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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

lister king of smeg Re:Also remember (232 comments)

Do not eat iPod.

Why not what if I want music inside of me you insensitive clod!

yesterday
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

lister king of smeg Re:Porn? (122 comments)

How long until it is used as a medium for porn? lol.

what do you think the data sent as a test was...

5 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

lister king of smeg Re:Nothing good... (119 comments)

[nothing good] ever comes outa Africa.

Drink some coffee, google around a bit, and get back to us.

I do like to drink my Columbian coffee, that according to you own link was probably indigenous to and first cultivated in Yemen.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

lister king of smeg Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I have seen perfectly sober drivers go the wrong way on a roundabout.

I have never seen this. Ever, not even with blind drunk drivers. Not even with the ditziest of SUV drivers and Australia has a hell of a lot more roundabouts than the US.

and that is exactly why you have never seen it because people encounter them more and thus learn to use them in US they are rare enough that people don't learn to use them properly.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

lister king of smeg Re:What a great move! (352 comments)

...because Windows is such a well loved brand!

What will consumers think of when they get to the cellphone store. Do you want the phone made by Apple (immediately associated with status) Google (the guys that make the internets in the mind of joe sixpack) or Windows (immediately think of the blue-screen or "this program has just performed an illegal operation dialog [translated you just lost three hours of work on the project the boss wants dialog]").

Which is the consumer going to pick social status symbol, gift of the internet gods, or the product associated with frustration and fail?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

lister king of smeg Re:Too late ... (352 comments)

I'm sure Blackberry used to say the same about the various upstarts that tried to dethrown them... and we know how well that worked out.

Blackberry sat on its laurels and didn't try to innovate or court the consumer market instead aiming to the corporate market which was killed by the popularization of the Bring.Your.Own.Device policy.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

lister king of smeg Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Why does version 2.0 of your application still not have all its features?

Because code takes time. And you can't just manpower your way through it.

A roundabout is simply nothing more than a right hand turn at a yield sign, followed by an exit ramp. If your application can't handle that, then why the hell is it on the road in the first place? And what connection does this have to what *other* drivers do?

I have seen perfectly sober drivers go the wrong way on a roundabout. Self driving cars in a beta if not alpha program having to contend with asinine drivers like that would understandably need human intervention remember this is not a finished product, not even a release candidate, it is a limited alpha release it will be improved by the time it gets to market.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

lister king of smeg Re:HALO (368 comments)

No it would not have to be reverse engineered again as even though they now own it, it is still available and under the gpl v2. So that would be impossible for Microsoft to shutdown as it would be forked the next day and you can't retroactively re-licence someone else’s copy of gpl'ed software, remember GPL is viral and thats a good thing.

Unfortunately the Minecraft server code wasn't clean-room reverse engineered, it was decompiled. Microsoft has a decent legal leg to stand on and the money to back it up to say that the GPL'd code was a copyright violation and is not legally usable.

That doesn't matter any more as Bukkit was bought up by Mojang the people that own the original copyrighted on the Minecraft Server that was decompiled to create Bukkit in the first place. So now as the same entity now owns both Bukkit & Minecraft Server, and as Mojang continues to distrubute and develop Bukkit under the GPL, it is now leagle and abides by the term of said license. As such any fork of Bukkit would now be legitimate and covered by the gpls redistribution clause eg; "the no takesies backsies clause"

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

lister king of smeg Re:Fire with the other hand? (264 comments)

Tracker on my dominant hand (right)? Why can't I defeat the tracker by learning to shoot with my left?

Do I have to wear one on each wrist?

Because unlike the movies, guns have a kick and recoil and thus it is proper to brace with both hands.

about two weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

lister king of smeg Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

It's a fallacy that entropy always increases ON EARTH, and therefore life is impossible to have evolved naturally, because it violates the 2nd law of thermodynamics. That's only true in a closed system, which most definitely the Earth is not. There's this "Sun" bombarding the planet with energy, constantly.

Stop bringing thermodynamics into biochemical or origin of life questions. It's irrelevant.

Yes energy is constantly added but without a system to use it it only increases entropy think uv radiation and Dna the energy there disorders the system rather than maintains it.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

lister king of smeg Re:HALO (368 comments)

If that happened everyone would just stick with the old version and tell Mojang-rosoft to f*ck itself. Just like open-source reveres engineered bukket server became the default Minecraft server for most servers the cracked client would become the default. As is many people run old versions already just to maintain compatibility with various mods already so its not that much of a stretch. I bought Minecraft specifically because they have Linux support, that would end if MS ever got their hand on it.

Not sure if you're aware what's been happening with that Bukkit server you cite. Turns out, Mojang AB secretly bought it two years ago when they hired away the lead developers. So Microsoft would own Bukkit, too. So it would have to be re-reverse engineered...

I agree... A Microsoft purchase would destroy Minecraft. Microsoft doesn't know how to do Java, or "open", or Mac/Playstation/iPad games... It would become just another banal property that gets milked for Microsoft Entertainment Division profit.

My older son literally burst into tears instantly when I was stupid enough to read the Verge headline out loud. He apparently shares my opinion...

No it would not have to be reverse engineered again as even though they now own it, it is still available and under the gpl v2. So that would be impossible for Microsoft to shutdown as it would be forked the next day and you can't retroactively re-licence someone else’s copy of gpl'ed software, remember GPL is viral and thats a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

lister king of smeg Re:wot? (368 comments)

how is mojang worth 2 billion? they are a one trick pony.

3 trick

minecraft
scrolls
and cobalt

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

lister king of smeg Re:Minetest. (368 comments)

C++, Irrlicht, Crossplatform including Android.

It doesn't have the 360/XBone, but if you go buy one of those crappy 100 dollar Android Settop boxes from China, it's got you covered :)

Other benefits/detriments: No Java, Lua scripting, some C++ scripting hooks, laggy with exceptionally large collections of modpacks. Everybody things it 'sucks' because they tried it before it had scripting and obv couldn't have improved in the past 2-4 years.

I tried it a couple monthes ago still sucked compared to minecraft it lacked a lot features and wasn't very polished, Compared to a fully modded Tekkit build Minecraft setup it isn't even in the same league.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

lister king of smeg Re:HALO (368 comments)

They should have bought minecraft years ago then. Back when the hype was starting and they could have gotten it for a couple million.

Kinda curious as to how they're going to screw it up.
Forced windows 8 integration?
Port the x-box port back to windows and drop the java version?
Mandatory Realms hosting for multiplayer so they can police it and add microtransactions for diamonds? "10 credits = 1 diamond. Or buy a pack and save! Available packs include the 64 diamond Stack Pack, the 574 diamond Block Stack Pack, or the best value the Diamond Block Dick To Pierce The Skies pack!"

If that happened everyone would just stick with the old version and tell Mojang-rosoft to f*ck itself. Just like open-source reveres engineered bukket server became the default Minecraft server for most servers the cracked client would become the default. As is many people run old versions already just to maintain compatibility with various mods already so its not that much of a stretch. I bought Minecraft specifically because they have Linux support, that would end if MS ever got their hand on it.

about two weeks ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

lister king of smeg Re:Spoon (134 comments)

No kidding. For all the talk about Apple's walled garden, Amazon seems to have more crippled devices with higher walls.

And, really, if Microsoft or any other vendor could lock people into their walled gardens they'd do it in a heartbeat.

Not really the fire line of tablets lets you sideload apps I installed fdroid app repository on my kindle fire, which I happen to be posting from. That's not to say their perfect by any means for example you cant replace the keyboard without rooting your device which is just stupid and pain in the ass when I need to use ssh and have no metakeys, yet have symbols for copyright trademark registered and infinity but no tab. There are other minor nits to pick but saying they have a worse garden wall then apple is disengenuos at best.

about two weeks ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

lister king of smeg Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Or I know nothing about gmx.com, didn't realize they were an email provider.

What kind of genius doesn't have his own domain? Are we men?

Someone that is trying to stay anonymous doesn't want their name splattered over Whois dns records.

about two weeks ago

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ESR on Clang and GCC no plugin policy

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 8 months ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Eric S Raymond writes in the GCC mailing list that GNU's GCC no plug-in policy may have been a good idea before open source won the compiler war but it now acts as an artefact of the past and that is now hindering its adoption in the face of more open compilers such as Clang. He argues that GCC should adopt to more current needs so it may be more closely integrated into other tools so it can stay competitive."
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not enough garbage?

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.
The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency."

I have to wonder why we would sell our garbage when we could be doing this ourself?"
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Gnome Project is Understaffed

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Ask slashdot, Privet chat server

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "I am wanting to build and setup a chat server that i can run on a Linux based preferable Debian/*buntu (where i have the most experience). I want the traffic to be encrypted between my sever and clients, it would be nice to have file transfer capabilities between clients. It needs to use a protocol that has clients for windows linux mac android and ios seeings as my friends all have devices on those platforms. Does anyone know of a descent easy to administer configuration, or any suggestions or advise on what use or how to configure such a set up? Also this may end up on a virtual machine seeings as i have a limited number of available physical boxes and several other internet facing projects i am going to be working on so it needs to be as light weight as possible."
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EA releases two games for linux

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content."

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what DHS is looking for in your posts

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks ,in an attempt to expose Items Of Interest. as it turns out many terms including seemingly benign words such as flu, agent, response, cops drill, and many more words are on the list of words that set off warning bells for the government spooks. Many of the terms make since to be on the list mind you but there are some real stupid one on the list to like "social network".

animal new york has a compiled and indexed list of words that were provided to a DHS contractor that were released by epic.org"

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