top Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
X Rebirth was pretty much panned by everyone who was a fan of the previous X games. Consequently, it's the only one of the X games that I haven't bought at least once.
top Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming
The point was to refute the statement:
most Linux users don't like paying for software
Which has been proven false by pretty much every Humble Bundle which included a majority Linux-compatible games, since the very start of Humble Bundles.
revenue from linux users compared to total revenue for the humble indie bundle is only 11%
But the numbers show that those 11% of customers are willing to pay more for the product/s than a large proportion of the other 89%.
If the product is being sold for more than $1, then those who are more willing to spend more are generally more valuable customers - as they will still be in the market for the product at a more expensive price, while the majority of free-loaders and cheap-skates disappear from the product's viable target market.
top Joey Hess Resigns From Debian
Number of programs which can parse text-based log files: >100,000
Number of programs which can parse systemd log files: 1 Are you okay with this situation? It seems a lot of people are not.
top Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months
I'm not fearful for my job.
It will be my job to unpick the huge steaming turd that some manager decided to outsource to a "3 month programmer".
I'm not fearful for my job; I'm fearful for my sanity.
top More Tor
.Onion Sites May Get Digital Certificates Soon
It does if you're posting anything critical of $regime from within the borders of $regime.
top EFF Begins a Campaign For Secure and Usable Cryptography
Diversification is the tradeoff between "some people get compromised sometimes" and "everyone gets compromised rarely".
If there is one development team, and one client, then if that client is found to be insecure, the only secure course of action is for everyone to stop using that protocol altogether.
If there are many teams, and many clients, if one client is found to be insecure, people can just switch to a different client and continue on as before.
top Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux
Number of executables which can parse systemd journal log files: 1
Number of executables which can parse traditional log files: >10000
Single points of failure are rarely a good idea.
top Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area
I'm not saying comcast is the answer, but government replacing them is not really the cure. At least not the cure unless you want your internet carrying 10 times the load it was designed for and the solution pushed being expanding lanes that only a small portion of people can legally use- or worse yet, have to pay a premium for express travel. Yes, some expansion to existing freeways have been adding toll lanes to an otherwise non toll road.
Not sure if sarcasm, or if completely oblivious to the currently ongoing net(flix) neutrality debate.
about a month and a half ago
top Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests
The data protection laws say, in summary, that companies who process peoples' personal information are responsible for keeping that information accurate and up-to-date, and to discard that information when it is no longer relevant.
The court ruling decided that search results on a person's name constituted personal information about that person. Hence search engine indexes are subject to the fore-mentioned laws.
about a month and a half ago
top Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
This isn't the 1700s anymore. Next to no one gives a shit about The Constitution or its "philosophy" anymore outside of neckbeard circle jerks.
A philosophy doesn't become irrelevant, simply because it is old.
top Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
any other complex program that isn't formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well!" utilities
Pipeline intercommunication aside, most large programs of any quality *are* formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well" utilities. They're commonly called "libraries".
Please tear up your Richard Stallman fanclub cards because what little software he's written has mostly been Emacs.
Emacs is *one* thing he's written. Wasn't he responsible for the first versions of pretty much *all* the GNU userspace tools? You know, the ones used by the Linux-using UNIX-philosophy-advocates?
That's not even bringing up the fact that SystemD is.. wait for it... built from a bunch of individual utilities that can actually be used by non-systemd programs.
Oh, great! So we can just install the SystemD init daemon, and not bother with the rest of its feature-creep?
top Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Because you purchased the name, you can develop Minecraft 2
And so a whole new generation of gamers will learn the pain and heartache of a loved name from their childhood getting ruined by a poorly-thought-out corporate-developed sequel.
top Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised
An email address "expiring" and being re-used these days is plain negligence on the part of the email provider.
It's not like there's a shortage of domain names one can use for email, so there is no reason to reuse existing ones. Especially given the potential security issues which can arise - as demonstrated by this particular incident.
top MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released
From a brief glance, Plex appears to be for streaming existing content. MediaGoblin is for
hosting content you create.
Were I seeking a wider audience, I'd have the options of Vimeo or Xtube or Soundcloud or Bandcamp or Flickr to put my content online.
And if you don't want to turn your own content over to third parties, and thereby be subject to their licenses, and often arbitrary censorship/takedown decisions, you could use an instance of MediaGoblin to replace any or all of those services.
What's stopping me from using the dozens of web content galleries
Nothing, but if you're going to do that, you might choose to use MediaGoblin.
top Free Law Casebook Project Starts With IP Coursebook
While I agree that NC is generally misunderstood by lay licensors, and greatly more restrictive than most people realise, ND has a valuable place in the licensing suite.
For example, if you write an opinion piece, adding the ND clause will make sure that no-one can (legitimately) alter or distort the text, and use it to misrepresent the position you hold/held.
Otherwise, using ND for non-opinion works shows a certain amount of arrogance. It's effectively proclaiming "no one but myself could possibly make this any better".
top Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL
You don't have to have the source to modify it, it just makes it dramatically easier.
"We're not stopping blacks from voting! They just have to fight their way past the KKK barricade around the polling station."
top Patents That Kill
Moore's law doesn't suffer under the current regime, because Moore's law was written within the current regime. There's no telling what would happen, or what would have happened, in the microelectronics industry without the current patent rules. Perhaps Moore's law would have been "...doubles every 6 months", instead of 18 or 24 months?
What products covered by "dozens if not hundreds of patents belonging to dozens or more different companies" do is encourage collusion and anti-competitive practices, and even in the absence of abuse massively raise the bar for new entrants to the market (aka competition).
top Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?
Does your country have laws protecting corporate whistle-blowers?
It's a lot easier to defend your position if it's the FBI asking you to make surreptitious copies of documents, after they called you following an "anonymous" tip-off...
top Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv
Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, one-car, SkyTran!
What'd I say?
What's it called?
top Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit
He's famous enough to have a Wikipedia page, which IME is a reasonably high bar for someone who isn't an anime character.
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