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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Windwraith Re:hmm.. (89 comments)

For a minute there I thought "Hey, I thought I had closed the tab with the Java story". You devil, you. Tricked me out.

4 days ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

Windwraith Re:Usability is THE killer feature that Linux need (209 comments)

On GIMP, you don't even need that, single-window mode with panes you can arrange and stuff, a very standard look, has been there for at least two years already.
And thank god it is, everything about using GIMP is 10 times more pleasant nowadays. I wouldn't pick anything else for serious spriting. (For traditional drawing I'd rather use Krita or Mypaint, though)

about two weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Windwraith Atom.io (402 comments)

I've been trying to like Atom.io lately. The latest Ubuntu packages have been pretty good in terms of memory and speed compared to the initial release, and seems to be becoming more interesting.

While my editors of choice are Kate (or the embedded kate-part in Krusader, same thing), and Geany, I've been wondering if anyone else is taking a shine to Atom. Any feedback or opinions?

(Yes, I am aware that using webkit is bloated as all hell, but if it ultimately manages to put more features I like than the others, I am not having second thoughts on using it.)

about a month ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Windwraith Re:Nintendo... (203 comments)

Fire Emblem is quite competent actually, you are right. I think they are respectable, although I am personally more fond of Front Mission or Disgaea (few other SRPGs allow infinite maps AND item upgrades at the same time, that's a feature I wish more games adopted or even blatantly copied).

The thing about Bank is that, despite planning XY's release for that date, they decided to do the migration to NN immediately after the servers are going to, inevitably, take a massive increase in load. They can't do anything right related to server loads and infrastructure for online services, despite pushing for it themselves. God knows what kind of hierarchical mess they got inside to be unable to plan ahead for events they schedule themselves. I bet this is the typical scenario of division A stepping over division B instead of having a 5-minute meeting to plan things with a minimum of organization.

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Windwraith Of course not (710 comments)

I haven't reduced my energy usage because all I have working is a light and a computer whenever I am at home. I don't have large tvs, I don't have AC, I don't have a f*cking fan, nor a heater. WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM MEEEEEE!? *cries*

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Windwraith Solar panels (238 comments)

This could be really interesting to use in thermal solar panels (in layman terms: the ones for water heating, not the ones to get electricity). If it absorbs so much light, it's probably more efficient than other materials, and surely much more than black paint. This could raise the efficiency of thermal panels to near 95%, so I hope this becomes a thing.

I wouldn't cover a car with it, though. I don't want to experience a solar oven first-hand.

about a month and a half ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

Windwraith Re:dont care (150 comments)

That's silly. If you are not from the US you are even more eligible to be a target to the NSA. They don't have to face accusations of treason if they spy on someone from another country. (not that it stops them, but makes them more entitled or something, those people is just weird like that)

about 1 month ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Windwraith Re:Right to be forgotten... (210 comments)

Hm, actually having someone with your own name do something heinous is pretty much a way to get disgraced without doing anything. I shouldn't have to respond for the crimes of John Doe B. Or imagine John Doe B is a known sex offender, or a pedophile. Scary.

about 2 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Windwraith Re:Curiosity shocked the cat (333 comments)

That's exactly what happened. Everyone was given a sample shock beforehand.

about 2 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

Windwraith Re:About effin' time (547 comments)

Yet you are happy to use products created by other humans. I don't believe your anti-human charade.
Remember that the only reason you are here writing against humans is because humans allowed you to do it. Since it was not your invention, I think you owe humanity an apology. Know your place.

about 2 months ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

Windwraith Re:Why didn't I hear about this before? (143 comments)

I never heard of it either, despite all the guys trying to tear me a new one for supporting those horrible and evil propietary drivers. I even got called shill about it, just because it works for me. (...and if I was on nvidia's payroll I wouldn't be wasting my time here anyway...)

I guess they got to resort to disinformation in order to scare people away from the binary driver that works so we can all use our systems in a total "libre" fashion. I am a strong supporter of open source, I only produce open source and contribute to open source projects both with code and money. But if the open source driver is terrible, sorry, I am going to use the one that works. I am not going to suffer for someone else's cause. I am an artist, not a martyr.

I guess none of those zealots are artists nor code visual effects or games. I bet they would sing a different tune if they were.

about 2 months ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

Windwraith Re:Sorry but... (143 comments)

Add another satisfied user of the binary drivers here.
I've been using the binary drivers since...2003 I think? I have used at least 6 different models of nvidia cards, and so does my brother. I only got ONE crash in 2004 because of a trasient bug that was fixed the next day, my brother never got any. My best friends who also use linux also have never complained about crashes.
So far it's two positive "anecdotal evidences" versus just your negative one. For a "small subset of users", we seem to be more than the opposite.

about 2 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Windwraith Re:How do they decide? (364 comments)

If you didn't get an email or message about it, you probably are unaffected. Those mails were already sent to affected parties.

about 2 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Windwraith Re:Flaimbate (364 comments)

Apparently not, from what I gathered so far it only is a concern if you are publishing under a label.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Windwraith Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

You can be using your CPU to decode that video perfectly fine if your video player is not set up to (or can't) decode the video through GPU. Depends a bit on player configurations, I think in VLC you have to explicitly enable it, for example.
Well, to be perfectly honest with the current generation of consumer CPUs it's not that much of an issue, so it's becoming an obsolete thing real fast even in mobile land. For the other examples a GPU is definitely much nicer though.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Windwraith Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Well, you managed to mention not one thing where video power truly matters.

The moment you go into games, game development, image processing, rendering and modeling, perhaps HD video playback (and processing?), or working with very high resolutions, your video card sure does matter, so does the quality of the drivers and its acceptance of standards (specially OpenGL).
I found nVidia to be the safest bet in both those tasks I mentioned, as well as support for dual-booting while keeping the same capabilities in both Linux and Windows. Even my budget-cheap nVidia card can use CUDA to speed up renderings in Blender with no effort from my part. Just one click.

Then again, every computer user has a different use for a computer. If you produce nothing in terms of audiovisuals, or don't create or play games, you are pretty much good to go with the weakest/cheapest video adapter you can find.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Windwraith Re:Hello there, Captain Obvious (185 comments)

This!
I don't care much if AMD's drivers are open when they are mediocre at best. Everything else seems to boil down to zealotic anti-binary-blob commentaries.

I don't care if it's closed as long as it works. And nVidia works both in windows and linux, so that's where my money will go.

about 2 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Windwraith Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

What's wrong with "if (a==b) { stuff() }"? What's a mess in "if a is equal to b then do this"?
Maybe it's years of getting used to it, but I can't think of an easier way to represent "if a is equal to b".

about 3 months ago
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US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

Windwraith Re:Morals and Ethics? (165 comments)

I'd vote for a machine. An incorruptible unfeeling machine programmed only for the good of the entire country it's in charge of. No personal agendas, no ambition, just saving the economy and the wellbeing of its citizens.
One day, one day

about 3 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Windwraith Re:One question (77 comments)

Why not?

about 4 months ago

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