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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

sparkz Re:An F- for the handling of Solaris (223 comments)

Package management was being fixed before "the Oracle years". S11 was in progress when Oracle took over Your other comments don't make any sense, so I shall do you a favour and ignore them until you can state them more clearly.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

sparkz Re:trust (285 comments)

To store encrypted stuff he has no access to, your neighbour has to really trust you, too!

about a year ago

Facebook Bans Google+ Ads

sparkz Re:I call B.S. on this whole story (548 comments)

Is it likely that a German user would have got an email written in German, and that a French user would get an email written in French? Therefore, is it likely that a UK English (aka English!) speaking user would get an email written in English, not in American English?

more than 3 years ago

PuTTY 0.61 Released

sparkz Re:nice (184 comments)

I hugely prefer to work in GNOME, but when forced to use MS Windows, PuTTY is the only thing that makes it bearable!

more than 3 years ago

Creating the Software Art In Tron Legacy

sparkz Re:Anyone catch the output of uname? (124 comments)

SunOS is the kernel of the old and current Sun operating system. The Solaris Operating Environment includes the SunOS kernel. Sun Microsystems Inc. SunOS 5.10 Generic January 2005

more than 3 years ago

Creating the Software Art In Tron Legacy

sparkz Re:Interesting Tie-In (124 comments)

Don't keep us waiting - what's the interesting story? ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Paid Developers Power the Linux Kernel

sparkz Re:So it works the way Stallman envisioned? (191 comments)

Only if they redistribute the binaries. Google take and modify Free Software, but under GPLv2 have no obligation to share their changes

about 4 years ago

Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

sparkz vinyl-sized game sleeves? (400 comments)

> Electronic Arts vinyl-sized game sleeves Since when was vinyl used as a measure of size?

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

sparkz Re:Not exactly what you want, but (533 comments)

You might want to change "cat > /etc/hosts" to "cat >> /etc/hosts" :-)

about 5 years ago

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

sparkz Proper use of i.e. gets a "[sic]" ?? (333 comments)

The cited use of i.e. seems perfectly reasonable. When i.e. and e.g. are so often used incorrectly, nobody recognises the correct usage any longer!

more than 5 years ago

YouTube Phasing Out Support For IE6

sparkz Re:Market share (481 comments)

And corporate users, who have a WinXP desktop with IE6. I'm working on a customer site at the moment, where IE6 is the only permitted browser, the web proxy blocks sites which may install other browsers, so the only way to access many websites is to use my laptop with a 3G dongle to get direct access to the internet. Somehow, although PortableApps' Firefox worked once (loaded by USB stick, as the website was barred), it, too, is now somehow blocked. When browsing, I'm not too bothered about IE6's lack of compliance, but the lack of tabbed browsing means that it's impossible to organise a few sets of web pages together into a coherent set. (What *did* we do before tabbed browsing?!!)

more than 5 years ago

Debian Switching From Glibc To Eglibc

sparkz Re:FINALLY (565 comments)

Drepper, and glibc is also a big part of the G in GNU/Linux. The reason people fear upgrading glibc is that it is so central to the rest of the code they run on a GNU/Linux system. I don't know Drepper, or Schilling, or others, personally, but I respect the fact that they do far more than I do, and that they know far more than I do about libc level issues. I have been using GNU/Linux for 13 years or more, and in that time it has become perfectly clear to me how critical the work of people like Drepper are to the GNU/Linux ecosystem. Similarly, that is why the credit of GNU/Linux is so much more important that the "I heart Ubuntu" fanboy stuff. Sorry to be an old fart, but some of us care about design and engineering. Other people want pretty wallpaper. That's fine, Linux has plenty of room to accomodate both, and more besides.

more than 5 years ago

How Much Does a New Internet Cost?

sparkz Silly me, I forgot t'internet == USA (446 comments)

"A new internet"?

I'll set one up for $100, if you like. I'll do a network, with a network. It'll cost you, of course; after all it is an entire inter-network. And then there's the hardware; you'll need a router between the two, and then the cabling.

Oh sorry, were you just some USAian cheapskate moaning about the cost of broadband access?

It's been overdone, it's true, but it's still worth mentioning; THERE ARE PEOPLE WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER

There's hardly a need to set up a new internet just because you don't like what Verizon charge you for broadband.

Are you aware of the cost of laying intercontinental cables? Oh sorry, you're USAian, I'll have to backtrack... There are continents. America is one of them. The USA is part of that continent. You are part of the USA. The USA is a Country. Most (all?) Continents consist of many Countries. This all fits into a sphere we often call "Earth". We are a species known as Homo Sapiens, who inhabit this planet. Pretty much all of it, as it happens. And we're f*cking it up. Badly.

Yet the biggest thing you can find about the Internet, is that it costs you $2 more per month than you would like.

Actually, that's good for me. Save your "new internet" costs, by simply disconnecting yourself from the existing (so-called) "internet". You'll save a load of money, and the huge intercontinental distance means that I will never need to hear any of your whines again.

It seems that we have a plan; what do you think?

more than 7 years ago



Shell Script Full Color Arcade Games

sparkz sparkz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sparkz writes "Space Invaders — written entirely in the Bash shell, in a 248-line shell script.

Portal 2 is a great game, but it's many gigabytes in size. This 4.9kb, 248-line shell script plays a nice game of Space Invaders"

Link to Original Source

sparkz sparkz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sparkz writes "Scott McNealy was incredibly outspoken, though Jonathan Schwartz is getting better at it. His blog post yesterday is entitled "Free Advice for the Litigious...":

So what's my view on this interview in Fortune — in which one of Sun's business partners claims the open source community is trampling their patent portfolio? You would be wise to listen to the customers you're threatening to sue — they can leave you, especially if you give them motivation. Remember, they wouldn't be motivated unless your products were somehow missing the mark.


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