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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

thehodapp Re:Lubuntu (627 comments)

I can't say I agree with you at all. Their reasoning behind the switch to Firefox from Chromium is due to Firefox's superior ability to stay stable on older hardware, especially as Lubuntu is primarily designed to run on slower hardware. Additionally, they're adding several features to speed up performance in the next major version including a tool called zRam which I have yet to investigate. Overall, it seems like they are focused on their primary goal, a usable operating system with the power of Ubuntu, but without the crap and the ability to run on older/slower hardware.

about a year ago

Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

thehodapp Guess we should all give up. (475 comments)

Dear DMCA lawyers, Fuck you, I will do what I want until I'm arrested. Then I'll keep giving you the finger until people see reason and bring these laws down. I urge all who have the opportunity to continue practicing civil disobedience against laws that unfairly benefit large corporations, or for that matter any law that is contrary to basic rights.

about a year and a half ago

Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

thehodapp Re:Learning markup (370 comments)

It's already available at (somewhat affiliated with Wikipedia). It's crap. I end up using the regular wiki markup which is much more controllable and looks nicer. It really isn't that hard to learn. And in terms of messy markup, that's because people didn't take the time to clean up their markup. It's easily fixed.

more than 2 years ago

JavaFX Runs On Raspberry Pi

thehodapp Re:Misread (147 comments)

How does one go about becoming a /. editor?

more than 2 years ago

Animated Presentations Using SVG

thehodapp Has this guy seen... (49 comments)

impress.js. It isn't SVG/canvas, but it uses CSS3 and javascript to make prezi-like presentations using simple html. It's actually quite easy to use. I've been having a bit of fun with it lately.

more than 2 years ago

Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

thehodapp Re:Yes, Vega Strike!!! (227 comments)

I tried playing for a while also. The game is very deficient in many many areas.

For starters, the learning curve is quite steep. When you begin the game, there is little indication of how to navigate your way around. Once you've figured out the controls, you'll probably get yourself killed quickly as the enemies in the game are more than your match as soon as you go to a slightly hostile world. Killing things is a pain, and combat frankly is quite unexciting.

Also, once you've been to about 5 planets, you've been to them all. Scenery is decent in space, but still becomes boring after a few hours. If you like doing things over and over and seeing the same things over and over, this is your game.

Playing on Linux, I also got a few segfaults which ended my playing. The game is definitely buggy.

On the plus side, the game has pretty realistic physics which I tend to like. I think the devs have created a good framework for a potentially good game, but what it really needs is more developers to start creating content and fluidity throughout the game. Bug fixes are important too. Art designers would also make the game way better. And since the game is fully FOSS, any developer who wants to help out shouldn't have a problem.

more than 2 years ago

Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

thehodapp DO IT! (227 comments)

But don't you dare write it in Java (but please make it cross-platform). Don't judge me, I can be as demanding as I like.

more than 2 years ago

A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

thehodapp Re:Internet at home (392 comments)

So you failed sociology?

more than 2 years ago

How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program

thehodapp Re:Missing the point. (297 comments)

I agree. I'm in school right now as a CS student and I'm finding the upper level math courses to be more an exercise in useless theorems better suited for a grad course..especially since you would need to be planning to go into a scientific programming field for any of it to be of any use.

about 2 years ago

MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

thehodapp Solution (748 comments)

Microsoft integrates the virus protection. It hires out all the employees in the AV companies that have actually been finding the viruses (and not bogging the system down). Hire more people to make the operating system more secure so that the AV doesn't have to be so omnipotent. Problem solved.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

thehodapp Re:Bootable USB (377 comments)

Better yet try a distro that's actually been updated in the last year. Like Puppy Linux or Slitaz.

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

thehodapp Audio software (1880 comments)

Unfortunately, being a musician, I've found Linux professional audio software to be numerous, buggy, and a lot of work to just "get working". In Windows, I can fire up Reason, FL Studio, a numerous amount of VSTs, and plenty of other DAWs (digital audio workstations) and make my ideas come to life within minutes. Macs, the same. With Linux however, there are only a few reliable and stable programs for professional audio, and almost none of them function smoothly and seamlessly like the proprietary DAWs. Their is spread between different programs and while that works for many other aspects of Linux, for a musician, it stifles creativity leaving less time to actually create the music, sounds, effects, etc. The few good programs for Linux that I've used: ardour, renoise (proprietary), audacity.

more than 2 years ago

In Favor of FreeBSD On the Desktop

thehodapp Re:Use Gentoo (487 comments)

LFS has only one use - teaching you how to build a distribution should you want to be the next Red Hat, SuSe, Gentoo, etc. It does not belong any where near a real Linux installation - server OR desktop.

Do you have any reasons why "it does not belong any where near a real Linux installation"? Gentoo is, perhaps, even worse than an Ubuntu distribution in many circumstances. Unless you really know what you are doing, you're very likely to break things on a Gentoo distro.

If you won't want to use Gentoo, then use Slackware and install everything from source yourself. That's the only thing better than using Gentoo. And even LFS is sissified in comparison.

Also I'm betting you've never installed LFS. If you know what you are doing, you have almost ultimate control over your system with LFS. I'm betting the reason most people don't run it as a server is because it would be way too much effort to learn how to build an entire operating system just to run a server. Oh and let me know if you can think of a reason why it's "sissified".

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

thehodapp Re:Not a Mac dumb down, please (803 comments)

power user? sorry to bust your bubble but neither KDE or GNOME were ever meant much for power users. Try a customized tiling WM (awesome, i3, dwm; I personally use musca). Or if you must, use Openbox. Once you get the hang of it and customize it how you like, your productivity will shoot up (get used to those shortcut keys).

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

thehodapp Re:When do we get compression? (803 comments)

I tried compressing most of my old files in my home directory into mp3 with LAME but nothing worked after!!

more than 2 years ago

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Use Computers

thehodapp Re:Not all schools are equal (333 comments)

I am a current Computer Science student and even with my major, I must agree that most classes tended to waste time when we would use computers in high school. Most of the softer science teachers have kids use computers to make "Powerpoints" and "Videos" and waste a great deal of time doing fun, but generally useless stuff when we could have been learning actual history or English in a class discussion or lecture. I found the teachers that mostly avoided computers (besides the computer science teachers) were the teachers I tended to learn the most from.

However, I still think computers are needed in schools especially in a society where nearly every white collar job requires the ability to use a computer. Also, computer classes, and similar computer-centric classes obviously are going to require a computer lab (at least). I also cannot even imagine how horrific it would be to have to use a typewriter to write all my's a shuddering thought. Perhaps an emphasis on learning the necessary skills for using a computer in a real life job, rather than an emphasis on integrating computers with existing teaching techniques would create a much more efficient system, while still preparing students for the job world.

more than 2 years ago

"World's Most Relaxing Music" Composed

thehodapp Science? Statistics? (239 comments)

Ever heard of the placebo effect? I'll admit though I think it's an excellent ambient track, but considering there's an enormous library of ambient music out there, I suspect this "Most Relaxing Crap" is not the best out there.

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

thehodapp Re:Normal School will work fine (659 comments)

Just sound like an excellent parent. Best thing you can do is always encourage his interests circumspectly, and teach not only social skills, but virtues that will make him a person that people will respect and look up to (but it all comes with time).

more than 2 years ago

New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

thehodapp Re:Dear Anonymous and/or LolSec (378 comments)

Well I agree with you that it is illegal and is a form of vandalism, however I've read enough history books to know that people do in fact often have a tendency to "throw a rock at their windshield" in retaliation to something of a less serious nature. You might want to say instead "One shouldn't...". Also, laws aren't always ethical or moral and should not always be followed. Sony is definitely been pretty sneaky lately and has really given a low blows to consumers. So even though I don't exactly condone it, I still won't be able to help feeling extremely happy if Sony gets mobbed by hackers again. I was being a bit playful with that first statement also..

about 3 years ago


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