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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

deek Re:Will Debian use the Kodi name? (188 comments)

That depends on whether the XBMC foundation are dicks and prevent Debian from applying security patches to the Debian packaged version of Kodi.

about a month and a half ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

deek Re:Pft (962 comments)

Well, no, she is very much being labelled as sexist in the media because of those remarks. Not that I'm sympathetic to her, but the media have gone somewhat overboard with it.

When you look at the whole conversation in context, it was obviously said flippantly. Had a male politician said the same thing, paraphrased appropriately, it would still be flippant, and in equally poor taste. I'm sure the media would also parade his comments in exactly the same way. No difference.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

deek Re:Pft (962 comments)

You're talking about senator Jacqui Lambie. While it wasn't the brightest thing for her to say, she was obviously not serious about what she said. The worst you can accuse her of is a very poor sense of humour, not sexism.

about 2 months ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

deek Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

Hence, for the vast majority, there's no way to regain control of the Chromecast.

about 2 months ago
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3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

deek Re:What I predict is (72 comments)

I'm not sure you're entirely right. The 2D UI has evolved, in a way, as a metaphor to interactions with real world items. A 3D UI will do the same. Windows will still be needed in a 3D interface, much like how a book or notepad or projector screen is needed in our 3D reality. It's not an artifact of the older interface, but rather a natural way in which we parcel and digest information.

about 3 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

deek Re:No Way! (261 comments)

Actually, gaming on a 3D TV is quite fun. Batman Arkham City was amazing in 3D. All the gliding and swooping is incredibly fun with the better depth perspective. It's a help with racing games, where it aids judgement of braking distance to the corner.

So, yes, 3D TV is mildly gimmicky, but it can also quite useful as well. Don't discount it entirely.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

deek Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

Last time I saw a woman depicted in a video game that was less than a C cup?

I'm currently playing Everybody's Golf on Vita. There are some female characters in that game that don't have excessive bust sizes.
Also currently replaying Shadow of the Colossus in HD. The female character you're trying to resurrect is of regular proportions. Come to think of it, Yorda from ICO had an emaciated figure.
Hmmm, what else have I played lately. The main character from Gravity Rush is female, and has no undue size. Uncharted: Golden Abyss; female character there was fine. Double Fine's Broken Age had some rather large dresses, but no massive mammaries.

That's all that I can remember for now. Haven't played any other game recently that had distinct female characters, other than the Tomb Raider reboot, and, well, yes, I'm not going to argue about Lara's bust size on that one.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

deek Re:Hmm (533 comments)

Yep, it works, I don't get any headaches from running it, so therefore it is OK.

I have started to look into the workings of systemd, and it certainly seems fine for modifying service dependencies, writing my own daemon, and customising the startup (though that is a rather ambiguous phrase). I can even use a sysv init script within a systemd service file, if I wanted to. You don't need to add debug output with systemd, because you don't need to write a script to start a daemon. It just starts the daemon you configure in a service file, and logs any output. That works for me, and to be honest, is actually much simpler.

Understanding bash syntax isn't as useful on HP-UX and FreeBSD. That shell isn't guaranteed to be available. A sysv init script isn't as portable as you make it out to be, because of inconsistencies between the different systems you mentioned. Good luck getting a Slackware init script to run on HP-UX. You _could_ make a portable script, I suppose. So that is an advantage, even if it takes extra work to properly test the script on every type of system you need to run it on. But if you have any Solaris SMF systems, portability goes down the drain.

Systemd is a change in the way thing run. It takes some adjusting and getting used to. If you make the effort, you'll find that you can make it work for what you want. That's an OK in my books.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

deek Re:Hmm (533 comments)

Well, I'm a few digits off 3, but I've been testing systemd on my laptop, and it seems decent enough. I turn it on, the laptop boots up, I can use it. It seems to have a few neat ideas that I can play around with.

My guess is that the early /. subscribers are old enough to remember when just about anything in Linux was new. Therefore they're not phased when something else changes the landscape. It's a different perspective on things.

about 4 months ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

deek Re:Not very secret (116 comments)

My kingdom for mod points!

Whatever this Novaq thing is, it sure sounds tasty. I say we cut the middle-prawn out, and make Novaq a spreadable condiment for toast.

Come to think of it, Australians already do consume something suspiciously similar. I believe it's called Vegemite.

about 5 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

deek Re:Serious and Worth Reading (710 comments)

That type of reaction is a reflection of the person who reacted, not of the situation at hand. When I read the described situation, it appeared to me as a spectacle at work, being watched by spectators. It seemed incidental whether the hula-hoop dancers were female or male.

A spurned colleague taking revenge is certainly harassment, though I'm unsure whether it could be classed as sexual. The actual harassment wasn't sexual in nature, though it did result from an incident which could be classed as such. It's definitely not sexism, though, as I originally stated.

about 6 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

deek Re:Serious and Worth Reading (710 comments)

That was, for me, the bizarre bit of Julie's side of the story. The hula-hoop thing. Why did she single out those who were spectating the spectacle? Sure, it's inappropriate in an office environment, but not as much as the hula-hoop dancing itself. It seems a very strange tipping point. Why didn't she say something to the girls who were doing the hula-hoop dancing in the office? The AC said it was at an office party, but I didn't sense that from the article.

Otherwise, she seems quite justified in her claims. She certainly appears to have been harassed in the workplace, though some of the harassment I wouldn't class as sexism (spurned colleague, intimidation from wife of boss). Definitely agree that you can't work in such a hostile environment.

about 6 months ago
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Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

deek Re:alias please=sudo (83 comments)

I suppose you also want an error message of "You didn't ask nicely", instead of "Permission denied".

Or, if you use "please" on a noexec mounted filesystem, "Thanks for asking nicely! Permission denied."

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

deek Fez (669 comments)

Just started playing Fez. On a Steam Linux client. Nice game, and very clever. I like the twist it gives to 2D platforming.

Also, playing Sine Mora on my Vita, when I'm travelling on the train to/from work. Tough side-scrolling shooter! Only a few chapters in.

about 7 months ago
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The Road To VR

deek Re:Perhaps not so far off... (61 comments)

Very, very rarely is gaming remotely entertaining to mere observers.

Not as rare as you think. Game tournaments can attract a good number of spectators.

Plus, gaming is not necessarily that anti-social. Makes me wonder if the author has any experience with multiplayer games. Surely when VR becomes mainstram, it will have a multiplayer capability.

Yes, it could be argued that most multiplayer gamers aren't very social, or act anti-social. Griefing is an issue. Makes me wonder what they'll do in the context of shared VR, although griefers generally aren't too creative. I'm guessing "floating penises".

about 7 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

deek Re:Where to go after Slashdot? (573 comments)

Write your own Greasemonkey filter?! That's what I do if I don't like aspects of a particular website's design.

You can even use jQuery in your filter, to bring this thread back to some semblance of on-topic.

about 7 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

deek Re:Sign the petition (277 comments)

The accused are not the head of the park authority. Russell Reichelt is the head, a research scientist with a PHD in marine science.

Accusations for two of the board members does not mean they're actually guilty. The two members are a minority within the board. It's good that there is an inquiry into possible conflict of interest, though.

81 million dollars _will_ make quite a difference to reef conservations programs, whereas dumping dredged waste far from a reef area _may possibly_ affect the reef. Though apparently history shows that previous dumps have had no effect on reef water quality.

Honestly, the whole reaction to this decision reeks of scare tactics. When someone resorts to such tactics, I get quite sceptical of their side of the argument, essentially achieving the exact opposite of what they intend. Since I'm not very knowledgeable of the situation, I cannot comment authoritatively on whether this decision will benefit the reef. My instinct is that it is a positive decision, though.

about 7 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

deek Re:Sign the petition (277 comments)

The conditions require that sediment entering the marine park be reduced by 150 percent over the long term -- a "net benefit" to water quality -- and that $81 million be contributed to reef conservation programs and specific measures observed to protect marine flora and fauna.

It's important to note the sea floor of the approved disposal area consists of sand, silt and clay and does not contain coral reefs or seagrass beds.

  Hmmm, this decision could actually be a benefit to the reef, not a detraction. I'd hope so, considering the park authority approved it. These are people who love the reef, are tasked with the job of protecting the reef, and are presumably experts in marine ecology and environment. They approved it. I'd say it's a very good chance that they made a good decision.

about 7 months ago
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Steam Controller Hands-on

deek Re:This thing is DOA (138 comments)

Gosh. Tough crowd. Do you heckle professionally, or is it just a casual thing?

Of course I cherry picked! That was the basis of my list: show great games that are playable on SteamBox / Linux. Way to miss the point.

Interesting that you singled out Psychonauts, as that often gets criticism for the difficulty of the Meat Circus level, supposedly ruining the game for many. I didn't mind it myself, but I can see their point. The insane asylum levels, and Lungfishopolis, are some of the most blindingly brilliant and creative game levels! Blows my mind. What a great game!

As for the other games on the list ... they cover such a wide spectrum of gameplay, you can be excused for not having the good taste to appreciate them. ;-)

about 8 months ago
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Steam Controller Hands-on

deek Re:This thing is DOA (138 comments)

Some of these are on consoles. Some are exclusive to specific consoles. Some are only available on PC.

They're all available on Steam, and playable on Linux.

about 8 months ago

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PS3 Jailbreak now legal in Spain

deek deek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

deek (22697) writes "Spanish gamer site NicaGamerz.com have reported that it's now legal to sell the PS3 Jailbreak modchip in Spain (Google translation). According to the article, one reason for the legal ruling is because Sony removed the ability to run GNU/Linux on the console. One can only wonder if Sony will soon rush out a firmware update that will re-enable the OtherOS feature, and appeal the court decision. Oh the irony of that thought ...

The legal ruling was made on the 13th December (Google translation). There are only 5 days to appeal, starting from that date."

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Does the internet change how we think?

deek deek writes  |  about 4 years ago

deek (22697) writes "The internet may be reshaping how our minds work. Author Nicholas Carr talks about how the internet is influencing our thought processes and what the possible consequences of that are. "The ability to scan and browse is as important as the ability to read deeply and think attentively. What's disturbing is that skimming is becoming our dominant mode of thought.".

The lack of ability to concentrate on single tasks. The urge to browse information for no apparent reason. Are these the result of using the internet? Is this something we need to consciously work to avoid?"

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Australian web censorship now dead in the water

deek deek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

deek (22697) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Australian Web Censorship plan has effectively been blocked. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has withdrawn support for the plan, after realising that there were too many questions raised about the system.

The Senator further stated that "the Government should instead put the money towards educating parents on how to supervise their kids online". Imagine that! Education instead of domination. Seems like a step in the right direction."

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the journal is dead, long live the journal

deek deek writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Let's face it, I'm just not a Journal writing person, as much as I like the idea of them. Kinda reminds me of high school. We were supposed to keep a Journal for English class. I didn't bother much with that either.

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On happiness ...

deek deek writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hurrah, I feel like writing down another journal entry. Maybe this'll happen more often, maybe not. All I know is I feel like jotting down my thoughts _now_.

I've never studied philosophy. I do think about things often though, so I could be considered a philosopher. Really, all that's really needed to become one is a love of wisdom. I'm just not an intellectual philosopher, instead relying on intuition and basic observation.

And as such, I've been pondering on 'happiness', and especially, how does someone achieve happiness?

One thought I've had is that happiness can be achieved by avoiding unhappiness. Ok, I know it's simplistic, and totally avoids that limbo state between unhappy and happy, but generally if you can avoid being unhappy, there should be a better chance of being happy.

Of course, we can achieve happiness by first becoming unhappy, and then trying to climb out of that state. The result should be that we're happy that we're not unhappy anymore. That's way too much effort to be happy, though. It'd be much nicer to just go straight to happiness.

So now my search for happiness is essentially broken down to how to avoid unhappiness. So what makes people unhappy? Now there's a whole essay topic if I've ever heard of one. There's so many ways that people can be unhappy, that it's depressing.

;) OK, I was punning a bit with that last sentence. I like punning ... it makes me happy. In fact, I'm usually happy when I do things I like, and conversely, unhappy when I do things I don't like. Hey, this is a promising thought! So to avoid unhappiness, I just have to stop doing things that I don't like.

But unfortunately, there's plenty of situations where you have to do something you don't like, to achieve something that you do like. I'm sure we all do things we don't like to do, just to feed ourselves and have a bed to sleep in.

And to move onto a totally different point, is it really worthwile trying to avoid unhappiness? Sure, you've got the benefit of not being unhappy, but I think that you'd start to lose perspective on happiness as well. Ye old ying/yang problem ... one depends on the other, and the other depends on the one.

The search for happiness seems to be one that does _not_ means 'complete' happiness, to the exclusion of all unhappiness. The search for happiness seems to mean minimising the number of times we're unhappy.

So in conclusion ... I think too much. It's not worth trying to achieve only happiness, as it's a rather elusive goal that, if achieved, is slowly lost. Maybe it's just worthwile taking life as it comes, and not worrying about which emotional state you want to be in. In other words, just trust in life, do the things you like, and let things happen that will happen. That appears the best way to be happy.

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And time goes on ...

deek deek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Maybe I'm just not a Journal writing person. Over three months down the track since my first journal entry, and only now do I add a second.

It's not as if I have anything particuarly insightful to say at the moment, but I just like the idea of actually using the resources that have been provided.

One thing that strikes me about Slashdot, though, is the general cynicism of the reader base ... _about_ their fellow readers! It seems that any post that degrades the Slashdot community as thoughtless posters, seems to be moderated up quite rapidly. The old "you're new to Slashdot" comment never seems to fail to get a few points.

Yeah, maybe it's just tongue in cheek, but I think there's a current of serious cynicism underlying the comments. Which is a shame, really, as I find most comments to be reasonable. OK, the moderation system helps definitely, but still the general impression I get of the Slashdot community, is that they're a bunch of pretty cluey people. Just what I'd expect for a website dedicated to "News for Nerds".

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First post?

deek deek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Finally getting around to playing with the Journal features of Slashdot. I have to admit, this place really is quite amazing. CmdrTaco and his merry men have definitely put a bit of thought and effort into it.

I became a subscriber to Slashdot a few weeks ago. I've been reading this place for the last 3 or 4 years, and I think they deserve my money. CmdrTaco recently wrote in his journal that he envisioned Slashdot to be an informal dirty gritty news site. This works for me. There's a certain honesty in this type of news reporting that the more polished news sites lack.

I'm not usually prone to doing Journal entries, especially online, but I might have to try this out more often.

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