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Comment: Experimental (Score 1) 241

by Nick (#46484279) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again
"Mir is already packaged as an experimental option, along with an experimental Unity 8 desktop session." Good God. The Ubuntu desktop always has been and always will be an experimental mess. I can't ever remember being more scared to reboot my workstation after a kernel update with the likely possibility of having restore my video driver and settings. My old 386 with 4 (!) mb ram, running twm has less issues.

Comment: Friendster (Score 1) 143

by Nick (#45459591) Attached to: How Snapchat Could March Startups Right Off the Cliff, Lemming-Style
Google tried to buy Friendster for $30 Million in 2003 and it was turned down. We all know what happened to Friendster not even 2 years later. At the end of the day you need to just use your better judgement and evaluate where you think the company is heading in the future. Although I fail to see how accepting a one billion offer on a company is a failure.
Sci-Fi

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece 726

Posted by samzenpus
from the everyone-fights-no-one-quits dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Calum Marsh writes in The Atlantic that when Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, American critics slammed it as a 'crazed, lurid spectacle' featuring 'raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys' and 'a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.' But now the reputation of the movie based on Robert Heinlein's Hugo award winning novel is beginning to improve as critics begin to recognize the film as a critique of the military-industrial complex, the jingoism of American foreign policy, and a culture that privileges reactionary violence over sensitivity and reason. 'Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism,' writes Marsh. 'The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers.' The movie has rightfully come to be appreciated by some as an unsung masterpiece. Coming in at number 20 on Slant Magazine's list of the 100 best films of the 1990s last year, the site's Phil Coldiron described it as 'one of the greatest of all anti-imperialist films,' a parody of Hollywood form whose superficial 'badness' is central to its critique. 'That concept is stiob, which I'll crudely define as a form of parody requiring such a degree of over-identification with the subject being parodied that it becomes impossible to tell where the love for that subject ends and the parody begins,' writes Coldiron. 'If you're prepared for the rigor and intensity of Verhoeven's approach—you'll get the joke Starship Troopers is telling,' says Marsh. 'And you'll laugh.'"

Comment: Re:Actually, that's an OEM problem. (Score 3, Informative) 178

by Nick (#45314061) Attached to: Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

Yes it's an android fuckup, for letting OEM's being able to do it in the first place.. the motorolla xoom was the honeycomb developer device, so it was the 'nexus' device in that time, and that's the one that I have and is having the problem..

By your logic it would be a Google fuckup for letting OEMs have full control of what they do with Android which has no technical bearing on merits of Android in itself. BTW, big props to Google for going in the other direction of Apple by letting OEMs do this - I seem to remember this worked out pretty well for MSFT.

Comment: BSD is dying (Score 1) 577

by Nick (#45095533) Attached to: If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy
It is now official - Netcraft has confirmed: *BSD is dying Yet another crippling bombshell hit the beleaguered *BSD community when recently IDC confirmed that *BSD accounts for less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of the latest Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as further exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

Comment: Re:unix desktop (Score 1) 206

by Nick (#44982555) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released
not sure why this got modded down. Has anyone ever tried to setting up three monitors? I recently converted my workstation from Windows which worked quite well for gaming and multi-monitor support. On-board nvidia gpu had one monitor and the amd/ati pci card connected the other two. Can't do that under X. So now I'll have to buy another PCI card. But wait, commercial drivers are buggy and Xscreensaver is a mess, I can't use text virtual consoles, but I use open source drivers which fixes that, steam wont run. Running Ubuntu? Having the fear of god every time a system update or reboot is not ideal, but about half the time something bad will happen. BSD? nothing is written for it. I've been running X in some form on some machine since the early 90s on a 386. For a while, the unix desktop was the way to go, but for years Windows or OS X is vastly superior in a desktop environment - you know, actual drivers exist. Thank god for virtualbox at least.
Government

Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Leaking Secrets to the Associated Press 178

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-sure-what-to-think dept.
McGruber writes "Today, Former FBI agent Donald John Sachtleben has agreed to plead guilty to leaking secret government information about a bomb plot to the Associated Press. In May, Sachtleben agreed to plead guilty to unrelated charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, and to pay restitution to an identified victim portrayed in the images and videos he allegedly possessed." The deal includes a prison sentence of three years and seven months, and "If accepted by a judge, the prison sentence would be the longest ever handed down in a civilian court for a leak of classified information to a reporter."

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