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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

DMJC Protip: (667 comments)

The crash scene is a crime scene and all the bodies and bits should be left in place. Russia lost all credibility the second they started moving bits around.

about two weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

DMJC Fuck Copyright (249 comments)

Clearly some rights just aren't worth protecting because they come at too much expense.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

DMJC Re:Paging cold fjord and c6gunner! (361 comments)

You've got it backwards dude... Unix Sysadmins have long ponytail hair... Everyone knows that. Just checkout Johnathon Schwartz to see what I'm talking about.

about a month ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

DMJC Re:Well, of course (361 comments)

Follow the Herd? you must be GNU here?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

DMJC Get the best book. (254 comments)

Get howto program Linux games, and get a copy of the OpenGL spec. That's about all you need. It tells you howto setup the engine for proper operation. Swap out the 2D renderer from the book with a 3D renderer you write yourself. Simple enough.

about a month ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

DMJC Why AMD doesn't deserve sympathy (80 comments)

I'd also add that considering the NVIDIA Binary blob works on FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac OSX, and Linux as well as Windows, that it is well engineered. The AMD/ATi driver doesnt' even work correctly on Linux, and Apple had to write their own driver for Mac OSX. There is an officially available (from nvidia.com) driver for Mac OSX for their Quadro cards. It is pretty obvious that AMD/ATi has always favored Windows/Microsoft and has put minimal effort into supporting Unix based platforms. Now they're reaping what they've sown and everyone's trying to defend them? No. You don't get to abandon a platform for years, then try to claim victimhood status for your own poor business choices. That's doesn't fly. Intel is having their first crack at this graphics stuff within the i915-current drivers. They're solid, reliable, a little lacking in features. But overall it works. My code written for Linux works on both nvidia and Intel. Not sure why the fact it breaks on AMD doesn't shout to people that AMD is the problem, but there you go.

about 2 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

DMJC Re:Wrong target of blame. (80 comments)

ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFre... This is an example, notice where it says run MAKE and MAKE INSTALL. And you had to do it multiple times, in different folders... and half the time it broke. And you didn't know why. Absolute madness.

about 2 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

DMJC Re:Wrong target of blame. (80 comments)

You've always had to compile the interface layer between NVIDIA's blob and XFree86. Dont' even make me go into how complicated and messy that process was. The installer script is so much easier than the shit we used to deal with back in the TNT2/geforce 2 days.

about 2 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

DMJC Wrong target of blame. (80 comments)

Frankly, it's time to stop blaming NVIDIA and start blaming ATi, yes everyone likes the underdog. But in this case seriously? They had 20 years to get OpenGL correct. Noone has been blocking them from writing their own drivers for Linux/Mac/Windows. Frankly I think that ATi has made a huge engineering mistake by only focusing on Win32 and by not supporting Unix from day one as a first class citizen, they've shot themselves in the foot, now they expect the industry to clean up the mess by conforming to ATi. I don't recall NVIDIA anywhere holding a shotgun to our heads and demanding we use OpenGL or else. They just made OpenGL available and importantly WORKING. OpenGL wasn't even NVIDIA's project originally, it's inherited from SGI. They've had approximately 20-25 years to implement an open spec, and they've failed to do so at every step. I've been watching the last 13 years as NVIDIA grew from a buggy hard to compile mess on Linux to the stable, fully featured driver it is now. ATi has never pulled off a competent GL implementation in all those years. Now people want to bring in conspiracy theories about NVIDIA blocking ATi from developing software? What a joke.

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

DMJC A couple things I've noticed (593 comments)

1. Whenever I talk about Linux/computer programming, there are a very small number of people that have been interested in the topics. Some are women, the vast majority are men. 2. Computers are expensive as a hobby. Sure they've gotten a lot cheaper, but you're still paying several grand to enjoy the hobby properly. Now I don't profess to know the US situation (Australian here), but in my experience, I had to use my computer constantly while growing up in the 1990's (I'm 28 years old) Computers when I started (1993/1994) cost $4000+ and have dropped significantly over time. Is it possible that we see less use of computers within groups within America that didn't have as much money in the 1990s? It's hard to use a computer every day if you don't have the money to buy one? I think lack of access has been the primary reason for these gender imbalances. I also think that there's been a rapid shift in the last decade. I remember about 10 years ago noone used Linux, only nerds and CS people. But in the last 5 years the use of it has grown dramatically. I think the same has been happening for women using computers. I think that in the next 10-20 years this issue will go away, purely because people can now afford and use computers on a daily basis, so anyone can get into the hobby. As a child my sister was very athletic and I was more into using and hogging the computer. I think now that computers have gotten so cheap, most people are buying computers for all their kids, so none of them gets left out (a boy can't monopolise his sister's machine if he's using his own). I think that this is what will end the gender/racial imbalances in computing.

about a month ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

DMJC ITER Failure (280 comments)

When are people going to wake up to the fact that the ITER is only funded because the idiots spent billions on it, and have no choice now but to make it actually work. The russians started experimenting with Tokomaks in the 1970s and the US having to stick it to the commies rushed in with money to compete. 40 years later with no end in sight, we're still here trying to make a broken idea work. ITER is one of the actual cases of the government spending stupid amounts of money on a project with no proven success. The same amount of funding spread across the other fusion projects would quite likely have resulted in a usable reactor by now. Hell the Polywell guys reckoned 100 million would have built a power plant using their reactor design. A smaller figure would prove net power according to Robert Bussard.

about 2 months ago
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Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion

DMJC Re:Why is twitch popular? (142 comments)

THIS. E-sports is the next big media spectacle. It's like the Olympics, for people who can't enjoy sports but who enjoy watching gaming.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

DMJC Re:RMS is right. (406 comments)

It's not blocking progress. It's blocking anti-competitive poor practice. There's a very big difference there. There is no improvement to anyone to be gained from letting a lock-in solution take hold. Microsoft are a great example of this, by locking in gaming for the last 15 years, they've held back the development of gaming toolkits and graphics development on other platforms. Work which now has to be done quickly to provide an alternative platform to windows because they've decided they don't need the PC gaming market anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

DMJC RMS is right. (406 comments)

RMS is right in this case, DRM just harms everyone. Now Linux might play some more videos, but everyone who wants to run Amiga or Haiku, or another platform will be shutout from accessing that content. This is why DRM is stupid, it keeps the vendor/platform lock in going. For no good reason. It has never stopped pirates from doing their thing.

about 2 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

DMJC End Corporate Personhood as well. (465 comments)

End Corporate Personhood while you're there Mr Lessig, It's about time that more power was allocated back to the Voters of the United States. Where the USA leads, other countries will follow. Don't bother trying to amend things like gun laws, or drug laws etc in the constitution. Just focus on smashing corporate personhood. Hell a Constitutiional amendment to end it needs to happen.

about 3 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

DMJC Won't get very far (347 comments)

I doubt any of this will get too far. I mean if the games, tv and book industries wanted to commit suicide, they'd just end up driving hobbyists to make their own entertainment: Queue the explosive rise of open source gaming. Now I'm not suggesting we're going to see a sudden explosion now. I don't think those industries are quite that stupid. But I think if they actually did decide to go stupid-crazy, the bulk of people would just start hacking their own content and releasing it. People like games and modding, but if push came to shove, they'd make more open source projects if they had to get around restrictive stupid crap.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Files Suit Against US Air Force

DMJC Re:"Contract is not up for competition" (176 comments)

Welcome to the JSF: Why make two companies compete for funding when you can just pay them both, and end up with a shittier version of two planes to choose from!

about 3 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

DMJC Make your own. (305 comments)

Game design explained in one post: Make a loop, inside that loop, put graphics in it's own loop, input handling in a loop, sound in a loop and networking in a loop. Start writing your game. Seriously fuck these people who say you can't do it. Fuck the courses and training. Just make a game. features, and what you want to put in it, are a matter of what you choose to throw in and what things you like. Commercial game development is different, but then it always has been. Still the indie scene seems to work well for a lot of people these days. If you want tp make games, there's nothing stopping anyone. The instructions are on google. How to program linux games by Loki software is a great intro. They designed it around 2d games, but the theory is exactly the same for 3d. You just have a 3d graphics loop rather than a 2d graphics one. I recommend the OpenAL,OpenGL and SDL tutorials and books.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

DMJC Applause for Google (129 comments)

I applaud Google for actually fixing the problem in the USA. It serves AT&T and the other telco companies in America right, for taking $200 billion of government money and delivering nothing for it.

about 3 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

DMJC I blame Microsoft (306 comments)

As someone who works in ICT as a network administrator it's quite simple. Stop hiring Windows only "IT professionals". I was hired by my employer because I had Cisco studies under my belt (CCNA courses not exams) as well as a broad base in Linux/Unix/Macintosh as well as Windows. I am working in an environment that is 99% Microsoft, but I slip in the odd Linux machine where it helps me work better. Too many people are locked into the mindset of click click, and Microsoft does nothing to make people look into deeper causes of problems. It's shit like rebooting for driver installs, software updates, small patches etc. That is killing the knowledge of IT workers. The Unix mentality is: oh you broke an application, guess you'd better go fix it, because a reboot sure isn't going to. Whereas on Windows, there's a 50/50 chance that what killed your app is crappy memory management on the OS, or a bad configuration. Far too many people graduate with degrees then just happily cruise into their $40-50k/year jobs. Then when they get called upon to do real IT engineering/sysadmin work, they stick their hands up, because they think that troubleshooting some idiot's exchange issue is the same as reinstalling a proper Cisco or Juniper router/switch. Hell I had a level 2 tech the other day, complaining that it was "so hard" to boot a router into rom-mon mode, and upload a PRE-MADE! config file for $400/hr and that he'd have to document it, because it's so hard. What the hell? that stuff is second nature to anyone who's done entry level Cisco, a course that gets taught at High Schools here! The lack fo basic commandline skills is sickening. The amount of money being wasted on over-priced software is sickening. Because noone is spending the time to learn alternatives to the junk they're using now.

about 3 months ago

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GNUstep Kickstarter

DMJC DMJC writes  |  about a year 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 2 years 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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