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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Sven Jacobs Linux Mint (573 comments)

What about Linux Mint? It's Ubuntu-based so it has all the advantages of Ubuntu (many packages, many third-party repos, huge community) but it also focuses on an easy installation and ease of use. Plus the standard Gnome desktop should be more familiar for users coming from Windows than the Unity desktop of Ubuntu.

about 2 years ago

Inside an Amazon Warehouse

Sven Jacobs Defragmenting (206 comments)

So Amazon is defragmenting their fulfillment centers :-)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?

Sven Jacobs id Software (234 comments)

id Software has open sourced many of their games, for example DOOM 3 (see GitHub). However you still need the game data (wad, pk3, pk4, ... files) from the original media.

more than 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Sven Jacobs A week of waiting? Seriously? (1004 comments)

In Germany we have to wait at least a year until a new (season of a) US TV show starts, if at all.
So don't whine when you just have to wait a week ;)

In case of the second season of Game of Thrones the situation has improved as it begins airing in two days on German Pay TV.
However I recall other shows where we really had two wait at least a year, like Breaking Bad for example.

more than 2 years ago

Even More Restriction For German Internet

Sven Jacobs Re:Solution to this problem: Pirate party! (330 comments)

For what it's worth, the FDP (3rd/4th strongest political party) voted unanimously against the censorship law and has made digital freedom in general one of the major points of their campaign platform for the election this year.

Maybe, but the FDP wants to form a coalition solely with the CDU (Schaeuble, von der Leyen & Co). Tell me how that will work out?

more than 5 years ago

Even More Restriction For German Internet

Sven Jacobs Solution to this problem: Pirate party! (330 comments)

TYPICAL GERMAN politics, come up with a screwy law, and make it even more screwy! So I guess what I can take from this is that child porn is ok to see at a university, but not a corporation or large ISP... Yeah that makes sense, really does...

I guess they introduced these exceptions because implementing the censorship infrastructure on the ISP side takes a great deal of time & money. Obviously only big ISPs can afford that ;)

The big parties of the German government once again proved that they're just doing what they want and not what the citizens want! That's why I'm going to vote for the Piratenpartei (Pirate party) on September 27.

more than 5 years ago

Programming Language Specialization Dilemma

Sven Jacobs Java Was:C++ (569 comments)

Being a Java enthusiast, I must reply to your arguments regarding Java:

1) The next major release of Java (Java 7) is going to be 100% open source. Even if Sun (or IBM for that matter) drops the language, which is very unlikely, Java is going to persist as it has a strong community.

2) It's true that the evolution of the Java language has been quite slow and conservative in the past. But I believe that the rise of new dynamic and hip languages with indeed cool features didn't pass Sun without notice. Java 7 is going to have closures, for example. If you want closures and other syntactic sugar right now, have a look at Groovy, which is a scripting language based on the JDK. You can even compile Groovy code to 100% pure Java classes!

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft sends spam

Sven Jacobs Sven Jacobs writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0xEFBBBF writes "I registered for the Windows 7 Beta and later RC. While doing so I double checked that I didn't subscribe to any newsletter. I always do that when creating a new account anywhere. Still I now occasionally receive a Windows 7 newsletter. Today Microsoft reminded me that the beta version is to be discontinued soon. Thanks, but I don't care!

At the bottom of the mail is a link to my newsletter subscriptions but I don't have any. I already replied to the first Microsoft spam kindly asking to be removed. No response, no action.

Am I the only one who's annoyed by that attitude of Microsoft? Has somebody been able to be unlisted? As far as I know this practices are even illegal in Germany regarding data and consumer protection acts!"

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The T.S.O.L. Game / Experiment

Sven Jacobs Sven Jacobs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sven Jacobs writes "After watching a successful American TV show I was wondering if it's possible to keep a counter running by just utilizing the power of the Internet (users). So here's the deal: On tsolgame.org every 108 minutes a specific code (which I'm sure you know) has to be entered to reset the countdown and keep the T.S.O.L. (=Time Spent OnLine) game/experiment running. If the counter reaches zero, the game is over. It can be reset afterwards though, which is of course not as much fun as trying to keep it running ;)"
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