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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

Drooling Iguana Re:Everybody aboard the tinfoilhat-train! (368 comments)

Except for the small matter of the party pushing for the same kind of supply-side, tax-cuts-for-every-problem economics that's tanking the US getting a majority government.

about 3 years ago
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Synaptic Dropped From Ubuntu 11.10

Drooling Iguana Re:By default (360 comments)

Which is probably the reason why Ubuntu is making such huge changes now; they've realized that their distribution isn't reaching its intended audience and are trying to fix that.

more than 3 years ago
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Synaptic Dropped From Ubuntu 11.10

Drooling Iguana Re:Apt-get? (360 comments)

If I'm going to INSTALL a new OS on a computer, don't assume I'm a noob.

If you're going to install Ubuntu on your computer then you should expect it to assume you're a noob, since Ubuntu is designed for noobs. If you want more hardcore tools that give you more control at the expense of user-friendliness then you're welcome to use any other Linux distribution ever made.

Personally, I applaud Ubuntu for taking the risks of casting off the old ugly-but-works tools and moving forward with new user-friendly solutions. Sure, there's going to be some growing pains due to the fact that the new tools aren't as mature as the old, but if we ever want desktop Linux to stop being a tiny niche with minimal support we're going to need at least one distribution that's actually attractive to non-geeks (especially since the newer versions of Windows have fixed many of the stability/security problems that drove a lot of us to Linux in the first place.)

Seriously, if you find that the changes to Ubuntu are turning it into a system that's not to your liking and want to use something else, then fine. Just don't go acting like this is some kind of huge betrayal on Canonical's part for simply continuing to do what they'd set out to do in the first place (produce a good-looking, newbie-friendly OS.)

more than 3 years ago
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Synaptic Dropped From Ubuntu 11.10

Drooling Iguana Re:Install (360 comments)

Ubuntu isn't designed for current Linux users. It's designed for future Linux users that Canonical hopes to attract.

There are plenty of other distributions that cater to geeks. That's the great thing about Linux: you have a choice.

more than 3 years ago
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The History of the Videophone In Sci-Fi

Drooling Iguana Re:Extra Extra! (97 comments)

Either that or they just didn't care. Video phones are used in movies/TV shows because it allows both actors to be onscreen in situations where that wouldn't be possible using regular phones. It has nothing to do with the feasibility of the technology.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

Drooling Iguana Re:Sparkleshare (482 comments)

Oog break head with open source CD!

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

Drooling Iguana Re:Sparkleshare (482 comments)

Yeah, only old people use the "only old people" meme.

more than 3 years ago
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Wii U Faster Than 360 Or PS3, No Blu-ray Or DVD Support

Drooling Iguana Re:Translation (332 comments)

It's a physical form of DRM. which is funny, because nobody is copying the discs to other discs.. they are simply playing from a hard drive.

Yes, this DRM scheme won't prevent pirates from downloading torrents off the Internet and playing them on their own consoles, but it will prevent them from downloading them off the Internet, burning them to discs and then selling them at reduced prices (as often happens with DVDs.)

more than 3 years ago
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My last airplane flight ...

Drooling Iguana Re:Flew this morning, all on time (264 comments)

I've heard about people being cold-hearted, but you're the first person I've seen go to such lengths to ensure that you remained so.

more than 3 years ago
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Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

Drooling Iguana Re:That price (334 comments)

Kris Kristofferson, actually.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

Drooling Iguana Re:Lost interest when I saw the feces trailer (462 comments)

Ironically, the two gun limit was pioneered by Rise of the Triad, which was made by the same developers as DN3D and can be considered its spiritual predecessor, but they decided to ditch that "feature" for DN3D anyway.

Makes you wonder what they've forgotten in the years since then.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

Drooling Iguana Re:One of many (462 comments)

I began disregarding PC Gamer's reviews when they gave FX Fighter an Editor's Choice award.

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Lightsabers

Drooling Iguana Re:Actually... (232 comments)

Is that why they made the "on" buttons big, red and obvious in TPM?

more than 3 years ago
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Carmack On the Wii U and PS Vita

Drooling Iguana Re:Lead. (140 comments)

How do you play Descent with a mouse? I always played it with a full-sized, twisty-handled joystick. Use the stick for rotating, the hat-switch for strafing and assign two of the base buttons to forward/back.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review -- JavaScript: the Definitive Guide, 6th Edition

Drooling Iguana Re:Best book on the subject (109 comments)

If you read this book cover-to-cover (well, except for the hefty reference pages), you will be a JavaScript expert.

I read a previous edition of this book cover-to-cover a few years ago and came out knowing almost nothing about Javascript. The problem was that I went in knowing absolutely nothing about Javascript.

The Rhino book is a reference, not a guide/tutorial. It's not there to guide you through writing your first Javascript script. Learn the basics of the language from another source, then read the Rhino book to get a more complete understanding. Otherwise you'll just be wasting your time.

more than 3 years ago

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