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Comment: Re:The problem is see is in private space (Score 2) 318

by JK_the_Slacker (#43338665) Attached to: Google Glass and Surveillance Culture
Once upon a time, you were able to ask guests to observe certain behavior while in your home. Please take off your shoes, leave your handgun in the car, don't bring recreational drugs into my home... I really don't see what the difference is in asking a guest to not record or even to leave their Google Glasses at home or in the car.

Comment: Re:Faster notebook drives. (Score 1) 261

by JK_the_Slacker (#43059949) Attached to: Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs
Footprint would be a huge issue in my case, and I don't think it's all that special. Last I checked, you can get a terabyte 2.5 inch 'conventional' notebook drive for under a hundred dollars. That should be plenty of space for a DVR - the point of which is to catch up on missed episodes, not long-term storage of mass quantities of video. Having limited physical space shouldn't constrain me to have limited digital space too! (Hurray apartment dwelling.)

Comment: Re:Remove More Barriers To Entry (Score 1) 474

by JK_the_Slacker (#42653529) Attached to: Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

Installing packages for another distro is not hard for me. And I don't care to install Ubuntu.

The problem seems to be Steam's insistance on glibc_2.15. My Mageia2 system only provides glibc_2.14; I need to wait for Mageia 3 for a distro-supported glibc_2.15.

What miracle has 2.15 wrought that makes it essential for Steam? I suspect that it does nothing special and since steam is not FOSS, I can't recompile it to find out. But that would be OK if Steam would give me a way around this.

Perhaps you should try a more modern distro, like Slackware.

But seriously, why should Valve build against a glibc that was released a year and a half ago?

Comment: Re:Where's the Beef? (Score 1) 168

by JK_the_Slacker (#41609789) Attached to: Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M
The main interesting draw of this for me was its inherent upgradeability. Yes, $500 will buy me a PC that will run most games... today. What about two years out? What about four years out? Five? If OnLive had been handling that on their side, that could have been a very, very interesting proposal if I could keep that $500 pc for five or ten years without missing out on the latest games.

Comment: You can't even trust Facebook the company... (Score 2) 454

by JK_the_Slacker (#41018413) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?
Given the utterly dismal record of Facebook the company when it comes to the privacy of its users, I wouldn't bother allowing access. Not only do you have your users to worry about, you have external Facebook users and Facebook itself - that sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Aren't we due for a reset of our privacy settings to 'Everything shared with everyone' any day now?

Comment: Re:Debian (Score 1) 252

by JK_the_Slacker (#39833211) Attached to: Slackware: I'm Not Dead Yet!
July 16, 1993: Patrick Volkerding releases Slackware 1.00. 16 August, 1993: Ian Murdock announces that he wants to create a distro called Debian. No code is forthcoming. 15 September, 1993: Debian 0.01 ALPHA is 'released'. 17 October, 1993: Debian 0.02 ALPHA is 'released'. 02 November, 1993: Debian 0.03 ALPHA is 'released'. 05 November, 1993: Slackware 1.1.0 is released. 07 November, 1993: Debian 0.04 ALPHA is 'released'. 23 November, 1993: Debian 0.80 BETA is 'released' (limited beta). 28 November, 1993: Debian 0.81 BETA is 'released' (limited beta). 26 January, 1994: Debian 0.90 BETA is 'released' (public beta). 29 January, 1994: Debian 0.91 BETA is 'released' (public beta). I keep hearing this 'only by a matter of weeks' line. It looks to me like the first public 'release' of Debian occurred in January of 1994, six months after the first release of Slackware. Or does anyone want to argue that Duke Nukem Forever came out in 1997? Note that I'm giving Debian the benefit of the doubt here, by calling a 'public beta' a 'public release'.

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