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The Imminent Demise of SORBS

aweraw Re:Wow! (290 comments)

Check the WHOIS info on, and it will all fall into place....

more than 5 years ago

Asus Slaps Linux In the Face

aweraw Re:hey Asus (644 comments)

But how do you explain the link from the ASUS UK web-site to (given in this comment)

I agree that it's dubious.... but that one link from the ASUS web-site really kind of gives it way more legitimacy than I'd expect of a hoax

more than 5 years ago

The Real Reason For Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit

aweraw Re:Remember GIF (408 comments)

... and then all of a sudden, the PNG format experienced a massive surge in popularity and usage. Let's hope that something analogous happens in this situation.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Update Slips In a Firefox Extension

aweraw Re:Why get upset? Firefox users avoid proprietary (803 comments)

I see your point, but there's a big difference between me choosing to install the flash plug-in in my firefox installation vs having Microsoft choose to install their own plug-in in my installation of firefox.

If the benefits afforded to me by this plug-in were clear and made sense, I would have installed it myself with out much hesitation. My understanding is though that this plug-in is of no direct benefit to the owner of the firefox installation, only to those who want to know what versions of .NET I have installed on the underlying OS.

I see it kind of like a local council sending someone to sit in my driveway, and report what kind of car I drive, and when I drive it, without asking me before hand... it's of no direct inconvenience to me, but I certainly feel as if I'm being put under needless scrutiny. On the other hand, if the local council informed me of their wish to send someone to sit in my drive way and record these details, and gave me the reasons why they were doing it, I'd probably have much less issue with it.

This is a violation of trust more than anything else, and Microsoft thinking that because they technically (as per EULA) own the software on your computer, that by extension, they own everything on it. /car analogy

more than 5 years ago

Qt Becomes LGPL

aweraw Re:Hello Moto (828 comments)

Under their definitions of "use" and distribute

Their definition - where 'their' is the person licensing the code. Just because they are words which can be used in contexts different from those implied by the licenser, doesn't mean that they are incorrect definitions. In the context of the GPL, they are the correct definitions.

The GPL says that the same terms must also infect any code that links to it. Hence the immoral aspect of it and why I advocate against it.

It's not immoral, because no one is forcing you into that position. You have to willingly submit to the terms in order to be bound by them... i.e. no one is forcing you to distribute code under the GPL, unless you take their GPL'd code and willingly incorporate it into your own.

By your logic, any consensual act you don't like the ramifications of is immoral...

more than 5 years ago

Qt Becomes LGPL

aweraw Re:Hello Moto (828 comments)

It attempts to force ideological conformity.

Only in the sense that you're being forced to incorporate GPL code into your project.

more than 5 years ago

Qt Becomes LGPL

aweraw Re:Hello Moto (828 comments)

Saying "but you can use it, you just can't distribute it" is NOT disingenuity.

It's the objective truth.

Use = executing the code. In this respect, there are no restrictions imposed by the GPL.
Distribution = making copies and giving them out. The GPL simply states that if you take advantage of code licensed under the terms of the GPL, you must pass those same terms along to anyone who receives a copy from you. You are restricted from imposing further arbitrary restrictions... that's all.

You're the one who's splitting hairs by trying to claim that distribution _is_ use. No, it's not I'm sorry. Use is what occurs after distribution.

more than 5 years ago

In-Depth With the Windows 7 Public Beta

aweraw Hardware demands match? (785 comments)

OK, so wasn't Windows 7 supposed to be usable on netbooks? If it's got the same requirements as Vista, then how the hell is that going to work exactly?

Sounds like I'll not be changing my habits much: Windows for Games, Linux for everything else.

more than 5 years ago

InfoWorld's Crystal Ball Predicts the Future of Microsoft

aweraw Re:more importantly: (376 comments)

Of course there's something wrong with that... he shouldn't have to "not be hassled". If he didn't want the software, but was put into a position where not buying it was more inconvenient than just buying it, there's only one entity that benefits from the transaction - the one who made it inconvenient to not buy their software; he essentially paid money to "not be hassled". That wreaks of a protection racket, and is pretty fucked up IMO.

more than 5 years ago

If I must catch a disease, I'd rather catch it via ...

aweraw Protozoa (511 comments)

More exciting than bacteria - got moving parts and shit

more than 5 years ago

Telstra Kicked Out of $15bn Broadband Project

aweraw Re:Thanks for another Australian story timothy! (158 comments)

If I may interject here for a second - your Stralyin is lacking in authenticity...

That last phrase should have been should have been: GARNGIT FARKED!

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo's Miyamoto On Innovation, Wii Ambitions

aweraw Re:Dejà Vué All Over Again (263 comments)

You almost brought a tear to my eye... How I long for a return to sub-second level loads. *sniff*

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo's Miyamoto On Innovation, Wii Ambitions

aweraw Re:Your nut-guard's wearing thin. (263 comments)

PC + Wii = most every major title and genre covered

When I want "good graphics and a complex story line", I fire up the PC... it absolutely destroys the PS3, X360 and Wii for those kinds of games - sure, I have to wait a few months for the games to hit the PC, but so what? I end up paying less for the game, and get a superior experience. The only counter I've heard to that is that "I'm not patient enough to wait for titles to hit PC". I am, so that's moot for me.

On the other hand, when we have people over (usually drinking alcoholic beverages), we fire up the Wii. It's unbeatable in this environment. Never has a gaming device (that I know of) taken the social aspect so far. It's hard to express in words the awesomeness of playing drinking games with the Wii. I am neither a senior citizen or mentally deficient, and I think the Wii is fantastic... but thanks for lumping me in with those groups!

That said, there ARE "mature" games on Wii - just not as many as the PS3 or X360. Plenty of them in fact; more than enough to keep me interested in it for those kinds of games... The PC however eats them all - it's hard to deny that fact.

The PS3 and X360 are good systems, I like them my self - but one need not own either them to experience all the best games that come to market. That's why they can't get a foot up on the Wii.

So, ummm..... I think my point is that you should probably just get over it. The Wii is popular. People like it. It's making gaming a socially acceptable pastime, where it used to be the domain of the geek only. You're entitled to your opinion, but don't act all indignant when people don't agree, and offer their counter points.


more than 5 years ago

New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole

aweraw Re:Idiots (223 comments)

Keep in mind that the object in question is only cylindrical in the best case scenario. The truth is not suitable to air in this time slot (kids might be watching). Let's just say that corners are uncomfortable.

more than 5 years ago

Java Trial Support Coming In Linux Standard Base

aweraw Re:Source (126 comments)

I've used alien - at least I tried to. IMO the results are not consistent enough for it to be genuinely useful. Some package worked after conversion (from RPM->DEB), but most did not.

Has any body had any experience with alien converting from DEB->RPM? Are the results any better than the failures I've experienced with RPM->DEB conversion?

more than 5 years ago

Vital Parts of Games As DLC?

aweraw Re:Epic Games.. (446 comments)

They were a once great PC game company. I blame the culture of console gaming for their current attitudes.

more than 5 years ago


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I am not allowed to use this resource

aweraw aweraw writes  |  more than 6 years ago OK, slashdot, could somebody please tell me why all of a sudden when I try to submit a comment to a story I'm shown this message:

You are not allowed to use this resource.

WTF? Have I been banned from posting? If so why?

Has anyone else seen this? Are they trying to force me to spend my mod-points before I can post again?

If I have in someway offended somebody I have only this to say in my defense: If chewbacca lives on endor, you must acquit!

(4th June) EDIT: After posting to the slashdot bugs mailing list (on, I was able to post a couple of times... now the problem is back - not allowed to use this resource. Why slashdot, why? Am I being punished for something, or is this truly just a bug?

(5th June) EDIT: I was able to post again after my last update to this post. I've now discovered that this effects my ability to moderate also. I try to apply a moderation to a comment and the usual "You do not have permission to use this resource" message appears. Oh, and I can't post either... something very strange is happening....

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