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Comment: VFS eh? (Score 4, Funny) 193 193

All I ask is that ThunarVFS not suck.

One of the main reasons I don't use GNOME anymore is because GnomeVFS was such a godawful piece of shit for years and years, with nobody seeming particularly concerned about it.

I would be all "Hey, I'll use the GUI to copy these files from one drive to another" and GnomeVFS would be all "Sure thing! I'll have that done sometime after the heat death of the universe!"

Don't even get me started on the SMB performance.

Games

+ - Xfire Purchased, Team Leaving

phorce phed writes: "A system notification was sent out this evening through the Xfire IM client as follows:

"Xfire was bought by new owners today. Most of the team that has built Xfire over the last six years is leaving. We enjoyed working for you for the last 127 releases and wish we could stay to create the next 127. Good bye, good luck, and game on. — The Xfire Team"

The web site was immediately closed."

Comment: Re:Opera is a good company.. done webmail before (Score 1) 78 78

Operamail is is just rebranded Outblaze (which was bought by IBM recently).

I don't think Opera has much to do with the inner workings of it, although the interface did just get a revamp and all references to paid subscriptions were removed.

Maybe next they'll up the quota?

Mozilla

+ - SeaMonkey 2.0 released-> 2 2

aodash writes: The SeaMonkey project at Mozilla is excited to release its completely refurbished next generation of the all-in one Internet suite today: SeaMonkey 2.0, now available for free download, melds the ideas behind Netscape Communicator with the modern platform of Firefox 3.5 to create one of the most compelling open source products for advanced Internet users.

The combination of an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, that has already established a wide user base in its previous incarnations, has been rebuilt on top of the modern Mozilla platform, featuring world-class add-on management among other things.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Dwarf Fortress (Score 4, Informative) 460 460

The deepest Roguelike ever. If you aren't sure why you might want to play it, start here.

Get the Linux 40d16 version from this page

If you prefer graphical tiles to (nearly) pure ASCII (I certainly do) get the Mike Mayday tileset from this page and use the instructions to get it working.

Then watch the 40 tutorial videos to ease the neigh vertical learning curve. You will of course supplement the videos with lots of careful reading of the wiki.

This game is a time vampire, but lots of fun if you have a little patience and an attention span.

Comment: It's worse than that (Score 5, Interesting) 226 226

Not clicking on banner ads isn't enough. For years I've been fine with letting any non-Flash banner ad through, but I a few months ago I finally installed Adblock after finding one too many PDF exploits being loaded through banner ad display code.

It works like this: You are minding your own business browsing some perfectly legitimate web site when suddenly you get a dialog box asking if you would like to execute the JavaScript in "this PDF document". There's no PDF in sight, no other windows, nothing else suspicious.

Oh, but you only get this dialog if you have JavaScript disabled in Acrobat (most people don't).

Comment: The Final Straw (Score 1) 87 87

This is what made me install AdBlock. I was good with just FlashBlock for years but with all the PDF exploits showing up in banner ads the past few months, last week I decided I'd had enough.

"Just" using a non-Adobe PDF reader is good until you grow up and realize that something not being displayed in a PDF could very easily mean serious consequences. Ever fill out an employment app in a PDF? Yeah.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 600 600

Or perhaps they'll have 2 of them with three different prices marked - one on each of the items and one on the shelf (and perhaps a fourth when you ring it up)

In my state everything on the shelves of a retail establishment must have a price on each unit and that price must be honored.

Maybe that's why there's no Fry's here...

Google

+ - Google News Adds (Special) Comments

Philipp Lenssen writes: Google News now allows individuals or organizations who are mentioned in news stories to add comments. (I've posted some screenshots.) "Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as 'comments' so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report," Google writes in the official Google News blog. Comments (for the US version of Google News only, right now) need to be sent to news-comments@google.com and will then be manually approved to verify that the sender is indeed who they claim they are. You can check out a live example at Google News.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.

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