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Comment: Fictionwise (Score 1) 330

B&N bought Fictionwise - a great E-Book web store that sold DRM-free electronic subscriptions. I subscribed to Asimovs Sci-Fi magazine for >10 years there, reading it in Palm (originally), EPUB and PDF formats. I bought hundreds of books as well. A year after buying it, B&N closed it down, and said I had to transfer to their DRM'd formats.

Now I don't buy anything from them. Idiots.

Comment: DontMakeMeSteal.com (Score 1) 409

by Paul Bristow (#39326879) Attached to: What Is Your Favorite Way of Watching a Movie

You need to sign up to http://www.dontmakemesteal.com/ If enough of us do, perhaps the movie industry will take notice. Already the European Commission did (who regulates the entire online, TV and Cinema worlds in Europe), but they say they if they see 100k sign-ups they'll pay attention. Until then it's all ACTA and similar...

Up to you.

Comment: I don't care what activision wants (Score 1) 344

by Paul Bristow (#32838794) Attached to: Activision Wants Consoles To Be Replaced By PCs
I don't have time to even try to run a gaming PC any more. Just too much hassle. And no - to those that say "it got easier with whatever version of windows is out now" - I don't care. I have more important things to do with my life than buy graphics cards costing more than a PS3 & Xbox combined and find the drivers for all the peripherals and make it all work. Been there, tried it, had numerous favourite games stop working because of Direct X blah de blah... Had an entire force feedback steering wheel stop working because drivers were no longer made. You won't catch me again. It's over...

Comment: See the impact of co2 for yourself. (Score 1) 715

by Paul Bristow (#30470330) Attached to: Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated

Forget 'explaining' it. Did they test it?

IE, take your chemicals (you know, CO2, argon, etc.) and stick them in a container, and test the impact that sunlight has on them. Figure it out, contrive something. simply observe.

It's such basic science that you can do it in your kitchen. Take a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8394168.stm and see a simple experiment you can replicate yourself

Comment: Re:step one (Score 2, Interesting) 1354

by Paul Bristow (#28417161) Attached to: Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?
I just came back from a conference in France including a maker faire element. Plenty of geeky/artistic women there, and you'll have a huge amount of fun. Just go with an open mind, and try things you wouldn't normally do. Another thing to try might be http://dorkbot.org/ - kinda hard to describe - they do "strange things with electricity" but another creative/tech mix. Take a look and see if there is a group near you.

Comment: Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (Score 1) 841

by Paul Bristow (#26750877) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes
Embrace, extend, extinguish.

Of course no-one would complain if it wasn't for the fact that Microsoft has probably caused each individual slashdotter many many man-hours (months? years?) of pain and anguish trying to make a stupid DOS|Windows|Win NT|Win95|Win98|Win2000|WinXP|etc... machine work as it should do. Hell I remember how difficult it was to get the Network edition of Windows 3.11 to do TCP/IP!!! Even if we abandoned Microsoft for more reliable alternatives, it continued to cause us pain because of friends and family who needed our help and we couldn't refuse.

I repeat, if Microsoft had made a reliable fast product (I still feel sad that OS/2 died), no-one would be complaining. So, yes, given that Gates was personally responsible for running the company that made many many hours of our lives a misery with a thoroughly mediocre OS, I would say quite a few of us have a problem with him for good reasons.

And no, having made your money as a convicted monopolist, spending it in a philanthropic way does not remove the reasons to dislike him. I am glad that, having made billions of dollars, he is spending it in this way, but I would much rather he hadn't made it in the first place, and just maybe, we would have had a very different software industry based on sharing of code and tools that people in the third world could have afforded to join.

Comment: Prior Art: Jeff Han's multitouch display at TED (Score 4, Informative) 449

by Paul Bristow (#26618701) Attached to: Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface
Don't you think Jeff Han might just have some prior art on this? This link http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen.html shows his multitouch interface more than a year before Apple came out with their iPhone and before the Apple patent was filed.
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Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes 1654 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the learning-is-hard dept.
stonedcat writes "A Wisconsin woman has claimed that Dell computers and Ubuntu have kept her from going back to school via online classes. She says she has called Dell to request Windows instead however was talked out of it. Her current claim is that she was unaware that she couldn't install her Verizon online disk to access the Internet, nor could she use Microsoft Word to type up her papers."
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Ext4 Advances As Interim Step To Btrfs 510

Posted by kdawson
from the butter-is-better dept.
Heise.de's Kernel Log has a look at the ext4 filesystem as Linus Torvalds has integrated a large collection of patches for it into the kernel main branch. "This signals that with the next kernel version 2.6.28, the successor to ext3 will finally leave behind its 'hot' development phase." The article notes that ext4 developer Theodore Ts'o (tytso) is in favor of ultimately moving Linux to a modern, "next-generation" file system. His preferred choice is btrfs, and Heise notes an email Ts'o sent to the Linux Kernel Mailing List a week back positioning ext4 as a bridge to btrfs.

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