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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

DigitaLunatiC How is this Different? (326 comments)

Raising a group of children to think that as long as they have enough money they can do whatever they please... Sounds like humanity to me. What's the issue here? Is it that we're teaching them this lesson too soon instead of letting them figure it out for themselves the first time they have to buy their way out of trouble as an adult? I guess that's a big turning point in the life of any financially successful "bad" person, and we shouldn't take that sense of discovery away from them.

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

DigitaLunatiC WINE Sucks (1880 comments)

The people who rate things in the WINE AppDB have no standards. It seems to me that if you can get an application to launch that gets it Gold status, if you can get it to do anything after it launches, that's Platinum. Pardon me for being picky, but if it doesn't run just as well as it does under Windows, that's not a great accomplishment, and certainly not deserving of the highest rating available.

Some Steam Game
Works perfectly, but only if you disable the Steam Overlay: Platinum.
What Works: Installing (with a laundry list of tricks and hacks, see notes).
What Does Not: Moving your character, interacting with the game world or game interface, chat.

Yes, great. Platinum indeed. Just check the Top 10 Platinum list and really look at how broken the best running things are.

If I ever completely give up on gaming, or if developers pull their heads out of their ass, I'll be rid of Windows.

Development, file management, general usability, I'd take GNU/Linux any day. But I still want to play StarCraft II, Diablo III, Borderlands, etc. and it's just not happening under WINE.

more than 2 years ago

I tend to keep random notes most often ...

DigitaLunatiC Brain (314 comments)

If it's worth remembering, I remember it.

The obvious downside to this method is people always think what they tell me is worth remembering and I tend to disagree, or I forget that I need to actually do something. If someone says, "Hey, don't you need to do [something]?" I immediately recall all the details of the task and can set to work, but the only thing I often forget is to start doing things. It is distinctly different from being lazy.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

DigitaLunatiC Re:do a lot of people really pirate Windows? (404 comments)

i mean most computers are bought at retail with real licenses. how many people really pirate windows compared to microsoft's cost to implement this?

I imagine most enthusiasts/gamers don't purchase PCs - they build them. I know I have no real interest in adding another $100+ to my build costs with no hardware improvements.

I've been forever waiting to see what would happen to the software world if game developers released official versions of their games for GNU/Linux (instead of, or in addition to, Windows).

more than 3 years ago

What LulzSec Logins Reveal About Bookworms, and Passwords

DigitaLunatiC Re:The passwords are likely vision based (136 comments)

This happens all the time in film, but I've never seen it happen in real life. I know a few people who use passwords that have some sort of personally important bit of information nested in it, but having known the passwords of various friends and family members throughout my life the creation methods have never been related to what's around their desks.

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage

DigitaLunatiC As opposed to... (417 comments)

How is this different from current meat substitutes?

more than 3 years ago

Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

DigitaLunatiC Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

I can't speak for the parent, but I live in Myrtle Beach (not exactly a ghost town) and it's unbelievably hard to find metal albums here. Same thing in the upstate of South Carolina. Stores stock what the majority of their customers demand - pop, rap, classic rock, country, top 40 type stuff. If they can't move Pantera albums what do you think the chances of them stocking the shelves with some of the more obscure European power metal bands are?

Anyone who has different tastes from the majority of the other patrons is going to have a hard time finding music. Yes, there are probably roads near him, but if he has to drive to a different city (likely not very nearby) to purchase an album I can't say I'm in the least bit surprised he wouldn't be willing to.

more than 3 years ago

Canadian IP Lobbyists Caught Faking Counterfeit Data

DigitaLunatiC Re:No Surprise (118 comments)

I don't like having to explain to people that they didn't understand their own post, but...

Ah, you'll figure it out.

more than 3 years ago

State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

DigitaLunatiC Re:Dear Google (516 comments)

...the grammatical and spelling errors could cause a total systems meltdown, let alone the logical fallacies.


more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

DigitaLunatiC From an IT Peon (432 comments)

I frequently find myself working for the IT department wherever I am, but not high enough up the food chain to know anything about policies or what is "officially" supported - not caring may also be a factor. I man a help desk, people approach me with a question/problem, I answer/fix it and then send them away. I, personally, support Windows, Linux, Mac stuff, and the occasional smart phone. Only one of us worked that desk at a time, so I have no idea what the others did.

Does your university/college provide support for Linux/BSD/etc users to connect to the on-campus wireless?
At my old university you were fine as long as you could handle WPA2 Enterprise. At my new university, Windows users are required to use the Cisco Clean Access Agent and everyone else just gets to connect (for both wired and wireless).

How does IT support Linux users generally?
At my old university the best route to Linux support was to go bug the guys in the Clemson Linux Users Group. At my new university they seem pretty clueless, but there are a lot of people I haven't met yet.

Have IT staff ever ridiculed you for asking questions about Linux?
I've never had a reason to ask the IT staff for help with anything, but it seems more practical to ridicule the Windows users who can't find where they saved an e-mail attachment than the Linux users who are having trouble with what always seems to be a more technical issue.

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Bans Posting 'Offensive' Images Online

DigitaLunatiC Re:I'm getting so tired (372 comments)

Because making a popup spammer is just blatant cyber assult in my opinion for the average population.

I think it would be more reasonable to make unsolicited pop-ups illegal than offensive images. Pop-ups with offensive images would then be handled, as would many scams and sources of malware. This is clearly the better solution.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU

DigitaLunatiC A Simple Fix (350 comments)

I don't think it would ruin the story for the developer to just bump the age by one year.

more than 3 years ago

Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses

DigitaLunatiC Not That Hard... (606 comments)

Coming out of high school I was a computer geek with all the street cred but knowledge of programming. I thought computer science would be interesting. I took it. I passed it. I changed majors to it (from chemistry). I don't know about everywhere, but they did a good job of teaching us things in the first few semesters of computer science at Clemson. A lot of the 400 level courses were more along the lines of, "Here's an assignment. Figure it out." I'm pretty sure that's what documentation is for, though.

more than 3 years ago

How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly

DigitaLunatiC CD Player Controls (453 comments)

The elderly can't even handle most CD players, I really don't think design has anything to do with it. They're unwilling to attempt to use things, so they just ask for help.

My grandmother had no music in her car for over a month because she put a CD in upside down and never bothered to press the eject button. It didn't work, so she assumed it was broken and didn't think it was worth getting fixed.

My fiancee's grandmother constantly asks how to make her standalone CD player... play. Never, has she put a CD in and pressed the double-sized button in the center that says "Play" under a big single forward arrow. However, she can work a cassette player that has identical buttons (with slightly different text on FF/RW instead of Skip and the like).

In the case of "adding an alarm" and how terribly confusing that must be: if there's only one button, press it. Also, isn't this exactly the market Samsung makes the Jitterbug for?

more than 3 years ago

When AIM Was Our Facebook

DigitaLunatiC Re:Still is widely used today (395 comments)

I can't speak for everyone, but the big ad at the bottom of my Skype contact list really makes me not want to run it.

more than 3 years ago

When AIM Was Our Facebook

DigitaLunatiC Re:Oh fuck off (395 comments)

It's crazy how many of us Americans experienced things that happened in America. You're right, we should really open our eyes and experience things that happened on the other sides of the oceans which separate us from most of the rest of the world.

more than 3 years ago

When AIM Was Our Facebook

DigitaLunatiC Sounds About Right to Me (395 comments)

I feel like the odd man out here. Maybe the rest of you are lucky enough that all your friends are reasonably tech-savvy, but I find that we're rather the rare breed in the southern part of the United States. In the '90s AOL was one of the largest service providers in the US. If you were on AOL, you had a screen name. Nearly all my classmates and a large portion of my relatives had AOL (and so did my household). I added my friends and family to my buddy list so I could chat with them. The small handful of people in my age group that didn't have AOL downloaded the AIM client so they could still chat with the rest of us. It really didn't seem practical to ask all my friends to find an IRC client, learn how to use it, decide on a server where we would chat and hope that they could get their nick registered there when I could instead ask simply, "What's your screen name?" and be able to chat with them whenever they were online.

So far as presence goes, they're talking about away messages. When you put an away message up on IRC, it doesn't broadcast it to the entire channel (thankfully), people have to go slightly out of their way to retrieve it. With AIM, you might send someone an IM while they were away and were answered with a little blurb that would (sometimes) let you know what they were up to. As we gained the ability to set not just away messages, but status messages, people typically kept them more relevant to what they were doing. Mousing over a friend's name to see what they're doing is certainly more straightforward for the typical PC user than anything on IRC.

What's killing me is that my friends are now scattered all over the place. I used to be able to talk to almost everyone I knew on AIM. Now, a lot of them don't run a chat client anymore and I only see them (online) when they log into Facebook. Those that do run a chat client have largely moved to Skype because web-cams are just the coolest. I'm by no means an AOL/AIM fanboy, but those of you protesting so vehemently were apparently just not in the right place (the US) at the right time (the '90s) to know just how ubiquitous it really was in the general populous.

more than 3 years ago

Why People Watch StarCraft, Instead of Playing

DigitaLunatiC Frustrating to Lose (122 comments)

I think another key issue is that StarCraft is one of the more frustrating games to lose for some people. When I play a game of Ultimate and my team loses, I can usually understand what mistakes we made, what plays we let go that we should have stopped and where we were outplayed. It's still disappointing to lose, but it's readily understood when it happens.

SC2, in particular, has a lot of information asymmetry between the individual players, not just the spectators and players. When I lose a match in SC2 I feel dumb. I still know there's something I should have scouted, a change I should have made in my build order, somewhere I could have had some better micro, or even when I fell behind on my macro, etc, but I don't really know what, at the moment of my defeat, I should have done differently. So I go back, and I watch, and I see all my mistakes, and I see my opponent's mistakes, and I think, "Why didn't I push then? Why did I leave this point undefended for so long? Why did I make unit x instead of unit y?"

One figures out why one lost, but one has to go through the process of watching it all over again, and watching all one's chances to win just stroll on by.

more than 3 years ago

App To Keep ISPs Honest About Bandwidth Caps

DigitaLunatiC Re:Browser based? (172 comments)

Blinded and forced to watch?

And how many times do you think their family can be killed?

I'm all for elaborate torture scenarios, but you're just being impractical.

more than 3 years ago


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DigitaLunatiC DigitaLunatiC writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I finally got everything together and released the Digital Mayhem Content Management System (0.6). I'm really proud of myself right now. Now if I can only trick people into using it...


Digital Mayhem Content Management System

DigitaLunatiC DigitaLunatiC writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I finally realized what I want to do with my web-site. For a long time I've had it primarily to test things. I run a little blog, post a little news, etc. etc., but I've realized now that I'm programming all the time that I want to try writing my own little package. So, not only will I have puropse and direction now, but so shall my site.

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