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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

Drinking Bleach Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

Sure, 5-10 are pretty okay but it's really basic kindergarten-level bantering.

I don't think any rational person would ever say "Gee, I felt like cheating, stealing, and killing today, but I'm so glad we have those COMMANDMENTS to tell me not to!"

about 7 months ago
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

Drinking Bleach Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

It used a file called --linux-.--- in each directory. In a way, it was better backwards-compatible with FAT/MS-DOS than even VFAT was.

I did some disecting of how they worked a while ago expecting that I'd reimplement it with FUSE, which I never got down more than a couple trivial files (like the base-32 representation stuff...). I'll just put up the format notes on a Gist if anyone's interested :)

https://gist.github.com/chungy/7852622

about 7 months ago
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

Drinking Bleach Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

It was rather common back in the Windows 9x days to still be using floppy disks, of which were formatted with FAT12. LFNs were fully supported on it too for this reason. :)

about 7 months ago
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

Drinking Bleach Re:My how things change (274 comments)

These days, kids will relate every first-number-before-the-dot version increase with Chrome and Firefox.

Quite honestly, their versioning schemes wouldn't even be all that bad for Linux, the "3." or "4." are totally meaningless numbers anyway. At the same time, it provides some buffer zone for people that expect X.Y schemes represent significant new versions whenever Y is increased.

about 9 months ago
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Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'

Drinking Bleach Re:How close to 100% is the Windows 7 percentage? (246 comments)

When XP launched everybody in business always set the classic theme to make it look more like Windows 2000. by 2005 that practice was long dead...

I don't know about you, but I never stopped that practice. You can still make Windows 7 look like Windows 2000 (it's a massive improvement IMO).

about 10 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

Drinking Bleach Re:I give up on WISYWIG (238 comments)

TeXmacs is pretty great; the UI has a lot of issues (menus are a mess, keyboard shortcuts are really unusual, too many damn preferences...), but the core functionality is solid.

about a year ago
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Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"

Drinking Bleach Re:what? (376 comments)

As much as the joke doesn't really apply to Trek movies, it doesn't really apply to Windows versions either.

Far as I'm concerned, on the DOS side, anything before Win95 was worthless. Windows 95 was alright for what it was, and I avoided W98 like the plague because of its instability. ME never saw enough adoption for it to have actually meant anything; and it really wasn't as bad as people make it out to be. Windows XP garnered a lot of flack for not being anywhere near as good as Win2K, but it went on for years without Longhorn being released and a couple service packs made it decent enough. Vista also has a reputation it frankly doesn't deserve, and W7 is just a renamed Vista.

1 year,6 days
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LXDE Previews Port From Gtk+ 2 to Qt

Drinking Bleach Re:Why QT over GTK 3 ? (136 comments)

Yeah and GTK+ 2.x was API/ABI incompatible with GTK+ 1.x, pretty much setting an expectation that the whole thing will be overhauled approximately once a decade. So whenever GTK+ 4.0 is out, your 3.x apps likely won't just compile+run as-is in the new version, but there's no reason you can't have all the older libraries installed at the same time.

GTK+ 2.x apps aren't magically breaking and GTK+ 3.x apps won't magically break either.

1 year,16 days
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

Drinking Bleach Re:nice size (378 comments)

Why keep that in version control though?

The tried-and-true method of just keeping around stuff like zip/tar.gz/exe files in a directory of every binary released should be fine... never delete the old releases.

about a year ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

Drinking Bleach Re:GIT sucks on windows (378 comments)

For a pure open source solution, using a git repository is good enough for the same purpose, Mercurial includes a very mature bidirectional Git importer/exporter (their concepts are all mappable to each other, there shouldn't be any downsides to it). Git is missing the opposite direction, but someone can always step up and allow Mercurial to be cloned from Git.

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

Drinking Bleach Re:Windows problems (1215 comments)

10. Windows lacks a good, advanced file system like ZFS.

NTFS is a pretty decent filesystem. It doesn't have flashy features and it's not hip, but it gets the job done, it's reliable and you know what... those are the two primary considerations for a filesystem. At least for most people.

Considering that NTFS has absolutely no way to guarantee data integrity, the reliability claim is dubious at best. The guy's talking about ZFS; NTFS is already pretty poor compared to traditional-model stuff like XFS or ext4, but for as far ahead as ZFS is with checksums, redundancy, copy-on-write, etc, NTFS is stone age.

about a year ago
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CS Faculty and Students To Write a Creative Commons C++ Textbook

Drinking Bleach Re:Lost me @ CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (96 comments)

NonCommercial is going to make it useless as a textbook. It can't even be included in, for example, Debian or other Linux distributions.

about a year ago
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

Drinking Bleach Re:Oracle sucks. (409 comments)

Thanks, you're right. Misread it on account of not being awake for long :)

about a year ago
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

Drinking Bleach Re:Oracle sucks. (409 comments)

Oracle never supported OpenIndiana, it's a distribution of illumos (the OpenSolaris fork).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Drinking Bleach Re:You and me both (965 comments)

Linux has never had a good or stable GUI environment. Ever.

I beg to differ. GNOME 2.32 was about as close to perfect as a desktop has ever been achieved.

(GNOME 3: you can still get the old UI back, but it's hidden as being a possibility. The 3.x Panel does work better with screen resolution changes (what games often do) since applets are snapped to left, center, or right instead of being freely placable (it's a good thing actually).)

about a year ago
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Open Source Emoji Project Wants Money For Icons

Drinking Bleach Re:Another Mans Bloat (156 comments)

I forgot. Slashdot doesn't do Unicode :D

about a year ago
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Open Source Emoji Project Wants Money For Icons

Drinking Bleach Re:Another Mans Bloat (156 comments)

We are the Knights who say NI!

about a year ago
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Microsoft, BSA and Others Push For Appeal On Oracle v. Google Ruling

Drinking Bleach Re:Well there you go (191 comments)

Incompetent evil is still evil.

about a year and a half ago

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Harmful effects of closed source software

Drinking Bleach Drinking Bleach writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "In a world with a few citizens that believe closed source/non-free software is unethical in all cases and make no leeway for any, it is curious what some of the more prominent members of the community believe. Eric Raymond, coiner of the term "open source" and founder of the Open Source Initiative, writes in detail of how to evaluate the effects of running any particular piece of closed source software and details the possible harms of doing so. Ranking limited firmware as the least kind of harm to full operating systems as potentially the greatest harms, he details his reasoning for all of them.

Likewise, Richard Stallman, founder of GNU and the Free Software Foundation, writes about a much more limited scope, Nonfree DRM'd games on GNU/Linux, in which he takes the firm stance that non-free software is unethical in all cases but concedes that running non-free games on a free operating system is much more desirable than running them on a non-free operating system itself (such as Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X)."
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Windows not yet ready for the desktop?

Drinking Bleach Drinking Bleach writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "A student documents his experiences in installing Microsoft Windows on his computer after his schooling required him to, and compares it to the ease that Ubuntu GNU/Linux provides. Problems range from the installation times, cryptic and non-meaningful messages, hard to find drivers and software, to trying to configure Windows itself. From the article:

Literally the only thing this heavens-forsaken operating system has going for it is that systems builders like HP and Dell suffer through all this agony for the user.

(As for myself, I probably would have stuck to running Windows in VirtualBox had the need arrived, unless there was some exception that absolutely required a 'real' installation, like 3D graphics.)"

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OpenCVS is to be released soon?

Drinking Bleach Drinking Bleach writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Theo de Raddt has connected OpenCVS to the OpenBSD build. This means, OpenCVS will be built by default, and will appear in OpenBSD snapshots from now on. Theo and other OpenCVS developers encourage thorough testing of the software, so it may quicker have a real version released; OpenCVS.org has said "to be released soon" since 2004!"

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