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Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

gslavik Re:Good (642 comments)

We are anything but socialist.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

gslavik Re:It's about time, too (236 comments)

Relating to your point #3. There have been two studios who have had a market on the three major OS (Windows, OS X, Linux) who have left. This is id Software (Rage is Windows only) and Epic (still no Linux client for Unreal Tournament 3). When Valve finishes porting the Source engine, they will have the engine with most reach and since they are also delivering the distribution network, they will probably be on the throne for a very long time.

more than 2 years ago
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Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

gslavik Re:Jeff Goldblum (368 comments)

I believe these were some of the older crops before they were rendered sterile. It has happened though. GM-crop companies (Monsato, I believe) have sued farmers under the DMCA for using the produced seeds of plants which Monsato sold seeds for. There was a case where a farmer was sued even though the neighboring farmer used such plants and pollen from those plants got carried over. Here's a recent one: http://nelsonfarm.net/issue.htm

more than 2 years ago
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South Korea Blocks Late-Night Online Gaming for Adolescents

gslavik Re:Another idea (108 comments)

There are athletic sports where an average career lasts for about 3 years (American Football) with skills that do not transfer on later in life.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

gslavik Re:Waste of Time (933 comments)

How is ~55 million votes out of a ~280 million population, 50.1%? Does not compute. Population as of 4/1/2000 (http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html), Voting numbers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2000 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2004). Also, feel free to correct numbers on Wikipedia, aparently, they are wrong with 48.3% for Kerry.

more than 2 years ago
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IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years

gslavik Re:So (1105 comments)

I am pretty sure most things we do (short of actually building a bomb to blow ourselves up along with the planet) will not bother the planet at all. It has been here for over 4 billion years. It has seen dinosaurs come and go. I am sure we will be long gone before the planet becomes sick or dead in some way.

more than 2 years ago
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Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

gslavik 3rd party apps? (384 comments)

Does he mean things like motoblur?

more than 3 years ago
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The FSF's Campaign Against the Nintendo 3DS

gslavik Re:Cannot know for sure (187 comments)

Except when you are paid to create a work of art, your work is considered "commissioned." Therefore, you are the author, but the copyright is with the company. At least in USA.

more than 3 years ago
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CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman

gslavik Re:Hmmm ... (755 comments)

My professional title is "application administrator." If you have java code running on a java app server, I support it. Problem is, over my 2.5 year experience in this position, there are a lot of "OutOfMemory" issues that occur. There are also a lot of issues related to lazily configured hibernate causing database performance issues. And of course, the fixall comes from Windows ... "just restart it." Only very few Java developers could actually support the infrastructure they code for, that includes database, messaging and ESB backends.

If I had a shotgun to point at some developers, there would be an extreme shortage of developers.

more than 3 years ago
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Postal III, Source Engine Still Coming To Linux

gslavik Epic said there was going to be a Linux client. (90 comments)

After the Epic scam, any news of anyone releasing any game for Linux is to be taken with a grain* of salt.

* grain the size of the Moon.

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit

gslavik Re:Survival of the fittest... (314 comments)

beta has been out for some time. :)

NS2 was announced a long time ago.

more than 3 years ago
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Georgia College's New Policy — Reporting All P2P Users To the Police

gslavik Re:Isn't this going to get expensive? (421 comments)

NET act? AFAIK, according to DMCA, non-profit copyright infringement is a civil offense.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

gslavik Re:It was only a matter of time. (646 comments)

To follow along similar path. Who is our government protecting us against?

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

gslavik In Soviet Russia ... (646 comments)

the same shit happens. Disagree with the government, you end up in jail/raided/etc. ... WTF? At least Soviet Union had a law about disagreeing with the government, so at least you'd get a day in court.

more than 3 years ago
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Public Clearinghouse Proposed For Evoting Failures

gslavik Re:Or the US could just use a paper and pencil (114 comments)

Scantron ...

When I was in high school (and junior high school). We took these multiple guess tests (as my physics teacher called them), which used a #2 pencil and were checked using a machine the size of an HP Laserjet 1020 (6" by 6" by 12" thereabout). Why not use the similar technology? Or just give a big screen (24" with all the pictures of the candidates) with a touch screen element and let voters poke the candidate they like. Then give them a review screen at the end with names. ??? profit?

more than 3 years ago
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Nerds Still More Likely To Get Bullied

gslavik Re:The key to not getting beaten up as a nerd (480 comments)

Couple of boxing lessons (to learn how to properly punch/defend/move) and learning from MMA fighters in UFC (submitions and how to get out of them) is all you should really need.

more than 4 years ago
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Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts

gslavik keep the two possibilities? (321 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baikonur

Baikonur is in Kazakhstan ... but no matter, an interesting story instead. I would have preferred if they weren't clear on the origins of the person in the capsule ... but instead kept the possibility of time travel (it seemed appropriate to me when the stories used were the same, likewise with the gear).

more than 4 years ago
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UK's RIAA Goes After Google Using the US DMCA

gslavik Re:Happened to me as well. (184 comments)

The US DMCA includes provisions and exceptions written by library of congress, one such provision is when the work in question cannot be obtained easily or the device to play it on cannot be obtained easily. In short: roms of SNES/NES/Genesis/and other console games from before 90s can be legaly distributed (can you buy a 2600 to play pong?). Of course, if nintendo offers the game through the Wii, then it becomes illegal again since it is now easily available. Sony removing backwards compatibility on PS3 means that images of PSX and PS2 games are now legal to distribute since I can't walk into a store and buy a system to play them, nor can I go to a store and buy the actual game.

I am not a lawyer, but would appreciate if one would correct me if I am misunderstanding something.

more than 4 years ago

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Source engine to be ported to Linux?

gslavik gslavik writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gslavik writes "I was browsing around trying to get Portal 2 to work with wine. Some said that simply running portal2.exe. I went to find that executable, which was in drive_c/Program Files/Valve/Steam/steamapps/common/portal 2 ... when I ran `ls` ... I found the following:

slavik@home-main:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Valve/Steam/steamapps/common/portal 2$ ls -l
total 784
drwxr-xr-x 2 slavik slavik 4096 2011-05-02 23:53 bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 slavik slavik 94 2011-05-02 23:53 installscript_osx.vdf
drwxr-xr-x 6 slavik slavik 4096 2011-04-13 02:08 platform
drwxr-xr-x 2 slavik slavik 4096 2011-04-13 01:23 portal
drwxr-xr-x 14 slavik slavik 4096 2011-05-02 23:54 portal2
-rwxr-xr-x 1 slavik slavik 358912 2011-04-19 07:47 portal2.exe
-rw-r--r-- 1 slavik slavik 304942 2011-04-19 07:47 portal2.ico
-rw-r--r-- 1 slavik slavik 13148 2011-04-19 07:47 portal2_osx
-rwxr-xr-x 1 slavik slavik 1131 2011-04-19 07:47 portal2.sh
-rw-r--r-- 1 slavik slavik 5 2011-05-02 23:57 steam_appid.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 slavik slavik 77312 2011-04-19 07:47 thirdpartylegalnotices.doc

I did not write the shell script ... but it does have a glaring error after you set proper permissions (it comes without +x). It has the Unix loves ^M char. Even after removing it the script does not appear to reference a real Linux binary (via $GAMEEXE) which makes me think that maybe this is something to be around in the future."
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Code versioning for web developers?

gslavik gslavik writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gslavik (1015381) writes "At my workplace, I have suggested to the web developers that they might be able to simplify their work flow by using a code versioning system. The response was positive and they have asked me (as the resident Linux user) to actually set something up. The problem is that the production server is based around IIS on Windows with PHP. Setting up an Apache test server is no big deal, but the problem arises when you want to test the code. The other problem is having some kind of a development server that a developer can use while working on a piece of code. Are there any articles that the slashdot community could point me to which describes ways of setting up a code versioning system in a way to aid web developers?"

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