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Over 100 Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Located

sfraggle Re:We don't remember what we saw, only what we fel (158 comments)

Though it's interesting to see that with Tomb of the Cybermen, not everyone felt that way:

Those fans who were too young to have seen the black-and-white stories when they originally went out were generally disappointed, because they had unrealistic expectations and a lack of understanding of what TV shows in general, and Doctor Who in particular, were like in the 1960's.

Personally I love the early Doctor Who episodes, especially Tomb of the Cybermen, but I have to be honest that the quality of some of these early episodes is very hit and miss, and while some are great, classic pieces of television, others have really not aged well.

about a year ago

GNU Savannah Site Compromised

sfraggle Re:But Linux is TEH SAFEZORZ! (99 comments)

Are you seriously trying to claim that GNU run their production servers on Hurd?

Come on, they do some crazy stuff but they're not THAT crazy.

about 4 years ago

Recalling Windows 1.0 At 25 Years

sfraggle Windows 1.0 review (384 comments)

A while ago, I scanned in a review of Windows 1.0 that I found in an old magazine. It's quite interesting to read - the subtitle is "brightening up MS-DOS", and it is described as taking only four seconds to switch applications, compared to 30 seconds to start Microsoft Word from scratch! Glad to see some things never change.

more than 4 years ago

Google CEO Confirms Social Integration

sfraggle But the real question (96 comments)

The question everyone is asking: Will Google Me be as successful as Windows Me?

more than 4 years ago

Student Wants Science To Name 'Hella' Big Number

sfraggle Hellabyte hard drives (193 comments)

Wikipedia has this chart of increasing hard disk capacities over time. If the current rate is maintained (factor of 10 increase every 5 years), we may see hellabyte drives in around 70 years!

more than 4 years ago

Company Invents Electronic Underpants

sfraggle Awful pun opportunity (110 comments)

I for one can't wait to get some of these "smart e-pants".

more than 4 years ago

Google Indexing In Near-Realtime

sfraggle Re:Maybe I'm just a noob, but... (79 comments)

I've noticed that when I post a new blog entry on Livejournal, it appears in Google's results within 2-3 minutes. I know that Livejournal has a public feed for all new blog entries across the site, so I assume Google must be indexing this (and presumably others).

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

sfraggle Re:You're doing it wrong! (578 comments)

Neat hack, but the OP specifically mentions binary data ("writing bits ... in a completely controlled fashion", "1s and 0s") :-)

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

sfraggle You're doing it wrong! (578 comments)

I need to be able to control exactly where 1s and 0s will appear physically on the platter.

No you don't. Rethink what it is that you're actually trying to achieve and try again.

more than 4 years ago

Making Old Games Look Good On Modern LCDs?

sfraggle Blocky scaleup (367 comments)

I'm the author of Chocolate Doom, which deliberately maintains the low resolution of the original game, but has to run in modern, high resolution screen modes. One of the problems with Doom is that the graphics are designed for non-square pixel modes (the original game ran in 320x200, stretched to a 4:3 aspect ratio screen), so there's the double problem of having to scale everything up to work in a square pixel screen.

I developed a technique that does a blocky scale-up, interpolating the edges of the blocky "pixels" appropriately, so that you end up with a fairly decent looking result. I don't know if this is useful to the developers of programs like DOSBox, but the code's there if anyone wants it.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite type of electical wall socket?

sfraggle Re:Wall sockets - illustrated! (711 comments)

Incredible. Even the wall sockets in Denmark look like LEGO minifig faces.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Puts C# and the CLI Under "Community Promise"

sfraggle Re:No Really Definite Confirmation of This Yet (465 comments)

So really, even if MS adds the 2 standards to their Community Promise, that still doesn't mean you get anything useful - if you write a simple app that does nothing, you're fine. If you want DB access, or web serving, or a GUI.. you're still in the same problem as before.

Not true. The main controversy recently (which presumably was what prompted this "promise") was after RMS warned people against using Mono to develop Gnome applications under Linux. This uses C# as a convenient high level language for Gnome development, with none of the Windows-only library like ADO.NET or Winforms. Assuming that Microsoft keep to their patent promise, this is a big win in that respect.

more than 5 years ago

Teen Diagnoses Her Own Disease In Science Class

sfraggle What I want to know (582 comments)

What were they doing in this science class that involved students examining tissue from their own intestines, and how was this tissue acquired?

more than 5 years ago

CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis' Yellow Star Decree

sfraggle The full text of David Miscavige's statement (567 comments)

[The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved.]

[This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.]

[It has been suggested that this page or section be merged with Space opera in Scientology doctrine (discuss)]

Like all Scientologists, I am outraged that in the 21st century, it is acceptable for Wikipedia's ArbCom to commit such a despicable hate crime as blocking Scientology parishioners from editing Wikipedia in the comfort and security of Scientology-owned properties. Blocking the IP addresses of computers located at Scientology's Pac Base, Int Base and Celebrity Centre is just a way to force Scientology parishioners into an undesired beingness [citation needed]. What's next, will Scientologists have to wear yellow, six-pointed stars on our clothing?

The goal of Scientology is a sane world, without criminals, without psychiatric terror, without war [citation needed]. Ultimately, the goal of Scientology is sanity itself [citation needed]. Only the insane would attempt to stop Scientology. With this brutal decision, not only is Wikipedia criminally attacking the world's most ethical people, members of the Scientology religion [citation needed], but it is preventing Scientologists from presenting our religion in the most positive and truthful light [neutrality disputed]. There is so much nonsense on the internet about Scientology, all of which was written by anti-religion extremists in the employ of the Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical industry [citation needed]. Many [who?] are also being paid by certain depraved, degenerate factions within the German government [citation needed]. You can't believe any of it [citation needed]. If these scumbags had their way, all children would be psych-drugged into oblivion [citation needed], most eventually becoming high school gunmen [citation needed]; vicious de-programmers would constantly be leaping out from shadowy corners [citation needed]; there would be all-night electroshock parlors on the high street of every village, town and city [citation needed]; and anyone who tried to live an ethical life would quickly receive an icepick lobotomy [citation needed]. This is why it is necessary for Scientologists to try to present a balanced perspective, by showcasing all the good things [citation needed] about the Scientology religion, and removing all the lies.

The Scientology religion is the only major religion to have emerged in the 20th century [citation needed]. It is the world's fastest growing religion [citation needed], found in over 264 countries, with tens of thousands of new people becoming Scientologists every day [citation needed]. Scientology was accepted as a religion by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1993 [citation needed]. Scientology has also been declared a bona-fide religion by Mr. Frank Flynn, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas [citation needed]. Scientologists in the United States enjoy tremendous tax advantages, not available to members of other religions [citation needed]. Many [who?] celebrities are Scientologists, and ordinary public Scientologists sometimes get to meet them [citation needed]. As members of a minority religion, Scientologists deserve to be treated fairly [citation needed], which means that we should be allowed [citation needed] to do things that other groups may not do. In this way, we are just a little bit compensated for all of our humanitarian efforts [citation needed] and our sharing of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard's extremely workable [citation needed] technology.

Make no mistake: WE are the ones making huge progress [citation needed] in the Global Obliteration of Psychiatry. Wikipedia is acting at Big Psychiatry's beck and call [citation needed]. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal backgrounds [citation needed].

more than 5 years ago

What Data Center Designers Can Learn From Legos

sfraggle Re:lego in the plural (210 comments)

Just like Oreos (not Oreo(tm) cookies), or Kleenexes (not Kleenex(tm) brand facial tissues),

I think you mean Kleenices.

more than 5 years ago



Gamer plays Doom for the first time

sfraggle sfraggle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sfraggle writes "kotaku.com has this interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17 year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes."
Link to Original Source

sfraggle sfraggle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sfraggle writes "Doomworld is reporting about a group of Doom enthusiasts petitioning Raven to GPL the source code to Heretic and Hexen. Although the source code was released several years ago, the license is so restrictive as to be next to useless. Now over 30 programmers working with projects derived from the Doom source have drafted an open letter to Raven in the hopes of getting the source finally re-released under the GPL. The letter is backed by a petition signed by over 300 people."


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