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Comment: Linus does not understand the size of the effort (Score 1) 310

by whistlingtony (#47715827) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

And yet, no one's really complaining about device drivers. Linux device drivers are fine. You don't see it happening? Uh. It already happened. It is happening. It will continue to happen. I plug stuff in, it works. Except for some printers, because those companies are just dead nasty evil.

We're talking about the desktop here....

Comment: Linux could own the desktop... (Score 1) 310

by whistlingtony (#47715803) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Ew... you NEED the .deb repositories, because we don't HAVE a unified ecosystem. I need the debian apt system to grab all my dependencies for me! a more git like approach? What? How? You want a more android app like system?

So... an app system full of useless trivial apps that have really stupid permissions to my box.. And on top of that nightmare, you want to drop .deb dependency checking... on a linux desktop?

No Sir. Just.... No. Ew.

If you're concerned that it's hard to get code into the official debian repositories, that's a conversation we can have. But no, we can't go away from dependency checking toward an app store model. I don't WANT any old stupid app to be in the offical repositories.

Comment: Re:Flaws? (Score 1) 161

by whistlingtony (#47714297) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

As a DM, I don't CARE if my PCs are balanced. I care if they're interesting. If my players start min/maxing, I slap 'em back to the stone age. We're here to roleplay, Damnit. Talking to the innkeeper is just as important as stabbing the orc.

It's my job to keep the players entertained by co-creating a story WITH the players.

Comment: Checking it out (Score 1) 161

by whistlingtony (#47712275) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Well, I'm about a third through the provided free PDFs, and I have to say that I like the tone so far.

Like many others, I thought 4E turned my beloved Roleplaying game into a Rollplaying game. I thought it lost all flavor or character. Ok, and I wigged out over the refresh times for abilities and spells.... It smelled like an MMORPG, which usually doesn't have much actual RP in it. I moved to pathfinder.

I'm finding this PDF to be an easy read though. (Hey Shadowrun 5th edition guys, you could learn something here.) It's full of flavor text, the rules seem easy and intuitive.... I'd play it.

The rules changes seem nice too. I hate rules. I want to focus on the story and the character interactions. I don't want to spend my time looking up bonuses in a chart. I have NEVER used a grenade scatter table in my life. :D

After 4E and Piazo doing such a good job with Pathfinder, I.... might actually give D&D 5E a fresh look. Ew. I said it.

Piracy

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up 372

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the guilty-until-proven-guilty dept.
A few weeks ago, Rightscorp announced plans to have ISPs disconnect repeat copyright infringers. mpicpp (3454017) wrote in with news that Rightscorp announced during their latest earnings call further plans to require ISPs to block all web access (using a proxy system similar to hotel / college campus wifi logins) until users admit guilt and pay a settlement fine (replacing the current system of ISPs merely forwarding notices to users). Quoting TorrentFreak: [Rightscorp] says 75,000 cases have been settled so far with copyright holders picking up $10 from each. ... What is clear is that Rightscorp is determined to go after "Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cable Vision and one more" in order to "get all of them compliant" (i.e forwarding settlement demands). The company predicts that more details on the strategy will develop in the fall, but comments from COO & CTO Robert Steele hint on how that might be achieved. ... "[What] we really want to do is move away from termination and move to what's called a hard redirect, like, when you go into a hotel and you have to put your room number in order to get past the browser and get on to browsing the web." The idea that mere allegations from an anti-piracy company could bring a complete halt to an entire household or business Internet connection until a fine is paid is less like a "piracy speeding ticket" and more like a "piracy wheel clamp", one that costs $20 to have removed.

Comment: Re:Actually, it's the PERFECT name (Score 1) 413

Under Debian with KDE, most of my menu items describe what the application does rather than using it's name. So at least at the foundation of a huge number of distros, there is no excuse for relying on the "cute" names application developers have come up with.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

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