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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

DMJC Bad government (162 comments)

This is all because in the 1990s the government allowed FOXTEL to goto the USA, and buy up exclusive licenses to all new and back catalogues from every major media company in America. They spent billions on it and at the time everyone thought they were overpaying.Turns out they very smartly bought themselves a monopoly position in media, one that has effectively locked out all Australian competitors (All the local media services are shit, from the PSN movies, to Xbox Live, to Quickflix.) and the government hasn't had the balls to call them out and break them up for it.

13 hours ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

DMJC Re:Overkill much... (209 comments)

8k UHD video does exist... NHK in Japan was broadcasting the Olympics in 2012 at 8k resolution in Akihabara. There's always a need for more capacity.

4 days ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

DMJC Re:I think this is a good idea. (280 comments)

May I introduce you to Gentoo, where you can block X as a dependancy across all packages and run your distro completely headless.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

DMJC New Gnome? no thanks. (314 comments)

Frankly I don't see much in the new Gnome that makes it worth bringing to any platform. I just wish the same effort being put into making broken UI concepts work on various gnu projects was put into GNUstep and GNU projects.

about a week ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

DMJC Re:Compatibility (185 comments)

I run Linux as a desktop environment at work in my job as a sysadmin, the only time I ever fire up a Windows VM is for goto assist sessions. RDP/VNC/TeamViewer work fine for remote desktop, vmware web view works fine for server admin, I use Office 365 Web and OWA for e-mail, and I have had Evolution configured for Office 365 exchange support. The groupware stuff is a total myth, it works.

about two weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

DMJC Having babies.... (329 comments)

Is the single most bullshit answer ever. Are you people fucking serious? When has having children ever been a hindrance to entering a field such as medicine, law, or science? Women do all of these jobs without issue. That is the dumbest answer I've ever seen. It's also sexist as hell, I'm a guy and I'm not stupid enough to follow that line of reasoning. Lack of interest maybe, social stigma, quite possibly, there's also a huge battery of people saying no no no no no don't do STEM, only guys can do it. It's the man's field. Personally I think it's a lack of parents encouragement. Guys giving up computer time to their sisters, social sexism against women, and a lack of desire due to the above from women themselves. I work for an IT company, it's honestly a hostile workplace. If we ever hired a woman we would get sued to shit for the stuff I hear every day at work.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

DMJC North Korea? (303 comments)

Why would they bother to support a UN treaty? They're like the biggest rogue state on the planet.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

DMJC Linus does not understand the size of the effort (727 comments)

Nope, Microsoft don't provide many drivers for most hardware. Linux is supporting far more platforms/hardware drivers directly in kernel compared to Microsoft. All the Xerox/HP/Canon/NVIDIA/ATI/Intel/Philips/NEC/Toshiba/TV Tuner/Sound drivers for windows are third party drivers. It's no longer a Microsoft vs Linux issue, it hasn't been for a long time. It's all about the apps. Windows itself is incompatible with many pieces of hardware (forced obsolescence) Mainly because third parties decided to drop support around 64-bit or a newer Windows version.(I'm looking at you HP, dropping network scanning from windows 7 64-bit on certain printers) The same manufacturers who refuse to support Linux funnily enough don't support their Windows products well either. The hardware support claim is a furphy. All the large scale corporate printers/photocopiers/POS systems I've encountered have full Linux support. The only thing holding Linux back is stuff like frontline service applications written in .NET/Win32 that aren't getting ported over. More OSS software that can drop in and take over corporate software deployments is what's needed. Samba 4 and OpenExchange server are BIG steps in the right direction and we are seriously evaluating these for corporate widespread deployments.

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

DMJC Darknets... (376 comments)

Isn't this just another problem for encrypted darknets to solve?

about a month ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

DMJC China can have it. (164 comments)

Frankly at this point, I'd rather the Chinese have my data to be honest. They won't share it with the Australian/Five eyes governments, and since I live ina Five eyes country, that works better for me. It's not like they'll put me in a prison from China for some BS they find on my phone. My own government on the other hand is much more likely to screw up my life using my own private data.

about a month ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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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