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Downgrade and force some packages on Debian to a previous version

owlman17 Thanks! (1 comments)

Another reason to wait for a while before applying updates in testing.

about 2 months ago

Hacking Charisma

owlman17 Software Emulation (242 comments)

Taking the analogy a bit further, it's not so much as "reverse-engineering" as it is emulating it in software. Some people just have the hardware for it. Those who don't need to learn the algorithms involved before "rendering" charisma. For sure, it won't be as fast or fluid, but it'll mostly work for some tasks. Some of my socially-awkward, geeky friends took great pains in doing this, devouring self-help and socialization books, seminars, etc. The end result doesn't quite look natural, almost like running Crysis at 12 FPS with the lowest details, but passable enough.

about 6 months ago

Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines

owlman17 Re:Name (160 comments)

We localize the names to make them easier to remember, at least for us over here.

about 10 months ago

For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

owlman17 Re:Pascal ? (176 comments)

Shouldn't be too much of a stretch since this was written using Free Pascal.

about a year and a half ago

Learn Linux the Hard Way

owlman17 LFS (185 comments)

Linux From Scratch boosted my Linux knowledge about a hundredfold. I cut my teeth on a modified LFS 5.1. Following the instructions, while tedious, was doable and straightforward. What made it more difficult for me was that my host distro was a bit too old for the then-current LFS (5.1). With a slow and expensive internet connection, downloading an entire distro was out of the question. Downloaded the official tarballs, mixed and matched on my Celeron 366, and I eventually got it up and running.

about a year ago

48-Core Chips Could Redefine Mobile Devices

owlman17 80 Cores in 5 years? (285 comments)

Speaking of 5 years ago, we're still waiting for this to go commercial.

about 2 years ago

should i convert a i686 with 256mb ram to linux or not?

owlman17 Yes! (4 comments)

Lubuntu 12.04 or Zorin Lite would run comfortably on 256MB, and the interface is close enough to XP, with a start button on the lower left corner. I'm using a stripped-down LFS on a 128MB PII machine. Don't give up till it really gives up the ghost.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

owlman17 Vilcabamba (1365 comments)

Vilcabamba by Harry Turtledove.

It's a short, good read. Made me think for days. It's analogous to the Europeans finishing the conquest over South American Indians.

"The story is set sometime in the 21st century, 50 years after an alien race called the Krolp conquered and occupied much of planet Earth. The story is told from the perspective of President of the United States, Harris Moffatt III, who rules a rump United States and Canada that runs along the Rocky Mountains. Moffat's father and grandfather were also presidents."

The online text is here.

more than 2 years ago

I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

owlman17 Re:lots and lots (280 comments)

Win 98 on a VM for running games? Just out of curiosity, what are you using to run it? QEMU doesn't even finish installing it. It also doesn't seem to like hardware acceleration on Virtual Box. Bochs maybe?

more than 2 years ago

Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

owlman17 Re:Laugh (399 comments)

Using Unity...

more than 2 years ago

Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

owlman17 Re:Wizard's Crown (350 comments)

Wow, you too? I read somewhere that Eternal Dagger had an IBM PC port, though I've never really seen one. I loved the combat system, but I didn't like the quick combat option, especially for high-level encounters. I remember encounters dragging on and on as they got tougher. Would love to see a remake/clone of WC.

Below the Root was awesome! The graphics weren't that good even by that era's standards, but I breathed and lived it, even dreamed about it. No other game had quite captured my imagination like it after that.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

owlman17 Wizard's Crown (350 comments)

Yeah. Wish they'd bring back that game, plus its sequel, Eternal Dagger. I miss WC, with its complex turn-based tactical combat system.

more than 2 years ago

Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than

owlman17 Smart Linker (487 comments)

It had a smart-linker too. The executables were actually smaller than that of Turbo C. IIRC, TP's Hello World weighed in at 3-4K while TC's weighed in at around 6-7K, even with all the size optimizations on, using the tiny memory model. Turbo Basic's Hello World weighed in at around 30K!

more than 2 years ago

Carmack: Mobile Gaming To Surpass Current Consoles

owlman17 Re:Competition (119 comments)

So is history repeating itself. 5 years down the line your mobile phone costing same as a handheld console, will perform equally, if not better. Only the loyalists will still buy a console.

You could say the same thing about stand-alone mp3 players now. Back in the day, my friends and I would drool over those, with increasingly bigger capacities, etc. A 1 GB player was luxurious. My current phone's memory card can store 8 GB. Coupled with a good set of earphones, they've all but obviated my need for a dedicated mp3 player. I haven't seen anyone else in a long time want one either.

more than 3 years ago

Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

owlman17 Long-term Support for 2.6.3x? (378 comments)

LFS user here. Will 2.6.39 get the LTS treatment just like 2.6.35 down to 2.6.32? Would be nice to have a stable target for years to come. I have a box that's still using 2.6.16 (formerly LTS) and another that's 2.4.37. Moving up from "minor" releases, e.g. from 2.6.35 to 2.6.36 haven't really been as minor as they used to be. They tend to be somewhat nerve-wracking experiences. Personally sticking to 2.6.35 as long I can.

more than 3 years ago

Win 7's Malware Infection Rate Climbs, XP's Falls

owlman17 Re:Slashdot fail with IE9 (250 comments)

Thought I was the only one. Chrome 11.0.696.65 and FF3.6 under Ubuntu 10.04.

more than 3 years ago

JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear

owlman17 Matrix Layout (220 comments)

I still remember Matrix, and later Objects Layout. It had a forms designer and a flowchart mode. It actually produced tight DOS .exe files. One could also change the output to C, Pascal or even BASIC, if extra customization is needed. I got my copy for something like $200. Their tagline in Byte was "not a single damn line of code, ever" or something like it.

It had a Windows 3.1 version. Too bad it didn't take off. IIRC, its final incarnation was released around 10 years ago, Build-IT, which spitted out Java code. Those were the days.

more than 3 years ago

Egyptian Father Names His Daughter "Facebook"

owlman17 Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (162 comments)

I live in the Philippines. While we do have a knack for coming up with smart-ass names, I have yet to meet someone here named Dildo, Thumper, or Flipper. Those are most probably names of pets. No Hitler either but we do have a lot of Adolfs. Lolita is pretty common, and we hardly think of it as dodgy. You'd hear Ding-dong a lot. A popular actor here goes by that as his screen name. A senator goes by "Ping". A former church head went by Cardinal Sin. Of course, except for Adolf, Lolita, etc, those are all nicknames, the way you'd use Slim, Spike or Mac. Repeating names are another novelty here.

more than 3 years ago

Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

owlman17 FTFY (144 comments)

...the more Slashdot friends you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the site.

more than 3 years ago



Triple-core AMD chips next year

owlman17 owlman17 writes  |  about 7 years ago

owlman17 (871857) writes "AMD will be releasing triple-core chips next year, carrying the same Phenom brand name. Their real reason?

The three-core Phenom chip is basically the same as the quad-core one, it just has one less working core, Brewer confirmed. One disadvantage of the monolithic quad-core design that AMD chose for its quad-core chips is that just one manufacturing defect on part of the chip can knock out an entire quad-core processor. But if you invent a category for three-core chips, suddenly you can make money off those chips that would otherwise have to be discarded because of a defect that disabled one core.
Reminds me of the 486SX more than a decade ago. Otherwise normal 486DX chips, with their defective math co-processor disabled."

owlman17 owlman17 writes  |  about 8 years ago

owlman17 (871857) writes " 1.0 is finally out the door after years in public beta. From the site: "This is a very important day for FreeDOS. A lot of you have put in so much work over the years, helping to make everything perfect. Even if you didn't contribute code, you helped out the FreeDOS Project by submitting comments and bug reports. Thank you!""


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