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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Ynot_82 Re:Power button. (194 comments)

If I don't know for sure, I won't do it. I'm going to gamble with my filesystem, am I?

Does windows still not have a journaling filesystem?
Blimey...

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

Ynot_82 Re:Curse of the Linux-only gamer (99 comments)

I don't know, really.
I've played stuff before (point & click adventure games) where you're dropped into a world with no knowledge of anything and expected to get a certain way through before any kind of plot exposition.

and it's not like the game was silent - I had everything except the vocals.

anyway...

about 2 months ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

Ynot_82 Curse of the Linux-only gamer (99 comments)

I have to say, I loved Portal 1
So when Portal 2 was released in beta for Linux, I downloaded and played it immediately.

Having not played it before (last time I used windows was 1998)
I had no idea what the game should have been like.

Portal 1 was fairly sparse on the dialog front
"We regret to inform you that.....eeee...." lights flicker
So I didn't think much of it when Portal 2 was light on dialog

Played through to chapter 4 before I realised that there haven't been any dialog
Bug report here (no apparently fixed)
https://github.com/ValveSoftwa...

The curse of the Linux-only gamer....

Ps. I've enjoyed the game so far, even sans vocals

about 2 months ago
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Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Ynot_82 Re:License needed only for specific things (118 comments)

It sounds like Canonical are just a bunch of a**holes.

How is this any different to what Mozilla or Redhat do?

It's brand protection.
They don't want some shody fork that's poorly designed to use their trademarked name and possibly impacting their reputation.

Billuntu - Packed with malware
Jilluntu - It wipes your disk without confirmation

about 2 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Ynot_82 Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

1) Relabel Windows 7 boxes "Windows 9"

Fixed that for you

about 3 months ago
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Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

Ynot_82 Re:Government waste (257 comments)

Yes, and journeys in early motorised carriages could have been done quicker and cheaper using horses.
Not very good at the old forward-thinking thing, are you ;)

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

I think the main reason comes down to binary drivers

Ok, this is at least a valid reason.

I do find it very odd, to say the least, that Canonical is being criticised though.
The criticism should be levelled at the hardware vendors who won't provide open drivers.

I just find it an odd state of affairs when a non-copyleft project (Wayland) is favoured over a copyleft project (Mir) because of proprietary drivers.

Why are we limiting ourselves because of proprietary drivers?
It's all backward.

Anyway...

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

Because the userbase for Ubuntu is quite huge comparatively, and Ubuntu seems to like doing shit like this "just because" without any reasoning grounded in fact or reality.

Sorry, I don't understand the comment.
Isn't Doing shit, "just because" a fundamental part of OSS software development?
Do you want to remove the "scratch your own itch" element?

Quick google says that Mir is GPL V3
What exactly is the issue here?
I'm missing something...

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

Gentoo user here, just to side-step any Ubuntu fanboy responses.

Why are two competing display server stacks considered a problem in this case?

Over the years we've had countless situations like this
The various desktop environments, package management systems, initialisation systems, boot loaders, audio stacks, etc. etc.

Often seen as the benefit of open-source software.
The ability for multiple software components to exist that fulfil the same function. May the best man win.

Innovation and progress comes from each project trying to out-do it's rivals.

Often these competing solutions have a single distro or company behind them, driving development forward.

Why is Ubuntu's new display server, competing against X.org and Wayland any different?

about 7 months ago
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NVIDIA Begins Releasing Documentation For Nouveau

Ynot_82 Re:Linus Torvalds (147 comments)

Torvald's comments to Nvidia were to do with Optimus (their GPU switching stuff), not their closed graphics driver

about 7 months ago
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

Ynot_82 Just hand-waving from the Skype people (97 comments)

Ballmer fired.
New CEO coming in a few months time.
Share-holders are demanding sweeping changes across the board.
MS's Skype division "Look at us, we're doing stuff. We're still relevant. Please don't axe us."

about 8 months ago
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Spanish Open Source Group Files Complaint Over Microsoft Use of UEFI Secure Boot

Ynot_82 Re:Making UEFI more Linux friendly (154 comments)

The issues here is one of PR and perception by non-technical users

Microsoft requires x86 machines to be unlockable

But it's not called "Locked boot", is it?
It's called "Secure boot"
and disabling "secure boot" is surely, by definition, insecure.

Asking new users to disable secure boot is not what distros want to do.

1 year,22 days
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

Ynot_82 It's all in the name (687 comments)

Seriously. Call the program
"screener-720p"

1 year,28 days
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Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot

Ynot_82 Re:Grub? (355 comments)

and when will it become relevant to you?

When they push Windows-only "secure boot" on laptops?
When they push Windows-only "secure boot" on servers?
When they push Windows-only "secure boot" on desktop machines?

When, exactly, will this obviously evil and anti-competitive move be of relevance to you?

about a year ago
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Free Software Foundation Campaigning To Stop UEFI SecureBoot

Ynot_82 Re:Grub? (355 comments)

How isn't this sufficient?

It's not sufficient, because it doesn't solve the problem.

The problem is that MS's implementation of secure boot allows them to control what can and cannot boot on a device.
It is entirely at their discretion.

This is already in practice with the surface tablets
See Mathew Garrett's recent blog post
http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/21189.html

As you can see, locking out other OSs is already in place for the Surface tablet, which is unable to boot any other system (even with the boot-loader shims done by RedHat, Ubuntu and the Linux foundation.)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Patents Virtual Handshakes, Hugs

Ynot_82 The Three E's (87 comments)

A rather literal take on the first step.
Hopes are high for the 'extend' part, but swiftly dwindle at the thought being virtually extinguished

about a year ago
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Linux Nukes 386 Support

Ynot_82 No point supporting i386 anyway (464 comments)

No point supporting i386 anyway
As far as I'm aware, GNU binutils won't work on anything less than a 486

I guess you could be affected if you're using some other toolchain, but realistically is pointless keeping support for 386

about a year ago

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French Police Save Millions Switching to Ubuntu

Ynot_82 Ynot_82 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ynot_82 (1023749) writes "The French national police force, the Gendarmerie Nationale, has spoken about their migration away from the Windows platform to Linux.

Estimated to have already saved the force 50 Million Euros, the migration is due to be completed on all 90,000 workstations by 2015.

Of the move, Lt. Col. Guimard had this comment

Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users," said Lt. Col. Guimard. "Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority.

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Ynot_82 Ynot_82 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ynot_82 (1023749) writes "Yesterday, the UK Panorama programme ran a section on Wi-Fi and recent health concerns.
With some schools reportedly removing their Wi-Fi networks amid the concerns, many are calling for a detailed investigation into the safety of Wi-Fi Networks.Is this overkill, or are there real concerns here? Scientists are divided on the issue, and in the mean time, IT in the education sector looks to be taking the cautionary route."

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