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Penumbra: Overture Goes Open Source

MrCopilot Re:Only the engine was released (74 comments)

These games from the Humble Indy Bundle have not been released under a free license, nor does it appear they will be. All that is being released are their engines.

Following the ID tradition.

There are already dozens of free software game engines available with no free software games which use them.

And because of Engine only releases Open Source developers have been able to produce a host of new games. From the Quake engines alone we have Tremulous, Warsow, Alien Arena just to name a few.

Having a proven Engine under your Project allows developers to focus on Assets and Level Design and tweaking the gameplay to a much larger degree than is possible if developing the engine as well.

There is another benefit to the original developers and users in that their games survive onto the next era of computing and gaming devices.(iPhones, Androids and insert your favorite tablet device here)

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Phonautogram beats Edisons Phonogragh as first rec

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrCopilot writes "You may remember an April Fools hoax a few years ago about audio captured on clay pottery that made its way around the net. Or you may remember the Mythbusters covering the possibility (Busted, If I remember correctly). Leaving Edison as the first able to "record" audio for future playback. Well, not exactly. According to the NYTimes, that honor goes to a Frenchman named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, who "recorded" a 10 second clip of "Au Clair de la Lune" on of all things, PAPER, almost 20 years before Edison and his tin foil and nearly 30 years before the wax cylinder.

Scott's device had a barrel-shaped horn attached to a stylus, which etched sound waves onto sheets of paper blackened by smoke from an oil lamp. The recordings were not intended for listening; the idea of audio playback had not been conceived. Rather, Scott sought to create a paper record of human speech that could later be deciphered.
The NYTimes article has even included the clip in MP3 format. Holy Digital Conversion http://mrcopilot.com/2008/03/ancient-audio-and-phonautograph.html"

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WikiLeaks Uncensored

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrCopilot writes "Thanks in no small part to the efforts of The EFF and others, the honorable District Judge Jeffrey S. White has withdrew an earlier order blocking the wikileaks.org domain name resolution.

"There are serious concerns that the court has, and serious questions raised, about the effectiveness of any order that this court might issue given the current state of affairs," Judge White said, lamenting the fact that constitutional law might not be able to keep up with technological change.

Yeah, censorship is hard. I feel for you. I mean, how are we supposed to hide tax evasion now. http://mrcopilot.blogspot.com/2008/02/wikileaks-uncensored.html"

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IBM ready to PowerUp Free MMO

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrCopilot writes "IBM has launched a new Free 3D educational MMO to teach children about environmental science.

PowerUp has kids trying to save the planet Helios from ecological disasters alone or in groups.

If any one out there is listening, Planet Helios is being destroyed and we need your help!

Sadly no Linux or Mac Client. I'll get back to you on Wine support. http://mrcopilot.blogspot.com/2008/02/ibm-ready-to-powerup-free-mmo.html"

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Can KDE Save a Dying Windows Platform?

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  about 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "As a longtime KDE user forced to use Windows, the recent announcement and availability of a port of KDE for Windows is a dream come true, or is it?

His only hope was that he knew Qt was cross compatible with Windows Linux and Mac, and there was talk that someday, KDE was to be ported to Windows. So he waited.

Well, KDE4 was announced and there was much joy. Betas were released and there was much bitching. KDE4.0.0 was released and there again was much joy (and still a little bitching). More importantly an actual honest to goodness Windows port is released.

Here follows that engineer's report.

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The Linux Bandwagon in Need a Few More Seats

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  about 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "In 2007 the Linux operating system proved more popular than ever. 2008 is set to be a banner year with even more PCs and devices running Linux behind the scenes. Here are just a few of the new Linux powered devices scheduled for 2008.

Microsoft has had a stranglehold on the desktop for the last 20 years. With upstart Apple making inroads and the less than stellar performance of it's new Vista operating system, Microsoft is waging an all out PR war. The Redmond company has pledged to spend $500 million dollars in advertising on it's new OS. The time might just be right for the open source Linux operating system to take a bigger slice of the desktop pie.
With devices like the Cloudbook, eeePC, and Rokr cellphone. Devices with Linux are coming along nicely. This article profiles some of them."

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XKCD inadvertantly causes Googlebomb

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  about 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "As I noted yesterday (and was joined by many others.), In a off hand observation xkcd has single handedly changed a small section of the internet. Changing the results from a google search for "Died in a Blogging Accident" from 2 to at this writing over 7,170 in a little more than 24 hours. I'm sure slashdot will do its best to be a calming influence.


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RS1-lakh: India unviels its TATAs

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  about 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "At the Ninth Annual Auto Expo in New Delhi on January 10th 2008, Tata Motors is set to revolutionize the automotive industry with the introduction of the "World's Cheapest Car" but is the operative word CHEAP? Production is scheduled for mid 2008. To come in under the estimated $2500 sticker price, Tata has to be very creative with every step of the process. For more including Pics and Video from the show floor http://mrcopilot.com/2008/01/rs1-lakh-india-unviels-its-tatas.html"
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Free Platformers, Open Source Gamers Guide 3

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "A Roundup of the best Platformers Open Source has to offer the latest in the Open Source Gamers Guide to Free Games (OSGGFG) series.

Part 3: Run and Jump For Joy.

Mario is well represented, plus Tux, a Ninja, a Blob or 2, and a couple cute widdle fuzzy bunnies ..... that explode, and more! As usual with the games in the OSGGFG, all Games are Free with a capital F, no cost and Open Source. All games have builds or installers for Windows, and Linux, sometimes theres even a Mac in there, once in a while.

Did I miss your favorite?"

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Tech Gifts for the Holidays

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "Here is a list of tech gadgetry, I'd like to see under the tree. This year on my list 3 items run on a Linux OS, including the Nokia n810, Asus eePC and the XO Laptop. I fully expect twice as many next year, with the imminent release of Google's Android.
Of course, there is no shortage of Xmas Tech Lists.

What do you, the Slashdot Tech Geek, want to open up this Christmas/Kwanzaa/Chanukah/Pagan Winter Solstice Holiday?"

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Ballmer singles out Red Hat in patent row

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrCopilot writes "Ballmer singles out Red Hat in patent row http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/127847/ballmer-singles-out-red-hat-in-patent-row.html

People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense, have an obligation eventually to compensate us," Ballmer warned at a conference in London. "We spend a lot of money, the rest of the commercial industry spends a lot of money on R&D. When people come and say 'hey this commercial piece of software violates our patent or intellectual property', Microsoft will either get a court judgement or it'll pay a big cheque," he argues. "I think it's important that open-source products have an obligation to participate in the same way in the intellectual property regime. MS has updated the Get the "Facts" Website with new MS, Novell, Red Hat comparisons.http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/compare/linux/security.mspx"

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SwSoft relents thanks to Slashdot.

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrCopilot (871878) writes "From the as if by magic department.
Via http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=97236753 8&rid=-50LinuxWorld Australia, Open-source developer Parallels finally released the source code for the Wine software used by Parallels Desktop 3.0 on Monday — but only after weeks of prodding by Wine developers and negative publicity on the IT forum Slashdot.

"What is yet to be verified is if these are the sources used to build the libraries shipped in Parallels Desktop for Mac.."

Sound like a challenge."

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MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MrCopilot (871878) writes "FTA entitled "Horny beetles have tiny testes" http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2006/17 66434.htm

Beetles with the biggest horns have the smallest testes, say scientists who show that in evolutionary terms you can't have it all. They say their finding is clear evidence of an evolutionary trade-off between the ability to fight off sexual competitors and reproductive potency.

Now that is grant money obviously used wisely. This just in..........insects have tiny scrotums too."



Open Source Gamer Guide to Free Games

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 7 years ago In writing a series of Open Source Gaming articles, it's easy to leave out a lot of peoples favorites. In order to combat this, I am taking all suggestions for the Next four installments. I play each game and give a short overview.

Upcoming articles up are:
Part 5. FPS (Preferably not already covered in Part 1)
Part 6. Turn Based Strategy, I especially need help here, as it is my least favorite genre.
Part 7. RPG including MMO types

The rules are simple all games must:
1. Must be open source.
2. Must be available for Linux & Windows at the very least.
3. Must have a website for readers to visit, Some great games didn't make the platformers article due to there being no active website, but were available in all major repositories.
4. They must offer Binary/Installer Downloads.

The intended audience for all my articles are primarily Windows users. I'd like to expose them to the best that open source has to offer, while trying to shield them from the hassles inherent in compiling the source.

Feel free to leave comments/suggestions here or at the blog.

The first three articles have been completed and can be found here.
(4 are currently published and part 5 is upcoming.)

Part 1 The Quakers, covers Open Source games written on the 3 idtech GPL releases.
Part 2 Real Time Strategy, covered Spring, Dark Oberon and others.
Part 3 The Platformers. Mario Clones and others.
Part 4 Racing



Empty Journal

MrCopilot MrCopilot writes  |  more than 9 years ago I looked today and felt a pang of sadness, yet another empty journal that belongs to me in name only, nothing personally identifyable at all.

I thought to myself,"This time I shall make my mark." If only I had something to say.

Journal entry #1 Work is going well. Eminent Ship Date will be reached and software will be ready. Testing is looking great. New Hardware works Great. Now If only the roofers would finish the damn building and place the AC units back up and reconnected I could finish testing on the spa. Place is unbearable after Noon in the Florida Heat.

Professional Background.. Presently Employed on Embedded Linux project. Thats right, you can get paid for Open Source work. Granted Pay isn't spectacular but it is pay. GUI for Spa Control. Spa has integrated TV/Stereo/Lighting. Hardware Design Completed for the third time, Still didn't get everything I wanted but you never can. SDIO, Host USB, ahhh SomeDay.

Previously I have done it all. Tech Support, Shop Repair, New PC sales/build, Web Design, Programming COBOL, BASIC, C, C++, Painting, Sales, F&I at AutoSales, Assembly, Solder Tech, Electronic Production Repair Tech, MIS, IT Gopher, 3d Modelling, Graphic Art. Once so long ago it seems like a fading acid trip, in the middle of the night, I used to climb building to clean & Degrease the exhaust Fans & Ducts & Hoods for resturants. OMG, I cannot believe I did that, for like 4 yrs. Finally my wife gave me the best advice I've ever received: Quit this Bullshit Job & Do what you love to Do. Haven't looked back (till now) since. Long climb to MIS from screw-turner but very satisfying. Like starting in the mail room & ending up CEO.

Personal Background
Married twice, 3 Children. Divorced once (so Far). One 15.5yr old Son previous marriage, One 16yr old stepSon from wife's previous marriage, One 8yr old little girl. We usually say we have 1 and a half each. My Hobbies are, Gaming (production & playing), Chess, Robotics, All things Scientific, Guitar and SlashDot. Oh and trying to understand republicans (So far I've only figured out Money is primary motivation.)


There That is a Mark. Now it truly is My Journal

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