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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

DMJC Re:corruption (794 comments)

The Independant comission against corruption has arrested and investigated politicians from both the Liberal and Labor parties. The fact that the South Australian government has been resisting creating one I think shows it's effectiveness.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

DMJC Re:Duh (794 comments)

Yes, we have elected a terrible government. However, there will be a massive voter backlash at the next election. Also, the government hasn't been able to pass all the legislation it wants because it is being blocked by minor parties in the senate. The fact is the majority of Australians voted for a shit government and that's what they're getting. They will however be stopped at the next election now that everyone realises just how terrible this government is. My sister is on $150k+ and even she hates the current government. The Liberal party is about to get smacked down for their arrogance and bad policy.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

DMJC Re:Duh (794 comments)

In Sydney we just arrested the State Premier for corruption over a bottle of wine. The system works. The Prime minister is not above the law in Australia. Something that the USA has never managed to sort out with their corrupt system. Nixon should have been jailed, but really the rot had started to set in long before then. The Greens in Australia are a credible threat to the Liberal and Labor parties. Unlike America, where there is no alternative political movement that can ever get into office. The minor parties in Australia actually get to set policy and ensure that the average person retains a speaking voice in our government.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

DMJC Duh (794 comments)

So basically what I've been saying for a few years now. Welcome to Russia Americans. Have fun with that. That leaves Canada and Australia as the last bastions of freedom in the world.

3 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

DMJC Not a real country anymore? (325 comments)

So America isn't a real country anymore. Frankly, this sort of behaviour is what Banana republics do. Money = above the law is how Russia works, it's how China works. It's not how real countries work. Lift your game America, light on the hill my ass.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

DMJC Re:Right! (578 comments)

I don't like working in groups. I don't mind occasionally being social. But when I have a deadline, get the fuck away from me, and let me work in peace. I have ADHD and I'm under 30. I don't like distractions. I hate being in open plan. It's the dumbest layout ever.

about a week ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

DMJC Re:Resolution is everything (135 comments)

Actually I did use one last year in July, it was an oculus Rift V1 devkit, and for me it WAS the resolution. seeing large black bars, and not enough detail sucked, Frankly I didn't care about the motion tracking/depth of field stuff because my eyes were too busy trying to get around the giant freaking pixels. They really need to fix the pixel density which is the easy part. The latency and refresh stuff they will naturally solve over time. But if they can't get the pixel density high enough in the first place. The latency won't matter.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

DMJC Resolution is everything (135 comments)

Resolution is pretty much everything with VR headsets. The only problem I see with this headset is that it won't have much content for a long time. Unless they can port CryEngine 3 for example, there won't be a copy of Star Citizen running on it. It's big-name PC titles that are going to drive VR. This headset needs to support getting content from a PC. Not just it's own Android based content.

about two weeks ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

DMJC Uni != Skills or learning. (161 comments)

From all the comp-sci grads I've seen, going to uni taught them java, entry level c++ (a single shitty communications arts subject) and an intro to SQL on Oracle, also how to install a linux distro, but not use it for anything, so noone touched it again. Almost none of those people work in a real Comp-sci related job. Most ended up as sysadmins in schools or companies. Having the paper meant they knew "IT" most of them can't do anything except pick Microsoft Products and sign SLAs. If you want to be an app developer my advice is get a real IT job, and make apps at home on the side. If they take off, great quit your job, you made it. If not, eh? you have a job like the rest of us.

about two weeks ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

DMJC Re:I never liked insane sales (212 comments)

Actually I pirate a lot of things, but I also dropped over $1250 on Star Citizen, and I bought Rocksmith 2014 on Steam and PS3 at Full Retail pricing. Why? Because they are games I really believe in and actually want to play for a good many years after buying them. Most of the stuff that I pirate is like Mac Donalds. It's cheap, it's nasty, it has no lasting value. But $1250 for Star Citizen? Hell that's a great deal because I love Wing Commander, and that game is going to basically be Wing Commander Online, and I know the developers can make an amazing experience for me. If game developers want customers to throw big dollars at them they have to stop making junk products and start making deeper connections with their players. Where is the Burnout 3/Paradise hybrid game I want? Free-form city driving with a crash mode? Game developers are out of touch. The ones who aren't get my money thrown at them.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Linux Driver Now Nearly As Fast As Windows OpenGL Driver

DMJC Re:What about for non-curernt hardware? (113 comments)

Actually yes you will see a benefit. Every driver revision brings new OpenGL features which the older hardware supports. So if your card can render OpenGL 4.1 in Windows then it will eventually render OpenGL 4.1 on Linux. Optimisations that speed up the overall implementation of OpenGL apply to all generations of cards as long as they are non-hardware specific optimisations.

about 5 months ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

DMJC Re:Would be funny if the attacker could (241 comments)

All they need to do to make this happen is find a memory point in windows, where Linux can be injected so it overwrites the kernel and boots linux after enough of the root filesystem has been written to disk. I'm surprised noone has tried to do this before.

about 5 months ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

DMJC Re:Upate to the most current (241 comments)

Wine is not actually a replacement for windows yet. It still cannot emulate DirectX 1-6 which is crucial for a lot of games and applications. Wine devs need to finish fixing the older parts of wine before trying to run a race against DirectX 10/11/12 The way it stands now wine is only good for a few DirectX 7-9 games.

about 5 months ago
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How Heroin Addicts Helped Scientists Link Pesticides and Parkinson's

DMJC Re:Casualties of the War on Freedom (109 comments)

But would he have had to mug anyone, if his hit didn't cost him $100/go? if you legalise, the cost drops, the quality increases, and the risk of OD drops dramatically. You also see massive drops in murders, rapes, and theft. Policy should always be evidence, based not based on people's gut-feelings about drug users.

about 5 months ago
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Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing

DMJC Re:Plenty of OSS are abandoned today (138 comments)

However, the difference is with open source, you CAN fork it and keep working on it. Take mg2modeller for example (on sourceforge) It's my project. I originally wanted to make a Caligari Truespace clone (funnily enough Microsoft bought out Caligari and killed Truespace) so I could model on Linux. The project is basically dead, except I still update the code every now and then when I can be bothered to sit down and code (ADHD, and lacking the ability to hyperfocus or be motivated can be a real bitch most of the time.) The project was originally a dead project I pulled from some other guy's website. I cleaned up his code, modernised it, and got it working. Now it's halfway to being a decent poly modeller with an intuitive UI. More intuitive at least than the mess of UI that is other programs. 3D modelling is one of those things that's insanely individualised. You can't just tell someone to use Blender or Maya and have them change their entire workflow. It just won't happen. I know because I've tried. Caligari Truespace is still the only modeller I choose to use. It's what I know and it's what I want to know. Hopefully some other person can take my code changes and build on them. That would make me very happy especially if they could actually finish the project. Closed source can't do any of this. It will always be inferior software because of this.

about 5 months ago
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How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

DMJC Re:Subjective (294 comments)

Given windows 8's bad interface, I'd say they were right.

about 4 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

DMJC Re: Are we surprised? (213 comments)

Considering we control 1/3rd of the world's Uranium supply I'm actually quite pissed off that Australia does not have nuclear weapons. It would grant us a much larger voice in global affairs and we could effectively ignore the laws and rantings of the USA and Great Britain.

about 5 months ago
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Linux 3.13 Kernel To Bring Major Feature Improvements

DMJC NOUVEAU's most important updates yet. (190 comments)

What's not mentioned in the news article is that the most important updates to Nouveau are being posted in the 3.13 kernel. There's going to be Power Management support for most current generation graphics cards. This is a huge thing. Performance wise it is going to lead to a massive jump in performance on the Nouveau drivers. The only other outstanding parts of nouveau are the OpenCL support, and the SLI support. After this update it should be possible to use the nouveau drivers for a lot more serious 3d work than they have been used for in the past.

about 5 months ago
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PlayStation 4 Released

DMJC Re:Time to get a PS3 (294 comments)

No rail mount is needed for the PS3 slim, I upgraded mine to 500gb from 160.

about 5 months ago
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PlayStation 4 Released

DMJC Not this time Sony (294 comments)

I'm going SteamBox and I'm never coming back. Finally XBMC running on a games console with a massive selection of titles. Bye Bye Sony/Microsoft I will be running Linux and steam on a 22Tb fileserver.

about 5 months ago

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GNUstep Kickstarter

DMJC DMJC writes  |  about 8 months ago

DMJC (682799) writes "A kickstarter has been created to fund development of the GNUstep desktop system. Major goals include complete compatibility with Cocoa from Mac OSX 10.6 which will allow programs written for Mac OSX 10.6 to compile and run on Linux and BSD platforms. Stretch goals include a complete port of Webkit/webcore to Linux and BSD."
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Creator of Wing Commander/Freelancer launches Kickstarter project

DMJC DMJC writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DMJC (682799) writes "Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer is attempting to re-launch the space flight simulator genre with a new project called Squadron 42. Launching at the Austin Game Developers Conference on Wednesday night. Mr Roberts has already demonstrated a playable game engine based on Cry Engine 3. The funding for the game is planned to be partially crowd funded, with venture capital being made available if the game hits it's target of $2 million. The site crashed on Wednesday night due to heavy traffic and has now been restored to working operation.The tech demo of the game suggests it will be a combination of Wing Commander and Freelancer play styles set in a universe with heavy influences from both series. The project has already generated over $640,000 in it's first few days."
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