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Neal Stephenson Reinventing Computer Swordfighting, Via Kickstarter

bahstid Re:Because 500k is a lot of money (151 comments)

The whole thing is not about about ROI at all... my understanding is that the thinking is that "it would be cool if there were some realistic swordplay SDK/API/thing out there" . Neal Stephenson has the pull and is therefore putting his face to it (random geek has kickstarter project is not a /. story, nor would it have turned up on my G+ feed a few days ago) because he thinks current swordy games suck and would like to have some kind of *open* system out there for whoever to build on. He admits that the game is probably going to be boring at first iteration. This is about getting the funds together to hire a few skilled people to code up the research they've been doing into a platform.

CF: "Hello everybody out there using minix -I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) ..."

IFTFY: "Hello everybody out there into swordfights -I'm doing a (free) platform for swordfight games (just a hobby, won't have any backstory yet, just I think it would be cool)"

more than 2 years ago

George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

bahstid Terrible evil! (578 comments)

So geohot is in the top 10 programmers/hackers in the world...

or the top 100..
or top 1000
or top 10000
or top 10 000 000
or whatever.

lets forget the the multitude of "legitiate" uses of marihuana for a bit, and just wonder what exact detrimental effect the narcotic use thereof is supposedly having on its users that the government and its agents should be protecting us from.

I know the the english word "assasin" is supposedly derived from the arabic for hashish, but I seriously want to know where the harm is when its not interfering with high-level functionality.

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Use Wild Monkeys To Track Radiation

bahstid Re:Why monkeys? (85 comments)

The umbrella's get in the way of accurate readings unfortunately.

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Use Wild Monkeys To Track Radiation

bahstid Re:Why monkeys? (85 comments)

As someone who lives in a mountainous area of Japan, I will hazard a guess:
Japan is not exactly teaming with wildlife choices are:

Tanuki (a dictionary will tell you its a racoon-dog, more to the racoon end of the scale though)
Kamoshika (Hairy mountain goat thing)

Throw everything out that hibernates.
Throw out everything that has terrain limitations in very dense bush, or steepness.
Throw out things that are difficult to catch or dangerous.
Think Kamoshika's are protected/endangered are pretty elusive and don't leave the mountains....

Monkeys seem like a good choice, and are probably slightly more similar to us (in case they start showing full blown radiation sickness) than an Andrias japonicus

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 8.0 Released

bahstid Re:slow down cowboy! (383 comments)

IE9 is not a decent browser. If it was 2007 maybe, but its lack of compatibility with modern web standards makes the whole IE family a massive ball and chain holding back web progression. Please see if any of the other 'alternative' browsers give you better power consumption. IE is not the solution. For anything.

more than 3 years ago

Official "Firefox With Bing" Released

bahstid Re:Pretty easy to change the default (274 comments)

Changing the firefox search engine default via the pulldown only affects searches entered in the search bar... this version will use bing for searches entered into the address bar too. (which otherwise needs a change in about:config).

Considering that 96.42% of firefox users don't even know that about:config exists even if they wanted to change it back to google, there is a vague point.

(I won't even get into the amount of times I've boggled at people entering yahoo.co.jp into the search bar and then typing out a full www... into the yahoo box)

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Turns 7

bahstid Re:Nice distro but they messed up the desktop (244 comments)

No problems with my Fedora/KDE here... in fact have started installing this for new linux users too where I previously would have put Ubuntu since the Unity debacle... my only problem is that Fedora versions get EOL'ed a bit quickly, so probably needs an upgrade at least yearly... systems are of course ok, but a bit concerning when software updates stop working too.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

bahstid Re:Why fit in? (659 comments)

I agree, he sounds like he would be better suited to education in Soviet Russia...

more than 3 years ago

Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

bahstid Re:Fedora or RHEL/CentOS (382 comments)

Don't have much to compare it with, but its easy on Fedora.... only commandline you need at least as far as LAMP goes is setting up your mysql root password. Although Ubuntu has historically been the noob-friendly version, changes with the latest version has been chasing a lot of people away. That said I'm a KDE user anyway, so don't know if the Gnome changes have affected Fedora too.

On any modern Linux, think LAMP is going to be pretty much part of the install process anyway... the part that might frustrate is getting your head around firewalls and permissions, but that doesn't necessarily involve commandline either. The Red Hat family has a good server reputation and you could pick up a bit of a marketable skill while you're at it...

more than 3 years ago

After Firing CEO, Yahoo Puts Itself Up For Sale

bahstid Re:I was wondering... (264 comments)

Yahoo is still "The Internet" in Japan... weather, shopping auctions = yahoo. Search? About three weeks ago I was trying to help a student with their English google-fu... (I got sucked back in to teaching after the earthquake)... when I asked them to show me how they were trying to search, the first thing they typed into google: yahoo.jp

Not sure exactly how much of a separate company they are over here though, they were actually one of the biggest early pushers of broadband, handing out free ADSL modems + 6 months free access a few years back outside train stations.

Wikipedia also tells us the Yahoo Japan did $3.8 billion dollars in revenue last year, so I guess someone is still using it....

more than 3 years ago

Fedora 16 Alpha Released

bahstid Re:Are panels still broken ? (111 comments)


Already in this thread there are so many "Fedora SUX" type comments, and its beyond me that people won't at least try another desktop before heading off elsewhere... with Ubuntu (and presumably all the other default gnome distro's) all getting the same response, this is turning into a "Linux SUX" issue, especially for first-installer types...

What concerns me in particular, is that at least with the KDE 4.0 debacle, there were quite a few "This is BAD... But I can see it being good in a few versions" type comments.... with Gnome 3, can't think I've seen a single positive comment, at best "changes are sorta manageable".

(KDE *is* really nice now too (Fedora 15 here)... in the same way that gnome is now giving people a poor impression of a lot of distro's I think the poor implementation in Kubuntu has caused a lot of ill will towards KDE too, although I can't speak for recent versions )

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Released 64-bit Flash For Linux

bahstid Re:I hate flash. (274 comments)

As someone who does occasionally use GIMP for professional use, I'm afraid to inform you that its CMYK support is not what you think it is.... there is a CMYK colour picker and thats about it. So while its suitability for professional use might be debatable, its a fact that doesn't support CMYK properly and hasn't for years.

There is a plugin with rudimentary export support (Separate+) but doesn't really cover all bases, and the import plugin can only handle TIFFs.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

bahstid Re:Knoppix (622 comments)

Must second Knoppix.... I used one last week after not having used one for a few years and was REALLY impressed with the updates... This on a machine that neither Ubuntu (which I usually use for others (but am starting to reconsider)) or Fedora (which I always use for myself) could boot, at least with default options. Straight into Compiz too. Had kind of stopped using it after the other distro's started shipping as live discs too, but it was the most notable "Linux rocks!" moment I've had in the last few years... promised to seed it for a few months too.

more than 3 years ago

Free Software Faces a Test With Qt

bahstid Re:Time for a GTK wrapper (177 comments)

Don't know if I'm missing your question here, but Inkscape and GIMP are fine on KDE - until you mentioned it, I've never actually thought of them as being anything different (or maybe never having been a gnome user than for more than a few hours, didn't notice their gnomishness). Have never bothered to check how much overhead they pull along with them...

more than 3 years ago

Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market

bahstid Re:Why (321 comments)

People might want to watch a movie on a train commute... where I live an hour each way is not particularly unusual. Also have you considered what could be done with a phone that has HDMI out?

more than 3 years ago

For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

bahstid Help yourself (458 comments)

Over the years I have borrowed a fair bit of bandwidth from free networks in hundreds of places... this has ranged from a quick address or map check in a city I'm passing through, to a few weeks while I wait for my own connection to get set up in a new house. The least I can do is offer you all the same convenience, so go ahead, there's no WEP, WPA or filtering to stand in your way... I might turn off the router for a few minutes or change my SSID to something snarky if you suck my entire pipe dry, but it'll be back in a few minutes... oh, and by the way, I don't actually use an of my own devices wirelessly on a regular basis anyway, the wireless side of my network is there as my little public service for you all. Seems I'm not in such bad company either....

more than 3 years ago



Google announces Chrome Operating System

bahstid bahstid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bahstid (927038) writes "Microsoft's nightmares seem to becoming true with Google's official blog posting for today; "The operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.""

Two dates overdue, Fedora 11 finally released

bahstid bahstid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bahstid (927038) writes "Red Hat and its affiliated Fedora Project, which creates the development release that eventually becomes Red Hat's commercially supported Enterprise Linux distro, have gone one louder this morning with the release of Fedora 11.

Fedora 11 includes updated GUI's, with Gnome 2.26.1 and KDE 4.2.3, Xfce 4.6, as well as the cutting-edge Firefox 3.5 beta 4 Web browser, Thunderbird 3, Python 2.6 ,OpenOffice 3.1 and GCC 4.4 (all packages have been rebuilt with GCC 4.4 as well). There's also a lot of other cool stuff in Fedora 11. For instance, ext4 is now the default file system for Anaconda-driven installs, which means speed improvements for Fedora users. The boot time target is now 20 seconds (it was 30 seconds for Fedora 10), which really puts into perspective just how much the Linux desktop has improved in this area over the past couple of years. The Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics chips is now the default in Fedora 11, and with it comes kernel modesetting support for this driver. Improvements have also been made in the areas of DRI2, DeviceKit integration, support for fingerprint readers, PolicyKit integration with CUPS, and a whole lot more.

Review the features or just get it!"

European Microsoft anti-trust hearing cancelled

bahstid bahstid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bahstid (927038) writes "The NY Times reports that Microsoft and the European Commission have canceled the only hearing planned in an antitrust investigation into the company's Internet browser because of a dispute over the attendance of European regulators serving as advisers.
As a result, the commission will reach its decision and levy a fine based on written statements from Microsoft and its adversaries.Microsoft decided against the opportunity to give oral evidence in the case after it was unable to persuade the commission to move the meeting, scheduled for June 3 through 5, so that it did not conflict with a global antitrust conference in Zurich that draws European antitrust regulators."

Google Zeitgeist 2008: What's a URL?

bahstid bahstid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bahstid (927038) writes "As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us a glimpse into the zeitgeist — the spirit of the times.
While the global aggregated results are more what one might expect, the breakdown by country is filled with "hotmail","yahoo" and "facebook", indicating that in 2008 your average user still hasn't quite got this address bar thing."

Carbon Dioxide Snorkel to help Gaia help herself

bahstid bahstid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bahstid (927038) writes "Pipes hanging in the ocean might bring global warming under control, two of Britain's most distinguished scientists suggest today.
By mixing deeper water with surface water, they could help the sea absorb vastly more carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, say James Lovelock — creator of the Gaia hypothesis which sees the earth as a single organism — and Chris Rapley, the director of the Science Museum in London.
In a letter published in the journal Nature, Professor Lovelock and Dr Rapley suggest that the ocean could be helped to take up much more carbon by "fertilising" the plankton in its top layer with nutrient-rich waters from deeper down, that could be pumped upwards through pipes by the action of the waves.
Richard Branson is showing some interest in funding a trial of the project too, hopefully more successfully than Virgin Digital."

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