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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Drinking Bleach Re:Squarer is better. (329 comments)

Erm.... software development is exactly a use-case where widescreen hurts. Want more lines of code, not less. Width doesn't matter, it's rare for lines of code to be longer than 80~120 characters.

5 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Drinking Bleach Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

It's worth noting that systemd's NTP and DHCP implementations are purposefully as simplistic as possible. The NTP daemon (systemd-timesyncd) is only a client that keeps a clock synchronized to a server, it cannot behave as a server itself. The DHCP daemon (systemd-networkd) is meant only to handle a wired network connection on a single interface, the sort of thing that a server or maybe a desktop computer would want; more complicated network setups can ignore this functionality and use any number of the pre-existing network configuration methods Linux already had.

about 1 month ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Drinking Bleach Is it open source yet? (124 comments)

There's no real point in using it if you can't even trust it does what they say it does...

about a month ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Drinking Bleach Re:Copying Apple (399 comments)

Isn't that what compatibility modes are for? Windows already has a good list of apps built-in to automatically run in "Windows 98 mode" or "Windows XP mode" ...

about 2 months ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Drinking Bleach Re:Word! (113 comments)

I really really really hope you're just trying to troll.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Drinking Bleach Re:No. (368 comments)

It still has no official modding support. Mojang bought Bukkit and hired its team over a year ago, but they still keep it an independent project and not the official mod API (think how CentOS is now owned by Red Hat but still has a social/corporate firewall between RHEL and CentOS devs).

As for being written poorly in Java, it was original just some dumb idea that Notch had to remake Infiniminer, and his Random Java Project #56 -- he already had mild internet fame (albeit nothing compared to his post-Minecraft fame), but this particular game had just enough potential to keep it moving. He didn't make it to be very performant in the first place, Java was just familiar and convenient to him.

about 3 months ago
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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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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.

1 year,25 days
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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 a year 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.

about a year ago
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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.

about a year ago
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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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half ago

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Groupon infringes GNOME trademark, project seeks donations for legal battle

Drinking Bleach Drinking Bleach writes  |  about two weeks ago

Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Groupon has released a tablet-based point of sale system called Gnome, despite the well-known desktop environment's existence and trademark status. This is also not without Groupon's internal ignorance of the GNOME project; they were contacted about the infringement and flatly refused to change the name of their own product, in addition to filing many new patent applications for theirs.

The GNOME project is seeking donations to help them in a legal battle against these trademark applications, and to get Groupon to stop using their name. They are seeking at least $80,000 to challenge a first set of ten trademark applications from Groupon, out of 28 applications that have been filed."
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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 6 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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