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POTI, Creators of the Songbird Media Player, Call It Quits

JK_the_Slacker Re:Killed by... (67 comments)

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 ago

Google Glass and Surveillance Culture

JK_the_Slacker Re:The problem is see is in private space (318 comments)

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

Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

JK_the_Slacker Re:Faster notebook drives. (261 comments)

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.)

about a year and a half ago

COBOL Will Outlive Us All

JK_the_Slacker Re:I don't think there will be a shortage. (318 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

JK_the_Slacker Re:Remove More Barriers To Entry (474 comments)

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 Slackware.

But seriously, why should Valve build against a glibc that was released a year and a half ago?

about a year and a half ago

Trans-Atlantic 8K/UHDTV Streaming With UltraGrid and Commodity PCs

JK_the_Slacker Acronym overload (58 comments)


about 2 years ago

Mathematicians Extend Einstein's Special Relativity Beyond Speed of Light

JK_the_Slacker Re:not what I understand... (381 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M

JK_the_Slacker Re:Where's the Beef? (168 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

82-Year-Old Nun Breaks Into Nuclear Facility, Contractors Blamed

JK_the_Slacker Huh... (223 comments)

I read 'over reliance on compensatory measures' as needing their paychecks too badly... Now if you'll excuse me, I have bills to pay.

about 2 years ago

KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul

JK_the_Slacker Re:Win 7 (144 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul

JK_the_Slacker Re:Win 7 (144 comments)

Congratulations, Windows 7 with specialized third-party software handles multiple monitors flawlessly!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

JK_the_Slacker You can't even trust Facebook the company... (454 comments)

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?

more than 2 years ago

Slackware: I'm Not Dead Yet!

JK_the_Slacker Re:Debian (252 comments)

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'.

more than 2 years ago

PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360

JK_the_Slacker Re:$300 PS3?? (276 comments)

And Blu-ray players were $700-$1000.

more than 3 years ago

Former Google CIO Suggests 'Do Dumb Things'

JK_the_Slacker Re:Wealthy advice (202 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare

JK_the_Slacker Re:Alleged picture (275 comments)

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?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

JK_the_Slacker Re:Long term... (585 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

RIAA Wants To Bar Jammie From Making Objections

JK_the_Slacker Re:it flies in the face of common sense (306 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

JK_the_Slacker Re:users... (958 comments)

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!

more than 5 years ago

Battle For Wesnoth Version 1.6 Released

JK_the_Slacker Re:Offtopic (90 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago


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