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Asus To Ship Ubuntu 10.10 On Three Eee PC Netbooks

quantumplacet Re:No Ubuntu 11.04? (142 comments)

Thanks but no thanks for the FUD. In the off chance you are a retard and not a troll, please let me explain. It takes considerable time and effort to validate an OS for a piece of hardware. More than two months in fact. Asus has to offer support for these netbooks, so they cannot put an OS on it that has not been thoroughly tested on the hardware. When they started this task, 10.10 was the latest and greatest. Strangely enough, they decided not to start all over in the middle of the process simply because a new release came out. Also, it's pretty ridiculous to call 10.10 "obsolete". Non LTS Ubuntu releases go EoL after 18 months, so 10.10 will not be obsolete for another year.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android Tablet Now Official

quantumplacet Re:bah (210 comments)

Umm, there's definitely WiFi, no one in their right mind would release a tablet without it. There's however no WiFi only version, they all have a 3G antenna.

more than 3 years ago
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400 Turns of Civilization V

quantumplacet Re:Time to repeat the brief love affair. (320 comments)

Did you play Civ IV? There absolutely was no "one true path" in that game. Particularly with all the expansions and on the hardest difficulty, you absolutely had to play to your particular civs strength, and trying to get different victory conditions with each of the different civs was always a challenge. On top of that, playing the same civ with a different leader could be a very different experience.

more than 4 years ago
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Software Freedom Conservancy Wins GPL Case Against Westinghouse

quantumplacet Re:WDE? (225 comments)

What were you banking on no one reading your provided link? It says nothing about bankruptcy, the "uniform treatment" you mention is in reference to Imposts, Excises and Duties. The closest it gets to bankruptcy is the mention of debts, but its referring to debts the federal government owes.

more than 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

quantumplacet Re:It's down to the cost of one disk? (551 comments)

Having spent more time than I'd care to think about digging through those backup DVDs for drivers, they generally only support one model, occasionally two or three. The reason there are so many drivers on the disc is because a given model usually has dozens of different configuration options, eg 4 or 5 different graphics cards, 3 or 4 different NICs, etc. However, each disc is usually locked to a single model, and does some sort of check that prevents it from running on any other model even if it has all the necessary drivers.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

quantumplacet Re:Pretty Obvious Reasoning (432 comments)

I've never been standing on line at a grocery store and had someone tap me on the shoulder and then scream FAGGOT and show me a picture of an overextended asshole when I turn around. You might want to think about shopping somewhere else.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Struggles To Give Away $10 Million

quantumplacet Re:Not Good Enough (145 comments)

No, he's saying that out of the 16 final ideas, all them already have governments and charitable organizations dedicating years and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to do the same thing. $10 mil won't do shit to remove the worlds landmines or improve education quality in Africa.

more than 4 years ago
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Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame

quantumplacet Re:I think all coplay (115 comments)

Umm, no. Halo was made by Bungie, which was prior to Halo primarily a Mac developer. They started making Halo for the Mac, but then signed with Microsoft who made it an XBox launch title and an exclusive. It was then ported to PC and Mac two years later, in 2003.

more than 4 years ago
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HDBaseT Supporters Hope To Kiss HDMI Goodbye

quantumplacet Re:It's all just a money grab... (336 comments)

Please tell me what in my comment could conceivably be considered "exploding". I'm just sick and tired of people bringing up patents, trademarks and copyrights on every single goddamn thread on slashdot these days, all with little to no understanding of what any of them are.

more than 4 years ago
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HDBaseT Supporters Hope To Kiss HDMI Goodbye

quantumplacet Re:It's all just a money grab... (336 comments)

Well, you can Trademark it, but you'll have to actually make use of that trademark or you'll lose it, and if you do trademark it, the actual inventor will just use a different name. You could patent it, but you'll have to actually invent something to do that, which would be pretty cool, but probably not that easy. Or you could just be another whiny 15 year old bitching about "imaginary property" on the internet without even the slightest concept of how patents, copyrights and trademarks work.

more than 4 years ago
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Regular Domains Have More Malware Than Porn Sites

quantumplacet Re:There's a reason for that (122 comments)

I was only there to get directions on how to get away from there.

more than 4 years ago
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ICANN Approves .xxx Suffix For Porn Websites

quantumplacet Re:Wtf is xxx? (273 comments)

Incidentally, no, XXX goes back to porn promoters in the 1970s, long before 'school nets'. Incidentally, you also can't spell incidentally.

more than 4 years ago
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VPN Flaw Shows Users' IP Addresses

quantumplacet Re:garbage in, garbage out... (124 comments)

assigning a second IP address, that you also control, to an interface is not 'spoofing' in any sense of the word. If you assign an IP address that I control, then you're spoofing, at which point you have the same problem in IP6 that you have in IP4.

more than 4 years ago
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Over a Third of the Internet Is Pornographic

quantumplacet Re:Thats more porn... (247 comments)

Regrettably, it’s true. Standards have fallen in adult entertainment. It’s video, Dude. Now that we’re competing with the amateurs, we can’t afford to invest that little extra in story, production value, feeling.

Of course, you do get the good with the bad. The new technology permits us to do exciting things with interactive erotic software. Wave of the future, Dude. 100% electronic.

more than 3 years ago
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Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?

quantumplacet Re:Pftt (487 comments)

meme /mim/ Show Spelled[meem] Show IPA
–noun
a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

I think it means exactly what I think it means.

more than 4 years ago
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Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?

quantumplacet Re:Pftt (487 comments)

you're right, that's not what it means. It's a completely meaningless meme that gets tossed around every time there's an article about open source.

more than 4 years ago
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Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?

quantumplacet Re:Um, IBM, Intel, Xerox (487 comments)

The article is talking about companies that are exclusively open source. IBM, Intel and Xerox are all involved in open source products, but all of them make three of them make their money selling proprietary, closed source hardware.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

quantumplacet Re:Thanks god. (466 comments)

except once you log into gmail.com you wind up in mail.google.com, and all the scripts for gmail are served up from that domain.

more than 4 years ago
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Rock Band 3 To Include MIDI Keyboard

quantumplacet Re:new authentic Pro mode (107 comments)

They definitely can't just swap positions, I'm ultimately hoping for something closer to the ION kit, that lets you customize where you want the pieces. I need the high hat to the left and raised or I'm severely limited in my speed, and my form gets sloppy. I feel like I can never get into the right position with the base kit, one hand is always uncomfortable. If I angle myself towards the snare, my right hand is all over the place, if I'm straight ahead or angled to the right, I'm too slow on the snare. I guess it comes down to preference (some people play real drums with their high hat to the right) which is why I'm really hoping for the ability to customize.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

quantumplacet Re:There is a reason... (466 comments)

You're kind of contradicting yourself here. You say that search results are all the same, people pick their search engine based on aesthetics (which I strongly disagree with) but then you also say that a change in aesthetics is not a new feature.

That aside, I definitely don't think Google should force a background image on their users, but it is a nice choice to have. Turning it on by default probably wasn't the best way to promote it, although it did make everyone aware of it's existence and I highly doubt it cost them any customers, so maybe I'm wrong.

more than 4 years ago

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New XCOM announced, and it's not an FPS

quantumplacet quantumplacet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quantumplacet (1195335) writes "A lot of people were understandably excited when 2K Marin announced an XCom reboot back in 2010, and then understandably disappointed to hear it would be a first person shooter. It appears the cries of strategy fans may have been heard, as Firaxis, makers of the Civilization series, have announced a XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Due in the fall, this game will be a blend of turn based combat and real time strategy. Says Firaxis president Steve Martin "We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise.""
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BSA Withdraws Support for SOPA

quantumplacet quantumplacet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quantumplacet (1195335) writes "The Business Software Alliance has withdrawn their support for the increasingly controversial Stop Online Piracy Act claiming that "Valid and important questions have been raised about the bill.". While the BSA has a long history of focusing on the worst offenders and mostly ignoring casual piracy, this still represents a dramatic turnaround as the organization has been a SOPA supporter since the act's inception. BSA President Robert Hollyman posted on the company blog that "Due process, free speech, and privacy are rights that cannot be compromised. ....Some observers have raised reasonable questions about whether certain SOPA provisions might have unintended consequences in these areas"."
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iOS5 Helps NYC Man Catch His Cheating Wife

quantumplacet quantumplacet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quantumplacet (1195335) writes "A user going by ThomasMetz has posted on the MacRumors forum that he bought his wife a new iPhone 4S and set up the new feature Find My Friends without her knowledge. She later texted him claiming to be at a friends house on the lower east side, but Find My Friends showed him she was uptown, at the house of a man he suspected her of having an affair with. The MacRumors post contains several incriminating screenshots, and several media outlets have picked up the story"
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Googler Steve Yegge accidently shares rant about G

quantumplacet quantumplacet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quantumplacet (1195335) writes "Longtime Googler Steve Yegge posted an insightful rant on his Google+ page about how Google is failing to make platforms of it's products. He also shares some interesting little tidbits about his six year stint at Amazon working for the "Dread Pirate Bezos". The rant was intended to be shared only with his Google coworkers, but was accidentally made public. Steve has since removed it from his page, but it has been reposted elsewhere."
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Oracle Sues Google Over Android Patent Infringemen

quantumplacet quantumplacet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quantumplacet (1195335) writes "The terse, two-paragraph press release contained the following quote from Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman:

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement."
Oracle has asked the court to enjoin Google from further acts of infringement, which would possibly bar Google from shipping its Android operating system. "Sun released their 'free java' source code under the GPLv2 to both win the free software crowd and capture peripheral innovation and bug fixing from the community," writes Stefano Mazzocchi, an application catalyst at Metaweb. "For the java standard edition (aka 'the cat is out of the bag') there is an exception to the GPLv2 that makes it "reciprocal" only for the Java platform code itself but not for the user code running on it (or most people wouldn't even dare touching it with a pole). "But such exception to the GPLv2 is not there for the mobile edition (aka 'where the money is'),"Mazzocchi added. "This brilliant move allows Sun to play 'free software paladin' on one hand and still enjoy complete control of the licensing and income creation for the Java ME platform on mobile and embedded devices on the other (because cell phone makers would rather pay than being forced to release all their code that runs on the phone under the GPLv2 or, in many cases, they can't even if they wanted to as they don't own the entire software stack),""

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