top POTI, Creators of the Songbird Media Player, Call It Quits
I'd say it was killed by Songbird. They made a rash of poor decisions which quickly ruined one of my favorite media players (not the least of which was abandoning Linux.)
about a year and a half ago
top Google Glass and Surveillance Culture
Once upon a time, you were able to ask guests to observe certain behavior while in your home. Please take off your shoes, leave your handgun in the car, don't bring recreational drugs into my home... I really don't see what the difference is in asking a guest to not record or even to leave their Google Glasses at home or in the car.
about a year and a half ago
top Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs
Footprint would be a huge issue in my case, and I don't think it's all that special. Last I checked, you can get a terabyte 2.5 inch 'conventional' notebook drive for under a hundred dollars. That should be plenty of space for a DVR - the point of which is to catch up on missed episodes, not long-term storage of mass quantities of video. Having limited physical space shouldn't constrain me to have limited digital space too! (Hurray apartment dwelling.)
top COBOL Will Outlive Us All
It's been my experience that generated code is fully 70% of what's wrong with most of the COBOL code I encounter.
Hand-crafted COBOL is beautiful in a way. Generated COBOL is a nightmare.
top Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users
Installing packages for another distro is not hard for me. And I don't care to install Ubuntu.
The problem seems to be Steam's insistance on glibc_2.15. My Mageia2 system only provides glibc_2.14; I need to wait for Mageia 3 for a distro-supported glibc_2.15.
What miracle has 2.15 wrought that makes it essential for Steam? I suspect that it does nothing special and since steam is not FOSS, I can't recompile it to find out. But that would be OK if Steam would give me a way around this.
Perhaps you should try a more modern distro, like
But seriously, why should Valve build against a glibc that was released a year and a half ago?
top Trans-Atlantic 8K/UHDTV Streaming With UltraGrid and Commodity PCs
top Mathematicians Extend Einstein's Special Relativity Beyond Speed of Light
It's an inversion of the math, somewhat like the absolute value of a number decreasing the closer you get to zero, no matter if you approach it from positive or negative infinity.
top Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M
The main interesting draw of this for me was its inherent upgradeability. Yes, $500 will buy me a PC that will run most games... today. What about two years out? What about four years out? Five? If OnLive had been handling that on their side, that could have been a very, very interesting proposal if I could keep that $500 pc for five or ten years without missing out on the latest games.
top 82-Year-Old Nun Breaks Into Nuclear Facility, Contractors Blamed
I read 'over reliance on compensatory measures' as needing their paychecks too badly...
Now if you'll excuse me, I have bills to pay.
top KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul
If it doesn't handle your use case (which isn't really all that non-standard - the most common use-case for multiple monitors is laptops with external monitors) without third-party software, it's not really flawless.
top KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul
Congratulations, Windows 7 with specialized third-party software handles multiple monitors flawlessly!
top Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?
Given the utterly dismal record of Facebook the company when it comes to the privacy of its users, I wouldn't bother allowing access. Not only do you have your users to worry about, you have external Facebook users and Facebook itself - that sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Aren't we due for a reset of our privacy settings to 'Everything shared with everyone' any day now?
top Slackware: I'm Not Dead Yet!
July 16, 1993: Patrick Volkerding releases Slackware 1.00.
16 August, 1993: Ian Murdock announces that he wants to create a distro called Debian. No code is forthcoming.
15 September, 1993: Debian 0.01 ALPHA is 'released'.
17 October, 1993: Debian 0.02 ALPHA is 'released'.
02 November, 1993: Debian 0.03 ALPHA is 'released'.
05 November, 1993: Slackware 1.1.0 is released.
07 November, 1993: Debian 0.04 ALPHA is 'released'.
23 November, 1993: Debian 0.80 BETA is 'released' (limited beta).
28 November, 1993: Debian 0.81 BETA is 'released' (limited beta).
26 January, 1994: Debian 0.90 BETA is 'released' (public beta).
29 January, 1994: Debian 0.91 BETA is 'released' (public beta).
I keep hearing this 'only by a matter of weeks' line. It looks to me like the first public 'release' of Debian occurred in January of 1994, six months after the first release of Slackware. Or does anyone want to argue that Duke Nukem Forever came out in 1997?
Note that I'm giving Debian the benefit of the doubt here, by calling a 'public beta' a 'public release'.
top PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360
And Blu-ray players were $700-$1000.
top Former Google CIO Suggests 'Do Dumb Things'
Or maybe they did some things differently, and that's how they got to BE the uber wealthy?
But no, cause and effect can't possibly have any bearing on reality. That would be silly.
top Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare
If it's a setup, then why on God's Green Earth can't Rep. Weiner "Say with certitude" that the picture is not of him?
top Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?
Amazon says hello.
Classic gaming, at least from a hardware perspective, is a pretty big business. If you can't find an adapter for your controller, you can almost always find somebody who built one in an afternoon from ten dollars worth of parts.
As far as special keys on emulated systems, it's very rare that they aren't provided for.
This specifically talks about the Commodore 64 emulators available and how they provide for special Commodore keys.
The lesson here? For every one of us that has two pieces of old hardware sitting in a crate in the corner, there's some crazy guy still writing software for it, another crazy guy building hardware for it, and a third writing an emulator or driver for a modern system/OS.
top RIAA Wants To Bar Jammie From Making Objections
What's the point in having a second trial or an appeal if you aren't allowed to do things differently?
Then again, this is law we're talking about, so logic and common sense probably don't apply.
This is NOT law; this is baloney. The RIAA lawyers wouldn't know the law if it hit them on the head.
I thought hitting people on the head WAS the RIAA legal strategy.
top How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?
And let me chime in on the ZOMG install FOSS tip -- this is a great opportunity. You've already got a tailor-made excuse. "X user is using X software and we do not have a license. We can either pay X dollars for a license or use this freely available alternative that will provide the same functionality." In this economic climate, they won't even consider the pay software in most cases.
"Photoshop user is using Photoshop software and we do not have a license. We can either pay Photoshop dollars for a license or use this freely available alternative that will provide the same functionality."
"Joe Blow user is using Joe Bloe software and we do not have a license. We can either pay Joe Blow dollars for a license or use this freely available alternative that will provide the same functionality."
"700 user is using 700 software and we do not have a license. We can either pay 700 dollars for a license or use this freely available alternative that will provide the same functionality."
These equations make no sense!
Battle For Wesnoth Version 1.6 Released
Ontopic: All open source games suck. I have played many of them and they are all horrible. I suspect that this is only "news" because of the game's license and not because the game is even remotely good.
As an open source game programmer, I take offense to this. Heavy offense. As an open source gamer, I disagree. Open source games are great because if you find a problem, you can dig and and fix it. You're free to improve them.
Contrast this with, for example, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. I love the concept, I love the gameplay, but what I don't love is the huge number of typos in the dialog. I can't do a thing about it. On the other hand, I was able to do a complete overhaul of the dialog in FreedroidRPG, and I'm now a member of the dev team.
As far as your experience with open source games, I doubt you've played a significant portion of them, and I highly doubt you've kept up with the updates. Yes, updates, new developments that get pushed out for public consumption. You don't get that with many proprietary games. You might get 3 patches, and that's it. No new content, just bugfixes. *That* sucks.
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