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+ - Public Library software ideas?-> 2

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Devistater
Devistater writes "Setting up laptops for a public library, and would like to hear your ideas on free (preferably open source) software useful for patrons. For instance, Open Office (office suite), blender (3d graphics), scratch (learn programming), pencil (2d animation), gimp (image editing), VLC (media player), stellarium (planetarium), tux type (typing tutor), and dia (flowcharts) are all great choices. Useful tools, educational software, games, all suggestions are welcomed."
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Comment: don't donate just to paypal (Score 3, Informative) 216

by Devistater (#29821277) Attached to: <em>World of Goo</em> Creators Try Pick-Your-Price Experiment

Anything less than around 33 or so cents goes to to paypal from fees. So just keep in mind that you are donating to paypal not the indy game developer if you do that. There's a lot of people who donated 1 cent to paypal. On the other hand, if you WANT to cost paypal money, donating 1 cent with visa card probably costs paypal money.

Comment: "Trilogy" (Score 3, Insightful) 43

by Devistater (#29407447) Attached to: Bethesda Sues Interplay Over <em>Fallout</em> License, MMO Plans

I think bethesda was pretty much ignoring them until fallout 1/2/tactics started being sold with labeling of "trilogy"
That implies it includes FO3, which it doesn't. The reason beth put that part into the contract was they didn't want interplay screwing up beth's marketing for FO3, and it looks like interplay just ignored that part of the contract and tried to screw them anyway.

Comment: I'm impressed (Score 1) 102

by Devistater (#29394361) Attached to: Twitter Says Your Tweets Belong To You

Actually I'm impressed. From my experiance most other sites go the route of MS when they did they Hotmail EULA change that said anything you sent through their servers belongs to MS, and if its proprietary then it now belongs to them with all rights going to MS. Theoretically if you sent patent PDFs through hotmail during that time, they would then own the patent.

Anyway, seeing twitter go the other way and up front say that the tweets belong to the authors is impressive to me.

Comment: NFL is going to LOVE this (Score 1) 302

by Devistater (#29032669) Attached to: Sensor To Monitor TV Watchers Demoed At Cable Labs

Remember how the NFL has been going after places that have TV's showing thier matches? Saying they need to buy a broadcaster license to show it on larger than a certain number of inches, or more than certain number of people watching, etc.

Well if this becomes reality, now they will be able to go after anyone they thing is violating that kinda thing.

Programming

Netflix Prize Contest Ends, Down To the Wire 100

Posted by kdawson
from the nail-biter dept.
suraj.sun updates us on the Netflix Prize now that the competition has officially closed. We discussed the new leader with one day to go in the contest: The Ensemble, taking the lead from long-time leader BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos, the first contestant to submit an entry that broke the 10% barrier. In the contest's final day, BellKor re-took the lead with 20 minutes to go, then The Ensemble apparently pulled a Michael Phelps with 4 minutes to go, squeaking ahead by 0.01%. At least so the leaderboard claims — but those numbers are posted by the competing teams. The NY Times reports that an official winner will not be named until September — Netflix needs that much time to pore through the complex entries and read the code. Netflix contacted BellKor on Sunday to tell them the team remained in first place; The Ensemble has had no such notification.

Comment: fat32 has 4 gig file limit (Score 1) 564

by Devistater (#28588299) Attached to: RAID Trust Issues &mdash; Windows Or a Cheap Controller?

FAT32 has a 4 GB max file size.
This can be somewhat inconveniant if you have say a linux dvd ISO thats larger than that, or if you record HD video, etc.

I would suggest going with NTFS, there are ways now to use the actual microsoft NTFS driver in a wrapper with linux, then you get full native compatability if thats what you are thinking (it used to be that NTFS compatability was an issue with linux).

The cheapest solution for backup would probably be an external USB drive. And you may also want to have 2 of them that you swap out for off site storage, or something like that, depending on how important your data is to you.

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