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Comment: Why minecraft and not minetest? (Score 1) 267

by Artemis3 (#48434115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Why the hell people keep playing minecraft when there is the open source free alternative available?

You go all the trouble of getting a completely different OS but can't get rid of a microsoft java game?

Minetest with addons is doing everything the proprietary game does and more. Plus, it doesn't need java and performs much better.

Leaving games aside (steam), Freebsd is perfectly suited for a desktop. Yes, lets get rid of systemd once and for all.

Comment: It was all about the mods (BF2142 and earlier) (Score 1) 208

by Artemis3 (#47318715) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

I stopped caring about the Battlefield franchise after 2142, not because of the bundled content, but because of the rich community of modders around it.

I spent countless hours playing fun things like Pirates, or the "starwars" clones Galactic Conquest & First Strike, and even some mods that later spawned official content such as Eve of Destruction (Vietnam) and Desert Combat (2). When you got bored of mindlessly shooting others, you could race with cars in fantastic impossible "stunt" like racetracks with IS1982 which also had a "cars with guns" game mode.

You could also play a better WWII (go figure) theme with Forgotten Hope.

The current BF games are the same thing over and over again. I have been waiting for some killer (open?) 3d engine where a large mod community emerges again.

The source mods community had some nice titles such as the abandoned Age of Chivalry (don't mention the lame retail game).

Interestingly Star Citizen from another genre promises to allow complete and total modding for private servers, which is the exact opposite the "industry" wants to go. $50million crowdfund? Gotta be doing something right...

A good game has to be made away from the large publisher industry. It is seriously a stain to have the EA brand now.

Comment: Re:highest point of the series (Score 1) 77

by Artemis3 (#45142567) Attached to: Under the Hood With <em>Battlefield 4</em>

Those games were moddable and were the best. I couldn't care about the main game, its the mods where the fun was.

Stuff like Desert Combat, Eve of Destruction, IS1982, Pirates, Galactic Conquest, most of which had sequels for BF2 and 2142.

I couldn't care less for "yet another CoD" clone, but removing mods and forcing the origin drm made me skip the later ones entirely. And of course, this was a game about 64 players battling each other with vehicles and stuff, just for fun.

I'm sure the only reason there were BF:V and later BF2 was because of the massive popularity of Eve of Destruction and Desert Combat back in the days of BF1942. Even Codename Eagle was more fun than the recent crap they now make.

Comment: pm-suspend-hybrid (Score 2) 280

Try pm-suspend-hybrid, this will initiate a normal hibernate: copy ram to disk as usual, but at the end it won't shutdown, but go into suspend. Result: If you come back, its instant on; but if the power ran out or was unplugged, your state is still saved and you return from hibernation.

People still unplug their stuff or let the batteries run out so don't expect that scenario until a memory technology that keeps its state without power (such as mram) becomes the norm.

Comment: Re:holy fucking shit (Score 1) 121

by Artemis3 (#44368363) Attached to: Atari Facing $291 Million Debt Claim From... Atari

If its like 3, screw that.

A brand means nothing if the authors are not there. You know, the guys who open sourced the game as "Ur-Quan Masters" because only the brand did not belong to them...

And yes, i played the three Star Control games. 2 was the best, period. Since the second game was open sourced, its probably in the repository of your favorite distro.

Comment: I do not agree. (Score 1) 312

by Artemis3 (#44347267) Attached to: Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

If you stick to open, non DRM formats, there is no reason you can't read your books again, no matter the device you choose.

People have already done it with music in digital format, text is even easier. The epub format for example.

There are many ereaders without any sort of connectivity, no wifi or any other nonsense, just an usb cable and its recognized as a simple USB mass device (like a thumb drive), and some even take flash cards or such. Most of these can read the open formats perfectly.

The ereader is not an electronic book. It is an electronic LIBRARY. There is just no comparison. People often imagine themselves carrying a book, or the device... But the device is not a single book, it is tons of them, BUILDINGS of them. I mean, come on, a typical book is about 5mb, and the "pocket" ereader with 5" pearl white eink screen i use comes with 2gb of storage...

Backup? The same as with any other 2gb thumb drive.

Carrying more than 3 physical books is problematic, let alone thousands of them. You can now have the complete works ever written by somebody or from a subject. Also the device often allows you to search, just type the word or phrase and there it is!

Physical books can last a lot but they can also deteriorate, especially with public use and abuse; and, often works are never published again. With digital, nothing needs to be lost ever.

Remember, one of the oldest libraries was burnt down by American troops in Baghdad, the oldest known remaining human writings were lost forever and only digital pictures remain... You can go back in history to find again and again how libraries and writings of all forms were burnt down and lost.

Books are nice but fragile, and heavy, and impractical and time consuming to reproduce, and prone to idiots burning them. And in the rare situation you needed one, you can always print it back to deadtree format. So, various loads of trucks when you move, or a small and compact ereader?

The ereader might not be the answer for bookshops (unless they learn to sell books without DRM, like some did with mp3); but the age of libraries in the hands of everyone is already here.

Of course obsolete business models and copyright law might not stand it, but the fact won't change, the genie is out.

As for libraries, they have a limited number of copies, and limited working hours. IMO they should dedicate themselves to preserve physical books in controlled conditions and make sure there is a digital copy of everything, correct mistakes etc. People would no longer need a library card, just give everyone a reader with the whole thing, or at least a thumb drive or let people bring their own so they copy all they want to read at home.

Sooner than later all libraries should sync with each other, and people with them. There is no reason some have books others don't, at least not in digital form, yes, all languages, all subjects.

This is mundane compared to the stuff being done already with video and music.

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 1) 129

by Artemis3 (#44269573) Attached to: Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

I believe Bose speakers are factory equalized. I have read people say they are simple cheap speakers but equalized, which too many people fail to do, so they are paying to have someone do it for them when buying the Bose brand.

In theory we should all try to aim for a flat eq response, which is what sound engineers do to their monitors in studio. I don't think that's what Bose eq aims but i could be wrong.

People sometimes think flat eq is "boring", but that its actually what the sound engineer wanted it to sound like, so "boring" or "exciting" will depend on the mastering (for studio) or fidelity when recording a live performance.

Of course with the loudness war of the last decade it's rather hard to find good material to listen to in the first place.

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