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EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support

portalcake625 Re:Anonymous Threatened Sony (204 comments)

The BSA dropped support for SOPA before the GoDaddy fiasco started, for obvious reasons: MS, Autodesk, Adobe, etc. software are heavily used and pirated around the world. They don't want any drops in their marketshare, because once you start making money with the tools you use, you need to start paying for them or risk the BSA kicking in. And because you used those tools for a very long time before going pro, it's rather difficult to switch to something else.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

portalcake625 802.11n (251 comments)

Get a N class router with Linux firmware support (I recommend the RT-N16 + DD-WRT/Tomato). Set it up to run at 300Mbps on the dual-band and the transmit power upped to 100 or 125. It's practically a 2.4GHz G wireless jammer.

more than 3 years ago

Wozniak: I Would Consider Returning To Apple

portalcake625 Re:Right on Woz! (249 comments)

The kernel is open, read up on APSL. The various frameworks and closed source programs in OS X however, are not. And IIRC, the open-source Darwin (OpenDarwin now?) project still can't run without certain closed-source drivers.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012

portalcake625 Re:Goodbye Nokia, it was nice knowing you. (234 comments)

As an owner of a N900, and having used an iPhone and Android device once, I find Maemo's UI eye-gougingly horrible. The UI concepts are great (top-left everywhere to multitask, click the empty space to go back, bottom-right for fullscreen toggle, etc.) But the execution of the design is terrible. Nokia really doesn't know how to make advanced features easily accessible. To prove my point: Look at the wireless settings page. It looks like you scaled network-manager to that tiny screen. Now, look at the default file-browser. THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE, NOKIA. On a tiny device, you do NOT have controls that small. Next, look at the Phone application. That's supposed to be integrated with the contacts application! Did I mention how much MicroB sucks (checkerboard loading pattern, nonhildonized addons window) ? Or that ugly ripped off slide to unlock screen? Man, I wish that MeeGo HE was usable enough for daily use. I love how Maemo is open and all, but on a phone, no matter what you do, it sucks, plain and simple.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

portalcake625 Re:Nokia (248 comments)

Hacking S60 FP1 and FP2 are PITAs, but at least you don't have to keep waiting for a new version of HelloOX every time. Still rocking my N95 alongside my N900 and HD2, and the unsigned apps make the awful Symbian UI bearable. That, plus the fact that it has a nice 5MP camera.

more than 3 years ago

Research Finds That Electric Fields Help Neurons Fire

portalcake625 Re:Waiting for the human botnet (287 comments)

Makes me think, maybe I could be Accelerator by having over 9000 Sisters become my own personal Beowulf cluster! /derp

more than 3 years ago

FBI Alleged To Have Backdoored OpenBSD's IPSEC Stack

portalcake625 Re:Oh shit... (536 comments)

Based on OpenBSD, tiny fragments of it are in it up to Server 2003. The Windows NT 6 "everything that's not the kernel" rewrite got rid of that though.

more than 3 years ago

Thought-Provoking Gifts For Young Kids?

portalcake625 Re:How about (458 comments)

Don't forget The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or Norwegian Wood. Although I don't quite think those books would target the age range.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Reasserts Control Over Symbian OS

portalcake625 Re:They're still around? (135 comments)

And it doesn't hurt that Android offers far more apps than Maemo.

You do realize that you can run pretty much any and all apps in $LINUXDISTRO repos right? I enjoy my N900, and yes I do run desktop Linux apps on my "minitabletwithaphonestrappedontoit". Anyways, ditto on the screen size. OpenOffice on that thing is a huge PITA.

more than 3 years ago

In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?

portalcake625 Re:maybe (336 comments)

Got MyNokia on my N95 after updating to v35. Biggest WTF moment in my life. What you do is press the red "hang up call" button (which is also "pause app and gb2standby" in Symbian), reboot phone. MyNokia will prolly ask you again. There'll be an option "No thanks" (or somethng like that). Still friggin annoying, and stupid. Same on the n900, but I did uninstall it.

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

portalcake625 Re:Finally, something to do with this phone (139 comments)

Troll harder. The number of ARM packages in the Debian repo vastly outnumber the "apps" on your iDevice. Also, guess which device is rooted BY DEFAULT.

about 4 years ago

MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

portalcake625 One word. (1217 comments)

Hackintosh. They can't do jack shit to you, because you're running an OS which supposedly can do what other OSes can't. BTW, loving the new Darwin 10.3.1 vanilla kernel on the i5-650.

more than 4 years ago

Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac"

portalcake625 Re:You have a strange definition of open (348 comments)

Hinthint: MS still does compiles of modern Windows NT (Windows XP, Vista, 7) with Alpha, MIPS and ARM as build targets. (lol sourcecode) If you looked at the Win2k source code leak, you'd see all the build targets. Also, WRK for Server 2003 SP1. MS is just too lazy to release those alternative builds. (or, they're unstable.) Want proof, check out the setup resources in a Win7 disk. It'll list those archs.

more than 4 years ago

Benchmark Software For Windows 7 Rollout?

portalcake625 Gawd. (215 comments)

Windows 7 actually uses MORE resources over XP, and slightly less than Vista. If you want to present something, make sure it's on Win7's core improvements (e.g. disk read perf with AHCI), x64 performance (if they have x64) (this is important, Win7 x64 blows the shit off Win7 x86) and app performance. I don't really know of any testing tool that can measure all of those and have a score (like 3DMark), but the built in Resource Monitor does well (although it uses percentages)

more than 4 years ago

Will ACTA Be Found Unconstitutional?

portalcake625 I hope so. (260 comments)

This isn't just piracy anymore.
It's Big Brother. And it's all linked together, you're always locked to BB.
Screw it.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Adopts SVG For Internet Explorer 9

portalcake625 Re:Pull Factor (152 comments)

So much fucking FUD, people.
Windows XP (Server 2003/R2 is still mainstream, but they won't port IE9 to it becaus of the same reasons like they did with 2000 and IE 7), is in extended support, which means no more new features, just security updates until 2014.
Now, if you'd like those features, Microsoft has a program in which you pay the devs extra to port it to (insert older Windows OS here).

IE 9 will run on Vista and 7.

more than 4 years ago

Ars Analysis Calls Windows 7 Memory Usage Claims "Scaremongering"

portalcake625 Re:So (334 comments)

Windows is not copying Unix. They copied VMS, which is the reason they hired DaveC. superuser and less-privileged users - implemented since win2k a "run as" sudo workalike - too long to remember, plus a fancy GUI for it (it's fugly) mount points - NTFS.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

portalcake625 Re:Open source windows (580 comments)

Windows Research Kernel. It's leaked (it's the Win2k3 kernel source). Also, the Win2k source is 99.9995% complete (it's actually Win2k with SP1), it just has to be linked to RTM binaries (which mean getting a copy of Win2k RTM, installing VC6, masm, the 2k3 PSDK, creating a D: drive, oh wait, you read too much.)

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

portalcake625 Re:Groan (443 comments)

Correction to that: 100,000 actually First Post-First Posts. If we count all the comments that contain "first post", then we'd have around ~200-300,000 of them.

more than 4 years ago


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