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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

jones_supa Re:But can it fix the (83 comments)

Everything should be fine in Windows 9.1 Update 1 Refresh 1 Patchouli 1.

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

jones_supa Re:Not that good (176 comments)

As he said, they also spent 14 weeks planning and setting up the perfect test environment, waiting for environments to be built and going patiently through all the required paperwork. That sounds pretty responsible to me.

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

jones_supa Re:wtf ? (176 comments)

Because the vulnerability was in the server side.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

jones_supa Re:WTF? (176 comments)

Exactly this.

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

jones_supa Re:wtf ? (176 comments)

Newflash: The vast majority of 0-days are known in the underground long before they are disclosed publicly. In fact, quite a few exploits are found because - drumroll - they are actively being exploited in the wild and someone's honeypot is hit or a forensic analysis turns it up.

It's not that black and white. You expose the vulnerability to even more crackers if you go shouting it around like was done here.

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

jones_supa Re:Not that good (176 comments)

Open source only has the advantage that they will be found and published. In closed source, usually NDAs keep you from publishing anything you might come across, ensuring that knowledge about these bugs stays within certain groups that have a special interest in not only knowing about it but abusing them.

That doesn't still automatically mean that closed source fares worse in found bugs. Companies often have quite bad-ass internal quality assurance measures. They have money to put in it and, it actually produces them value. There is an incentive to do it properly. Of course the tools and methodologies vary from company to company. But let's take Microsoft: they have very rigorous code quality standards and very thorough code audits, before anything gets out from the house.

Sure, we can have lots of eyeballs scanning open source code, but there is no guarantee that a quantified amount of review ever happens. That's really, really bad.

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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jones_supa Re:I'm unclear (136 comments)

There have been situations where a seed company was collecting seeds of traditional crops, selecting the ones with the most marketable potential, patenting and reselling them again

That is allowed with Public Domain material.

PD license basically means that you throw the product to the wilderness and dogs might shred it into pieces. :)

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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

jones_supa Re:I'm unclear (136 comments)

Yep. Seeds in general have a Public Domain (PD) license.

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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

jones_supa Re:Quick question (172 comments)

It does not suck that bad anymore. For anyone still having a grudge against Unity, I recommend trying it again at this point.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jones_supa Re:100M downloads are nice... (277 comments)

But how many actually use it on a daily basis?

Hehheh, you're modded down by open source fanboys so that the grimy truth would not come to light.

But exactly. How many of those downloads is just "Hey, free Office! Oh, this is trash, uninstalling..."

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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jones_supa Re:RAID? (253 comments)

So the backup disk is online in the same system? Sounds dangerous.

2 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

jones_supa Re:There is no comparision (132 comments)

Hey, you're trying to find a reasonable and truthful middle ground. That prevents all the juicy flame wars. Someone call the guards!

3 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

jones_supa Re:What's up with Dice Developers (132 comments)

One big reason is that they never turned on the D2 discussion system. So right now Soylent News is even more clunky to use than the Slashdot Beta. You get directed to another page every time you want to reply or moderate.

3 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

jones_supa Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (117 comments)

I would guess that's a pretty rare thing to do, still. So it shouldn't skew the metrics too much.

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

jones_supa Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

Why is capacitive touch so important? Multi-touch is cool but I use my Android phone all the time and for just about everything.

It's not only about multitouch. Capacitive touchscreens are more accurate to use with a bare finger than resistive ones, which call for a stylus.

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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent Of North Korea Debt

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to diversify its energy sales to Asia away from Europe, which, in its turn, wants to cut its dependence on oil and gas from the erstwhile Cold War foe. Russia's state-owned top natural producer Gazprom is dreaming shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Koreas. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South's."
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Large-Scale Ferry Accident in South Korea Waters, Hundreds Missing

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  4 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A rare accident has occured in South Korea's southern coast, where the 6,325-ton passenger ship Sewol carrying 477 people has sunken. Most of the passengers were Ansan high school students. The accident has left at least two people dead and about 290 others missing. Only about 180 have been rescued so far, more than five hours after the accident, officials said, amid growing fears that many of them could be trapped inside the sunken ship, though officials said some passengers could have been rescued by private fishing boats. Sewol sent out a distress signal at 8:58 a.m. in waters 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong, according to the Coast Guard. The accident prompted a massive rescue operation involving about 40 Coast Guard and military vessels and helicopters. The cause of the accident is not yet known, though survivors said they heard a banging noise before the ship suddenly started sinking. Speculation has arisen that the ship might have hit an underwater rock or collided with another vessel."
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Why C++ Was Chosen For Unreal Engine 4 Scripting

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "After the Unreal Engine 4 was released to the wild, a lot of game developers are discussing the new development platform. One question that was asked is, why did UE4 choose to go with C++ as the scripting language, instead of an interpreted language such as the UnrealScript or C#. Tim Sweeney joined the discussion and shed some light on the decision. As the feature set of the internal engine grows, the scripting interop layer also grows uncomfortably large. At the same time, developers seeking to take advantage of the engine's native C++ features end up dividing their code unnaturally between the script world and the C++ world, with significant development time lost. Developers need to look at program behavior holistically, but quickly find that script debugging tools and C++ debugging tools are separate and incompatible. Seeing where script code had gone wrong is of little value if you can't trace the C++ that code led to it, and vice-versa. It is these reasons, ultimately, that led to Epic's move to pure C++. There are side-benefits, too, such as increased performance in gameplay code, and ease of integrating other middleware written in C++."
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Dangerous Panasonic Batteries Found In Sony Vaio Laptops

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Sony warns about a potential fire risk in some of its Vaio Fit 11A portable notebooks (the final model under the Vaio brand which was sold off in February). The company is asking customers to stop using this laptop model as soon as possible. Sony said it had received three reports of batteries overheating causing partial burns to Vaio computers. The first incident was in Japan on March 19, followed by similar incidents on March 30 in Hong Kong and April 8 in China. The company stopped selling the product at the beginning of this month, with nearly 26,000 units in the wild. The manufacturer and company responsible for the faulty batteries is Panasonic. A Panasonic spokeswoman confirmed the company had provided the batteries to Sony under an outsourcing contract. She declined to say which other computer makers had received Panasonic batteries, as such information is confidential. However, she said the batteries are customized according to clients' requirements and differ depending on client. She said Panasonic hadn't heard of any problems with batteries supplied to other clients. Sony said in a statement that it was identifying the affected computers by serial number and developing a program to repair or replace them. It said the company would provide details on its home page within two weeks."
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Microsoft Puts Out Escape From Windows XP Browser Game

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "While celebrating the end of support for Windows XP and waiting for the return of Start Menu for Windows 8.1, the Internet Explorer team has put together a fun little game called Escape from Windows XP. The game is a small browser based shooter-platformer in which, as you would expect, you try to escape Windows XP. It begins by emulating a computer starting up Windows XP and self-ironically crashing with a blue screen of death. Then the adventure of one hero who still supports IE6 & XP begins. Broken windows of IE6 make up the ground that you play on while destroying various bits of XP nostalgia."
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Data Storage Pioneer Wins Millennium Technology Prize

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The British scientist Stuart Parkin whose work made it possible for hard disks to radically expand in size has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize (Millennium-teknologiapalkinto). Professor Parkin's discoveries rely on magneto-resistive thin-film structures and the development of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) spin-valve read head. These advances allow more information to be stored on each disk platter. Technology Academy Finland — the foundation behind the award — justifies the prize by saying that Parkin's innovations allow us to store large volumes of data in cloud services."
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Hoo-Hoo

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine based on the principle that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has officially declared that homeopathic remedies are useless for human health. The body will today release a guide for doctors on how to talk to their patients about the lack of evidence for many such therapies. Doctors will also be told to warn patients of possible interactions between alternative and conventional medicines. On top of that, the council has produced a 300-page draft report that reviews the evidence for homoeopathy in treating 68 clinical conditions. It concludes 'there is no reliable evidence that homoeopathy is effective for treating health conditions'. Representing the opposite viewpoint, Australian Homeopathic Association spokesman Greg Cope said he was disappointed at the narrow evidence relied on by the NHMRC in its report. 'What they have looked at is systematic trials for named conditions when that is not how homeopathy works,' he said. Homeopathy worked on the principle of improving a person's overall health and wellness, and research such as a seven-year study conducted in Switzerland was a better measure of its usefulness, he added. There are about 10,000 complementary medicine products sold in Australia but most consumers are unaware they are not evaluated by the domestic medicines safety watchdog before they are allowed on the market."
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday, but did not make it public in order to avoid putting a chill on renewed talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang. The Rodong missile fell into the sea after flying 650 km, short of a maximum range thought to be some 1,300 km, which means it could reach Japan. Japanese Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan are equipped with advanced radar equipment able to track multiple targets and carry missiles designed to take out targets at the edge of space."
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Exposure to Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A new Northwestern Medicine study reports the timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight — the first time this has been shown. People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day, the study found. It accounted for about 20 percent of a person’s BMI and was independent of an individual’s physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI. The senior author Phyllis C. Zee rationalizes this by saying that light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance. The study was small and short. It included 54 participants (26 males, 28 females), an average age of 30. They wore a wrist actigraphy monitor that measured their light exposure and sleep parameters for seven days in normal-living conditions. Their caloric intake was determined from seven days of food logs. The study was published April 2 in the journal PLOS ONE. Giovanni Santostasi, a research fellow in neurology at Feinberg, is a co-lead author."
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Windows Store Apps Can Now Be Compiled To Native Code

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Speculation about this project started to circulate in November last year when some noticed that a certain Windows Store app had a much faster start up time. Known internally as Project N, .NET Native improves the performance of .NET applications by precompiling managed code into native one using the Microsoft’s C++ back-end infrastructure. This technology is different from NGen (Native Image Generator) or dynamic compilation for Store apps. MRT100.DLL represents a minimum CLR, refactored and optimized for static compilation. So, when the application starts up it runs against this minimal CLR without loading the entire .NET runtime, without involving any JIT compilation. Applications can still use dynamic to access objects whose type is decided at run time. This is made possible by discovering during code optimization and keeping all the possible types that might be accessed at runtime. Also, the standard background garbage collection is used. Not much changes for the .NET developer, except that you obviously have to build separate binaries for different architectures."
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Canonical Halts Ubuntu One File Services

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Wanting to focus their efforts on their most important strategic initiatives and ensuring that the company is not spread too thin, Canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One file services. Being an additional motive, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for Canonical to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering from 25 GB to 50 GB free storage. As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One software will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted. For a spark of solace, the company promises to open source the backend code."
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You Got Your Web Browser In My Compiler

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft Visual C++ compiler's static-analysis parallelism caused Bruce Dawson's machine to seriously get on its knees, so he rolled up his sleeves and dug deeper to investigate. It turns out that the MSVC++ compiler (cl.exe) causes the full Internet Explorer engine (mshtml.dll) to be loaded every time the static code analysis feature is used. However the actual slowdown isn't created by the weight of the IE engine but by the communication on the windowing system. In fact, about 65% of the traffic on the windowing system lock was from the VC++ compiler, mostly via mshtml.dll. But why? Well, here's what we know. The compiler loads mspft120.dll – the /analyze DLL. Then mspft120 loads msxml6.dll to load an XML configuration file. Then msxml6 loads urlmon.dll to open the stream, and finally urlmon loads mshtml.dll. Then mshtml.dll creates a window, because that’s what it does. If you run many copies of the compiler then you get many windows being opened, and over-subscribed CPUs, and madness ensues. Maybe nobody at Microsoft ever noticed that mshtml.dll was being loaded, or else they didn’t run enough parallel compiles for it to matter."
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Having a good night's sleep seems to play a big part in people having heart attack risk. Switching over to daylight saving time, and hence losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 percent, compared to other Mondays during the year, according to a new U.S. study released on Saturday. By contrast, heart attack risk fell 21 percent later in the year, on the Tuesday after the clock was returned to standard time, and people got the extra hour of sleep. The not-so-subtle impact of moving the clock forward and backward was seen in a comparison of hospital admissions from a database of non-federal Michigan hospitals. It examined admissions before the start of daylight saving time and the Monday immediately after, for four consecutive years. Researchers cited limitations to the study, noting it was restricted to one state and heart attacks that required artery-opening procedures, such as stents."
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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "New Caledonian crows — already known to be smart — may also understand how to displace water to receive a reward, with the causal understanding level of a 5-7 year-old child, according to results published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Sarah Jelbert from University of Auckland and colleagues. As demonstrated in the included video, Scientists used the Aesop's fable riddle — in which subjects drop stones into water to raise the water level and obtain an out-of reach-reward — to assess New Caledonian crows' causal understanding of water displacement. Crows completed 4 of 6 water displacement tasks, including preferentially dropping stones into a water-filled tube instead of a sand-filled tube, dropping sinking objects rather than floating objects, using solid objects rather than hollow objects, and dropping objects into a tube with a high water level rather than a low one. However, they failed two more challenging tasks, one that required understanding of the width of the tube, and one that required understanding of counterintuitive cues for a U-shaped displacement task. The authors note that these tasks did not test insightful problem solving, but were directed at the birds' understanding of volume displacement."
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Japan Used To Rule Video Games -- What Happened?

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Everyone knows video games are big in Japan, but in recent years the question has been whether Japan is still big in video games. 'Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished,' said Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, and five years on there's no doubt that the country has continued to lose the grip it once held on the gaming world. Whereas the biggest games in the PlayStation 2 era came from Japanese franchises like Final Fantasy and Resident Evil, the most recent console generation saw blockbuster development dominated by Western games like Call of Duty and Mass Effect. The responsibility of saving the situation could be in the hands of Japanese indie developers."
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Kate Bush Announces First Live Shows Since 1979

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The legendary musician Kate Bush will play her first series of shows after a 35-year break, performing August and September in the UK. Bush will play 15 shows at London’s Eventim Apollo starting 26 August as part of her Before the Dawn series of shows. Theories to explain her absence from the tour circuit have included a fear of flying, perfectionism and the death of her lighting director, Bill Duffield, who was killed in an accident during her April 1979 concert at Poole Arts Centre. In an interview with Mojo magazine in 2011, Bush said she’d also endured extreme exhaustion as a result of the tour. 'It was enormously enjoyable. But physically it was absolutely exhausting.' The singer has made isolated and rare appearances in the 80s."
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Engine Braking Causes Remarkable Nanoparticle Pollution

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 1 month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Researchers at Tampere University of Technology, Finland have been surprised of their finding about engine braking creating significant amounts of toxic nanoparticles (Google translation). 'Traffic exhaust fumes carrying nanoparticles are distributed all around where people go. Whether we are indoors or outdoors, there is an exposure to them. According to current knowledge, nanoparticles are the biggest health concern in our environment', tells associate professor Topi Rönkkö from the aerosol physics laboratory. The metal-based particles are released when gasoline injection is stopped during driving when performing engine braking. When they analyzed a heavy diesel engine vehicle rolling downhill with the foot lifted from the gas pedal, the amount of generated toxic particles shot through the roof, even though previous research claims otherwise. This was a surprise also to car manufacturers and oil companies. After the finding, Rönkkö himself cringes driving especially behind large trucks and recommends keeping a good safe distance."
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Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 1 month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Unreal Engine 4 from Epic to game developers is launching now. Supported platforms are Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, with desktop Linux coming later. The monetization scheme is unique: anyone can get access to literally everything for a $19/month fee. Epic is working to build a company that succeeds when UE4 developers succeed. Therefore, part of the deal is that anyone can ship a commercial product with UE4 by paying 5% of gross revenue resulting from sales to users, helping the ecosystem. The tools you get are the Unreal Editor in ready-to-run form, and the engine's complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub for collaborative development. Provided also is the foundation for the community: chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. The company is also shipping lots of ready-made content, samples, and game templates. So, will this effort succeed? That's up to you and your judgment of the engine’s value. Unreal Engine 4 has been built by a team of over 100 engineers, artists and designers around the world, and this launch 'represents all of Epic's hopes and dreams of how major software can be developed and distributed in the future'."
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McDonald's Needs To Change To Survive

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In a Business Insider column, Dan Moskowitz observes McDonald's having to change in future to survive. The restaurants would become more of a coffee shop, or die a slow and painful death. This doesn't mean McDonald's will completely stop serving burgers and fries. That has yet to be established, and even if it did do this, it would likely occur many years down the road. However, one thing is certain: because of the rise of the health-conscious consumer, burgers and fries will not be the company's growth catalyst. Moskowitz talks a lot about healthy breakfast choices in the menu already gaining increasing interest. It's very possible that McDonald's key competitors down the road will be Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks, not Wendy's and Burger King."
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GOG.com Bringing Linux Games To The Store

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "More great news for Linux gamers: following the footsteps of Steam, GOG.com is preparing delivery of Linux games, with expected showtime being this autumn. The officially supported distributions will be Ubuntu and Mint. Right now they are performing testing on various configurations, training up their teams on Linux-speak, and generally preparing for the rollout of at least 100 titles — DRM-free as usual. This will update some existing games of the catalog with a Linux port and bring new ones to the collection. Further information on specific games is yet not known, but GOG invites fans and customers to their community wishlist to discuss."

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