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Introducing SlashBI

shish RIP old slashdot (339 comments)

Old Slashdot

Recent Slashdot

New Slashdot

So yeah. RIP, the slashdot that I once cared about :-(

(That, and even the community has dropped in quality recently; witness how every ubuntu story is full of people who are too dumb to apt-get install a different WM to replace unity -_- Back in my day, customising your OS to fit your needs was the norm, nay, the entire point of using linux - people would be shunned away from the site for being noobs if they dare complain about how hard it is to compile their own desktop environment from source...)

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Out; Unity Gets a Second Chance

shish Re:Obligatory step after installing Ubuntu 12.04 (543 comments)

I wish slashdot editors would append this hint to the end of every ubuntu-related story. As it is, 50% of the replies are just "I don't like one of the default settings, I'm going to switch distro"... (The other 50% being complaints about the choice of animal in the behind-the-scenes codename)

There was once a saying that the worst thing Microsoft has done to the computing industry is lowering the user's expectations of quality - now I think we're seeing a similar effect from Apple: to a modern computer user, it is inconceivable that an OS would give them freedom to change the vendor-supplied defaults :-(

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Out; Unity Gets a Second Chance

shish Re:Not a big fan of Unity (543 comments)

If you want lxde, what's wrong with "apt-get install lxde"? This is linux, not OSX, you are allowed to make your own decisions and ignore the distro's default settings :P

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Out; Unity Gets a Second Chance

shish Re:Unity - good for masses, bad for power-users (543 comments)

a power-user has little choice unless he/she wants to go to the trouble of installing an alternate shell

If "apt-get install [alternate desktop of choice]" is too hard for you, you are not a power user.

Seriously, kids these days. Back in my day*, linux was about having multiple choices for everything - not just the power users, but the regular users would all customise their desktops in whatever way suited them, and we liked it. (Well, most of us did. Those who came from the windows or mac worlds curled up into a ball and cried when presented with multiple valid options to choose from, and insisted that somebody else choose "the best" to be preinstalled for them. And thus, Ubuntu was born to give them what they asked for)

* I'm barely out of my teens, but I'm old enough to remember when "power user" meant "someone who'd customise their desktop by hacking the C code"; Then it got degraded into "someone who could compile from source without modification"; then "someone who'd install packages from outside the distro's repository"; then "someone who'd install packages from the repository to replace the defaults"... and now apparently "power user" means "someone who can install ubuntu and doesn't change the default settings". This makes me sad :-(

more than 2 years ago
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Valve's Steam & Games Coming To Linux

shish Windows 8: really awful (224 comments)

Reading the motivations, it seems we should also be thankful to microsoft for this -- part of the motivation for their devs to work on it is that linux is slowly getting better on the desktop*, but the other part is that windows is rapidly getting worse :P

* or slowly getting worse, if you use ubuntu and don't know how to install an alternative window manager; but Metro is still ahead of Unity in that respect

more than 2 years ago
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Update On Wayland and X11 Support

shish Re:Why? (315 comments)

I believe in things being as lean as possible and having to prove or justify any excess

This is pretty much the reason *for* Wayland -- whether you use Xorg or Wayland you have support for all the excess eyecandy (not that you have to use it), but Xorg is an exponentially growing pile of add-ons while Wayland has the features planned from day one, plus it's even smaller than that, because it lets the kernel do the heavy lifting of driver support.

more than 2 years ago
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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

shish Re:it's official... (233 comments)

I'm planning to too, when I find somewhere else with tech news and at least semi-clueful discussions -- any suggestions?

more than 2 years ago
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Software-Defined Radio For $11

shish Re:Too long (171 comments)

Watching the video now, it appears to be "dump ALL the radio signals to disk, for later analysis", so you can then use software to pick out audio / text / morse code / etc signals

more than 2 years ago
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GCC Turns 25

shish Re:DeSmet C (192 comments)

the compiler [...] dot-matrix printer

New project idea: compiler written in postscript that renders the binary :-O

more than 2 years ago
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Nvidia's Fermi Architecture Debuts; Nouveau Driver Already Working

shish Re:Nouveau (70 comments)

It doesn't *officially* get support from Nvidia

To be fair, the summary says it officially doesn't get support, which to me brings images of the CEO phoning up some newspapers and saying "We don't support open source work. That is all, *click*"...

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

shish Re:Wha? (350 comments)

Nope; 7/8/9 had 3D elements (eg the character models, and battles), but the bulk of the explorable world was made of unique 2D backgrounds - 6 and earlier were repetitive 2D sprites, 10 and later are repetitive 3D textures. Though come to think of it, replacing the low-res 3D character models with nice 2D sprites would be an improvement too...

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

shish Re:Final Fantasy 7 (350 comments)

They said it would be almost impossible to update those games to PS3 graphics because the amount of work involved to produce such a game would be too high.

Personally I don't want "PS3 graphics" if that means looking like the modern games -- the whole reason I think FF 7/8/9 are so beautiful is that the worlds are largely hand-drawn 2D; all I really want changed in a remake is to have those same drawings re-scanned at a higher res :-P

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

shish Re:Awful data (218 comments)

I say use Google. At least it is always up to date.

True, current google is more up to date than a 2010 OSM dump. But current OSM is more up to date than a 2010 google dump. Not sure how that makes either better than the other...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

shish Re:hahaha (218 comments)

You misunderstood his comment. From his perspective as a German, the attention to detail in OSM is lacking. I mean, in that example, there is no mention of where the nearest trash can is

My hobby is adding the locations of trash cans to openstreetmap, because everything larger or more significant is already on there...

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

shish Re:Easy (1276 comments)

Because "Everyone knows that X is true" and "X is true" are loosely correlated at best.

more than 2 years ago
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With 8 Cards, Wolfenstein Ray Traced 7.7x Faster

shish Not the original :( (97 comments)

Apparently this is the newer wolfenstein games; I wanted to see what 8 GPUs worth of fancy effects could do to the original pre-Doom Wolfenstein :(

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

shish Re:AND it's no longer relevant. (243 comments)

If you like Unity, great. Use it

If you don't like Unity, great. Don't use it.

Other window managers are about 5 seconds away via apt-get. Switching away from a generally solid distro because you don't know how to change one of the default settings is really dumb.

more than 2 years ago
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RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds

shish Re:nominal payment (154 comments)

You say you are offended

Nope

that they think you will infringe their copyright

Nope

so to teach them how wrong they are

Nope

you are going to infringe their copyright?

Nope

more than 2 years ago
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RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds

shish Re:nominal payment (154 comments)

TBH I don't have much experience buying DVDs; the only ones I've looked for recently have been the Invader Zim boxed set - Amazon has it for ~£250 (~$400) imported, and I've never even seen a copy in the UK :-|

about 2 years ago
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RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds

shish Re:nominal payment (154 comments)

I'd still rather pay 10c for a fast and simple criminal service that treats me with respect than pay $20 for a legitimate fiddly DVD that treats me like a criminal... (also this)

about 2 years ago

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