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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

LingNoi Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

If everyone bought just one share in EA:

- then agreed to sell it on a specific day in the future it would seriously fuck them over.
- and went to the annual stockholder meeting they could literally bring the company to its knees due to the loud majority of "investors" there clamoring for EA to change.

That's the only way they're going to listen or change. Sadly it requires too much organisation from gamers.

about a year ago
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British Farmers Growing Their Own Internet Service

LingNoi Re:It's a race (178 comments)

Exactly! Queue the posts about how "slashdot is a US website and if you don't like it then leave".

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

LingNoi Re:Wine and bugs (313 comments)

If you want WINE support for your application you either have to pay for it or you code it up yourself and submit the patches. You comment just makes your company sound cheap.

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

LingNoi Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Did you even RTFA? He was on the phone with an engineer from the car manufacturer and even they couldn't figure it out.

about a year and a half ago
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Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

LingNoi Re:Supply & demand (265 comments)

It's important to note that the plan seems to be to never send the materials back to earth..

Still, according to DSI experts, if 2012 DA14 contains 5% recoverable water, that alone -- in space as rocket fuel -- might be worth as much as $65 billion. If 10% of its mass It could mass which could range from as little as 16,000 tons or as much as one million tons -- is easily recovered iron, nickel and other metals, that could be worth -- in space as building material -- an additional $130 billion.

about a year and a half ago
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Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

LingNoi Re:Space mining ROI - fuel (265 comments)

The value quoted in the article is based upon the assumption that you'd be using the materials in space due to the expensive price of launching stuff so bringing it back down to earth isn't a factor. It could potentially be a game changer if they can work out how to construct satellites in space as well as other things.

about a year and a half ago
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Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

LingNoi Re:Who owns the asteroid? (265 comments)

The whole point of these materials being valuable is due to the fact that launching said material into space is expensive, so the materials wouldn't be taken back to earth, they'd be used in space.

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical Could Switch To Rolling Releases For Ubuntu 14.04 and Beyond

LingNoi Re:It's all because of Unity (222 comments)

but if you install a badly designed product you will be suffering for a long, long time.

It's not, I like Ubuntu and I like the Unity desktop environment.

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical Could Switch To Rolling Releases For Ubuntu 14.04 and Beyond

LingNoi Re:It's all because of Unity (222 comments)

Except unity isn't a mistake in their eyes or the people that like it, myself included. It's a much better UI then Gnome ever was in my eyes.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

LingNoi Re:Good News (159 comments)

Hoe many different major versions of Apache are currently in the mainline Debian? I counted 3 last month

That's because apache can be built and used in different ways. One version may be suitable for development on a local machine whereas another it more beneficial if you have a lot of traffic being served.

Here are the ones listed with the description:

apache2-mpm-event - Apache HTTP Server - event driven model
apache2-mpm-prefork - Apache HTTP Server - traditional non-threaded model
apache2-mpm-worker - Apache HTTP Server - high speed threaded model

By default I believe the prefork gets installed which is the worse kind for a high traffic server which is why you should never trust benchmarks by people that don't tell you the version of apache they're using.

I don't know much about apache2-mpm-event since i've never tested it, however apache2-mpm-worker is comparable in speed to nginx.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

LingNoi Re:Good News (159 comments)

I disagree because I've actually done this before numerous times and it actually had the opposite effect every single time. What I mean by that is that the programmer in question lost interest in developing the program or library further and became more distant. One of the people I have donated to has finally began working on the library again after 2 years from never hearing from them.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

LingNoi Re:Good News (159 comments)

That's not true in Nvidia's case. I've seen plenty of examples where you can submit a bug to nvidia and they will fix it, regardless of who you are, even if the bug appears only on linux. Many open source projects find and submit bugs to nvidia.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

LingNoi Re:Good News (159 comments)

I'm not a "must be free" nut however I feel like you're devaluing the work behind this.

There are some good benefits to having an open sourced nvidia driver for example, it can be used to power different experimental graphics layers such as Wayland / Weston, or it has the potential to support optimus chipsets which we haven't seen from Nvidia for 4/5 years now.

about a year and a half ago
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Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

LingNoi Re:I don't.. (453 comments)

Web programmers tend to be lower skill programmers.

This is a common misconception among c / c++ developers. Fact is it's simply not true, you have to deal with a multitude to complex issues that you simply don't need to deal with in native code development. I do both web and native code development and I can tell you that the tasks are just different not easier or harder.

Your atitude in this respect reminded me of a guy that recently applied for a job position at the company I work. He was a c++ developer who wrote on his cover letter something along the lines of "I don't know any web development however because of my experience in native languages I think I will be able to easily pick it up". That's simply naive and wrong, as you can expect he wasn't selected.

As for the rest you wrote I agree and disagree at the same time. Sure there are a lot of "make it work" attitudes however you get the same atitude in native code development too so it isn't something restricted to web development.

a new markup language that's meant to do pixel perfect rendering (HTML is not, but its used that way)

No, no it is not. People who think like this do not understand web development, and almost no one apart from terrible developers treats it in the way you mentioned. Websites have to be designed to fit on everything from small mobile phones to big TVs. That's why everyone is trying to make their sites "responsive". Everyone is moving in the complete opposite direction to what you have mentioned in that the best way to build a site is with a css grid to make your site handle different resolutions.

I agree that javascript is a terrible language fortunately things are improving if you look at the latest standards being developed for newer versions. I guess we can only hope that it improves to the point where it doesn't just outright suck.

about a year and a half ago
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In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

LingNoi Re:Speaking as a vegan (260 comments)

As a vegetarian I keep things to myself and don't preach to anyone. Please ignore this moron vegan and remember that the silent majority don't care if you eat meat or not. Thanks.

about a year and a half ago
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In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

LingNoi Re:A matter of perspective... (260 comments)

I can't grasp the concept of people thinking lab grown meat is grosser then something that has been rolling in a field and tons of antibiotics jacked into it, etc. The logic escapes me.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassandra NoSQL Database 1.2 Released

LingNoi Re:NoSQL? Then what? (55 comments)

NoSQL does have some advantages. If you have 2+GB of data in a relational database table and you wish to update a table doing some can take a long time during which your services will be down. Since non-relational databases allow for schema less data, you can simply add the extra column in the code and add code for what to do if the new column doesn't exist (i.e. old data) then deploy it with zero downtime.

These points don't really come into play until you have a huge dataset however so for most stuff I still recommend relational databases.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Tweaking Radeon Drivers To Reduce Frame Latency Spikes

LingNoi Re:Why bother? (105 comments)

It's an unconvincing argument to make, as an nvidia user i've never needed to use support, it just works.

about a year and a half ago
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GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

LingNoi Re:He sounds like a whiny teenager (476 comments)

Sounds to me like "analysis paralysis", or at least typical management where people are too busy playing politics instead of trying to create something awesome.

Yes, that pretty much sums up the FSF for as long as I can remember.

about a year and a half ago
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GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

LingNoi Re:Define horrible (476 comments)

It's like starbucks and coffee snobs.

about a year and a half ago

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LSE breaks world record in trade speed with linux

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "The London Stock Exchange has said its new Linux-based system is delivering world record networking speed, with 126 microsecond trading times.

The news comes ahead a major Linux-based switchover in twelve days, during which the open source system will replace Microsoft .Net technology on the group'(TM)s main stock exchange. The LSE had long been criticised on speed and reliability, grappling with trading speeds of several hundred microseconds.

The 126 microsecond speed is “twice as fast” as its main international competitors, the London Stock Exchange said. BATS Europe and Chi-X, two dedicated electronic rivals to the LSE, are reported to have an average latency of 250 and 175 microseconds respectively. Netiher company immediately provided details. But many of the LSE'(TM)s older and more traditional rivals offer speeds of around 300 to 400 microseconds. Nevertheless, Linux is now standard in many exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange."

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Blender open movie "project Durian" in pro

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "Yesterday all project Durian artists arrived in Amsterdam for the pre-production week, a week of discussions, reviews, brainstorms, pipeline designs, styling proposals, watching clips, and of course a lot of fun to get to know each other. Durian is part of Blender's open movie project. This movie will be 5-8 minutes long like the previous movies and have a martial arts theme. Not much else is known at this point."
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IGDA split over quality of life issues

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "Arguments between members of the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) have been red hot over recent controversy because of a "Studio Heads on the Hotseat" panel video.

The fighting started when IGDA board members (that also happen to be studio executives) which were taking part in the discussions made it clear their favour for "crunch time", a method of doing overtime on a game to make very tight deadlines. It has been seen as hypocritical that an organisation whose goal is to create a better quality of life for developers is lead by studio executives who are happy to overwork employees.

The IGDA released a response which didn't take side on the issue. Other board members however have been much more reactive with one calling an IGDA member that quit over the issue "a whiney little bitch""

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Pirates angry at their "releases" being pi

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "TorrentFreak is running a story on a private bit torrent tracker website and how a bunch of angry releasers who are upset that someone was redistributing their ripped music.

One member was quoted saying..

Someone is leaking our torrents, we lose our exclusives? Find him in the logs! BURN HIM!

In the end the person leaking "their work" turned out to be one of their best releasers."
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UK IPO undertakes study of software patents

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "A recent press release by UK Intellectual Property Office mentions that it will be undertaking a study after Symbian won an appeal in the high court on its patent application. Symbian argued that the way it loads dll libraries into memory is not completely software related and the judges (with their many years of computer programming experience) agreed.

Symbian's patent application describes how a library of functions (DLL), which can be called on by multiple application programs running on a computer, is accessed. In particular, it provides a way of indexing these library functions to ensure the computer will continue to operate reliably after changes are made to the library. The Court of Appeal has held that this invention is not solely a computer program because as a matter of practical reality there is more than just a better program, there is a faster and more reliable computer.

It seems that the UK patent office is not going to try an appeal the decision, instead they will wait to see the decision of the European Patent Office (EPO) with regards to software patents from Europe.

In the light of this development, the UK-IPO will not seek to appeal the Symbian judgment further. The UK-IPO agrees with the Court of Appeal in that it would now be premature to seek a view from the House of Lords when European practice is likely to be settled shortly by a decision of the EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal. The UK-IPO will have an opportunity to submit observations to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on the questions put to it. In order to inform any such observations the UK-IPO will undertake a study to determine the economic impact of patenting computer programs.

There are dark times ahead for the UK software industry, if the decision from the EPO is that software is patentable then the UK IPO would most likely follow. However don't worry yet, it seems little has changed as the UK IPO will continue business as usual, apart from a small loop hole.

Although the Court of Appeal did not accept the UK-IPO's view on the patentability of Symbian's invention, the UK-IPO believes that the Court has confirmed that the so called "Aerotel/Macrossan" test, established by the Court of Appeal in a previous case External Link, provides a legitimate approach to analysing whether an invention should be refused as no more than a computer program. The Court of Appeal declined to follow the EPO approach, considering it unclear at present. Therefore, the UK-IPO will continue to use the Aerotel/Macrossan test but in doing so it will take account of the Court of Appeal's judgment in the Symbian case whenever appropriate.

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UK government want to monitor every email and text

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "GCHQ (a British intelligence agency) bosses want to monitor internet usage and text messages sent in Britain, and keep records of individuals' internet use. £1 billion to fund the first stage has already been given out with the potential cost rising up to £12 billion.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said the proposal marked "a substantial shift in the powers of the state to obtain information on individuals".

The article goes on to explain that if all communications information was centrally stored then links could be made between terrorist cells and other sympathisers could be identified."
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EU government making the switch to Linux?

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "Days after there was talk over if Microsoft should be excluded from EU government sales, the EU is now testing the use of a GNU/Linux environment as a possible replacement for their parliament's office.

The distribution tested was Ubuntu and there seems to be a signs of change with British MEP James Nicholson stating, "The Parliament will continue to monitor Open Source developments and if possible will try to use this type of software.""

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iTunes pirates music and then keeps all the money

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "The Flashbulb, aka Benn Jordan, who records and publishes his own music became so outraged when he discovered that iTunes was effectively pirating his music, that he uploaded copies of his latest album to BitTorrent.

"Even after having a lawyer working for me on this matter, this is the one and only response we've EVER been able to get from Apple:"

Dear Benn,
I understand that you are writing to the iTunes Store because you are upset about finding your own album "The Flashlight" and some of your other album as well on the iTunes Store, and that you feel that you are owned royalties for this music that his being purchased. I am sorry that you have to found this upsetting. My name is Wendy, and I would be happy to link you to right people to talk to about this issue

"So, who's the pirate I should go after? A kid who downloads my album because it isn't available in non-DRM format and costs $30 on Amazon? Or a huge multi-billion dollar corporation that has been selling thousands of dollars worth of my music and not even acknowledging it?""

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First commerical open source game in development

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "Blender's project Apricot has begun work on creating the first open source commerical title scheduled for release on Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. The project is being funded by the Blender and Crystal Space communities in an effort to address the problems that professionals face in the games industry with regards to using Blender 3d and Crystal Space engine.

Discussions have already begun on improvements that can be made on the blender forums."
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Project Apricot begins

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "A few days ago the project Apricot, officially began. Apricot is a Blender foundation funded project to produce a professional quality game to help improve the game creation process in Blender 3D and the Crystal Space engine.

The first piece of news is that they are taking advanced pre-orders of Apricot. Details on what type of game is being produced is not known yet, but what is known is that Apricot will be an open source and open content game that will run on Linux, Mac and Windows."
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Exploding cell phone battery may have killed a man

LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "A man in Korea, was found dead at his workplace Wednesday morning and his mobile phone battery was melted in his shirt pocket.

No one knows for sure yet but a doctor who examined the body said, "He sustained an injury that is similar to a burn in the left chest and his ribs and spine were broken"

We have heard of other dangerous battery products here on Slashdot. Is this going to be the first in a long line of deaths for the future?"
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LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LingNoi writes "A report by the BBC states that Computer giant Dell will begin to sell PCs preinstalled with open source Linux operating systems".

Dell has not yet decided which GNU/Linux distribution to go with citing that "Driver Support is Key" on their Ideastorm update page and Direct2Dell blog..

Many of you posted comments to our Direct2Dell blog, indicating that you were less concerned about a specific distribution than you are about support at the kernel level and open driver support.
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LingNoi LingNoi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LingNoi (1066278) writes "The governments new epetition system has received a response from the prime minister with regard to their current stand on software patents in the UK....

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."

Another response on a petition of open source software use in the government was also released which explains the governments stance on open standards."

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