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EU Considering Sensors In Sewers To Detect Bomb-Makers

gripped Re:Fart Bombs (219 comments)

Smells like a shit idea.

about a year ago

Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

gripped Re:Goodbye Windows (313 comments)

People here really need to remember that the vast majority of computer users don't really know or care care whether they're running Microsoft Windows or Microsoft XBox 360 as long as it does what they want.

Your right. I've installed Linuxmint on many family and friends computers over the last few years because I convinced them it would do what they want. Browse the web. Listen to music. View photos. Send email.
Part of the deal was a higher level of (free!) support from me with the Linux install. Windows installs only come with save documents and reinstall support (still free !).
Often I've setup dual boots for the unconvinced or gamers but encouraged them to give Linux a good go. In almost all cases Linux has become the preferred OS and I been asked to delete the windows partition to free up drive space. Apart from games most windows software works under wine, games are far more hardware dependant for success.
I've been using Linux personally since about 1996-97 (I remember that kde was first released soon after my first install) and it used to require some effort. Now it just works most off the time.

about 2 years ago

Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

gripped Re:Goodbye Windows (313 comments)

But, I don't stay just for the games. I stay because using GNU/Linux means the largest selection of open source software available in the universe. For me GNU/Linux is stable and reliable and Window is still like an aborted fetus on the Metro interface.

Fixed that for you.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?

gripped Re:Don't trust the cloud (165 comments)

SSH only accepts logins from me.

You hope

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

gripped Re:Slackware on floppies (867 comments)

Desktop: Redhat-> Suse-> Linux from Scratch-> Gentoo-> Kubuntu -> Linux Mint (kde).

Server: Debian >Centos & KVM hypervisor with Ubuntu or Debian images.

Linux from scratch used to be good for learning how Linux works. I have not checked it out for a long time so I don't know if this still holds.

more than 2 years ago

180k-Year-Old Mutation Allowed Humans To Become Vegetarians, Move Out of Africa

gripped Re:It's to generate more page views (342 comments)

You might be, you might not. If you hadn't posted AC there would be no doubt.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It a Good Idea To Incorporate?

gripped Re:As soon as you have anything to take (293 comments)

In the UK any small ltd company is going to have to provide director guarantees to get loans from a bank. If the business goes under they will come for your house etc. This does not, as far as I am aware, happen in big corporations. Wheres the cutoff. Don't know but I'm not near it.

more than 2 years ago

OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help)

gripped Re:Ah. Ok. (298 comments)

They should have called it CubaLibreOffice.

more than 3 years ago

Valve's Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-To-Play

gripped Re:Does it run on Linux? (195 comments)

My experience with this is ATI cards don't handle it at all well. Maybe better now ?
Nvidia cards work better but only with the closed driver. And only runs at DX8.1 I think. Playable but I boot to windows.

more than 3 years ago

Mirah Tries To Make Java Fun With Ruby Syntax

gripped Re:Uh... (444 comments)

Language evolves. The use of "Ain't" in English is far more complex than thou attest.

more than 3 years ago

'Death By GPS' Increasing In America's Wilderness

gripped Not just in the wilderness (599 comments)

Girl of four died in sat-nav error crash in Blackrod


Too many people blindly follow these things. There's a ford a few miles from me that is impassable for much of the year if not in a Land Rover etc. After heavy rain only a big tractor could make it.
Yet every year the fire service pulls out 6 - 10 cars whose drivers followed their Sat Navs instructions to pass through it. There is a easily visible water depth gauge.

more than 3 years ago

Bad Signs For Blu-ray

gripped Re:No one likes $30 / disk (1276 comments)

I didn't make a point.

I asked two questions. One of which you've answered.

To expand on my first question. Why would you want a copy of your entire collection, on both DVD and Blue-Ray ?

I could understand why some people wanted to update vinyl to CD as you can't play vinyl on a CD player. Or even VHS to DVD. But DVD's will work fine in your new player. Money must hold some value to you as you baulk at the high price asked of you.
Do you really need every movie again ? Maybe just your favourites and / or the ones which would truly benefit from the higher quality.

Your choice of course, I just asked two questions.


more than 6 years ago


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