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Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes

Lorkki Re:2 player? (115 comments)

Nor is it really Tetris without tetraminoes or scoring. Not to berate the effort, but it's a lot easier to downsize something when you drop half of the main features.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

Lorkki Re:BLECK! (647 comments)

I am all for experimentation and choice. Gnome wants to remove that choice.

If you preferred GNOME 2, you might want to check out MATE. As far as I know, the GNOME Project has done nothing to hinder their efforts.

more than 2 years ago

Valve's Gabe Newell On Piracy: It's Not a Pricing Problem

Lorkki Re:Hmmm (466 comments)

GFWL seems to be usually mentioned among the system specs. GTA4's store page was a particularly good detergent, for example.

more than 2 years ago

MS Traces Duqu Zero-Day To Font Parsing In Win32k

Lorkki Re:NT4 was such an abomination... (221 comments)

This, plus proliferation of antialased rendering offsets advancements in CPU power - to the point that navigating source code in QtCreator on my Linux box is not that smooth as I'd like it to be.

That almost certainly has more to do with either display sync issues (which sadly aren't uncommon on a composited X desktop especially with non-free drivers) or the various services of the IDE. Anti-aliased font and line drawing aren't that demanding to begin with, and can be GPU-accelerated with pretty much any hardware you might have picked up within the last five years or so.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

Lorkki Re:CD? (488 comments)

Oh - you mean those things we used back when USB sticks weren't big enough?

more than 2 years ago

Wolfenstein Ray Traced and Anti-Aliased, At 1080p

Lorkki Re:Get some artists already (158 comments)

Agreed. These announcements would be a lot more interesting if the demo material didn't resemble special effects nightmares from the 90's.

about 3 years ago

Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

Lorkki Re:This can't be!! (463 comments)

DNF was finished thanks to being given to a development team that had actually released a game within the last ten years. So it's completely plausible that they finally got people into Hurd whose goal is to finish real projects as opposed to chasing perfect ideas.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Rejects WebP Image Format, Google Adds It

Lorkki Re:Why NOT? (262 comments)

Quote: "Adopting a new image format in Web browsers is a big decision. Once a format becomes a part of the Web, it will have to be supported in perpetuityâ"adding overhead to the browserâ"even if it largely fizzles and only gains a small niche following."

It's akin to if Web browsers were required to support failed formats like ANIM or HAM or IFF.

In practice that doesn't seem to be the case; see, for instance, the state of MNG support in Gecko-based browsers. On the other hand, the adoption of APNG in Firefox has been a catalyst for its spread into wider use.

more than 3 years ago

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

Lorkki Re:Everything and Nothing (467 comments)

Then again, ed is the standard editor.

more than 3 years ago

Half of Windows 7 Machines Running 64-Bit Version

Lorkki Re:Statistics, statistics (401 comments)

It truly amazes me how lazy developers are when it comes to supporting new things. They whine and bitch and drag their feet and blame MS, rather than just admitting they have to learn something new and doing it.

I'd expect that a lot of developers just don't see the significance, as long as they can get a product out that works in a reasonable number of real cases. That's where their bread comes from, after all.

more than 4 years ago

Life Imagined As One Big RPG

Lorkki Re:Life Imagined As One Big RPG (176 comments)

It's an awesome flight, but you only get one shot and in the end you still mess things up?

more than 4 years ago

3D HDMI Specification Is Set Free

Lorkki Truly (100 comments)

2011 will be the year of DisplayPort on the desktop!


more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

Lorkki Re:Not true... (744 comments)

I just went on and put XP back on it though, I'm very seriously considering putting Ubuntu on it now.

I can heartily recommend it. The last release came into a bit of a weird spot as far as graphics drivers were concerned, but now everything runs a lot smoother again and the accelerated desktop is properly vsynced as well. Compared to XP, there seems to be less disk rattling and throttling of fans, though battery life is about equal.

Just do a bit of googling up front; there were a few minor issues with my Samsung NC10 too, but nothing people hadn't thought to pre-package fixes for.

more than 4 years ago

Why Cloud Storage Is Lousy For Enterprises (and Individuals)

Lorkki Re:Backups require a process (183 comments)

So that means that about 200 days /year (if you are PERFECT) you are backing up this data. At 15 minutes per day, that adds up to 50 hours/year of time spent... backing up data.

That's okay, it's not like he has to stand there turning a crank while the bits are being moved. Even Windows has the possibility of scheduling scripted events, which most likely is the method applied here.

more than 4 years ago

A Galaxy-Sized Observatory For Gravitational Waves

Lorkki Re:I don't get it. (190 comments)

The sad thing is that I've met plenty of computer geeks who basically say that physics is useless. They then go back to their beloved computers without realizing the tragic irony of what they just said.

Still, you're making that remark using a web browser running on top of a software stack made up of at least a multi-tasking OS kernel, a dynamic linker and an assortment of userspace libraries, written in various high-level programming languages with optimising compilers. It's not as if the transistors came up with all that by themselves.

Physics in itself is important, there's just no need for most people to be physicists.

about 5 years ago

Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day

Lorkki Re:Almost competing (706 comments)

Right, because so many people have issues where Windows breaks on their hardware.

Only every time something in the driver APIs changes or the hardware vendor in question otherwise can't be bothered to do their part properly. Which, of course, is simply unheard of.

about 5 years ago

Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

Lorkki Re:Its been done for years already (711 comments)

OS X reports disk space better than Windows, Finder reports a 2.5MB file as taking 2,572,834 bytes of disk space.

Which version of Windows are you talking about? There would seem to be a "Size on disk" field in the properties dialog of at least XP and 7, and I'm pretty sure it's been there in several older versions.

about 5 years ago

Prototype Motherboard Clusters Self-Coordinating Modules

Lorkki Re:Great (115 comments)

Yeah, I mean, wouldn't it be great if we had motherboards with connectors on them that you could use to stick in, say, more memory or like even a massively parallel stream processor for graphics, or an additional NIC or sound ca...

Oh, right.

more than 5 years ago

Simple, Portable Physics Simulations

Lorkki Re:FreeBASIC (145 comments)

Hey, if it's old-fashioned stuff you find t3h l33t, why not teach the kids Brainfuck? It's essentially the same language as P", devised by the man Böhm himself in 1964, way before all of this pish posh about how to conveniently build non-trivial programs, but also including the modern concepts of input and output. Make no mistake, however - with only eight operations to choose from, it's about as simple as you can get, and many a programmer will attest that it's fun to play with!

more than 5 years ago


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