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Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

Curupira Strange (35 comments)

It seems a lot of people voted on this story, but nobody comments. :-\

about 4 months ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

Curupira Re:16GB SSD storage is enough for Linux (103 comments)

You understand X and xfce but not /user? I think you are trolling, but I'll answer anyway in the hopes of adding to the discussion.

wiredog means to put user directories on a USB drive due to the limited internal space.

I think you meant /home.

about 5 months ago
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Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code

Curupira Re:Documentation is King (225 comments)

Yeah, on Intel processors. What about AMD and other x86 processors? Don't ever forget that ICC was once caught red-handed disabling important features when the CPUID did not return GenuineIntel...

about 8 months ago
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How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

Curupira Re:Breaking the chains (294 comments)

Replying to undo a wrong moderation (tried to mod +1 insightful, accidentally clicked on -1 redundant). In a related note: WHY, Slashdot? Why do you still don't have an easy undo button for 10 lousy seconds?

about 9 months ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

Curupira Re:Forgot multiple platforms too. (196 comments)

Yah, besides missing compiler flags, how does it perform on different intel processors, how about different AMDs?
Plus, the huge system times seems to indicate this more a kernel test than a compiler one.

Sorry, AC, I will have to let go my positive mod point to you so I can reinforce what you've said. Next time, please consider making an account so you can escape the Score: 0 limbo when you post on Slashdot :(

Since Intel has been caught red-handed crippling AMD processors on code produced by Intel C++ Compiler, I think that testing on Intel and AMD processors should the duty of every single compiler benchmark -- that is posted in Slashdot, at least.

about 9 months ago
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How To Better Verify Scientific Research

Curupira Re:problems (197 comments)

No, it's not the journals' problem. It's a funding problem.

Nobody wants to pay for scientists to reproduce and verify each others' work.

It is both: a funding problem AND the journals' problem. They are not contradictory (far from it, actually).

about 10 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

Curupira Aaron Seigo's retort (419 comments)

Seigo has posted on Google+ an invitation to Shuttleworth to a public debate on Mir vs. Wayland issues.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Curupira Re:Half life 3!!! (317 comments)

What's wrong with you guys? No one has yet poster que obligatory http://gaben.tv/ ">HAIL SAINT GABEN link?

about a year ago
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Samsung Smart TV: Basically a Linux Box Running Vulnerable Web Apps

Curupira Re: Yep. (166 comments)

I'd love to hack one of these just for the hell of it. It might not have much internal storage, but other than that It would probably make a neat HTPC.

Well, there IS a suitable project for this... SamyGO is a custom firmware for Samsung SmarTVs.

1 year,15 days
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Google Chromecast Reviewed; Google Nixes Netflix Discount

Curupira Re:Clever strategy (128 comments)

False. HDMI 1.4 did not add any additional power to the spec, and the 50mA that HDMI does require actually comes from the *source* - which would be the Chromecast.

I'm confused about this. Wikipedia has pointed to some sources that say that HDMI does have some power:

An HDMI extender is a single device (or pair of devices) powered with an external power source or with the 5V DC from the HDMI source.

Perhaps 5v DC is insufficient to power a device like a Chromecast?

1 year,23 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

Curupira Re:Print to PDF (238 comments)

Posting to unmake an accidental "flamebait" mod. Nothing to see here, move along...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

Curupira Obligatory Linux evangelism (294 comments)

Do they *really* need Windows? Or would a lightweight distro with a windows-like interface do the job? Just asking :)

about a year ago
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Ouya Android Game Console Launches, Quickly Sells Out

Curupira Re:I got mine weeks ago, haven't bought one game (279 comments)

The only real reason I want an Ouya? Emulators. Stick in a MAME for Android emulator on there and a USB hard drive full of ROMs, and you've got a nice gaming machine right there.

This. It's not like no one knows about the real raison d'être of the Ouya. It's a Dingoo-like appliance for the living room, with a good-enough gamepad. Also, it's hacker-friendly so there are people running XBMC on it.

(Sorry for posting TWO Penny-Arcade links in this discussion, but they really have a good insight about the OUYA).

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

Curupira Slider design is better than clamshell (359 comments)

I think the convergence of laptops and tablets is unavoidable, but the typical "clamshell" design of laptops simply isn't ergonomic in touchscreen interation -- it leads to the often-cited "gorilla arm" syndrome and will NEVER work well as a touchscreen device.

I prefer the "slider" design, but it unfortunatelly didn't gain traction in touchscreen laptops: Asus eeePad slider didn't really sell that well (everyone chose the clamshell Transformer version instead). Also, the slider-design models avaliable in the market are either outrageously-priced (Sony Vaio Duo, i'm looking at you) or have lousy specs (eg. the atom-based LG SlidePad H160).

about a year ago
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Opposition Mounts To Oracle's Attempt To Copyright Java APIs

Curupira Re:Link? (187 comments)

Where is the link?

Well, maybe no link is better than the typical Slashdot behavior, i.e., linking to the blog of that infamous paid Oracle shill... :)

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

Curupira Re:And You Are Some Magic Insect Sorting Entity? (626 comments)

It's a little deeper than you think in there... in the nature vs nurture debate our predisposition to insects falls into the nature part probably under instincts, so have fun overriding that one.

Obviously, you've never been in China.

about a year ago

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Aurora Engine reimplementation needs OpenGL developers

Curupira Curupira writes  |  about 3 months ago

Curupira (1899458) writes "The xoreos project, which aims to reimplement the Aurora game engine by Bioware with FOSS software, is currently looking for OpenGL developers. Aurora used in games like Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: KotOR, Jade Empire, Dragon Age and The Witcher. The xoreos engine is written by Sven Hesse, who contributes to another engine reimplementation project: ScummVM."
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How Linux defenders attack bad software patents before they're approved

Curupira Curupira writes  |  about a year ago

Curupira (1899458) writes "How can open source developers or activists fight software patents? Ars Technica discusses how the Linux Defenders group are exercising the rights granted by the America Invents Act to identify and fight the patents that potentially threaten Linux and open source software."
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Google and MPEG LA in agreement about VP8 patents

Curupira Curupira writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Curupira (1899458) writes "The official WebM blog announced that MPEG LA licensed all VP8 essential patents to Google Inc., allowing the company to sublicense the described techniques it to any VP8 user on a royalty-free basis."
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