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Where does your electricity come from?

gnarlin Geothermal - I live in Iceland (498 comments)

Well, yet again my option was left out. Oh, well. Geothermal for me.

more than 2 years ago

Silver Solution Ink Makes Faster Flexible Circuits

gnarlin The right solution (36 comments)

I myself recommend a seven percent solution for the best effect.

more than 2 years ago

EU Court Adviser Says Software Ideas Can't Be Copyrighted

gnarlin Common sense now, responsability never (196 comments)

As long as it's a non binding opinion it might as well have been the mad ramblings of the local street hobo for the good it will do. This might even be detrimental since this makes the pro-patent lobbyists aware of the possibility that the case's conclusion might seriously affect their changes for having insane software and idea patent law put into permanent place so the scumbag lobbyists will work extra hard to get some legislation past or to have the cases conclusion narrowed and not have broad patent implications. Whatever happens you can trusts assholic institutions and corporations to work for the detriment of the public good.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Reducing Software Patent Life-Spans?

gnarlin Riddle me this batman! (274 comments)

What would you call cutting the heads off the French aristocrats?
A good start!

So it is also with patents (and not just software patents). After reading about patent lawsuits for years I have come to the conclusion that the whole patent system should go. I doesn't serve the interest of the majority of the human race. Barring that, shortening the life span of a portion would be a tiny hen step in the right direction.

more than 3 years ago

Exabit Transmission Speeds May Be Possible

gnarlin Yes, but is it OVER 9000?! (98 comments)

How long is it until we can keep a local copy of all human culture and data on a thumb drive? A long long time ago, back in the dark ages of the intertubes called the 90's, people started downloading individual mp3 tracks. Then individual albums, then artist collections, then music video collections and soon entire genres. Of course now people don't bother much with downloading music and just stream it from wherever is convenient at the moment (youtube, music stores, illegal streaming sharing sites etc.). The same thing is happening with video of course. And the quality of the encoding is constantly getting better to the point of diminishing returns. How long until there will be a torrent of all human music collected by the sharing community on the Internet?

Another thing that I have sometimes wondered is: why can't you have a torrent of torrents? That is a torrent that redirects to a bunch of other torrent so as to make collecting larger data sets easier, to avoid repacking to some extend as well.

I know this rambling is a bit of topic, but I think that the speed of the Internet, the speed at which the human race is able to share is directly correlated to the quality of the human experience. That is why I love reading news like this.

Cheers everyone.

more than 3 years ago

DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available

gnarlin PC is short for Personal Motherfucking Computer (100 comments)

This is really starting to irritate me. This isn't just my personal pet peeve anymore. It's become a major psychotic episode for me!
PC means: "Personal Computer"! Guess what; macs are PC's! Your mobile phone is a PC nowadays. My fucking calculator is a PC! Your god damn blinking sneakers might be a PC!

When makers of proprietary games say that their game will run on: "PC and mac" it sound just plain stupid. Oh? It will run on every personal computer I own including macs? Oh goody! I'm running the Ubuntu OS on my tower. I guess I'll run it on that then. Oh, and on my fucking android phone while I'm at it! After all, it will run on all all Personal Computers..........and macs!

Perhaps those publishers believe that the mac personal computers are so tied to apple that no can really own a mac; merely bask in the presence and glory of their macbooks and imacs that apple has allowed them to do for a short while; you know, like religious people believe about their brief existence here on earth! A beautiful unique snowflake said this: "I don't own my macbook pro, it is only a visitor on our shores for a short while; and then.... it is gone!".
But back to the topic at hand.

Equating the term "PC" with the line of operating systems from Microsoft called windows also implies that operating systems are an inherit part of the computer that cannot be lodged out, you know, like a really bad tenet in a project! A permanent residence with an increasingly bad attitude. That the OS is burned into a ROM chip on the motherboard. That it's inside and has taken your computer hostage. You know, like consoles. Of course that's pure uncut bullshit. While not everyone is like me and often changes the operating system on a computer like they were changing a dirty diaper on a screaming child, everyone should not be lied to with propaganda like this. Everyone should at least be aware that an OS can be changed if they don't like it, like swapping out a used pair of underwear when it's just become too painful to have on any longer.

In conclusion: Don't say stupid things like: "I have a PC".

I guess I have more to say about macs in general and apple specifically, but for now I guess I'm done.

Enjoy your fucking life. It won't last forever.

more than 3 years ago

Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

gnarlin Roger, Over (244 comments)

Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9'er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9'er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.
Captain Oveur: Roger.
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: Roger, over!
Roger Murdock: What?
Captain Oveur: Huh?
Victor Basta: Who?

more than 3 years ago

Cedega Being Replaced By GameTree Linux

gnarlin Re:frosty piss (124 comments)

Because despite what Linux users say about wanting things like gaming every time I see someone actually try to support Linux by catering to them, like Cedega or Loki, they end up going tits up.

GNU/linux users paid more individually then both Mac users and windows users for the humble indie bundle 1 and 2 (which included the games from bundle 1 as well) and they were about 1/4 to 1/5 of paying costumers. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Humble bundle

more than 3 years ago

DHS Seizes 75+ Domain Names

gnarlin Re:One of Our Cancers (529 comments)

You don't get convicted/punished until proven guilty, that doesn't mean they don't shut down the operation when it's obvious they are actively selling fake goods right now. It is the courts job to decide what criminal charges may exist. Perhaps the shop owner didn't know they were fake? Just because the owner may not be the person criminally liable, that doesn't mean you allow the operation to continue.

It was obvious these sites were selling fake goods and distributing copyrighted works. They shut them down and the owner's get to plead their case about how they didn't know or whatever their case is. The site still gets shut down now if they are breaking laws now.

Fake eh? I have a copy of a digital file. The checksum is the same. Now tell me, which one is the "fake" one? You can't? Perhaps that's because equating the digital sharing of culture with "counterfeiting" is a false dichotomy. Digital copies are perfect and therefore the copy isn't defective in any way unlike when real counterfeiting takes place. Then it's quite possible that the copy might pose some sort of danger to it's purchaser or user which is one of the reasons why manufacturing needs to be regulated in the first place while. Remember, copyright exists for the "encouragement of the science and the useful arts". Not because control of our collective human culture is a good idea.

about 4 years ago

Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

gnarlin Re:I hope this doesn't fly ... (832 comments)

And how many years did it take to crack that? Won't they upgrade the drm every year or so?

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source'

gnarlin MS code all under GPLv3? Why didn't you say so! (464 comments)

Microsoft loves open source (MS jury still out on Free software?)? Well then. Just point me to where I can download all the windows and office source code under a Free software license. Until the proof comes in the pudding then there is nothing to talk about. Actions speak louder then propaganda and lies.

more than 4 years ago

World's First Voice Call From a Free GSM Stack

gnarlin Unleash, the patent lawyers! (83 comments)

You can bet your sweet ass that ass soon ass this software stack gets stable and usable for normal people there will be swarms of lawyers from the big telecoms attacking this project.

more than 4 years ago

Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day

gnarlin Re:Learning curve (460 comments)

Could everyone please stop equating PC with microsoft windows. PC is short for Personal Computer.

more than 4 years ago

Theora Development Continues Apace, VP8 Now Open Source

gnarlin Re:Welcome, our new open codec overlords! (312 comments)

Wow.... the patent system is deeply broken.

And you're just figuring this out now? Well, better late then never ;-)

more than 4 years ago

What IT pioneer do you respect the most?

gnarlin Re:Bill Gates (737 comments)

So if I con you into giving me all your money and then give most of that money to the poor you think that makes up for the fact that I conned all your money from you?

more than 4 years ago

DMCA Amendment Proposed For UK

gnarlin Copyright crazies getting everything they want (208 comments)

My fellow internet denizens.
It seems that every single day we are getting rammed by new legislation and international agreements that are so insane and ridiculously out of touch with where technology is actually taking us, mere words fail to properly describe my feelings on the matter. The quicker we are able to share/sync the entirety of human culture the less useful copyright becomes for the well being of the human race. How useful will copyright be for our race once the complete collection of all human culture can be synced or downloaded in mere seconds to your phone?
It is our nature to share news, gossip and other bits of our collective culture where ever we go; and now that we have to ability to all talk with one another (or YELL!) through the internet the old gatekeepers of culture have collectively gone INSANE!

I could go on and on about how the old copyright deal with the public (authors get exclusive temporary right to copy their works and through greater incentive to create the public benefits from increased production of culture) is completely useless today but I am just too disgusted to bother right now. Besides, it's all been said before in all the other new stories about all the other recent times the keystone cops of copyright terrorized Gotham city while cackling insanely.
I guess what I'm really asking is: why is it that despite all the anger about these issues from those who are in favor of sharing, we are loosing ground so badly? Is there no one who writes legislation who agrees that easy sharing is good for the human race?

more than 4 years ago



No gnu/linux love from ID software

gnarlin gnarlin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gnarlin writes "According to golem.de's article (in German) ID software will no longer be porting their games to gnu/linux starting with the new Rage game being developed. Another article at beyond3d has the details in english. Is this due to lack of sales? This seems to be a major blow to gnu/linux gamers everywhere, especially when gnu/linux users are finally getting good Free software drivers for AMD's/ATI's graphic chips."
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Why do Free software driver perform so badly?

gnarlin gnarlin writes  |  more than 7 years ago I recently installed Ubuntu feisty fawn (7.04) on my laptop.
It's a Mitac 8050D, has 1GB ram, a 1.5Ghz pentium M, and a Radeon9700 mobility and a 60GB hard drive. I like it. Everything works right out of the box. Altough the ipw2200 does have to load a non-free blob firmware for the wireless to work.

The problem is that I like playing games and no, I don't want to boot Microsoft Windows. There is a myth that there aren't any fun or decent games, let alone Free games for the gnu/linux platform. The truth is that although they aren't too numerous there are several which I enjoy quite a bit. In order to be able to play advanced 3d first person shooters like Nexuiz or Warsow with enough FPS to be competetive I have to load the fglrx propriatery driver. There is a Free driver for my radeon9700 but it is just isn't good enough performance wise. I read an article recently at phoronix.com in which the Freedom giving drivers were compaired against the propriatery drivers from ATI. The closed one gave the Free one a sound beating. This article follows up on an older article in which they did the exact same thing. The conclusion is that there has been negliable increase in performance of the Free drivers since the last time. What I want to know is why there seems to be close to no change in those drivers performance? Have the effords to reverse engineer the r300 chips been stopped because the radeon driver is deemed "good enough" for basic desktop needs?

For a long time people have hoped that nvidia would throw the community a bone by publishing at least some specs for the graphic chips. No such luck. At long last the community got fed up with waiting. There is now an effort afoot to reverse engineer their cards and to write some Free drivers and progress has been going quite well. The problem that I see is that once those drivers work "well enough" for basic desktop usage, namely that they can run compiz/beryl decently, that development will slow down to a crawl and that they will therefore never be competitive performance wise with the "official" nvidia drivers. I don't just mean that they will lag slighty behind, but more like I won't be able to play a single game in opengl with enough FPS to be tolerable.

At this point someone might get a little irrited that I am slinging mud at the people who are spending their free time to give to the community, so perhaps I should make my position clear. I like Free software. In fact I prefer it but I'll use non-Free software if I really have to (if there is no decent Free alternative). But the reality is that I really like playing games and that I am not rich enough to be able to just buy a new one with a graphic chip which has good enough Free drivers available so I do what I must to play the games. There is hope with Intel recently opening the drivers up to the community. Their chips might not be the best, but they might be good enough for games. The people developing the nouveau nvidia driver and the people at dri and mesa have my adoration and respect. They are doing the world a huge favor by working on this stuff. I hope that they succeed beyond everyone's wildest dreams and end up making the drivers betters than everything else. I just hope that it won't take forever.

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