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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

jedidiah Re:Games with known linux ports? (77 comments)

One of the things about Civ V that quickly stuck me was how much less crash prone the Linux version is when compared to the Windows version. I had co-op players constantly going offline because their version was crashing all the time.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

jedidiah Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (159 comments)

> What's wrong with that? It's one of the cores of the only fair type of government we've found so far that works, communism.

Yes. It worked out so well that corruption caused it to implode in a most spectacular manner. Just ask anyone from the former Soviet block how much communism "works".

You're a silver spoon member of the 1% by comparison.

It takes more than wishful thinking and a single political party with no check on it's power to run a country effectively.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

jedidiah Re:Incomplete data (159 comments)

> First, why analyze the percentage of computer and math degree holders who hold an IT job? Why is a mathematics degree automatically equivalent to a CS degree?

Computer Science is ultimately a branch of mathematics. That much should be obvious to anyone that's been through a decent University program.

yesterday
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

jedidiah Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (217 comments)

> If we're going to open up our southern border...

The problem with H1-Bs is not that they "feruhners". The problem with H1-Bs is that they are an underclass that's at the mercy of the company that imported them. They are even lower on the totem pole than underpaid undocumented Mexicans.

If you are an H1-B, ICE knows exactly where to find you if you get too "uppity".

yesterday
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

jedidiah Re:And BD-Java is good how exactly? (93 comments)

> But then I have to do that for every single disc. And I value my time.

What time? You stick the disk in and type run.

There is no "time" involved. The computer does all of the work. It chugs along quietly while you go do something else.

The part of the process that requires my direct interaction with the computer actually takes LESS time than futzing with a console player would.

There's no need to "pretend' that disk menus are useless. They serve no real purpose for 99.9% of users. If anything, they are a bother.

yesterday
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

jedidiah Re:And BD-Java is good how exactly? (93 comments)

> Yes, you can muddle through all the playlists by hand and extract everything you want, but sometimes you just want a family member to be able to play the damn thing.

Actually, if you want to play the "joe average" card here it makes much more sense to rip the media and present a simple menu option so that "a family member is able to play the damn thing".

The whole Tivo/iTunes/XBMC interface is MUCH simpler for rube relatives than anything that a DVD or BluRay will present to you. It's f*cking ironic that people will defend this sh*t. Each disk is it's own personal precious little snowflake with it's own interface and quirks.

It's the exact opposite of what all of the HID groupies say you should be doing with user interfaces.

If you want to "just play the movie", the interface that something like XBMC gives you is FAR superior to the usual consumer option.

2 days ago
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

jedidiah Re:this is great news! (93 comments)

> Sadly, the Raspberry Pi lacks SATA, which is what the unit uses to connect to the optical drive.

There's no good reason you couldn't use a USB device which would be the usual approach for plugging an optical drive into a small low profile machine such as the PI.

2 days ago
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

jedidiah Re:this is great news! (93 comments)

> Why use a regular player? Because it "just works".

Kind of sort of after a fashion with lost of nonsense and bother.

I ditched my last console DVD player because "just works" doesn't really work.

> The experience is overall smoother.

No it isn't. A PC provides a much better playback experience. It's simpler, more direct, and completely under your control. You can enforce a single standard UI across multiple playback devices.

Ripping a BD can be a pain but it's usually worth the effort even for a rental.

2 days ago
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

jedidiah Re:this is great news! (93 comments)

> Yes... because there is no way the compression schemes of ripped files can improve over time.

Except we aren't talking about "ripped files", we're talking about STREAMING. What you can achieve with genuine ripped files will actually make the streaming services all look hopelessly pathetic.

Streaming services suffer from the same problem as cable providers. They are corporations that want to cut corners and they know that the average American will eat dirt.

The entire "download-as-you-go" concept is fatally flawed.

Bandwidth caps aren't even the biggest problem here despite being the likely show stopper.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jedidiah Re:How do you (905 comments)

> "A man threatened to rape my mouth with a shit-covered horse-cock this afternoon."

Oh really? I don't see any bruises on your hands from where you beat the crap out of him.

I'm really surprised that more women don't use the social norms and double standards to their advantage and take the opportunity to lash out. They might find that they even get some assistance with the beat down.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

jedidiah Re:Movies still unreleased on DVD (338 comments)

> What do you do if the movie you want to watch hasn't been released on DVD either?

A much much MUCH smaller problem.

Your own remarkably obscure examples demonstrate this.

Streaming requires permission from the relevant publisher THIS SECOND. That permission can be REVOKED an hour from now.

On the other hand, what's available on physical media represents everything that was consented to EVER. That consent can NEVER be revoked. We can trade old copies of that media until the publishers get blue in the face.

"It was never published on DVD" is a much smaller problem than "it is not currently available for streaming".

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jedidiah Re: Here we go... (432 comments)

Even Egypt doesn't want to deal with these people. That's why the Egyptian side of the Gaza strip is also closed.

From their point of view, Gaza is full of the same kind of nutbags that they just got done deposing.

Jordan and Egypt both could probably end this mess tomorrow by claiming the respective territories bordering their countries. They don't want the Palestinians anymore than anyone else does.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

jedidiah Re:Because... (338 comments)

Two words: New Releases

Netflix streaming is effectively a replacement for all of those channels on cable that are dominated by reruns and old movies. Netflix streaming is great for that kind of stuff. For anything else, it's pants.

For new releases, you will simply have to go someplace else.

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jedidiah Re:Here we go... (432 comments)

> Israel's ethnic cleansing is absolutely a genocide.

There is no such thing.

Otherwise, there simply would not be any Palestinians left by now. The problem would have been sorted out by simply having exterminated everyone from the occupied territories.

THAT is what genocide is.

Don't use terms you clearly don't understand.

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jedidiah Re:Here we go... (432 comments)

Really? You're going to try and pull that stunt? This territory was a well settled part of several empires starting with Rome. The idea that the people that happened to reside there in 1940 had "American Indian" notions of land ownership is absurd and assinine.

These people were former subjects of the Ottoman Empire.

2 days ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

jedidiah Re:Oblig XKCD (160 comments)

> That's so painfully true because Linux still has choppy playback of Flash/HTML5 video on low-performance hardware. It still is mostly a server OS (a very good one though).

It's bullshit because EVERY platform has choppy playback of Flash video on low-performance hardware. It's a feature of how lame Flash is. It has nothing to do with Linux.

Low performance hardware will happily decode much more interesting video so long as the coders in question have bothered to hook into relevant "shortcuts".

Adobe can't be trusted to do that (on any platform).

Adobe likes making excuses, instead just taking care of business like all the "hobbyists" have done.

4 days ago
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MicroxWin Creates Linux Distribution That Runs Debian/Ubuntu & Android Apps

jedidiah Re:"here on the Android side" (42 comments)

In other words: "because Microsoft can't do then no one can".

The entire history of computing pretty much points out how wrong that proposition is. It's more like "If Micrososft can't do it then EVERYONE ELSE can, will, and have done it for 10 years prior".

Just use a little intelligence or barring that, allow the end user to decide which mode to operate. Also don't GUT one of the modes in question while you're at it.

4 days ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

jedidiah Re:68k was a neglected platform (236 comments)

The problem with this fixation on "performance" is that it was all effectively sabotaged by the bloat of operating systems at that time. The resources required weren't keeping pace with the cost of hardware. It became infeasible for most normal consumers to keep up with what things like OS/2 and Windows were demanding.

It doesn't matter how spiffy your 486 is if it is spending all of it's time swapping.

My own 486 had extremely dissappointing performance when compared to a even mere 68000 until RAM prices became low enough to adequately equip a PC.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

jedidiah Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

Macs didn't "make USB", they forced it on their users while giving a big "fuck you" to all of their old customers running anything else. It's not like the old stuff was horrible either (ADB, SCSI).

In the meantime, USB was everywhere on PCs. It just wasn't forced down everyone's throats. Even recent systems with USB3 quietly included will still include interfaces from the :"dark ages".

It doesn't harm anything to have them there and is very handy should you actually want or need one of them.

The main problem with USB adoption was OS support from Microsoft. They dragged their feet as usual. Also, the market for USB peripherals really didn't get interesting until Microsoft's sandbagging stopped. The fact that Apple was abusing all of it's users didn't change the landscape all that much.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

jedidiah Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

He dismissed the comment because that was very much justified. You are a misguided moron that thinks crying wolf will do anything but cause people to ignore your crusade. Characterizing trifling slights will impress no one except your own cabal and only marginalize the entire issue.

It will be seen as the domain of completely irrational KOOKS such as yourself.

about a week ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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