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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

christurkel Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

Did you get the newsletter that Woz is still an Apple employee with an annual stipend of $120,000 andhe still owns shares in the company?

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

christurkel Belize (172 comments)

Do you ever intend to return to Belize to face the charges leveled against you? Or do you enjoy being a fugitive from justice?

about 4 months ago
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Hawaii Desktop Stable Released, Powered By Qt 5.2 & Wayland

christurkel Screenshots? (137 comments)

Are there any screenshots available? I can't seem to find any.

about 7 months ago
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Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling

christurkel Packaged Apps (250 comments)

Chromebooks are getting apps that can be used offline, packaged apps. They are already in beta and are due out probably at I/O.

about a year ago
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Average latency to Slashdot.org?

christurkel I live in the server room (558 comments)

I live hidden in Slashdot's server room so my latency is awesome. Also, it's hot in here.

about a year ago
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Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood

christurkel Someone Forgets History (252 comments)

Wayland is Linux specific because...

One of the things that went wrong with X was that we tried to pull too much of the OS into X so that we could run on every old platform out there. Or to put it more bluntly, bending over backwards for fringe platforms
He seems to forget that Linux was once a "fringe platform". Sigh.
https://archive.fosdem.org/2012/interview/kristian-hogsberg

about a year ago
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U.S. ISBN Monopoly Denies Threat From Digital Self-Publishing

christurkel The Importance of ISBNs (127 comments)

By putting an ISBN on your work, it is available in every wholesalers and retailer's database. Your book can be ordered anywhere by anyone. Amazon's identifier is for Amazon only.

Authors don't have to pay that much for an ISBN when they self publish. Lulu.com for instance charges $40 for a "global distribution package" which includes an ISBN.

about a year ago
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Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

christurkel Uh (311 comments)

a hardware-accelerated console

Why?

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

christurkel Not Going To Happen (943 comments)

I live in the next over from where they print the paper used on $1 bills. $1 bills are by far the most common demonination and it's loss would be economic disaster for the region. There is just no way to absorb all the workers who'd lose their jobs if Crane (who makes the paper) loses that amount of business from the government. On the top of that no Senator from Massachusetts would ever support it and a majority of the our Representatives wouldn't either.

I agree with the idea of dropping the dollar bill but it it would be a politcal and economic disaster for Massachusetts, thus won't happen for a long time, if ever.

about a year and a half ago
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Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

christurkel Re:Bologna (247 comments)

Yes and no. Bands like Pink Floyd stopped officially releasing singles but the record companies carried on packing tracks as singles, because they could and helped the record sell. After the sixties the next official single release was "Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two" in 1979. Led Zepplin never released a single, the record company did that all on their own.

about a year and a half ago
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Supersymmetry Theory Dealt a Blow

christurkel Re:do not confuse this (143 comments)

You way over thinking this. And yes the whole "nerds don't know about pussy" is kind of old.

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Pittsfield, MA, US

christurkel Cancelled (1 comments)

This party has been cancelled.

about 2 years ago
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Arch Linux For Newbies? Manjaro Is Here!

christurkel Re:Chakra? (120 comments)

Looks like the founder of Chakra Linux moved to this project.

about 2 years ago
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CDE Open Sourced

christurkel Re:Submitter/Documentation Lead (263 comments)

Patches encouraged! Join us on #cde on Freenode. FreeBSD is our biggest request and the one we have fewest developers for (exactly one at the moment).

about 2 years ago
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CDE Open Sourced

christurkel Re:Submitter/Documentation Lead (263 comments)

I am not aware of any changes to Motif that wasn't released in OpenMotif. CDE is a different story and it's highly unlikely the Open Group got any vendor specific changes back.

about 2 years ago
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CDE Open Sourced

christurkel Submitter/Documentation Lead (263 comments)

I'm the submitter and documentation lead for the CDE project and I'll answer any questions you might have.

1. CDE wasn't open sourced years ago because The Open Group had a steady income stream from it. Losing that income stream would have meant people losing their jobs.

2. This The Open Group's CDE, without any code from Sun/HP/IBM.

3. Motif will be open sourced soon. We couldn't get contributor agreements from everyone so that's still to do. CDE builds with OpenMotif just fine.

4. A FreeBSD port is in progress

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

christurkel writes "As of today Magnussoft has started shipping the first Zeta 1.5 cd's to their customers. Although 1.5 is almost a month delayed the developers did add lot's of features in the last phase of development. These include an Abiword port, drivers for PCL6 and Radeon, and others. With 1.5 being shipped, Magnussoft also introduces 'MZSP' or Magnussoft Zeta Service Packs. MZSP's will be freely available in the future as downloads. To install MZSP's you will need to have your Zeta version activated, and they will only install on the most recent version. Alongside the MZSP's there is also an update application planned so you can keep your system up to date automatically. Also included is multiple user support. http://www.zeta-os.com/"

Journals

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Work In Progress: A Time of Danger

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago I have split off a Time of Danger now; changing where Sylvia ends up in an effort to streamline the overall plot and solve a nagging world issue I had.
Sylvia is with the Sea Elves now getting an info dump.

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Work in progress: A Time of Shadows

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago Okay, after struggling through some of the hardest writing I've done in a long time, A Time of Shadows is finally starting to move forward. Ugh.

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Work in progress: The Black Sword

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago The contract with Chippewa has been finalized and I have been assigned an editor. Things are moving.

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Work in Progress: A Time of Shadows

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago Moving forward now after changing the plot a bit. Tom has fallen into the hands of Whisper. Now I am writign a flashback with Tom and Simon.

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Work in progress: A Time of Shadows

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago I have decided to shelve the next Abe story and finish Tom first. If I am clever I may be able to link the two and get everyone on the same page--literally.

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Work in progress: A Time of Shadows

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago Time of War is done and I quickly redid Time of Danger; it wasn't as bad a first draft as I thought. I am working on the next story, which is what happens to Tom after Time of War. I have a general plot and some ideas but nothing concrete. If all goes to plan, he should up in Draenor.

I am also noodling over the next Abe story. After the Time sequence, I think its time to return to him to advance the whole plot forward.

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Work in progress: A Time of War

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago This draft is really oooooooooold. I'm about halfway done, however. I did find the most recent revised Tom parts which has sped up the process considerably.

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Work in progress: A Time of War

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago Hmmm...looks like this draft is several revisions old so its taking more time than I thought. Stiull work progresses.

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Work in progress: A Time of War

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 7 years ago I did some minor editing and submitted The Black Sword as a novella to Chippewa Publishing, a house that specializes in this sort of thing. I got the whole thing off this morning. Now I am looking at A Time of War. I think this one will stand alone as a novella as it's 20,000 words by itself and will be a bit longer when I am finished. I'll re-add The Tom parts to it so that it all stands alone, leaving Time of Danger and the Tom shipwreck story to a third book. I am not doing any major revisions, I dont think.

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Work in progress: Noodlings

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago I have done 16 odd pages of noodling, nothing that really screams "write me" but we'll see.

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Work in progress: The World at the Edge of Time

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Finished chapter one. It came out okay. I'll get to chapter two in a week or two.

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Work In Progress: The World at the Edge of Time

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Yes, I know I have a half dozen stories going but this is what I do between stories, noodle until something clicks.

This one is slightly different; it's a project I have been tinkering with on and off for while. This is just some work, making another attempt at revising chapter one, the first few times didn't come out so good.

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Work In Progress: The Knight-Champion

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Oh I also decided that this one will be a prequel to a big massive Epic Fantasy I'll write later. This story takes place in year 852 while the big bloated fantasy will take place on or about 1000.

This way I'll have the world fleshed out before the big action begins.

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Work In Progress: The Knight-Champion

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago The ship has disembarked and Alurm is learning about sea legs and will soon leave the city.
I'm not sure if this story will be a novella or a short novel. I'm not worried; it should be an interesting tale and fun to write.

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Work in progress: The Knight-Champion

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago I'm not sure where I am going with this world. I did a map of a world and basic history and decided to explore the culture of one of the nations, Dragonia. Then I started writing a story about a boy in Dragonia and decided he will be the nation's next Knight-Champion, commander of the nation's army, etc. He only has to slay a dragon to prove his worth.
So I dunno how long this will be. Into chapter two. Alurm (the hero) has boarded a ship to begin his journey.

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Work in progress: A Time of Danger

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Okay, done adding the prologue and epilogue, making it 60 solid pages. I;m gonna noodle on something else before tackling the revision.

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Work in progress: A Time of Danger

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago First draft finished, still a little short, being 57 pages, instead of my target of 65-70. I still need to add a prologue and an epilogue, so that'll help. I much to revise and recheck, plus re-revise Time of War since I lost the revision somewhere along the way; no big deal, I know what to change.

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Work In Progress: A Time of Danger

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago After slogging through several boring pages, Sylvia is about to meet the local Warlord.

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Work in progress: A Time of Danger

christurkel christurkel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Sylvia has been ambushed by Whisper and the resulting conflict has cast her out of the Corridor and now is a prisoner of the Wu Jen.

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