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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

lengau Re:annual windows (474 comments)

There's no real reason for them to discontinue it. The small amount of work it takes to manage it is likely made up for by the number of people (small though it may be, it's likely in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands) who buy it.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

lengau Re:annual windows (474 comments)

I'm fairly certain that the "odd/even" remark was referring to the old Linux kernel practice summarized by Torvalds himself as follows:

2.6.<odd>: still a stable kernel, but accept bigger changes leading up to it (timeframe: a month or two).

2.<odd>.x: aim for big changes that may destabilize the kernel for several releases (timeframe: a year or two)

<odd>.x.x: Linus went crazy, broke absolutely everything, and rewrote the kernel to be a microkernel using a special message-passing version of Visual Basic. (timeframe: "we expect that he will be released from the mental institution in a decade or two").

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

lengau Re:annual windows (474 comments)

Of course there isn't much now. Heck, some of the games that have native Linux ports through their software houses weren't available for Linux on Steam the last time I checked. But I think that's part of why Valve are promoting their Steam beta. If they can say "well, 5000 of our users are using Steam on Linux," they can get a few games ported. If they can say "well, 5 million of our users have Steam on Linux," developers are far more likely to port their games. Given that Valve will be releasing what appears to be a Linux-based console soon, I imagine they're quite interested in getting as many games as possible ported to Linux, and in having them well-tested before the console gets released.

about a year and a half ago
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You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

lengau Re:Come on! (492 comments)

I don't see why we'd need 128-bit time if we're counting seconds, considering that 64-bit time gets us up to 20 times the current age of the universe (meaning that 95% of the possible negative timestamps aren't just unused, but unusable if our current understanding of the laws of physics is correct).

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

lengau Re:Oh Java... (193 comments)

Several HR-related systems (including the one I unfortunately have to support at work) use java applets.

about a year and a half ago
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Giant Squid Filmed In Natural Habitat For the First Time

lengau Re:The question that's itching to be asked.. (98 comments)

Wouldn't that be the contrapositive? The inverse would be that if you don't tell someone to Google "hentai", you're automatically their friend.

about a year and a half ago
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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

lengau Re:Amazon is probably why (535 comments)

Regarding number 3: Amazon could also make a big statement to the community by officially sponsoring an open source forked SDK (such as the one linked above).

about a year and a half ago
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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

lengau Re:Practical Implications? (535 comments)

AIDE can also be used to develop on a tablet, which may be the only way a certain segment of the market can develop Android apps. For example, these kids

about a year and a half ago
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New Android Malware Uses Google Play Icon To Trick Users

lengau Re:This is why you want a walled-off app store (223 comments)

Here's a list of devices that either have or will get Jelly Bean.

Also, this page shows a (fairly complete, though I hesitate to say "complete" for the fact that there's almost certainly at least one Android phone/tablet not mentioned on it that exists somewhere...) list of Android devices, including what version they run. It contains 41 mentions of 4.1 and 11 mentions of 4.2.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

lengau Re:try these (254 comments)

Or for those already familiar with the Matlab language (or who know they'll need to become familiar with it): Octave.

about a year and a half ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

lengau Re:Never forget (354 comments)

Since 112 takes place in Europe, we should be remembering the 11th of February. As a South African, I do so with pride (11-2-1990: The day Nelson Mandela was released from prison).

about a year and a half ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

lengau Re:Prior use (354 comments)

Just in case anyone is wondering: the NANP has area codes and exchanges starting with 2-9, which means that 112 would be globally unique on NANP (in fact, 11 would allow the phone system to register that you must be dialing 112, since the only time you'd start with a 1 is when dialing the NANP country code followed by an area code, or when dialing the emergency services.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

lengau Re:Platform == racketeering (724 comments)

The difference here is that Windows has roughly 90% of the desktop marketshare (what is generally considered a monopoly market share), whereas iOS has an estimated 20%-50% (depending on who you ask) (30%-50% for Android).

Source

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Draw the Line On GPL V2 Derived Works and Fees?

lengau Re:Pay the $3.99 (371 comments)

Anyone who has root access to the device can read and write all files in all folders. That's why they call it the superuser.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

lengau Re:Why would you want to game on Linux (332 comments)

(the Mac Mini and the iMac count as laptops as they use laptop components)

No they don't. The iMac and the Mac Mini are desktop computers (or computers in the fashion of desktops), because that's their use case. Typically, when one buys an iMac or a Mac Mini, the competing products they're looking at are the HP, Dell, etc. DESKTOP lines. Likewise, someone buying a Macbook will look at other Laptops.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

lengau Re:Why game on anything other than Windows? (332 comments)

Perhaps the programmers they have working on the Linux version are better than the programmers they got to do the Mac version? Perhaps they know the system better (e.g. the programmers writing the Mac version are Windows programmers who got reassigned, vs. the Linux version where they specifically hired Linux devs)? Perhaps Valve learned some stuff when porting Steam to Mac that they couldn't apply to the Mac version (because it was too far along), but had the advantage of applying to the Linux version? Perhaps they have another reason to make the Linux version particularly better (rumoured Steam console)?

Point is, there are lot of reasons a Linux port might be better than a Mac port.

about a year and a half ago
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O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50%

lengau Re:That's nice... (108 comments)

Have you checked O'Reilly's stance on their ebooks?

Whenever possible we provide them to you in several DRM-free file formats — PDF, ePub, Kindle-compatible .mobi, and DAISY — that you can use on the devices of your choice.

Furthermore:

Lending: If you buy an O'Reilly ebook from oreilly.com, you may lend it to another person, provided that you do not retain any copies of the book after you lend it. This is the same as the situation when you lend a used print copy—when you lend the copy, you deliver it to the buyer and no longer have a copy in your library. If you have bought a hard copy/ebook bundle, you may of course retain the hard copy, if you lend the ebook.

Resale: If you buy an O'Reilly ebook, when you are done with it you may resell it, provided that you do not retain any copies of the book after you sell it. This is the same as the situation when you sell a used print copy—when you sell the copy, you deliver it to the buyer and no longer have a copy in your library. If you have bought a hard copy/ebook bundle, you may of course retain the hard copy, if you sell the ebook.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

lengau Re:African? (319 comments)

It took me a decade of living in the US before I could do that. If you're not an American citizen yet, you're not technically African-American. Just African.

about a year and a half ago

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