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Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux

wizardforce Now there's no reason to port games natively (206 comments)

So basically this is the future of gaming. You own nothing, you just rent and there is absolutely no reason to put any work into porting games or at least making them compatible with WINE so long as Onlive or its successors technically work. There is no single player because Onlive is essentially a form of always on DRM. Their servers go down, no gaming for you. At least with WINE there is the possibility of eventually playing a game offline with or without some outside server being involved.

about 3 years ago
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Senators Want Secret Warrantless Wiretap Renewal

wizardforce Re:LOL! American Freedom! (198 comments)

it's cute that you think the repiblicans would allow that.

more than 3 years ago
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Girls Go Geek Again

wizardforce Re:Just my theory. (378 comments)

I think we just found the real problem: a perceived hostile work environment. Would you want to work in a field where you thought/found that most of your co-werkers thought you were inferior/didn't belong there? I wouldn't and I am guessing that neither would they.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA: LulzSec, Anonymous Reason for PROTECT IP Act

wizardforce of course (4 comments)

The RIAA uses everything they can find to justify legislation favorable to them.

more than 3 years ago
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Solar Cross e-bike combines pedal and solar power

wizardforce electricity pedant (1 comments)

The rate of power transfer through a circuit is specified using the watt unit of measure which is equal to one joule per second. Voltage measures the potential difference across a load. eg. the degree with which electrons are kicked in the arse to get moving. Anyway, the solar power produced would probably work quite well combined with the capture of power during breaking/pedalling. You could even adjust it to give you more resistance for training or generating power for the lights or a radio or something.

more than 3 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

wizardforce Re:Missing option, and only option needed: (840 comments)

Wait a minute there, some beers are supposed to be cool but not cold; many european beers for example. A lot of the reason people like their beer cold here is because it deadens their sense of taste. When a lot of the beer brewed in the US gets warm, you can taste it and frankly more often than not, you wish you hadn't.

more than 3 years ago
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College dropout cites Ubuntu install as reason

wizardforce yeah right (1 comments)

"I dropped out of college because of Ubuntu" is just about the laziest reason anyone could come up with to justify giving up on college. Computers loaded with Windows are pretty much everywhere so even if you bought her lazy excuse that Ubuntu didn't do anything that she needed, she could go to a library and fix that problem right then and there. The fact that she didn't just shows that she didn't have the intelligence to make it in college with or without Windows.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Be Faster Than 2.6.39

wizardforce linux 3.0 (179 comments)

Linus earlier said that there is no major change in this release. This version comes with the usual two thirds driver changes, and a lot of random fixes.

please tell me he isn't thinking about adopting firefox and chrome's release model...
in all seriousness, it still looks like this is more of a rumor than anything that is going to be done for a while.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Plugins needlessly broken by new version number (315 comments)

Extensions that fail to work solely because they didn't set the max compatitibility setting to 5+ are by definition poorly programmed. Take a look at the release notes, they didn't screw with anything really major that should take down extensions. I'd understand if they just gutted the whole thing and replaced all sorts of things under the hood but this was the equivalent of a minor bug fix.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Slashdot community's constant hating on Firefox (315 comments)

that is of absolutely no use to me when firefox is using 300 megs of ram with one tab open and still crashes whenever the Java plugin activates. those are big problems that are just being compeltely ignored.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Slashdot community's constant hating on Firefox (315 comments)

maybe maybe not. firefox's new release schedule basically renamed minor bug fixes as major releases. they are not working any faster, they just changed how they name things more or less.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Slashdot community's constant hating on Firefox (315 comments)

that's a bug fix not a major version. in any case, right now I'm sitting here in firefox with the browser using 340 megs of ram with one tab open. that's an operating system worth of ram being used while just sitting here. the other day after the update was out, java crashed firefox and took the OS with it somehow. there are huge gaping problems that are not being dealt with.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Version numbers are meaningless (315 comments)

thank you! mozilla has been adding irrelevant features instead of fixing major problems. they're becomming rhe radioshack of internet browsers slowly widdling away the only reason for their existence just to be like chrome.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

wizardforce Re:Plugins needlessly broken by new version number (315 comments)

poorly programmed extensions are not Mozilla's fault. The attitude that emulating browsers like Chrome's development cycle is a good idea is Mozilla's fault. They're working on features like having the tabs way up top rather than fixing trivial things like Java plugin incompatibility (which works fine in chrome but crashes firefox) or dealing with the massive memory leak problem that firefox has had for years and has yet to actually try to fix. they need to get their priorities straight or they're going to die.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

wizardforce Re:"Screaming, Mindless Christians" ?? (688 comments)

It depends on what you consider a "positive effect" on society. If you consider dirt cheap labor that results in a high export to import ratio then no it certainly doesn't. But if you look at what percentage of the population is consistently below the poverty line, then social programs are very positive. If you combine that with the correllation between the financial desperation of the poor and crime rates, it looks even better.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

wizardforce Re:"Screaming, Mindless Christians" ?? (688 comments)

I seriously doubt many atheists (myself included) would consider themselves socially conservative as most of the reasoning behind social conservatism is religious in nature but you may find a few atheists that are economically "conservative"/libertarian. The majority however, are likely secular humanists which are more often than not, liberal socially and economically speaking.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally

wizardforce Re:"Screaming, Mindless Christians" ?? (688 comments)

if someones' "morality" leads to bad consequences i.e. a higher crime rate and they *know* that this is the case, then I'd say they are definitely not being a moral person because their morals on the whole do not benefit anyone. I don't care what that book says, if what you believe inevitably causes more suffering than alternatives then what you believe isn't moral.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

wizardforce Re:Or was it a hole in a badly designed game? (613 comments)

P.S. So in the next round I helped my friends actually cheat by hacking the game's database and producing written spy reports of enemy movements. Ha.

You weren't a cheater the first time but you are now.

more than 3 years ago

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CSU sacrifices privacy for security theatre

wizardforce wizardforce writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wizardforce writes "Colorado State University's new key-less access system referred to as Ramcard 2.0 is to be implemented this coming semester for the purpose of security and saving money by reducing staff hours. The problem with the system is that it will not solve any of the security problems that have in the past resulted in theft of electronics three years ago which by the way is the only security breach worth mentioning and was the result of the lack of an analog key. The system relies on using new ramcards to allow students to access buildings while identifying those who open the doors, not those who enter the building. A similar system exists in the campus dormitories for which students frequently bypass said security on a daily basis. There is no actual security benefit to the system as a would be wrongdoer has numerous methods and time available to bypass the security in place. The system also creates a database of everyone who opens the door of a given building rather than everyone who enters the building as chivalry is not dead. Said database would be completely pointless in regard to security because although the college has a database of who and when someone opens the door to said buildings they could not show causality between any crime and the perpetrator as said perpetrator could be let in by someone else which is a frequent occurrence, could wait several hours until no one is around which is exactly what occurred with the aforementioned theft of electronics or could just break into the building through windows which are not protected by the system. The fact of the matter is that the system invades privacy, is completely ineffective and costs the college over 100,000 dollars just to start."
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Journals

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comparison of Firefox 3 beta 1 and Firefox 2

wizardforce wizardforce writes  |  more than 6 years ago Firefox 3 beta 1 was released not that long ago and already there are features that are a vast imporvement since Firefox 2 was released. Firefox has always had the capacity to zoom text easily and this is extended in Firefox 3 to include images as well rather than requiring an extension to do so. The bookmark system has been overhauled to include extensive use of tags and notification of urls already in your bookmark list to avoid duplicate bookmarks. One feature that has been long coming is the addition of the plugins option to the add-ons manager which simplifies plugin management greatly in the new release. A great improvement all around for the to be released Firefox 3.

Firefox 3 comparison at go2linux

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nanotechnology

wizardforce wizardforce writes  |  more than 7 years ago University of California, Riverside nanotechnologists have succeeded in controlling the color of very small particles of iron oxide suspended in water simply by applying an external magnetic field to the solution. By varying the strength of the field the particles change color possibly leading to better displays.

http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=2166.php

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