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Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

kazade84 Release the secure boot key... (550 comments)

Then I'll buy one, I could do with a tablet to run Fedora :)

1 year,5 days
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PSN Up, And Then Down Again

kazade84 Re:Its just sony (282 comments)

Someone really needs to consolidate all the bad stuff Sony has done onto one web page. That way next time someone questions my adversity to all things Sony, I can just point at it.

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Grid Brings Powerline Broadband Back?

kazade84 You know that Internet 2 that everyone wanted? (120 comments)

There was a Slashdot post earlier about forking the Internet, and mesh networking was shot down pretty quick because of large distances between nodes. Could networking over powerlines be a solution?

more than 3 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

kazade84 Re:Nothing to see here.. move along (370 comments)

Gallium3D is cross platform - you could write winsys layers for Haiku or whatever, but OSX is one of Wine's main targets and I don't see them shipping Gallium3D anytime soon. Unfortunately no, it's not going to make things any easier.

more than 3 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

kazade84 Nothing to see here.. move along (370 comments)

This isn't really that exciting. Firstly it doesn't benefit Wine at all. Wine supports other platforms than Linux and other drivers than Gallium3D and Mesa and so this is useless to them, if that isn't enough the Wine source structure isn't built for this kind of swap out, specifically because Wine limits X interaction to a single DLL, winex11, and the WineD3D stuff doesn't have direct access to X. The Wine D3D developers have long said that a D3D state tracker won't help them.

Secondly, it's not gonna help porting games to Linux either. D3D is only one part of the DX API and a game does a lot more than just draw stuff. Arguably swapping out D3D for OGL is relatively straightforward in comparison to swapping out sound API, file IO API, network IO API, message handling, etc. etc. that's why some games allow you to switch between the graphics API.

more than 3 years ago
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What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

kazade84 Re:To promote the USEFUL arts (222 comments)

Think of a womans body... reacts very well under multiple touches.

YMMV.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu LTS Experiences X.org Memory Leak

kazade84 Re:x.org Has Crashed My Ubuntu Since v9.4 (320 comments)

Dell Dimension 2400 by any chance? I've seen the same problem with that machine. Try upgrading to a 2.6.32 kernel, that should fix it.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Economy Bill Passed In the UK

kazade84 It was a farce... (384 comments)

Everyone that watched the debate last night was pretty horrified at how broken the "wash up" process was, and how obviously this bill was pushed through by the front benches without the support of the backbench MPs present. Labour were responsible for 97% of the MPs that gave a yes vote, because those Labour MPs that didn't would have faced severe consequences, perhaps even eviction from the party. Some rebel Labour MPs did vote against, Tom Watson leading them, this guy deserves serious respect for standing up for what he believes despite the pressure.

The election is coming and we need to take away power from these corrupt parties (the other two major parties are hardly blameless, although the Liberal Democrats did at least vote against). Support the Open Rights Group and also support the Pirate Party UK who are currently raising money to field candidates. You can donate to the Pirate Party here if you are so inclined: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/donate/

My MP voted for the bill, so I'm going to vote against in the next election, I'd urge people to do the same, find out if your MP voted and which way by going here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtoday/cmdebate/32.htm#hddr_2

more than 4 years ago
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Anger mounts over UK copyright bill 'stitch up'

kazade84 Support the Pirate Party UK (1 comments)

Everyone that watched the debate last night was pretty horrified at how broken the "wash up" process was, and how obviously this bill was pushed through by the front benches without the support of the backbench MPs present. Labour were responsible for 97% of the MPs that gave a yes vote, because those Labour MPs that didn't would have faced severe consequences, perhaps even eviction from the party. Some rebel Labour MPs did vote against, Tom Watson leading them, this guy deserves serious respect for standing up for what he believes despite the pressure.

The election is coming and we need to take away power from these corrupt parties (the other two major parties are hardly blameless, although the Liberal Democrats did at least vote against). Support the Open Rights Group and also support the Pirate Party UK who are currently raising money to field candidates. You can donate to the Pirate Party here if you are so inclined: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/donate/

My MP voted for the bill, so I'm going to vote against in the next election, I'd urge people to do the same, find out if your MP voted and which way by going here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtoday/cmdebate/32.htm#hddr_2

more than 4 years ago
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Recommendations For C++/OpenGL Linux Tutorials?

kazade84 Re:My grudge against NeHe (117 comments)

I'm the author of that book.

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the book. The book's structure and format followed that of its predecessor (the first edition) which was written by different authors. It was not possible to put entire code listings into the text of the book due to space limitations, which is why the book came with the full source on the CD.

That said, the initial print run of the book had a fault with the project files on the CD, they did indeed have absolute paths. I posted updated versions on the book's official website at courseptr.com[1] and posted updates on NeHe explaining the problem. Later, when ATI updated their drivers and became more strict about an ambiguous part of the GL specification, I updated the project files again[2].

There are Linux versions of all the programs on the CD with project files for Code::Blocks, and the code compiles on both GCC and Visual C++ so I think it's a little unfair to say it was only for Visual Studio. Try out the updated project files, hopefully you'll have more success with them.

Regards,

Luke Benstead.

[1] http://www.delmarlearning.com/companions/content/159863528X/links/index.asp?isbn=159863528X
[2] http://www.kazade.co.uk/downloads/boglgp/bug-fixes-2009-08-29.zip

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest

kazade84 Advertising Linux is the dumbest thing ever... (460 comments)

I mean, seriously? That's like advertising the keys on a keyboard, or the wheels on a car. Linux always forms part of a product, like a distribution, or a PVR or something, what's the point in it having it's own advert? Now, if they were making Ubuntu, Fedora etc. adverts then yeah that would make sense.

That said, I quite liked the winning ad, if they replaced "Linux" with "Ubuntu" or some other distribution name it would make more sense though.

P.S. Why for the love of code do I have to wait 30 seconds for my preview to come up before I submit? And now I have to wait again coz I edited.. grr..

more than 4 years ago
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2010 Bug Plagues Germany

kazade84 Re:Effected? (233 comments)

Wait. Slashdot has editors now?

more than 4 years ago
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Cool-Tether Links Phones' Bandwidth To Make High-Speed Hotspots

kazade84 Re:like BitTorrent (102 comments)

I was actually thinking of something like this yesterday. With the rapid increase in Wifi + Internet enabled phones and devices, it could be possible to actually have an entirely distributed network just by linking together devices in range.

Perhaps that's where we should build the Internet 2, now governments around the world are doing everything they can to control the first one. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

kazade84 Erm... (203 comments)

From the video page: "The 'spider pill', which is fitted with a camera, is swallowed by the patient and once within the colon or intestine the legs are opened."

The spider's legs or the patient's legs?

I'm hoping the former, otherwise there is a whole new door just opened in the practical joke market...

more than 4 years ago

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Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Released

kazade84 kazade84 writes  |  about a year ago

kazade84 (1078337) writes "Over the weekend the Elementary team released the stable version of Elementary OS, codenamed "Luna" which is based on Ubuntu 12.04. The new OS features an entirely custom desktop shell called Pantheon which has been developed from scratch using Vala and Gtk+ which allows for fast apps with a small memory footprint. Elementary OS has been years in the making, and the team have documented the process in their latest blog post."
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ReactOS released version 0.3.11 "For Workgroups"

kazade84 kazade84 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kazade84 (1078337) writes "This morning the ReactOS team finally pushed a new release; version 0.3.11. This release contains an entirely rewritten memory manager and some real progress with sound support. Still a very early alpha but each release makes huge progress. Making fun of the current version number the splash screen is very familiar. Preinstalled Virtualbox and VMware VMs are available from the project page on Sourceforge."
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Microsoft uses legacy formats to push OOXML

kazade84 kazade84 writes  |  about 7 years ago

kazade84 (1078337) writes "The BBC reports that we will lose access to data stored in legacy formats as we move to newer standards. The National Archives have made a deal with Microsoft to set up virtual machines running old versions of Windows and Office to access the legacy files to prevent them being lost forever.

The report, although interesting, seems like another marketing attempt by Microsoft to push OOXML as a 'standard' format and makes me wonder why these legacy files aren't just converted to ODF?"

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kazade84 kazade84 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kazade84 (1078337) writes "Microsoft have signed another controversial deal with a Linux distribution. The deal entitles Linspire to Media Player codecs as well as protection against any patent infringements. Also worryingly they will join forces to create a translator between ODF and OOXML. Is this going to be another weapon in Microsoft's OOXML drive?"

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