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Sony Encourages Linux On Their Phones

Norsefire Re:Android is barely "Linux"... (212 comments)

What is Linux?

No, seriously, what is Linux?

Look at Maemo or Meego for a definitive example of a phone OS that is "full Linux".

more than 3 years ago
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London Stock Exchange Tackles System Problem

Norsefire Proposed patch (237 comments)

-- sleep(life_the_universe_and_everything);

more than 3 years ago
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As HTML5 Gets 2014 Final Date, Flash Floods Mobile

Norsefire Youtube will not drop Flash, it's (221 comments)

Flash isn't going anywhere as YouTube will not drop it due to limitations with the HTML5 video tag. Such as as no caching, no data protection, the difficulty in embedding the videos into other websites, no full-screen display, and a heap of other things that Google mentioned.

more than 3 years ago
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Diablo 3 Hands-On

Norsefire Re:Not sure I'll buy it. (216 comments)

If you want to use trainers put the game in offline mode (Play as Guest from the login screen). If you want to cheat by unlocking achievements on your Battle.net account in singleplayer-but-still-online mode you can rot in hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

Norsefire Before the inevitable (175 comments)

Blizzard don't ban people for cheating in singleplayer (they also have their own cheats built in ). They ban people for cheating to unlock achievements on their multiplayer Battle.net account while playing singleplayer. Even with a banned Battle.net account you can still play singleplayer in offline mode ("Play as Guest" from the login screen).

more than 3 years ago
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Alan Dabiri, Lead Software Engineer For StarCraft 2

Norsefire Re:Still not buying (138 comments)

You can resell the game. The person who you sell it to can play singleplayer in offline mode. They don't get a multiplayer account with it because Blizzard gives that to their customers, not your customer and not Gamestop's customers.

more than 3 years ago
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Alan Dabiri, Lead Software Engineer For StarCraft 2

Norsefire Re:Cheating makes achievements meaningless (138 comments)

They aren't robbing him of anything. He payed for the game and Blizzard gave him a free multiplayer account along with it. If you cheat using that multiplayer account (eg. by using a trainer to unlock achievements) they ban your multiplayer account. You can still play singleplayer in offline with a banned multiplayer account.

more than 3 years ago
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Riskiest Web Domains To Visit

Norsefire .cx is riskiest (106 comments)

Computers can be repaired, what has been seen cannot be unseen.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Love, Lead Technical Artist for Diablo 3

Norsefire Re:DRM (102 comments)

You can play SC2 in offline mode you ignorant moron. Click "Play as Guest" instead of logging into Battle.net.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Love, Lead Technical Artist for Diablo 3

Norsefire Can people please stop repeating the SP ban crap? (102 comments)

It was nonsense published by a website that sold hacks and cheats, and reported on other gaming news sites. When you play in singleplayer you are logged into Battlenet for achievements, therefore by using third-party cheats in singleplayer you are unlocking achievements on your multiplayer account. Starcraft 2 HAS AN OFFLINE MODE, you click "Play as Guest" from the login screen, instead of logging into Battlenet. Blizzard are simply banning Battlenet accounts, which are they perfectly entitled to do, NOT stopping people from playing singleplayer. Starcraft 2 also has cheat codes, which disable achievements, such as godmode, unlimited minerals, instant build etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Announces Final Diablo 3 Class, PvP Arena Battles

Norsefire Re:A shame I won't be playing it. (187 comments)

You do not need an internet connection to play SC2 in singleplayer you ignorant, gullible moron. You click "Play as Guest" from the Battle.net login screen and you are in offline mode. They are banning Battle.net accounts for cheating in online, SP mode. Having a banned Battle.net account still means you can play in offline mode. Get a clue before you spout crap like this.

more than 3 years ago
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GNU Emacs Switches From CVS To Bazaar

Norsefire Re:32 years? (198 comments)

Mod parent sad but true ...

more than 4 years ago
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Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

Norsefire Re:Ubuntu Gets Defaults Right (311 comments)

Ubuntu is the first distro to get the choice of defaults right, something close to what is useful and what end users actually want.

You mean the update notifier popping over what you're doing rather with an icon notification? Or with (as of Karmic) IPV6 settings that break a lot of commonly used routers? Or (starting with 10.04) using a program that destroys image exif data as their default image-viewer? Ubuntu has done a lot for Linux and lately seems to be doing a lot against it too :-(

more than 4 years ago
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Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

Norsefire Re:Is it really anything *new*? (311 comments)

Distros that don't include Gnome by default and use the defaults when it is installed or built. I assume Gentoo, Arch, *BSD et al. Might be wrong though.

more than 4 years ago
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All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

Norsefire This makes sense (443 comments)

The GPL is great for standalone applications but if you want to allow developers to make addons you really have to rethink it. Yes, it ensures that any addon made for the application will be free software however you have to consider the tradeoff; GPL it: everything is GLP'd, some companies/people won't develop or release addons; Other license: non-freesoftware addons may be developed, companies/people will have no reason now to release their software but it may not be open.

So it depends on what you value more; having the software but maybe not the freedom, or not having the software.

Obviously Stallman would rather the software was never created if it wasn't open, so the GPL wins for him there.

Personally I prefer the Artistic License 2.0; all the freedom and protection of the GPL without the virality.

more than 4 years ago
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BlackBerry Outages Across North America

Norsefire Re:Oh god no internet on my phone! (284 comments)

Before you decided to be a smug prick on the internet did you consider the fact that Blackberry's Internet services were down for 8 hours but are now fixed? That perhaps when the story was submitted, the service was down but due to the delay in the story reaching the front-page the service is now restored? Did you think about that?

Of course you didn't.

Apparently the Armageddon is still a few days off.

more than 4 years ago
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Shuttleworth To Step Down As Canonical CEO In 2010

Norsefire Good (163 comments)

Shuttleworth is one of the biggest problems with Ubuntu. His focus on "usability" has left the OS in complete disarray; while the developers are busy fixing 100 little papercuts they're shipping a release with broken DNS resolving. What is less user-friendly: a poorly labeled checkbox in the installation screen or "breaking the internet"? Canonical and Ubuntu were good in the beginning, they righted the wrongs of Debian, brought Linux closer to the desktop and then threw all that away with some really bad decisions (update notifier popup, software update policy, shipping releases with very serious bugs). Hopefully with someone new in charge Ubuntu can try and become what it used to be, given that Shuttleworth's hubris seems to be the most major bug in Ubuntu at the moment.

more than 4 years ago
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New Zealand Reintroduces 3 Strikes Law

Norsefire 'Downloading' quite a broad term (165 comments)

Assume you write up a generic example of a "letter to a member of parliament". You know, with the usual fluff people include in them. Then publish it on the internet with all rights reserved. Then a friend of yours, who has no rights to redistribute the work, emails it to members of parliament. They open their email client in the morning and bam, they have just downloaded illegally distributed copyright-infringing material. Which is why a law like this cannot work, target the distributors not the receivers.

more than 4 years ago
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ID Thief Tries To Get Witnesses Whacked

Norsefire Re:i was called to jury duty once (168 comments)

I remember the time I was called in to do dury duty. In the NZ system the juror pool is sat in a room and names are called at random for the case, when your name is called you get up and walk to the juror's seats. At any time between when you stand up and when you reach your seat, the lawyers for either side are allowed to call "Objection", which means you go home. Each side can do this three-times and they're not allowed to give a reason why they object (because it's usually race or gender-related, eg. they want more females on the jury etc.) So as I was entering the juror room I sparked up a (loud) conversation with the guy standing next to me about how all criminals should be killed and "if they've got this far they must be guilty, we should just shoot them now -- losing the odd innocent guy for the benefit of society is no loss -- heck if they're here they must have done at least something worth killing 'em for". When my name was called, I hadn't even have completely stood up before the 3 defence lawyers and, to my surprise, one of the prosecution lawyers shouted "OBJECTION". Was lucky it worked because that case dragged on for three-weeks ...

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli ISPs Caught Interfering With P2P Traffic

Norsefire ISPs interfering with P2P traffic isn't news (139 comments)

In New Zealand, Xtra offer an unlimited plan, however they do traffic management on it. Meaning if you use any P2P software your connection is slowed down to dialup speed (much the same if you go over your cap on a limited plan) for about 24 hours after the program (Transmission etc.) is stopped before it returns back to full speed.

more than 4 years ago

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NVIDIA is joining the Linux Foundation

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Norsefire (1494323) writes "NVIDIA is getting in bed with the Linux Foundation, along with three other to-be-announced companies, as the latest effort to expand this Linux organization. However, it's looking to be more of a mobile play for the company rather than to get in on the open-source GPU driver space by either supporting the open-source Nouveau driver project, to put out other code and documentation, or some other organized effort."
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HP announces a watch that unifies webOS devices

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Norsefire (1494323) writes "After teasing it last year, HP's Phil McKinney has announced the 'Metal Watch', the device that will act as the aggregation point of your HP/WebOS devices. McKinney claims that it will unify your Pre, Touchpad, Notebook, Desktop and, bizarrely, your printer."
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OpenSolaris or FreeBSD?

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire (1494323) writes "I am in quite a predicament. I decided a while back to branch out and use a new operating system (currently running Debian), after a bit of searching (trying Gentoo, Gobo and Arch along the way) I decided to use something that isn't Linux. Long story, short: I narrowed the choice down to OpenSolaris and FreeBSD but now I'm stuck. OpenSolaris is commercially backed by Sun, has nice enterprisey tools in the default install and best of all, a mature implementation of ZFS. FreeBSD is backed by a foundation, has a minimal default install and a rather new (but recently improved in the 8.0 release) implementation of ZFS, however it offers the Ports Collection (I quite like the performance boost from compiling from source, no matter how small it might be) and a bigger community than OpenSolaris. That is just a very minimal mention of the differences, I would be interested to see what the Slashdot community thinks of these two operating systems."
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Google under fire for calling their language "Go"

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire (1494323) writes "Since releasing their "Go" programming language yesterday, Google are under fire for using the same name as another programming language that was first publicly documented in 2003. "Go!" was created by Francis McCabe and Keith Clark — the first of which published a book about the language in 2007, and he is not happy."
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Early adopters "bloodied" by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire (1494323) writes "The Register reports that early adopters are having a tough time with Karmic Koala, Ubuntu's latest release. 'Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro. Blank and flickering screens, failure to recognize hard drives, defaulting to the old 2.6.28 Linux kernel, and failure to get encryption running are taking their toll, as early adopters turn to the web for answers and log fresh bug reports in Ubuntu forums.'"
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Perl 6 gets a new homepage

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire writes "After being given the use of the domain name perl6.org from its owner, volunteers working on Perl 6, the next major version of Perl, have launched a new homepage to serve as the center-point for all things Perl 6. The website is maintained by the community; commit access to the pugs repository, where the website is stored, is given to anyone who asks."
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Parrot beats humans in investment contest

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire writes "A Parrot named Strawberry performed better than many humans in an investment competition. The human competitors were able to select any stock they wanted while the Parrot randomly selected the stocks with its beak. Strawberry had a 13.7% return, the human average was a 4.6% loss. Only two humans outperformed Strawberry."
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Hotline launched to combat child porn

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Norsefire writes "The New Zealand Government has assisted in the creation of an internet hotline where internet users can report websites containing child pornography via a browser plugin, available for Internet Explorer and Firefox. The hotline was launched by the NZ Department of Internal Affairs in association with End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking in Children (ECPAT). Ecpat director, Alan Bell, said 'with an ... increase in the number of clicks to inappropriate websites, the need for such a tool is paramount in protecting the innocence of our children ... If a suspect website is viewed, the computer user simply clicks on the Child Alert icon and the screen will disappear ...'"
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HyperVM hacked, LXLabs boss found hanged

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "A zero-day exploit in HyperVM was abused by hackers that managed to cause significant data-loss on a large number of VPS. Among the affected was VAServ (website now hosts a status report), who also run fsckVPS and CheapVPS. The exploits were divulged after the vendor, LXLabs, "[appeared] uninterested" when contacted privately and after two weeks had not accessed the "private resource containing the vulnerability info". There are now reports that K T Ligesh, the 32 year-old boss of LXLabs was found hanged in his house."
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Univeristy gives away iPhones to track truants

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "A Japanese University is giving away iPhones to its students to use its GPS functionality to catch students that skip classes. The University claims students currently fake attendance by having other students answer for them during rollcall, they also said that while this can be abused by giving other students the phone, they are much less likely to do this due to the personal information, such as email, a phone generally contains."
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Students required to buy iPhones

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "New incoming freshmen at the University of Missouri School of Journalism are being required to purchase iPhones to enable them to download lectures and to check facts on the internet while reporting from a news scene. After complaints, the school explained that it is requiring "web-enabled, audio-video player" devices, but while Blackberrys and Zunes are acceptable they are "not preferred"."
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FBI hit by virus

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "The FBI and US Marshals were forced to shutdown part of their computer network after being hit by a "mystery virus". FBI spokesman, Mike Kortan, said "We are evaluating a network issue on our external, unclassified network that's affecting several government agencies". Nikki Credic, spokeswoman for the US Marshals, said that no data has been compromised but the type of virus and its origin is unknown."
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New Zealand Police to encrypt radios

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "Ever since the New Zealand police started using radios their transmissions have been easily accessible using a scanner. They are now moving to using encrypted radios so that "people would no longer be able to track their activities with scanners". There has been problems with people being able to listen in, escaped convicts use scanners to stay abreast of the law and criminals use them to plan ambushes against Police, but they are also used for innocent reasons, such as news outlets that listen to Police activity to find possible leads."
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The9 loses licence to Chinese World of Warcraft

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "Blizzard Entertainment have confirmed the rumor reported by Massively that The9 has lost the license to the Chinese World of Warcraft to competitor NetEase, who operates Battle.net in China. This comes amidst news that the latest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has been blocked in China due to its content. The9's license expires on June 8."
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Chinese online game companies losing money

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "Of the estimated 200 online game companies operating in China, about 70% of them are operate at a loss with only a handful of the developers making a profit. Analysts believe that any significant profit made by these companies is being counteracted by human resources, hardware costs and advertising. This is despite that the estimated number of online game players in China reached 147 million in June last year; 50% of which never pay and 20% that spend less than 10 yen a month."
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Worlds.com will sue World of Warcraft

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds.com, who are currently embroiled in legal action with NCSoft over their patent "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space", has said that, should the legal action against NCSoft succeed, Second Life and World of Warcraft will be next. However, due to the prior art involved with the patent, it is unlikely we will get to see what happens when patent trolls confront a corporation as powerful as Activision Blizzard."
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Copyright and patent laws hurt the economy

Norsefire Norsefire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Norsefire writes "Two economists at Washington University are claiming that copyright and patent laws are "Killing Innovation" and "Hurting [the] Economy". Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine state they would like to see copyright law abolished completely as there is other protection available to the creators of intellectual property. They are calling on congress to only grant patents where an invention has social value, where the patent would not stifle innovation and only where the the absence of a patent would damage cost-effectiveness."

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