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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

lagi What about my Windows 9 free upgrade? (644 comments)

Oh, Oh! I get it now. I will have my free Windows 9 upgrade, not a real Windows it appears, than i'll have to buy Windows 10. have the feeling I will ending up installed gentoo on my laptop as well.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

lagi Re: no, GPL is about software not weapons (480 comments)

Let's admit it, in 2014 restricting usage of software in weapon systems is another way of saying: "I want new enemies".
It is wrong, but true. I think GPL is not about weapon usage, it's about software, basic freedom, and the combination of both.
It's up to us humans if we are 'evil' or 'good', involving a software licence into this just seems wrong to me.

about 8 months ago
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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

lagi When exactly they gonna close this "Ubuntu" thing? (206 comments)

I will admit it was nice try at first ... but now it's just a pile of commercial crap floating around the Internet.
I urge the GNU/Linux community send it to the recycling plant.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces SteamOS

lagi Gabe Newell is my hero! (1 comments)

Currently there's only two people in the world who who have a solid vision of the future PC gaming industry, it's Gabe Newell and Chris Roberts.
15 years ago i could just dream to run new and modern games on my Linux system. Today it's a reality thanks to Gabe.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

lagi Hay wait, why Canonical isn't paying for this? (104 comments)

Canonical is commercial company.
They should fund and pay for the research and development of Ubuntu Edge themselves.

Their CEO is Jane Silber, and she should get going and find some investments, looks like she's a bit lazy. because instead of doing that they decided to to utilize an Indie crowd-funding platform to fund this project? I wonder how did IndieGoGo even allowed this to happen (I guess they wanted some traffic and $$$). It's a clinical use of their platform by a commercial company that does not deserve to use such platforms.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Programming PHP 3rd Edition

lagi Re:One page book (155 comments)

Scala and Go would be good alternatives.
Lua + LuaJIT is can be interesting too.

about a year ago
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PHP 5.5.0 Released

lagi Re:"the web's most popular scripting language"?!? (219 comments)

At my work place we have a lot of "PHP programs running as scripts", at least 10 a day in crontab. Also our build system is written in PHP.
Not saying it's the best tool for the job, but it's a job PHP can do.

about a year ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

lagi Re:Who cares? (463 comments)

Agreed. They had so many opportunities to correct their awful ways in the last 20 years, they used none of them.
I feel the game is finally over for Microsoft.

They cannot play it anymore, they lost the paper with the rules.
It's a sick company without direction or goal - pretending they are "just fine" for quite some time now.
They are losing the whole gaming industry, not only as a publisher, not only as a console maker but also as a provider of operating system as well. and that's the only way they could have been saved.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Core HTML5 Canvas

lagi Re:Enough with the toy languages like C & C++ (72 comments)

C++ is well suited for game development, because it gives you the abstraction level and speed computer games require.

You're not very demanding if you claim that C++ gives you "abstraction levels" of any kind. But then again, historically, game programmers have never been suckers for abstraction levels. They were using assembly instead of Forth in the 1980's, C instead of C++ in the 1990's; these days, I guess they're using whatever in C++ gives them the best speed and skip the rest.

When i said abstraction level i was talking about programming language abstraction (operators, keywords, types), not on the class/object level, from the language point of view C++ is very abstract. language abstraction leads to class abstraction and other abstractions. In fact C++ is defined as "A light-weight abstraction programming language" (Bjarne's 2012 Keynote). Developers should start listening to what he has to say, he's very smart dude.

I'm actually not professional game developer, just an armature one trying to learn and explorer my way to the professional level and create my own games. I am developing web-based client and server software for 15 years, so what can i say ... technologies like emscripten just look the answer i was looking for for my needs, desire and long term development.

If you wish people will be able playing your game even in a 100 years or more, you better build them with C or C++.

about a year ago
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Book Review: Core HTML5 Canvas

lagi Re:Enough with the toy languages like C & C++ (72 comments)

C++ is designed to focus on OBJECTS, not GAMES.

I view C++ as designed to be completely unfocused. (Although I'd perhaps note that Alexander Stepanov's theory of programming might have had some say in the design of its generic programming features.)

P.S. I'm not interested in C++ OOP or whatever "Stroustrup's latest fly-by-night language" is, and I've been programming computers for 1,337 years, so I'm not interested in your tech credentials either.

While i kind of understand eldavojohn's point of view, C is indeed the one and only answer for some kind of tasks and some kind of games and game components. I cannot agree with him, Mr. Stroustrup created a wonderful abstract computer language, we are (developers) the ones who misunderstood it (completely it seems). C++11 is not C++98.

C++ is well suited for game development, because it gives you the abstraction level and speed computer games require.

ECMAScript implementations are used for game scripting (UnityScript), and with technology like emscripten you get the power of C++ compiled into JavaScript, what more can a game developer ask for really? for all of it to run in your browser maybe?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

lagi how is that possible? (381 comments)

If i company decides to create a new product with the same name as a domain i own it can take it away from me ?
WTF ???

about a year and a half ago
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RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

lagi Do we really need extra field in software piracy? (320 comments)

No. Common guys, this is not gonna work. Do we need to register thewebsitebay.com so soon? If all people where smoking marijuana and living in peace, sure DRM would be wonderful. Unfortunately some a greedy, they just want your worthless money, ya. DRM would only cause another type of software piracy. I am a web developer, and i think we will come out with other type of "convenient" ways to protect our software. but thanks.

about a year and a half ago
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GarageGames Starts IndieGoGo Campaign To Port Torque 3D To Linux

lagi This is awesome! +1 for GarageGames (71 comments)

now i can get rid of this waste-of-space-8-alien i have on my hd. and it will really accelerate game development on the Linux platform. .

about 2 years ago
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Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

lagi inject into video stream? (452 comments)

Does the rover have live video stream? I have an idea that involves images of an oasis and some palms.

more than 2 years ago
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MSFT Reaches Out To Hackers: 'Do Epic $#!+'

lagi Epic? (249 comments)

Epic $#!+ can't come out of sitting in "Building 4, where Bill Gates' office used to be ..." and pretending it's hacker's garage.
you need a real garage, with real hackers in it, don't think Microsoft's engineers will do the trick.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

lagi slow (665 comments)

after many years of using it for development + firebug, i'm unable to use it anymore for development (linux and windows). because it's slow as hell compared to chrome, what's going on?

more than 2 years ago
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Most Useful Scripting Language To Learn?

lagi PHP and JavaScript (477 comments)

PHP:

<?php
echo "Hello, World!";

is the shortest and right syntax.

JavaScript:

console.log("Hello, World!");

All this is DOM related. you don't have to use js with DOM context,
the first one an HTML tag.

<script type="text/javascript"> ...
document.write("Hello World!")

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

lagi Re:But... (712 comments)

Dualboot challenge with Microsoft Surface! yay.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

lagi If it use... (712 comments)

Windows 8's "On-Screen Keyboard" application as input when without the cover
well, that can be a problem.

more than 2 years ago

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Leadwerks 3.1 for Linux will have OUYA support and OpenGL 4 renderer

lagi lagi writes  |  about a year ago

lagi (303346) writes "After completing the initial funding goal of $20,000 Josh has revealed a list of stretch goals for rest of the Kickstarter campaign. so far only the first goal of OUYA support was reached ($26,000). at $55,000 the engine will also get Oculus Rift support, at $35,000 64-bit builds capability will be added.
Leadwerks team aim to bring native AAA graphics to GNU/Linux operating system and integration with Valve's Steam and Steam Workshop and assets. backers have the option to choose Lua API for $50 or Lua/C++ API for $100.

We want to put 3D game development on Linux, so you can build games without leaving the Linux operating system.

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Leadwerks 3 for Linux was Greenlit on Steam

lagi lagi writes  |  about a year ago

lagi (303346) writes "17 days into the ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a native Linux version of the game engine, it is now also available on Steam's Greenlight. There's a bunch of videos on the community page talking about some of the engine's features. Leadwerks is a 3D OpenGL based game engine that offers APIs in C++, Lua (and LuaJIT) and more ...

The campaign goal is set at $20,000, and there's one stretch goal at $26,000 that will bring Android and OUYA support to whoever pledged $100+. more stretch goals will be published soon, there's still 28 days left for the campaign, it's currently trending at ~$45,000."

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What Slashdot think about Assange's speech?

lagi lagi writes  |  about 2 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "This are the words of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange just before the December 21, 2012.

Our buildings can only be as tall as their bricks are strong. And our civilization is only as strong as its ideas are true. When our buildings are erected by the corrupt. When their cement is cut with dirt. When pristine steel is replaced by scrap—our buildings are not safe to live in.
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And when our media is corrupt. When our academics are timid. When our history is filled with half truths and lies. Our civilization will never be just. It will never reach the sky."

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Project Godus completed funding of £450,000 at Kickstarter

lagi lagi writes  |  about 2 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "at £550,000 strech goal 22cans promise also to include Linux and OUYA version. and only 44 hours left for campaign.

GODUS is an innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game and delivers exciting global co-operation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation.
It's worth to mention Molyneux's last project in Bullfrog was Dungeon Keeper — GODUS blends the power, growth and scope of Populous with the detailed construction and multiplayer excitement of Dungeon Keeper and the intuitive interface and technical innovation of Black & White.

Iets boost this project, it's good investment."

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Chris Robert's Star Citizen completed it's total funding, Alpha in 12 months

lagi lagi writes  |  about 2 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "The new stretch goal is set for $750,000 @ Kickstarter page, if that one is reached everyone will get a AMX-1 Class I Repair Droid — that repairs your ship (but it can't talk). this adds to total of $1,547,463 raised at game's website. this game's funding (from the internet) is tending at $3.5 mil+. about 1700 places left for the $35 pledge, this includes final game, early access to alpha + beta + ship + robot.

It's too bad native Linux support is not gonna happen anytime soon as CryEngine 3 is not supporting it currently."

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Here's why Windows 8 is crap, and how it wasted my time for nothing.

lagi lagi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "With Windows 8 to be released soon, I'm sure some slashdot windows users (as primary OS) asked them selves, "Is it time to install some nice Linux distro and dodge the pain?" Well, after using Windows 7 since it was released and trying the Windows 8 RC for over two months, i came to a conclusion, it's defensibly the time! After all, I did the same when Windows 98 came out, so i didn't feel the pain of neither ME or XP, and Windows 2000 was great as secondary system.

I don't like Windows 8 and i don't want "Metro" start screen or however it's called — the old start menu worked slow and nicely, I don't want pointy window corners (or at least wanna have the ability to choose), don't need a slow Task Manager that looks too much like "System Monitor", don't need 3487 types of dialog interfaces, don't need a "cool" progress bar that shows copy progress but never shows the right time, don't want MS to take over my facebook account and not let me unbind it and I certainly don't want to pay any money for something i don't own (especially when I can have Linux for free).

I decided installing Fedora 17 on my new SSD, and connect Windows HD to SATA slot #2. I'm actually using Mageia 2 @ work, and it's really nice and works kinda well, but I always liked the RedHat way, been using it's flavors since 98~. so after being very disappointed from Fedora (15-16) and Gnome 3 combination, i wanted to give it another try. I downloaded the 600MB~ Live image, put it on USB, and installed Fedora, from within Fedora, the whole process including configuration screens took less then 30 min, no errors, all devices detected including my unknown wifi adapter, and my machine fully booted in 10 secs without any tweaks, and Gnome 3.4 is actually not so bad, I was super happy.

Until I tried rebooting back to Windows.
Fedora installed GRUB2 on MBR of the new disk (Windows 8 boot option was added automatically pointing to sdb1), of course when i chosen it Windows went insane, "like wtf you're doing ?!!", and rebooted my PC right away.
I figured out the install didn't configure GRUB right for win8, so i manually change bios boot back to windows hd, booted again, without asking anything it went into this strange "automatic repair" mode... asking me if i what restore to last point? ... well i said "no!", cause i didn't understand what it will actually do ... but it started preforming repairs anyway... I have no idea what it was doing to my poor (non-SSD) hd for like 30 min, when it finished (?) an encouraging message was displayed saying "sorry, we couldn't repair your system" with just one option "shutdown" ... so i did. then i booted again, and just like i expected, windows booted up just fine like nothing happened."

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how to properly secure your cloud server

lagi lagi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "I've been a Linux user (on and off) for 13~ years now, In recent 2 year i also manage my own small web development business, working as a freelancer with a team of 3 more developers. a year ago i decided to move my own production server to a Rackspace Cloud server with CentOS on it, and I've been happy since then.

But didn't took long for me to realize that with managing my own server on the cloud, comes great responsibility, a quick look at /var/log/secure showed tons of lame brute force attacks. since I've done lots of tweaks to raise the server security: removed unneeded users, blocked password access and removed all users passwords (key only login), keep packages updated with 'yum', dedicated a separate IP address for ssh & HTTPS, log watch sends email report to root every day, tweaked iptables settings and blocked some evil IP ranges, installed DenyHosts to monitor log, sync and block IPs automatically. don't worry about backups since Rackspace provided with a good daily and weekly solutions. I also left the SSH on port 22, because tend to agree with "Security through obscurity, is no security at all", if someone wants to hack your server, he will scan and find your SSH port, even if it's 9922 or something alike.

i believe i still got a lot to learn about server security, so i would like to hear some server security related advice from you guys, do you think i took the right measures to secure the server? any applications i can find useful? any good security related books you know of? 'tail -f /var/log/secure" is a clean and nice way to monitor the server, any other useful shell commands that can aid me?"
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did NASA find Extraterrestrial Life?

lagi lagi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "NASA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. looking on who the participants are this might be related to Mars or Titan, but may as well be something related to life on earth."
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All you need is BASH?

lagi lagi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lagi (303346) writes "i was looking for a quick way to manage a CentOS dedicated web server's services, configs and other common tasks, so that my co-workers will have easier life while managing things like Apache Virtual Hosts config files. and control services (via SSH, not using any server management tool) ... i'm a LAMP freelancer developer, so the logical thing was writing a PHP CLI script that does some cool stuff, but then i remembered the days all i knew about Linux is that it's called "hurricane" and then "apollo" and that was c00l! (not as much as Slackware) and i also had this BASH script to fire my ISDN connection, always worked like magic. so i looked in google for some Bash Scripting Tutorials and found this one, it covers all basic topics as well as some advance onces too, all topics with examples and are very straightforward. so i ended up with a 30 minutes script that restarts services, and manage some apache config files in a git like syntax. so now that i have this great ref by my side, i would like to know what other common development and deployment tasks i can do with bash? or maybe i should get a server management software like webmin? looks a bit too heavy for my needs..."
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