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JoeLinux writes "I am soon to marry my true love (a girl! yes! they do exist!). She is a literary geek, whereas I am a gaming/linux geek. Being the RTFM-style geeks that we are, we have been reading up on marriage, making things work, etc. Unfortunately, all of the references seem to be based around an alpha-male jock, and a submissive cheerleader-style wife. A lot of the references to incompatibility in the books don't apply to us.(neglect due to interest in sports, etc.) What are some of the pitfalls and successes learned in the course of a more geek-oriented marriage?" top
JoeLinux writes "While Knights of the Old Republic II is an interesting game in and of itself, hardly anyone can state that it left production in any way complete. Poking around the media files yielded sound and gaming files that were simply abandoned in favor of release. The result was incomplet-able quests, missing levels, conversations that made references to levels that didn't exist, etc. After the initial game was released, Team Gizka attempted to recreate those levels that didn't make the final cut and restore the game back to what it was intended to be. Four years after the game was released, Team Gizka has finally made it to 1.0 beta. When the current round of bugs are completed, we should see the full restoration of one of the most enjoyable RPGs ever made." top
JoeLinux writes "I just had what I thought was going to be a boring meeting with a friend of the family.
It turns out this person is a Senior VP in charge of Rights and Title Administration for Sony Pictures. (Translation: She is in charge of preventing piracy).
Over the course of a half hour, we had a conversation discussing the best way to combat online piracy. This person has obviously been seeing things from the point of view of the movie industry. (I.E. the movie industry exists on a 4-5% profit margin, Canada is to blame for most of the movie piracy, etc.)
They were surprised to learn about some of the indiscriminate lawyering practices of the RI- and MP-AA., but then quickly rallied with, "Well, if the ISPs have the logs, doesn't that prove they were downloading?" They also had no clue as to what DRM is, or its implications (I.E. they are not very geek-oriented).
While I could have argued with them for a good long time, the particulars of the evening did not allow for me to hash it out.
What I am asking for is a concise, non-trollish, "Joe Six-Pack-friendly" explanation of DRM, piracy, with plenty of numbers to back up the claims (No brown numbers please). This is our chance to educate someone in the upper ranks of Sony Pictures with our concerns regarding DRM, why we think its a bad idea, and, most importantly, propose an alternate solution.
Any geek references will have to be explained thoroughly. We are talking to someone of a more upper-management point of view. However, knowing their personally, this person does listen.
Once again, this is for someone who is willing to hear us out. Please do not troll, grief, etc." top
JoeLinux writes "I am a Systems Engineer for a Big Engineering Company(tm). I've been in the position for four years after getting my undergrad in E.E. I've finally come to the conclusion that I will never see any form of technical challenge despite the continued promise of such. The problem is that almost all engineers usually make the transition the other way (E.E. to Systems). Seeing as Systems is looked at as a possible gateway to the dark side (Management), is there any going back to "real" engineering? Have any readers successfully made the transition? How do you justify what would typically be considered a step "back"?" top
JoeLinux writes "It would appear that Internet Explorer developer team have magnanimously congratulated the Firefox team on their recent 2.0 shipment by delivering a cake. As the blog details, "no, it was not poisoned.""