultra with the Hacker's Keyboard. Obviously not as good as a hardware keyboard, but the screen size means the virtual keyboard can fit all keys I had on the N900 (and then some) and still have plenty of room to see the text-box I'm typing into.

The Xperial Z Ultra also has expandable storage so a chroot is feasible, and I admit I've used this phone much more than my N900 due to it being more practical for games, e-mail, taking pictures, etc. Sony also provide instructions on unlocking the bootloader. However, lacking a true GNU userland environment for the primary OS, along with lacking the ease of gaining root and lacking a replaceable battery) are things I really miss. I also hate how much of the bloatware cannot be removed, although it can be disabled. It is waterproof though, so it's got that going for it.

I nuked or disabled almost everything related to Sony and Google Play and installed F-Droid instead, and then proceeded to install Firefox Mobile, K-9 and APG, Xabber, TTRSS-Reader, VLC, Open Explorer, Barcode Scanner, Terminal Emulator, Cool Reader, Document Viewer, Aard, OsmAnd~, ScummVM, AnkiDroid, World Clock, VX ConnectBot, a few ownCloud-related sync apps... and of course Frozen Bubble, and now Android can do most of the things I would have used my N900 for.

1 year,4 days

Scientists Detect Two Dozen Computers Trying To Sabotage Tor Privacy Network

Boltronics Re:Slashdot does this... (94 comments)

Slashdot does this automatically

$ echo QUIT | openssl s_client -connect slashdot.org:443 | openssl x509 -text

Yeah, that's just sad. You'd think a popular technology news website such as Slashdot, of all places, would be on the ball and at least support TLS traffic... but it's actually worse than that. They're not lazy (they have a GeoTrust wildcard certificate issued back in April last year) but deliberately don't want people securing their connections, hence the 302 redirection the have in place. :(

1 year,8 days

Robot Tourism Coming Soon To Korea: Robot Land Project Breaks Ground

Boltronics But I'm no criminal (31 comments)

I would have been really interested in this. Actually, I almost went to Korea over the Xmas holidays anyway, but learned that they require fingerprinting now for non-citizens. I ended up staying in Hong Kong instead for the entire duration of my holiday just because of this point. I refuse to be treated like that.


I see some countries even require visitors to take an iris scan. That's insane.


1 year,9 days

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Boltronics Re:eh, it's not that bad (459 comments)

I just got back from a trip to Hong Kong, and the shape of keyboards I used there somewhat resembled the parent poster's layout description (with the exception of the ~ key relocation). Granted this could be related to Hong Kong's history as a British colony and might well be different to mainland?

1 year,12 days



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