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Comment: Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (Score 2) 349

by DNAgent (#44879667) Attached to: Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

I used Drudge as the example because he was the first to publicly cry "foul" at Feinstein. I don't read Drudge and I'm not a member of any political party, Republican or otherwise.

Obviously you have no argument against what I posted, or else you'd reply with something other than an ad hominem attack.

Comment: Re:SLS-Yggdrasil-Slackware-Red Hat-Fedora-Ubuntu (Score 1) 867

by DNAgent (#41474239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Come on! You know it was fun! I'm just glad that my friend and I were doing the same process at the same time, just slightly out of sync so that neither of our machines was broken in quite the same way at the same time so we could use each other's box to get to the files we needed to fix ours. It all worked in the end and was amazing training for Gentoo later on.

Comment: Re: Caldera (Score 1) 867

by DNAgent (#41469731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

I'd forgotten about Caldera. I had a copy of the original 1.0 Caldera Network Desktop that Lyle Ball gave me at a conference. I still have the t-shirt somewhere, not sure about the box & software. I never used it much beyond a test install, but I remember thinking it was cool that it came with a legit WP, even though I really didn't have any use for it.

Comment: Starting back in, what, '94? (Score 1) 867

by DNAgent (#41469487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Counting only my primary desktop distro and skipping personal/work servers or experimental installs my history is like this:

Slackware -> RedHat -> SuSE -> Debian -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu -> Mint

I, like many in the thread, started with Slack back in the "box full of floppies" era. We generally would have install parties at the offices of
the ISP my buddies owned so real internet could be used instead of interminable disk swapping or (even worse) dial-up. Fun times were had.

Upgrading that system, by hand, from a.out to ELF without completely hosing it was a great adventure!

Currently I'm running Mint 12 on my desktop, Mint 13 on my laptop, and Debian Squeeze on my home file/DHCP/etc. server.

Comment: This is why I no longer buy PC games (Score 1) 473

by DNAgent (#38731040) Attached to: Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

Shenanigans like this are only among the worst, but hardly unique. Because of these types of schemes, I no longer buy PC games.
I have pirated games in the past, but I don't even bother with that any more since most PC games are just bad Xbox ports any more. The upside is that giving up PC games has liberated me of the one reason I have kept (my paid for - licensed and legit copy of) Windows on my PC, now I can run Linux on my desktop 100% of the time instead of dual-booting.

So, from my perspective the game companies aren't just slitting their own throats, but Microsoft's as well. Well done.

Movies

Why Video Game Movie Adaptations Need New Respect 283

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-more-fighting-game-movies-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Hollywood has yet to find any video game property it is willing to treat with the same respect as J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K.Rowling, arguably still following the principles that led to the appalling Super Mario Bros. movie in 1992: 'A game lacks the complexity that a movie requires.' Yet a modern gaming masterpiece such as Mass Effect has the depth and breadth to deserve better treatment in the proposed trilogy. Is Hollywood again going to disrespect fans who, in this case, have as much right to see a good plot respected as the readers of Lord Of The Rings? This article discusses why and how Hollywood should grow up regarding these adaptations."
Games

Game Industry Vets On DRM 372

Posted by Soulskill
from the other-perspectives dept.
An anonymous reader points out an article at SavyGamer in which several game industry veterans were polled for their opinions on DRM. Cliff Harris of Positech Games said he didn't think his decision to stop using DRM significantly affected piracy of his games, accepting it as an unavoidable fact. "Maybe a few of the more honest people now buy the game rather than pirate it, but this sort of thing is impossible to measure. You can see how many people are cracking and uploading your game, but tracking downloads is harder. It seems any game, even if it's $0.99 has a five hour demo and is DRM-free and done by a nobel-peace prize winning game design legend, will be cracked and distributed on day one by some self righteous teenager anyway. People who crack and upload games don't give a damn what you've done to placate gamers, they crack it anyway." Nihal de Silva of Direct2Drive UK said his company hasn't noticed any sales patterns indicating customers are avoiding games with DRM. Richard Wilson of TIGA feels that customers should be adequately warned before buying a game that uses DRM, but makes no bones about the opinion that the resale of used games is not something publishers should worry about.
Transportation

Gigantic Air Gun To Blast Cargo Into Orbit 384

Posted by timothy
from the phwipt-phwipt dept.
Hugh Pickens writes: "The New Scientist reports that with a hat tip to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon , physicist John Hunter has outlined the design of a gigantic gun that could slash the cost of putting cargo into orbit. At the Space Investment Summit in Boston last week, Hunter described the design for a 1.1-kilometer-long gun that he says could launch 450-kilogram payloads at 6 kilometers per second. A small rocket engine would then boost the projectile into low-Earth orbit. The gun would cost $500 million to build, says Hunter, but individual launch costs would be lower than current methods. 'We think it's at least a factor of 10 cheaper than anything else,' Hunter says. The gun is based on the SHARP (Super High Altitude Research Project) light gas gun Hunter helped to build in the 1990s while at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. With a barrel 47 meters long, it used compressed hydrogen gas to fire projectiles weighing a few kilograms at speeds of up to 3 kilometers per second."

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