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Comment Re:Low calorie noodles already exist (Score 1) 149

Substituting oat fibre for cellulose isn't going to make any difference to taste or anything else. I doubt it would be any more sustainable either. I can believe that konjac is weird in the mouth since lots of sites carry warnings to drink water because it doesn't dissolve the way other gelatinous products do.

Comment Low calorie noodles already exist (Score 4, Informative) 149

This stuff already exists - noodles made from konjac flour and oat fibre. It's gluten free, low calorie etc.

I have no idea what it tastes like because its ludicrously expensive. Holland and Barrett sell quite a few brands of it. Most are packaged in watery bags which suggests the noodles themselves are saturated with water and lose their cohesion if they're allowed to dry out.

Comment Re:Free Pascal is awesome. (Score 1) 129

C became predominant because code ran faster, was generally more portable (more commonality, less proprietary extensions between competing compilers), more terse / expressive, was better able to talk with the operating system (strings, structs etc.), was the defacto language on some operating systems and it was the first system programming language many people encountered.

Pascal eventually overcame many of its shortcomings but by then it was too late. C (and the emerging C++) had already gained dominance and mindshare.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 356

I presently have 120 games on steam. Of those only about 25 are available on Linux, mostly Indies. Of those I've tried 5 or 6 and 2 of them were unplayable. Don't Starve overlaid the game with weird steam controller diagnostics. Goat Simulator ran for 5 seconds before hard crashing my entire laptop. I assume the latter was because the game did something my opensource Intel GPU driver didn't agree with.

If Steam support Linux at all it's only coincidental to their efforts to make this handful work on certified SteamOS machines, or more realistically on whatever cloud platform Valve are cooking up. Other Linux systems can go hang.

Comment Fork it then (Score 2) 729

If someone doesn't want their modern desktop to run with modern underpinnings they should fork it. I'm sure KDE wouldn't mind - in fact they might welcome it since it simplifies their code base. They can make systemd a core dependency on Linux, remove heaps of cruft and refer the objectors in the direction of the fork.

Comment No shit (Score 1) 391

Security services are more than capable of shutting down accounts / sites if they feel so inclined. I assume they don't because it's of more use to keep them up - to see who makes posts, who follows them, who is mapped to who, how information spreads, to look for surges in activity, or codewords and so on. In time they might shut down the account / site, or infiltrate it but it would be to maximize their advantage. I bet some of the sites are even their own operations to begin with.

But that assumes there aren't a bunch of asshats getting in the way the whole time. Which there now are. If anonymous wanted to be of use in the fight on terror they'd stay out of the way or do something passive.

Comment Re:Because of the endless whiners (Score 1) 150

Because the PC isn't a console. It isn't a closed platform. It isn't loss leading with profits expected to come from the sale of games. A console is. The likes of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft sink billions into developing consoles with the expectation of a return over their lifetime.

It should be quite obvious to anyone why Sony disabled Other OS. It wasn't because of the handful of people who actually used it (and I was one of those unlike the vast % of people complaining) or even those running MAME or SNES emulators. It was the imminent threat of a perfected hypervisor crack that people could download, burn, run and crack their PS3 via Other OS.

The decision to remove the attack vector was hardly a difficult one.

Comment Don't forget to mark muslims in some way (Score 1) 590

Maybe get them to sew a little crescent moon on their clothes. And tracking is so, so hard and would be easier if we could segregate them into areas with high walls and guard towers. Obviously this will be disruptive so by way of compensation we can build them an excellent rail network which transports them to a "holiday" destination so wonderful they'll never come.

Comment Re:Wouldn't a PS3 emulator make more sense? (Score 1) 150

I have about 8 or so PS2 titles in my cupboard which would be nice to play. But I doubt Sony have any intention of opening up the emulation so I can run them on a PS4. They make too much money selling "remastered" titles, and from packaging up titles to sell on PSN, or via their cloud service. At least they recoup their investment from testing games and making their money in that way. Just opening up emulation on the console doesn't earn them a thing unless they intend to charge people a few coins to "unlock" a supported game. Otherwise the money isn't there for them to open up the emulator. I'd be happily surprised if they did of course but I don't see it happening.

Comment Re:Because of the endless whiners (Score 4, Insightful) 150

What I want to know is when are they adding "Other OS" back?

What I want to know is how many people whining about Other OS being removed ever used it or realized the limitations to it in the first place. Or understood the implications for their console (saturation levels of piracy and a death spiral into shovelware) if it had allowed to remain in place.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"