Schmidt: G+ 'Identity Service,' Not Social Network
People get so upset when a free online service wants to make money off of freely submitted data. Gee. Who woulda thunk it? Maybe the question is really: Are there ANY on line services that are required for Life, Liberty, and the pursuit or happiness?
As for "social network" anonymity: There was a time people social networked by going to churches, clubs, and various events IN PERSON. Security? There was once a group of individuals who dedicated their fortunes, life, liberty and sacred honor to found a new nation. You can read their signatures on the Declaration of Independence.
How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
....This place has got everything.....
Firefox Is Going 64-Bit: What You Need To Know
Yes, 64-bit Firefox has been available for ages. I've been running it since SLAMD64 11 and Slackware64 13.x. The beta 64-bit Adobe Flash has been around since then as well in one preview form or another. I am currently using Flash 10.3 beta x86_64 with Slackware64 13.37 - with no significant issues. The new Flash 11 is now beta with full GNU/Linux x86_64 support. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplatformruntimes/flashplayer11/
DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks
...Nothing more to see here. Move along...
Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave
In the spirit of the /. community, I haven't had time to read all the posts but that wont stop me from opining.
My family has used Openoffice for years since I simply can't afford M$ Office (4 licenses, and piracy would be "unethical"). I needed something file compatibel with M$ for work and the kids' school (talk about "vendor lock-in").
I just dumped Openoffice 3.2 instead of upgrading.
Long live Libreoffice! I just installed LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta2 (3.2.99 from git) via AlienBOB's build (Thanks buddy!) for Slackware64 13.1. It is faster, leaner, cleaner, and opens M$ Office docs that OO.o was having issues with (my employer still uses M$ everywhere). I am impressed.
So instead of whining and gabbing inanely about the merits of, or lack thereof, of M$, Oracle or http://www.documentfoundation.org/, give it a test drive. Vote for the software project that JUST WORKS by using it!
Breathing New Life Into Old DirectDraw Games
I'll have to try the DD hack - I haven't played WC1 and WC2 in a heck of a long time. I loved the whole series. For especially WC Prophecy, I play in all its Glide API glory via zeckensack's Glide wrapper http://www.zeckensack.de/glide/index.html and a bunch of patches and high resolution fixes from http://www.wcnews.com/index.shtml using WinXP.
I switched to the glide wrapper when my antique Voodoo 12MB 3D pass through card bit the dust. At the time I used a AMD Athlon slot A 800Mhz and Geforce256 DDR and the glide wrapper was a life saver for my Glide games.
Nexuiz Founder Licenses It For Non-GPL Use
Popcorn? Butter? I'm confused...
Commodore 64 Primed For a Comeback In June
There's only one way to kill a zombie....
The Helium Rains of Jupiter
Which alcohol? As a chemical class, there are many alcohols and not all are miscible with water.
Is it too much to ask for rigorous specificity in a science article?
oh wait...for this crowd there is only ONE kind of alcohol....
What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?
Lets not dance around the fundamental issue. The Utopian ideal of a paperless office will never materialize until we can agree on a universal data standard. With paper, we can still read the records of the Roman Empire, Ancient China and Ancient Egypt. Even if today's modern languages fall to extinction a thousand years from now, we can still recover the paper based history. Any electronic records would be lost. I have 8 inch and 5 1/4 floppy discs from a CP/M Z80 S100 system I used back in the early eighties that are now essentially unreadable (fortunately I have paper print outs!). Unless we have a universal standard, and get one soon, the "computer revolution" era will be a black hole to future generations.
On the other hand, maybe we don't want future generations to study the conversation on slashdot.....
Sir Terry Pratchett
I have enjoyed many of his stories over the years.
Wikipedia has a nice write-up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett
Time Warner to lose MTV, Comedy Central, and More
Viacom can charge whatever it thinks the market will bear, a cable distributor can refuse to pay or pass it on to the customer, but what really happens is that the consumer gets robbed again with limited choices and higher prices. Its bad enough that those advertisement banners n the bottom of shows are getting larger every year. I see this with Dish Network all the time as channels com and go due to a price hike or contact dispute. Most of the channels and shows are just so much mindless drivel (for example: The Science Channel with very little science, and SCIFI with often very little actual science fiction, such as ECW? what the....?). Ah, but the mob needs entertainment! To the Colosseum!
I fully expect that I will burn out soon and decide to save the $50US/month. I can rent a lot of movies with that savings...or maybe catch up on all those video games...or wait! Read a book! How retro!
Microsoft Claims a Billion Windows Installs by End of 2008
We've heard this song and dance before and smacks of special accounting practices. It is true that Corporate entities will have thousands of "installs," but it is also true that they did not pay full price for all those licenses. I am not inclined to call those captive users a fully functional Windows user base. I suppose if one counts every Windows version installed since Windows 286....
[Nearly] every PC shipped has an OS installed but does that mean all of those OS are in use? How many get stripped off and replaced? Upgraded?
I suppose if one counts every Windows version installed since Windows 286....
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