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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

lolocaust Re:poetry (510 comments)

> "Iterate in the living room"... I love marketing-speak. I took that to mean that we won't be stuck on the same spec hardware for 6-7 years, like the current gen consoles have been.

about a year ago
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GNOME 2.30, End of the (2.x) Line

lolocaust Re:Sounds like a KDE-type cleanup (276 comments)

Qt is easily the best toolkit and api I've ever worked with. I've been saying for a while that Gnome 3 should ditch gtk and switch to Qt, and not just so that apps will look/feel better in another environment.

more than 4 years ago
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I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

lolocaust Re:Thanks (256 comments)

The pages that are there are complete chapters and I'm happy with them. The "incomplete" parts of the books are pages that don't exist yet. Good luck getting those deleted!

more than 4 years ago
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I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

lolocaust What about the other Mediawiki sites? (256 comments)

Wikipedia? I mostly just correct a few things here and there. Wikibooks? I've started 2 whole books from scratch, each with dozens of pages...

Both are incomplete, I'll get round to completing them when I can.

more than 4 years ago
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The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

lolocaust Re:Dislike it as well (532 comments)

Thank you, I forgot that this is probably the most annoying thing for me when watching 3D films! When the viewer is free to change their focus, don't mess with depth of field effects, forcing them to keep a certain focus. It feels like being short sighted again!

more than 4 years ago
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The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

lolocaust Re:Avatar pains (532 comments)

Fair enough, I guess I can only say with 100% certainty that the Imax cinema in Waterloo, London uses linear polarization. I've recently done some work on various stereoscopic viewing methods, so I am very confident that I can tell different types apart.

And you're right, I noticed especially on scenes where the objects were meant to be "in front" of the screen, things did seem pretty disorientating. Luckily, I had a decent seat, so it wasn't all that bad.

more than 4 years ago
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The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

lolocaust At least they're trying to compete with piracy... (532 comments)

Whenever I see ads for 3D films (especially re-releases of 2d films), I do shake my head a little, but I also like the fact that the industry are finding some way to provide something that can't be found at home. And also I noticed a recent film ad (Nanny McPhee, I think) mentioned that the film will be launched in 15 countries simultaneously, which is one of the reasons people prefer to just pirate. Problem is, however, we will all have our own stereoscopic television sets soon enough..

more than 4 years ago
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The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

lolocaust Re:Avatar pains (532 comments)

I've seen Avatar twice (both times were because someone else wanted me to accompany them when they went to see it). Once in a regular theatre, and the second time in an Imax theatre.

I got headaches only with the Imax version because of the linear polarization which meant if my head was tilted even slightly to the side, there would be ghosting. The cheapo cinema used circular polarization, which was more comfortable and caused me no eye strain at all. Perhaps something similar happened to you?

more than 4 years ago
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Quake 3 For Android

lolocaust Re:How about integers instead of floating point? (137 comments)

The original PSX didn't have an fpu. All 3d calculations were done with integers. A big part of porting PC games was the conversion from floating point to integer.

Also, we need a -1 factually incorrect mod. Don't mean to single you out, but quite a few posts are modded up when there's a mistake. People who seem sure of what they're saying are usually assumed to be correct (just like in real life!).

more than 4 years ago
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Until I remember to write '2010' instead of '2009':

lolocaust Re:Missing option (206 comments)

When I'd have to handwrite the date on a daily basis (i.e. at school on the top of every page) I really got into the habit of writing the previous year. So in the new year, I'd always mess up for a few days and would have to think about it till about a week when I automatically started getting it right.

Now that I barely need to write out the date, I always get it right, I guess because I don't need to unlearn writing the last year which would have been an unconscious reflex by that point.

more than 4 years ago
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Your browser's home page is...

lolocaust Re:My personal home page on localhost (496 comments)

I also have a personal home page. But it's just a message telling me if I am sure I need to be browsing the web at that very moment instead of working or doing something else more important. I have a Google search box below that, in case I actually do.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Should We Focus Our Space Efforts?

lolocaust Re:Venus.. (703 comments)

I voted Venus because many of it's vital stats are suspiciously similar to Earth's. Then again the last time I studied the planets in our solar system was way back in high school, but I've always imagined Venus to be a planet similar to Earth in the distant past ruined by global warming :-)

more than 4 years ago
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Crytek Giving Away CryEngine To UK Universities

lolocaust Re:Nice move by Crytek... (67 comments)

Have you got any information on ground-folding engines and how they work? I've worked with bsp engines thanks to mapping for Source, but I've never been able to find anything on how alternative engines manage to work well with wide open spaces. A Google search for "ground-folding engine" and similar terms returned nothing relevant.

more than 4 years ago
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OS Performance — Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu 9.10

lolocaust Re:Dock/Taskbar design (688 comments)

My Macbook came with 10.5.6 and I don't remember paying for 10.5.7 or the recent 10.5.8 updates. In fact, they were free via the system update tool. I guess if Microsoft can charge for 5.0 (2k) -> 5.1 (xp) and 6.0 (Vista) -> 6.1 (Win 7) it should be fine to charge for 10.4 -> 10.5 and 10.5 -> 10.6, given that the new features justify the price. Version numbers are completely arbitrary anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Where To Buy A Machine With Linux Pre-Installed

lolocaust Re:Dell (229 comments)

One thing you should watch out for is the really long delivery times for Dellbuntu systems, at least in my own experience. My brother bought an m1330 (with Vista) and it arrived in two weeks with no issues. I decided to buy my own but with Ubuntu pre-installed and I was given the same two weeks estimate. However for about two months I kept getting emails about unavailable stock and that the delivery estimate was moved back each time. This is despite the fact that the flashy stock checker said everything was fine when I customized the system. On top of this, I couldn't cancel or get a refund apparently because of the way the automated system works (what a load of bull).

I got annoyed about a month in and just bought a Macbook for ~£30 less and better specs (everything was the same except the Macbook had an Nvidia 9400m instead of a 8400m). If I didn't have spare cash from my student loan I'd have been in a right mess because the m1330 didn't arrive until May 11th, about 3 weeks after my project deadline.

Yes, I know my experience might have been bad, and others may vary, but this has put me off doing business with Dell for good, especially when my brother had no issues with his Vista machine, which tells me Dell isn't really serious about Ubuntu.

To answer the submitter's question I've personally bought the 9" eeePC with Xandros preinstalled and installed Ubuntu on it with Adamm's kernel (which is as simple as adding a repo). I'm sure the larger eeePCs should be just the same.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

lolocaust Re:Come on (1582 comments)

Achievement farming here we go!

more than 5 years ago
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Which Distro For an Eee PC?

lolocaust Vanilla Ubuntu + Adamm's kernel (466 comments)

On my eeePC 901, I'm using the standard Ubuntu 8.10 install and then using a wired connection I have installed Adamm's kernel which fixes all the hardware issues. The instructions are simple to follow and are available at http://array.org/ubuntu/ (if you can use apt-get you can follow these instructions).

more than 5 years ago
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Post-Beta Windows 7 Build Leaked With New IE8

lolocaust Re:Turning to illegal sources? (332 comments)

With XP, you can turn off the stuff that makes it annoying (theme, welcome screen, system restore, etc) and you've basically got win2k again.

With vista, reverting to classic theme shows that the glossy "refresh" and "go" buttons in explorer and other places are hardcoded in and look way out of place, and the dimensions of the start menu and other screens (mostly control panel) look very odd in classic. The welcome screen can't be changed from the ugly default, or reverted to nt logon. It's next to impossible to configure a 2k-like system from vista. I'm sure the same will be true of win7.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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lolocaust lolocaust writes  |  more than 6 years ago

lolocaust writes "Nvidia does not provide specifications for their hardware or a working free accelerated 3D driver. This leaves Linux users with either a 2D only driver, or a non-free binary driver from Nvidia. With the advent of desktop effects on most Linux distros, there is a greater need for free 3D drivers.

The Nouveau driver project aims to reverse engineer the Nvidia line of graphics cards to provide free open source drivers for Linux users. Pledges for donations to help finance the project are being taken at the Pledge Bank."

Journals

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Bring back pinkdot

lolocaust lolocaust writes  |  more than 7 years ago OMG ponies!!!111one

Pink was quite a relaxing colour, and it makes my mom leave me alone since she thinks I'm browsing porn.

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Pledge donations for development of free Nvidia drivers

lolocaust lolocaust writes  |  more than 7 years ago Nvidia does not provide specifications for their hardware or a working free accelerated 3D driver. This leaves Linux users with either a 2D only driver, or a non-free binary driver from Nvidia. With the advent of desktop effects on most Linux distros, there is a greater need for free 3D drivers.

The Nouveau driver project aims to reverse engineer the Nvidia line of graphics cards to provide free open source drivers for Linux users. Pledges for donations to help finance the project are being taken at the Pledge Bank.

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