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Comment: The next big thing (Score 1) 480

by Chainsaw (#46350909) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will
As it is now, GNU project can only be described as a huge success. My computer runs a completely free operating system, from the kernel to the desktop environment. It's all compiled with GCC (free) and edited with Emacs (free and awesome). With all of those components in place... Is there a big, new project in the pipeline for GNU? A free social network - GNUbook, Gnitter, GNUedIn?

Comment: Re:Software GPU Emulation (Score 1) 237

by Chainsaw (#37970764) Attached to: GNOME Shell No Longer Requires GPU Acceleration

Forgive my ignorance, but what do you mean, exactly? How does using VNC help this as opposed to using x-forwarding?

It's probably something like this: Open VNC session, start application on remote, close session. Open VNC session, the app is still there as you left it. I'm not 100% sure if that's possible to do with X11.

Comment: Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 1) 368

by Chainsaw (#31079118) Attached to: KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

The real problem is that the poorly handled introduction of KDE4 sent a lot of long-time KDE users to another desktop. Now there is a significant amount of inertia to overcome to get any us back since we've gotten used to something else and our current choice has not pissed us off. KDE-technowhiz alone won't do it.

Honestly the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. The 4.0 release had big, huge, honking warning labels telling everyone that this was the first release in the 4.x series and that the API was stable — and that you should avoid it at any costs if you were a regular user. Seriously, the only way the KDE people could have made the message even more clear, would involve replacing the zero in 4.0 with the goatse guy.

And there's a tip for everyone working on Gnome 3.0...


SAS Named Best Company To Work For In 2010 183

Posted by kdawson
from the must-like-north-carolina dept.
theodp writes "If you're in the market for a new job, Fortune has just published its list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2010. Topping the list this year is SAS (SAS jobs), the largest privately held software company, which Fortune notes is populated with more statisticians than engineers or MBAs, and led by a Ph.D. founder whose first love is programming. Google (jobs), which once viewed SAS as model for employee perks, took the #4 spot, and Microsoft (jobs) checked in at #51."

Comment: Re:I can see the next new game drink... DDrink! (Score 3, Funny) 254

by Chainsaw (#30863504) Attached to: Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise

Thats the thing though, Milk is great for Vitamin D - and Chocolate Milk is a favourite amongst gamers.

However, just having the D in your system doesn't get it to work, something in the sunlight "activates" it. I heard it from a girl one time.

You actually TALKED to a girl? Wow. That's just incredible

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 443

by Chainsaw (#30548354) Attached to: All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

There's no pass by reference in Java, it's all pass by value. Yes, I'm a pedantic Coward

That can't be right. Passing everything by value would mean that an object modified simultaneously in two threads would get out of sync immediately. Also, a quick Google search shows that Java actually passes objects by reference. So much for pedantic cowards...

Comment: Re:Manually semantic != semantic (Score 1) 423

by Chainsaw (#30132406) Attached to: What's Coming In KDE 4.4
Yes, my pictures from the vacation 2009 might end up in the "vacation 2009" directory. It only becomes a problem when you also want to find all pictures from your vacations where James is present, or the beach pictures in 2009 and 2007 that has your wife in them and that you would rank 4/5 or higher. One solution is to have a silly amount of directories, and doing hardlinks of images. That isn't very wife friendly, though. The tagging that KDE implements is a easy solution.

Comment: Re:its a really simple answer (Score 0, Flamebait) 389

by Chainsaw (#29227259) Attached to: Why Is It So Difficult To Allow Cross-Platform Play?

PS3s are big endian machines. Xbox 360s are little endian.

Q.E.D They can't talk to each other.

Oh, right, that's why all of those PowerPC equipped Macs couldn't connect to networks and exchange information with my x86 Linux server: they had different endians.

No, actually, that's bullshit. There is absolutely no reason at all why the endian should matter. If a piece of software can't communicate with another because of different endians, the programmers should be dragged out into the woods and be shot.

Network byte order. Look it up.

Comment: Re:Disturbing trend (Score 2, Interesting) 227

by Chainsaw (#28385981) Attached to: Opera Unite Web Server Benchmarked

and you're restricted from hosting content that they consider "obscene, vulgar, hateful, threatening, or that violates any laws"

Dude... You're talking about a company residing in Norway. The third largest export after oil and salmon is Black Metal. Which is kind of bizarre, as Norwegian is probably one of the most cheerful languages there is.

Comment: Re:does an iphone.... (Score 3, Insightful) 582

by Chainsaw (#28298383) Attached to: Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

I think you're drawing the wrong conclusion. If a third-party publisher would create a game with the same high standards of Super Mario Galaxy or Metroid Prime 3, instead of bad PS2 ports or quick hackjobs... Don't you think they would sell tons and tons of them? The Wii is perfect for FPS games, moving from the clunky and worthless dual-analog control to a mouse+WASD compatible scheme. Despite that, noone has really bothered with doing anything for it other than Conduit.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.