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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

MareLooke Re:Stupid, stupid stupid (314 comments)

That's the theory yes. But unfortunately with systemd it didn't work out that way.

See, the GNOME developers decided to make systemd a hard dependency, this pretty much means that (binary) distributions that want to keep offering GNOME to their users have two options:
a) patch GNOME to work without systemd
b) switch to systemd

about two weeks ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

MareLooke Re:On Wayland.. (204 comments)

I don't want to run my *desktop* over a network, that's horribly clumsy compared to pulling over only select applications.

Having had to deal with the entire RDP/VLC crap only made me like X11's way of doing things more.

about 7 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

MareLooke Re:Still using it (155 comments)

None come with Subversion support, they tout CVS and Git support though, but the reality is that most companies, will still be using Subversion, so the majority of people will have to hunt for at least this plugin (of which there are two competing ones, so you get the joy of figuring out which one to use as well).

The various bundles (there seem to be more every time I check the Eclipse website...) also seem more like a crutch to compensate for how horrible it is to find and install all the plugins one would need. They also seem to cater to some person's idea of what a certain type of developer would need rather than their actual needs, leading to loads of superfluous cruft installed and needed plugins still being missing as for example the JEE package doesn't appear to be a superset of the Java developer one.

Of course one could install a whole bunch of different Eclipse bundles just to have access to all the stuff one needs, judging from the descriptions I would need 2 or 3 Eclipse installs and I would still need to hunt down the Subversion plugin.

Let's just be honest, installing Eclipse and acquiring all the plugins you need is a pain in the neck and always has been (though given that the number of plugins available has gone up one could make the argument that it's become worse). The bundles seem more like an excuse to leave the festering pit of refuse that is Eclipse's plugin management alone instead of fixing it. Both NetBeans and IntelliJ do a much better job in this regard and I wish the Eclipse devs would take a look over the fence for ideas on how it should be done instead of making excuses for something that has been broken for 10 years.

about 7 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

MareLooke Re:Still using it (155 comments)

It's still a sluggish bloated memory hog ...

I wonder how much of that is due to the fact that it's written in Java. Seriously, I don't know but I'm curious. This is not meant as flamebait (though I'm still glad I wore my Nomex undies today).

Java (or the JVM) likes memory, lots of it. But that's not the (only) reason Eclipse is a memory hog as other Java based IDEs (NetBeans and IntelliJ come to mind) manage to do much better on the same system. I'm not even sure that Eclipse uses that much memory compared to the competition, but it sure is more sluggish in use and it hasn't improved in that area in as long as I can remember.

My experience is the same as the AC you replied to, Eclipse pretty much hasn't evolved in a meaningful way (for an end-user, maybe the platform is great to work with, I wouldn't know) since I first used it back in college (iow, 10 years ago) and that is a shame.

Dealing with plugins (and their update centers, oh dear) is still a major pain, it still doesn't support basic features natively (I mean when I last tried it half a year ago there still was no Subversion support in the default install. I mean, really? Hunting down the plugin for it was a pain as well) On top of that Eclipse's maven support is simply atrocious which imho is entirely unacceptable for a modern Java IDE.

The one thing it has (imho) going for it is that Oracle has dropped pretty much all non-Java language support from NetBeans, meaning that if you need proper support for a non-Java JVM language Eclipse is where you go (unless you want to shelve out for IntelliJ or can make do with IntelliJ's free edition). Eclipse is also the platform used for most commercial Java ecosystem plugins, so if you are dependant on some of those you're probably stuck with Eclipse.

I personally went from being an Eclipse user, to a NetBeans user and now I'm using IntelliJ. I still use the other IDEs occasionally, if only to keep up-to-date with their status and be able to support my colleagues with various issues, but until Eclipse actually starts improving in areas that matter (UI, plugin management and a sane default feature set) it's just never going to be my go to-IDE again.

about 7 months ago
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In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

MareLooke Re:Not neccesairly (324 comments)

FWIW denying the Holocaust is also illegal here, in Belgium, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were so in many other European countries as well.

Not that it would matter too much if it weren't, there's something about denying the well documented mass murder of various ethnic groups (Jews, gypsies and homosexuals off the top of my head) that tends to make one rather...unpopular... in society. If anything these laws might protect Nazi-sympathizers that would otherwise have been too stupid to keep their mouths shut.

about 8 months ago
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GNU Make 4.0 Released

MareLooke Re:Scheme?!? (179 comments)

Having tried to deal with Scala's macros I have joined the camp of "it's a seriously worthwhile tradeoff".

Honestly doing anything with reflection in Scala (or pretty much every non-Lisp) is just horrifyingly unintuitive (and as a result: painful). In a Lisp you're just manipulating lists using typical list manipulation functions, it is, comparatively, a piece of cake.

about a year ago
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Learning To Code: Are We Having Fun Yet?

MareLooke Re:It's all about keeping interest (226 comments)

Reading Paul Graham's "Why nerds are unpopular" seems relevant if one wishes to dig deeper into this topic.

Geeks by their very definition have have interests that set them apart from the popular kids. "Geek" and "popular" just don't mix, though one could be popular among fellow geeks, but I'm pretty sure that wasn't what the OP had is mind.

about a year ago
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GNOME 3.10 Is Now Properly Supported On Wayland

MareLooke Re:Now make GNOME work (128 comments)

As for GNOME - I realize that GNOME 3 is different from GNOME 2, but I'm at least happy that for once the Open Source community *tried something different* instead of just aping Windows or Mac OS X (though GNOME 3 is obviously inspired by the latter).

The two billion different window managers out there supporting every imaginable workflow would like to have a word with you. Yes, they're still out there, despite all the efforts of the "userfriendliness" crowd to break them.

Maybe it worked, maybe it didn't, but at least we can claim to attempt to lead, instead of just blindly following.

The problem with GNOME isn't whether it sucks (I haven't really used GNOME since the crap that was 2.0, so I have no opinion on how good or bad it is), it's that they have decided that their way is the only way and have taken over independent projects (like GTK, the "G" really doesn't stand for GNOME and it is definitely not only used by GNOME applications) and are forcing their views on those as well.

The FLOSS community used to be about cooperation and choice, but lately it seems to be more about which corporations can hire the most developers to force their vision onto the projects they support without any regard to the rest of the ecosystem.

1 year,23 hours
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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

MareLooke Re:Repeat after me (211 comments)

Yeah, but that doesn't make for such an impressive OP... Spreading FUD makes for better headlines you know...

about a year and a half ago
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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome

MareLooke Re:He isn't really helping... (26 comments)

The problem is the site was already very bitrotten and was running into regular issues with security. It's probably better to build something new using the data in the database than to use the old code.

about a year and a half ago
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Resurrecting the Linux Game Tome

MareLooke Re:gametome.exe (26 comments)

The URL for the Linux Gametome has always been happypenguin.org and the site focused heavily on FLOSS games.

It's a real shame but not really unexpected, the IRC channel (which used to be very active with both gamers as well as game developers) has been pretty dead for a few years now and it seems to have died around the same time maintainership of the website died down. My guess is that many active members in the community got sucked into this "real life" thing (quite a few of the most active people, at least on irc, were students at the time) and the "new generation" has little interest in FLOSS gaming it would seem.

Oh, for those interested, it's #gametome on Freenode, some of us oldtimers still hang out there, though, as I said, it's mostly dead.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

MareLooke Re:Better answer (572 comments)

I beg to differ. With gaming becoming more and more mainstream we've reached a critical point where mainstream games have turned into such generic appeal-to-everybody-and-their-lolcat that it leaves hardcore gamers seriously wanting.

Multiplayer (and more specifically *competitive* multiplayer) has become such a required tickbox for publishers that it very often comes at the detriment of the single player experience. While I'm sure most of us enjoy playing games with other people there are just so many genres where single player is crucial and/or competitive multiplayer doesn't make sense (like story driven RPGs). Many of these genres have been watered down to such an extent by now that they're barely recognisable, others have just pretty much died out entirely in mainstream publishers' catalogues (like adventures, not the "action adventure" kind).

The second problem is the "consolification" of everything, some genres are just not fit for controllers (sure you can attach a kb/mouse to a console, but if you do that you just have an underpowerd PC with horrendous limitations anyway) forcing them in a format that "works" for console controllers just turns them into something they aren't and that people often just do not want ("Hi Dragon Age 2!")

Thirdly are the horrendous limitations consoles impose, sure the mainstream gamer might not care too much, well, until he/she sees how you can mod some games (like Skyrim...) often fixing bugs the developers can't be bothered with, fixing broken game mechanics and just generally improving the game experience. The gaming PC isn't dead yet even though publishers might be trying very hard to kill modability in the mistaken belief that mods kill DLC sales (well, they will, if your DLCs are trivial drivel).

This explains imo the huge success of crowsourcing for games lately and frankly I think there is a market for both groups, the big publishers can keep on cranking out Hollywoodstyle appeal-to-all games while the crowdsourced developers can keep on producing interesting, innovative, oldschool or just generally off-the-beaten-path games. It's happened with film, I don't see why it would be a problem with games.

tl;dr Single player is not dead and PC gaming is far from dead either.

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME2 Fork MATE Desktop 1.6 Released

MareLooke Re:Pointless fork (86 comments)

There is also this, which for me is reason enough to consider any and all alternatives.

about a year and a half ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

MareLooke Re:Don't forget the free and open source people to (303 comments)

it would put people that actually matter there, making it a high risk operation

only in the case of torvalds... the other two are just hacktivists

Classifying RMS as "just a hacktivist" only highlights your ignorance. I suggest you read up on everything he's achieved (he started emacs, gdb and gcc to name a few) as a hacker before making such an unfounded claim.

The fact that RMS also cares about people and not just about sating his own technological cravings is a positive point imho, whether I agree with him or not (and I often don't)

about a year and a half ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

MareLooke Re:I don't see anything yet.... (280 comments)

Yeah, I just don't have much faith in Sony, they've run enough games into the ground not to mention how they tend to treat their community (been on the receiving end of SOE, they haven't seen a cent of me since).

Wish CCP had just made it a PC game so they didn't have to make concessions to these kinds of companies. Then again funding etc. Can't win 'em all I guess :( I would've bought a monocle if it had kept Sony away though ;-)

And yup, last patches have been really good as has their interaction with their players (CCP devs are awesome!). I really wish more developers participated in their player community like this.

I guess I've just grown really really cynical about upper management motivations for the stuff they do. Certain companies plain lying to their customers of course didn't help any (just to make it clear I am *not* referring to CCP here).

Anyway, didn't mean to sound so negative, CCP is doing awesome and we'll see what they do when they do it, if they stick to the road they're on then I'm more than happy to cruise along.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

MareLooke Re:Still.... (1051 comments)

He'd have to physically assault her first though: "Karate ni sente nashi" (There is no first attack in karate) -- Gichin Funakoshi

about a year and a half ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

MareLooke Re:I don't see anything yet.... (280 comments)

Westwood is dead and BioWare is going the same way. In the "best" case the name will stick around for a while as a front for EA, of all the actual talent nobody still works at BioWare and hasn't for a while (which I personally think should be pretty obvious if you look at their latest releases).

MMOwise I only have some faith in World of Darkness as far as mainstream releases go, it's the only game developed by a company known for successfully running a not-a-dime-a-dozen-MMO game for years (EVE is turning 10 this year). Then again it seems they want to crack open the casual market with Dust (sucking up to Sony, that can't end well) and WoD, so we'll have to see how many of their "greed is good" attitude stuck around, they might just be trying to decrease their dependance on EVE so they can force unpopular decisions through without risking the company, but maybe I'm just cynical...(I'm also digressing horribly) But at least they know (from experience with EVE) that politics (and economics) can make for really interesting gameplay elements, most mainstream MMO lack proper politics or a proper player market.

about a year and a half ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

MareLooke Re:Dragon Age (280 comments)

BioWare is dead (also Westwood Studios says "Hi!"), it's EAWare now, with everything that implies. We had better get used to it. I have rather low expectations for their games now (good production quality but generic gameplay, I rather have the other way around if I can't have both). Didn't know Wasteland 2 was coming out this year though, and a new isometric Divinity game. Maybe we'll get some good RPGs this year for a change...

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

MareLooke Re:slightly off topic (476 comments)

Honestly, the same goes for the GNOME project. Just have a read here. This situation is possibly even worse for FLOSS in the long run than the FSF's conservativeness.

FLOSS development is supposed to be about choice, I find it very unsettling that various entities try to take that choice away. "If you're not a GNOME project you don't matter, in fact we'll actively try to make your life harder." is basically what they say.

The same can be said about the entire systemd debacle, is it an improvement over what we have now? Maybe so, but that is irrelevant to this discussion, but the way they are trying to force it on everyone whether you need it or not, whether you want it or not is sickening and unworthy of a FLOSS project.

Personally I'll take the FSF's slowass development, seemingly archaic policies and Stallman's insistence on correcting every use of "Linux" to "GNU/Linux" over the current trend emanating from the likes of the GNOME project.

about a year and a half ago

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